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Formation 5.10

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Resurrection Stories
This our last week of our series on Resurrections Stories in our formation offerings. We hope that this has been a time for each of us to recall and recognize the resurrection stories in our own lives. As the disciples told their experiences, we also hope that each of us will learn to share our stories with others.  For it is through sharing story that we deepen out relationships and grow in our community - and through sharing stories of our own faith journey that we become better disciples and make more disciples.
Next Sunday, May 17 will end our formation program year until the fall. Throughout the summer there will be a formation opportunities offered for various age groups and in various times and places. 
Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
This week, Sunday, May 10, the children will gather with Michael for music in the parish hall. This has been a great time all year for learning about music, playing games and praising God. We gearing up for the Children's Choir in the fall.  Be sure to keep your Thursday evenings open, so your children can be in the choir next year.

Next week the children will have a celebration in the playground - weather permitting. 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will be in the youth room on Sunday, May 10 sharing conversation and Stories of Resurrection.  Come and join us! 


The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  


Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
Stories of the Resurrection continue on Sunday, May 10 as we welcome The Rev. Susan Flanders will be our guest speaker.  She has recently authored the book - Going to Church: It's Not What You Think! She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories. Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim's Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional "churchiness." There will be opportunities to purchase her book and have it signed!

As she says in her book, Susan believes in Resurrection with her whole heart, even as she steers away from a literal understanding of that story and of much else in Scripture. She has found God's power to bring new life out of situations of death to be at the core of Christian belief and to be a very real part of her own life experience. She hopes her memoir will speak to others about how they might understand this central mystery and how going to church really can be more and different than what many disenchanted folks think.  


What would Jesus do about economic inequality? Explore the economics of the Gospel with us.  The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. On Sunday May 17, we begin a discussion and speaker series on issues of economic justice. Our session this week will be facilitated by members of the St. Dunstan's small group on economic justice. We'll have a short presentation of some of the work the group has been doing and each of us will also have an opportunity to discuss what economic justice means in our own lives.  We'll also begin a conversation about what the parish and the diocese might be able to do to help mitigate some of the worst effects of economic injustice. You don't want to miss this session!



Small Groups

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New! Glimpses of God

The new small group, Glimpses of God, will meet the first Tuesday of each month, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at church, beginning on May 5. All are welcome to come share glimpses of God in our lives,  to share stories of what we have experienced in our daily lives, in work, play, poetry, art, whatever or wherever. Please contact Rosi Sweeney if you are interested or have questions.


St. Dunstan's workgroup on economic justice invites you to explore the economics of the Gospel with us. The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. 

We are showing a 90 minute documentary by Robert Reich (former Labor Secretary to Bill Clinton) called Inequality for All. You don't have to be an economist to understand these issues. Discussion will follow. All are invited.  Refreshments served. 

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Dunstan's Parish Hall, 5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda 20816. Contact: Mark MacCarthy,



Formation: Resurrection Stories

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Resurrection Stories
This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and adult formation will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus’ resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were first witnesses to the resurrection were at first fearful; and we are even told that they “didn’t tell anyone” - clearly they did! And clearly, we must learn to tell our stories of resurrection so that others might come to believe. This Sunday, April 19 we welcome Dr. Patricia Lyons as our guest speaker and preacher at both liturgies.
Adult Formation
Patricia Lyons will be with us on Sunday, April 19 and May 3 for our formation time and as our preacher at both liturgies. Trisha has titled her time with us as Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story. She brings a compelling energy and passion to her love of life, the Gospel, and all things Potter! So hold on to your seat because we are all in for quite a ride. She also brings a profound depth to her understanding of the Christian faith and years of hands on experience in teaching faith to others.

Dr. Patricia Lyons is currently the JK-12 Director of Service Learning at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA and is in her 15th year of teaching ethics and religion at the Upper School. She is also an adjunct at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where she teaches evening and summer courses to masters and doctoral students. Patricia has taught courses in Systematic Theology, C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, Theology and Fiction, and most recently, Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the author of The Soul of Adolescence: In Their Own Words.

Patricia is an honors graduate from Harvard College in the Comparative Study of Religion. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on Biblical languages and systematic theology. She received her doctorate from the VTS. Her doctoral thesis was a study of the stages of moral and spiritual development of adolescents.

Children’s Formation
Music with Michael! Children will be singing with Michael on Sunday, April 19.  Parents should bring children to the church for formation time this week.
Youth Formation
Youth will join the adults for formation on Sunday, April 19 as we will have a special guest speaker, Patricia Lyons. She will be offering Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story and it will be a fun and enjoyable experience. This will take place in the parish hall.



Formation 3/15

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Lenten Intergenerational Event

Sunday, March 15 - 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Come and see! Children, youth and adults gather in the parish hall for a special time to learn together. We will begin with a video and move to a number of activity stations to make both Lent and Easter crafts. Pretzels and string eggs will again be offered with a couple of new ways to experience the seasons. Come for learning and fun on this “refreshment” Sunday in Lent.

Children’s Formation

On Sunday, March 22, the children will be in their classrooms to learn about the stories of Holy Week and Easter.

We are now and the midway point of Lent making Holy Week and Easter just a few weeks away.  If you would like to fill empty eggs for the hunt on Easter Day or contribute filled eggs, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

St. Dunstan's youth at the MLK memorial on Saturday, March 7 - the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery.

The Coffee House is open on, Sunday, March 22, and those present will discuss Holy Week and Easter with Austin. 

Adult Formation

One Sunday, March 22, we will continue our Lenten study of Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist. Jeff will lead the discussion this morning on one of the videos.



Formation Opportunitites

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Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
This Sunday - February 15 - the children will begin to learn about Joseph - the Old Testament Joseph - who had the coat of many colors and dreamed dreams.  This week the children will hear about his struggles with his brothers and becoming an interpreter of Pharaoh's dreams. On the day of the annual meeting the children will view the movie Prince of Egypt and the following week in classes we will hear more about his reunion with his family and how the Hebrew people came to live in Egypt. 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith

The Coffee House is open this Sunday, February 15 and our discussions will be on relationships. 

Youth Group

Don't miss a great time to be with youth from all over Montgomery County as well as an opportunity to learn about the justice issues surrounding homelessness on March 7-8 as youth gather for the Welcome Table at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC.  Details of this event are in the Trailblazer and have been sent via email to youth and parents. The deadline to sign-up is next Sunday.


It isn't too early to be thinking about sending your children or youth to camp this summer. I spent a day at the camp for Middle School students last summer. It is a great facility in southern Maryland and it sure looked like everyone was having a great time, learning and growing in faith and the staff was great. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
Adult Formation ...Living our Faith
This Sunday, February 15 we will view the intro video to our Sunday Lenten Adult Study on TIME: Redeeming the Gift,  This program offered through the monastic community of Society of St. John the Evangelist offers a daily mediation and weekly focus on five words - Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love - through the lens of TIME.  There are short daily videos and reflection questions; as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts and view the experiences of others through social media.
                L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


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