HOW SHALL WE RESPOND?
9:50 - 10:35 a.m.
We are all aware of the outflow of refugees from violence and turmoil in the Middle East.
Refugees' needs do not end when they receive a visa. Eventually, some will leave the camps and arrive in Europe, Canada and the United States as refugees. They will need help in finding housing and work, in adapting to our culture and finding a place in the community while they assimilate.
A number of St Dunstan's members are asking what we can do to help. One of the opportunities is to work as partners with St Columba's parish which will begin "settling" refugees in the very near future. They are ready and well organized.
This Sunday Jim Losey and the Rev. Jean Ann Wright, co-chairs of St. Columba's Refugee response, will speak at our Adult Formation session.
Please come to hear these interesting speakers and consider how you might become part of St Dunstan's team of volunteers. This opportunity is open to everyone; several neighbors who are not members of St Dunstan's are also ready to volunteer. So, if your friends and neighbors might be interested, bring them with you to this adult formation session.
Invitation to a film and discussion
Friday, November 4, 2016
A significant number of St Dunstan's members and friends have asked how they can help refugees who are being settled in the Washington Area.
Members of St. Dunstan's are exploring ways we & our neighbors can support and assist efforts of St Columba's Church, which is prepared to receive its first refugee family imminently. They expect that more refugee families will be sent to them, who also will need practical assistance in the months to come. St. Columba's welcomes our support and participation.
For those who are interested in helping with the resettlement of a refugee family, or who are just interested in learning more about the mission to welcome strangers into our midst, St Columba's Church will be showing a film, Salaam Neighbor. The showing will be this Friday, November 4 at 7pm at St. Columba's (4201 Albemarle St., NW). The film will be followed by a conversation with Simon Henshaw, Deputy in the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
If you have any questions about this endeavor, please contact Ray Donnelly or Sue von. Further information about our partnership with St Columba's will follow in the weekly newsletters.
The Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, November 20
Our last official visit of the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde to the parish was in Advent of 2013, but she was also present with us at our last two Pageants. Celebrating Jeff's anniversaries (15 years of being rector here and 30 years of being a priest) in December of 2014 and last year to bless our new Children's Altar.
This coming visit marks another official visit of the Diocesan Bishop to our parish community, something a diocesan bishop must do for every congregation at least once every three years.
Bishop Mariann will be with us for both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. liturgies as our celebrant and preacher. She will also be our speaker for the adult formation time between services from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. We hope that all members of the parish will be present for this very important time with our Bishop.
Exploring Islam: Myths and Realities
As a follow-up to our forum on October 23, our speaker, Salih Sayilgan, will be the featured presenter for a program on November 19, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Smithsonian. Detailed information and how to register for this event may be found here. This all-day event will be at the S. Dillon Ripley Center.