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Formation 10/18/2015

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Forming faith in non-traditional ways ...
Children's Formation ...
Our children will be in the classrooms on the lower level this week and exploring the story of creation. Children age 3 through kindergarten are in the last room on the right. Their teachers this year are Meghan Jarvis and Mariana McCormick. Those in grades 1-3 are in the middle room on the right with Pete & Rose Sather and Don Baker. Parents of our youngest children, please take your children down to formation each week and pick them up afterward. Our formation guides, Anne Taylor and Christine Tatelbaum will know if one of the classes has gone outside. And be sure to ask your children what they did today - ask them to tell you the story they learned.
We have a full team for children's formation! Please express your gratitude to these teachers and the others who make formation for the children of St. Dunstan's possible. 
Youth Formation ... 4th-7th Grade
This Saturday, October 17 is the Haunted House and we need you to make it work! Please go to this form to let Sue know when you will be here to help with setting up and running the event. Set-up begins at 1:00 p.m. until completed and the Haunted House is open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Clean up should go quickly after we close it down. There will be pizza for those who show up at the beginning of set up and other snacks throughout the day. We need everyone's help to make it work!
The Coffee House is open this week - and while we might have a conversation about Creation, we will probably also be packing up Haunted House supplies for another year. Join us in the youth room from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.
Adult Sunday Formation: October 18
God's Abundance and Our Faith
This week we have the pleasure of hearing from the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington, Mr. Paul Cooney. In that role Paul serves as the "right hand" person to the Bishop and manages the day to day affairs of the Diocese. Before joining the Bishop's staff in 2002, he practiced law full time in a large DC firm and gave of his gifts to the diocese in a variety of capacities including Finance Chair, Chancellor and Chair of Search Committee for Eighth Bishop of Washington.
Paul will share some practical perspectives regarding the intersection of our faith, God's abundance and how we think about the treasure entrusted to our community and to us as individuals. He will also give some information about events and developments in the Diocese. He will be our preacher at the 10:45 liturgy.
October 25: Martha's Table - Intergenerational Formation through Service. We are ready for our second Sunday of intergenerational and experiential learning as we gather to make sandwiches for the hungry people of our community! We need a family to deliver our offering and we had a number of families who were interested. Please be in contact with Sue if you are interested in doing this next Sunday.
November 1: Dr. Elisabeth "Lisa" Kimball - Passing on the Faith
Lisa is the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her doctoral thesis on the role of Godparents will inform the conversation this Sunday. She will also be our preacher at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy and assist Sue with the sermon at 9:00 a.m.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


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