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Formation: 9/20/2015

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How does faith formation happen?
This Sunday, September 20, we will have the pleasure of hearing from  The Rev. Eva Cavaleri. For more than 20 years her ministry has been focused on faith formation of children, youth and adults working in Episcopal churches and schools in both lay and ordained capacities. She currently serves as the Senior Chaplain at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. Come and hear her passion for being a disciple of Christ and making disciples of Christ. She will also be our guest preacher at both services.
She and her husband Jorma, along with their two young sons, JD and Eli, have moved to the DC area this summer from Minnesota. They have chosen St. Dunstan's to be their faith community and we are excited to have them worship and learn with us. 
Upcoming Adult Sunday Formation:
October 4: Allan Cohen from MCPAW (Montgomery Co. Partners for Animal Well-being).
October 11: Presentation from the Economic Justice small group. 
October 18: Mr. Paul Cooney, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Washington.
October 25: Martha's Table - Intergenerational Formation through Service. 
On the last Sunday of each month our formation will be intergenerational and experiential as we gathering to make sandwiches for those in need in our community.
Children's Formation ...
It all begins this Sunday, September 20! Children will gather in the classrooms on the lower level in two age groups. Three, Four and Five Year Olds will be in one room and 1st through 3rd Grade will be in our other classroom. The younger group will be exploring the Old Testament this fall through story, games and crafts. Our older group will be exploring those same stories through the creation of Lego bricks. Children will be in classrooms about two Sundays each month. On the second Sunday of each month children will be learning music with Michael and on the last Sunday all ages will come together in service learning.
Teachers this year include Meghan Jarvis (younger children) and Peter & Rose Sather (older room). We still need two more to join them so that we have a teaching pair for each age group. Christine Tatelbaum and Anne Taylor will be serving as formation guides (helping teachers with supplies, aiding children in need, and guiding parents). Clint Chamberlain, Nastya McNally, Alex Berger and Jessica Ault will be assisting Michael on our music days.
Youth Formation ...
We are reforming our youth formation program this year and changing the grade levels. We hope that this will build a stronger program in the years to come.
The Coffee House will again be open in the youth room on all Sundays - other than those where there is an intergenerational event. This program will be focused on developing community and building faith of those in 4th through 7th grade. Older youth (8th through 12th grade) are being invited to serve as mentors to this younger group, assist with the children's program, or join the adult formation program on Sunday morning. Lacy Douglas and Austin Fodrie will join Sue in leading and developing this group.
Once each month we will also offer a special event for young people to come together for fun, service, community building and of course food. We will kick off this year with an event on Sunday, October 4!
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


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