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Lent begins on Wednesday!

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Lent begins on Wednesday!

Ash Wednesday Liturgies
Remember that you are dust and to dust shall you return.
February 10, 2016
11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes
The season of Lent lasts for 40 days and has traditionally been a time when all Christians examine their lives and work on being better disciples. For many this practice turned into a "giving up" of some habit or item and growing in Christ and deepening our spiritual life was lost. This year at St. Dunstan's we will be offering various ways for all ages to engage in the development of spiritual practices.
Special Lenten Events Include
Lent Overnight Retreat
"What is your Rule of Life?"
Friday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 13 after lunch.
Jeff  Mac Knight will lead a Lent overnight retreat at The Woods in Hedgesville, West Virginia (90 miles from Bethesda). This will be an opportunity for reflection, conversation, fellowship, and Eucharist. 
Please contact Rosi Sweeney if you have any questions. There is no charge for participation in this event. Sign up in Founders Hall.
The Painting Table with Roger Hutchison
Sunday, March 6 
10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Roger will offer two workshops for all ages on how to express one's thoughts and relationship with God through the art of painting with one's hands. A simple soup lunch will be offered. Signup in Founders' Hall for the session you will attend.
Roger Hutchison is an artist, author, and the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by people of all ages in schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the world. 
Praying for Others: Intercessory Prayer
Sunday, March 13
Adult Formation Offering
Sister Barbara Jean will return to St. Dunstan's to share her thoughts, wisdom and experience of praying for others. She will be our speaker for the adult formation class on this Sunday. 
Sr. BJ helped to found the Anamchara Fellowship, an inclusive religious community with a Celtic spirit which focuses on retreats and quiet days, pastoral care, intercessory prayer and spiritual direction. 
Book Signing
Both of our Lenten speakers have recently authored books. Samples copies are on the table in Founders' Hall and there are signup sheets to order copies or fill out this form. Both Roger and Sr. BJ will be happy to sign your copies on the day they are here. 
Take-home Resources
Three different take-home resources are offered this year. 
Growing a Rule of Life
The word rule comes from the Latin word, regula, from which we get the words regular and regulate. This isn't about creating rules, but rather creating intention and purpose. Creating a rule is about making small steps, individually, to move one into a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God. We will outline the program on Sunday, February 14 at our adult formation time from 9:50-10:35 a.m. Workbooks are available to take home and use daily. The SSJE community provides daily emails and other resources for this program. Signup to receive these daily emails here
 Living Well through Lent
A daily reading and reflection booklet created by Living Compass.  This non-profit organization develops resources and programs for personal, family and congregational wellness focusing on the words of the Great Commandment - heart, strength, mind and soul. This booklet includes a weekly reflection for Sundays and short reflection on a scripture text for the others days of each week.
Copies are on the table in Founders' Hall. 
The Forty Days of Lent
Pick up a Lenten poster with the art work of Roger Hutchison and a daily scripture text to reflect on throughout the day. A simple way for youth or adults to take a moment each day for reflection. 
Online Resources
Visit these various websites to access online Lenten resources. 
Lent Madness
Who will win the Golden Halo this year? Visit their website to read about the daily pairing of saints and vote for your favorite. This fun and creative competition between the saints is provided for your enjoyment, but also to help us learn about those who have preceded us in faith. This program was modeled after the tournaments of various college sports in March. A large bracket poster, which will be updated daily, is posted in Founders' Hall. 
Smaller blank bracket posters have been printed for your convenience. Take one home. 
Episcopal Relief and Development offers a Lenten meditation booklet.  Leaders from across the Anglican Communion were asked to reflect on scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom as they consider their own work to strengthen communities and provide economic opportunities. If you want a focus on justice and global concerns this may be the Lenten meditation guide for you.  It can be read online here.
Videos for your Soul is the creation of Randall Curtis, the youth minister for the Diocese of Arkansas.  These are particularly helpful for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.   
Journey to the Cross is another resource specifically created for youth and young adults. d365 is produced by Passport, Inc. and is sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church. This devotion site is available throughout the entire year and alters their focus for the seasons of Lent and Advent.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


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