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Looking for the Lenten Experience ?

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Looking for a Lenten experience?
"Ashes to Go"
As you emerge from the escalator at the Bethesda Metro station during evening rush hour on February 18 you will see a band of folks from St. Dunstan's offering a brief prayer and ashes to anyone who wishes to commemorate the beginning of Lent with this ancient symbol.  This will be the second year that St. Dunstan's will participate in Ashes to Go, bringing ashes to people who might not have the time or inclination to come to a mid-week church service or might have forgotten it is Ash Wednesday. 

Last year we decided to give this a try and lo and behold several dozen people saw the "Ashes to Go" sign and approached our group for ashes.  We also handed out a card with some Lenten resources, a prayer, and information about St. Dunstan's.  Many Metro riders were genuinely pleased with the convenience of getting their ashes on the way home from work.

This year, we'd like to involve more St. Dunstan's parishioners in Ashes to Go.  Did you know that there is no rule that only clergy can offer ashes?   Would you like to share in this ministry on Ash Wednesday?  Would you like to hand out prayer/information cards to people who have received ashes?  If so, please get in touch with Jeff or Sue von.  Or maybe you'll be coming up the escalator yourself.

Rosi Sweeney


Ash Wednesday Liturgies

Remember that you are dust, 
and to dust you shall return.

February 18, 2015

11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist


Lenten Offerings ... 


Thursday Evenings

Children's Choir Rehearsals

February 19, March 5 & 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m.  Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter.  All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate.  Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.


Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

February 19, March 5 & 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for wine and refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.


Adult Choir Rehearsals

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. 

All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

Living Well through Lent

An adult scripture study on the Sunday gospels will be held each Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional program with daily reflections on the scripture to practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church.  At least 8 persons must commit to hold this study.


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