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Formation 5.24

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Life-Long Christian Formation

We've had a great program year of formation at St. Dunstan's and many people have contributed through their time and talents.  Next week, Sunday, May 31we will recognize those who have been present for children and youth.  They include: Nina Horgan, Jessica Ault, Bethany Bentley, Karen Edwards, Christine Tatelbaum, Anne Taylor, Austin Fodrie, and Lacy Douglas. We hope you will be present to thank them for their contribution of time; and especially for their love of children and their willingness to share faith stories with the children and youth of the parish. But if not, be sure to thank them when you see them. 

 

The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.   

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015


 

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Save the Date- Parish Picnic

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Summer at St.Dunstan's

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Film + Family+ Fun
Friday, June 19
6:00 p.m. Dinner (Pizza)
6:30 p.m. Movie Time

(Night prayers will close the evening at the conclusion of the movie.)
 
This will be a fun evening at St. Dunstan's for all families. We will offer 2-3 movies from which the community gathered will choose. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows. Wear your pajamas! We will provide a simple dinner and snacks (popcorn and drinks or course). Come right from picking up the kids after work and have a fun evening with the community. We'll even provide the possibility for some adult conversation.


Conversations at the Pub
 
Finding Faith in the novels of Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, a Pulitzer-prize-winning Iowa author, has written a beautiful trio of short novels about the people of Gilead, Iowa. Christian faith, human relationships, joys and sorrows, are all woven together in her exquisite, spare prose. Join St. Dunstan's friends for a discussion of each story, and what we can learn about our own faith stories through them.

June 23, July 7, and July 21
6:00- 6:30 p.m. Drinks and Snacks
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Discussion
 
Chad's Pub,
5247 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC
at the corner of Jenifer Street
(Friendship Heights Metro)

  

GILEAD - June 23

An intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life.

HOME - July 7

A brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead. Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.

LILA - July 21

Return to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder. Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life.





 

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Formation 5.17

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Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
It's time to CELEBRATE! This week, Sunday, May 17, the children will gather at the play ground for games and treats to celebrate the end of this year's formation programs. Parents are invited to join in or take advantage of the adult formation offering on Economic Injustice. We ask that children wear clothes for being outside and being active. 
 
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will be in helping with the fun activities at the playground on Sunday, May 17. Come and have a great time outside with the children of St. Dunstan's!
 
The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.   

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015

 

Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
 What would Jesus do about economic inequality? Explore the economics of the Gospel with us.  The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. On Sunday May 17, we begin a discussion on issues of economic justice. Our session will be facilitated by members of the St. Dunstan's small group on economic justice. We'll have a short presentation of some of the work the group has been doing and each of us will also have an opportunity to discuss what economic justice means in our own lives.  We'll also begin a conversation about what the parish and the diocese might be able to do to help mitigate some of the worst effects of economic injustice. You don't want to miss this session!

 

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Inequality for All- Playing this Saturday!

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Parish Picnic

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Formation 5.10

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Resurrection Stories
This our last week of our series on Resurrections Stories in our formation offerings. We hope that this has been a time for each of us to recall and recognize the resurrection stories in our own lives. As the disciples told their experiences, we also hope that each of us will learn to share our stories with others.  For it is through sharing story that we deepen out relationships and grow in our community - and through sharing stories of our own faith journey that we become better disciples and make more disciples.
Next Sunday, May 17 will end our formation program year until the fall. Throughout the summer there will be a formation opportunities offered for various age groups and in various times and places. 
 
Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
This week, Sunday, May 10, the children will gather with Michael for music in the parish hall. This has been a great time all year for learning about music, playing games and praising God. We gearing up for the Children's Choir in the fall.  Be sure to keep your Thursday evenings open, so your children can be in the choir next year.

Next week the children will have a celebration in the playground - weather permitting. 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will be in the youth room on Sunday, May 10 sharing conversation and Stories of Resurrection.  Come and join us! 

 

Camp EDOW
The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

 

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
 
Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
Stories of the Resurrection continue on Sunday, May 10 as we welcome The Rev. Susan Flanders will be our guest speaker.  She has recently authored the book - Going to Church: It's Not What You Think! She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories. Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim's Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional "churchiness." There will be opportunities to purchase her book and have it signed!

As she says in her book, Susan believes in Resurrection with her whole heart, even as she steers away from a literal understanding of that story and of much else in Scripture. She has found God's power to bring new life out of situations of death to be at the core of Christian belief and to be a very real part of her own life experience. She hopes her memoir will speak to others about how they might understand this central mystery and how going to church really can be more and different than what many disenchanted folks think.  

 

What would Jesus do about economic inequality? Explore the economics of the Gospel with us.  The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. On Sunday May 17, we begin a discussion and speaker series on issues of economic justice. Our session this week will be facilitated by members of the St. Dunstan's small group on economic justice. We'll have a short presentation of some of the work the group has been doing and each of us will also have an opportunity to discuss what economic justice means in our own lives.  We'll also begin a conversation about what the parish and the diocese might be able to do to help mitigate some of the worst effects of economic injustice. You don't want to miss this session!


 

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This Saturday at St. Dunstan's

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Church Beautification Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10-2 p.m. will be Church Beautification Day! Join us, as we tackle a few minor projects to enhance our house of worship. Help with planting flowers, painting, and clean up around the church and the columbarium.

Bring your gloves, rakes, shovels, and any other yard tools. Donate plants, flowers and bulbs from your gardens or local hardware store, to be planted on the church grounds. Refreshments will be served. Contact Kim Matthews at admin@stdunstansbethesda.org or at 301.229.2960 for more information.

Men's Group
St. Dunstan's Men's group will meet this Saturday, May 2nd at 9:00 a.m. in the kitchen. We encourage you to stay for Church Beautification Day immediately following.

 

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Upcoming Movie Screening: Inequality for All

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Formation 5.3

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Resurrection Stories
There are two more weeks of our focus on Resurrections Stories in sermons and formation offerings.  Through stories of the resurrection people came to know that things would be forever different.  Christ was alive! It took the disciples a long time to get it - some hid, some didn't believe without seeing and touching, others were afraid. Where are your experiences of the resurrection in your life? Have you or will you tell these to someone else? Have you heard stories of resurrection from others? One promise of our baptismal covenant is to "proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ!" A way to do this is to share our stories of resurrection with others. For if we do not - if we are fearful and do not tell - how will others come to believe?  
 

Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith

The children will be in their classrooms this Sunday, May 3 and continue hearing the stories of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection.  The story this week will be the Breakfast on the Beach which is told in the Gospel of John.  Parents please take your children down to the classrooms before you head to adult formation. 

Please keep our Children's Choir in your plans for next fall! Beginning in September our Children's Choir will be meeting on Thursday evenings (probably between 5:30-6:30 p.m.). We hope that you will make a commitment to this program as it will help to form the faith of your children and be great fun! There is no better way to learn and integrate the stories of faith then through the music we sing as children. 

Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith

Youth will join the adults for formation again this Sunday, May 3 as we continue to explore resurrection stories. This week Trisha Lyons will be our guest speaker again and we will hear her understanding of Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story

Camp EDOW

The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now.  The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper.  You can register online here.  

Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.  
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015

Adult Formation ... Living our Faith

Stories of the Resurrection continue this Sunday, May 3 as we welcome back Dr. Patricia Lyons for more on Harry Potter as a Resurrection Story. Trisha will also preach at the 10:45 service. There will be clips from various scenes of the movie and lively discussion.  It promises to be an enlightening and energetic morning!

On Sunday, May 10 The Rev. Susan Flanders will be our guest speaker.  She has recently authored the book - Going to Church: It's Not What You Think! She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories. Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim's Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional "churchiness."
Sue von Rautenkranz
      Christian Formation Director
 





 

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