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The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's: November 15, 2020

Posted 3:08 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
 
November 15, 2020
Consecration Sunday
 
Today's Worship
 
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's,
 
Thank you to everyone who worshipped with us via Zoom and Facebook Live for our Consecration Sunday service this morning. If you were not able to participate in "real time" today, I am sharing the link to the recording here: simply click on the image above to be directed automatically to our YouTube channel. 
 
During Coffee Hour today, John Ross, Head of the Men's Ministry at St. John's, Norwood, joined us for a special Forum Hour to talk about "Nourishing Bethesda," an important new ministry that provides support to folks experiencing food insecurity in our area. We at St. Dunstan's are hoping to lend a hand with Nourishing Bethesda in the weeks to come, and you will be hearing much more about this opportunity from me in the near future. If you weren't able to participate in today's Forum, I encourage you to watch the recording (which may be accessed by clicking on the Nourishing Bethesda flyer, below) to learn more about the need and how we might help.
I hope that you will take a moment to scroll down and look over the calendar and other announcements that followand I hope you will find a way to connect with St. Dunstan's in the days ahead. As always, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me at any time for prayer, conversation, or other support.
 
Peace be with you all,
 
Patty+
914.882.4221
 
Pre-Order Your Advent Wreath Kit
by FRIDAY!
Advent is the period of watching and waiting that the Church sets aside to prepare for the birth of Jesus. As part of that preparation, many Christians use Advent wreaths to help mark God's time and count down to Christmas. In the past St. Dunstan's has cherished the custom of gathering to make wreaths together.
 
While we can't do that in person this year, Patty will lead us in a parish-wide Advent Wreath Making social event via Zoom on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm. You can pre-order your materials for this event by clicking this link: Advent Wreath Order Form. Wreath kits are $25 and will include: 1 straw wreath form, 4 candles, 4 candle holder stakes, ribbon, and greening pins. 
 
Please send all check payments to the St. Dunstan's parish office (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, 20816), or contact Kimberly Matthews at 202.360.0520 to pay by credit card. All orders and payments are due by Friday, November 20, 2020. Kits will be delivered directly to your home on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, or they will be available for pick-up from the church on Friday, November 27 between 12 and 3 p.m.
 
Outreach
National Center for Children and Families Thanksgiving Drive
 
In years past, St. Dunstan's parishioners have provided Thanksgiving baskets for families served by the National Center for Children and Families here in Bethesda. Unfortunately, due to COVID we are not able to collect baskets here at the church this year: NCCF requests that donations be dropped off directly at their facility, by appointment only. If you would like to assemble a Thanksgiving basket for a vulnerable family and are comfortable delivering it to NCCF yourself - thank you! The shopping list, which includes contact information for scheduling a drop-off appointment, may be downloaded by clicking on the image above. There are also links on that form for making contactless donations. In addition, this year St. Dunstan's will be making a gift of $500 to NCCF from the parish budget to help defray the cost of providing Thanksgiving dinners to area families.
 
We give thanks to God for all our blessings - most especially for the ability to share the resources that God has given us. Let us pray fervently for the day when there is ample food for all and collections such as this are no longer necessary.
 
For Your Prayers
 
For healing, strength, and protection:
 
Donna Almon, Nancy Bancroft, Richard and Florence Banks,
Sydney Betz, Phil Carroll, Bill Darnell, Ray Donnelly,
Kenny Farnsworth, Warren Green, Hanson, Barbara Hocker,
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath, Ric Huttenlocher, Isabel Krum, Joyce Nugent, Pam Plaisance, Matt Ryan, Jake Schaller, Curt Shively, Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Pat von Rautenkranz,
Don Wasseman, Michael Weiss, Jr., Trudy Wood, Charlie Wooters, Anne Zbinden
 
All impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
 
The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's
 
Mornings, M-F: Intercessory Prayer (by phone) 
Each morning at 10 a.m. the Rectors of St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, offer Prayers for the Morning by telephone. All you need to do is call our dedicated "prayer hotline" (508.924.1769) and either Patty Alexander or Cricket Park will be on to pray with and for you. (Typically Patty leads prayers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.)
 
Evenings, M-F: Nightly Compline (by Zoom) 
Join your sisters and brothers from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline, the "good night prayer" of the Church. To participate in the Zoom, please use this link; Meeting ID: 754 5686 5769. (On Tuesday evenings, Joey Arkfeld leads a special Compline service in the style of Taizé, and on Thursdays Robin Reed leads Compline according to the Book of Common Prayer.) Come and see!
 
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Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
On Wednesday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m., we continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles, and we hope you will join us! We meet via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please click on this link; the Meeting ID is 326 468 549. 
 
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link next Friday, November 20, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Hope to see you there!
 
Saturday Morning: St. Dunstan's Vestry Retreat
Please hold the Rector and members of your Vestry in prayer as they meet (via Zoom) on Saturday, November 21, for a time of prayer, reflection, and planning about how St. Dunstan's is called to be the Church in 2021. As the pandemic wears on we are in uncharted waters, and parish leaders throughout the larger Church are considering how best to adapt to change while continuing to live out our mission. What are we called to do and be right now, here on the corner of Massachusetts and Fort Sumner?
 
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