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The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's: October 18, 2020

Posted 7:03 PM
This Week at
St. Dunstan's
October 18, 2020
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
This Morning's Worship
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's,
What a delight it was to gather in person and via live-streaming for today's celebration of Holy Eucharist! The weather was absolutely spectacular, and the spirit was high. Special thanks to the Joseph Arkfeld Trio for providing such beautiful, joyful music to help lift our hearts and minds in worship.
The recording of this morning's service may be found here; the bulletin for today's worship is available at this link.
Today also marks the official kickoff of our 2021 Stewardship Campaign, the theme of which this year is "What Can Love Do?" If you were with us on campus today you received a "goody bag" with information about this year's campaign, along with some treats from your Stewardship Committee. If you weren't able to worship in person this morning, be on the lookout for a special delivery in the near future from one of our "Stewardship Elves." Please take a moment to watch a brief (two-minute) video greeting for an explanation of your bag's contents. Simply click on the photo of Stewardship Chair Sue Carroll, below, and you'll be taken to the recording. (If you do not receive a goody bag delivery in the next couple of days and would like one, please email me. We'll be delighted to send one your way!)
Finally, please note that our new schedule of daily prayer - morning and evening, Monday-Friday, with the Church of the Redeemer -begins tomorrow, October 19. See the box below for further details, including how to join us in prayer. This is an exciting new partnership, and I hope that many of you will join us!
Abundant blessings,
The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
An Important Message from
the Stewardship Committee
(click image):
Beginning TOMORROW:
Daily Prayer with Redeemer
We are excited to announce a new collaboration between St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, which is designed to broaden the reach of both congregations.
Beginning tomorrowOctober 19, the two churches will be combining forces to offer two opportunities for prayer every week day, Monday-Friday. The schedule will be as follows:
  • Each morning at 10 a.m. we will offer a time of intercessory prayer the old-fashioned way...by telephone! No worries about Zoom fatigue: 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. Please give it a try!
  • As well, you are invited to join friends from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline, the "good night prayer" of the Church. These services will be lay-led and will draw on a variety of sources, including our own 1979 Book of Common PrayerA New Zealand Prayer Book, Celtic Compline, and more! (Our own Joey Arkfeld will lead a sung Taizé Compline on Monday evenings.) To join the Zoom, please use this link.
Help Wanted!
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Partner Parish Representative
Please consider serving as St. Dunstan’s next Samaritan Ministry Partner Parish Representative! Established in 1986 under the auspices of the Episcopal Church, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington has a proven track record of transforming the lives of homeless and jobless people in the greater DC area. In the past St. Dunstan’s has played a key role in this work: this year alone, our Outreach Committee has granted SMGW $2,500 in support of their life-changing ministry in our community. 
As a Parish Rep, you would represent St. Dunstan's at approximately six partner meetings per year and would help coordinate our participation in SMGW events. This is a meaningful and important ministry, and we hope that you will give prayerful consideration to this opportunity. For more information about Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, please visit their website. To volunteer as Partner Parish Rep or to explore whether this might be your call, please contact Patty Alexander.
Children, Youth, and Families
St. Dunstan's is now accepting applications for a part-time Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, and we need your help to spread the word!
Please share this position description with anyone whom you think might be interested in applying.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Sydney Betz
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth
Warren Green
Anja Hein
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Ric Huttenlocher
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Isabel Krum
Rachael McMillan
Joyce Nugent
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Trudy Wood
All those impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by recent wildfires and hurricanes

The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory:
Carolyn Collins,
friend of Louise Smoak

Doreen Montalvo
The Week Ahead
Mornings, M-F: Intercessory Prayer (by phone)
Please see the box above for information to join us at 10 a.m.
Evenings, M-F: Nightly Compline (by Zoom)
Please see the box above for information to join us at 8 p.m.
Tuesday Afternoon: St. Dunstan's Staff Meeting 
12:30 p.m., via Zoom
Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
On Wednesday, October 21, 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, October 23, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Hope to see you there!
Next Sunday: Outdoor Worship (weather-permitting)
Join us next Sunday, October 25, at 10:00 a.m. for Holy Eucharist on the church grounds. For contact tracing purposes, all those attending this service must register and e-sign the Regathering Covenant and Liability Waiver each time before coming to worship. The sign-up link will be available beginning tomorrow, and registration will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday. 
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