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The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's: September 13, 2020

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This Week at St. Dunstan's
September 13, 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday
after Pentecost
Today's Worship
St. Dunstan's Seminarians go "undercover" before the service:
Robin Reed (l) and Fergie Horvath
(Photo by Ray Donnelly)
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's:
What a glorious day in the life of our parish! This morning more than 30 people gathered in person at St. Dunstan's for our first socially- distanced outdoor service. The weather was spectacular and the spirit was very high. It was wonderful to see so many of you face-to-face at long-last (even behind masks)!
Special thanks go to the Regathering Team (Vince Leonard, Carl Adams, Karen Edwards, Frenchie Gogos, and Rosi Sweeney) for all their hard work since June to get us to this point. Likewise, let's give a shout-out to The Joseph Arkfeld Trio (Joey Arkfeld, Julian Berkowitz, and Landon Paddock) for the truly fabulous and uplifting jazz music. We are so blessed here at St. Dunstan's, in myriad ways.
After a brief delay the livestream did work this morning, but if you weren't able to join us in person or on Facebook the recording may be found here: Sunday Worship from St Dunstan's: September 13, 2020 (The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost)The bulletin for this morning's worship, including Sue Carroll's beautiful lectionary-inspired artwork for this week, can be accessed here.
Please stay tuned for more information about future outdoor services at St. Dunstan's. I look forward to seeing you soon - either in person or online. Here's to a great fall together!
God bless,
The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's
Monday Evening: Regathering Team Meeting
7 p.m., via Zoom
Tuesday Afternoon: Stewardship Committee Meeting
5 p.m., via Zoom
Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
On Wednesday, September 16, 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. This week we will begin our discussion at Acts 13:1.
Wednesday Evening: Weekly Compline
Compline, sometimes referred to as the "Goodnight Prayer of the Church," will be said this Wednesday, September 16, at 8:30 p.m., and we hope you will join us! The Zoom link for Compline may be found here (Meeting ID:570 537 096)
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link this Friday, September 18, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Come and see - and invite a friend!
Saturday Morning: St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters
The St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters, our women's group, will hold its next monthly meeting electronically next Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. All St. Dunstan's women (and friends) are welcome to join this time of prayer, reflection, connection, and support. 
From Soul Sisters' Convener, Sue Carroll:
"After six months of wearing masks all the time, it occurred to me that the topic of masks might be interesting to talk about. I’m thinking not just the literal masks we’ve had over our lower faces (does anyone else find themselves frustrated that our friendly smiles can no longer be seen?) but the emotional masks we wear. When is it useful to 'wear a mask' to disguise our true feelings and selves… to remain polite in an awkward situation, for instance? And when does it become a disservice to ourselves or to a relationship? How can we 'love our neighbors as ourselves' if we are not being our true selves? Or, are there ever times when being our 'true selves' is not the loving thing to be?
Here is the link for joining the meeting: Soul Sisters Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 705 712 806). If you know of folks who you think would appreciate this kind of conversation, please feel free to share the link with them. Just give a heads up to Patty, as she will need to let them in from the Waiting Room. Let me know if you have any questions. And I hope to see you next Saturday morning!"
Episcopal Shield Masks
A number of people asked about my snazzy mask this morning, and I am delighted to share order details to support this good cause!
~ Patty+
Christ Church Parish on Kent Island is selling Episcopal shield masks as a fundraiser for the Queen Anne’s County School Backpack program, which provides relief for residents in that area experiencing food insecurity.
Masks are available for purchase through the Christ Church website (here). Why not sport one at our next outdoor service?
Everyone Can Sing!
While we're not able to sing together in person, that doesn't mean our voices have to be silenced! This fall Minister of Music Joey Arkfeld will be offering virtual "Everyone Can Sing" sessions to help anyone who would like to feel more confident with their singing in worship. Whether you're already a proud member of the choir or secretly thrilled that you can hide behind the mute button during our remote services, these sessions will have something to offer you. Our first session will be held via Zoom on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. You might even want to join the choir and rock out your new skills in the future!
We will send out the Zoom login credentials closer to the date. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Joey directly at music@stdunstansbethesda.org for more information.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Joel and Ann Anders
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Helen Brown
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth 
Warren Green
Anja Hein
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Those affected by the West Coast wildfires
The Parish of St Francis of Assisi and the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)
The Vivanco Family and the clergy, students, teachers, and parents of Buen Pastor School in Quito, Ecuador
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