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The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's: Sunday, October 4, 2020

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This Week at
St. Dunstan's
October 4, 2020
The Feast of St. Francis
Today's Worship
God's Pauper: St. Francis of Assisi
 (Contemporary Byzantine icon, Eka Fragiadaki)
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's,
A blessed St. Francis Day to all of you! After a bit of uncertainty earlier this morning, we ultimately were able to gather in person and via live-streaming for our second outdoor celebration of Holy Eucharist. I am particularly grateful that our Minister of Music and Organist, Joey Arkfeld, was feeling better and was able to play, sing, and run the audio/video for us today! It was an unexpected (and joyful) blessing.
If you weren't able to join us in person or on Facebook this morning, the recording may be found here: Sunday Worship from St Dunstan's: October 4, 2020 (The Feast of St. Francis)The bulletin for today's worship is available at this link.
Your Regathering Team and I plan to continue offering outdoor worship as long as we are able this fall, understanding that we probably have a narrow window of time before the weather turns too cool to gather on the grounds. Services will be live-streamed, with the recording sent out by email later in the day. We also recognize that, for all of its limitations, Zoom does enable folks at home to worship and share fellowship together in a more intimate, personal way. Please let me know if you would like us to explore the possibility of offering a separate Zoom service on those Sundays when we gather in person.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to tweak both our in-person and online offerings. We're getting there!
With love and gratitude,
This Afternoon:
The Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals 
4-5 p.m.
(Zoom Blessing: 3 p.m.)
All creatures, great and small, are warmly welcomed to St. Dunstan's Blessing of the Animals this afternoon! We will honor St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his love of animals, with special prayers for our furry, winged, finned, and scaled family members! 
This year, in the interest of safety and social distancing, the Blessing of the Animals will be contactless. Please drive up to the lower circle (by the glass doors) any time between 4 and 5 p.m. and remain in your car; the Rector will come to you and bless your pet(s) through the car window. ALL are welcome - tell your friends! (Photos of pets and stuffed animals are welcome, too.)
For those who would prefer to participate in the Blessing of the Animals virtually, please log on to this Zoom link at 3 p.m.Zoom Blessing of the Animals (Meeting ID: 853 8355 7278). Just hold your pet (or a photo or stuffed animal) up to the screen, and the Holy Spirit will take it from there!
Please join us as we give thanks for the beloved animals in our lives and ask God's blessing on them for the year to come.
Thursday Afternoon:
St. Dunstan's Book Group
Join fellow St. Dunstan's parishioners on 
Thursday, October 8, 
at 2:30 p.m. 
for a lively discussion of
The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett.
We will meet via Zoom, using this link (Meeting ID: 894 3714 3217
Passcode: 165960)
We hope to see you there! For more information about Book Group, please reach out to Donna Alvarez.
If you have any difficulty logging on, please contact Kim Matthews.
Looking ahead to upcoming months:
Nov. 12: Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
December 10: The Henna Artist (Alka Joshi)
January 14: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
(Kim Richardson)
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
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Isabel Krum
Riley Leitermann-Long
Rachael McMillan
Doreen Montalvo
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
President and Mrs. Trump
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
All those impacted by COVID-19
Those affected by natural disasters

The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
The Week Ahead at St. Dunstan's
Tuesday Afternoon: St. Dunstan's Staff Meeting
1:00 p.m., via Zoom
Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
On Wednesday, October 7, 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. 
Wednesday Evening: Weekly Compline
Compline, sometimes referred to as the "Goodnight Prayer of the Church," is offered every Wednesday 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)
Thursday Afternoon: Book Group
The St. Dunstan's Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month via Zoom, and we would love to have you join us! Please see the box above for information about this month's discussion and upcoming reads.
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 9, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another, and it's not necessary to stay for the entire time. Drop in and say "hi" whenever you're able!
Saturday Morning: Soul Sisters and Men's Group
It will be a spiritual abundance of riches this coming Saturday morning, October 10, as both the Soul Sisters and Men's Group gather for separate Zoom meetings. Please watch this space this week for login and topic information. Come and see!
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