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This Week at St. Dunstan's- February 21, 2021

Posted 7:11 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
February 21, 2021
The First Sunday in Lent
This Morning's Worship
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's:
It was a delight, as always, to worship with many of you online this morning! If you were not able to participate in today's Zoom and Facebook service in "real time," I have included the link to the recording. Just click on the image above, and you will be redirected automatically to St. Dunstan's YouTube channel.
Special thanks, as well, to all who participated in our Coffee Hour discussion today of "Random Acts of Kindness," led by Deacon Mary. In honor of national "Random Acts of Kindness Day" last Wednesday, Mary had encouraged us all to find a way to do something quick and kind for a neighbor, the community, the world, or the Earth. She then asked us to consider how that seemingly random act might be an expression of our baptismal ministry.
We had a wonderful conversation, and many good ideas were shared for reaching out in kindness and compassion to others - even in the midst of a pandemic. Among the suggestions discussed were sending someone a "Box of Sunshine" (givesunshine.com) or a "Spoonful of Comfort" (a care package of soup - spoonfulofcomfort.com). If you have other thoughts about ways to share God's love, especially during COVID, please do not hesitate to forward them to Mary.
I hope that you will take a few minutes to read through the announcements that follow, as there is a lot going on at St. Dunstan's and in the larger community these days. That said, your Vestry and I know that there is always more that St. Dunstan's could be doing, and we encourage you to reach out with ministry ideas and requests. How is God calling you to live out your baptismal promises? How might St. Dunstan's support you in doing so? We want to hear!
Lenten blessings,
The Reverend Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Tonight: A Discussion with
Bishop Mariann Budde and
Dean Randy Hollerith
This evening at 7 p.m., the Washington National Cathedral is hosting an online public discussion with the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, the Cathedral Dean, and the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the Bishop of Washington, about the ways we can find healing when LGBTQ people are hurt by the Church. All are welcome. To learn more and register, please click here.
Lenten Boxes for Children and Youth
This afternoon, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Elise Flick (accompanied by her intrepid Mom, Laurie!) is hand-delivering personalized Lenten boxes to children and youth on our parish list. The boxes are customized by age and include activities and other resources for keeping a Holy Lent at home.
If you have children and youth in your household and do not receive a Lenten box today, that is likely because we don't have good contact information for you. But we can rectify that! Please be in touch directly with Elise, and we'll make sure to get your family a box this week.
A huge shout-out to Elise for all the thought and creativity she is putting into her new ministry among us. We are blessed, indeed!
Outreach: Lenten Food Drive for Nourishing Bethesda
This Lent, please help feed our neighbors in need by collecting nonperishable food for distribution by the Nourishing Bethesda Family Food Program.
Nourishing Bethesda has distributed food every Friday afternoon since August at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad on Battery Lane in Bethesda, feeding over 300 families each week. St. John's Episcopal Church, who is taking the lead on this initiative, is seeking partners to augment supplies of shelf-stable food.
list of needed shelf-stable items, organized by week, may be found at this link. The list represents the key items needed to provide balanced, nourishing food for families. We would be grateful if you could provide these goods in reusable bags and that you not include any glass items.
On Holy Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, please drop off your donations at the West Avenue entrance of St. John’s, where volunteers will be on hand to receive your offerings. You will not need to leave your vehicle. Please be sure to wear a mask.
If you would prefer to offer financial support, click herethere is a drop-down for Nourishing Bethesda - Food Distribution. You also may mail a check payable to St. John’s Norwood (annotated for Nourishing Bethesda) to St. John’s Norwood, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
For ​more information, please contact Deacon Mary
Outreach: Samaritan Ministry
of Greater Washington
Please Save the Date:
Samaritan Ministry
"Next Step" Breakfast
with Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour
Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00 a.m.
St. Dunstan's has had a long relationship with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, who works with individuals who for various reasons need a helping hand to regain their footing in society. It helps them take the "next step" toward becoming self-sufficient members of society, such as preparing for job interviews and obtaining their GED. St. Dunstan's traditionally makes an annual contribution to Samaritan Ministry; in 2020, we donated $2,500.00 from the Outreach budget.
This year, Samaritan Ministry is unable to hold its gala event at the National Press Club. Instead, it will hold a virtual "Next Step" Breakfast at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20. Walter Douglas, who serves as our Parish Partner Representative to SMGW (thank you, Walter!), will be St. Dunstan's "table captain." He is looking for others to join our virtual table. Please let Walter know if you would like to step up at walterdouglas@gmail.comThere is no charge to attend this online event.
Just to lure you in even more, here is the agenda:
  • Yamiche Alcindor of the NewHour will emcee; 
  • Executive Director David Wolf will share the transformational nature of SMGW’s work; 
  • We will hear from a Next Step participant and a volunteer; and 
  • Participants will be invited to make a financial gift or pledge, as well as consider offering their time and talent.
Please note that the last item is optional. Of course, Samaritan Ministry will not turn away additional donations or offers to volunteer.
Please let Walter know if you would like to join his virtual table. SMGW hopes to see six to eight participants from St. Dunstan's.
Annual Meeting 2021
Please mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting of the Parish, which will take place via Zoom on Sunday, March 14, immediately following worship.
For those who have never attended an Annual Meeting before, it is an important moment in our congregational life in which we hear brief reports from the Rector and various parish ministries and ratify the parish budget. In addition, we celebrate and give thanks for the many contributions of those members of the Vestry who are completing their terms, and we elect new Vestry members for the upcoming cycle. (The slate of 2021 Vestry candidates will be announced shortly.)
Please take a moment to read this one-page "Proposed Modification and Amendment of Bylaws for Consideration at the March 14,2021 Annual Meeting." These changes have been proposed unanimously by the current Vestry and, according to our by-laws, must be made available to the congregation 30 days before the Annual Meeting. If you have questions or concerns about these two proposals, please be in touch with me directly.
I hope to see you on March 14 as we prepare for another year of mission and ministry together! ~ Patty+
COVID Vaccine Updates
Please see this document for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the most recent information about registering for - and receiving - the COVID vaccine.

Thank you to Louise Smoak for generously curating, updating, and sharing this important information.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joseph Alfonso, Alice and Bill Avery, Nancy Bancroft,
Sydney Betz, Anne Bryant, Phil Carroll, Suzie Coughlan, 
Bill Darnell, Mike Donnelly, Kenny Farnsworth,
Maddie Fennell, Chip Gallagher, Warren Green, Isabel Krum, Victoria Lodewick, Alex McMillan, Susanna Metz, 
Joyce Nugent, Pam Plaisance, Allison Roberts, Curt Shively, Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, 
Charlie Wooters, the Rev. Eugene Wright, and Katherine
All those impacted in body, mind, or spirit by COVID-19, as well as for those working to develop, approve, and distribute vaccines
The people of Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and other places affected by extreme cold and winter weather
Those experiencing homelessness, unemployment,
and underemployment
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
The members and leaders of the Youth Confirmation Class
In thanksgiving:
For the safe birth on Wednesday of Zoe Marie Leonard
granddaughter of Vince and Lynne Leonard

This Week 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.
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
This Evening, February 21, 6:00 p.m.: Youth Confirmation Class Begins
If you have a young person in your life who is interested in making a mature public affirmation of his or her faith - or who has questions and would like to explore some answers - please be in touch with Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Elise Flick as soon as possible to sign up.
Tomorrow evening, February 22, 7:30 p.m.: Monthly Vestry Meeting
Please hold your lay and ordained leadership as we continue to try to move the parish forward durin this extraordinary time.
Wednesday Morning: Bible Study
Our weekly Bible Study meets on Wednesday, February 24, at 10:30 a.m. Click on this link to join the class (Meeting ID: 326 468 549). This week we continue our discussion of St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, beginning at Chapter 2. Please join us!
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link on Friday, February 26, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662)
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