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This Week at St. Dunstan's- February 28, 2021

Posted 7:59 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
February 28, 2021
The Second Sunday
in Lent
This Morning's Worship
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's:
Thank you to all who joined us for online worship 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 our Middler Seminarian, Fergie Horvath, for her powerful homily today. We are grateful to you, Fergie, for helping us to refocus our spiritual vision during this Lent.
I hope that you all will take a few minutes to read through the announcements that follow to find out what's going on at St. Dunstan's and in the larger community these days. While the pandemic makes it more challenging to stay connected with one another, we are trying to provide multiple ways to get (and remain) involved in the life of the parish. Please let me know if there are other things that you need but we are not providing - yet. Your Vestry and clergy are here to support your walk with Christ in whatever way we can.
I wish you a lovely day and a peaceful week ahead.
Love and blessings for the journey,
The Reverend Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Youth Confirmation Class
Today at 6 p.m.:
Youth Confirmation Class, via Zoom
Confirmands and their leaders will meet again this afternoon at
6 p.m. as the youth continue to prepare to make a mature public affirmation of their faith later this year. Please hold this group in prayer during this important time of formation.
(For more information about Confirmation at St. Dunstan's, please contact Elise Flick or The Rev. Fergie Horvath.)
COVID Vaccine Updates
Please take a moment to watch a brief message about the COVID vaccine from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, by clicking the photo to the left.
Please also see this documentcompiled by parishioner Louise Smoak, for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the most recent information about registering for - and receiving - the COVID vaccine.
Lenten Food Drive
This Lent, please help feed our neighbors in need by collecting nonperishable food for distribution by the Nourishing Bethesda Family Food Program.
Nourishing Bethesda distributes food every Friday afternoon 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 grocery supplies.
list of needed shelf-stable items, organized by week, may be found at this linkPlease drop off your donations at St. John’s, Norwood (6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815) on Holy Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. Reusable bags are preferable; please do not include any glass items.
If you would like to support this ministry financially, please click herethere is a drop-down for Nourishing Bethesda - Food Distribution. To volunteer to help with actual food distribution, please see this Sign Up Genius. (In-person volunteers observe strict COVID protocols, including physical distancing and wearing gloves, masks, and face shields.)
For ​more information, please contact Deacon Mary
Everyone Can Sing!
Join Minister of Music
Joey Arkfeld Wednesday at 7 p.m. for Everyone Can Sing!
Together we'll explore the fundamentals of natural singing and how that can help you feel more comfortable singing hymns from behind the mute button on Sundays - or in the shower, or wherever else you feel like making a joyful noise these days! 
This session will be short and easy, and a fun, productive way to spend some virtual time together. (And you can remain muted throughout the session...so it's safe and non-threatening, no matter what you might think of your singing voice.) All are welcome!
To join the class, please use this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 812 7015 3944).
For more information about "Everyone Can Sing!,"
please reach out to Joey directly.
Book Group in March
The St. Dunstan's Book Group 
will meet 
Thursday, March 11, 
at 2:30 p.m. 
This month's selection is 
A Long Petal to the Sea
by Isabel Allende.
The group meets via Zoom, 
using this link 
(Meeting ID: 894 3714 3217;
Passcode: 165960).

For more information about Book Group, 
please reach out to Donna Alvarez
Shopping by Amazon? Please visit smile.amazon.com and designate "Episcopal Parish of St. Dunstan" as your AmazonSmile beneficiary. St. Dunstan's will receive a donation of 0.5% of your eligible purchases. Every little bit helps support the mission and ministry of this parish!
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.
Please read this one-page "Proposed Modification and Amendment of Bylaws for Consideration at the March 14,2021 Annual Meeting" in advance of the 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.
I hope to see you on March 14 as we enter into another year of mission and ministry together. ~ Patty+
Support for Christian Parenting
Join author Christian Smith
for a free webinar on
Thursday, March 18, 2021
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Space is limited; to register, please use this link.
St. Dunstan's is here as a partner and source of support in Christian parenting. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Rector or to Elise Flick, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, at any time with requests or suggestions.
Samaritan Ministry
"Next Step" Breakfast
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 long supported 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. 
This year, Samaritan Ministry is unable to hold its annual 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. The breakfast will be emceed by Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewHour and will include remarks from SMGW's Executive Director, the Rev. David Wolf, as well as from a Next Step program participant and a volunteer. Attendees at the breakfast will be invited to make an optional financial gift or pledge, as well as to consider offering their time and talent to this important ministry.
Walter Douglas, our Parish Partner Representative to SMGW, 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. SMGW hopes to see six to eight participants from St. Dunstan's on March 20.
American Red Cross Blood Drive: April 5
Give the Gift of Life!
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, April 5, 2021 (Easter Monday)
10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
St. Dunstan's Parish Hall
Please note that, due to COVID restrictions,
this drive is by appointment only.

You may sign up online at this link; please be in touch with Patty if you need help registering.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joseph Alfonso, Alice and Bill Avery, Nancy Bancroft,
Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Phil Carroll, Suzie Coughlan, 
Bill Darnell, Mike Donnelly, Kenny Farnsworth,
Maddie Fennell, Chip Gallagher, Warren Green, Isabel Krum, Todd Leonard, Victoria Lodewick, Susanna Metz, 
Joyce Nugent, Pam Plaisance, Allison Roberts, Curt Shively, Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, 
Charlie Wooters, the Rev. Eugene Wright, Carmen, 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 of the Youth Confirmation Class
and their leaders
May they rest in peace and rise in glory:
Anne Bryant
sister-in-law of Jane Chase
Alice Spelman
friend of Robin Reed

The Week Ahead
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
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10:30 a.m.: Bible Study on Romans
Our weekly Bible Study meets this Wednesday 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 3. Please join us!
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7:00 p.m.: “Everyone Can Sing!”
Please see above for information about joining this month's session.
Friday, March 5, 2021, 5:00 p.m.: Friday Fellowship
Join your fellow St. Dunstan's parishioners for a time of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link on Friday at 5 p.m. (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662).
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:00 a.m.: St. Dunstan’s Men’s Group
All St. Dunstan's men (and friends) are invited to gather virtually for this month's Men's Group meeting, which will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday; it will conclude by 10:30 a.m. The Zoom link for this month's meeting will be sent out later in the week. For more information about the St. Dunstan's Men's Group, please be in touch with Convener John Wyss.
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