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This Week at St. Dunstan's: January 10, 2022

Posted 5:34 PM
 
January 10, 2022
Monday
 
From the Rector
Sunday Worship with St Dunstan's: January 9, 2022 (The First Sunday after the Epiphany)
 
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's:
 
Thank you to those who joined us on Zoom and Facebook Live yesterday for Sunday morning worship! If you were not able to be with us in "real time," the recording of the service may be accessed above; just click on the video link to be redirected to St. Dunstan's YouTube channel. The text of yesterday's sermon is available here.
 
Please know that I anticipate resuming in-person services soon, but for now I hope that you will join me in giving thanks that we have the technology to make distance worship possible...We know how to do this! I will continue to be in regular communication with our Wardens and the rest of the Regathering Team to assess our readiness to worship inside the building again. For now, Governor Hogan's 30-day state of emergency is still in effect in Maryland, which suggests to me that we are wise to wait this out a bit longer. As always, I am tremendously grateful for your patience while we figure this out!
 
If you become sick with COVID (or any other illness, for that matter), please be sure to let me know so that we can pray for you and offer whatever moral and practical support is most appropriate. Please do not assume that I know that you're ill if you or a loved one haven't told me directly. Likewise, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you find yourself struggling emotionally and/or spiritually; please do not, under any circumstances, suffer in silence.
 
Holding you all in the Light of Christ during this Season of Epiphany,
 
 
The Reverend Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
914.882.4221
 
Stewardship 2022:
"We've Come this Far by Faith!"
 
The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of St. Dunstan’s
joyfully thank all those who have pledged to the
2022 Stewardship Campaign
(as of January 10, 2021):
 
 
Carl Adams
Patty and Randy Alexander
Donna Alvarez
Julie Anderson
Jessica Ault
Marsha Barnes
Alexa and Tom Barnett
Bethany and Fred Bentley
Mimi and Bob Betz
Elin Botha
Sue Carroll and Ray Donnelly
Joanne Comstock and
John Wyss
Michele and David Craig
Nancy and Walter Douglas
Karen Edwards
Phoebe Eliopoulos and
Ray Ciesinski
Ana Maria Espinoza and 
Mark MacCarthy
Elise Flick
Frenchie and Costa Gogos
Dalton Hamilton
Beatrice and Donald Hamilton
Donald Hamilton, Jr.
 
Mary Jane Hellekjaer
Fergie and Gary Horvath
Ann Johnson
Jackie Jones and Charles Cash
Lynne and Vince Leonard
Lisa and Norman Martin
Brad Mellor
Susan Newman
Behram Nowzad
Kristalee and Nils Overdahl
Cary and Ron Poropatich
Janet and David Repka
Juanita and Mark Rilling
Mary Sebold
Eleanor Smith and 
James Slaughter
Louise and Fred Smoak
Trudy Surut
Rosi Sweeney
Sue von Rautenkranz
James Wachob
Marta and Pat Waldo
Debbie and Cliff White
Kiska Williams
 
To date, 45 households have made financial commitments totaling $263,850 for the 2022 calendar year, which leaves us $11,150 short of our $275,000 Stewardship goal. We still very much hope to meet that goal in order to be able to continue to fund our mission and ministries at current staffing levels. If you have not yet pledged your support for 2022, please consider doing so soon, so that our Treasurer and Vestry can set the budget for this year.
 
To make a pledge online, please click on this link. Alternatively, you can download and print this pledge card and return it to
the Parish Office
 
If you believe that you have pledged for 2022 and do not see your name listed above, please contact Kim Matthews in the Parish Office. Please also feel free to reach out to Stewardship Co-Chairs
Karen Edwards or Rosi Sweeney with any other questions about pledging at St. Dunstan’s.
 
COVID Rapid Test Kit Distribution
 
From Deacon Mary
 
The International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring is busy resettling up to 575 Afghan refugees in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Due to pandemic-related delays in processing employment authorizations and financial assistance, refugees have few ways to provide for themselves when they first arrive. To help give families the power to purchase what they need, please consider buying gift cards through IRC’s Amazon Wish List. Thank you!
 
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Have you served your community lately? Participated in a volunteer effort? Tell us how you’re living your baptismal calling! We’ll include your news in an upcoming newsletter. Send a three-sentence blurb and a photo to Deacon Mary. Thank you for all you’re doing! 
 
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If you would like to help Deacon Mary organize monthly Sunday forums on charity, service, advocacy, and justice, please contact her. Share your ideas for topics, too!
 
Midweek Bible Study this Wednesday
Wednesday, January 12
10:30 a.m. (via Zoom)
 
Please join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark. No preparation or previous Bible Study experience is necessary...All are welcome at any time! 
The class also will be recorded and made available later in the day for those who cannot participate in the morning.

Use this Zoom link  to join 
(Meeting ID: 326 468 549)
 
Book Group Meets on Thursday
Thursday, January 13
1:30 p.m. (via Zoom)
 
January's selection is
Count the Ways, by Joyce Maynard.
 
To join the meeting,
please use these login credentials:
Meeting ID: 844 7431 9672
Passcode: 607728
 
Coming up:
 
February 10: The Mist (Ragnar Jonasson)
March 10: Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari)
April 14: Mary Jane (Jessica Anya Blau)
May 12: Will (Will Smith)
June 9: Apples Never Fall (Liane Moriarty)
 
For more information about the St. Dunstan's Book Group,
please contact Donna Alvarez
 
Season of Epiphany "Star Words"
Reminder...If you would like your own personal Epiphany Star Word this year, please email Patty, who will select one "at random" (with the Holy Spirit's guidance...) just for you!
 
Parents: For helpful ideas for observing the Season of Epiphany with your family at home, please visit this link.
 
Fundraiser for Outreach:
St. Dunstan's 2022 Calendars for Sale
We still have a few more copies of the 2022 St. Dunstan's calendar available for purchase! The calendar costs $20 and features the work of St. Dunstan's own Liturgical-Artist-in-Residence, Sue Carroll. Proceeds go to support St. Dunstan's Outreach ministries.
 
To order, please contact Parish Administrator Kim Matthews at admin@stdunstansbethesda.org or 301.229.2960.
 
For Your Prayers
 
For healing, strength, and protection:
 
Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Connie Carpenter,
Phil Carroll, Chuck Cash and Jackie Jones, John Chase,
Paula Clark, Bill Darnell, Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell,
Warren Green, Michael Hackley, Ben Hull,
Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent, Susan Parker, Christine Partin,
Carol Patterson, Gabi Shea, Ann Shelly, Curt Shively,
Anne Smedberg, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, 
Charlie and Sheila Wooters, Ann, Bea, Carmen, Katherine, and Nancy
 
Refugees and displaced persons
Those impacted by recent tornadoes, fires,
and other natural disasters
Those battling COVID and those who care for
and about them
 
May they rest in peace and rise in glory:
 
The victims of Sunday's apartment building fire in the Bronx
 
 
Office Hours and
Schedule of Parish Events
 
Regular Parish Office Hours
M-F, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
(Closed Mondays from 12-1 p.m. and on all federal holidays)
 
Click below to access the online calendar:
 
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