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This Week at St. Dunstan's ~ November 15, 2021

Posted 6:54 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
November 15, 2021

From the Rector
Let us spur one another on toward love and good deeds
(Mixed media liturgical art by Sue Carroll) 
Dear parishioners and friends:
Yesterday was a great day at St. Dunstan's! If you missed worship, just click on this week's offering by Liturgical Artist-in-Residence Sue Carroll (above) and you will be redirected to the recording. The text of the sermon may be found here. Thanks to the efforts of our fabulous Tech Team (Vince Leonard, Elise Flick, and Andrew Alexander), we were able to livestream the service once again, which was such a blessing. We are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to worship, whether able to attend in person or not.
To that end...We need to deepen our bench of A/V volunteers, so that we can build a rota and the same folks don't have to be "on duty" every Sunday. Won't you consider joining the team? No previous experience is necessary; our veterans will train you. (As the newest recruit - my son - reported after this week's service, "That was cool, Mom!") Why should the teenagers have all the fun? Please consider taking a turn at the controls in the coming weeks! To volunteer, just send me a note to let me know of your interest, and we will set up a time to get you trained. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
I hope that you will take a moment to scroll down to read this week's many announcements. In addition to our Outreach and Adult Formation opportunities, I commend to your attention the "refresh" of our liturgical art exhibit, as well as the approaching deadline (Friday) to order your 2021 Advent Wreath Kit. If you have friends, neighbors, or family members who might like to purchase a kit this year, please feel free to share the pre-sale information with them!
Finally, on behalf of the Vestry and myself, I want to extend profound and sincere thanks to everyone who has made your 2022 financial pledge to St. Dunstan's already. Not only is your support essential to the future of this parish, but it also is a very moving expression of faith. I am inspired by - and grateful for - every one of you!
May the Peace of Christ be always with you,
The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Stewardship 2022
Stewardship - being able to give back to God a portion of what God has given us - is a tremendous privilege. It also is one of the greatest joys of being a Christian! Please join your fellow parishioners in thanking God for all the blessings of this life by making a commitment to the mission and ministry
of St. Dunstan's for the coming year. Materials for the 2022 campaign, "We've Come this Far by Faith," may be downloaded
at the links below:
To make your 
2022 pledge online,
please visit St. Dunstan's website (www.stdunstansbethesda.org), or scan the QR code to the right.
Alternatively, you can download and print this pledge card and return it to the Parish Office 
(5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, 20816) via the USPS.
Thank you so much!
Outreach to Afghan Refugees
Afghan Refugee Support Meeting
Thursday, November 18
7-8 p.m. (via Zoom)
Join us as we continue to discern how we, as a parish and community, are being called to help Afghan refugees who are coming to our area. We will discuss both hands-on outreach opportunities and virtual fundraisers. All are invited to participate, whether you have been involved with St. Dunstan’s refugee ministry before or not.
Use this link to join the meeting: 
(Meeting ID: 865 4695 7793)
For more information, please contact Deacon Mary.
Donate Your Extra Airline Miles to
Afghan Refugees!
Episcopal Migration Ministries is working with Miles4Migrants to help thousands of Afghan evacuees who are temporarily living on military bases and need transportation to their final destinations.
Your extra airline miles can help them get there. Learn how to pledge your miles to the Billion Mile Challenge at welcome.us/miles.
Thanksgiving Bags for NCCF
National Center for 
Children and Families 
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Please drop off at
St. Dunstan's by
November 17, 2021
If you plan to provide groceries for a family served by the NCCF this Thanksgiving, please return your filled bag to St. Dunstan's no later than Wednesday, November 17. Thank you for sharing God's abundance with our neighbors!
Midweek Bible Study
Wednesday, November 17
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!
(Meeting ID: 326 468 549) 
The class also will be recorded and made available later in the day for those who cannot participate in the morning.
Time to Order Your Advent Wreath Kit!
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for a parish-wide Advent Wreath Making social event on Sunday, November 28, immediately following worship.
You can pre-order your materials for this event by clicking this link: Advent Wreath Order Form. Wreath kits are $30 and will include: 1 straw wreath form, 4 candles, 4 candle holder stakes, ribbon, and greening pins. 
Please send all check payments to the St. Dunstan's parish office (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, 20816), or contact Kimberly Matthews at 301.229.2960 to pay by credit card. All orders and payments are due by Friday, November 19, 2021. If you cannot be with us in person on November 28, a St. Dunstan's "elf" will deliver your kit directly to your home.
"Art to Lift Spirits":
Refreshed Exhibit Now on Display
Give the Gift of Art this Christmas!
Be sure to stop by St. Dunstan's - for Sunday worship, or as your schedule permits during the week - to see new pieces by Liturgical Artist in Residence Sue Carroll.
Framed artworks are for sale for $225 plus 6% Maryland tax, for a total of $238.50. Unframed "prayer flags" at the entry are $100 plus tax, for a total of $106. Please see Sue Carroll at church or contact her at artbysue@icloud.com if you want to make a purchase. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to St. Dunstan's.
Book Group This Thursday
Thursday, November 18
1:30 p.m.
via Zoom
This month's selection is 
The Paris Library,
by  Janet Skeslien Charles.
All are welcome! For more information about Book Group, please reach out to Donna Alvarez

"Finding Quiet": Advent Quiet Day
Advent Quiet Morning
Saturday, December 4
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
St. Dunstan's
Sue Carroll and
Patty Alexander,
Is your soul feeling weary these days? Do you need a "time out" from the stress of your daily routine? Could you use some space for peaceful reflection at the outset of Advent?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then please mark your calendar now for an Advent Quiet Morning here at the church on Saturday, December 4. Spend the morning tending to the soil of your own soul in preparation for Christmas.
The 2021 Advent Quiet Morning is free, but we do ask that you register in advance using this form.
ALL are welcome - please invite a friend (or two)!
Next Blood Drive: December 29
American Red Cross
Blood Drive
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Noon-5:30 p.m.
St. Dunstan's
Parish Hall
Please consider giving the gift of life.
Note: This drive is by appointment only:
Use this link to schedule your donation.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:

Mildred Alexander, Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, 
Connie Carpenter, Phil Carroll, Chuck Cash and Jackie Jones,
Paula Clark and Andrew McLean, Katie Crawford, Bill Darnell,
Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell, Mary Anne Gordon, Warren Green, Michael Hackley, Ben Hull,
Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent, Carol Patterson, 
Dorothy Phaneuf, Gabi Shea, Curt Shively, Sherry Sneed, Trudy Surut, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, 
Charlie and Sheila Wooters, Bea,
Carmen, Katherine, and Nancy
The American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
Refugees and displaced persons
Those battling COVID and those who care for
and about them
May he rest in peace, and rise in glory:

The Reverend Michael Hinson
Chaplain at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
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