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This Weekend at St. Dunstan's- February 26, 2021

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The News from
St. Dunstan's
February 26, 2021
Friday Fellowship @ 5 Today
Join your fellow St. Dunstan's parishioners for a time of connection and conversation beginning this afternoon at 5 p.m. 
We hope you'll stop by!
(Zoom linkMeeting ID: 842 3801 8662)
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 above.
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.
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.
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 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+
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 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
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 to SMGW 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.
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, 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, 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

This Weekend at St. Dunstan's
This Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link TODAY (February 26) at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662)
This Evening: Taizé Compline with Joey Arkfeld (via Zoom)
Join your sisters and brothers from St. Dunstan's and the Church of the Redeemer at 8 p.m. for Compline, the "good night prayer" of the Church. Tonight's service will be in the meditative style of Taizé, and it will be led by Minister of Music Joey Arkfeld. To participate please use this link; Meeting ID: 754 5686 5769.
Sunday Morning: Service of Spiritual Communion for the Second Sunday in Lent
Join us online at 10:00 a.m.Please use this Zoom link to join the service (Meeting ID: 848 0673 6915; Passcode: 074803). The service also will be broadcast live on the St. Dunstan's Facebook page, and the recording will be sent out later in the day, via email.
Sunday Afternoon: Youth Confirmation Class, via Zoom
Confirmands and their leaders will meet again this week at 6 p.m. as the youth continue their preparation 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.)
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