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This Weekend at St. Dunstan's: September 11, 2020

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This Weekend at
St. Dunstan's
September 11, 2020
A Prayer for September 11
O Almighty God, who brings good out of evil and turns even the wrath of your children towards your promised peace: Hear our prayers this day as we remember those of many nations and differing faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Hasten the time when the menace of war shall be removed. Cleanse both us and those perceived to be our enemies of all hatred and distrust. Pour out the spirit of peace on all the rulers of our world, that we may be brought through strife to the lasting peace of the kingdom of your Son; Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.
(If you were not able to join us for our brief service of remembrance this morning and would like pray at home, the Order of Service may be accessed here: Prayers of Peace for September 11.)
Last chance to register for
Sunday's Service!
Join us this Sunday, September 13,
at 10:00 a.m.
for a socially-distanced, in-person service on the church grounds!
All those attending this service must register and sign the
Regathering Covenant and Liability Waiver (electronically)
before coming to worship.
Please visit THIS LINK to reserve your spot.
Registration closes at 12 noon TODAY.
For more information about outdoor worship at St. Dunstan's,
please contact Patty Alexander.
Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation!
Use this Zoom link this afternoon at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662)
There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Hope to see you!
Men's Group Meets Tomorrow
The St. Dunstan's Men's Group will meet via Zoom
TOMORROW, September 12.  
All St. Dunstan's men - and friends! - are invited to participate.
The gathering will begin at 9 a.m.,
and the discussion will start at 9:30. Join whenever you are able. 
The Zoom link for this month's meeting may be found here.
For more information about the St. Dunstan's Men's Group, please reach out to John Wyss.
Socially-Distanced Food Drive
TOMORROW, September 12
10 a.m. - 12:00 noon
St. Jane de Chantal Church (lower parking lot)
9601 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda
Hunger and food insecurity resulting from the pandemic continue to affect many children and families in our community.  Please consider donating the following items:
  • grains (instant oatmeal, white and brown rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta)
  • canned protein (tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • canned fruit (peaches, pineapples, mandarin oranges)
  • canned vegetables (beans, corn, mixed)
  • other (canned spaghetti sauce—no glass jars—peanut butter, jelly).
For those who wish to contribute financially, please make your check payable to Saint Martin’s Cloak and send it to
St. Jane de Chantal Church at the address above.
Donations will benefit Bethesda Help, Catholic Charities of Montgomery County, and Sacred Heart Church in DC.
Thank you from Buen Pastor in Quito, Ecuador
Dear Brothers and Sisters of The Episcopal Church of St. Dunstan's,
Hello with many blessings from the "Buen Pastor" Church and the families of our E=H program.
During these months our lives have changed a lot, the pandemic has allowed us to reflect on how fragile life is, but above all, it has allowed us to be grateful to God and has led us to value ourselves and others.
As a Church receiving the blessing of E=H to accompany families and children so that they have food and continue their studies has allowed us to reaffirm God's love and see the real face of Christ. (Cameron Vivanco´s note: During the pandemic we at E=H have adjusted the types of receipts that are acceptable from only education-related expenses to also include food and medicine. Many, if not most, of our families were in dire situations with little to no food nor access to medicine.)
We, as students, families and the church, are facing new challenges as the new school year begins. Many students do not have the access to electronics that they need to study virtually, but that has not stopped them from pressing on. Seeing their desire to continue with their studies and the effort that they put towards it fills us with much hope, the same hope that E=H has been giving and continues to do so. Thank you for sharing, supporting and blessing the lives of our students.
We ask you to accompany us praying:
  • For our students to find joy and peace in this new stage of their lives.
  • So that parents can rest in the love of God and find times where they can recharge their energy.
  • For our leadership here at Buen Pastor to continue responding to God's vision and accompany our families and students well.
  • For health and protection; our neighborhood is one of those with the highest number of Covid-19 infected and this brings concern to families.
We send you a hug and many blessings, and know that we pray for you.
Sent with a lot of love and appreciation from the Episcopal Church El Buen Pastor in Quito-Ecuador,
Rev. Juan Carlos Quiñonez
Everyone Can Sing!
While we're not able to sing together in person, that doesn't mean our voices have to be silenced! This fall Minister of Music Joey Arkfeld will be offering virtual "Everyone Can Sing" sessions to help anyone who would like to feel more confident with their singing in worship. Whether you're already a proud member of the choir or secretly thrilled that you can hide behind the mute button during our remote services, these sessions will have something to offer you. Our first session will be held via Zoom on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. You might even want to join the choir and rock out your new skills in the future!
We will send out the Zoom login credentials closer to the date. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Joey directly at music@stdunstansbethesda.org for more information.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Joel and Ann Anders
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Phil Carroll
Bill Darnell
Kenny Farnsworth 
Warren Green
Anja Hein
Barbara Hocker
The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath
Jason and Amy Krill and their family
Pam Plaisance
Curt Shively
Allison Spaulding
The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu and Mrs. Leah Tutu
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
The Rev. Dr. Louis Zbinden
The Parish of St Francis of Assisi and the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)
The Vivanco Family and the clergy, students, teachers, and parents of Buen Pastor School in Quito, Ecuador
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