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Today at 4 pm: The Blessing of the Animals: October 3, 2021

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The News from
St. Dunstan's
October 3, 2021
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Blessing of the Animals
and All Creation
St. Francis Sunday ~ TODAY!
4 p.m.
Outdoors at St. Dunstan's
Come give thanks for the gift of Creation as we ask God’s blessing on the beloved animals in our lives. Bring your pet, a picture of a pet, or even your favorite stuffed animal!
There will be treats and certificates for pets
and an activity for children.
All creatures, great and small, are welcome...and in the interest of keeping the peace, we ask that animals be leashed, crated, or otherwise appropriately restrained.
Thank you!
Recording of Today's Service
Words and Meditations
(Mixed media liturgical art by Sue Carroll, based on a photo by
Thank you to those who worshipped with us, either in person or online, this morning! If you were not able to join us in "real time," just click on this week's bulletin cover by Liturgical Artist-in-Residence Sue Carroll (above) and you will be taken to the recording on the St. Dunstan's YouTube channel. The text of this week's sermon, the third in our special series on Baptismal Living, may be found here.
Coats for Afghan Refugees
“…I was naked and you gave me clothing.” Matthew 25:36
Fall is here, and many newly arrived Afghan refugees undergoing in-processing at U.S. military bases need warm winter coats. ADAMS Center (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) in Sterling, Virginia is collecting 13,000 new or gently used and clean(ed) winter coats for men, women, and children in all sizes. Can you help?
If you would like to participate, please drop off your donation(s) at the St. Dunstan's Parish Office by no later than 5 p.m. on October 13. Patty will deliver our contributions to the ADAMS Center. Alternatively, coats may be mailed directly to 20904 Sandstone Square; Sterling, VA 20165 by October 15. 
Thank you for supporting our new Afghan neighbors! 
Small Group Meetings Next Weekend
Men's Group and Soul Sisters
Saturday Morning, October 9
The Men's Group will meet in person at the church beginning at 9 a.m. and will finish by 10:30.  Bagels will be provided. For more information about the St. Dunstan's Men's Group, please reach out to John Wyss.
Soul Sisters, the St. Dunstan's Women's Discussion Group, will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., via Zoom. Join the meeting using this link (Meeting ID: 705 712; Passcode: 266823). All St. Dunstan's women - and friends! - are welcome to participate. To learn more, please be in touch with Sue Carroll.
October is Pumpkin Time!
In need of pumpkins?
Visit the Pumpkin Patch
Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill
3606 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA !
The Immanuel Pumpkin Patch is a venerable tradition in the DC area: For the past 28 years, Immanuel parishioners have worked together to sponsor this signature fundraiser for Outreach.
One hundred percent of Pumpkin Patch proceeds go to more than 25 local, national, and international organizations that directly support feeding, housing, educating, and caring for the most vulnerable. (In 2020 the Pumpkin Patch netted more than $80,000 for Outreach funding!)
The Immanuel Pumpkin Patch offers all sizes of pumpkins grown by Navajo farmers, from small hand-held “spookies” to very large pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns; prices start at $1 and go up based on size. Also for sale are beautiful gourds, delicious home-made soups and baked goods, and autumn- and Halloween-themed crafts. For directions or more information, please speak to Patty...She lives there!
Visitors to the Pumpkin Patch are strongly encouraged to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, to protect those who cannot be vaccinated yet.
St. Dunstan's Book Group:
October's Selection
Join the
St. Dunstan's Book Group on
Thursday, October 14
1:30 p.m.
(via Zoom)
This month's selection is The Nest,
by  Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.
All are welcome! For more information about Book Group, please reach out to Donna Alvarez

Memorial Service for Former Parishioner
Bert Spencer
Celebrating the Life of
Bertha Poulos Spencer
Saturday, October 23
10:30 a.m.
The Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda
Former St. Dunstan's parishioner Bert Spencer died on September 21, 2021 at the age of 96. In recent years Bert had made her spiritual home at our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, where her life will be celebrated later this month.
If you would like to attend this service, you are asked to RSVP here by October 16. In keeping with Montgomery County COVID protocols, masks will be required indoors.
There will be a reception outside at Redeemer following the service, and interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
The family asks that you wear bright colors
for this celebration of Bert's life.
"Art to Lift Spirits" Exhibit Continues through October 29
Sundays from 11 a.m.-noon
Weekdays from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Pieces are available for sale, with 50% of the proceeds going to St. Dunstan’s
For Your Prayers

For healing, strength, and protection:

Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Connie Carpenter, Phil Carroll, 
Chuck Cash and Jackie Jones, Paula Clark and Andrew McLean, Bill Darnell, Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell,
Mary Anne Gordon, Warren Green, Ben Hull,
Todd Leonard, Joyce Nugent, Carol Patterson, 
Dorothy Phaneuf, Curt Shively, Sherry Sneed, Trudy Surut, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, Charlie and Sheila Wooters, Bea, Carmen, Katherine, Nancy, the Wood Family, and the Gamma Family
The peoples of Afghanistan and Haiti
The victims of recent natural disasters
All those battling COVID and those who care for
and about them
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