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Today's Message from St. Dunstan's: July 28, 2020

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Today's Message from

St. Dunstan's


July 28, 2020



From the Rector

Dear friends,

I write today with sad news of the death of one of St. Dunstan's "Founding Mothers," Caryl L. Hadler, earlier this year. Her son, the Rev. Jacques Hadler, Jr. (who, incidentally, was one of my professors in Seminary), reached out to let me know that Caryl died on January 28, 2020 at the Riderwood, Silver Spring community where she had lived for the past several years. She was 98 years old. The Hadler family waited to publish Caryl's obituary in the hopes of being able to announce service arrangements as well, but unfortunately those plans are still on hold due to the pandemic. They decided to publish her obituary now, on the sixth month anniversary of her death; it appears in today's Washington Post and may be found at this link .


Longtime St. Dunstan's parishioners may remember Caryl, who was a fixture here until she moved to Riderwood in January 2014. While I never had the privilege of meeting Caryl myself, I am indebted to her for her efforts to "plant" St. Dunstan's as a mission of The Church of the Redeemer in the late-1950's. Without the faithfulness, fortitude, and vision of people like Caryl and her contemporaries, there would be no St. Dunstan's today. We all stand on the shoulders of giants - Caryl very much included.


I have asked Jacques to think about a meaningful way for us to honor his mother's legacy in this parish, and I invite any who knew her to offer suggestions, as well. She clearly was an extraordinary woman.


Thanks be to God for the long and full life of Caryl L. Hadler. May she rest in peace, and rise in glory.


Yours faithfully,




Worship Leaders Needed!

It's that time again! As we look toward the start of a new month this coming weekend, we need volunteers to serve as Lectors, Psalm Readers, and/or Intercessors (Prayer Leaders) in Sunday worship during August. No previous experience is necessary...anyone (of any age) who can read can volunteer!  


At this point we plan for services on August 2, August 16, August 23, and August 30 to take place via Zoom, as has been our practice in recent months. All you need is to be able to access Zoom app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer in order to take part. God willing, our August 9 service will be held in-person, outdoors at St. Dunstan's: If you plan to join us that day, I would be very grateful if you would considering participating actively in worship! ~ Patty+

Reaching Out


In the past, St. Dunstan's has contributed the cost of schooling and feeding one child for a year at Buen Pastor , an Episcopal School in Quito, Ecuador where our missionaries, the Vivancos, oversee the school and the use of our funds. For the past 29 years, Buen Pastor has served a vulnerable community, including orphans and those living with addiction, by providing a range of community development programs.


The cost of feeding and educating one child at Buen Pastor is $39 per month, or $468 a year. At Coffee Hour on Sunday, those present agreed that we as a parish should continue to support Buen Pastor with a gift for one year of $468 from our Outreach budget. (All contributions are approved by our parishioners before being dispersed; if you have any objection to this grant, please contact Elin Botha, Outreach Coordinator, directly at elin.botha@gmail.com.)


In addition to supporting Buen Pastor from the Outreach budget, we hope to be able to support a second child for the year by collecting donations from St. Dunstan's parishioners. If 12 individuals or households each contributed $39, we would have enough to feed and educate an additional child.


If you would like to help support a child at Buen Pastor, please make your check for $39 (or more, if you'd like!) payable to St. Dunstan's, with "Buen Pastor, e=h" in the memo line. You may mail your donation to the church (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, 20816); the mailbox is secure and is cleared regularly.  


Thank you to those parishioners who already sponsor a child for one year. We appreciate everyone's contribution to this project!


Masks for S.O.M.E.


So Others Might Eat is an interfaith, community-based organization dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in the metro DC area. St. Dunstan's regularly supports S.O.M.E. both through grants from the Outreach Committee and by preparing casseroles for their feeding program. 


While we can't deliver home-cooked meals right now, we still can support the people served by S.O.M.E. by helping to provide them with much-needed masks. We reached our initial goal of providing 100 masks, and now we're aiming for 100 more. Can you help?


Click on the image above to be taken to a dedicated page to order masks for S.O.M.E. made by parishioner Peta Leitermann-Long. Shipping is free. Thank you for helping to keep S.O.M.E.'s clients safe!

Parish Prayer List


For healing, strength, and protection: 


Donna Almon

Nancy Bancroft

Richard and Florence Banks

Angie Blake-Moore

Phil Carroll

Bill Darnell

Kenny Farnsworth 

Warren Green

The Hamilton Family


Anja Hein

Barbara and John Hocker

The Rev. Deacon Fergie Horvath

Barbara and Felton "Mac" Johnston

Jason and Amy Krill and their family

The Rev. Deacon Julie Petersmeyer

Pam Plaisance

Curt Shively

Allison Spaulding

Lina Verville

Pat von Rautenkranz

Don Wasseman


May they rest in peace, and rise in glory: 


Caryl Hadler,

founding member of St. Dunstan's

Rhett Hamilton

 Murray Simpson


This Week at St. Dunstan's

Tomorrow Morning: Bible Study

On  Wednesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m.,  we continue our study of the  Acts of the Apostles , and we hope you will join us!   We meet via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please click on  this link; the Meeting ID is  326 468 549. 


Wednesday Afternoon: "Kid Zoom" 

Children - and their parents! - are invited to join our Intern, Robin Reed, and the Rector for our weekly Children's Message  on Wednesday afternoon, July 29, at   4:30 p.m . In order for your children to participate, please use  this Zoom link . We will share a brief time of conversation, story, and prayer, which is a great way for them to stay connected to St. Dunstan's and experience God's love in community.


Wednesday Evening: Weekly Compline

Compline, sometimes referred to as the "Goodnight Prayer of the Church," will be said  Wednesday, July 29, at   8:30 p.m.,  and we hope you will join us! The Zoom link for Compline may be found  here (Meeting ID: 570 537 096) . 


Friday Morning: Morning Prayer

Join Robin for Morning Prayer at  7 a.m. on Friday, July 31,  via Zoom. To participate in the service, simply click  here . 


Friday Afternoon: Community Fellowship Time

Come join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use   this Zoom link   on Friday, July 31, at 5 p.m.   (Meeting ID:  842 3801 8662)


Sunday Morning: Sunday Worship with St. Dunstan's

Please plan to join your sisters and brothers in Christ for worship via Zoom and Facebook Live  next   Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 10 a.m.  To participate in the Zoom meeting, please use  this link , which will go live beginning at 9:50 a.m.; the Meeting ID is  826 4027 2649.   Immediately following worship, stay online for Coffee Hour to connect with your St. Dunstan's friends!

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