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The Trailblazer

Tuesday at St. Dunstan's- January 5, 2021

Posted 6:34 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
January 5, 2021
From the Rector
Dear parishioners and friends of St. Dunstan's,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our dear Sister in Christ, Eleanor Neiman, died on December 9, 2020 due to complications following a stroke. She was 90 years old.
Before the COVID shutdown, Eleanor attended worship at St. Dunstan's regularly with other residents from Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights. I was able to FaceTime with Eleanor many times over the past several months, and without fail she spoke of the kindness and welcome she felt from the congregation. She did not have any immediate family, and this parish had become an important community for her. Unfortunately the staff at the rehab facility did not know about Eleanor's ties to St. Dunstan's, which is why I did not learn of her death until today.
Eleanor will be buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring on Thursday, January 7, at 9 a.m. I plan to attend the service on behalf of the parish.
Thanks be to God for the long life of Eleanor Neiman and for her faithful presence here at St. Dunstan's. She will be missed.
Eternal rest grant your servant Eleanor, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her. May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, rest in peace, and rise in glory.
The Reverend Patricia Phaneuf Alexander
Bible Study Resumes Tomorrow!
Please join us tomorrow, January 6, at 10:30 a.m. as we begin our discussion of
St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians
(sometimes known as the "Letter of Joy").
No previous knowledge or experience with Bible Study is needed! Just bring a Bible (if you have one - if not, the text will be projected on the screen), an "inquiring and discerning heart," and an interest in engaging Scripture with your sisters and brothers in Christ.
Bible Study lasts about an hour and meets via Zoom: click on this link to join the class (Meeting ID: 326 468 549). What better way to begin the New Year than by exploring God's Word in community? Come and see!
Maryland COVID Vaccine Registry
For free information about available COVID testing and vaccinations in Maryland, please visit this resource made available by the State Health Department:
Support St. Dunstan's
When You Shop at Amazon
St. Dunstan's is now participating in the AmazonSmile program! AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support St. Dunstan's when you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you.
It's simple: Just click on the icon above to be taken to the St. Dunstan's AmazonSmile page. Alternatively, visit smile.amazon.com and designate "Episcopal Parish of St. Dunstan" as your designated beneficiary. St. Dunstan's then will receive a donation of 0.5% of your eligible purchases.  
Be sure to bookmark the AmazonSmile site in order for St. Dunstan's to receive the donation every time you shop. Every little bit helps support the mission and ministry of this parish!
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joseph Alfonso, Betty Almon, Nancy Bancroft,
Richard and Florence Banks, Sydney Betz, Anne Bryant, Phil Carroll, 
Wendy and Suzie Coughlan, Bill Darnell, Mike Donnelly,
Walter Douglas, Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell,
Chip and Karen Gallagher, Katie Greco, Warren Green,
Susan Haight, Barbara Hocker, Fergie Horvath, Isabel Krum,
Joyce Nugent, Pam Plaisance, Curt Shively,
Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, Charlie Wooters,
Anne Zbinden, Hanson, and Katherine
All those impacted in body, mind, or spirit by COVID-19
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
All seminarians taking the General Ordination Exams this week
(especially our own Robin Reed!)
May she rest in peace and rise in glory:
Eleanor Neiman
This Week at St. Dunstan's
Mornings, M-F: Intercessory Prayer (by phone) 
Each morning at 10 a.m. the Rectors of St. Dunstan's and our sister parish, the Church of the Redeemer, offer Prayers for the Morning by telephone. All you need to do is call our dedicated "prayer hotline" (508.924.1769) and either Patty Alexander or Cricket Park will be on to pray with and for you. (Typically Patty leads prayers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.)
Evenings, M-F: Nightly Compline (by Zoom) 
Join your sisters and brothers from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline, the "good night prayer" of the Church. To participate in the Zoom, please use this link; Meeting ID: 754 5686 5769 (On Tuesday evenings, Joey Arkfeld leads a special Compline service in the style of Taizé, and on Thursdays Robin Reed leads Compline according to the Book of Common Prayer.) 
Tomorrow Morning: Bible Study
Weekly Bible Study resumes tomorrow morning, January 6, at 10:30 a.m., with a discussion of St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians. Please see the box above for more information - and please join us!
Friday Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link this Friday, January 8, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) Hope to see you there!
Saturday Morning: Soul Sisters and Men's Group
It will be a spiritual abundance of riches this coming Saturday morning, January 9, as both the Soul Sisters and Men's Group gather for separate Zoom meetings. Please watch this space this week for login and topic information. Come and see!
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