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Update on Worship at St. Dunstan's: September 17, 2020

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St. Dunstan's
September 17, 2020
From the Rector
Dear friends,
I am writing today to update you on our plans for worship here at St. Dunstan's over the next couple of weeks. On the heels of our joy-filled first outdoor service this past Sunday, the Regathering Team and I met this week and decided to offer in-person worship again on Sunday, September 27, at 10 a.m. (weather-permitting). Because it is so important to the spiritual life of our community, this time we also will have the opportunity to partake of Communion (consecrated Bread only - no wine) for the first time since March. Please be assured that much thought and reflection has occurred at the diocesan and parish levels around ways to begin distributing and receiving Communion safely. No one is required to receive the Sacrament, of course: We will offer a Prayer for Spiritual Communion for those who would prefer not to receive (and for those watching the service via livestream), as well as the option to come forward for a distanced blessing. I will share more specific details about the mechanics of receiving the Sacrament in an email next week.
Please remember that you must register in advance (by 12 noon on Friday, September 25) in order to attend the September 27 service. The link for September 27 will go "live" this coming Sunday afternoon, after our online worship service. This past week we did allow a couple of people who signed up after the cutoff to attend, but we cannot continue that practice, going forward. Safe in-person worship during this pandemic requires a great deal of advance planning, and we need to know by Friday whom to expect on Sunday morning. Thank you for your help with this!
If you are planning to worship with us outdoors on September 27, please also consider volunteering to help that day. Many hands do, in fact, make light work, and there are several jobs available - from set-up and clean-up, to checking folks in and directing them to their pods, to monitoring the livestream, to participating in the service as a reader or prayer leader. Please click the image below to sign up to help.
This coming Sunday, September 20, we will worship via Zoom and Facebook Live, as has been our practice for the past several months. (Login information may be found under "This Weekend at St. Dunstan's," below.)
As always, please do not hesitate be in touch with any questions or concerns - or just to say "hi"! Know that I am here to support and walk with you through this strange time in whatever way I can. You are never alone.
God's peace,
Volunteers Needed
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
~ Psalm 46:1-3
If you would like to reach out to help victims of the natural disasters currently besieging our sisters and brothers on the West and Gulf Coasts, please consider making a donation to Episcopal Relief and Development, the disaster relief arm of the national Episcopal Church. You may do this directly through the ER-D website.
At checkout, please click the "I want to enter my church information" box to affiliate your gift with St. Dunstan's.
Yoga and Prayer
Fridays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm beginning September 18 (via Zoom)
Join the Rev. Diana Gustafson for an hour of centering and prayer. Explore ancient psalms and contemporary poetry that resonate in today’s world, within a framework drawn from the Book of Common Prayer.
The class is led from candlelit St. Thomas' Parish DuPont Circle. All students, regardless of experience or ability, are welcome to share in the movements of the body and spirit. Roll out your mats and sign onto Yoga and Prayer online. This event is hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and St. Thomas' on DuPont Circle.
Click here to register; a Zoom link will be emailed in advance of the start of each class.
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 next 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 this weekend. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Joey directly at music@stdunstansbethesda.org for more information.
Episcopal Shield Masks
Christ Church Parish on Kent Island (MD) is selling Episcopal shield masks as a fundraiser for the Queen Anne’s County School Backpack program, which provides relief for residents in that area experiencing food insecurity.
Masks are available for purchase through the Christ Church website (here). Why not sport one at our next outdoor service?
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Donna Almon
Joel and Ann Anders
Nancy Bancroft
Richard and Florence Banks
Sydney Betz
Helen Brown
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
Lina Verville
Pat von Rautenkranz
Don Wasseman
Those in the path of Hurricane Sally and the West Coast wildfires
The Parish of St Francis of Assisi and the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)
This Weekend at St. Dunstan's
Tomorrow Afternoon: Friday Fellowship
Join your St. Dunstan's friends for an hour or so of connection and conversation! Use this Zoom link tomorrow, September 18, at 5 p.m.  (Meeting ID: 842 3801 8662) There is no agenda beyond catching up with one another. Come and see - and invite a friend!
Saturday Morning: St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters
The St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters, our women's group, will hold our next monthly meeting electronically on Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. All St. Dunstan's women (and friends) are welcome to join this time of prayer, reflection, connection, and support. 
After six months of wearing masks all the time, it occurred to me that the topic of masks might be interesting to talk about. I’m thinking not just the literal masks we’ve had over our lower faces (does anyone else find themselves frustrated that our friendly smiles can no longer be seen?) but the emotional masks we wear. When is it useful to "wear a mask" to disguise our true feelings and selves… to remain polite in an awkward situation, for instance? And when does it become a disservice to ourselves or to a relationship? How can we "love our neighbors as ourselves" if we are not being our true selves? Or, are there ever times when being our "true selves" is not the loving thing to be?
Here is the link for joining the meeting: Soul Sisters Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 705 712 806). If you know of folks who you think would appreciate this kind of conversation, please feel free to share the link with them. Just give a heads up to Patty, as she will need to let them in from the Waiting Room. Let me know if you have any questions. And I hope to see you next Saturday morning!
Sue CarrollConvener
Sunday Morning: Worship with St. Dunstan's
Please join your sisters and brothers in Christ for worship via Zoom and Facebook Live this coming Sunday, September 20, 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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