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Wednesday's News from St. Dunstan's: May 19, 2021

Posted 4:01 AM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
May 19, 2021
From the Rector
Dear friends,
Happy St. Dunstan's Day!
Today in the life of the Church we celebrate and give thanks for our patron Saint - who was, in turn, a Benedictine monk, Abbott of Glastonbury, and Bishop of Worcester, before eventually becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 960. While he may not be as well-known as the patrons of some of our neighboring parishes (such as John, Luke, Patrick, or David), in his day Dunstan was acclaimed as both a musician and metalworker, as well as for his "gifts of administration and reforming zeal" (Holy Women, Holy Men). St. Dunstan testified to his faith by using his many God-given talents and interests for the building up of the Body of Christ.
I wonder: As Christians who gather (whether virtually or in person) in the parish that bears his name, how do we carry on the legacy of St. Dunstan? One does not need to be a Bishop (or a musician, metalworker, administrator, or reformer, for that matter) to follow in his footsteps. On the contrary, we honor St. Dunstan's life and witness best by putting our own unique gifts and interests to use in God's service. Indeed, the Collect (prayer) appointed for this feast day asks God to "move us to offer [our talents] for the adornment of worship and the advancement of true religion."
As we begin to come out of our isolation in the weeks and months ahead, we have an opportunity to re-imagine our life together in this parish. I fully anticipate that some new ministries will emerge, as we consider afresh how we are called to be the Church at this time and in this place. No doubt we all have learned some things about ourselves over the course of the pandemic, which for many of us has included an re-evaluation of our priorities. We know too well that "Life is short, and we haven't much time to gladden the hearts of those with whom we walk this earth." In light of that truth, how might you offer your unique gifts and talents in service to God and God's people, going forward? And how might this parish and its leadership support you in your ministry?
I look forward to exploring these and other questions with you as together with God we co-create the future of St. Dunstan's. This is an exciting time for the parish, and I thank God for the opportunity to experience it with each of you.
To God be the glory,
The Rev. Patricia Phaneuf Alexander, Rector
Please Complete the
Indoor Regathering Survey
We Want Your Input!
Given the recent changes in CDC and Diocesan COVID guidelines, the Regathering Team would like to hear from you about your willingness to attend services indoors at St. Dunstan's this summer. Please take a couple of minutes to respond to this brief survey by Sunday, May 23, 2021. Your responses are not binding, of course, but this data will assist in our planning for the weeks ahead. Thank you!
The Regathering Team:
Carl Adams
Patty Alexander
Karen Edwards
Frenchie Gogos
Vince Leonard
Rosi Sweeney
This Sunday: The Feast of Pentecost
Please join us outdoors on the Feast of Pentecost this Sunday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m.! In addition to celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit (the "Birthday of the Church"), we will bid farewell to our Senior Seminarian Intern, Robin Reed, and her husband, Mike Brown, and we will thank them for their many contributions to this parish over the past two years. 
Music will be courtesy of the always-festive Joseph Arkfeld Quartet...and rumor has it that there may be cupcakes!
Remember to wear RED, if possible, this week; orange or yellow work, too. We hope to see you Sunday!
It is not necessary to register in advance. We ask that those who are not fully vaccinated wear masks during the service; others who feel more comfortable masking are also encouraged to do so. 
Ending this Weekend:
Mimi Betz's Art at Brookside Gardens
Now through May 23: "Artists of the Atelier"
Brookside Gardens Visitors' Center
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD
Come see the paintings of parishioner Mimi Betz, one of St. Dunstan's amazingly gifted visual artists, at Brookside Gardens! Mimi is one of about 15 artists with paintings currently on exhibit, and there are 12 of her pieces in the show.
"Artists of the Atelier" will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through May 23. The outdoor gardens are open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and are absolutely beautiful with all of the spring blossoms.
For more information, please visit the Brookside Gardens website
Save the Date! Next Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 15
1:30-6:30 p.m.
The Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive
Please use THIS LINK to register.
If you have any difficulty scheduling your appointment, please contact
Daily Prayer with Redeemer
Mornings, M-F: Intercessory Prayer (by phone) 
Call our dedicated "prayer hotline" (508.924.1769) to join Prayers for the Morning at 10:00 a.m.
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.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joey Alfonso, Nancy Bancroft,
Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Phil Carroll, 
the Rev. Canon Paula Clark, Suzie Coughlan, Bill Darnell,
Mike Donnelly, Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell,
Chip Gallagher, Gracey Greco, Warren Green,
Todd Leonard, Victoria Lodewick, Nicole Luedtke, 
Susanna Metz, Joyce Nugent, Carol Patterson, Pam Plaisance, Allison Roberts, Curt Shively, Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, Charlie Wooters, Carmen, Claire, and
The peoples of Palestine and Israel
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
Those victimized by racial hatred and gun violence
Those impacted in body, mind, or spirit by COVID-19
Those experiencing homelessness, hunger, unemployment,
and underemployment
May she rest in peace, and rise in glory:
Mary Elizabeth Hannah
cousin of Trudy Surut
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