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Worship with St. Dunstan's Tomorrow (The First Sunday in Lent) -February 21, 2021

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The News from
St. Dunstan's
February 20, 2021
Tomorrow's Worship
Sunday, February 21, 2021:
The First Sunday in Lent
Join us tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 
for a Service of Spiritual Communion on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Please use this Zoom link to join the service:
(Meeting ID: 848 0673 6915; Passcode: 074803).
The service also will be broadcast live on the St. Dunstan's Facebook page, and the recording will be sent out later in the day, via email.
The slide deck for this week's worship is available here.
The sheet music for tomorrow's hymns may be found here.
After worship, please stay on Zoom for Coffee Hour.
This week Deacon Mary will lead us in an informal discussion of our "Random Acts of Kindness."
(It's never too late, if you haven't done one yet...)
Please join us!
Outreach: Lenten Food Drive for Nourishing Bethesda
This Lent, please help feed our neighbors in need by collecting nonperishable food for distribution by the Nourishing Bethesda Family Food Program.
Nourishing Bethesda has distributed food every Friday afternoon since August at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad on Battery Lane in Bethesda, feeding over 300 families each week. St. John's Episcopal Church, who is taking the lead on this initiative, is seeking partners to augment supplies of shelf-stable food.
list of needed shelf-stable items, organized by week, may be found at this link. The list represents the key items needed to provide balanced, nourishing food for families. We would be grateful if you could provide these goods in reusable bags and that you not include any glass items.
On Holy Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, please drop off your donations at the West Avenue entrance of St. John’s, where volunteers will be on hand to receive your offerings. You will not need to leave your vehicle. Please be sure to wear a mask.
If you would prefer to offer financial support, click herethere is a drop-down for Nourishing Bethesda - Food Distribution. You also may mail a check payable to St. John’s Norwood (annotated for Nourishing Bethesda) to St. John’s Norwood, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
For ​more information, please contact Deacon Mary
Outreach: Samaritan Ministry
of Greater Washington
Please Save the Date:
Samaritan Ministry
"Next Step" Breakfast
with Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour
Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00 a.m.
St. Dunstan's has had a long relationship with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, who works with individuals who for various reasons need a helping hand to regain their footing in society. It helps them take the "next step" toward becoming self-sufficient members of society, such as preparing for job interviews and obtaining their GED. St. Dunstan's traditionally makes an annual contribution to Samaritan Ministry; in 2020, we donated $2,500.00 from the Outreach budget.
This year, Samaritan Ministry is unable to hold its gala event at the National Press Club. Instead, it will hold a virtual "Next Step" Breakfast at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20. Walter Douglas, who serves as our Parish Partner Representative to SMGW (thank you, Walter!), will be St. Dunstan's "table captain." He is looking for others to join our virtual table. Please let Walter know if you would like to step up at walterdouglas@gmail.comThere is no charge to attend this online event.
Just to lure you in even more, here is the agenda:
  • Yamiche Alcindor of the NewHour will emcee; 
  • Executive Director David Wolf will share the transformational nature of SMGW’s work; 
  • We will hear from a Next Step participant and a volunteer; and 
  • Participants will be invited to make a financial gift or pledge, as well as consider offering their time and talent.
Please note that the last item is optional. Of course, Samaritan Ministry will not turn away additional donations or offers to volunteer.
Please let Walter know if you would like to join his virtual table. SMGW hopes to see six to eight participants from St. Dunstan's.
Annual Meeting 2021
Please mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting of the Parish, which will take place via Zoom on Sunday, March 14, immediately following worship.
For those who have never attended an Annual Meeting before, it is an important moment in our congregational life in which we hear brief reports from the Rector and various parish ministries and ratify the parish budget. In addition, we celebrate and give thanks for the many contributions of those members of the Vestry who are completing their terms, and we elect new Vestry members for the upcoming cycle. (The slate of 2021 Vestry candidates will be announced shortly.)
Please take a moment to read this one-page "Proposed Modification and Amendment of Bylaws for Consideration at the March 14,2021 Annual Meeting." These changes have been proposed unanimously by the current Vestry and, according to our by-laws, must be made available to the congregation 30 days before the Annual Meeting. If you have questions or concerns about these two proposals, please be in touch with me directly.
I hope to see you on March 14 as we prepare for another year of mission and ministry together! ~ Patty+
COVID Vaccine Updates
Please see this document for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the most recent information about registering for - and receiving - the COVID vaccine.

Thank you to Louise Smoak for generously curating, updating, and sharing this important information.
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joseph Alfonso, Alice and Bill Avery, Nancy Bancroft,
Sydney Betz, Anne Bryant, Phil Carroll, Suzie Coughlan, 
Bill Darnell, Mike Donnelly, Kenny Farnsworth,
Maddie Fennell, Chip Gallagher, Warren Green, Isabel Krum, Victoria Lodewick, Alex McMillan, Susanna Metz, 
Joyce Nugent, Pam Plaisance, Allison Roberts, Curt Shively, Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, 
Charlie Wooters, the Rev. Eugene Wright, and Katherine
All those impacted in body, mind, or spirit by COVID-19, as well as for those working to develop, approve, and distribute vaccines
The people of Texas, Oklahoma, and other places affected by extreme cold and winter weather
Those experiencing homelessness, unemployment,
and underemployment
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
The members and leaders of the Youth Confirmation Class
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory:
The Reverend Richard ("Dickie") Downing
former Rector in the Diocese of Washington
Arne Sorenson

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