Lammastide Festival of Bread, Sunday, September 6: Lammastide is an ancient harvest festival that became a church festival in our mother church, the Church of England. It’s an opportunity to offer the fruits of the growing season thankfully to God. The word means “loaf mass”; it was originally held at the time of year when the first grain ripened enough to be made into fresh loaves of bread. We will celebrate the end of summer together with a Lammastide procession; themes of bread, food, welcome, and justice in our music, Scriptures, and sermon; and a festive bread-themed Coffee Hour. If you are a baker, you are invited to bring a loaf of bread – any kind! If you are a gardener or a farmer’s market shopper, you are invited to bring something beautiful from God’s Creation to contribute to our decorations – a handsome squash, an ear of decorative corn, flowers, colorful chard. You are welcome to reclaim your produce after worship.
Birthdays & Anniversaries will be honored this Sunday, September 6, as is our custom on the first Sunday of every month. Come forward after the Announcements to receive a blessing and the community’s prayers.
Healing Prayer, Sunday, September 6: Sunday, one of our ministers will offer healing prayers for those who wish to receive prayers for themselves or on behalf of others.
MOM Special Offering, Sunday, September 6: This Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. Groceries are welcome gifts too. Here are the current top ten items needed: sugar, cooking oil, fruit cocktail, canned peaches, canned turkey or chicken, cereal, jelly, diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, laundry detergent, toothbrushes/toothpaste. They are always in need of quality bedding items such as comforters, sheets, blankets and towels, too. Thank you for your generosity.
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, September 6, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the new week.
Altar Flowers: September & October dates are available! Honor a loved one or a special event with altar flowers. Reserve your special date by writing your dedication on the sign-up sheet. Suggested donation is $35 (write “flowers” on the memo line of your check or on envelope containing cash).
Coffee Hour hosts needed for the weeks ahead! Please consider being a coffee host. Sign-up sheets for upcoming months can be found in the Gathering Area. Thanks for lending a hand!
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, September 9, 7:15-9:00pm: Julian of Norwich: 14th Century feminist? 14th Century heretic? No, although a reader might at first think so. 14th Century psychologist? Sort of . . . she understood the human heart and, through her sixteen revelations of Jesus, she understood the heart of God. Thomas Merton called her “the greatest theologian for our time.” Come to one of our monthly meetings and find out why — and learn about contemplative prayer. We meet the second Wednesday of each month. We’d love to see you.
Men’s Book Club, Saturday, September 12, 10am at St. Dunstan’s: This month the book is a mystery, The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig. The action takes place in a bar called the Medicine Lodge in northern Montana, run by Tom Harry and his son, Rusty. Enter a woman from the past and her daughter and things begin to happen.
Sunday School, Sunday, September 13, 10am: A new year of Sunday school classes begins! Our Sunday school meets on the second and third Sundays of most months. Next week, our 3-5 year old class will be learning about the Circle of the Church Year, while our 6 – 10 year old class will dig into Sunday’s Gospel story about Jesus’s mission.
Funeral Service for Rev. Art Lloyd, Saturday, September 19, 10:30am at St. Dunstan’s: We anticipate that this service will be well-attended. If you would like to assist with the reception, you can contact the parish office at (608) 238-2781 or email Pamela at email@example.com. We really need food; salads and desserts to feed about 150 people. There will be alternate parking available at Asbury Church on University Avenue. The Lloyd family asks that in lieu of flowers, people make gifts in Art’s memory to St. Dunstan’s Church, to be used for Outreach, or to the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice. Checks should be made payable to ENEJ and mailed to: ENEJ c/o Michael Maloney, 5829 Wyatt Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45213.
Middle School Youth Group Begins, Friday, September 18, 5:30pm: Our Middle School (grades 4 to 8) youth will begin meeting regularly this fall. We ask your prayers for these young people and their adult leaders as we get this new program underway!
“What Am I Doing Here?” A Class For Those New to the Episcopal Church, Sundays at 9am, Sept. 13, 20, and 27. Join us for an exploration of the parts and purpose of our pattern of worship. Please pick up a copy of the book (“What Am I Doing Here?” – it’s small and blue) in the Gathering Area, and if possible, read Chapters 1 & 2 before our first session on Sept. 13. It’s an easy read and it has cartoons! Questions? Talk with Rev. Miranda or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .