Announcements, February 11

SUNDAY, FEB 14…

Stations of the Cross in Lent, every Thursday at 7:15pm and every Friday at noon: We will walk the Stations of the Cross together in our nave. You may also walk and pray the Stations on your own at any time the church is open; call 238-2781 to check before you come. Our Stations of the Cross booklet is based on Scripture and readings from Christian tradition.

Lenten Study Group – Growing a Rule of Life, 9am, & every Sunday in Lent: In this series, offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an order of Episcopal monks, we focus on God as the Chief Gardener of our souls, and we seek out ways to grow into the fullness he desires. This series uses a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ to explore and cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation. To participate, sign up at ssje.org/ssje/growrule/ to receive the daily email prompts, and come to the Meeting Room on Sundays at 9am for group discussion about our individual work. You’re also free to participate in this series as an individual, without attending the group gatherings.

Sunday School, 10am: This week, our 3-6 year old class will be learning the Parable of the Great Pearl, while our 7-11 year old class explores our lesson from Deuteronomy, and how God’s people hold our holy history in memory.

Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, 11:45am: All who seek meaning in the journey of parenthood (at any age or stage) are welcome to come for food and conversation. Child care & a simple meal provided.

Coffee Hosts needed March 27! Please consider being a coffee host to help us celebrate Easter on March 27th.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God, Friday, February 19, or Saturday, February 20. This two-hour event is both a crafting session and retreat for theological reflection on the themes of Lent. We will make crosses out of found objects. All skill levels are heartily welcomed. The event will be offered twice: Friday, February 19, 1 – 3pm, for adults only; and Saturday, February 20, 9 – 11am, all ages welcome. (Children 7 and up may participate. Younger kids will have their own program in another room.)

Seeking Found Objects! Do you have some interesting bits and bobs that have no practical use, and yet you’re somehow reluctant to simply throw them away? Check your junk drawer, your workshop shelf, the dusty corner of your crafting area, and see what’s hiding there. Whether you plan to participate in “Making Crosses” or not, you’re invited to gather and contribute a few items to the found-object crosses that we will create. All items should be clean, safe to handle, and no bigger than a standard desktop stapler; other than that, it’s wide open. Please bring items to the labeled box in the Gathering Area by Friday, February 19.

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, February 20, 10am: The book is “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson, the visionary founder and executive director of the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative, surely has done as much as any other living American to vindicate the innocent and temper justice with mercy for the guilty. With honorary degrees from Yale, Penn and Georgetown, Stevenson, now 54, has made his latest contribution to criminal justice in the form of this inspiring memoir.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, February 21: Half the cash in our collection plate, and any designated checks, will go towards the Rector’s Discretionary Fund this day and on every third Sunday. This fund is a way to quietly help people with direct financial needs, in the parish and the wider community. Please give generously.

Sunday School, Sunday, February 21, 10am: This week, our 3-6 year old class will be learning about some of Jesus’ parables of growth. Our 7-11 year olds explore the covenant between God and Abraham.

Christian Formation meeting, Sunday, February 21, 12noon: Our Christian Formation Committee will meet to review and plan programs, especially for Easter and beyond. All interested folks are welcome to attend and participate.

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, February 21, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins.

Younger Adults’ Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, February 21, 7pm: The younger adults of St. Dunstan’s are invited to join us for conversation and the beverage of your choice, at the Vintage Brewpub on South Whitney Way. Friends and partners welcome too.

Lenten Virtual Book Group Begins Feb. 21: Unapologetic, by Francis Spufford. Rev. Miranda invites members and friends to a “virtual book group” this Lent, beginning the third week in February. We’ll read along together during Lent and share reactions and reflections on a Facebook group. We may also plan one or more in-person book discussion sessions as well, if there is interest. If you’d like to participate, please sign up in the Gathering Area, so we can get an idea of how many books to order. Books will be ordered the week following Sunday, February 7. A $10 donation to defray the cost of the books is welcome, but not required. You can also check the libraries for the book or buy it for your e-reader.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, February 26, 6:30pm: Join our monthly get-together as we dine at area restaurants and enjoy good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we will meet at Cocina Real at 2518 Allen Blvd. in Middleton.

Our kid-inclusive All-Ages Worship this month will be Sunday, February 28, at the 10am service. Our Last Sunday worship is intended especially to help kids (and grownups who are new to our pattern of worship) to engage and participate fully. NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.

Help feed the students! St Francis House Dinner, Sunday, February 28: St. Dunstan’s will provide dinner for the St. Francis House community in a few weeks. We are asked to provide food for up to 15 people, and we are invited to attend worship with the students at 5pm.  Vegan and gluten-free options are welcome (that’s easier than you think: a veggie stew over rice, bean chili …). Please sign up in the Gathering Area if you can help with the meal, or contact Rev. Miranda at office@stdunstans.com.