Creating Sets: Illustrating the Book of Tobit Art Workshop with Artist James Bellucci, Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, 2 – 4pm: James Bellucci is an artist and art educator who works by creating dioramas from two- and three-dimensional objects, then photographing them. Adults and older kids (10 and up) of St. Dunstan’s are invited to work with James to create a diorama based on the Biblical book of Tobit, the same book we are working with in our Evening Bible & Arts Camp for kids. Please sign up in the Gathering Area; we can only accommodate 15 people. Participants should be able to attend both sessions. Check out James’s work at http://www.jamesbellucci.com.
Between Church, Sunday, July 31, 9:15am: Come try out simple outdoor worship between our two regular services. We gather at the stone altar to sing one or two simple songs, listen to the day, and share some brief reflections on spiritual practice in daily life.
The Book of Tobit: A Boy Went on a Journey Evening Bible & Arts Camp, 5:30 – 7:30pm, July 31 – August 4. We are designing our own VBS this year, focusing on the book of Tobit, a rousing story of faith, adventure, risk, romance, and mystery, from a part of the Bible known as the Apocrypha. Drama, art, and outreach will be integrated into our curriculum. Kids ages 3 to 10 are welcome to participate; need not be members of St. Dunstan’s. Registration forms are in the Gathering Area and on our website! Help spread the word!
Summer Thursday Evening Eucharist this week will be the closing session of our Evening Bible & Arts Camp. Non-Campers are welcome to come, eat, reflect on the story of Tobit together, and see a little of what the Campers have done all week.
School Supply Drive for MOM, Now through August 17: It’s time to start planning ahead for those going “back to school!” Once again, we will be collecting donations of school supplies to contribute to the goal of more than 1,000 backpacks this year! The MOM Back to School Program provides backpacks stuffed with grade level supplies for children in Pre-K through high school, and also supplies for college students. Cash donations are also accepted. More information and shopping lists are available in the Gathering Area. Please plan to bring your donations by August 17. While all school supplies are gratefully accepted, the greatest needs include:
extra-large back packs for high school students
three-ring binders (without logos) & dividers for binders
pocket folders (solid colors, plastic)
spiral notebooks – solid colors, wide & college ruled
loose leaf paper – wide & college ruled
Thank you for your generous support! MOM could not do it without you!
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
The Wednesday Book Group will NOT meet this coming Wednesday, August 3. We will resume gathering as usual on August 10 at 9:30am. We are currently reading “The Butterfly Mosque.”
Summer Choir on First Sundays, August 7: Come at 9am to learn some simple music to share as part of our 10am worship. Young singers and adult singers with no previous choir experience are especially invited! You should be able to read text, and be ready to begin to learn to read music. Talk with our Organist & Choir Director, Martin Ganschow, to learn more. The last summer choir is on September 4.
Birthdays and Anniversaries will be honored next Sunday, August 7, as is our custom on the first Sunday of every month. Come forward after the Announcements to receive a blessing and the community’s prayer.
Healing prayers: Next Sunday one of our minsters will offer healing prayers for those who wish to receive prayers for themselves or on behalf others.
MOM Special Offering, Sunday, August 7: Next Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. Here are the current top-ten, most needed items: cereal (preferably whole grain and low in sugar), instant oatmeal, whole grains, cooking oil, mayonnaise & ketchup, 64 oz. juice, tomato sauce, spices, rice, laundry detergent. Thank you for all your support!
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, August 7, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.
Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, August 10, 7:15-9pm: St. 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.
Save the Date: Madison PRIDE Parade, August 21st from Noon to 4:00pm. Members are invited to help represent St. Dunstan’s in the 2016 OutReach LGBTQ PRIDE parade and rally. The parade will start at the 500 and 600 Block of State St. and move towards the Capitol Square. This year’s theme is Inclusion: Marching Towards Racial Diversity. More specific announcements will follow. If you would like to be involve please stay tune.
Foundry414 Labor Day 3K for Backpack Snack Pack, Monday, September 5, 9:45am: Our neighbors at Foundry414 invite us to participate in the Backpack Snack Pack 3K fund raiser. Donations from St. Dunstan’s folks can go to our Backpack Snack Pack program. Come at 9:45 am to sign-in. The 3K starts at 10am and will follow a route that can accommodate strollers and wagons. There’s no registration fee to participate but donations are encouraged. Come enjoy good neighbors, exercise and fun for a good cause!