THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13…
Children’s choir rehearsal, Sunday, November 13 at 9:05am: The Children’s Choir will gather for rehearsal. Kids need to be able to read words, but don’t need to know how to read music, and how to focus and learn with a group. Please talk to our Organist & Choir Director, Martin Ganschow, with any questions.
Drama of the Book of Tobit, Sunday, November 13, 9:30am: A group of youth and adults prepared a wonderful dramatic rendering of the Book of Tobit for our Summer Bible & Arts Camp in August. This week they’ll perform it again for our congregation! Please come see the performance.
Sunday school, Sunday, November 13, 10am: This Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will be learning about the Exile and Return, while our Elementary classes will work with the prophet Isaiah’s vision of joy and restoration.
Christian Formation Committee Meeting, Sunday, November 13, 11:30am: Our Christian Formation Committee will meet to review and plan programs, especially our Epiphany pageant and study groups for early 2017. All interested folks are welcome to attend and participate.
Thank You Box: Check out the colorful Thank You Box in our Gathering Area. During the month of November, you’re invited to write a note about a person, thing, or event, in our church’s life or beyond, for which you feel grateful. Put your note in the Thank You Box. In December we’ll turn our notes into banners which will hang around the church as a celebration of all the gifts we’ve received from God and one another.
Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, November 18, 6pm: Join us for good food and good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we will meet at Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant, 5510 University Ave in Madison.
Build Madison, Saturday, November 19, 11am – ?: Do you like to problem-solve, make stuff, and work with a team? One of Madison’s local maker-spaces (a facility with all kinds of equipment for making stuff) is having a 24 hour build-a-thon and St Dunstan’s has some Advent-themed projects that need making. We are hoping to take a contingent of both adults and kids to be there part of the time and you are welcome to bring your own project as well. People with all types of backgrounds are encouraged to join in, whether you are an artist, tinker, crafter, builder or just willing to try something new. Alex Surasky-Ysasi, a new member who is a designer and engineer, is looking for a few adults and youth to join her – for a few hours, if not the full 24! Check out buildmadison.com for previous years projects. If you interested talk with Alex or with Rev. Miranda on Sunday.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE…
Black Friday Craft-In: VOLUNTEERS WANTED, Friday, November 25, 1 – 4pm: This year we’ll host our third annual Black Friday Craft-In, a free public crafting event. We can use all kinds of volunteers – whether your skill is sewing, woodworking, stamping, paper crafting, helping little kids with simple crafts, smiling at people and saying “Welcome!”, setting up tables, or putting cookies on plates. If you’d like to plan and set up a craft station of your own, let Rev. Miranda know (so we budget table space for you!), and we have some Michael’s gift cards available to help you cover materials expenses. Sign up in the Gathering Area to help out, or talk with Rev. Miranda.
SHARING CHRISTMAS: It’s time for “SHARING CHRISTMAS”!! The ornaments detailing gift ideas for each member of our adopted families are on display in the Gathering Area! Please choose one or more ornaments, sign your name on the form next to the number indicated on your ornament(s), buy your gift(s), wrap, firmly attach the ornament, and return to church NO LATER than WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7. Thank you so much for your generous support of this wonderful Middleton Outreach project that makes Christmas brighter for so many!!
Christmas Cards for Jail Inmates: Thanks to all who have contributed cards; we have a good stock now! Our Card-Writing Station is now set up opposite the kitchen. You can take a moment to write a message while at church, or take home a couple of cards and the card-writing guidelines, and write at home. These cards will go to inmates at the Dane County Jail this Christmas, through an initiative of our sister parish Grace Church.
Christmas is a bleak time for these men and women, and even a simple message of kindness can bring some joy and hope. Our goal is to complete at least 100.
NEXT SUNDAY & BEYOND…
Piece Be with You! Please join us between services at 9:00am on November 20th for a festive, all-parish brunch celebrating the ingathering of our prayers, hopes, and financial pledges for our parish life in the coming year. We will enjoy fellowship, delicious pies, quiches and other offerings. Please sign up to bring your favorite pie or quiche. Pre-cut pies with labeled pie servers would be much appreciated. Questions? talk with Laura Bloomenkranz or Sharon Bloodgood. Thank you!
Sunday school, Sunday, November 20, 10am: This Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will be learning about the prophet Jeremiah, while our Elementary classes will explore ideas about Jesus Christ from the letter to the Colossians.
Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, November 20: 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.
Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, Sunday, November 20, 11:30am: All who seek meaning in the journey of parenthood (at any age or stage) are welcome to come for food and conversation. Child care and a simple meal provided.
Children’s choir rehearsal, Sunday, November 20, 11:30am: The Children’s Choir will gather for rehearsal after the second service. Kids need to be able to read words, but don’t need to know how to read music, and how to focus and learn with a group. Please talk to our Organist & Choir Director, Martin Ganschow, with any questions.
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, November 20, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.
Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, November 20, 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.
Thanksgiving Service, Wednesday, November 23, 7pm: There will be a simple Eucharist service on Wednesday evening. All are welcome.
NO 8am service on Christmas Day: On Sunday, December 25, there will NOT be an 8am service. There will be a simple Eucharist at 10am. Christmas Eve services will be Saturday, December 24, at 3pm and 9pm.