Lent Madness at Sandbox Worship, Thursday, March 16, 5:30pm: Lent Madness is a playful way to learn more about some of the women and men we honor for shining God’s light in their times. Tonight we’ll talk about Amelia Bloomer and Philipp Melanchthon. Dinner follows our worship.
Guest Celebrant and Preacher: Please welcome the Rev. Laura Norby as our preacher and Father John Rasmus as our Celebrant this Sunday. If you need a priest’s support during Rev. Miranda’s absence this weekend, you can reach Father John through the office 238-2781. Rev. Miranda will be out of the office from March 17 through 20.
Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, March 19: 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, March 19, 10am: This Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will learn about the parable of the Pearl of Great Price, while our Elementary classes will learn about Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman.
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, March 19, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.
Young Adult meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, March 19, 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.
Reflections on the Water of Life, 9am: Gather in the Meeting Room at 9am for a simple time of conversation and prayer, based on reflections on water from Episcopal and Anglian leaders around the world. If you can’t attend but would like to read along, the reflection guide can be downloaded at: https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/trinity-institute/2017/lent
St. Dunstan’s Care Network: Did you know that St. Dunstan’s has a Care Network that helps provide meals for those in our parish family who may need them while they go through a life-changing event? We have several families in our community who are expecting new babies that we would like to help in this way. If you are interested in joining our network, there are a couple of ways to do this. The easiest is to go to our website www.stdunstans.com. Go to the Home Page, select the drop down “Fellowship & Learning” and click on the “Sharing Meals” tab. From there, click on the link that takes you to the Care Network log in page, where you will find instructions on how to sign up. The other way to find our page is to go to http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/652914/. Meal calendars for sign up will be posted as they are created. This Care Network is NOT just for new babies! If you know (or ARE) someone in the parish who could benefit from this service, please contact me, Shirley Laedlein. Thank you!
Looking for Coffee Hosts for April 2017! Consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee for more information.
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
Recovery Eucharist POSTPONED: Our planned Recovery Eucharist has been postponed. Look for a future date in April or May. Thanks for your interest!
Dance, sing and pray for peace, Thursday, March 23, 6pm (dinner at 5:30pm): Learn and experience the simple and moving songs and Dances of Universal Peace inspired by the Judeo-Christian tradition. Led by Conie Borchardt, Certified Dance Leader and Music Director at St. Mary’s Episcopal in St. Paul, MN. Dances for Universal Peace accommodates people of all skill levels and levels of physical ability. This is a special edition of our weekly Sandbox Worship; please note that this week we will eat dinner first, at 5:30pm.
Last Sunday All-Ages Worship, Sunday, March 26, 10am: Our last Sunday worship will focus on the Gospel story of the Man Born Blind. Last Sunday Worship invites kids’ full participation in our liturgy. We always welcome suggestions about how to meet that goal more fully! NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.
Gospel of John Study Group, Wednesday nights, March 8 – April 26, omitting Holy Week, 6:30-8:30pm at the McAlpine’s: This year the Daily Office Lectionary has us reading the Gospel of John from the last week of Epiphany through the second week of Easter. If you’d like to read it and reflect on it with others, there is still room in the study group hosted by the McAlpines in Fitchburg. Please call the office at 608-238-2781 for more information.
Liturgy Planning Meeting, Sunday, March 26, 6:30pm: All interested people are welcome to come plan ahead for Holy Week and Easter season, and to share ideas for our worship.
Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, March 31, 6pm: Due to weather, we canceled last month’s event, so we will be meeting at Amber Indian Restaurant at 6913 University Avenue in Middleton. Please come join us for good food and good conversation.
Architects’ On-Site Design Process, Sunday, April 2: On April 2nd, the next part of our planning and design process with Engberg Anderson Architects will take place right under our roof here at St. Dunstan’s! Beginning at 9AM that morning, and continuing into the early afternoon, architects from EA will set up shop in our building in the Meeting Room. They will be working on concept drawings and sketches for different ways in which the various ideas generated by all of you over the last several weeks can best be incorporated into our building – whether by renovating the space we have, or by looking at modest ways to expand it as needed. The process promises to be interesting, a bit messy, and a lot of fun! Bill and Mike, and members of your Discernment committee, hope you will take the time to stop by, see what they are working on, ask questions and share your comments on their work. The more input they get from the members of St. Dunstan’s, the better their work will reflect our goals, dreams, and the mission of our parish. Make plans to allow time for a visit, either before leaving church, or by returning later in the day.
Palm Saturday, Saturday, April 8, 11am-12pm: Kids, parents, grandparents and friends are invited to make Easter Crafts and communion bread, and to take part in a gentle, age-appropriate and participatory telling of the whole Easter story, presented by the youth and adults or our church. This event is best suited for kids ages 3 to 10; our Middle Schoolers are invited to help present the Easter pageant. All are welcome!
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Sunday, April 9 – Palm & Passion Sunday
Thursday, April 13, 6pm: Maundy Thursday Meal & Worship
Friday, April 14 – Good Friday
12pm, 4pm & 7pm Good Friday services
Children are encouraged to attend the 4pm service
Saturday, April 15 – Holy Saturday
8pm: Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday
Egg hunt for children follows both 8am & 10am services