Announcements, June 29

NO SANDBOX TONIGHT, JUNE 29: Many of our regulars are scattered this week, so we’re taking a brief early summer hiatus. We will gather again on Thursday, July 6.

THIS WEEKEND…

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given this Sunday, July 2, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, July 2: This 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: dried, freeze-dried and canned fruit; shelf-stable dairy/non-dairy beverages; toilet paper and paper towels; mayonnaise and ketchup; herbs, spices and salt; spaghetti and pizza sauce; whole grains including rice, quinoa, gluten free pastas; quick cook prepared sides ex. Knorr’s (veggies/pasta, Zatarain’s (beans/rice); heart healthy oil; nut butter – other than peanut (allergies). Thank you for your generous support!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, July 2, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Lake Field Trip, Sunday, July 2, 12pm: As part of our Creation Care commitment to understanding our local water systems better, we will walk over to Marshall Park on Lake Mendota after church on July 2nd. It’s an easy seven-minute walk. We’ll “meet” the lake and talk a little about stormwater and lake health. Bring a brownbag lunch if you’d like to hang around at the park for a while!  (And there are now boat rentals at Marshall Park, so you could make a whole afternoon of it – bring sunscreen!)

Grownups, are you a little jealous that you can’t come to our Summer Bible, Arts & Science Camp? Well, guess what: you CAN! We are seeking 2 – 3 more grownups to help out during our camp (5:30 – 7:30pm, July 30 through August 3). You can dig deep into the story of Jonah, make crafts, try science tricks, sing and play games right alongside the kids! If you’d like to help out, talk with Rev. Miranda or Sharon Henes.

1 Samuel Study Group, Wednesday nights, June 21-July 26, 6:30-8:30 PM: Gather with a friendly group to explore the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel – a rich and complex tale of the rise and fall of kings. The study group is hosted by the McAlpines at their home in Fitchburg, about five minutes from the intersection of the Beltline and Verona Road.

THE WEEK AHEAD & BEYOND…

The office will be closed July 3rd and July 4th for the Independence Day holiday.

JULY 9 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN MEETING POSTPONED: We had hoped to present draft plans for our building and grounds on Sunday, July 9, but as we work with our architect and campaign consultant, it’s clear we simply need a few more weeks to be ready to do this well. We are looking for the next date when our Capital Campaign leadership and consultants are all available to gather with the parish and review our plans and ideas. We’ll announce the new date as soon as possible! Thanks for your understanding and patience, and feel free to ask questions to Rev. Miranda, Celia Fine, or John Laedlein.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 12, 1-2:45pm: We meet monthly for contemplative prayer, after which we discuss a reading from Julian of Norwich, a 14th Century English mystic who has been called “a theologian for our time.” All are welcome. For more information, contact Susan Fiore.

Timbergreen Woods Full Value Forestry Workshop, Saturday, July 15, 9am – 4pm, Timber Green Woods, Spring Green: A group of St. Dunstan’s folks are headed to Spring Green to learn about managing and harvesting trees, and some creative ways to use timber. This will be both fun and informative! The only cost is a $5 contribution for lunch. Responsible older kids may come too. If you’d like to come, sign up in the Gathering Area or contact the office at office@stdunstans.com or 238-2781.

First Good Books” Book Group Meeting, Sunday, July 16, 9am: We’ll have donuts, coffee, juice, and conversation. Our first session will focus on “Cherries and Cherry Pits”. We’ll read the book together and talk about it. All ages are welcome!

Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project Fundraiser, Verona, Sunday, July 23, 1-5pm: Come to the Wisconsin Brewing Company at 1079 American Way in Verona to enjoy micro-brews, help support our diocesan partnership with St. Mark’s School in Haiti, and meet Arol Ilerand, a guest from Haiti. Arol is the lead agronomist on the Clean School Green School project at St. Marc’s.  We would love a critical mass of supporters to attend and hope you will invite your friends out to enjoy the venue, listen to live music, sample brews and food cart delicacies, and shop Haitian art and jewelry.

Evening Bible, Arts & Science Camp: The Story of Jonah, July 30 – August 3: Our Vacation Bible School this summer is planned for Sunday, July 30, through Thursday, August 3. We’ll meet in the evenings – likely 5:30 to 7:30pm, as in previous years. We’ll use drama, music, art, and science to explore the Biblical story of Jonah. Kids ages 3 to 10 are welcome to participate; middle school and older kids will be involved as actors and helpers.

41st Annual Women’s Mini Week: Courageous Women of God! August 10 – 13, 2017, Camp Lakotah, Wautoma, Wisconsin: This is your time to retreat from your everyday routines, to allow discoveries and friendships to refresh you, to find comfortable activity or blissful quiet. Registration forms are in the Gathering Area. For further information please contact Rose Mueller, Ellen Rishel or Robin Ertl. Others who can share info are Joan Knudson, Shirley Laedlein, Kathy Whitt, Connie Ott, Dianne McCoy. You can also visit the website at http://www.womensminiweek.org .