Announcements, February 1

The Capital Campaign Feasibility Study will be going out on Friday! Please respond and return it by February 18. If your household doesn’t receive an email inviting you to take the survey, please talk to Rev. Miranda or contact the office at (608) 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com . Mailed (hardcopy) surveys should arrive in the next few days.

Election Results: Thanks to all who attended and participated in our Parish Annual Meeting on January 21! Here are the results of our election of parish officers: Senior Warden: Shirley Laedlein; Junior Warden: Michelle Windle; Vestry: Krissy Mayer, Mary Rowe and Bill Ford; Convention Delegates: Celia Fine, Kate Larson, Sharon Henes, Evy Gildrie-Voyles; Alternate Delegate: Valerie McAuliffe. We thank Lynn Bybee for his service as Vestry member and Junior Warden.

THIS WEEK…

Survival Backpacks: We are collecting items to fill backpacks for homeless high school youth in the Madison school system. If you took a slip from the window display, please bring back your items by this Sunday, February 4! Thanks for your generosity! Questions? Contact Bonnie Magnuson at bonniemagnuson@gmail.com.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given this Sunday, February 4, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, February 4: 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  some of the current most needed items: Whole Grains, Pasta; Canned Chicken, Salmon, Sardines; Herbal Tea; Protein Bars;  Nut Butters; Toilet Paper/Paper Towels. Thank you for your generous support!

Falk Friends Pantry Prep, Sunday, February 4, 11:30am: This year we’re partnering with Falk by providing toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, detergent, and other similar items for their pantry. Helpers of all ages are welcome to help pack our Falk Friends Pantry bags after the 10am liturgy!

Bake Sale for Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 11 – Contributions Welcome!  The Sunday school students of St. Dunstan’s want to sustain our support for Djelene, a student at St. Marc’s School in Jeannette, Haiti. To raise funds for Djelene’s school fees, we are holding a bake sale! Contributions of baked goods are welcome; contact Sarah Errington.  A selection of handmade earrings will also be available on a donation basis. Donations can be made by cash, check, or online. Thanks for your support!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, February 4, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

Sunday School, Sunday, February 11, 10am: This month, our younger Sunday school students will explore some parables of Jesus, while our elementary classes engage the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration and the Flood. Kids ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome to participate! Parents can come to class too if they wish.

Choosing a Lenten Discipline, Sunday, Feb 11, 9am: Building on the themes of this Sunday’s sermon, we’ll explore how we might choose a Lenten discipline by identifying things in our lives that have more power than they should. Please prepare by reading these essays by UW chaplain and friend of St. Dunstan’s, Father Jonathan Melton:

http://thepatienceoftrees.blogspot.com/2018/01/selling-smartphone-and-rhythms-of.html

Community Pledge Conversation, Feb. 18, 9am: During our parish conversations about a possible capital campaign, members have stated clearly that whatever we do should also serve our neighbors, in response to Jesus’ call. One way to do so is to commit a portion of the funds we raise to the community beyond ourselves. Come hear about a model we might follow and participate in a conversation about what it could look like for St. Dunstan’s. All are welcome!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 13, 5-6:30pm: Great food and fellowship! Join us and bring a friend for a tasty meal. Suggested donation of $5 per adult, $10 per household. Kids eat free. All proceeds go to support the St. Dunstan’s Campership Fund, which helps cover costs for St. Dunstan’s kids to attend Camp Webb, our diocesan summer camp. We’ve got more kids going every year, so please give generously! If you’d like to help out or contribute to the meal, see the signup sheets in the Gathering Area.

Ash Wednesday services will be at noon, 4pm, and 7pm on Wednesday, February 14. The 4pm service is especially intended for kids and families. Rev. Miranda will also offer Ashes-to-Go by the main driveway from 7:30 – 8:30am and 5 – 6pm.

Inquirer’s Class and Discernment Group to begin soon! In the weeks ahead, we will begin two new monthly gatherings. One will be an Inquirers’ Class, for those new to the church or seeking to learn more; we will study the Episcopal church and way of faith though discussion based on short books about aspects of the church such as history, teachings, approach to Scripture, spiritual practices, civic engagement, etc. The other gathering will be a Discernment Group, which will meet monthly for conversation and mutual support focused on discerning where God is leading us in current struggles or choices. If you would like to be part of one (or both) of those gatherings, please let Rev. Miranda know in person, by email at office@stdunstans.com, or by phone at 238-2781. We will try to schedule each group to accommodate those who want to participate.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, February 14, 1:00 – 2:45 pm: Julian of Norwich was a 15th Century English mystic and anchoress.  Each meeting includes time for contemplative prayer, fellowship, and reading/discussion of Julian’s book and all are welcome. We meet the second Wednesday of each month.  For additional information, contact Susan Fiore.

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, February 17, 10am: Sherman Alexi’s voice is one of remarkable passion; witty, tender, and fierce. The Toughest Indian in the World is a virtuoso performance by one of the country’s finest writers. Have a good read.

LOOKING TOWARDS LENT…

Walking the Stations of the Cross in Lent: You are invited to walk and pray the Stations of the Cross in our nave, any time during the season of Lent. Fridays at noon are a traditional time to do so. Call ahead to the church office (238-2781) or check in with Rev. Miranda  to make sure the church is open when you’d like to come, or would like to walk the Stations with others. Our Stations booklet is based on Scripture and readings from Christian tradition.

The Rite of Reconciliation is a simple practice of offering up our sins to God for cleansing and healing. Sin often has to do with habits of mind and action that tend to separate us from God, from one another, and from our truest selves. Most of us can easily name two or three ongoing struggles in our lives – areas where we strive, and sometimes fail, to be healthier and kinder and more ethical people. You may seek the Rite of Reconciliation at any time, but Lent is an appropriate season for self-reflection and penitence. If you would like to experience the ministry of Reconciliation, contact Rev. Miranda to make an appointment.

Have you been baptized? The Prayer Book tells us, “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church.” From the earliest years of Christianity, the season of Lent (which begins February 10) was when new Christians studied the faith and prepared for baptism at Easter. If you have never been baptized, or aren’t sure, and would like to learn more about this rite, please contact Rev. Miranda at 238-2781.

DIOCESAN NEWS…

Camp Webb 2018 (June 17 – 23) is accepting applications now! Camp Webb is an outdoor ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, for children and youth grades 3 through senior high. It is held at a camp outside Elkhorn, WI. Camp tuition is $400, with a deposit of $100 due at the time of registration. St. Dunstan’s offers $150 in aid to all our campers, with additional assistance possible; contact Rev. Miranda for financial assistance. Visit http://www.diomil.org/forming-disciples/children-youth-and-family-ministries/camp-webb/ for registration forms. Camp Webb IS EXPECTED TO FILL this year, so apply soon!

Diocesan Leadership Day, 9am – 3pm, February 24, Zion Episcopal Church, Oconomowoc: Come learn about the concept of discernment – seeking God’s guidance in big decisions and daily life. We’ll try out some tools of spiritual discernment for individual use, and for your church community to use together. Please let Rev. Miranda know by Feb. 9 if you’d like to attend; carpooling is possible.