Announcements, February 8

Capital Campaign Survey: Please respond by Sunday, February 18! If your household DID NOT receive the survey, by email or on paper, PLEASE let Rev. Miranda know or call the office at 238-2781 and we will find a way to get your input!

THIS WEEK…

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

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!

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

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.

Lenten Read: The Wednesday Morning Book Group will be reading The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. The discussion will begin on Wednesday, February 14 at 9:30. If you have questions or would like help obtaining a book, please contact Valerie McAuliffe. It is not necessary to read the book to participate.

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.

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!

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, February 18: 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, February 18, 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.

Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, Sunday, February 18, 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.

Evening Eucharist, February 18, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Young Adults Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, February 18, 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.

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.

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.