Announcements, March 15

THIS WEEKEND & THIS WEEK…

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, March 17, 8-10am: All are welcome to join our conversations about how St. Dunstan’s can best serve the world with our resources and our hands. We begin with an optional potluck breakfast at 8am.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, March 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, March 18, 10am: Next Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will continue the Faces of Easter stories, while our Elementary classes will explore the words of the prophet Jeremiah.

Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, Sunday, March 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, Sunday, March 18, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, March 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.

New Ministry Opportunity: A number of us have mobility issues and so are rarely here for our Sunday Eucharist. We are looking for people who, after some training, could be part of a team that would bring communion to them, perhaps monthly. If you might be interested in this, please speak with Rev. Miranda.

Buildings & Grounds Suggestion List: Did you know that if you notice an issue with our buildings or grounds – a dead lightbulb, a trip hazard, a wasp nest, etc. – you can write it on the Suggestion List on the bulletin board outside the Meeting Room? Buildings & Grounds volunteers will follow up and address the issue.

Stations of the Cross in Downtown Madison, Friday, March 23, 12noon: Walk the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross on the streets of a modern city. As we walk the fourteen traditional Stations of the Cross, we will reflect together on how we can trace those events in the geography of Madison today – our issues, stories and struggles. We will start on the sidewalk near Way of the Cross Park, at the corner of Henry, across from the Overture Center, and end in the garden at Grace Church on the square. The total walk will be about 1.5 miles, and it takes about 1 hour. All are welcome. If you would like to read one of the stations, email the Rev. Miranda Hassett at office@stdunstans.com.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, March 23, 6pm: Come join us for good food and good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we will meet at the North and South Seafood & Smokehouse restaurant at 6604 Mineral Point Road in Madison, in Clock Tower Court. For more information, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Palm Saturday, Saturday, March 24, 2 – 3pm: Kids, parents, grandparents and friends are invited to make Easter Crafts and to take part in a gentle, age-appropriate and participatory telling of the whole Easter story, presented by the youth and adults of 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!

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

Palm & Passion Sunday Worship, Sunday, March 25, 8 & 10am:  Weather permitting, our worship will begin outside. This is a long liturgy, in which we re-tell the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his confrontations with the authorities there, and his arrest, trial, and crucifixion. In the past we’ve found that many kids like to be present (and can participate in reading roles in the Passion Gospel). Our child care staff can take younger or restless kids to another room as needed.

Maundy Thursday (March 29, 6pm) Meal Sign-up: Our Maundy Thursday liturgy includes a shared meal as we remember Jesus’ final meal with his friends before his crucifixion. Sign up in the Gathering Area to contribute lentil soup, hummus, lives, or other items. Thanks for all your offerings!

Easter Flower Sign-Up: If you would like to sign-up to sponsor and dedicate flowers for the Easter services, please see the yellow sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area.

Festive Easter Day Coffee Hour: If you would like to bring a treat for this special coffee hour, please sign up on the yellow sheet in the Gathering Area.

Greeters and Ushers Needed for Holy Week Services: We need some help providing welcome for members and guests at our services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Easter Vigil. Please sign up in the Gathering Area or contact Pamela in the office at office@stdunstans.com or (608) 238-2781. Thank you for serving!

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, April 7, 10am: Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren, is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Have a good read!

Pronouncing ‘YHWH’, Sunday, April 8, 9am: During the Easter Season we’ll experiment with using the New Jerusalem Bible, which uses ‘Yahweh’ where the Book of Common Prayer and most translations use ‘the Lord’ (in small caps). In preparation, at our 9am forum between services on April 8 Fr. Tom McAlpine will review the history of the Name, its treatment in translations from the Greek Septuagint to contemporary English versions, and the varied decisions Jewish and Christian communities have made and are making regarding its use.

HOLY WEEK

A lighted indoor labyrinth will be available for quiet meditation following Maundy Thursday, Good Friday evening worship, and the Easter Vigil.

Thursday, March 29, 6:00pm: Maundy Thursday Meal & Worship This is a great liturgy for all ages – it moves from joyful to solemn, with lots of participation and symbolism. Watch for a food signup soon!

Friday, March 30 – Good Friday                                                                          12pm, 4pm & 7pm: Good Friday services

Children are encouraged to attend the 4pm service, a child-friendly version of the Stations of the Cross.

Following the 7pm liturgy, several prayer stations for quiet meditation will be offered, including an indoor labyrinth.

Saturday, March 31 – 8pm: Great Vigil of Easter                                       The Easter Vigil is great for older kids who can handle a late night (we wrap up around 10pm). We tell ancient holy stories by firelight, then sing and shout a lot!

Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday                                                                                  An egg hunt for children follows both the 8am & 10am services. 

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!