Announcements, March 22

THIS WEEKEND…

Sandbox Worship, Thursday at 5:30pm: This week in the Sandbox we’ll reflect on the concept and practice of fasting. We’ll begin with dinner and conversation (yes, there will be food), then after dinner we will pray the Stations of the Cross together. We will likely begin the Stations around 6:15 if anyone can’t get there for dinner but would like to join us afterwards.

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 west side of Capitol Square, opposite Grace Church, and end in the garden at Grace Church. 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, contact Rev. Miranda Hassett.

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!

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.

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, March 25, 7pm: Every fourth Sunday, a loyal group of St. Dunstan’s folk provides dinner for residents at the Grace Church shelter, and breakfast the next morning. See the signup sheet in the Gathering Area to help out. To learn more, talk with Rose Mueller.

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.

THE WEEK AHEAD….

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!

Night Watch Vigil Sign-up: From 9pm to midnight on Thursday, March 29, following our Maundy Thursday service, and from 6am to noon on Good Friday, March 30, members of St. Dunstan’s will keep vigil of prayer in the church, in pairs. Sign up in the Gathering Area for your desired shift. Talk with Connie Ott with any questions. The church is locked in the evening for safety; if you do not have a key, please contact Pamela in the office at office@stdunstans.com or (608) 238-2781.

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!

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.

Birthday and anniversary blessings, and healing prayers, will be offered on Easter Sunday, as on the first Sunday of every month.

NO EVENING EUCHARIST ON SUNDAY, APRIL 1: Our usual 6pm Evening Eucharist will not take place on Easter Sunday. Other evening worship opportunities that weekend include the Good Friday liturgy, a simple, solemn service on Friday evening at 7pm, and the Great Vigil of Easter, a rich and lovely Eucharistic liturgy on Saturday at 8pm.

Holy Week Offerings                                                                                                         Every year, our Holy Week offerings – gifts given at these particular liturgies – are given to help specific organizations. This year the offerings will be given as follows:

Maundy Thursday – Briarpatch youth services                                             In Dane County it is estimated that every night approximately 300 youth go to bed homeless. Briarpatch provides resources, emergency shelter, access to restorative justice programs and job trainings to help these youth reach safety and success. 

Good Friday – GSAFE – Gay Straight Advocates for Education  Increases the capacity of LGBTQ+ students, educators and families to create schools in WI where all youth thrive, through leadership development, advocacy, teacher training, and more.

The Easter Vigil – Episcopal Relief and Development                                 Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with Church partners and local organizations in almost 40 countries worldwide, creating long-term, local strategies to address global challenges like poverty, hunger, and disease.

BEYOND EASTER…

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.

Watch “Call the Midwife” Together! Father John Rasmus and Shirley Laedlein invite you to join us as we watch and respond to the great BBC series “Call the Midwife.” We will watch the first episode of Season 1 on Sunday, April 8, at 7pm. There will be a brief discussion after we watch the show. All are welcome!

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.