Announcements, March 29

HOLY WEEK

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

Tonight, Maundy Thursday Service & Meal: Our Maundy Thursday liturgy (March 29, 6pm) includes a shared meal as we remember Jesus’ final meal with his friends before his crucifixion. Our offerings tonight will go to support the work of Briarpatch Youth Services. If you wish, bring your offering in coins to remind us of Judas’ betrayal.

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. All are welcome to read & then gather to discuss. Have a good read!

Inquirers’ Class Beginning Soon: Would you like to participate in a study group that meets monthly to learn more about 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.? We will be gathering a group soon. People newish to the Episcopal Church, and longtime Episcopalians interested in going deeper, are welcome. If you’re interested, sign up in the Gathering Area or email office@stdunstans.com.

Sunday School, Sunday, April 8, 10am: Next Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will learn about Jesus the Good Shepherd, while our Elementary classes will talk about the disciple Thomas and how questions can help us grow in faith.

Coffee Hosts Help Needed in April: Please consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee for more information.

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.

Falk Friends Pantry Prep, Sunday, April 8, 11:30am: Helpers of all ages are welcome to help pack our Falk Friends Pantry bags aft her 10am liturgy!

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!

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, April 11, 1-2:45pm: Thomas Merton called St. Julian of Norwich “the greatest theologian for our time.” Come to one of our monthly meetings and find out why—learn about contemplative prayer. We’d love to see you. For more information, Contact Susan Fiore.

“Ask A Priest Who’s Run A Capital Campaign!” Sunday, April 15, 9am: Father John Rasmus, a retired priest associate at St. Dunstan’s, led his former parish through a capital campaign a few years ago. If you have questions about what that was like, and would like to hear more about the challenges and the grace of the experience, come at 9am to talk with Father John.