The Psalms As Tools for Prayer, A Lenten Retreat for Women Saturday, March 10, 9:00am – 3:15pm, at St. Dunstan’s Church: The Rev. Tom McAlpine will focus on the psalms of petition and thanksgiving, exploring various ways these might enrich our conversations with God and our awareness of our world. Fr. McAlpine supplies in the Diocese and teaches Old Testament online for Fuller Theological Seminary. Cost: $20.00 – includes morning coffee and lunch. Registration deadline – March 6. Registration forms available in the Gathering Area. Questions – Connie Ott. Presented by Diocese of Milwaukee Episcopal Church Women.
Sunday School, Sunday, March 11, 10am: This Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will begin the Faces of Easter stories, while our Elementary classes will dig into Psalm 107 and its many images of God’s deliverance.
Capital Campaign Survey Report, Sunday, March 11, 12pm: Our consultant Linda Buskirk will return to St. Dunstan’s to share the results of the survey and the Episcopal Church Foundation’s recommendations to us on the basis of those results. All interested members are welcome to attend. An overview of survey results and recommendations will be shared with the whole congregation following the meeting on the 11th.
THE WEEK AHEAD….
Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 – 2:45pm: Julian of Norwich was a 14th Century English mystic whose theology was six hundred years ahead of her time. She had sixteen revelations of Christ showing her the reciprocal nature of the bond between the soul and God, a bond that is based on love that is tender and co-operative . . . he wants us to be his partners (from ‘Julian of Norwich’ by Frances Beer). If that sounds like the relationship with God you long for, join us. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. If you have questions, contact Susan Fiore.
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.
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, contact Rev. Miranda Hassett.
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.
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!
IN THE COMMUNITY…
Annual Intergenerational LGBTQ+ Conference, Saturday, March 10, 9am to 4:30pm: The third annual intergenerational LGBTQ+ conference, “Connections III: Portraits of Us,” will be held at the First United Methodist Church on 203 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison. This event is open to members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Registration forms can be requested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited and a donation between $5 and $20 is suggested to attend. For more information, visit www.proudtheater.org.
Volunteers Wanted for Middleton Community Restorative Courts: If you are a resident of Dane County, have a clean record, and would like to make a difference in the community, consider becoming a volunteer with the newly-formed Middleton Restorative Courts, part of the Dane County Community Restorative Courts which is intended to reduce the impact of the criminal justice system on communities, families, and individuals. Training consists of 4 nights, March 21, 23, 27 and 29 from 5pm to 9pm at the Middleton Courtroom on 7341 Donna Drive in Middleton. Dinner is provided. Topics will include: Restorative Justice Philosophy and Practice, Police Issues, Motivational Interviewing, Case Management, and Discussion and Role Play. Please contact Ron Johnson at (608) 630-1214 or at Johnsonemail@example.com for more information or to register. Read more about the program here: https://crc.countyofdane.com/faq
“Know Your Rights” Dane Sanctuary Volunteer Training: Several faith communities in Madison have chosen to be available to host people seeking sanctuary from deportation. If you are interested in training to serve as a volunteer at one of those faith communities, should they take someone into sanctuary, you are asked to attend an orientation and training to learn more about what is involved. Several training opportunities are coming up. For training dates and times, see the sheet posted by the big calendar in the Gathering Area.
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.