Announcements, April 5

THIS WEEKEND…

Sandbox Worship, 5:3pm tonight: Sandbox Worship is an informal, intimate weekly gathering for evening prayers, shared reflection, and a simple dinner. This Thursday, we’ll honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination by listening to a portion of the Mountaintop speech, then responding with prayer. Dinner will be provided. All are welcome!

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: This 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.

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 after 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!

THE WEEK AHEAD…

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.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, April 15: 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, April 15, 10am: Next Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will learn about the Good Shepherd & World Communion, while our Elementary classes will talk about the risen Jesus sharing a meal with his friends.

Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, Sunday, April 15, 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, April 15, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, April 15, 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.

THE CALENDAR AHEAD…

Special Outreach presentation, Saturday, April 21, 9:30am: Guest speakers will talk about criminal justice reform and the work of the organization MOSES. All interested folk are welcome. A potluck breakfast (8am) and regular Outreach meeting (8:30am) precede the presentation.

Creation Care Annual Meeting, Sunday, April 22, 9am: All interested folk are invited to come talk about how our church and its people can live out our mission of Creation Care this year – at church and in our daily lives.  Ideas welcome!

Spring Clean-Up Day, Sunday, May 6, 11:30am – 1pm: Join us after the 10am service to enjoy a time of shared work on our beautiful grounds, tidying them up and preparing for the growing season. A list of tasks will be posted in the Gathering Area ahead of time. Wear or bring your scruffy clothes and work gloves. Lunch will be provided!

Women’s Mini Week 2018, “Courageous Women of God!” August 9-12 at Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, WI: Spread the Word, Ladies! You are invited to Women’s Mini Week, beginning at Thursday dinner, August 9th through Sunday brunch, August 12th. For registration materials and to answer questions, go to the website: www.womensminiweek.org or email to womensminiweek@gmail.com.