All posts by Pamela Street

Announcements, April 19

SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, May 19, from 4 – 6pm, we will kick off the Open Door Project, our fundraising campaign to renew our spiritual home, with an evening of food, music, and more. We hope to have the whole congregation present; kids are very much welcome. You’ll receive an invitation in the weeks ahead.

TONIGHT

Sandbox Tonight: Evening Prayer in the Parish Center, 5:30pm. For Sandbox Worship this week, we’ll harken back to the earliest years of St. Dunstan’s by meeting in the Parish Center and saying Evening Prayer from the 1928 Prayer Book. Then we’ll share a simple meal back in our main building. All are welcome! If you’ve never been inside that building, this is a great chance to come visit.

THIS WEEKEND…

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!

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, April 22, 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.

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 episodes every Sunday, at 7pm for the next 5 weeks. There will be a brief discussion after we watch the show. All are welcome!

Seeking Sponsors for our Kids & Youth!  Your $25 sponsorship helps one of the children or youth of St. Dunstan’s attend Camp Webb or our summer youth mission trip. Each shareholder will receive a postcard from one of our kids or youth, during their time at camp or on the youth mission trip. We also plan a late summer social event for kids and sponsors, when kids can share about their trips.  You can contribute with a check in the offering plate with “Camp Sponsorship” on the memo line, or online at donate.stdunstans.com .

Online Giving Options: If you’d like to make a gift online, visit donate.stdunstans.com on your smartphone or computer to make a donation in any amount. We use Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations. If you give regularly, remember that you can have your bank send a check to St. Dunstan’s montly; the UW Credit Union calls this “Bill Pay,” and most banks have a similar system. If you’d like to put something in the offering plate to represent your gift, you can pick up an “I Gave Online” card on the way into church. Thanks to all those who contribute financially and in so many other ways to sustain and grow our ministry together here at St. Dunstan’s!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, April 27, 6pm: Come join us for good food and good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we’ll be celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, at The Imperial Garden at 2039 Allen Blvd., Middleton, just across from St. D’s. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt  or Debra Martinez.

Water is Life, April 27th, 7-9 pm @ St Francis House, 1011 University Ave.: St. Francis House is bringing together interfaith, academic, and Native People’s perspectives to discuss water rights and justice. John Floberg, Episcopal priest and an organizer of Clergy Standing with Standing Rock, comes from North Dakota to St Francis House as a special guest. Join us for his talk, additional perspectives, and a panel discussion to follow. This event is sponsored by St Francis House Student Episcopal Center and the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry; co-sponsored by Pres House, Badger Catholic and His House.

Last Sunday All Ages Worship, April 29, 10am: Our Last Sunday Worship this month will focus on our call to care for God’s creation. This service is intended especially to help kids (and grownups who are new to our pattern of worship) to engage and participate fully. NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.

AA Meeting:  A Beginner’s group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday evening from 7-8 pm at St. Dunstan’s.

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!

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, May 9, 1:00 – 2:45pm: We welcome everyone who is interested in learning more about contemplative spirituality in the Christian tradition. We meet the second Wednesday of the month for a period of contemplative prayer, after which we discuss a reading from Julian of Norwich, a 14th Century English mystic who has been called “a theologian for our time.” We would love to have you join us.  If you have questions, contact Susan Fiore.

Ascension Eucharist at The Sandbox, Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7pm: On the Feast of the Ascension, the Church honors the story of the risen Jesus saying a final farewell to his friends. We’ll celebrate this holy feast with song, story, prayer, Eucharist and a shared meal, as a special installment of our weekly evening worship, The Sandbox. All are welcome!

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, May 19, 10am: The book is All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr. “A beautiful story about a blind French girl, Marie-Laure and a German boy, Werner, whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.” Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds and becomes an expert at fixing these new instruments, a talent that wins him a place in the Hitler Youth and a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. HAVE A GOOD READ

SUMMER…

Our Vacation Bible School this summer will be August 5 – 9! Our VBS meets in the evening – 5:30 to 7:30pm. We’ve got some great ideas cooking up for this year. If you’d like to help out, talk to Sharon Henes.

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.

 

Announcements, April 12

THIS WEEKEND…

“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.

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.

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 episodes every Sunday, at 7pm for the next 5 weeks. There will be a brief discussion after we watch the show. All are welcome!

THE WEEKS 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!

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, April 22, 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.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, April 27, 6pm: Come join us for good food and good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we’ll be celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, at The Imperial Garden at 2039 Allen Blvd., Middleton, just across from St. D’s. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Water is Life, April 27th, 7-9 pm @ St Francis House, 1011 University Ave.: St. Francis House is bringing together interfaith, academic, and Native People’s perspectives to discuss water rights and justice. John Floberg, Episcopal priest and an organizer of Clergy Standing with Standing Rock, comes from North Dakota to St Francis House as a special guest. Join us for his talk, additional perspectives, and a panel discussion to follow. This event is sponsored by St Francis House Student Episcopal Center and the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry; co-sponsored by Pres House, Badger Catholic and His House.

Last Sunday All Ages Worship, April 29, 10am: Our Last Sunday Worship this month will focus on our call to care for God’s creation. This service is intended especially to help kids (and grownups who are new to our pattern of worship) to engage and participate fully. NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.

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!

Our Vacation Bible School this summer will be August 5 – 9! Our VBS meets in the evening – 5:30 to 7:30pm. We’ve got some great ideas cooking up for this year. If you’d like to help out, talk to Sharon Henes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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!

 

 

Announcements, March 8

THIS WEEKEND…

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.

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!

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 reservations@proudtheater.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 Johnson-hs.ronald@countyofdane.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.

Holy Week

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.

Announcements, February 22

Memorial Service for George Ott, Saturday, February 24 at 2pm: A celebration of George’s life will be held at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 24, at 2pm. Prior to the service, there will be a time of visitation from noon to 2pm. A light reception will follow the service.

THIS WEEK…

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, February 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 Nonno’s Italian Restaurant, 704 South Whitney Way in Madison. For more information, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Outreach Committee Meeting POSTPONED: The Outreach meeting originally scheduled for this Saturday morning has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 17, 8-10am.

Lenten All-Ages Worship, Sunday, February 25, 10am: Our last Sunday worship is intended especially to help kids (and grownups who are new to our pattern of worship) to engage and participate fully. NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, January 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.

Coffee Hosts Needed in March and April! Please consider being a coffee host. Talk with Janet Bybee for more information.

Altar Flower: March and April dates available! Honor a loved one or a special event with altar flowers. Reserve your special date by writing your dedication on the sign-up sheet. Suggested donation is $35. Write “flowers” on the memo line of your check or on the envelope containing cash, or donate online at donate.stdunstans.com.

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.

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

Learn More about Stacking Pews, Saturday, March 3, 1pm: Our nave seating is in poor condition. As we consider updates and improvements, one possibility is to replace the chairs with portable, stackable pews. We hope to have two sample pews here soon for our consideration. On March 3, a representative of Luke Hughes Co., of London, will visit to tell us more about how this design has worked in other houses of worship, and answer our questions. Any interested members are welcome!

Birthday and Anniversary Blessings and Healing Prayers will be offered next Sunday, March 4, as is the custom for our first Sunday of the month.

MOM special Offering, Sunday, March 4: Next Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. Here are a few of the current top-ten, most needed items: Canned chicken, salmon and tuna; pasta; baking mixes; nut butters; toilet paper and paper towels. Thank you for your generous support!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, March 4, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Monday Morning Art Group: Each Monday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 an adult group meets in the chapel area to share their creative arts and crafts projects, which might include drawing and painting to needlework.  It’s become a wonderful time to share some of our personal history, or more recent experiences and/or challenges.  Feel free to come along and join us! Because of improper ventilation for toxic materials, we ask that no paint solvents or smelly glues be required during this period.

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!

Diocesan Leadership Day, 9am – 3pm, February 24, Zion Episcopal Church, Oconomowoc: Come learn about the concept of discernment – seeking God’s guidance in big decisions and daily life. We’ll try out some tools of spiritual discernment for individual use, and for your church community to use together. Please let Rev. Miranda know by Feb. 9 if you’d like to attend; carpooling is possible.

 

Announcements, February 15

Capital Campaign Survey: Please respond by THIS SUNDAY, February 18! And hearty thanks to all who have already responded. Please continue to hold this process of wondering together in your prayers!

THIS WEEK…

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, February 17, 10am: Sherman Alexie’s voice is one of remarkable passion; witty, tender, and fierce. The Toughest Indian in the World is a virtuoso performance by one of the country’s finest writers. Have a good read.

Sunday School, Sunday, February 18, 10am: This month, our younger Sunday school students will explore some parables of Jesus, while our elementary classes engage the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration and the Flood. Kids ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome to participate! Parents can come to class too if they wish.

Community Pledge Conversation, Feb. 18, 9am: During our parish conversations about a possible capital campaign, members have stated clearly that whatever we do should also serve our neighbors, in response to Jesus’ call. One way to do so is to commit a portion of the funds we raise to the community beyond ourselves. Come hear about a model we might follow and participate in a conversation about what it could look like for St. Dunstan’s. All are welcome!

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, February 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.

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

Young Adults Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, February 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.

Coffee Hosts Needed in March! Please consider being a coffee host. Talk with Janet Bybee for more information.

Virtual Book Group: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson: This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is “a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that [the main character] Reverend John Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part.” I read it a dozen years ago, and found it beautiful and deeply moving. I’d like to re-read it; will you join me? We’ll read it during Lent, gathering to discuss the book on Facebook and also at least once in person. There are two copies available to borrow from the church library. You can also find used copies online cheaply, or check the library. Look for an invitation to join the Facebook discussion group next week!

Lenten Read: The Wednesday Morning Book Group will be reading The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. The discussion will begin on Wednesday, February 14 at 9:30. If you have questions or would like help obtaining a book, please contact Valerie McAuliffe. It is not necessary to read the book to participate.

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, February 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 Nonno’s Italian Restaurant, 704 South Whitney Way in Madison. For more information, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, February 24, 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.

Lenten All-Ages Worship, Sunday, February 25, 10am: Our last Sunday worship is intended especially to help kids (and grownups who are new to our pattern of worship) to engage and participate fully. NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.

Learn More about Stacking Pews, Saturday, March 3, 1pm: Our nave seating is in poor condition. As we consider updates and improvements, one possibility is to replace the chairs with portable, stackable pews. We hope to have two sample pews here soon for our consideration. On March 3, a representative of Luke Hughes Co., of London, will visit to tell us more about how this design has worked in other houses of worship, and answer our questions. Any interested members are welcome!

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!

Diocesan Leadership Day, 9am – 3pm, February 24, Zion Episcopal Church, Oconomowoc: Come learn about the concept of discernment – seeking God’s guidance in big decisions and daily life. We’ll try out some tools of spiritual discernment for individual use, and for your church community to use together. Please let Rev. Miranda know by Feb. 9 if you’d like to attend; carpooling is possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements, February 8

Capital Campaign Survey: Please respond by Sunday, February 18! If your household DID NOT receive the survey, by email or on paper, PLEASE let Rev. Miranda know or call the office at 238-2781 and we will find a way to get your input!

THIS WEEK…

Sunday School, Sunday, February 11, 10am: This month, our younger Sunday school students will explore some parables of Jesus, while our elementary classes engage the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration and the Flood. Kids ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome to participate! Parents can come to class too if they wish.

Choosing a Lenten Discipline, Sunday, Feb 11, 9am: Building on the themes of this Sunday’s sermon, we’ll explore how we might choose a Lenten discipline by identifying things in our lives that have more power than they should. Please prepare by reading these essays by UW chaplain and friend of St. Dunstan’s, Father Jonathan Melton:

http://thepatienceoftrees.blogspot.com/2018/01/selling-smartphone-and-rhythms-of.html

Bake Sale for Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 11 – Contributions Welcome!  The Sunday school students of St. Dunstan’s want to sustain our support for Djelene, a student at St. Marc’s School in Jeannette, Haiti. To raise funds for Djelene’s school fees, we are holding a bake sale! Contributions of baked goods are welcome; contact Sarah Errington.  A selection of handmade earrings will also be available on a donation basis. Donations can be made by cash, check, or online. Thanks for your support!

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 13, 5-6:30pm: Great food and fellowship! Join us and bring a friend for a tasty meal. Suggested donation of $5 per adult, $10 per household. Kids eat free. All proceeds go to support the St. Dunstan’s Campership Fund, which helps cover costs for St. Dunstan’s kids to attend Camp Webb, our diocesan summer camp. We’ve got more kids going every year, so please give generously! If you’d like to help out or contribute to the meal, see the signup sheets in the Gathering Area.

Lenten Read: The Wednesday Morning Book Group will be reading The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. The discussion will begin on Wednesday, February 14 at 9:30. If you have questions or would like help obtaining a book, please contact Valerie McAuliffe. It is not necessary to read the book to participate.

Ash Wednesday services will be at noon, 4pm, and 7pm on Wednesday, February 14. The 4pm service is especially intended for kids and families. Rev. Miranda will also offer Ashes-to-Go by the main driveway from 7:30 – 8:30am and 5 – 6pm.

Inquirer’s Class and Discernment Group to begin soon! In the weeks ahead, we will begin two new monthly gatherings. One will be an Inquirers’ Class, for those new to the church or seeking to learn more; we will study 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. The other gathering will be a Discernment Group, which will meet monthly for conversation and mutual support focused on discerning where God is leading us in current struggles or choices. If you would like to be part of one (or both) of those gatherings, please let Rev. Miranda know in person, by email at office@stdunstans.com, or by phone at 238-2781. We will try to schedule each group to accommodate those who want to participate.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, February 14, 1:00 – 2:45 pm: Julian of Norwich was a 15th Century English mystic and anchoress.  Each meeting includes time for contemplative prayer, fellowship, and reading/discussion of Julian’s book and all are welcome. We meet the second Wednesday of each month.  For additional information, contact Susan Fiore.=

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, February 17, 10am: Sherman Alexi’s voice is one of remarkable passion; witty, tender, and fierce. The Toughest Indian in the World is a virtuoso performance by one of the country’s finest writers. Have a good read.

Community Pledge Conversation, Feb. 18, 9am: During our parish conversations about a possible capital campaign, members have stated clearly that whatever we do should also serve our neighbors, in response to Jesus’ call. One way to do so is to commit a portion of the funds we raise to the community beyond ourselves. Come hear about a model we might follow and participate in a conversation about what it could look like for St. Dunstan’s. All are welcome!

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, February 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, February 18, 10am: This month, our younger Sunday school students will explore some parables of Jesus, while our elementary classes engage the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration and the Flood. Kids ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome to participate! Parents can come to class too if they wish.

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

Young Adults Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, February 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.

LOOKING TOWARDS LENT…

Walking the Stations of the Cross in Lent: You are invited to walk and pray the Stations of the Cross in our nave, any time during the season of Lent. Fridays at noon are a traditional time to do so. Call ahead to the church office (238-2781) or check in with Rev. Miranda  to make sure the church is open when you’d like to come, or would like to walk the Stations with others. Our Stations booklet is based on Scripture and readings from Christian tradition.

The Rite of Reconciliation is a simple practice of offering up our sins to God for cleansing and healing. Sin often has to do with habits of mind and action that tend to separate us from God, from one another, and from our truest selves. Most of us can easily name two or three ongoing struggles in our lives – areas where we strive, and sometimes fail, to be healthier and kinder and more ethical people. You may seek the Rite of Reconciliation at any time, but Lent is an appropriate season for self-reflection and penitence. If you would like to experience the ministry of Reconciliation, contact Rev. Miranda to make an appointment.

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!

Diocesan Leadership Day, 9am – 3pm, February 24, Zion Episcopal Church, Oconomowoc: Come learn about the concept of discernment – seeking God’s guidance in big decisions and daily life. We’ll try out some tools of spiritual discernment for individual use, and for your church community to use together. Please let Rev. Miranda know by Feb. 9 if you’d like to attend; carpooling is possible.