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!
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!
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.