Category Archives: Announcements

Announcements, August 16th

THIS WEEKEND…

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the MOM Backpack Program.  Your school supply donations will help so many students in our community go back to school with the necessary tools for learning.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, St. Dunstan’s!!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, August 19th, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Pride Parade Marchers Needed, August 19th: We will line up between 12 and 12:30, and kickoff is at 1. We have been assigned to spot #51. Please, contact Michelle Der Bedrosian.  All are welcome (LGBT+, straight, old, young, children, people with mobility differences, everyone!)

Building relationships around a campfire at St. Dunstan’s: Wednesday, August 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.  We’ll roast hot dogs and marshmallows while singing songs and getting to know each other better!  Come join us for fire, fun and fellowship!

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, August 24, 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 Taigu, a handmade Chinese style noodle restaurant in downtown Middleton, at 7610 Elmwood Avenue. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt.

Postcard Pals:  Build a friendship with someone in the congregation who is from a different generation through postcards.  Exchange postcards through mail or our special Postcard Pal Mailbox at church.  Postcards will be supplied.  Register for a Postcard Pal in August and the program will run in September and October.  Say hi to your Postcard Pal in person at the Tea Party (Note:  You do not need to attend the Tea Party to participate in Postcard Pals and you are not required to sit with your Postcard Pal at the Tea Party.)

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering Wednesday, September 12, 1:00 – 2:45 PM: 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.

(Julian Gatherings are initiated and supported by the Order of Julian of Norwich, a contemplative monastic order in the Episcopal Church: www.orderofjulian.org).

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, September 16, 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. St. Dunstan’s picks up the tab for drinks and snacks. Friends and partners welcome too.

Election Season Prayers: Praying for our political leaders has always been part of Anglican and Episcopal worship. In past election seasons, we have often included candidates for public office in our prayers in informal ways. This year we are taking on the discipline of praying for this autumn’s elections as part of our weekly Prayers of the People, using language borrowed from some of the prayers for our country in the Book of Common Prayer.

Sharing an Announcement: please email it to the office (office@stdunstans.com) NO LATER THAN 9am, Wednesday morning. This is a firm deadline; announcements that come in later will have to be included in the next week’s E-news and News & Notes page.

Altar Flowers: September and October 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 envelope containing cash, or donate online at donate.stdunstans.com.

NOTES FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE…

Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays 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!

STAFF NEWS…

Clergy Office Hours: If you would like to visit with one of our clergy, they would like to visit with you! Father Jonathan Melton will hold weekly “office hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11am, at the MOKA at 5227 University Ave.  Father Tom McAlpine will be available on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Starbucks at 3515 University Ave. And Father John Rasmus will be at St. Dunstan’s on Thursdays from 9 – 10:30am.

Announcements, August 9th

THIS WEEKEND…

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the MOM Backpack Program.  Your school supply donations will help so many students in our community go back to school with the necessary tools for learning.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, St. Dunstan’s!!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

Building relationships around a campfire at St. Dunstan’s: Wednesday, August 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.  We’ll roast hot dogs and marshmallows while singing songs and getting to know each other better!  Come join us for fire, fun and fellowship!

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Election Season Prayers: Praying for our political leaders has always been part of Anglican and Episcopal worship. In past election seasons, we have often included candidates for public office in our prayers in informal ways. This year we are taking on the discipline of praying for this autumn’s elections as part of our weekly Prayers of the People, using language borrowed from some of the prayers for our country in the Book of Common Prayer.

Sharing an Announcement: please email it to the office (office@stdunstans.com) NO LATER THAN 9am, Wednesday morning. This is a firm deadline; announcements that come in later will have to be included in the next week’s E-news and News & Notes page.

NOTES FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE…

Midyear Financial Update

Based on the first six months of 2018, St. Dunstan’s financial picture continues to be healthy. Our income is up by $7,500 compared to our year-to-date budget. This is largely due to an increase in plate contributions ($3,200 over budget), prior year pledge payments ($3,900), rent income from building users ($625) and a rebate on our snow removal contract because of a less-than-anticipated snow fall last year ($1,100). We are also ahead of pledge payments by $9,200. Some of this represents additional pledges but folks are up to date on their pledges. This is a good sign because traditionally giving drops off during the summer months. Thank you for your continued support of St. Dunstan’s!

We are also under budget on several expense accounts. We have experienced some savings in office staff ($950) due to the transition in staff. Our maintenance budget is considerably under budget ($2,000) but expenses may catch up in the second half of the year. We are over budget in Fellowship/Kitchen expenses and church utilities ($800). We can attribute much of this increase to the extra events connected with our successful capital campaign. Overall, we are under budget on expenses and over budget on income, which is great, and we’re hopeful that our finances will remain strong in the second half of 2018.

We have already received $317,000 in Open Door Campaign pledge payments.

Current financial statements are posted on the bulletin board outside the meeting room door. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact treasurers Gloria and Valerie at treasurer@stdunstans.com.

Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays 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!

STAFF NEWS…

Clergy Office Hours: If you would like to visit with one of our clergy, they would like to visit with you! Father Jonathan Melton will hold weekly “office hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11am, at the MOKA at 5227 University Ave. Father Tom McAlpine will be available on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Starbucks at 3515 University Ave. And Father John Rasmus will be at St. Dunstan’s on Thursdays from 9 – 10:30am.

Announcements, August 2nd

THIS WEEKEND…

Meet the Meltons, August 5, 9am, and August 12, 11:30am: Father Jonathan Melton, who will preach and preside at St. Dunstan’s on Sundays during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical, will often be accompanied by his family – Rebekah, who is an educator, and kids Annie, Jude, and baby Thea. If you’d like to get to know these good folks who’ll be spending a season with us, they will be here between services on Sunday, August 5, and will hang around after church on Sunday, August 12, to get acquainted. All are welcome!

SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. If you’d like to help out, talk to Sharon Henes.

No Evening Eucharist on Sunday, August 5: There will be no Evening Eucharist on the first Sunday in August. Our next Evening Eucharist will be Sunday, August 19, at 6pm.

Lost & Found:  Please take a moment to look at the Lost & Found items in the coat room and reclaim your items. There are many items including several hats and gloves, a knit scarf, a stuffed animal, a couple of umbrellas and a carry-all. Unclaimed items will be given away after August 5th.

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Although we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy, the ads are encouraging us to think about “Back to School!”  And, that means it is time to think about school supply donations for the MOM Backpack program.  You are always so generous with your contributions, giving students the chance to have the needed items to succeed in school! Please check the Gathering Space for the collection box and lists of most needed items. Deadline for contributions is Sunday, August 12! Thank you!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Women’s Mini Week 2018, “Courageous Women of God!” August 9-12 at Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, WI:

Come and join us for Women’s Mini Week to get some sun on your cheeks and we aren’t a bunch of geeks

You can play on the beach or listen to Rev. Liz preach

There are fun activities and games, you won’t think this is lame

Lovely camp fires for your hearts desire

End your weekend, with many new friends.

More info at www.womensminiweek.org  Scholarships are readily available.

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

Looking for Coffee Hosts for August 12, 2018! Consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee.

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Election Season Prayers: Praying for our political leaders has always been part of Anglican and Episcopal worship. In past election seasons, we have often included candidates for public office in our prayers in informal ways. This year we are taking on the discipline of praying for this autumn’s elections as part of our weekly Prayers of the People, using language borrowed from some of the prayers for our country in the Book of Common Prayer.

Sharing an Announcement: please email it to the office (office@stdunstans.com) NO LATER THAN 9am, Wednesday morning. This is a firm deadline; announcements that come in later will have to be included in the next week’s E-news and News & Notes page.

NOTES FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE…

Midyear Financial Update: Based on the first six months of 2018, St. Dunstan’s financial picture continues to be healthy. Our income is up by $7,500 compared to our year-to-date budget. This is largely due to an increase in plate contributions ($3,200 over budget), prior year pledge payments ($3,900), rent income from building users ($625) and a rebate on our snow removal contract because of a less-than-anticipated snow fall last year ($1,100). We are also ahead of pledge payments by $9,200. Some of this represents additional pledges but folks are up to date on their pledges. This is a good sign because traditionally giving drops off during the summer months. Thank you for your continued support of St. Dunstan’s!

We are also under budget on several expense accounts. We have experienced some savings in office staff ($950) due to the transition in staff. Our maintenance budget is considerably under budget ($2,000) but expenses may catch up in the second half of the year. We are over budget in Fellowship/Kitchen expenses and church utilities ($800). We can attribute much of this increase to the extra events connected with our successful capital campaign. Overall, we are under budget on expenses and over budget on income, which is great, and we’re hopeful that our finances will remain strong in the second half of 2018.

We have already received $317,000 in Open Door Campaign pledge payments.

Current financial statements are posted on the bulletin board outside the meeting room door. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact treasurers Gloria and Valerie at treasurer@stdunstans.com.

 Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays 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!

STAFF NEWS…

Clergy Office Hours: If you would like to visit with one of our clergy, they would like to visit with you! Father Jonathan Melton will hold weekly “office hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11am, at the MOKA at 5227 University Ave. Father Tom McAlpine will be available on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Starbucks at 3515 University Ave. And Father John Rasmus will be at St. Dunstan’s on Thursdays from 9 – 10:30am.

Announcements, July 26th

Last Sunday All-Ages Worship, Sunday, July 29, 10am: Our Last Sunday worship this week will focus on messages of trust in Scripture. 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.

Open Office Hours with Rev. Miranda, Sunday, July 29, 12-2pm: If you want to visit with Rev. Miranda before her sabbatical, to hear a little about her plans or just chat and check in, she has set aside some time to be available. If you want to talk with Rev. Miranda but can’t make these times, call 608-238-2781. Rev. Miranda will be back at St. Dunstan’s at the end of October.

Lost & Found:  Please take a moment to look at the Lost & Found items in the coat room and reclaim your items. There are many items including several hats and gloves, a knit scarf, a stuffed animal, a couple of umbrellas and a carry-all. Unclaimed items will be given away after August 5th.

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Although we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy, the ads are encouraging us to think about “Back to School!”  And, that means it is time to think about school supply donations for the MOM Backpack program.  You are always so generous with your contributions, giving students the chance to have the needed items to succeed in school! Please check the Gathering Space for the collection box and lists of most needed items. Deadline for contributions is Sunday, August 12! Thank you!

Sunday Papers: For those worshiping with children: We always have copies of The Sunday Paper and The Sunday Paper Jr. for kids to pick up on the way into church (at the prayer desk on the right). The Sunday Paper is based on the lessons for each Sunday. It invites kids to color, draw, read, and wonder. It helps children to acquire a vocabulary of Scriptural images, and to relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the Church, and their own lives. Adults may find it worth reading too. You are encouraged to check it out

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Meet the Meltons, August 5, 9am, and August 12, 11:30am: Father Jonathan Melton, who will preach and preside at St. Dunstan’s on Sundays during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical, will often be accompanied by his family – Rebekah, who is an educator, and kids Annie, Jude, and baby Thea. If you’d like to get to know these good folks who’ll be spending a season with us, they will be here between services on Sunday, August 5, and will hang around after church on Sunday, August 12, to get acquainted. All are welcome!

 SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. If you’d like to help out, talk to Sharon Henes.

No Evening Eucharist on Sunday, August 5: There will be no Evening Eucharist on the first Sunday in August. Our next Evening Eucharist will be Sunday, August 19, at 6pm.

Women’s Mini Week 2018, “Courageous Women of God!” August 9-12 at Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, WI:

Come and join us for Women’s Mini Week to get some sun on your cheeks and we aren’t a bunch of geeks

You can play on the beach or listen to Rev. Liz preach

There are fun activities and games, you won’t think this is lame

Lovely camp fires for your hearts desire

End your weekend, with many new friends.

More info at www.womensminiweek.org  Scholarships are readily available.

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

Looking for Coffee Hosts for August 2018! Consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee.

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

A NOTE FROM THE FINANACE COMMITTEE…

Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays 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!

STAFF NEWS…

Parish Leadership During Rev. Miranda’s Sabbatical

Leadership during our Rector’s sabbatical will be a team effort. Father Jonathan Melton, the campus minister at St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center on the UW campus, will preach and preside most Sunday mornings. Father Jonathan’s primary commitment during the week is to his work at St. Francis House, so week-to-week oversight of church life will be shared by our Wardens, Shirley Laedlein and Michelle Der Bedrosian, and two of our associate clergy, Father John Rasmus and Father Tom McAlpine. Sharon Henes is the point person for our Parish Renewal calendar. Most of our ongoing ministries and events will continue as usual. As always, with general questions, contact Ann in the parish office at (608) 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com . Ann is usually in the office 8am – 2pm on Monday, Friday, and either Wednesday or Thursday. Please read the “Covenant Agreement” and “What You Need To Know” pages for more information.

Announcements, July 19th

THIS WEEKEND….  

Eucharist with Holy Baptism, Sunday, July 22, 10am: We rejoice to celebrate the baptisms of Andrea (Andi) and Magdalena Becerra in our worship this weekend.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Open Door Project Update: So when do we start? Our total pledged stands at $1,064,451 – an amazing sum for a church our size, and pledges are still coming in! Thanks to these generous gifts, we anticipate that we will be able to fulfill most or all of our plans. People are naturally curious to know when we’ll be able to actually start the renovation work. The Vestry and Buildings & Grounds leadership, in consultation with capital campaign leaders, are beginning to explore next steps towards turning our vision into reality. Our next step is to interview general contractors and identify a company to work with, in collaboration with our architectural partners, Engberg Anderson Architects. There is a lot to figure out before we begin knocking down any walls. We need to set up financing so that we can do the work while pledge payments are still coming in, and we need to work with the contractor and architects to establish the best sequence for our projects. (For example, the parking lot, though it seems like we’d want to do it early because it’s in bad shape, will probably be one of the last things we do, because the heavy equipment brought in to do other work might damage the pavement.) We know we’re all eager to begin to see what our generosity can do to transform this place – and it’s a bummer to begin another year of Sunday school and youth group in cramped spaces. But improvements are coming – and soon! We will keep the parish updated about plans and timelines, as they take shape.

Criminal Justice Reform in Wisconsin, Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 pm: A presentation and discussion of criminal justice reform and the work of MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, & Solidarity). We will welcome presenters Tom and Jan Gilbert, Middleton residents and members of MOSES, as they shine light on the many areas of our criminal justice system that need addressing and why it matters.  We hope to see you there!

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 25, 1:00 – 2:45pm: A Julian Gathering is for all who want to deepen their life of faith through the practice of contemplative prayer, for beginners as well as those already practicing.  Each meeting includes time for contemplative prayer and reading/discussion of St. Julian’s revelations.  We meet the second Wednesday of each month.  For additional information, contact Susan Fiore, ObJN.

Open Office Hours with Rev. Miranda, Thursday, July 26, 3-5pm, and Sunday, July 29, 12-2pm: If you want to visit with Rev. Miranda before her sabbatical, to hear a little about her plans or just chat and check in, she has set aside some time to be available. If you want to talk with Rev. Miranda but can’t make these times, email office@stdunstans.com or call 608-469-7085. Rev. Miranda will be back at St. Dunstan’s at the end of October.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, July 27, 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 Nile, 6119 Odana Road, Madison. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt at kathwhitt@yahoo.com or call Debra Martinez at (6080 772-6043.

Lost & Found:  Please take a moment to look at the Lost & Found items in the coat room and reclaim your items. There are many items including several hats and gloves, a knit scarf, a stuffed animal, a couple of umbrellas and a carry-all. Unclaimed items will be given away after August 5th.

SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. If you’d like to help out, talk to Sharon Henes or email her at shenes@myfrontiermail.com.

Women’s Mini Week 2018, “Courageous Women of God!” August 9-12 at Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, WI:

Come and join us for Women’s Mini Week to get some sun on your cheeks and we aren’t a bunch of geeks

You can play on the beach or listen to Rev. Liz preach

There are fun activities and games, you won’t think this is lame

Lovely camp fires for your hearts desire

End your weekend, with many new friends.

More info at www.womensminiweek.org  Scholarships are readily available.

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Although we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy, the ads are encouraging us to think about “Back to School!”  And, that means it is time to think about school supply donations for the MOM Backpack program.  You are always so generous with your contributions, giving students the chance to have the needed items to succeed in school! Please check the Gathering Space for the collection box and lists of most needed items. Deadline for contributions is Sunday, August 12! Thank you!

STAFF NEWS…

Parish Leadership During Rev. Miranda’s Sabbatical:Leadership during our Rector’s sabbatical will be a team effort. Father Jonathan Melton, the campus minister at St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center on the UW campus, will preach and preside most Sunday mornings. Father Jonathan’s primary commitment during the week is to his work at St. Francis House, so week-to-week oversight of church life will be shared by our Wardens, Shirley Laedlein and Michelle Der Bedrosian, and two of our associate clergy, Father John Rasmus and Father Tom McAlpine. Sharon Henes is the point person for our Parish Renewal calendar. Most of our ongoing ministries and events will continue as usual. As always, with general questions, contact Ann in the parish office at (608) 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com . Ann is usually in the office 8am – 2pm on Monday, Friday, and either Wednesday or Thursday. Please read the “Covenant Agreement” and “What You Need To Know” pages for more information.

PRAYERS

We pray for all people to be held in God’s unfailing care and love, especially Berr, Dirk, Maryanne, Clint, Robert, Natalie, John, Chuck, Tina, Jeni and Gene, Kim,  Michael, Eliot, Terry, Ginny, Marie, Sagu (SAH-goo), Terri and Mike. Pray for all people of the world, and for these military personnel and their families: Diane, Nicholas, Brent, Eric, Alice, Danel (“dan-YELL”), Sam, Mia, Tim, Sam, Alyssa, Brian, Nawal, Josh, Nathan, and Ben, and their families.

Announcements, July 15

News & Notes – July 15, 2018

TODAY….  

Resources for Kids at Worship: We have many resources for kids at church during the summer. The “Sunday Papers” (in versions for older and younger kids) introduces the day’s Bible lessons. We also have reflective coloring pages based on texts from the Sunday readings. These are always available on the way into church and on the coloring table at the back of church. In addition, kids can pick up a “Big Blue Bible” on the way into church. A bookmark in the Bible will direct them to a version of one of the day’s Bible stories, in an illustrated version appropriate for an elementary-level reader.

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

Vestry Meeting, Wednesday, July 18th at 6:45pm: The Vestry is the elected leadership body of our parish. Any members are welcome to attend our meetings, to observe or raise questions or ideas.

Second Summer Bat Count, Friday, July 21, 8:30pm: If you enjoy counting bats and learning more about our little furry flying friends, come to church Friday night, July 21, for our mid-summer (post-volancy, that is, after baby bats) count. We count our bats as participants in statewide monitoring of the health of bat colonies. The bats will likely be emerging around 9pm; come by 8:30, we’ll have a fire going in the fire bowl. If you have favorite bug spray, you may want to bring it!

Criminal Justice Reform in Wisconsin, Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 pm: A presentation and discussion of criminal justice reform and the work of MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, & Solidarity). We will welcome presenters Tom and Jan Gilbert, Middleton residents and members of MOSES, as they shine light on the many areas of our criminal justice system that need addressing and why it matters. The Gilberts spoke to the St. Dunstan’s Outreach committee earlier this year and we were so moved by their presentation that we want to share it with the whole congregation. We hope to see you there!

Sandbox Worship: We’ll plan to gather again on July 19 and 26, before taking a longer hiatus during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical.

Open Office Hours with Rev. Miranda, Thursday, July 26, 3-5pm, and Sunday, July 29, 12-2pm: If you want to visit with Rev. Miranda before her sabbatical, to hear a little about her plans or just chat and check in, she has set aside some time to be available. If you want to talk with Rev. Miranda but can’t make these times, email office@stdunstans.com or call 608-238-2781. Rev. Miranda will be back at St. Dunstan’s at the end of October.

STAFF NEWS…

Meet our New Office Coordinator, Ann! Ann McGrath has joined our staff as our new Office Coordinator. Ann lives in Lodi, Wisconsin, with her husband Brooks and two little girls. She has a small farmer’s market business selling homemade jams, jellies and pickles. She’s very excited to be here and looks forward to meeting everyone!

Rev. Miranda will be on sabbatical for August, September, and October. The Rev. Jonathan Melton, chaplain at St Francis House Episcopal Student Center and friend of St. Dunstan’s, and his family will be with us on Sundays during Miranda’s absence, while Father John Rasmus and Father Tom McAlpine will coordinate with staff and lay leadership to help keep the daily life of the parish running and be available to those who need special prayer or counsel. To arrange a visit with one of our clergy or to alert us that someone else may need a visit, please talk to Father Jonathan, Father Tom or Father John on a Sunday, or contact the church office at 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com. Prayer requests, as always, may be sent to prayers@stdunstans.com.

SUMMER…

SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. 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.

School supplies needed for Middleton Outreach Ministry: Although we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy, the ads are encouraging us to think about “Back to School!”  And, that means it is time to think about school supply donations for the MOM Backpack program.  You are always so generous with your contributions, giving students the chance to have the needed items to succeed in school! Please check the Gathering Space for the collection box and lists of most needed items. Deadline for contributions is SUNDAY, AUGUST 12!  THANK YOU!!!

PRAYERS

We pray for all people to be held in God’s unfailing care and love, especially Berr, Doris, Dirk, Maryanne, Clint, Robert, Natalie; Rose, Jerry and Brent; John, Sue, Charles, Tina, Jeni and Gene, Kim,  Michael, Eliot, Terry, Ginny, Marie, Sagu (SAH-goo), Terri and Mike. Pray for all people of the world, and for these military personnel and their families: Diane, Nicholas, Brent, Eric, Alice, Danel (“dan-YELL”), Sam, Mia, Tim, Sam, Alyssa, Brian, Nawal, Josh, Nathan, and Ben, and their families.

 

Announcements, July 5

THIS WEEKEND…

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, July 7, 10am: The book is Deep, Down, Dark by Hector Tobar. It is the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free. HAVE A GOOD READ.

General Convention, July 4 – 13:  This summer our church holds its triennial gathering in Austin, TX, and Rev. Miranda will attend as an alternate deputy from our diocese. To get news from our deputation, follow “The Diocese of Milwaukee at General Convention” on Facebook or email info@diomil.org to subscribe to our diocesan e-news.

The Rev. Tom McAlpine will preach and celebrate on Sunday, July 8, while Miranda is away serving the larger church. Father Tom will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

 Resources for Kids at Worship: We have many resources for kids at church during the summer. The “Sunday Papers” (in versions for older and younger kids) introduces the day’s Bible lessons. We also have reflective coloring pages based on texts from the Sunday readings. These are always available on the way into church and on the coloring table at the back of church. In addition, kids can pick up a “Big Blue Bible” on the way into church. A bookmark in the Bible will direct them to a version of one of the day’s Bible stories, in an illustrated version appropriate for an elementary-level reader.

 Composing Together: Psalm Refrain, Sunday, July 8, 9:30am: Come compose a simple sung refrain to our Sunday psalm together! All ages are welcome. We’ll gather in the Nave at 9:30.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 11, 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.

Vestry Meeting, Wednesday, July 18th at 6:45pm: The Vestry is the elected leadership body of our parish.  Any members are welcome to attend our meetings, to observe or raise questions or ideas.

Criminal Justice Reform in Wisconsin, Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 pm: A presentation and discussion of criminal justice reform and the work of MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, & Solidarity). We will welcome presenters Tom and Jan Gilbert, Middleton residents and members of MOSES, as they shine light on the many areas of our criminal justice system that need addressing and why it matters. The Gilberts spoke to the St. Dunstan’s Outreach committee earlier this year and we were so moved by their presentation that we want to share it with the whole congregation. We hope to see you there!

Sandbox Worship: NOTE: NO SANDBOX for the next few weeks. We’ll plan to gather again on July 19 and 26, before taking a longer hiatus during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical.

 SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. 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: Ladies, do you need a long blessed weekend away? Do you know of other women in your lives that could benefit from such a weekend? Women’s miniweek -an annual retreat for adult women, offers opportunities for relaxation, friendship, refuge and renewal. Once again we will be at Camp Lakota (formally Camp Webb) in Wautoma, WI. 180 acres of beautiful pine and oak forest, nestled
along the shores of Little Hills Lake. The weekend is geared toward honoring the participants. It provides the opportunity for them to learn new things, make new friends, take long naps and not do dishes! It is a welcome respite from all the cares of life. This will be the 42nd year for Miniweek and it started here at St. Dunstan’s! Talk to Dianne McCoy, Shirley Laedlein, Rose Mueller,Connie Ott, Robin Ertl, Laura Norby, Ellen Rishel about Miniweek for memory sharing. Dates – August 9-12
More info at www.womensminiweek.org  There are scholarships readily available.

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

STAFF NEWS…

Rev. Miranda will be on sabbatical for August, September, and October. The Rev. Jonathan Melton, chaplain at St Francis House Episcopal Student Center and friend of St. Dunstan’s, and his family will be with us on Sundays during Miranda’s absence, while Father John Rasmus and Father Tom McAlpine will coordinate with staff and lay leadership to help keep the daily life of the parish running and be available to those who need special prayer or counsel. To arrange a visit with one of our clergy or to alert us that someone else may need a visit, please talk to Father Jonathan, Father Tom or Father John on a Sunday, or contact the church office at 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com. Prayer requests, as always, may be sent to prayers@stdunstans.com.

Announcements, June 27

THIS WEEKEND…

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, June 30, 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.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given next Sunday, July 1, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, July 1: 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: pouches/cans chicken or ham; whole grains: rice, quinoa, barley; olive oil; canned or dried tomatoes; honey, stevia; dried fruit; toilet paper/paper towels; nut butters (think allergies). Thank you for your generous support!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, July 1, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Resources for Kids at Worship: We have many resources for kids at church during the summer. The “Sunday Papers” (in versions for older and younger kids) introduces the day’s Bible lessons. We also have reflective coloring pages based on texts from the Sunday readings. These are always available on the way into church and on the coloring table at the back of church. In addition, kids can pick up a “Big Blue Bible” on the way into church. A bookmark in the Bible will direct them to a version of one of the day’s Bible stories, in an illustrated version appropriate for an elementary-level reader.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

General Convention, July 4 – 13:  This summer our church holds its triennial gathering in Austin, TX, and Rev. Miranda will attend as an alternate deputy from our diocese. To get news from our deputation, follow “The Diocese of Milwaukee at General Convention” on Facebook or email info@diomil.org to subscribe to our diocesan e-news. The Rev. Tom McAlpine will preach and celebrate on Sunday, July 8, while Miranda is away serving the larger church. Father Tom will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, July 7, 10am: The book is Deep, Down, Dark by Hector Tobar. It is the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free. When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. In a master work, Hector Tobar tells a miraculous emotionally textured account of the 33 men who came to think of San mine as a kind of coffin, as a “cave” inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer while the world watched from above. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Looking for Coffee Hosts for July 8 2018! Consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 11, 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.

Vestry Meeting, Wednesday, July 18th at 6:45pm: The Vestry is the elected leadership body of our parish.  Any members are welcome to attend our meetings, to observe or raise questions or ideas.

Learn about Restorative Justice in Middleton, Tuesday, July 24, 6 – 7:30pm: The Community Restorative Court work with victims, offenders, residents, and community stakeholders to help provide a non-traditional approach to restoring harmony and balance in neighborhoods affected by crime. Several St. Dunstan’s folks have gotten involved. Hear more about this effort at this gathering at the Middleton Public Library, “Introducing the Middleton Community Restorative Court: Repairing Harm, Reducing Risk, and Rebuilding Community.”

Presentation: Criminal Justice Reform, Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 pm: St. Dunstan’s Outreach Committee invites you to a presentation about Criminal Justice Reform and the work of MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, & Solidarity). We will welcome presenters Tom and Jan Gilbert, members of MOSES, as they shine light on the many areas of our criminal justice system that need addressing and why it matters.

STAFF NEWS…

Meet our New Office Coordinator, Ann! Ann McGrath is joining our staff as our new Office Coordinator. Ann lives in Lodi, Wisconsin, with her husband Brooks and two little girls. She has a small farmer’s market business selling homemade jams, jellies and pickles. She’s very excited to be here and looks forward to meeting everyone!

Pamela Street, who has served as our Office Coordinator for four years, is retiring at the end of this month. Pamela is looking forward to having more time to spend with her family. We are so grateful for the gifts of organization, communication, and collaboration, and the warm and friendly spirit Pamela has shared with our parish during her time here! If you’d like to thank Pamela in person, come by on Friday, June 29, between 11am and noon.

Deanna Clement honored with Frazer Scholarship: Our Director of Music Ministry, Deanna Clement, has been chosen as the recipient of the first Frazer Scholarship. The scholarship fund is stewarded by St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center, and is awarded to a UW-Madison student who embodies the gifts of holy movement, holy stability, and holy friendship. We celebrate with Deanna and are glad to count her among our holy friends here at St. Dunstan’s!

SUMMER…

SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. 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: Ladies, do you need a long blessed weekend away? Do you know of other women in your lives that could benefit from such a weekend? Women’s miniweek -an annual retreat for adult women, offers opportunities for relaxation, friendship, refuge and renewal. Once again we will be at Camp Lakota (formally Camp Webb) in Wautoma, WI. 180 acres of beautiful pine and oak forest, nestled
along the shores of Little Hills Lake. The weekend is geared toward honoring the participants. It provides the opportunity for them to learn new things, make new friends, take long naps and not do dishes! It is a welcome respite from all the cares of life. This will be the 42nd year for Miniweek and it started here at St. Dunstan’s! Talk to Dianne McCoy, Shirley Laedlein, Rose Mueller,Connie Ott, Robin Ertl, Laura Norby, Ellen Rishel about Miniweek for memory sharing. Dates – August 9-12
More info at www.womensminiweek.org  There are scholarships readily available:)

Announcements, June 21

THIS WEEKEND…

Sandbox Worship, Thursday evening, 5:30pm: We will have simple worship with shared reflection on the Lord’s Prayer, followed by a light meal (provided). All are welcome!

NOTE: NO SANDBOX for the next few weeks. We’ll plan to gather again on July 19 and 26, before taking a longer hiatus during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, June 22, 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 Common Grounds, 2644 Branch Street in Middleton. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Rev. Miranda’s Vacation: Rev. Miranda will be on vacation from June 23 through 30. Father John Rasmus will preach and celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday, June 24. Father John will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

Resources for Kids at Worship: We have many resources for kids at church during the summer. The “Sunday Papers” (in versions for older and younger kids) introduces the day’s Bible lessons. We also have reflective coloring pages based on texts from the Sunday readings. These are always available on the way into church and on the coloring table at the back of church. In addition, kids can pick up a “Big Blue Bible” on the way into church. A bookmark in the Bible will direct them to a version of one of the day’s Bible stories, in an illustrated version appropriate for an elementary-level reader.

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, June 24, 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.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, June 30, 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.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given next Sunday, July 1, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, July 1: 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: pouches/cans chicken or ham; whole grains: rice, quinoa, barley; olive oil; canned or dried tomatoes; honey, stevia; dried fruit; toilet paper/paper towels; nut butters (think allergies). Thank you for your generous support!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, July 1, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

General Convention, July 4 – 13:  This summer our church holds its triennial gathering in Austin, TX, and Rev. Miranda will attend as an alternate deputy from our diocese. To get news from our deputation, follow “The Diocese of Milwaukee at General Convention” on Facebook or email info@diomil.org to subscribe to our diocesan e-news. The Rev. Tom McAlpine will preach and celebrate on Sunday, July 8, while Miranda is away serving the larger church. Father Tom will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, July 7, 10am: The book is Deep, Down, Dark by Hector Tobar. It is the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free. When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. In a master work, Hector Tobar tells a miraculous emotionally textured account of the 33 men who came to think of San mine as a kind of coffin, as a “cave” inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer while the world watched from above. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 11, 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.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Preach in La Crosse, WI, on June 23: Our Presiding Bishop will speak at two worship services in the La Crosse area, to commemorate the first Christian worship in the La Crosse area back in 1850. There will be a short service at Granddad Bluff at 11am, followed by a festive Eucharist at Christ Church, La Crosse, at noon. Christ Church is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Madison.

STAFF NEWS…

Meet our New Office Coordinator, Ann! Ann McGrath is joining our staff as our new Office Coordinator. Ann lives in Lodi, Wisconsin, with her husband Brooks and two little girls. She has a small farmer’s market business selling homemade jams, jellies and pickles. She’s very excited to be here and looks forward to meeting everyone!

Pamela Street, who has served as our Office Coordinator for four years, is retiring at the end of this month. Pamela is looking forward to having more time to spend with her family. We are so grateful for the gifts of organization, communication, and collaboration, and the warm and friendly spirit Pamela has shared with our parish during her time here! If you’d like to thank Pamela in person, come by on Friday, June 29, between 11am and noon.

Deanna Clement honored with Frazer Scholarship: Our Director of Music Ministry, Deanna Clement, has been chosen as the recipient of the first Frazer Scholarship. The scholarship fund is stewarded by St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center, and is awarded to a UW-Madison student who embodies the gifts of holy movement, holy stability, and holy friendship. We celebrate with Deanna and are glad to count her among our holy friends here at St. Dunstan’s!

SUMMER…

SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. 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, June 14

THIS WEEKEND…

Tonight at Sandbox, our Thursday evening worship: Reflecting on the Gospel through the gracious words of writer and theologian Dorothy Sayers, whose feast day falls this week. We gather at 5:30 for song, engagement with Scripture, shared reflection and prayer, followed by a light meal. All are welcome!

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, June 17: 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.

PICNIC TIME! On Sunday, June 17, to celebrate the end of the fundraising phase of the Open Door Project, and the conclusion of a wonderful program year, we’ll celebrate with a picnic at Marshall Park (just around the corner off Allen Boulevard)! After a short 10am liturgy, we’ll head over to the park around 11am for food and fun, including soccer, face-painting, bubbles, and whatever else you want to bring!  

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, June 17, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, June 17, 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 WEEKS AHEAD…

Vestry Meeting, Wednesday, June 20, 6:45pm: The Vestry is the elected leadership body of our parish. Any members are welcome to attend our meetings, to observe or raise questions or ideas.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, June 22, 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 Common Grounds, 2644 Branch Street in Middleton.

Rev. Miranda’s Vacation: Rev. Miranda will be on vacation from June 23 through 30. Father John Rasmus will preach and celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday, June 24. Father John will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, June 24, 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.

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, June 30, 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.

General Convention, July 4 – 13:  This summer our church holds its triennial gathering in Austin, TX, and Rev. Miranda will attend as an alternate deputy from our diocese. To get news from our deputation, follow “The Diocese of Milwaukee at General Convention” on Facebook or email info@diomil.org to subscribe to our diocesan e-news. The Rev. Tom McAlpine will preach and celebrate on Sunday, July 8, while Miranda is away serving the larger church. 

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, July 7, 10am: The book is Deep, Down, Dark by Hector Tobar. It is the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free. When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. In a master work, Hector Tobar tells a miraculous emotionally textured account of the 33 men who came to think of San mine as a kind of coffin, as a “cave” inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer while the world watched from above. HAVE A GOOD READ

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Preach in La Crosse, WI, on June 23: Our Presiding Bishop will speak at two worship services in the La Crosse area, to commemorate the first Christian worship in the La Crosse area back in 1850. There will be a short service at Granddad Bluff at 11am, followed by a festive Eucharist at Christ Church, La Crosse, at noon. Christ Church is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Madison. 

SUMMER…

SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon.

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.