Category Archives: Announcements

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements, February 1

The Capital Campaign Feasibility Study will be going out on Friday! Please respond and return it by February 18. If your household doesn’t receive an email inviting you to take the survey, please talk to Rev. Miranda or contact the office at (608) 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com . Mailed (hardcopy) surveys should arrive in the next few days.

Election Results: Thanks to all who attended and participated in our Parish Annual Meeting on January 21! Here are the results of our election of parish officers: Senior Warden: Shirley Laedlein; Junior Warden: Michelle Windle; Vestry: Krissy Mayer, Mary Rowe and Bill Ford; Convention Delegates: Celia Fine, Kate Larson, Sharon Henes, Evy Gildrie-Voyles; Alternate Delegate: Valerie McAuliffe. We thank Lynn Bybee for his service as Vestry member and Junior Warden.

THIS WEEK…

Survival Backpacks: We are collecting items to fill backpacks for homeless high school youth in the Madison school system. If you took a slip from the window display, please bring back your items by this Sunday, February 4! Thanks for your generosity! Questions? Contact Bonnie Magnuson at bonniemagnuson@gmail.com.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given this Sunday, February 4, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, February 4: This Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. Here are  some of the current most needed items: Whole Grains, Pasta; Canned Chicken, Salmon, Sardines; Herbal Tea; Protein Bars;  Nut Butters; Toilet Paper/Paper Towels. Thank you for your generous support!

Falk Friends Pantry Prep, Sunday, February 4, 11:30am: This year we’re partnering with Falk by providing toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, detergent, and other similar items for their pantry. Helpers of all ages are welcome to help pack our Falk Friends Pantry bags after the 10am liturgy!

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!

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

THE WEEKS AHEAD….

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Have you been baptized? The Prayer Book tells us, “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church.” From the earliest years of Christianity, the season of Lent (which begins February 10) was when new Christians studied the faith and prepared for baptism at Easter. If you have never been baptized, or aren’t sure, and would like to learn more about this rite, please contact Rev. Miranda at 238-2781.

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, January 25

The Capital Campaign Survey Is Coming on February 2! We ask each household in the parish to respond. Responses will go to our partners in this process, the Episcopal Church Foundation, who will use your input to help us understand which parts of the proposed projects are the highest priority for members of the congregation, and what is a realistic goal for fundraising.

The survey will be accompanied by a document summarizing our projects and options, but please take a few moments in the weeks ahead to re-familiarize yourself with plans and details. You can look at the display in the Gathering Area at church, or view the same information on our website: http://stdunstans.com/capital-campaign-possibilities-december-2017/.

THIS WEEK…

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, January 26, 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 Amber Indian Restaurant on 6913 University Avenue in Madison. For more information, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, January 27, 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. Contact Evy Gildrie-Voyles for more information.

Housing & Hope, Sunday, January 28, 9am: High rent is a major contributor to poverty and instability for low-income families in Dane County. Come learn about a concrete, focused way to help from our guest speaker, Sarah Shatz, who coordinates support for low-income families in Middleton and beyond as part of Joining Forces for Families

Epiphany Pageant & Candlemas Blessing of the Flashlights, Sunday, January 28: The children of St. Dunstan’s will present a pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Wise Men on Sunday, January 28. We will also celebrate Candlemas with a brief story and candle-lighting prayers at the end of our liturgy. Bring your flashlights and emergency candles from home to be blessed!

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, January 28, 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.

Looking for Coffee Hosts for February 25 and in March: Please consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee.

Altar Flowers: 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.

Get your picture taken for a new photo directory! St. Dunstan’s is a growing parish and putting faces to names can help us get to know each other better. We are putting together a photo directory. Father Tom McAlpine will be available to take photos before and after the 10am liturgy on Sunday, Jan. 21 and 28. If you have a photo from home that you would prefer to use, please email it to Pamela in the office at office@stdunstans.com. Please email your photo in either pdf or jpeg format, and only one photo per household. Thanks so much!

Survival Backpacks: We are collecting items to fill backpacks for homeless high school youth in the Madison school system. They need basic necessities in a simple form that they can carry with them. Please check the window in the Gathering Area for items needed. Take a slip, buy the items, and bring them back by Sunday, February 4. Feel free to take more than one slip if you feel able to meet the need. We will also happily accept donations for the most expensive items; please write “Backpack” on the memo line of a check made out to St. Dunstan’s. Thanks for your generosity! Questions? Contact Bonnie Magnuson. 

Pledge envelopes: If you have had pledge/contribution envelopes in the past or requested envelopes on your pledge card, they will be on the table outside the nave door on Sunday. If you would like envelopes please contact Valerie, treasurer@stdunstans.com.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given next Sunday, February 4, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, February 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 the current top-ten, most needed items: Low Sugar/Natural Cereal; Whole Grains: Rice, Quinoa, Barley, Pasta; Canned Chicken, Salmon, Sardines; Herbal Tea; Granola, Trail Mix, Protein Bars; Prepared Meals; Pork & Beans, Baked Beans; Heart Healthy Cooking Oil; Nut Butters; Toilet Paper/Paper Towels. Thank you for your generous support!

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

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.

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!

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, February 14, 1:00 – 2:45 pm: Julian of Norwich was a 15th Century English mystic and anchoress.  [What’s an anchoress?  In the Middle Ages, certain women and men chose to live a life intensely devoted to prayer permanently enclosed in a small room, called an anchorhold, attached to a parish church.] Julian prayed often in silence, and at a Julian Gathering we support each other in the practice of contemplative prayer and contemplative spirituality.  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: In these stories, we meet the kind of Native Americans we rarely see in literature – the kind who pay their bills, hold down jobs, and fall in and out of love. A Spokane Indian journalist transplanted from the reservation to the city picks up a hitchhiker, a Lummi boxer looking to take on the toughest Indian in the world; a son waiting for his diabetic father to come home from the hospital, tossing out the Hershey Kisses the father has hidden all over the house; an estranged interracial couple, separated in the midst of a traffic accident who rediscover their love for each other – 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.

Have you been baptized? The Prayer Book tells us, “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church.” From the earliest years of Christianity, the season of Lent (which begins February 10) was when new Christians studied the faith and prepared for baptism at Easter. If you have never been baptized, or aren’t sure, and would like to learn more about this rite, please contact Rev. Miranda at 238-2781.

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, January 18

The Capital Campaign Survey Is Coming on February 2! We ask each household in the parish to respond. Responses will go to our partners in this process, the Episcopal Church Foundation, who will use your input to help us understand which parts of the proposed projects are the highest priority for members of the congregation, and what is a realistic goal for fundraising.

The survey will be accompanied by a document summarizing our projects and options, but please take a few moments in the weeks ahead to re-familiarize yourself with plans and details. You can look at the display in the Gathering Area at church, or view the same information on our website: http://stdunstans.com/capital-campaign-possibilities-december-2017/

THIS WEEK…

Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 21, 9am: Come to hear parish updates, including the 2018 budget, and help elect our parish leaders. All are welcome to attend! Child care will be provided during the meeting.

Get your picture taken for a new photo directory! St. Dunstan’s is a growing parish and putting faces to names can help us get to know each other better. We are putting together a photo directory. Father Tom McAlpine will be available to take photos before and after the 10am liturgy on Sunday, Jan. 21 and 28. If you have a photo from home that you would prefer to use, please email it to Pamela in the office at office@stdunstans.com.

Sunday school, Sunday, January 21, 10am: Our younger class will learn about baptism, while our elementary classes continue to explore the theme of being called by God. Sunday school meets during our 10am worship, and kids ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate!

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, January 21: 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.

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, January 21, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, January 21, 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.

Survival Backpacks: We are collecting items to fill backpacks for homeless high school youth in the Madison school system. They need basic necessities in a simple form that they can carry with them. Please check the window in the Gathering Area for items needed. Take a slip, buy the items, and bring them back by Sunday, February 4. Feel free to take more than one slip if you feel able to meet the need. We will also happily accept donations for the most expensive items; please write “Backpack” on the memo line of a check made out to St. Dunstan’s. Thanks for your generosity! Questions? Contact Bonnie Magnuson. 

Seeking kids who love to read out loud! We are looking for strong readers, kids and youth, who would like to join the group of people – called lectors – who read our Bible readings out loud in church on their assigned Sundays (usually once every few months). We ask kids to sign up WITH a parent or other adult who will be responsible for responding to emails about scheduling, keeping track of the calendar, and printing out readings (sent by email a few days ahead) for the young reader to practice. If you know a kid who’d like to be a lector, or if you ARE a kid who’d like to be a lector, please let us know by talking to Rev. Miranda .

 Pledge envelopes: If you have had pledge/contribution envelopes in the past or requested envelopes on your pledge card, they will be on the table outside the nave door on Sunday. If you would like envelopes please contact Valerie.

The Sandbox Evening Worship, every Thursday at 5:30pm: We gather at 5:30pm for a simple, all-ages Vespers service of candle-lighting, Scripture and prayer. After our prayers, someone shares something: a hands-on project; a favorite song, poem, storybook or image; a practice of prayer; a memory or reflection… there are many options! Afterwards, we eat a simple dinner together (provided, though folks can sign up to bring food if they wish). Our Thursday evenings are a friendly and informal time to build relationships and explore faith. All are welcome.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, January 26, 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 Amber Indian Restaurant on 6913 University Avenue in Madison. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, January 27, 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. Contact Evy Gildrie-Voyles for more information.

Housing & Hope, Sunday, January 28, 9am: High rent is a major contributor to poverty and instability for low-income families in Dane County. Come learn about a concrete, focused way to help from our guest speaker, Sarah Shatz, who coordinates support for low-income families in Middleton and beyond as part of Joining Forces for Families.

Epiphany Pageant & Candlemas Blessing of the Flashlights, Sunday, January 28: The children of St. Dunstan’s will present a pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Wise Men on Sunday, January 28. There will be a rehearsal after church on Sunday, January 21. All kids are welcome to participate! We will also celebrate Candlemas with a brief story and candle-lighting prayers at the end of our liturgy. Bring your flashlights and emergency candles from home to be blessed!

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, January 28, 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.

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.

Have you been baptized? The Prayer Book tells us, “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church.” From the earliest years of Christianity, the season of Lent (which begins February 10) was when new Christians studied the faith and prepared for baptism at Easter. If you have never been baptized, or aren’t sure, and would like to learn more about this rite, please contact Rev. Miranda at 238-2781.

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, January 11

Capital Campaign Survey Is Coming! The next step in our exploration of a possible capital campaign is a congregation-wide survey about our possible projects and priorities. We encourage every household to participate. The survey will be sent out at the beginning of February. You can receive it either online or on paper. If you would prefer the survey on paper, please let us know by Wednesday, January 17, by talking to Rev. Miranda, signing the paper survey sign-up sheet, emailing office@stdunstans.com, or calling the office at 608-238-2781.

THIS WEEK…

Sunday school, Sunday, January 14, 10am: This week, our 3-year-old through kindergarten class will receive the story of Epiphany, while our elementary classes reflect on the story of the calling of Samuel. All kids ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate!

Seeking kids who love to read out loud! We are looking for strong readers, kids and youth, who would like to join the group of people – called lectors – who read our Bible readings out loud in church on their assigned Sundays (usually once every few months). We ask kids to sign up WITH a parent or other adult who will be responsible for responding to emails about scheduling, keeping track of the calendar, and printing out readings (sent by email a few days ahead) for the young reader to practice. If you know a kid who’d like to be a lector, or if you ARE a kid who’d like to be a lector, please let us know by talking to Rev. Miranda or emailing her at revmiranda@stdunstans.com .

Call for Annual Report Submission: Every year in December/January, we invite our ministry leaders to submit a paragraph or two about what their ministry is and what they’ve done in the past year. We then compile those reports into an Annual Report, and share it with the congregation in advance of our parish Annual Meeting (9am on Sunday, January 21). This year we thought we’d cast the net more widely. If you have something you’d like to share, as a special moment, thanksgiving, or success to share, whether from a particular ministry of just something from the life of this household of faith, you’re welcome to submit it to office@stdunstans.com. The deadline for all Annual Report materials is Monday, January 15. 

Pledge envelopes: If you have had pledge/contribution envelopes in the past or requested envelopes on your pledge card, they will be on the table outside the nave door on Sunday. If you would like envelopes please contact Valerie at treasurer@stdunstans.com.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Wednesday Book Group, Wednesday, January 17, 9:30am: The Wednesday Morning Book group is beginning a new book this Wednesday, January 17. It is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Please join us for coffee and conversation at 9:30am. Then if you like we can order a book for you.

Vestry Meeting, Wednesday, January 17, 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.

Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 21, 9am: Come to hear parish updates, including the 2018 budget, and help elect our parish leaders. All are welcome to attend! Child care will be provided during the meeting.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, January 21: 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.

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, January 21, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, January 21, 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.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, January 26, 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 Amber Indian Restaurant on 6913 University Avenue in Madison. For more information, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, January 27, 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. Contact Evy Gildrie-Voyles for more information.

Epiphany Pageant, Sunday, January 28: The children of St. Dunstan’s will present a pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Wise Men on Sunday, January 28. There will be a rehearsal after church on Sunday, January 21. All kids are welcome to participate!

Last Sunday All-Ages Worship, Sunday, January 28, 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 28, 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.

Monday Morning Art Group: Each Monday morning from 9:30 to 11:30am an adult group meets in the Chapel Meeting Room 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 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, January 4

Christmas Card Update: St. Dunstan’s joined Grace Episcopal Church, the organizing parish, and St. Andrew’s, St. Luke’s, and Good Shepherd to write Christmas cards to inmates at the Fox Lake State Prison. The Rev. Jerry Hancock of MOSES (Madison Organizing for Strength, Equality, and Solidarity) delivered a total of 1059 cards, enough for all of the inmates to receive one. With the cards go our hopes and prayers for all those in prison and their loved ones.

Capital Campaign Survey Is Coming! The next step in our exploration of a possible capital campaign is a congregation-wide survey about our possible projects and priorities. We encourage every household to participate. The survey will be sent out at the beginning of February. You can receive it either online or on paper. If you would prefer the survey on paper, please let us know by Wednesday, January 17, by talking to Rev. Miranda, signing the paper survey sign-up sheet, emailing office@stdunstans.com, or calling the office at 608-238-2781.

TONIGHT…

Epiphany Service of Light, Thursday, January 4, 6pm: Join us as we share the story of the Wise Men who came to honor the infant Jesus, and of how the light of Christ has spread through time and space all the way to here and now! All are welcome. We’ll share a light dinner after the service; feel free to bring something to share. Talk to Rev. Miranda or Sharon Henes if you’d like to be a reader for this service.

THIS WEEK…

Call for Annual Report Submission: Every year in December/January, we invite our ministry leaders to submit a paragraph or two about what their ministry is and what they’ve done in the past year. We then compile those reports into an Annual Report, and share it with the congregation in advance of our parish Annual Meeting (9am on Sunday, January 21). This year we thought we’d cast the net more widely. If you have something you’d like to share, as a special moment, thanksgiving, or success to share, whether from a particular ministry of just something from the life of this household of faith, you’re welcome to submit it to office@stdunstans.com. The deadline for all Annual Report materials is Monday, January 15. 

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, January 6, 10am: Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. SOUNDS LIKE SOUTH CHICAGO.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given this Sunday, January 7, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, January 7: This Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. Here are the current top-ten, most needed items: low-sugar cereal; fruit (fresh, dried, canned); soup; 100% juice; herbal tea bags; holiday baking supplies; sugar & honey; prepared boxed/canned meals; meat (canned or pouches); laundry detergent; toothbrush, toothpaste, & floss. Thank you for your generous support!

Falk Friends Pantry Prep, Sunday, January 7, 11:30am: This year we continue to partner with Falk by providing toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, detergent, and other similar items for their pantry. Helpers of all ages are welcome to help pack our Falk Friends Pantry bags after the 10am liturgy!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, January 7, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Sunday school, Sunday, January 14, 10am: Our Sunday school classes will meet on the 14th and 21st this month. Sunday school meets during our 10am worship, and kids ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate!

Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, Sunday, January 14, 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, January 14, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, January 14, 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.

Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 21, 9am: Come to hear parish updates, including the 2018 budget, and help elect our parish leaders. All are welcome to attend!

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, January 26, 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 Amber Indian Restaurant on 6913 University Avenue in Madison. For more information, please contact Kathy Whitt  or Debra Martinez.

Epiphany Pageant, Sunday, January 28: The children of St. Dunstan’s will present a pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Wise Men on Sunday, January 28. There will be a rehearsal after church on Sunday, January 21. All kids are welcome to participate!

 

Announcements, December 28

This Week…

Thanks to all who contributed to our Christmas liturgies! Your participation helped us honor this holy day and welcome the many guests who worship with us every Christmas.

Sunday, December 31, 10am: Carol Sing: We will sing favorite Christmas hymns in place of a sermon.  All are welcome!  There is also Holy Eucharist without music at 8am.

Epiphany Service of Light, Thursday, January 4, 6pm: Join us as we share the story of the Wise Men who came to honor the infant Jesus, and of how the light of Christ has spread through time and space all the way to here and now! All are welcome. We’ll share a light dinner after the service; feel free to bring something to share. Talk to Rev. Miranda or Sharon Henes if you’d like to be a reader for this service.

Calendar Notes: The church office will be closed from December 25 through December 29. Rev. Miranda will be taking some time off after Christmas. Father John Rasmus will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

Holiday Schedule Notes: Youth group will NOT meet December 29. Sandbox worship will NOT meet on December 28.

The Weeks Ahead… 

Call for Annual Report Submission: Every year in December/January, we invite our ministry leaders to submit a paragraph or two about what their ministry is and what they’ve done in the past year. We then compile those reports into an Annual Report, and share it with the congregation in advance of our parish Annual Meeting (9am on Sunday, January 21). This year we thought we’d cast the net more widely. If you have something you’d like to share, as a special moment, thanksgiving, or success to share, whether from a particular ministry of just something from the life of this household of faith, you’re welcome to submit it to office@stdunstans.com. The deadline for all Annual Report materials is Monday, January 15. 

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, January 6, 10am: Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of that poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. SOUNDS LIKE SOUTH CHICAGO.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given this Sunday, January 7, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, January 7: 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 the current top-ten, most needed items: low-sugar cereal; fruit (fresh, dried, canned); soup; 100% juice; herbal tea bags; holiday baking supplies; sugar & honey; prepared boxed/canned meals; meat (canned or pouches); laundry detergent; toothbrush, toothpaste, & floss. Thank you for your generous support!

Falk Friends Pantry Prep, Sunday, January 7, 11:30am: This year we continue to partner with Falk by providing toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, detergent, and other similar items for their pantry. Helper of all ages are welcome to help pack our Falk Friends Pantry bags after the 10am liturgy!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, January 7, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.

Epiphany Pageant, Sunday, January 28: The children of St. Dunstan’s will present a pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Wise Men on Sunday, January 28. There will be a rehearsal after church on Sunday, January 21. All kids are welcome to participate!

Capital Campaign Next Steps – Congregational Survey: The core of the Feasibility Study is a congregation-wide survey about our capital campaign options. The Episcopal Church Foundation will send out the survey in late January. We want each household to respond! You may take the survey online, or on paper. If you prefer a paper copy of the survey, please tell Rev. Miranda or send a note to feedback@stdunstans.com.

 

Announcements, December 21

THIS WEEKEND….

NO 8AM WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24: This year, the Fourth Sunday in Advent is also Christmas Eve. After consulting with 8am worshipers, we have decided not to have our regular Eucharist at 8am that morning. There will be Advent IV worship at 10am. Christmas Eve liturgies are at 3pm and 9pm.

Guest Preacher, Sunday at 10am: We welcome Hal as our guest preacher this Sunday. Hal is currently pursuing his M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School.

Christmas Service Helpers Needed! If you would like to be a part of the Christmas services, we still need ushers for our Christmas Eve liturgies. Sign up in the Gathering Area and plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before the service where you would like to assist.

Calendar Notes: The church office will be closed from December 25 through December 29. Rev. Miranda will be taking some time off after Christmas. Father John Rasmus will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Call for Annual Report Submission: Every year in December/January, we invite our ministry leaders to submit a paragraph or two about what their ministry is and what they’ve done in the past year. We then compile those reports into an Annual Report, and share it with the congregation in advance of our parish Annual Meeting (9am on Sunday, January 21). This year we thought we’d cast the net more widely. If you have something you’d like to share, as a special moment, thanksgiving, or success to share, whether from a particular ministry of just something from the life of this household of faith, you’re welcome to submit it to office@stdunstans.com. The deadline for all Annual Report materials is Monday, January 15. 

Men’s Book Club, Saturday, January 6, 10am: Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of that poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

Epiphany Service of Light, Thursday, January 4, 6pm: Join us as we share the story of the Wise Men who came to honor the infant Jesus, and of how the light of Christ has spread through time and space all the way to here and now! All are welcome. We’ll share a light dinner after the service; feel free to bring something to share. Talk to Rev. Miranda or Sharon Henes if you’d like to be a reader for this service.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given this Sunday, January 7, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, January 7: 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 the current top-ten, most needed items: low-sugar cereal; fruit (fresh, dried, canned); soup; 100% juice; herbal tea bags; holiday baking supplies; sugar & honey; prepared boxed/canned meals; meat (canned or pouches); laundry detergent; toothbrush, toothpaste, & floss. Thank you for your generous support!

Falk Friends Pantry Prep, Sunday, January 7, 11:30am: This year we continue to partner with Falk by providing toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, detergent, and other similar items for their pantry. Helper of all ages are welcome to help pack our Falk Friends Pantry bags after the 10am liturgy!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, January 7, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins.  All are welcome.

Epiphany Pageant, Sunday, January 28: The children of St. Dunstan’s will present a pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Wise Men on Sunday, January 28. There will be a rehearsal after church on Sunday, January 21. All kids are welcome to participate!

Announcements, December 7

THIS WEEK…

Service of Lessons and Music, Sunday, December 10, 10am: Our special Lessons & Music service this Advent will focus on Strangers and Guests in Scripture.

Capital Campaign Possibilities: Vestry Office Hours, Sunday, Dec. 10, 9am: If you have feedback on our capital campaign possibilities, come chat with members of our Vestry (church board) between services on Sunday, Dec. 10! We hope to gather all parish feedback by Monday, December 11.

Take home a hymnal! If you’d like to have a hymnal – or a set of hymnals! – at home, please take one or more of our old red hymnals from the boxes in the back of the church. Sing, play, and enjoy!

Christmas Pageant Practice, Sunday, Dec. 10, 11:30am: Actors with speaking parts are invited to a brief practice session for our Christmas Eve pageant.

Sharing Christmas – St. Dunstan’s style: Please look at the “ornaments” on the window and choose a wish to fulfill for someone in our community. If you took an ornament from the first round of tags (numbered 1 – 40), PLEASE bring it back by this Sunday, December 10! For other gifts, we hope to have wrapped gifts brought to church by Sunday December 17th so we can get them to their “homes” in time for Christmas. Any questions, contact Evy Gildrie-Voyles.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, December 13, 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.

Las Posadas Party, Saturday, Dec. 16, 5pm: Las Posadas (Spanish for “the inns”) is an Advent celebration practiced in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, revolving around the concept of hospitality. We learn from the Posadas that by welcoming the poor and the needy, we are welcoming Jesus in our midst. Our Posadas will be an opportunity for learning and fellowship, and will have food, music, (small) fireworks, and a (real) donkey! All are welcome!

FOOD SIGNUP: Could you bring a bowl of guacamole or a batch of rice or beans? Sign up in the Gathering Area or let Miranda know!

Coffee Hosts Needed! We are in need of coffee hosts for December 17, 24, and 31 after the 10am service. Please contact Janet Bybee  for more information. Thanks for your service!

Bread for the World Sunday, December 17: Peg and Dan Geisler will share about Bread for the World’s advocacy to reduce hunger in the United States and around the world and how we can be part of it.

#AdventWord – Praying with Images: AdventWord is the Anglican Communion’s global Advent calendar of prayerful images inspired by words like “Awaken,” “Mend,” or “Watch.”. Sign up at www.adventword.org/sign-up to receive a word each day by email, or follow AdventWord on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  You can contribute photos of your own, or just see what others are offering. Follow @stdunstansmadcity on Instagram to see Rev. Miranda’s photographic musings.

Caroling 2017: Last year a group of singers from St. Dunstan’s had a wonderful time visiting a few of our members and singing Christmas carols. We’d like to do the same this year. All ages are welcome to participate. Possible dates include Sunday, December 17; Friday, December 22, or Saturday, December 23. Please sign up and indicate your availability in the Gathering Area, or contact Rev. Miranda.

Christmas Cards for Jail Inmates:  Christmas is a bleak time for those who spend the holiday as inmates of the Dane County Jail. Even a simple message of kindness can bring some joy and hope. Our card-writing Station is now set up opposite the kitchen. You can take a moment to write a message while at church, or take home a couple of cards and the card-writing guidelines, and write at home. These cards will be delivered to inmates through an initiative of our sister parish Grace Church. Our goal is to complete at least 100 cards by mid-December.

Bring Christmas Cheer to St. Dunstans! Celebrate what’s important to you with a gift that helps us decorate for Christmas and honors a loved one or a special event. Please see the red Christmas Flowers sign-up sheets in the Gathering Area. Write “Christmas Flowers” on the memo line of your check or on the envelope containing cash. Suggested donation is $25.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, December 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.

Christmas Pageant Practice, Sunday, Dec. 17, 11:30am: Any actors able to attend are invited to a brief practice session for our Christmas Eve pageant. Pizza will be provided!

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

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday December 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.

**DATE CHANGE** The Longest Night: A Liturgy of Light in Darkness, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7:30PM: On December 20, we will gather together out of the darkness of the season for a quiet, meditative worship service. Feel free to invite friends who might appreciate this time set apart to name the darkness in the world and in our lives, and prepare our hearts for the coming of the light of Christ. Contact Rev. Miranda  with any questions.

NO 8AM WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24: This year, the Fourth Sunday in Advent is also Christmas Eve. After consulting with 8am worshipers, we have decided not to have our regular Eucharist at 8am that morning. There will be Advent IV worship at 10am. Christmas Eve liturgies are at 3pm and 9pm.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services:

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sunday, December 24, 10am (NO 8am service!)

Family Service with Pageant, Sunday, December 24, 3pm

Festal Eucharist, Sunday, December 24, 9pm

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 10am

Christmas Service Helpers Needed! If you would like to be a part of the Christmas services, we need greeters, ushers and refreshments for each of the three services. Please see the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area or contact Pamela at office@stdunstans.com.