Announcements, Feb. 19

 Last Sunday All-Ages Worship, Sunday, February 22, 10am: We will begin the season of Lent with the Great Litany procession, the gospel of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, and an all-ages sermon on fasting. Our 8am service will follow our usual Lenten order of worship.

Spirituality and Poetry, Sunday, February 22, 9am: Come for an exploration of the themes of Lent in poetry.  We meet in the Chapel Meeting Room between services.

 Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, February 22, 7pm:   Every fourth Sunday, a loyal group of St. Dunstan’s folk provides dinner for residents at the Grace Church shelter, and breakfast the next morning. See the signup sheet in the Gathering Area to help out.

Lets Get Uncomfortable! Conversations about Racism and Racial Justice: Whether you’ve got lots of questions or whether you think you’ve got it all figured out, come explore more deeply with others who share your faith, in this Lenten series. We will offer the same material at two different times, for your convenience – Sunday afternoons at 1pm, starting Feb. 22, and Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm, starting Feb. 25.

Coffee Hour hosts needed for most of March!  Please consider being a coffee host. Sign-up sheets for upcoming months can be found in the Gathering Space. Thanks for lending a hand.

Episcopal 101, Sunday, March 1, 9am: An ongoing exploration of the Episcopal Church for new and long-time members.  This month (POSTPONED from February), a whirlwind tour of Anglican history.  All are welcome!

 Birthdays & Anniversaries will be honored next Sunday, March 1, as is our custom on the first Sunday of every month.  Come forward after the Announcements to receive a blessing and the Community’s prayers.

 Healing Prayer, Sunday, March 1: Next Sunday, one of our ministers will offer healing prayers for those who wish to receive prayers for themselves or on behalf of others.

 MOM Special Offering, Sunday, March 1: Next Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry.  Groceries are welcome gifts, too. Here is a list of the top ten items needed at this time: cereal, canned fruit (no peaches/pears), sugar, canned chicken/turkey, cooking oil, toothpaste/toothbrushes, fruit juice, diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6), paper towels, and facial tissue. MOM is always in need of quality bedding items such as comforters, sheets, blankets and towels. Thank you for all your support!

Deacon Sybil Performs, Sunday, March 1, Coffee Hour: Did you know that our beloved deacon Sybil Robinson, who still faithfully proclaims the Gospel for us at the age of ninety, is a retired professor of theater and an actress? She will share two prepared pieces, one serious and one comic, for us over Coffee Hour.

Backpack Snack Pack Prep, Sunday, March 1, 11:45am: The kids and families of St. Dunstan’s are invited to join our Madison Vineyard Church neighbors in preparing“Backpack Snack Packs,” to help local school children from low-income households to have nutritious snacks available over the weekend. We’ll work in the Meeting Room at St. Dunstan’s following the 10am service.

Help feed the students! St Francis House Dinner, Sunday, March 1: St. Dunstan’s will provide dinner for the St. Francis House community in a few weeks. We are asked to provide food for up to 15 people, and we are invited to attend worship with the students at 5pm.  Vegan and gluten-free options are welcome (that’s easier than you think: a veggie stew over rice, bean chili …). Please sign up in the Gathering Area if you can help with the meal, or contact Rev. Miranda at 238-2781.

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

Support our Sunday School! Here are a couple of ways you may be able to help out with our growing and energetic Sunday school classes for kids ages 3-6 and 7 – 11.

1.  Assist in a classroom. The teachers for our younger class are looking for helpers to help manage the room and watch over play and crafts. This is a lovely bunch of kids; wouldn’t you like to get to know them? Sign up for as little as one date for the months ahead, on the yellow sheet in the Gathering Area below the big calendar.

2. Give us your Lego. Do you have a stash of Lego gathering dust in a closet or basement? There are some great new approaches to doing Sunday school with Lego, and our older class would LOVE to try it out. If you have some Lego to contribute, please bring it in! Only actual Lego, please, but Lego in any amount and of any age is welcome.

Members of St. Dunstan’s are welcome to join the Zion City Church congregation in their weekly worship service of thanksgiving and praise on March 15.  The service is from noon to 2:00.  Meet at St. Dunstan’s at 11:30 to carpool, or meet at Zion City Church shortly before noon.  They are located at 1317 Applegate Road in Madison.  This is just south of the Beltline, off of Fish Hatchery Road.  Five of us attended their service in January, and came away inspired and blest!

Mishpack Summer Youth Mission Trip Registration: Mishpack this year will be July 17 to August 2.  If you are currently a high school student, you are eligible to go on Mishpack. Contact Fr. John or JonMichael Rasmus for details, or talk with Rev. Miranda.  Interested students will need to register by the end of March.

Lent Letters:  It’s an ancient custom of the church for members to confess their sins to a priest and receive God’s forgiveness. Sometimes we carry old hurts or regrets that need to be told, but are hard to tell someone we see regularly. “Lent Letters” is a new approach, inspired by the tradition of sacramental confession and reconciliation in Lent.  You write a note about something you want to lay down, and sent it to another priest to be blessed and offered up. See the “Lent Letters” station in the Gathering Area, from Ash Wednesday onwards, to learn more. Rev. Miranda is also very willing to meet with you for the Rite of Reconciliation (BCP p. 447) during Lent or at any time.