Announcements, Feb. 12

Family Field Trip to MOM, Saturday, February 14, 12:30pm: The kids and families of St. Dunstan’s are invited to visit the MOM (Middleton Outreach Ministry) food pantry, to learn more about how they – and we – can serve our neighbors in need. We’ll tour the pantry and sort food donations from our parish food drive. Dress warmly as it can be cool in the building.

 Sunday School, Sunday, February 15, 10am: Our class for 3 – 6 year olds will receive the Parable of the Sower, and our older class (7 – 10 years) will explore the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus. All kids & parents welcome!

Rectors Discretionary Fund offering, Sunday, February 15: Half the cash in our collection plate, and any designated checks, will go towards the Rector’s Discretionary Fund this day and on every third Sunday.  This fund is a way to quietly help people with direct financial needs, in the parish and the wider community.  

Christian Formation Committee Meeting, Sunday, February 15, 11:45am:  All are welcome to join us as we plan programs for learning and spiritual growth for all ages, for Lent, Easter, and beyond.

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, February 15, 6pm: A simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.

Explorers Meeting, Sunday, Feb. 15, 6:30pm: The Explorers meet to bounce around big ideas. This month we’ll talk about the Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church and their ideas. All are welcome!

Young Adult Meet-up at the Vintage, Sunday, February 15, 7pm: The younger adults of St. Dunstan’s are invited to join us for conversation and the beverage of your choice, at the Vintage Brewpub on South Whitney Way.   Friends and partners welcome too.

A new presence in our sanctuary: The Virgin of Guadalupe is a depiction of Mary, the mother of God, based on an appearance of Mary to a Native American peasant in Mexico in the 16th century. This manifestation of Mary is very important to Latino Christians, Catholic and Protestant alike, and she is a powerful symbol of God’s grace coming to the poor and marginalized. We welcome the Virgin to join our collection of holy images near the baptismal font at St. Dunstan’s, as a sign of hospitality to Latino visitors and members.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 17, 5:30 – 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. If you’d like to help or contribute, signup in the Gathering Area!

Ash Wednesday services will be at noon, 4pm, and 7pm on Wednesday, February 18. The 4pm service is especially intended for kids and families.

 Ashes To Go, Wednesday, February 18, 8 – 9am and 2 – 3pm: Our drop-in “Ashes To Go” station will be at Old Middleton Road & St Dunstan Drive, besides our signboard and Little Free Library. Pull over on St. Dunstan Drive or park across the street on Stonefield Rd. Imposition of ashes, prayer, and warm beverages will be available.

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. To learn more, talk with Rose Mueller at 608-836-1028.


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.

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.

Lenten Virtual Book Group – CRAZY BUSY: A [mercifully] short book about a [really] big problem, by Kevin DeYoung. Rev. Miranda invites members and friends to a “virtual book group” this Lent, beginning the last week in February. We’ll read along together during Lent and share reactions and reflections on a Facebook group. (If you’re not a Facebook user, you would have to join Facebook to participate.) A $10 donation to defray the cost of the books is welcome, but not required. You can also check the libraries for the book or buy it for your e-reader.  Look for “Lenten Reading Group – Crazy Busy” on Facebook and ask to join up!

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 March 5) 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.