SUNDAY, MARCH 13…
Sunday School, 10am: Our 3-5 year old class will be learning about the Faces of Easter, while our 6 – 10 year old class will discuss the day’s Gospel lesson, Mary’s act of devotion in washing Jesus’ feet.
Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, 11:45am, DOWNSTAIRS: All who seek meaning in the journey of parenthood are welcome to come for food and conversation. Child care and a simple meal provided.
Spring Cleaning – on the inside of the Church, 12pm, Hearty Coffee Hour 11:45am: Come and help get the Church ready for Easter and spring. We’ll have a hearty coffee hour at 11:45 am and then use a little elbow grease. See the task sheets in the Gathering Area.
Towards Discipleship Conversations, February/March: How do we, the people of St. Dunstan’s, understand and live out discipleship, following Jesus in daily life? We’ll approach this big question through conversation about some smaller and simpler questions. Please participate and share your thoughts and experiences! The Towards Discipleship will be sharing our questions with many existing groups in the congregation over the next few weeks. There will also be two open sessions for anyone to attend:
Sunday, March 13, 7 – 8pm (dessert provided)
Saturday, March 19, 12 – 1pm (light lunch provided)
If you’d like to hear more about this project and Rev. Miranda’s work with the Missional Leadership Cohort program. Thanks!
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
The Stations of the Cross in Downtown Madison, Friday, March 18, 12pm & 5pm: Walk the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross on the streets of a modern city. As we walk the fourteen traditional Stations of the Cross, we will reflect together on how we can trace those events in the geography of Madison today – our issues, stories and struggles. We will start on the sidewalk near the Federal Courthouse, across from the Overture Center, and end in the garden at Grace Church on the square. The total walk will be about 1.5 miles, and it takes about 1 hour. Come at noon or 5pm, as your schedule permits. All are welcome.
Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, March 18, 6pm: Join our monthly get-together to dine at area restaurants and enjoy good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we will meet at Max’s Farm Table, 2831 Parmenter Street, Middleton.
“Palm Saturday”, Saturday, March 19, 10am – 11:30am: Kids, parents, grandparents and friends are invited to make Easter crafts and communion bread, and to take part in a gentle, age-appropriate and participatory telling of the whole Easter story, presented by the youth and adults of our church. This event is best suited for kids ages 3 to 10; our Middle Schoolers are invited to help present the Easter pageant. All are welcome!
Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, March 20: 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. Please give generously.
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, March 20, 6pm: A simple service before the week begins. All welcome.
Younger Adults Meet-up at the Vintage, Sunday, March 20, 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.
Retirement Celebration for Deacon Sybil: The Rev. Sybil Robinson is a much-beloved elder of our parish, an Episcopal deacon, and a retired professor of theater and drama. Sybil has proclaimed the Gospel faithfully for us for many years, even at the age of ninety-one. Sybil will soon retire from serving in this capacity, though she will continue to worship with us as she is able. We will have a celebration of Sybil’s ministry on Sunday, April 3. Please thank Sybil for the blessing of her beautiful and well-trained voice, all these years!
Palm and Passion Sunday, March 20, 8 and 10am: We begin our liturgy with a Palm Procession, recalling Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, then proceed to the reading of the Passion Gospel according to Mark. This is a solemn and powerful service, and our doorway into Holy Week. People of all ages are welcome in this liturgy.
Easter Flower Sign-Up – Last Chance: Thanks for your dedications and gifts! The deadline for dedications is Sunday, March 20. Flower donations may also now be made by way of our online giving link, donate.stdunstans.com .
Maundy Thursday, Thursday, March 24, 6pm: We walk through Jesus’ final evening with his friends before his arrest, including a simple shared meal, foot washing (optional), and the stripping of the altar.
- Sign up in the Gathering Area if you’d like to contribute to the meal or help with cleanup.
- Please bring 30 pieces of change (dimes, nickels, pennies) – or just a handful.
- People of all ages are welcome in this liturgy.
Night watch Vigil Sign-Up: From 8:30pm till midnight on Thursday, March 24, following our Maundy Thursday service, and from 6am till noon on Good Friday, March 25, members of St. Dunstan’s will keep a vigil of prayer in the church, in pairs. Sign up in the Gathering Area for your shift. Come in silence, sit or kneel in silence, depart in silence. Reading material provided. Talk to Connie Ott with any questions.
Good Friday Liturgies, Friday, March 25, 12 noon and 7pm: A solemn liturgy recalling Christ’s death on the cross. Our 7pm service is followed by the Good Friday Wake, a one-hour vigil in which we honor Jesus’ death and remember our own beloved dead. Reflect on the poetry, art, and Scripture of Jesus’ death and the grief of his friends. Hot cross buns and tea will be served.
Friday, March 25, 4pm, Children’s Good Friday Service: This service is best for kids ages 3 to 10. We will walk the Stations of the Cross together, exploring the story and what it means to us.
The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, March 26, 8pm: The Easter Vigil is one of Christianity’s most ancient and beautiful liturgies: fire and water, music and art, darkness and light, death and resurrection! Please bring bells and noisemakers. We will use INCENSE at this liturgy. The Great Vigil liturgy is appropriate for adults, youth, and older kids; it is about two hours long.
Easter Sunday, Sunday, March 27, 8am & 10am: Celebrate Easter with the St. Dunstan’s community! After each service, there is an Easter egg hunt for children. Visitors and guests welcome!