SUNDAY, JULY 10…
Eucharist with Holy Baptism, Sunday, July 10, 10am: We rejoice to celebrate the baptism of a new member of Christ’s Kingdom, Schuylar. We join parents Rachel and Dave and big sister Kenley in celebrating this day!
Between Church, Sunday, July 10, 9:15am: Come try out simple outdoor worship between our two regular services. We gather at the stone altar to sing one or two simple songs, listen to the day, and share some brief reflections on spiritual practice in daily life. We will also meet July 17, 24, and 31. Between Church can be an enrichment to one of our regular Sunday services at 8 and 10am, or you can just come for Between Church.
Give it a Try July: Would you like to try doing a reading at church? Or serving as an acolyte, or maybe help clean up after the Eucharist? For the month of July, instead of a set schedule of helpers for our liturgy, we’ll put out a set of cards every Sunday with the name of a role – Acolyte, Reader, Usher, Altar Guild Helper – and a short explanation of what you need to know. The intention is both to allow our regular helpers to serve when they’re available, in a month that’s often hard to schedule due to summer travel, AND to allow curious folk to try out a new role and see what’s involved. If you’d like to try something out, try to arrive ten minutes early to grab a card and read over what’s involved.
Summer Thursday Evening Eucharist and Supper, 5:30-7pm: Got weekend plans? Come to church Thursday evening for an informal Eucharist (outdoors, if weather permits!) and simple meal. Starting June 16, our Thursday evening Sandbox Worship will include an informal Eucharist every week. We also plan to worship outdoors as much as possible. All ages very welcome; dinner provided. If you have special dietary needs, let Rev. Miranda know, and if you like to cook you can sign up to contribute to a meal sometime.
SUMMER STUDY – TOBIT: A TALE OF TWO FAMILIES…
Creating Sets: Illustrating the Book of Tobit Art Workshop with Artist James Bellucci, Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, 2 – 4pm: James Bellucci is an artist and art educator who works by creating dioramas from two- and three-dimensional objects, then photographing them. Adults and older kids (10 and up) of St. Dunstan’s are invited to work with James to create a diorama based on the Biblical book of Tobit, the same book we are working with in our Evening Bible & Arts Camp for kids. Please sign up in the Gathering Area or by contacting Rev. Miranda. We can only accommodate 15 people. Participants should be able to attend both sessions. Check out James’s work at http://www.jamesbellucci.com .
Bible Study – Tobit: A Tale of Two Families, Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 – 8pm: The book of Tobit is a little-known, but well worth knowing, book from the part of the Bible known as the Apocrypha. It’s a rollicking adventure tale about God’s grace at work in ordinary lives, with some surprising depths in its themes. This gathering is an opportunity for the adults of our parish to study the same story that will be the focus of our kids’ Evening Bible & Arts Camp this summer. Thomas McAlpine, an Old Testament scholar, will guide our conversation. Light dessert will be served. All are welcome! Please read the Book of Tobit before coming – it takes less than an hour. You can find it in some Bibles, or online here (use the link at the bottom of the page to advance chapters): http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=334746665
The Book of Tobit: A Boy Went on a Journey Evening Bible & Arts Camp, 5:30 – 7:30pm, July 31 – August 4. We are designing our own VBS this year, focusing on the book of Tobit, a rousing story of faith, adventure, risk, romance, and mystery, from a part of the Bible known as the Apocrypha. Drama, art, and outreach will be integrated into our curriculum. Kids ages 3 to 10 are welcome to participate; need not be members of St. Dunstan’s. Registration forms are in the Gathering Area and on our website! Help spread the word!
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
Neighborhood Exploration, July 12 – 17: Rev. Miranda plans to spend this week doing some intentional noticing of the neighborhoods around St. Dunstan’s. Would you like to join her? The goal of this Neighborhood Exploration is not to develop a program or recruit new members. We’re open to both of those possibilities, but that’s not our current focus. Think of this as the kind of exploration you might do when you’re staying in a new city for a few days. Posted in the Gathering Area there is a list of possible things you could do – particular streets to walk, parks to visit, etc. – and tips for noticing and reflecting. Jot down some notes, and send them to Rev. Miranda , and/or meet at 11:30 on Sunday, July 17, to discuss in person. Read more & sign up in the Gathering Area if you’d like to participate!
Gathering for the GLBTQ Folk of St. Dunstan’s, Wednesday, July 13, 6pm: Those identifying as GLBTQ in the St. Dunstan’s community are invited to a low-key dinner gathering at the church on Wednesday, July 13 at 6:00 pm. A light dinner of soup and bread will be provided (vegan-friendly with an omnivore option). Bring a dessert if you can, but please come regardless. Please feel free to bring partners and friends. While allies are always welcome at St. Dunstan’s, this particular gathering is intended for people who personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rev. Miranda.
Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 13, 7:15 – 9:00pm: What is a Julian Gathering? A Julian Gathering is open to everyone and you are welcome at all times. We support each other in the practice of contemplative prayer and contemplative spirituality. Each meeting includes time for contemplative prayer and reading/discussion of Bl. Julian’s revelations. Don’t worry if you’ve never practiced silent prayer before, we can set your mind at ease. We meet at St. Dunstan’s on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:15 to 9 PM.
Charles Rishel’s 90th Birthday Party, Sunday, July 17, 1pm: Everyone is invited to get together for Charles Rishel’s 90th birthday party on July 17th at Badger Prairie Park in Verona. Invites and directions are in the Gathering Area. All are welcome as St Dunstans is part of his extended family.
Rector’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, July 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.
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, July 17, 6pm: Join us for simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.
Younger Adults Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, July 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.
Last Sunday Worship Service, Sunday, July 24, 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. This Sunday our theme is God-in-creation. NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.