Guest Preacher, Sunday, August 14: The Rev. Dr. Thomas McAlpine will preach and preside in Rev. Miranda’s absence. Elvice and Father Tom showed up at St. Dunstan’s last year. Elvice has been contributing to the Coffee Hour rota and spending time caring for the Labyrinth. Father Tom is an Old Testament scholar and has assisted in our congregational study of the Book of Tobit this summer.
School Supply Drive for MOM, Now through August 17: It’s time to start planning ahead for those going “back to school!” Once again, we will be collecting donations of school supplies to contribute to the goal of more than 1,000 backpacks this year! The MOM Back to School Program provides backpacks stuffed with grade level supplies for children in Pre-K through high school, and also supplies for college students. Cash donations are also accepted. More information and shopping lists are available in the Gathering Area. Please plan to bring your donations by August 17. While all school supplies are gratefully accepted, the greatest needs include:
extra-large back packs for high school students
three-ring binders (without logos) & dividers for binders
pocket folders (solid colors, plastic)
spiral notebooks – solid colors, wide & college ruled
loose leaf paper – wide & college ruled
Thank you for your generous support! MOM could not do it without you!
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
Rev. Miranda’s Upcoming Vacation: Rev. Miranda will be out of the office August 8 – 15. If you need the care or counsel of a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence, contact Father Tom McAlpine.
Parish Office Closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday on August 10, 11, 12: Please note that the office will be closed on these days, but you are welcome to leave a message by phone (608) 238-2781 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office coordinator, Pamela, will be back on Monday, August 15.
Vestry Meeting, Wednesday, August 17, 6:45pm: The Vestry is the elected leadership body of our parish. Any members are welcome to attend our meetings, to observe or to raise questions or ideas.
Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, August 20, 8-10:30am: 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.
Rectors’ Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, August 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, August 21, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.
Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, August 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.
Save the Date: Madison PRIDE Parade, August 21st from Noon to 4:00pm. Members are invited to help represent St. Dunstan’s in the 2016 OutReach LGBTQ PRIDE parade and rally. The parade will start at the 500 and 600 Block of State St. and move towards the Capitol Square. This year’s theme is Inclusion: Marching Towards Racial Diversity. More specific announcements will follow. If you would like to be involve please stay tuned.
Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, August 26, 6:30pm: Join our monthly get-together as we dine at area restaurants and enjoy good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we will meet at Villa Dolce at 1828 Parmenter in Middleton.
Last Sunday Worship, Sunday, August 28, 10am: Students of all ages are invited to bring backpacks, laptops, etc., to be blessed in this service, as we pray for our schools and universities. 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.
Foundry414 Labor Day 3K for Backpack Snack Pack, Monday, September 5, 9:45am: Our neighbors at Foundry414 invite us to participate in the Backpack Snack Pack 3K fund raiser. Donations from St. Dunstan’s folks can go to our Backpack Snack Pack program. Come at 9:45 am to sign-in. The 3K starts at 10am and will follow a route that can accommodate strollers and wagons. There’s no registration fee to participate but donations are encouraged. Come enjoy good neighbors, exercise and fun for a good cause!
Caregivers’ Support Group, Saturday, September 17, 9am: A caregivers’ support group will be starting in September. The sessions are planned for the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. This will be a safe space to share concerns with others who have similar situations and to offer support in return. For more information, talk with John Rasmus, Bonnie Magnuson or Joseph Wermeling.
Men’s Book Club, Saturday, September 17, 10am: Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Ron Chernow, presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. He was a revolutionary war hero whose talents and advice Washington relied on heavily during the war and a man who literally shaped this country’s financial and trading system. It is particularly amazing to see how dirty and bruising politics were in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A good read.
IN THE COMMUNITY…
Storytelling & Drama Workshop for Children 5-11 years, Saturday, August 13, 9am-1pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: Do your children like stories? If so, they are invited to St Luke’s (4011 Major Avenue, Madison), summer Saturday Worship where they will write, rehearse, create props, and produce their own original plays on the topic of PEACE. Parents are welcome to drop off their kids or hangout. Performance for family and friends will be at 12:30pm. Lunch for participants and all guests is at 1pm. For more information or to register for the workshop and/or lunch, email Hollywalterkerby@gmail.com by August 9, 2016. Spaces are limited. Suggested donation is $5.00.
The Haiti Project meeting, Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00 pm at St. Andrew’s, 1833 Regent Street: The Haiti Project is preparing a travel group for time in the community of Jeannette, Haiti in November. The travel dates are November 11-20. We will be meeting at St. Andrew’s in Madison in August 17, and will have monthly meetings up to our travel date. The cost of the trip is $1000. Airfare is separate. Our time in Haiti will be spent listening, learning and growing in relationship with our partners. There will be hands-on tasks as well. The Haiti Project is a 30-year ministry of the Diocese of Milwaukee. Please consider joining us in becoming a thread in the tapestry of this long relationship. For more information contact Heidi Ropa at (608) 235-9393 or email at email@example.com.