Christmas Card Update: St. Dunstan’s joined Grace Episcopal Church, the organizing parish, and St. Andrew’s, St. Luke’s, and Good Shepherd to write Christmas cards to inmates at the Fox Lake State Prison. The Rev. Jerry Hancock of MOSES (Madison Organizing for Strength, Equality, and Solidarity) delivered a total of 1059 cards, enough for all of the inmates to receive one. With the cards go our hopes and prayers for all those in prison and their loved ones.
Capital Campaign Survey Is Coming! The next step in our exploration of a possible capital campaign is a congregation-wide survey about our possible projects and priorities. We encourage every household to participate. The survey will be sent out at the beginning of February. You can receive it either online or on paper. If you would prefer the survey on paper, please let us know by Wednesday, January 17, by talking to Rev. Miranda, signing the paper survey sign-up sheet, emailing email@example.com, or calling the office at 608-238-2781.
Epiphany Service of Light, Thursday, January 4, 6pm: Join us as we share the story of the Wise Men who came to honor the infant Jesus, and of how the light of Christ has spread through time and space all the way to here and now! All are welcome. We’ll share a light dinner after the service; feel free to bring something to share. Talk to Rev. Miranda or Sharon Henes if you’d like to be a reader for this service.
Call for Annual Report Submission: Every year in December/January, we invite our ministry leaders to submit a paragraph or two about what their ministry is and what they’ve done in the past year. We then compile those reports into an Annual Report, and share it with the congregation in advance of our parish Annual Meeting (9am on Sunday, January 21). This year we thought we’d cast the net more widely. If you have something you’d like to share, as a special moment, thanksgiving, or success to share, whether from a particular ministry of just something from the life of this household of faith, you’re welcome to submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all Annual Report materials is Monday, January 15.
Men’s Book Club, Saturday, January 6, 10am: Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. SOUNDS LIKE SOUTH CHICAGO.
Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given this Sunday, January 7, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.
MOM Special Offering, Sunday, January 7: This Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. Here are the current top-ten, most needed items: low-sugar cereal; fruit (fresh, dried, canned); soup; 100% juice; herbal tea bags; holiday baking supplies; sugar & honey; prepared boxed/canned meals; meat (canned or pouches); laundry detergent; toothbrush, toothpaste, & floss. Thank you for your generous support!
Falk Friends Pantry Prep, Sunday, January 7, 11:30am: This year we continue to partner with Falk by providing toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, detergent, and other similar items for their pantry. Helpers of all ages are welcome to help pack our Falk Friends Pantry bags after the 10am liturgy!
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, January 7, 6pm: Join us for a simple service before the week begins. All are welcome.
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
Sunday school, Sunday, January 14, 10am: Our Sunday school classes will meet on the 14th and 21st this month. Sunday school meets during our 10am worship, and kids ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate!
Spirituality of Parenting Lunch, Sunday, January 14, 11:30am: All who seek meaning in the journey of parenthood (at any age or stage) are welcome to come for food and conversation. Child care and a simple meal provided.
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, January 14, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.
Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, January 14, 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.
Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 21, 9am: Come to hear parish updates, including the 2018 budget, and help elect our parish leaders. All are welcome to attend!
Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, January 26, 6pm: Come join us for good food and good conversation among women of all ages from St. Dunstan’s. This month we will meet at Amber Indian Restaurant on 6913 University Avenue in Madison. For more information, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.
Epiphany Pageant, Sunday, January 28: The children of St. Dunstan’s will present a pageant telling the story of Jesus’ birth and the visit of the Wise Men on Sunday, January 28. There will be a rehearsal after church on Sunday, January 21. All kids are welcome to participate!