It won’t be a party without you…
Have you been meaning to send in your RSVP card? The deadline to reply for our party to kick off The Open Door Project is Monday, May 14. Many St. Dunstanites have already responded, and it’s going to be a great party. If you’ve been meaning to reply, you can grab an RSVP card this Sunday at church and turn it in, or email email@example.com. See you at the party!
Ascension Eucharist at The Sandbox, Thursday, May 10, 7pm (TIME CHANGE): A simple Eucharist to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, as the Church honors the story of the risen Jesus saying a final farewell to his friends.
Sunday School, Sunday, May 13, 10am: Next Sunday, our 3 year olds to kindergarten class will learn about the story of Pentecost, while our Elementary classes will reflect together on the calling of Matthias and seeking God’s guidance for decisions.
Calling our bakers! Would you like to contribute a pie or other favorite dessert to our Kickoff Party on May 19? If you love to bake and would like to share your talents, sign up in the Gathering Area or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Inquirers’ Group Begins Sunday, May 20, 9am: This group is for those new to the Episcopal Church, as well as long-time members who’d like to learn more. At each session, we’ll discuss a short book, read ahead of time. We’ll begin with “The Episcopal Way,” by Eric Law and Stephanie Spellers. Rev. Miranda has a few copies available, or you can also buy it online in print or Kindle editions. Talk with Rev. Miranda if you need help finding the book. No need to sign up for the group; just come on the 20th and join in!
Take A (Red) Hymnal Home! If you’d like to get to know our hymnal better, or sing all the verses of an old favorite, please take one or more red hymnals home for your own use. We are still seeking good homes for many red hymnals, after replacing them with blue hymnals last fall.
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT CLEAN-UP DAY! Lots of people pitched in and we got a lot done! Thanks so much to all our workers, to the B&G team for their prep work and leadership, and to those who fed the team!
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
Clothing Recycling: As you’re spring cleaning, if you find you have old clothes that are too damaged (torn, stained, etc.) to donate for resale, you can bring them here to the bin in our front entryway. Clothing will be bundled up, labeled for recycling, and dropped off. This helps keeps fabric out of the landfill!
DATE CHANGE – Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, May 18, 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 Village Green Bar & Grill, 7508 Hubbard Avenue in Middleton. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.
Men’s Book Club, Saturday, May 19, 10am: The book is All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr. “A beautiful story about a blind French girl, Marie-Laure and a German boy, Werner, whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.” Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds and becomes an expert at fixing these new instruments, a talent that wins him a place in the Hitler Youth and a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. HAVE A GOOD READ
Pentecost Sunday Worship, May 20: On this feast day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, and celebrate the Spirit’s continued action among us. Red is the church’s color for this holy day; consider wearing something red for church. You’re also invited to mark the occasion by dressing up with a fancy hat and/or tie – wear your own or borrow one from the collection at church. We will formally welcome new members on this festive day. It’s our custom to take photos of the whole congregation after the 10am service that Sunday; we hope you’ll stay a few moments to participate.
Rectory’s Discretionary Fund Offering, Sunday, May 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, in the parish and the wider community. Please give generously.
Evening Eucharist, Sunday, May 20, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.
Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, May 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.
Our Vacation Bible School this summer will be August 5 – 9! Our VBS meets in the evening – 5:30 to 7:30pm. We’ve got some great ideas cooking up for this year. If you’d like to help out, talk to Sharon Henes.
Women’s Mini Week 2018, “Courageous Women of God!” August 9-12 at Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, WI: Spread the Word, Ladies! You are invited to Women’s Mini Week, beginning at Thursday dinner, August 9th through Sunday brunch, August 12th. For registration materials and to answer questions, go to the website: www.womensminiweek.org or email to email@example.com.
Changes at St. Dunstan’s:
Dear Friends of St. Dunstan’s,
Life is taking me on a new, exciting path of retirement and becoming a grandmother, but sadly this means leaving St. Dunstan’s. It has been my joy to serve you and Rev. Miranda. I have felt blessed every day that I come to this beautiful setting and have the opportunity to work with a group of people who are dedicated to reaching out to help others, to preserving our beautiful world and to creating a warm and welcoming community. You are fortunate to have each other and your amazing rector, Miranda. Thanks for welcoming me and for letting me be a part of your community for a time. Wishing you all the best and a mighty victory for your capital campaign!