Announcements May 24

THIS WEEKEND…

Sandbox Worship, Thursday, May 24, 5:30pm: We will share Scripture, song, and simple Eucharist out on the Pine Island, then a light meal. All are welcome!

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, May 26, 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.

Composing Together: Psalm Refrain, Sunday, May 27, 9:30am: Come compose a simple sung refrain to our Sunday psalm together! All ages are welcome. We’ll gather in the Nave at 9:30.

Trinity Sunday & Rogation Procession, Sunday, May 27: Following the 10am liturgy next Sunday, all are welcome to join our annual spring Rogation procession, a walk around our grounds to pray over our property and the plants and creatures with whom we share it. It will take about 15 minutes.

Are You Recycling Right?  Our 4th & 5th grade group has prepared some posters to remind us of the basics of recycling. Recycling is being compromised in many places by people putting the wrong things in the recycling, which hurts the system. Review recycling guidelines, and if you’re not sure, look it up or throw it out!

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, Mary 27, 7pm: Every fourth Sunday, a loyal group of St. Dunstan’s folk provides dinner for residents at the Grace Church shelter, and breakfast the next morning. See the signup sheet in the Gathering Area to help out. To learn more, talk with Rose Mueller.

Summer Flowers start in June: From June through August, we invite members to sign up to “bring” flowers, instead of ordering them through our florist. During these months, local flowers are readily available, at the farmer’s market or in your own gardens. We have flowers on the church grounds as well, which can certainly be used! If you’d like to contribute flowers, simply sign up for your chosen Sunday. You can still make a dedication, and we will include it in the bulletin as usual. You may use your vase, or one of the vases here at church. Please take your flowers home, or give them to a friend, aft her 10am service. Questions? Talk with Gail Jordan-Jones or Rev. Miranda.

The History of the Episcopal Church: Inquirers’ Group session 2, Sunday, June 10, 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. Our second book is, “The Episcopal Story: Birth and Rebirth,” by Thomas Ferguson .  Rev. Miranda will have a few copies available, or you can also buy it online in print or Kindle editions. No need to sign up for the group, or to have come to a previous session. Just read (or skim) the book, come on the 10th, and join in!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…                                                                                            Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 – the office will be closed.

New Member’s Welcome, Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given next Sunday, June 3. All who consider themselves new members of St. Dunstan’s will be invited to come forward at the Announcements to be formally welcomed by the rest of the congregation. (No pressure if you’d rather not!)

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, June 3: Next Sunday, half the cash in our offering plate and any designated checks will be given to Middleton Outreach Ministry’s food pantry. Here are some of the current top-ten, most needed items: toilet paper and paper towels; canned chicken; 100% juice; laundry detergent; raisins and other dried fruit; olive oil. Thank you for your generous support!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, June 3, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

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.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, June 13, 1:00 – 2:45pm: Julian of Norwich was a 15th Century English mystic and anchoress. (What’s an anchoress? In the Middle Ages, certain women and men chose to live a life intensely devoted to prayer permanently enclosed in a small room, called an anchorhold, attached to a parish church.) Little is known about Julian’s life, but she wrote a book, as far as we know the first in English written by a woman, about a series of revelations which opened her to the depths of God’s unconditional love for us in Jesus Christ. Nearly forgotten for 600 years, Julian’s insights and gentle wisdom are becoming ever more widely known and appreciated. Thomas Merton called her “the greatest theologian for our time.” Julian prayed often in silence, and at a Julian Gathering we support each other in the practice of contemplative prayer and contemplative spirituality.  They are open to all who want to deepen their life of faith through the practice of contemplative prayer, for beginners as well as those already practicing. Each meeting includes time for contemplative prayer, fellowship, and reading and discussion of Julian’s book.  We meet the second Wednesday of each month.  For additional information, contact Susan Fiore.

SUMMER…

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 womensminiweek@gmail.com.