Announcements, June 21

THIS WEEKEND…

Sandbox Worship, Thursday evening, 5:30pm: We will have simple worship with shared reflection on the Lord’s Prayer, followed by a light meal (provided). All are welcome!

NOTE: NO SANDBOX for the next few weeks. We’ll plan to gather again on July 19 and 26, before taking a longer hiatus during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, June 22, 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 Common Grounds, 2644 Branch Street in Middleton. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez.

Rev. Miranda’s Vacation: Rev. Miranda will be on vacation from June 23 through 30. Father John Rasmus will preach and celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday, June 24. Father John will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

Resources for Kids at Worship: We have many resources for kids at church during the summer. The “Sunday Papers” (in versions for older and younger kids) introduces the day’s Bible lessons. We also have reflective coloring pages based on texts from the Sunday readings. These are always available on the way into church and on the coloring table at the back of church. In addition, kids can pick up a “Big Blue Bible” on the way into church. A bookmark in the Bible will direct them to a version of one of the day’s Bible stories, in an illustrated version appropriate for an elementary-level reader.

Grace Shelter Dinner, Sunday, June 24, 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.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday, June 30, 8-10am: 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.

Birthday and Anniversary blessings and Healing Prayers will be given next Sunday, July 1, as is our custom on the first Sunday of the month.

MOM Special Offering, Sunday, July 1: 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 a few of the current top-ten, most needed items: pouches/cans chicken or ham; whole grains: rice, quinoa, barley; olive oil; canned or dried tomatoes; honey, stevia; dried fruit; toilet paper/paper towels; nut butters (think allergies). Thank you for your generous support!

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, July 1, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

General Convention, July 4 – 13:  This summer our church holds its triennial gathering in Austin, TX, and Rev. Miranda will attend as an alternate deputy from our diocese. To get news from our deputation, follow “The Diocese of Milwaukee at General Convention” on Facebook or email info@diomil.org to subscribe to our diocesan e-news. The Rev. Tom McAlpine will preach and celebrate on Sunday, July 8, while Miranda is away serving the larger church. Father Tom will be available if anyone urgently needs to speak with a priest during Rev. Miranda’s absence.

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, July 7, 10am: The book is Deep, Down, Dark by Hector Tobar. It is the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free. When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. In a master work, Hector Tobar tells a miraculous emotionally textured account of the 33 men who came to think of San mine as a kind of coffin, as a “cave” inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer while the world watched from above. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 11, 1:00 – 2:45pm: We welcome everyone who is interested in learning more about contemplative spirituality in the Christian tradition. We meet the second Wednesday of the month for a period of contemplative prayer, after which we discuss a reading from Julian of Norwich, a 14th Century English mystic who has been called “a theologian for our time.” We would love to have you join us.  If you have questions, contact Susan Fiore.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Preach in La Crosse, WI, on June 23: Our Presiding Bishop will speak at two worship services in the La Crosse area, to commemorate the first Christian worship in the La Crosse area back in 1850. There will be a short service at Granddad Bluff at 11am, followed by a festive Eucharist at Christ Church, La Crosse, at noon. Christ Church is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Madison.

STAFF NEWS…

Meet our New Office Coordinator, Ann! Ann McGrath is joining our staff as our new Office Coordinator. Ann lives in Lodi, Wisconsin, with her husband Brooks and two little girls. She has a small farmer’s market business selling homemade jams, jellies and pickles. She’s very excited to be here and looks forward to meeting everyone!

Pamela Street, who has served as our Office Coordinator for four years, is retiring at the end of this month. Pamela is looking forward to having more time to spend with her family. We are so grateful for the gifts of organization, communication, and collaboration, and the warm and friendly spirit Pamela has shared with our parish during her time here! If you’d like to thank Pamela in person, come by on Friday, June 29, between 11am and noon.

Deanna Clement honored with Frazer Scholarship: Our Director of Music Ministry, Deanna Clement, has been chosen as the recipient of the first Frazer Scholarship. The scholarship fund is stewarded by St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center, and is awarded to a UW-Madison student who embodies the gifts of holy movement, holy stability, and holy friendship. We celebrate with Deanna and are glad to count her among our holy friends here at St. Dunstan’s!

SUMMER…

SaintFest 2018 will be August 5 – 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm! SaintFest is an all-ages festival of saints, skills and sharing! Everyone is invited. Look for more information soon. 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.