Announcements, June 27

THIS WEEKEND…

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.

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.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

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.

Looking for Coffee Hosts for July 8 2018! Consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee.

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.

Vestry Meeting, Wednesday, July 18th at 6:45pm: The Vestry is the elected leadership body of our parish.  Any members are welcome to attend our meetings, to observe or raise questions or ideas.

Learn about Restorative Justice in Middleton, Tuesday, July 24, 6 – 7:30pm: The Community Restorative Court work with victims, offenders, residents, and community stakeholders to help provide a non-traditional approach to restoring harmony and balance in neighborhoods affected by crime. Several St. Dunstan’s folks have gotten involved. Hear more about this effort at this gathering at the Middleton Public Library, “Introducing the Middleton Community Restorative Court: Repairing Harm, Reducing Risk, and Rebuilding Community.”

Presentation: Criminal Justice Reform, Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 pm: St. Dunstan’s Outreach Committee invites you to a presentation about Criminal Justice Reform and the work of MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, & Solidarity). We will welcome presenters Tom and Jan Gilbert, members of MOSES, as they shine light on the many areas of our criminal justice system that need addressing and why it matters.

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: Ladies, do you need a long blessed weekend away? Do you know of other women in your lives that could benefit from such a weekend? Women’s miniweek -an annual retreat for adult women, offers opportunities for relaxation, friendship, refuge and renewal. Once again we will be at Camp Lakota (formally Camp Webb) in Wautoma, WI. 180 acres of beautiful pine and oak forest, nestled
along the shores of Little Hills Lake. The weekend is geared toward honoring the participants. It provides the opportunity for them to learn new things, make new friends, take long naps and not do dishes! It is a welcome respite from all the cares of life. This will be the 42nd year for Miniweek and it started here at St. Dunstan’s! Talk to Dianne McCoy, Shirley Laedlein, Rose Mueller,Connie Ott, Robin Ertl, Laura Norby, Ellen Rishel about Miniweek for memory sharing. Dates – August 9-12
More info at www.womensminiweek.org  There are scholarships readily available:)