Announcements, July 19th

THIS WEEKEND….  

Eucharist with Holy Baptism, Sunday, July 22, 10am: We rejoice to celebrate the baptisms of Andrea (Andi) and Magdalena Becerra in our worship this weekend.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Open Door Project Update: So when do we start? Our total pledged stands at $1,064,451 – an amazing sum for a church our size, and pledges are still coming in! Thanks to these generous gifts, we anticipate that we will be able to fulfill most or all of our plans. People are naturally curious to know when we’ll be able to actually start the renovation work. The Vestry and Buildings & Grounds leadership, in consultation with capital campaign leaders, are beginning to explore next steps towards turning our vision into reality. Our next step is to interview general contractors and identify a company to work with, in collaboration with our architectural partners, Engberg Anderson Architects. There is a lot to figure out before we begin knocking down any walls. We need to set up financing so that we can do the work while pledge payments are still coming in, and we need to work with the contractor and architects to establish the best sequence for our projects. (For example, the parking lot, though it seems like we’d want to do it early because it’s in bad shape, will probably be one of the last things we do, because the heavy equipment brought in to do other work might damage the pavement.) We know we’re all eager to begin to see what our generosity can do to transform this place – and it’s a bummer to begin another year of Sunday school and youth group in cramped spaces. But improvements are coming – and soon! We will keep the parish updated about plans and timelines, as they take shape.

Criminal Justice Reform in Wisconsin, Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 pm: A presentation and discussion of criminal justice reform and the work of MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, & Solidarity). We will welcome presenters Tom and Jan Gilbert, Middleton residents and members of MOSES, as they shine light on the many areas of our criminal justice system that need addressing and why it matters.  We hope to see you there!

Madison-Area Julian Gathering, Wednesday, July 25, 1:00 – 2:45pm: A Julian Gathering is for 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 and reading/discussion of St. Julian’s revelations.  We meet the second Wednesday of each month.  For additional information, contact Susan Fiore, ObJN.

Open Office Hours with Rev. Miranda, Thursday, July 26, 3-5pm, and Sunday, July 29, 12-2pm: If you want to visit with Rev. Miranda before her sabbatical, to hear a little about her plans or just chat and check in, she has set aside some time to be available. If you want to talk with Rev. Miranda but can’t make these times, email office@stdunstans.com or call 608-469-7085. Rev. Miranda will be back at St. Dunstan’s at the end of October.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, July 27, 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 The Nile, 6119 Odana Road, Madison. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt at kathwhitt@yahoo.com or call Debra Martinez at (6080 772-6043.

Lost & Found:  Please take a moment to look at the Lost & Found items in the coat room and reclaim your items. There are many items including several hats and gloves, a knit scarf, a stuffed animal, a couple of umbrellas and a carry-all. Unclaimed items will be given away after August 5th.

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 or email her at shenes@myfrontiermail.com.

Women’s Mini Week 2018, “Courageous Women of God!” August 9-12 at Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, WI:

Come and join us for Women’s Mini Week to get some sun on your cheeks and we aren’t a bunch of geeks

You can play on the beach or listen to Rev. Liz preach

There are fun activities and games, you won’t think this is lame

Lovely camp fires for your hearts desire

End your weekend, with many new friends.

More info at www.womensminiweek.org  Scholarships are readily available.

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Although we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy, the ads are encouraging us to think about “Back to School!”  And, that means it is time to think about school supply donations for the MOM Backpack program.  You are always so generous with your contributions, giving students the chance to have the needed items to succeed in school! Please check the Gathering Space for the collection box and lists of most needed items. Deadline for contributions is Sunday, August 12! Thank you!

STAFF NEWS…

Parish Leadership During Rev. Miranda’s Sabbatical:Leadership during our Rector’s sabbatical will be a team effort. Father Jonathan Melton, the campus minister at St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center on the UW campus, will preach and preside most Sunday mornings. Father Jonathan’s primary commitment during the week is to his work at St. Francis House, so week-to-week oversight of church life will be shared by our Wardens, Shirley Laedlein and Michelle Der Bedrosian, and two of our associate clergy, Father John Rasmus and Father Tom McAlpine. Sharon Henes is the point person for our Parish Renewal calendar. Most of our ongoing ministries and events will continue as usual. As always, with general questions, contact Ann in the parish office at (608) 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com . Ann is usually in the office 8am – 2pm on Monday, Friday, and either Wednesday or Thursday. Please read the “Covenant Agreement” and “What You Need To Know” pages for more information.

PRAYERS

We pray for all people to be held in God’s unfailing care and love, especially Berr, Dirk, Maryanne, Clint, Robert, Natalie, John, Chuck, Tina, Jeni and Gene, Kim,  Michael, Eliot, Terry, Ginny, Marie, Sagu (SAH-goo), Terri and Mike. Pray for all people of the world, and for these military personnel and their families: Diane, Nicholas, Brent, Eric, Alice, Danel (“dan-YELL”), Sam, Mia, Tim, Sam, Alyssa, Brian, Nawal, Josh, Nathan, and Ben, and their families.