Announcements, November 15

THIS WEEKEND…

Piece Be with You! Fall Giving Campaign Celebration Pie Brunch, November 18th, 9:00am: Please join us for a festive, all-parish potluck brunch celebrating the ingathering of pledges of financial support for St. Dunstan’s in the coming year. We will enjoy fellowship, delicious pies, quiches, and other offerings. If you’re bringing something to share, please pre-cut it and label your dish and serving utensils!

If you would like to make a pledge and have not yet done so, blank packets are available on the way into church, or you can email your pledge to pledges@stdunstans.com .

Hats & Gloves for Falk School: We are welcoming donations of new or like-new kids’ hats, gloves, and mittens, for our partner school Falk Elementary. Sizes needed are preschool through 5th grade. Hats should be warm & gloves/mittens are ideally waterproof, not just knit. Thanks so much for your generosity!

Military and College Student Care Packages: The Youth Group is collecting donations during November to be included in care packages for military personnel and college students. There is a list of suggested items by the donation box. If you have a college student or service member who you would like a care package sent to, please provide name and address to Sharon Henes . The youth will be assembling and mailing the care packages the first week of December. Thank you for your support!

It’s Pageant Planning Season!  St. Dunstan’s has two winter pageants: The Christmas (Nativity) Pageant, performed on Dec. 24 at 3pm, and the Epiphany Pageant, tentatively planned for Sunday morning, January 27. All kids and youth are welcome to participate! Kids with speaking parts will be asked to attend one or more rehearsals.

Does your child have a special talent to share? If your child has a special skill they’d like to use in one of our performances (like music, stilt-walking, or…?), talk to Rev. Miranda & we’ll see how we can work it in!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Our annual Black Friday Craft-In, a free all-ages crafting and gift-making event that we open to the wider community, will be Friday, November 23, from 1 – 4pm. If you’d like to help out, with a craft station of your own, or as a helper at somebody else’s station, sign up in the Gathering Area or email Rev. Miranda!

United Thank Offering (UTO) ingathering will be Sunday November 24th.  The UTO OFfering is a program that is over 125 years old for the women of the Episcopal Church to give thanks for the blessings in their lives – from new grandchild to completion of chemo, from child’s acceptance at the UW to a new job, from safe travel to a fantastic new book. Contributions of coins (and paper) are placed in the little blue boxes provided by UTO, as a symbol of the thanks. Once a year these boxes are gathered in and the contents are sent to the national UTO board for distribution in the following year as grants. Every penny contributed is granted. If you need a new box – or would like more information, check the display under the bulletin board across from the kitchen or contact Connie Ott.

Last Sunday All-Ages Worship: The Feast of Christ the King, Sunday, November 25, 10am: Our last Sunday worship is intended especially to help kids (and grownups who are new to our pattern of worship) to engage and participate fully. NOTE: Our 8am service always follows our regular order of worship.

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, November 30, 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 Imperial Gardens, 2039 Allen Blvd, Middleton. Please contact Kathy Whitt or Debra Martinez for more information or to RSVP.

Advent Begins on Sunday, December 2! Advent is the beginning of the church’s new year. Advent candles, prayer booklets, calendars and other materials are available in the Gathering Area! Please take whatever you will use.

Advent Thursday Suppers: You’re invited to gather for a simple meal at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 6, 13, and 20. We’ll conclude with simple evening prayers. Soup and bread/crackers provided. All are welcome!

Outreach Committee has chosen Middleton Outreach Ministry’s Sharing Christmas for its giving opportunity. We have 4 families with a total of 19 people this year. The gifts requested are found on the ornament garland on the window in the Gathering Space. Check the ornaments and pick a gift you would like to purchase for one of the family members. Bring it back wrapped with the ornament firmly attached to St. Dunstan’s no later than Sunday, Dec. 9th. The gifts will be taken to the MOM office and the families will pick them up there. After you select an ornament, please write your name on the list to the right of the garland so we know that you have taken that ornament. Questions ? Janet Bybee or Connie Ott can answer them!

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, December 16, 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.

Caroling 2018: In recent years, a group of singers from St. Dunstan’s has enjoyed visiting a few of our members and singing Christmas carols. We’d like to do the same this year. All ages are welcome to participate. Date will be determined by folks’ availability. Please sign up and indicate your availability in the Gathering Area, or email Rev. Miranda .

Liturgy Imagining & Planning Meeting, Wednesday, December 5, 7:15pm: Come reflect on our worship and how we could make it more engaging for worshippers of all ages! All interested folks are welcome to attend.

What I Did During My Sabbatical, by Rev. Miranda – Thanks to all who helped out and attended our Ice Cream Social last Sunday! If you weren’t able to attend but you’d like to know what I did and what I came home thinking about, I’ve posted an outline my thoughts on our parish website:

https://stdunstans.com/seeking-learning/rev-mirandas-sabbatical-report/

While it’s just an outline, I hope it gives the gist. If you’d like to hear more, or have your own ideas to share, let’s talk! And look for opportunities ahead to gather & share ideas.

If you’d like a more informal and visual look at our travels and time away, there’s a photo album in the church Facebook group, St. Dunstan’s MadCity. If you’re on Facebook and aren’t a member of the group yet, look it up & ask to join. If you want to see the photos and you’re not on Facebook, email me  and I’ll find another way to show you!