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Announcements, August 16th

THIS WEEKEND…

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the MOM Backpack Program.  Your school supply donations will help so many students in our community go back to school with the necessary tools for learning.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, St. Dunstan’s!!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Evening Eucharist, Sunday, August 19th, 6pm: Join us for a simple service as the week begins. All are welcome.

Pride Parade Marchers Needed, August 19th: We will line up between 12 and 12:30, and kickoff is at 1. We have been assigned to spot #51. Please, contact Michelle Der Bedrosian.  All are welcome (LGBT+, straight, old, young, children, people with mobility differences, everyone!)

Building relationships around a campfire at St. Dunstan’s: Wednesday, August 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.  We’ll roast hot dogs and marshmallows while singing songs and getting to know each other better!  Come join us for fire, fun and fellowship!

Ladies’ Night Out, Friday, August 24, 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 Taigu, a handmade Chinese style noodle restaurant in downtown Middleton, at 7610 Elmwood Avenue. For more information, or to arrange a ride, please contact Kathy Whitt.

Postcard Pals:  Build a friendship with someone in the congregation who is from a different generation through postcards.  Exchange postcards through mail or our special Postcard Pal Mailbox at church.  Postcards will be supplied.  Register for a Postcard Pal in August and the program will run in September and October.  Say hi to your Postcard Pal in person at the Tea Party (Note:  You do not need to attend the Tea Party to participate in Postcard Pals and you are not required to sit with your Postcard Pal at the Tea Party.)

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Madison-Area Julian Gathering Wednesday, September 12, 1:00 – 2:45 PM: 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.

(Julian Gatherings are initiated and supported by the Order of Julian of Norwich, a contemplative monastic order in the Episcopal Church: www.orderofjulian.org).

Young Adult Meetup at the Vintage, Sunday, September 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. St. Dunstan’s picks up the tab for drinks and snacks. Friends and partners welcome too.

Election Season Prayers: Praying for our political leaders has always been part of Anglican and Episcopal worship. In past election seasons, we have often included candidates for public office in our prayers in informal ways. This year we are taking on the discipline of praying for this autumn’s elections as part of our weekly Prayers of the People, using language borrowed from some of the prayers for our country in the Book of Common Prayer.

Sharing an Announcement: please email it to the office (office@stdunstans.com) NO LATER THAN 9am, Wednesday morning. This is a firm deadline; announcements that come in later will have to be included in the next week’s E-news and News & Notes page.

Altar Flowers: September and October dates available! Honor a loved one or a special event with altar flowers. Reserve your special date by writing your dedication on the sign-up sheet. Suggested donation is $35. Write “flowers” on the memo line of your check or on envelope containing cash, or donate online at donate.stdunstans.com.

NOTES FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE…

Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays to represent your gift, you can pick up an “I Gave Online” card on the way into church. Thanks to all those who contribute financially and in so many other ways to sustain and grow our ministry together here at St. Dunstan’s!

STAFF NEWS…

Clergy Office Hours: If you would like to visit with one of our clergy, they would like to visit with you! Father Jonathan Melton will hold weekly “office hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11am, at the MOKA at 5227 University Ave.  Father Tom McAlpine will be available on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Starbucks at 3515 University Ave. And Father John Rasmus will be at St. Dunstan’s on Thursdays from 9 – 10:30am.

Sermon, August 12th

A homily preached at St. Dunstan’s, Madison. Proper 14, Year B, Track 1.

Good morning! My name is Jonathan Melton (still). I’m the chaplain at St. Francis House Episcopal Student Center at UW-Madson, with you through October in this sabbatical season both for Mother Miranda and St. Dunstan’s. Still delighted to be so invited. And equally delighted to be with you as we worship the living God this morning. Are you glad to be here? Turn and tell a neighbor – I’m glad to be here! Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls this evangelism 101 – turn and tell someone something about something.

In the gospel today, the people are put off that Jesus calls himself bread from God. For many of the people listening to Jesus, his claim is more than illogical; this bread rises to the level of blasphemy. Some Wonder, Bread from God? This is Mary’s boy. They’ve watched him grow up. And now he’s God’s bread, come down from heaven? Some of the people, let’s call them the upper crust, like the Pharisees, suspect that something is a rye. Kneading to get to the bottom of it, to drive Jesus oat, they press in on the crowds. But then, in the moment of crisis, in the heat of the oven, Jesus doubles down on his claim, that’s right, just now, in the story before us – when his antagonists yeast expect it.

And how could he not? The disciples, like Pita, loaf around on the sidelines. We search the scene for someone willing to go against the grain, to speak up for Jesus, but alas we find naan. So Jesus speaks for himself. In words grilled deep into the heart of faith through generations, he speaks up. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus says.

You’re safe, I’m done.

The offense the people take at Jesus’ divine bread-ness may surprise you. It’s honest and maybe necessary to ask, what’s the big deal behind this claim to be bread? You and I are familiar with this bread that offended the people. We probably take it for granted. Of course there’ll be bread when we come to this space. We may take as a matter of course that this bread and holy meal stand at the center of our common life and all that we are in Christ. Or, conversely, for all the familiarity, we may forget from time to time what the bread is about, why it matters, what it’s for. For example, St. Paul one time said that we who are many are one body, because we partake of the one bread; and yet, it is easy to come to the table simply to satisfy an individual need. And God knows we have our individual needs. One of them, it turns out, is to be saved from being left as individuals. But it is easy to forget what this bread is about.

There are reminders, of course. Reminders that we are being made into one body by this bread. Reminders like the breaking of the bread at the end of the Eucharistic prayer: the priest holding up the bread and saying, “Behold the Body of Christ!” And the Assembly (that’s y’all), channeling Augustine, replies, “May we become what we receive.”

Martin Luther put it in a typically Martin Luther way; he said we are baked into one cake with Christ. My Granny one time explained to me that there’s just no un-caking a cake. We are made a part of one another in Christ, by this bread. This bread, the bread Jesus gives us, the bread that Jesus is, stands at the heart of our common life. But then what does it mean in 2018 to have a common life?

Enter the book of Ephesians. In it, you’ll find Unusual Reasons, capital U, capital R. Not unusual things, but Unusual Reasons for alarmingly usual things. Usual things like not lying, telling the truth. Unusual Reasons like, because we belong to each other. Not because you might get caught. Not because it will further your good name, your reputation, or your prospects for the future. Unusual Reasons like we belong to each other.

If all we had to go on was the part of the letter we read today, the Unusual Reason for telling the truth might have been harder to spot. Sure, there’s the initial line about being members of each other, but apart from that today’s reading looks a lot like one of the long list of rules you and I have come to expect from the Bible. If you go back a chapter, though, to chapter 4, there you’ll find the words our prayer book uses to mark the mystery of the cake we have become. In the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, they are the words that begin our worship whenever someone is baptized. These are the words that you already know:

There is one body and one Spirit; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.

Page 299. All of the rules that follow these words are not rules at all in the traditional sense; they are invitations to live the gift the Ephesians have been given, which is membership in the one Body of Christ. It’s a body chock full of people who all claim significant differences. Gentiles and Jews. Rich and poor. Misers and spendthrifts. Quiet and loud. Snarky and sincere. People with homes and people without them. Wisconsinites and Texans. People who floss and people who brace themselves for the hygienist’s bi-annual lecture. Folks who belong to the correct political party and those who subscribe to the side that inexplicably lacks all real sense. People who’ve got it together and people like me. We who are many are one body, because we partake of the one bread.

Ephesians gives more Unusual Reasons. Unusual Reasons for things like not stealing. Unusual reasons like making sure you can earn enough to give away some goods to those in need. How wonderfully odd. No mention here of respecting personal property or the upholding of constitutional property rights. No, the moral logic of the letter takes as its starting point the waters of baptism and that pesky, transformative bread. Waters and bread that break down fences and walls and give us again to each other as gifts; waters and bread that invite us into a love that is learning not to fear and is willing, even looking, to be surprised. If you’re not careful, Unusual Reasons for usual things can give you a new imagination for what is possible and what is real.

Parenthetically, have you wondered how the thieves that Paul addresses could have found themselves needing to steal apart from the body’s failure to be as generous toward the thieves as Paul hopes the thieves can learns to become toward the others in need? It’s beautiful, I think, how Paul hides within his words to thieves an injunction that, in singling out the thief does not single out the thief at all, but calls out the community, too, uprooting any judgements we might have apart from our own realization, again, that we belong to each other. Put another way, maybe we are all of us thieves. Maybe we are all thieves invited to trust God to share what we had thought was ours alone to possess. As we do so, we discover that our fears of not being enough for the other people in the life of this body were unfounded. Even better, in the vulnerable offering of ourselves to God and one another, imitating Christ’s self-giving love for us, this is where we have know the belonging made possible in Jesus, for even on our worst days, when we are sure there is nothing of value in us to give, there is forgiveness in the cup.

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus says. “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” This bread is Good News. But is easy to forget what this bread is about. There are reminders, of course. Ephesians whispers some of them. Reminders that we are being made into one body by this bread.

Amen.

Announcements, August 9th

THIS WEEKEND…

School Supplies for Middleton Outreach Ministry:  Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the MOM Backpack Program.  Your school supply donations will help so many students in our community go back to school with the necessary tools for learning.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, St. Dunstan’s!!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

Building relationships around a campfire at St. Dunstan’s: Wednesday, August 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m.  We’ll roast hot dogs and marshmallows while singing songs and getting to know each other better!  Come join us for fire, fun and fellowship!

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Election Season Prayers: Praying for our political leaders has always been part of Anglican and Episcopal worship. In past election seasons, we have often included candidates for public office in our prayers in informal ways. This year we are taking on the discipline of praying for this autumn’s elections as part of our weekly Prayers of the People, using language borrowed from some of the prayers for our country in the Book of Common Prayer.

Sharing an Announcement: please email it to the office (office@stdunstans.com) NO LATER THAN 9am, Wednesday morning. This is a firm deadline; announcements that come in later will have to be included in the next week’s E-news and News & Notes page.

NOTES FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE…

Midyear Financial Update

Based on the first six months of 2018, St. Dunstan’s financial picture continues to be healthy. Our income is up by $7,500 compared to our year-to-date budget. This is largely due to an increase in plate contributions ($3,200 over budget), prior year pledge payments ($3,900), rent income from building users ($625) and a rebate on our snow removal contract because of a less-than-anticipated snow fall last year ($1,100). We are also ahead of pledge payments by $9,200. Some of this represents additional pledges but folks are up to date on their pledges. This is a good sign because traditionally giving drops off during the summer months. Thank you for your continued support of St. Dunstan’s!

We are also under budget on several expense accounts. We have experienced some savings in office staff ($950) due to the transition in staff. Our maintenance budget is considerably under budget ($2,000) but expenses may catch up in the second half of the year. We are over budget in Fellowship/Kitchen expenses and church utilities ($800). We can attribute much of this increase to the extra events connected with our successful capital campaign. Overall, we are under budget on expenses and over budget on income, which is great, and we’re hopeful that our finances will remain strong in the second half of 2018.

We have already received $317,000 in Open Door Campaign pledge payments.

Current financial statements are posted on the bulletin board outside the meeting room door. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact treasurers Gloria and Valerie at treasurer@stdunstans.com.

Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays to represent your gift, you can pick up an “I Gave Online” card on the way into church. Thanks to all those who contribute financially and in so many other ways to sustain and grow our ministry together here at St. Dunstan’s!

STAFF NEWS…

Clergy Office Hours: If you would like to visit with one of our clergy, they would like to visit with you! Father Jonathan Melton will hold weekly “office hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11am, at the MOKA at 5227 University Ave. Father Tom McAlpine will be available on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Starbucks at 3515 University Ave. And Father John Rasmus will be at St. Dunstan’s on Thursdays from 9 – 10:30am.

Sermon, August 5

Outrage, Secrets, and Bread

A homily preached at St. Dunstan’s, Madison. Proper 13, Year B, Track 1.

Good morning! My name is Jonathan. I am a priest, the chaplain at SFH, the 103 year old Episcopal Student Center at UW-Madison. Go Badgers. I am Mother Miranda’s friend. Put better, she is my good friend. Wonderfully, I am blessed to count many of you as friends, too. And the ones I don’t know yet, I hope to count as future friends – it’s been my happy discovery that God is generous like that. Miranda has invited me and my family – my wife, Rebekah, our 3 kids, Annie, Jude, and Dorothea – to journey with y’all during this sabbatical time, and I can’t tell you how honored we are to be invited to walk with you like this. There are opportunities for get-to-know-you times between the services today and after the second service next week, there will likely be other times, too, and I hope you’ll risk friendship. It’s one of the many good gifts God means to give us. It’s a gift for me, Bek, our family, to worship the living God with you in this season.

So, uh, yeah, right. Next order of business. David and Bathsheba. I thought all week and finally gave up hope for finding a good segue.

Can I be honest? I said that once to my therapist and he looked at me with a kind of disbelief, like, “Why else are you here?” Can I be honest? There are a bunch of things that bother me about this story, which is maybe an awkward first story with which to begin three months together. First, as my dear friend Mother Dorota has powerfully preached, Bathsheba was not somebody else’s pet, or sheep, or any other kind of property, which is confusing given that when Nathan comes on the scene today to set David right, this is exactly what he seems to say, not entirely surprising given the cultural norms of the time, but today we would not hesitate to say, and absolutely should make clear, that the power differential between Bathsheba and the king of Israel is so great as to make a consensual relationship impossible. This was rape. Not only a violation of Uriah’s marriage, but a violation of Bathsheba’s person.

Second, David is a fool. You might be thinking, David is a lot of other things in this story, too, but let’s not miss also that David is a fool. He doesn’t have Uriah killed in order to run away with Bathsheba for the rest of their lives. That’s a little too forward thinking for David. David has Uriah killed only after several attempts to keep his secret one night stand fail; excruciatingly, David’s attempts to keep his secret fail exactly because Uriah is such a loyal friend.

David is not the first or last politician to remind us that the powerful are often every bit as frightened as the powerless. David kills to hide. He kills to hide from the truth; to protect his reputation; to run from what is real. On the one hand, this is not surprising. The one with the most to lose in the story goes to the greatest lengths to protect what he has. On the other hand, the most powerful person in the story hides from anyone and everyone around him, manipulates conversations and behaviors, leaves no room for laughter or other surprises of grace. Everything is scripted, and the world must act his script. Meanwhile, the king is the one who cowers and lives in a perpetual fear that turns even the loyalty of his friends into a thing he learns to despise. The pressure he feels to hide his failures causes him to hate his people. His world, his relationships, and his deepest hopes for both of these things are distorted, twisted, and mangled by his devotion to the secrets he must guard. But David is the king. If another way were possible, an alternative to this hiding, this hiding which is crippling his way of being in the world, surely it would be possible for him. But fear rejects all possibilities except mistrust and isolation. David of all people has the power – I would think – to live differently and yet he fears all but his own shadow. Maybe there are some things even power cannot change. Maybe David is a fool.

A third thing that bothers me about this story: David’s story stokes outrage in me. I am appalled by David. But then Nathan shows up and tells David a story that outrages David. A story so outrageous even David is appalled. Nathan tells David that, surprise!, David is really outraged at a picture of himself. Suddenly, I feel nervous about my own outrage. What I had mistaken as a two dimensional text that doesn’t care that you and I are looking in, that you and I are listening, now seems to be aware of our presence in the room, daring us, you and me, to be as oblivious as David, sitting there ready to yell to us, “Surprise, it’s you!”

It’s the allure of outrage, in every age. Hate the other in order to distance yourself from that brand of evil. To assure yourself of your difference. Prop yourself up. Subsequently be confronted with your own not unrelated wrongdoing and now take your pick between two doors: door number one, Rationalization and Denial, or door number two, Shame that leads to the isolation and self-loathing of David.

None of this is to say that we cannot speak out with confidence when power is abused, misused, etc. Indeed, we must. To spot the story’s invitation to see ourselves in the pattern of outrage is not to make the case for moral equivalencies. It is to say that secrets that must be held at all costs – get this – will cost us, and those around us, depriving us of the world in which God first planted us, in which we were first gifts and not threats to one another. A world in which we did not need to hide. Think of Adam and Eve before their meetup with the snake.

But such is no longer our world. Like David, like Adam, like Eve, my life has come to be determined by secrets that threaten to distort my relationship with God, my neighbors, and the world around me. My life is determined by secrets I am still learning to speak. Not so secret secrets like white privilege. Not so secret secrets like my nation’s indebtedness to and dependence on the military industrial complex. No nation in the history of the world has ever spent more to produce peace through mastery of war. Not so secret secrets like I don’t have all the answers. Or even many of them. Not so secret secrets like my consumer practices do not reflect a willingness or ability to fully act upon my understanding of my consumptive impact on this world or the generations that will come after me. Not so secret secrets like I sometimes substitute selfishness that mimics love for real love. Sometimes I do this by mistake. Sometimes I don’t. My life is determined by secrets I am still learning to speak.

So David is a fool. I am not David, but I am sometimes also a fool. Taking good gifts of God and imagining them into threats, still protecting some fantasy idea of myself. And maybe you are familiar with this experience.

David is an important figure in the New Testament. The New Testament authors want to emphasize that Jesus comes from the line of David. But the really Good News is not just that Jesus comes from, but that Jesus comes to, people like David whose lives have been twisted by the lies they live out toward others, themselves, and God. Knowing everything about me, David says, the living God sets a table before me. Psalm 23, one of David’s greatest hits. That we are here today is a sign that we have learned to sing David’s psalm; we are learning to trust the One who sets the table before us and insists on God’s love for us.

The bread that Jesus offers, and is, at the table set by God becomes the feast that makes us the Beloved Community in which we find space and grace to become untangled, untwisted, and made whole. Space to discover God’s love for us as the most true and determinative thing about us. Space to begin to trust this love and to grow in trust of this love, with God and one another, even to the point of being able to speak more truthfully about ourselves and the world and God. No more secrets! No more hiding. Instead, the generous exchange of mercy and forgiveness, given and received. Worship of the true God begins and generates this true speech in us. Likewise, worship of the God who is our judge begins and generates the heart of true justice in us. From this bread we receive all we need to become God’s bread for others.

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus says. “All who come to me will never be hungry.”

Gracious God, give us this bread. Today and always.

Amen.

Announcements, August 2nd

THIS WEEKEND…

Meet the Meltons, August 5, 9am, and August 12, 11:30am: Father Jonathan Melton, who will preach and preside at St. Dunstan’s on Sundays during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical, will often be accompanied by his family – Rebekah, who is an educator, and kids Annie, Jude, and baby Thea. If you’d like to get to know these good folks who’ll be spending a season with us, they will be here between services on Sunday, August 5, and will hang around after church on Sunday, August 12, to get acquainted. All are welcome!

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.

No Evening Eucharist on Sunday, August 5: There will be no Evening Eucharist on the first Sunday in August. Our next Evening Eucharist will be Sunday, August 19, at 6pm.

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.

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!

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

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.

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

Looking for Coffee Hosts for August 12, 2018! Consider being a coffee host and talk with Janet Bybee.

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

Election Season Prayers: Praying for our political leaders has always been part of Anglican and Episcopal worship. In past election seasons, we have often included candidates for public office in our prayers in informal ways. This year we are taking on the discipline of praying for this autumn’s elections as part of our weekly Prayers of the People, using language borrowed from some of the prayers for our country in the Book of Common Prayer.

Sharing an Announcement: please email it to the office (office@stdunstans.com) NO LATER THAN 9am, Wednesday morning. This is a firm deadline; announcements that come in later will have to be included in the next week’s E-news and News & Notes page.

NOTES FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE…

Midyear Financial Update: Based on the first six months of 2018, St. Dunstan’s financial picture continues to be healthy. Our income is up by $7,500 compared to our year-to-date budget. This is largely due to an increase in plate contributions ($3,200 over budget), prior year pledge payments ($3,900), rent income from building users ($625) and a rebate on our snow removal contract because of a less-than-anticipated snow fall last year ($1,100). We are also ahead of pledge payments by $9,200. Some of this represents additional pledges but folks are up to date on their pledges. This is a good sign because traditionally giving drops off during the summer months. Thank you for your continued support of St. Dunstan’s!

We are also under budget on several expense accounts. We have experienced some savings in office staff ($950) due to the transition in staff. Our maintenance budget is considerably under budget ($2,000) but expenses may catch up in the second half of the year. We are over budget in Fellowship/Kitchen expenses and church utilities ($800). We can attribute much of this increase to the extra events connected with our successful capital campaign. Overall, we are under budget on expenses and over budget on income, which is great, and we’re hopeful that our finances will remain strong in the second half of 2018.

We have already received $317,000 in Open Door Campaign pledge payments.

Current financial statements are posted on the bulletin board outside the meeting room door. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact treasurers Gloria and Valerie at treasurer@stdunstans.com.

 Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays to represent your gift, you can pick up an “I Gave Online” card on the way into church. Thanks to all those who contribute financially and in so many other ways to sustain and grow our ministry together here at St. Dunstan’s!

STAFF NEWS…

Clergy Office Hours: If you would like to visit with one of our clergy, they would like to visit with you! Father Jonathan Melton will hold weekly “office hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11am, at the MOKA at 5227 University Ave. Father Tom McAlpine will be available on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Starbucks at 3515 University Ave. And Father John Rasmus will be at St. Dunstan’s on Thursdays from 9 – 10:30am.

Announcements, July 26th

Last Sunday All-Ages Worship, Sunday, July 29, 10am: Our Last Sunday worship this week will focus on messages of trust in Scripture. 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.

Open Office Hours with Rev. Miranda, 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, call 608-238-2781. Rev. Miranda will be back at St. Dunstan’s at the end of October.

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.

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!

Sunday Papers: For those worshiping with children: We always have copies of The Sunday Paper and The Sunday Paper Jr. for kids to pick up on the way into church (at the prayer desk on the right). The Sunday Paper is based on the lessons for each Sunday. It invites kids to color, draw, read, and wonder. It helps children to acquire a vocabulary of Scriptural images, and to relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the Church, and their own lives. Adults may find it worth reading too. You are encouraged to check it out

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

Meet the Meltons, August 5, 9am, and August 12, 11:30am: Father Jonathan Melton, who will preach and preside at St. Dunstan’s on Sundays during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical, will often be accompanied by his family – Rebekah, who is an educator, and kids Annie, Jude, and baby Thea. If you’d like to get to know these good folks who’ll be spending a season with us, they will be here between services on Sunday, August 5, and will hang around after church on Sunday, August 12, to get acquainted. All are welcome!

 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.

No Evening Eucharist on Sunday, August 5: There will be no Evening Eucharist on the first Sunday in August. Our next Evening Eucharist will be Sunday, August 19, at 6pm.

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.

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

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

Men’s Book Club Meeting, Saturday, Sept 1, 10am: The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngor. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. HAVE A GOOD READ.

A NOTE FROM THE FINANACE COMMITTEE…

Paying Pledges Online:  If you have made a financial pledge to St Dunstan’s, either for our annual budget or for the Open Door Project capital campaign, there are a couple of ways to make payments online if that is convenient for you.

  1. Visit donate.stdunstans.com on your phone or computer. This online “storefront” has different donation options. Please use “General Donation” for annual pledge contributions, and scroll down to “The Open Door Project” to make a contribution towards your capital campaign pledge. Note that you can enter custom amounts. This site uses Square, a widely-used secure service, to process online donations.
  2. Check your bank’s website for a “Bill Pay” feature that sends a check automatically every month (or whenever you want). If possible, please use the memo line on the check to indicate whether it is an annual pledge payment or Open Door payment. (UW Credit Union offers a memo line space, when setting up recurring online payments; other banks probably do as well.)

If you would like to put something in the offering plate on Sundays to represent your gift, you can pick up an “I Gave Online” card on the way into church. Thanks to all those who contribute financially and in so many other ways to sustain and grow our ministry together here at St. Dunstan’s!

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.

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.

Announcements, July 15

News & Notes – July 15, 2018

TODAY….  

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….

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.

Second Summer Bat Count, Friday, July 21, 8:30pm: If you enjoy counting bats and learning more about our little furry flying friends, come to church Friday night, July 21, for our mid-summer (post-volancy, that is, after baby bats) count. We count our bats as participants in statewide monitoring of the health of bat colonies. The bats will likely be emerging around 9pm; come by 8:30, we’ll have a fire going in the fire bowl. If you have favorite bug spray, you may want to bring it!

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. The Gilberts spoke to the St. Dunstan’s Outreach committee earlier this year and we were so moved by their presentation that we want to share it with the whole congregation. We hope to see you there!

Sandbox Worship: We’ll plan to gather again on July 19 and 26, before taking a longer hiatus during Rev. Miranda’s sabbatical.

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 608-238-2781. Rev. Miranda will be back at St. Dunstan’s at the end of October.

STAFF NEWS…

Meet our New Office Coordinator, Ann! Ann McGrath has joined 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!

Rev. Miranda will be on sabbatical for August, September, and October. The Rev. Jonathan Melton, chaplain at St Francis House Episcopal Student Center and friend of St. Dunstan’s, and his family will be with us on Sundays during Miranda’s absence, while Father John Rasmus and Father Tom McAlpine will coordinate with staff and lay leadership to help keep the daily life of the parish running and be available to those who need special prayer or counsel. To arrange a visit with one of our clergy or to alert us that someone else may need a visit, please talk to Father Jonathan, Father Tom or Father John on a Sunday, or contact the church office at 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com. Prayer requests, as always, may be sent to prayers@stdunstans.com.

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.

School supplies needed 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!!!

PRAYERS

We pray for all people to be held in God’s unfailing care and love, especially Berr, Doris, Dirk, Maryanne, Clint, Robert, Natalie; Rose, Jerry and Brent; John, Sue, Charles, 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.

 

Announcements, July 5

THIS WEEKEND…

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. HAVE A GOOD READ.

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.

 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.

 Composing Together: Psalm Refrain, Sunday, July 8, 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.

THE WEEKS AHEAD…

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.

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.

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. The Gilberts spoke to the St. Dunstan’s Outreach committee earlier this year and we were so moved by their presentation that we want to share it with the whole congregation. We hope to see you there!

Sandbox Worship: 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.

 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.

Diocesan Opportunities to Serve:  If you are interested in having a greater role in the Diocese, there are several positions becoming available. Open nominations are happening from now until August 13, 2018. To learn more about the positions, talk with Rev. Miranda and/or see the information sheets posted under the bulletin board calendar.

STAFF NEWS…

Rev. Miranda will be on sabbatical for August, September, and October. The Rev. Jonathan Melton, chaplain at St Francis House Episcopal Student Center and friend of St. Dunstan’s, and his family will be with us on Sundays during Miranda’s absence, while Father John Rasmus and Father Tom McAlpine will coordinate with staff and lay leadership to help keep the daily life of the parish running and be available to those who need special prayer or counsel. To arrange a visit with one of our clergy or to alert us that someone else may need a visit, please talk to Father Jonathan, Father Tom or Father John on a Sunday, or contact the church office at 238-2781 or office@stdunstans.com. Prayer requests, as always, may be sent to prayers@stdunstans.com.

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:)