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New sign project, summer 2023!

Scroll down for photos – but read about the project first! 

UPDATED, JUNE 27: Here’s a new image of the two top colors, according congregational vote – red and black, and blue and black – and also a red and dark brown option. 

Why a new sign? …

The new sign is a lingering project from our 2018-2019 capital campaign and renovation, the Open Door Project. In our campaign documents, we explained, “Guests often tell us it’s difficult to find our driveway. Changes to University Avenue [in 2012] reduced the visibility of our existing sign.” 

The existing two roadside signs are dated in style and difficult to see. The one on the hill doesn’t help with wayfinding at all, since it’s fairly difficult to even see it behind the railings that the city installed in 2012. (There was an open hillside there, previously.) 

Visitors and newcomers tell us that the smaller sign by the driveway is just not big or bold enough to be much help. At best, it confirms that they’re turning into the right place, after navigation software has already brought them here. 

Why move the sign?… 

City code will not allow us to build a new sign where the old signs are. We’ve explored this pretty thoroughly, and there’s simply no wiggle room. The existing signs violate city code, and if we change or update them at all, we have to get rid of them. 

To build anything newer and better, we have to move it back from University Avenue, out of the zone where the city will not allow signage. 

The proposed location won’t tell people where to turn. But it will tell people that they’re entering the campus of St. Dunstan’s Church. With the new apartment building next door, a lot more people turn into our drive now, and a large, attractive sign at this location will help let them know where they are. (It may also discourage parking on the grass there, which has been an issue recently!) 

A sign at this location will also be visible to approaching traffic in the eastbound lane of University – more visible than our existing large sign up on the hill. Many people drive along University every day, so a striking and inviting sign at the new location will still catch peoples’ eyes. 

A few design notes… 

The proposed design doesn’t include any information besides the name of the church. Minimal text, as large as possible, is the best choice for catching the eye of drivers. We find that most people have looked at the website before visiting, so we don’t need to try to add service times or other information to the ground sign.

The sign will be about 12 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and lighted internally for nighttime visibility.

Because there are trees behind the sign, the sign needs some strong colors to stand out and be visible.

Share your feedback!… 

What color do you prefer? 

What else do you notice or wonder about this new sign proposal? 

Mound Care Project, January 2023

This is an invitation that we’ve received, that may interest some of us as we move into the spring and beyond. In 2022 we drafted a parish land acknowledgment. We have given Amends funds to an organization representing the Wisconsin tribes.

We’ve also been on the lookout for some restorative actions we could take, too – not just words, and not just dollars, both of which can be abstract, but ways some of us can commit our time and energy and skill to doing the things that the Native peoples of Wisconsin and beyond would like their allies to do. 

We’ve looked at lists of restorative actions from other organizations and have been preparing to develop our own – and in the meantime, we were approached and asked to consider something. 

Governor Nelson State Park is kind of our neighborhood state park. It’s up on County M; its southern end is about an 8-minute drive from right here. At that southern end of the park there are a few effigy mounds – an animal shape, called the Panther Mound, and four conical mounds. These are mounds created by the Native peoples of Wisconsin, centuries ago; they are sacred places that need and deserve care. State agencies and the Wisconsin tribes have worked together to develop some very clear best practices for the care of mounds like these. 

We are being invited to help care for these mounds. 

At the most basic level, and perhaps to begin with, that would look like working with park leadership, with some guidance from tribal representatives, to help care for the Governor Nelson mounds in a culturally appropriate way. That might be a small-to-medium group of volunteers going out for two or three workdays a year to weed whip, remove woody brush, look for animal holes, and so on. 

At the slightly more committed level: Maybe there is a cohort of us who would like to really get trained on the specifics of mound maintenance – which is different in small but important ways from how we care for our grounds here, or how you might work in your garden at home. Then we would be able to help out at park workdays by lightly supervising other community volunteers, making sure they’re abiding by those best practices. That would ease the burden on park employees and tribal representatives to keep explaining the guidelines, and could make it easier to use community volunteers without compromising the standard of care. 

At the most ambitious level: Maybe our team could become part of a sort of Friends of the Mounds network – perhaps including interested folks from the other Madison Episcopal churches and other churches and community organizations with similar commitments. That group could go out as needed to help maintain mounds located on private property – for example, on farms out in the nearby counties. We have learned that that’s where the real need is – because the parks have willing volunteers they can call on, to some extent, and have been providing some level of care for their mounds already. Some of the mounds on private property need a lot of care, and it would be great to have a team that could go out on a Saturday, with the landowner’s agreement, and just do what they can. 

We do want to stress that this can start small, and we can see what our capacity is. We believe this is an opportunity where a relatively small group of committed folks can be part of something important and worth doing. 

The next likely steps are gathering a few folks, as soon as the ground is relatively clear, to go “meet” the mounds in Governor Nelson, and probably separately, an early-spring training on mound maintenance best practices. 

If this interests you, contact Rev. Miranda or the office and we will loop you in!

Vestry Job Description

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church Job Description: Vestry Member 

Revised 2019

What is a vestry? 

According to the parish by-laws and the National and Diocesan Canons, all Episcopal churches must have some form of vestry. Vestries serve as the governing and legal decision-making body of the parish. More importantly, vestries also serve as the visioning and and goal-setting body of the local parish. In this way, serving on the vestry is different from simply being on a corporate board, or being in a business meeting. Being a member of the vestry is a form of ministry, with a sacred and exciting spiritual component to the work. Vestry members are also close working partners with the clergy team. 

Eligibility for election
Since vestries, in their capacity as governing boards, have fiduciary responsibilities towards congregations, state law often dictates that all members of the vestry must be of legal majority ages. Our church by-laws allow any person 16 years of age or older to serve on the vestry. Vestry members should be active members of the parish, but do not need to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Election of vestry members occurs at the Parish Annual Meeting. While not technically in our parish by-laws, and while exceptions are always possible, here are some helpful boundaries to keep in mind when considering running for the vestry: 

  • With the exception of the clergy, it is recommended that employees of the congregation should not hold a seat on the vestry. It is also recommended that family members of employees of the congregation should not hold a seat on the vestry. 
  • Clergy family members should not hold a seat on the vestry.
  • Generally speaking, no more than one person from a family should be on the vestry at the same time.

Terms of Office
While the terms of vestry members varies from congregation to congregation, St. Dunstan’s vestry members are elected to serve a three-year term. If for some reason a vestry member is unable to complete their full term, they are expected to notify the Senior Warden within a least one month of the Parish Annual Meeting.

Eligibility for re-election
You may run for two consecutive terms on the vestry (a total of six years). After the second term, you must take a full year off before running for vestry again.  

Qualifications and Gifts

We seek to invite people to serve on the vestry of St. Dunstan’s who… 

  1. Have a love of God and a commitment to following the way of Christ; 
  2. Are a voting member of the parish who has made an annual pledge to support the parish during the current year;
  3. Are active in and knowledgeable (or willing to learn) about the congregation, its programs and governance;
  4. Have strong leadership skills with the ability and willingness to listen, communicate, and cooperate with others;
  5. Are known as someone who is open-minded, approachable, and respected by members of the congregation;
  6. Has a capacity to seek to solve problems and learn from mistakes, recognize accomplishments, and give thanks for those things that build community and further the mission of the Church;
  7. Respect other church leaders and follow the model for decision making outlined in the parish by-laws and Vestry Leadership Covenant (adopted August 2012);
  8. Purposefully strive to be a servant of the people without a need to be the “most important person” or to be the one with the right answers to everything;
  9. Have enthusiasm for this ministry and role. 

Time Commitment:

  1. Monthly vestry meetings to review the life and work of the congregation, plan ahead, anticipate and resolve problems;
  2. Occasional special meetings of the vestry, as required;
  3. Vestry retreat (usually once a year);
  4. Regular attendance at weekly worship services (ideally, the members of the vestry, as a whole, attend or visit all regular services); 
  5. Frequent attendance at congregational events: coffee hours, meals, fundraisers, adult education programs, pastoral services, etc.;
  6. Meetings of a parish ministry committee, if appointed as liaison to that committee; 
  7. Occasional diocesan meetings, as requested;
  8. Annual parish meeting.

Responsibilities of the Vestry

While we acknowledge that no single member of the vestry may be called upon to fulfill all these responsibilities, we aspire to have our Vestry be a body that, as a whole: 

  1. Prays faithfully for the rector, leaders, and members of the congregation and the diocese;
  2. Offers their talents, as appropriate, to support the congregation’s ministry;
  3. Brings the whole self to the table – mind, body, and spirit; 
  4. Risks openness with your ideas, beliefs, concerns and hopes; 
  5. Seeks out ideas and opinions from members of the congregation regarding affairs of the parish; 
  6. Is available to discuss any and all concerns and vestry decisions with members of the congregation in a supportive way, including encouraging complainants to speak directly to those involved (avoiding triangulation) and discussing problems with the rector or wardens; 
  7. Assists in identifying persons for leadership roles, and, in consultation with the rector, invite them to serve in these roles;
  8. Participates in and stays in touch with the work of our ministry committees (e.g. Buildings & Grounds, Finance, Outreach, Liturgy & Worship), and, as needed, assists committee chairs in communicating ministry needs and activities to the vestry;
  9. Pledges financial support early in the annual giving campaign; 
  10. Strive to be active ministers of the Gospel in daily life and work; 
  11. In collaboration with the Junior Warden, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Parish Administrator, helps ensure that the parish’s facilities and properties are kept in good repair and are sufficiently insured; 
  12. In collaboration with the Finance Committee, assumes fiduciary responsibility for the parish, including the preparation of an annual budget, the approval of expenses over $1000, and regular budgetary monitoring and review. 

If you have any questions about serving on the vestry at all, please feel free to speak with any current member of the vestry at St. Dunstan’s. They would be very happy to help you. Being on the vestry can be an empowering and spiritually deepening experience. If you think God is calling you to this ministry, please consider running for vestry. Your congregation values and needs your leadership and skill!

St. Dunstan’s Amends funds – an update…

On Tuesday, August 16, I attended the quarterly meeting of the WITRC (Wisconsin Inter-Tribal Repatriation Committee) at the Three Clans Conference Center in Green Bay to present St. Dunstan’s voluntary land tax payment. We set aside $3000 in our 2022 budget as “Amends” funds, and some additional designated gifts brought the total to $4000. Committing these funds is one outcome of the work of our Land Acknowledgment Task Force. It was approved by the Finance Committee and Vestry, and supported by the congregation by approving and funding (through your pledges and offerings) our 2022 budget.

The WITRC coordinates work to preserve Native cultural heritage, including mounds and grave sites, in the state of Wisconsin; many of its members are Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) for their respective tribes. In addition to WITRC members, the meeting included representatives of partner organizations like the DNR, DOT, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Rev. Kerri Parker, executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, and WCC staff member Breanna Illene were present as well. Diana Lucas, the co-leader of our parish Land Acknowledgment Task Force and member of the Diocese of Milwaukee task force, accompanied me to help represent St. Dunstan’s.

Ben Rhodd, THPO for the Forest County Potawatomi Community, opened the meeting with an invocation. He greeted everyone present as “my relatives”- reminding us that we are all branches of one tree of humanity. He described the work of the WITRC:  “We’re dealing with the ancients, the ones who were here before us, and we’re very careful and cautious, asking ‘What would be best?’” Then he invited us to stand and prayed to Creator, in Potawatomi and English, for our unity, our work, and for everyone who needs help in the world.

The matter of donations to the WITRC was addressed first on the agenda. Kerri Parker spoke about the WCC’s commitment to trying to heal relationships between the churches and the WI tribes. She described St. Dunstan’s work as an example of what can be done in terms of restorative actions, and mentioned the WCC’s hope to work with the Wisconsin tribes to create a fund to which any church or other organization can contribute, to make this kind of thing more widespread. 

Bill Quackenbush, current president of the WITRC and THPO for the Ho-Chunk Nation, spoke about an ongoing collaboration with the WCC on developing some land acknowledgment resources that could be used by churches statewide. He mentioned that too often people speak about Native peoples as if they were the “roots of that tree of humanity, when in fact we are all alive together.” He explained that when Kerri approached him about the best way to use St. Dunstan’s Amends funds, he thought of having the funds go to the WITRC – rather than the Ho-Chunk Nation – because that way, the funds can support cultural preservation programs across Wisconsin. He described the WITRC as “a title for us working together” to protect, preserve and share Native cultural heritage.

Quackenbush said that this funding for the WITRC helps address a chronic shortage of money, staff and time for their important work. He described St. Dunstan’s payment as “both a healing process and a stepping stone.”

I presented the check in a purple envelope, which I explained is the color of repentance in our tradition. I also presented a small book of our photos and reflections about loving and learning from the land, and a jar of the black walnut syrup we made from our black walnut trees this spring. Those present were excited about the syrup! 

Ben Rhodd spoke again to say that it’s hard to do things without “white metal” – money. “We have to help each other. We’re happy that you helped us. You gave us something to work with.”

Over the next few months, we at St. Dunstan’s will begin work on our draft parish budget for 2023 and undertake our fall giving campaign, when we invite members and friends of the parish to make a pledge stating their anticipated financial support for St. Dunstan’s in the coming year. We will have to decide together whether to include an Amends budget line again in 2023, to continue this practice of voluntary land tax payments. We will need to decide whether it’s something we intend and expect to put in our budget year by year, as we do with our other property expenses and Outreach funds – or whether this was a one-time restorative action. I invite your prayerful reflection on this question. In either case, as a parish, we hope to discern additional steps we can take to make amends and be allies to our Native neighbors. 

Announcements, May 12

Spring Diaper Drive, May 8 – June 19: Imagine having to choose whether to pay rent, pay utilities, buy food, or buy diapers for your baby or toddler. Nearly 1 in 3 American families struggle to afford enough diapers, which cannot be purchased with food stamps. For several years St. Dunstan’s has done a spring Diaper Drive from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day to help provide diapers to local food pantries. Sizes 4, 5, and 6 are always especially in demand! Volunteer diaper shoppers in the parish buy and deliver diapers to organizations who can get them out into the community, such as Middleton Outreach Ministry, the Allied Drive Pantry, Karen’s Essential Center, Healing House, and others. This year’s Diaper Drive will run from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day. Please write a check to St. Dunstan’s with “Diapers” in the memo line, or make a gift through our donation website at this link: donate.stdunstans.com . Thank you for your support! New volunteers to help with shopping and/or delivery are also welcome – contact Mary Rowe.

Celebration of New Ministry, Good Shepherd, Sun Prairie, Saturday, May 14, 3PM: The people of Good Shepherd–Buen Pastor, Sun Prairie and St Luke’s, Madison invite you to a joint celebration of new ministry. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Lee will preside and the Rev. Canon Scott Leannah will preach at a liturgy to mark the beginning of a shared ministry covenant between the two parishes. The Rev. Don Fleischman has been called to oversee both parishes. The liturgy will take place at 3 pm and will be followed by a reception. This celebration will take place at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4011 Major Avenue, Madison WI 53716. All are invited. The festal color for the day for clergy is white.

Spring Grounds Work Day, Sunday, May 15, 11:30 – 1PM: Come help tend St. Dunstan’s grounds! Most work is outdoors, though we have some potential indoor tasks too. Please wear a mask when indoors, and outdoors when close to people from other households. We will have a task list to direct folks to things that need doing. There are tasks for people of all ages and abilities. We’ll also be starting to line up volunteers who’d like to tend particular garden beds now and then, over the summer. We plan to offer some hearty snacks, and end with a treat at 1PM. If you’d enjoy helping out on the grounds sometime but can’t make it that day, contact Krissy Mayer , Adam McCluskeyor Rev. Miranda know  and we’ll loop you in on other plans!

The Outreach Committee Meeting, Saturday May 21, 9:30AM:   All are welcome to attend and discuss hands on ways to serve our neighbors and connect with local organizations who work to welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, house the homeless, and comfort the afflicted.   We will be focusing on connecting with local organizations supporting refugee resettlement as well as local organizations supporting people living on the streets and public areas in Dane County.

Weekly Scripture Reflections Available: Father John Rasmus writes weekly reflections on the Sunday lectionary texts and sends them out to those who would like to receive them. If you’d like to join his email list, contact him and he’d be glad to add you! If you would like to receive the reflections by postal mail, or know someone else who might appreciate them, contact the office at or 608-238-2781. We have sent them out by mail in the past and would be happy to return to that practice if it would be helpful to anyone.

St Dunstan’s Day & Rogation Day, May 22:  St. Dunstan’s Day, the feast day of our patron saint, is May 19; we will celebrate it on Sunday, May 22. Rogation Days are special days for praying for crops, farming, and the health and fruitfulness of the land in general. We will observe Rogation Day with a brief (optional!) procession around the grounds, punctuated by prayer, at the end of our 10AM in-person service.

Saturday Book Club, June 4,10 AM: Our book this month is The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story created by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Though this is a long book, each chapter is self-contained, written by different authors, and focused on different issues, e.g., democracy, citizenship, punishment, inheritance. So even if you only read a few chapters, and not necessarily in sequence, do come and share your views on what you have read.
The Wednesday Group is also reading the book and we hope they will join us. They meet weekly and read a chapter or so at a time.
Those at the last meeting all preferred to continue meeting on Zoom. If, however, you’d rather meet in person at St Dunstan’s for the June meeting, we can arrange this as a hybrid meeting. Join by using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81731129473

At-home Rogation prayers available: Rogation Days are special days for praying for crops, farming, and the health and fruitfulness of the land in general. Rev. Miranda has a lovely set of Rogation Day poems and prayers for individual or household use, developed in 2020 as a pandemic resource by a parish in Connecticut. If you would like this document emailed to you, to use at your leisure, let Rev. Miranda know.

Funeral for Sue Lloyd, Saturday, June 11, 1PM: The funeral for Sue Lloyd will be held on Saturday, June 11, at St. Dunstan’s. All friends of Sue are invited to attend. A light reception will follow; contact Connie Ott to contribute to the reception or help with setup or cleanup.

Announcements, May 5

Vestry Transition: Elvice McAlpine has retired early from the Vestry due to vision problems that made it difficult to participate fully. We are pleased to announce that Eric Brown has agreed to join the Vestry and complete Elvice’s term, ending in January of 2023. Eric moved to Indiana last year but has continued to be a regular member of the Zoom congregation. We hope that his presence on the Vestry at this time will help represent our Zoom congregation as we discern what it looks like to continue as a hybrid church. Thank you, Elvice, and welcome, Eric!

Weekly Scripture Reflections Available: Father John Rasmus writes weekly reflections on the Sunday lectionary texts and sends them out to those who would like to receive them. If you’d like to join his email list, contact him and he’d be glad to add you! If you would like to receive the reflections by postal mail, or know someone else who might appreciate them, contact the office at or 608-238-2781. We have sent them out by mail in the past and would be happy to return to that practice if it would be helpful to anyone.

At-home Rogation prayers available: Rogation Days are special days for praying for crops, farming, and the health and fruitfulness of the land in general. Rev. Miranda has a lovely set of Rogation Day poems and prayers for individual or household use, developed in 2020 as a pandemic resource by a parish in Connecticut. If you would like this document emailed to you, to use at your leisure, let Rev. Miranda know .

Vaccination Clinic at MOM: Do you need your vaccine or your vaccine booster/s? or Do you know someone who has not been able to get vaccine or boosters because of lack of insurance or other methods of payment or having difficulty with timing for being seen?There will be 2 Covid vaccine sites at Middleton Outreach Ministry on Monday May 16 from 1-3 PM – No appointment needed, no insurance needed – all 3 types of vaccine available and also boosters are available. The clinic will be held in the warehouse behind the MOM office building and there is good signage. The location is 3502 Parmenter St. (behind the Kwik trip on corner of Airport Rd. and Parmenter)

NEW GROUP: Aging Together, 10AM, Friday, May 6, Zoom: Aging is hard – logistically, emotionally, physically. We are exploring gathering a group to meet regularly to share ideas, resources, and most importantly, mutual support. If this sounds interesting or helpful to you, join us on Zoom for an initial conversation about how this group would like to gather – times, topics, frequency of meeting, etc. All 70+ friends and members welcome!  Join with this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84280344235?pwd=K2pLZlduU3MxOFl6TkxXNjVlb2Vudz09

Spring Diaper Drive, May 8 – June 19: Imagine having to choose whether to pay rent, pay utilities, buy food, or buy diapers for your baby or toddler. Nearly 1 in 3 American families struggle to afford enough diapers, which cannot be purchased with food stamps. For several years St. Dunstan’s has done a spring Diaper Drive from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day to help provide diapers to local food pantries. Sizes 4, 5, and 6 are always especially in demand! Volunteer diaper shoppers in the parish buy and deliver diapers to organizations who can get them out into the community, such as Middleton Outreach Ministry, the Allied Drive Pantry, Karen’s Essential Center, Healing House, and others. This year’s Diaper Drive will run from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day. Please write a check to St. Dunstan’s with “Diapers” in the memo line, or make a gift through our donation website at this link: donate.stdunstans.com . Thank you for your support! New volunteers to help with shopping and/or delivery are also welcome – contact Mary Rowe.

Planning Meeting for Summer In-Person Worship, Wednesday, May 11, 7:15PM:  Join Rev. Miranda for some brainstorming and planning about our in-person worship this summer (and beyond). Where should we take the next step back towards pre-pandemic normal? Where can we take the next step into the “new normal” we’re creating now? What’s the next step in our intergenerational worship work? We will meet in person (masked) so we can see and walk around our Nave as we talk. All interested folks (including kids and youth) are welcome!

Celebration of New Ministry, Good Shepherd, Sun Prairie, Saturday, May 14, 3PM: The people of Good Shepherd–Buen Pastor, Sun Prairie and St Luke’s, Madison invite you to a joint celebration of new ministry. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Lee will preside and the Rev. Canon Scott Leannah will preach at a liturgy to mark the beginning of a shared ministry covenant between the two parishes. The Rev. Don Fleischman has been called to oversee both parishes. The liturgy will take place at 3 pm and will be followed by a reception. This celebration will take place at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4011 Major Avenue, Madison WI 53716. All are invited. The festal color for the day for clergy is white.

St Dunstan’s Day & Rogation Day, May 22:  St. Dunstan’s Day, the feast day of our patron saint, is May 19; we will celebrate it on Sunday, May 22. Rogation Days are special days for praying for crops, farming, and the health and fruitfulness of the land in general. We will observe Rogation Day with a brief (optional!) procession around the grounds, punctuated by prayer, at the end of our 10AM in-person service.

Spring Grounds Work Day, Sunday, May 15, 11:30 – 1PM: Come help tend St. Dunstan’s grounds! Most work is outdoors, though we have some potential indoor tasks too. Please wear a mask when indoors, and outdoors when close to people from other households. We will have a task list to direct folks to things that need doing. There are tasks for people of all ages and abilities. We’ll also be starting to line up volunteers who’d like to tend particular garden beds now and then, over the summer. We plan to offer some hearty snacks, and end with a treat at 1PM. If you’d enjoy helping out on the grounds sometime but can’t make it that day, contact Krissy Mayer, Adam McCluskey or Rev. Miranda and we’ll loop you in on other plans!

Funeral for Sue Lloyd, Saturday, June 11, 1PM: The funeral for Sue Lloyd will be held on Saturday, June 11, at St. Dunstan’s. All friends of Sue are invited to attend. A light reception will follow; contact Connie Ott to contribute to the reception or help with setup or cleanup.

Evening Church Camp for Kids and Youth: Save the Dates – July 19 – 23! Plans are taking shape for an Evening Church Camp focused on theater and drama. Acting out Scripture stories has become a regular practice at St. Dunstan’s; we will use this camp to lean into that and build some skills that may not only expand what we can do here, but give kids who participate a boost if they want to get involved with theater at school or elsewhere! Kids are very welcome to invite friends. We’d love to offer options for kids who prefer not to act, such as music and sound effects, costume, makeup, set design – we’ll see how our team takes shape. We plan to meet 5:30 – 7:30 (dinner included) on Tuesday, July 19 through Saturday, July 23; we may start earlier on Saturday, and end with a performance open to the congregation. Sound like fun, but you’re not a kid? There’s lots of scope for adults in the parish to join in and help out with this camp, on one night or many. If you’re interested, reach out to Rev. Miranda and she’ll loop you in as we plan. Questions and ideas welcome too!

Creation Care at St. Dunstan’s: Our commitment to creation care ranges from tending our grounds, to planning parish or community studies or learning opportunities, to seeking out and promoting ways to reduce our church’s and our members’ environmental impact. We are an informal network that gathers a couple of times a year to work on plans and priorities, then gathers (online and/or in person) for particular interests or projects at other times. Would you like to learn more or get involved? Contact Rev. Miranda.

Seeking Adult Helpers for High School Youth Trip! 
We are planning a mission trip for our high school youth group this summer, from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. We’re really excited to finally be planning a trip for these kids. And we’re looking for 2 – 3 more adults to join our team!

  • We’ll be doing service work (TBD) during the days, with fellowship and reflection time in the mornings and evenings.
  • Adults should be available for the full four days (with the possible exception of someone doing meal prep, which could be helpful for one or two days at a time).
  • If coming on the trip would represent a financial burden for you (losing paid work time; child or pet care; etc.) we can provide compensation. Let’s talk!
  • We’ll probably travel (by car) to somewhere within a 3 – 4 hour radius of Madison. You should be able to provide your own vehicle, and ideally be willing to drive kids around.
  • We are required to do a background check for all adult volunteers (at the church’s expense).
  • Covid rates will likely rise and fall in unpredictable ways in the coming months. As we begin planning sites and activities, and recruiting our team, we will be trying to plan the trip to be as “Covid-proof” as possible, with mitigations and alternatives built into the plan.
  • No previous experience with the youth group or youth ministry is required; just an enthusiasm for getting to know these young people and being part of a team doing good in the world and deepening our fellowship and faith together.

This is an opportunity to work, play, learn, and grow with a pretty neat group of youth! To learn more, talk with Rev. Miranda.

Announcements, April 28

Vaccination Clinic at MOM: Do you need your vaccine or your vaccine booster/s? or Do you know someone who has not been able to get vaccine or boosters because of lack of insurance or other methods of payment or having difficulty with timing for being seen?There will be 2 Covid vaccine sites at Middleton Outreach Ministry on Monday May 2 and Monday May 16 from 1-3 PM – No appointment needed, no insurance needed – all 3 types of vaccine available and also boosters are available. The clinic will be held in the warehouse behind the MOM office building and there is good signage. The location is 3502 Parmenter St. (behind the Kwik trip on corner of Airport Rd. and Parmenter)

NEW GROUP: Aging Together, 10AM, Friday, May 6, Zoom: Aging is hard – logistically, emotionally, physically. We are exploring gathering a group to meet regularly to share ideas, resources, and most importantly, mutual support. If this sounds interesting or helpful to you, join us on Zoom for an initial conversation about how this group would like to gather – times, topics, frequency of meeting, etc. All 70+ friends and members welcome!  Join with the zoom link in the e-news.

Spring Diaper Drive, May 8 – June 19: Imagine having to choose whether to pay rent, pay utilities, buy food, or buy diapers for your baby or toddler. Nearly 1 in 3 American families struggle to afford enough diapers, which cannot be purchased with food stamps. For several years St. Dunstan’s has done a spring Diaper Drive from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day to help provide diapers to local food pantries. Sizes 4, 5, and 6 are always especially in demand! Volunteer diaper shoppers in the parish buy and deliver diapers to organizations who can get them out into the community, such as Middleton Outreach Ministry, the Allied Drive Pantry, Karen’s Essential Center, Healing House, and others. This year’s Diaper Drive will run from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day. Please write a check to St. Dunstan’s with “Diapers” in the memo line, or make a gift through our donation website at this link: donate.stdunstans.com . Thank you for your support! New volunteers to help with shopping and/or delivery are also welcome – contact Mary Rowe .

Spring Grounds Work Day, Sunday, May 15, 11:30 – 1PM: Come help tend St. Dunstan’s grounds! Most work is outdoors, though we have some potential indoor tasks too. Please wear a mask when indoors, and outdoors when close to people from other households. We will have a task list to direct folks to things that need doing. There are tasks for people of all ages and abilities. We’ll also be starting to line up volunteers who’d like to tend particular garden beds now and then, over the summer. We plan to offer some hearty snacks, and end with a treat at 1PM. If you’d enjoy helping out on the grounds sometime but can’t make it that day, contact Krissy Mayer , Adam McCluskey or Rev. Miranda know and we’ll loop you in on other plans!

Funeral for Sue Lloyd, Saturday, June 11, 1PM: The funeral for Sue Lloyd will be held on Saturday, June 11, at St. Dunstan’s. All friends of Sue are invited to attend. A light reception will follow; contact Connie Ott to contribute to the reception or help with setup or cleanup.

Seeking Adult Helpers for High School Youth Trip! 
We are planning a mission trip for our high school youth group this summer, from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. We’re really excited to finally be planning a trip for these kids. And we’re looking for 2 – 3 more adults to join our team!

  • We’ll be doing service work (TBD) during the days, with fellowship and reflection time in the mornings and evenings.
  • Adults should be available for the full four days (with the possible exception of someone doing meal prep, which could be helpful for one or two days at a time).
  • If coming on the trip would represent a financial burden for you (losing paid work time; child or pet care; etc.) we can provide compensation. Let’s talk!
  • We’ll probably travel (by car) to somewhere within a 3 – 4 hour radius of Madison. You should be able to provide your own vehicle, and ideally be willing to drive kids around.
  • We are required to do a background check for all adult volunteers (at the church’s expense).
  • Covid rates will likely rise and fall in unpredictable ways in the coming months. As we begin planning sites and activities, and recruiting our team, we will be trying to plan the trip to be as “Covid-proof” as possible, with mitigations and alternatives built into the plan.
  • No previous experience with the youth group or youth ministry is required; just an enthusiasm for getting to know these young people and being part of a team doing good in the world and deepening our fellowship and faith together.

This is an opportunity to work, play, learn, and grow with a pretty neat group of youth! To learn more, talk with Rev. Miranda.

Fall Fellowship & Learning Opportunities, 2021

This fall and winter, our adult formation and fellowship offerings focus on forming small trusted networks – whether oriented around a shared journey like grief, parenting, or discernment, or simply a small group that meets often to share and pray.  Eighteen months of pandemic life have shown many of us that we need more trusted friends to help sustain us in difficult times – and one of the most important ways people grow in faith is in conversation with other faithful folks. So I’m excited to be able to offer the opportunities below.

Besides these new offerings, there are existing groups within the church that always welcome new members, including the Wednesday and Saturday book groups, and the Monday morning art group. (All are currently meeting online, but hope to return to in-person in time.) Our youth groups also function as holy communities for those who participate. New kids are always welcome, even if they’re not otherwise involved in church or attend another church.

If you feel a tug towards gathering with a smaller group of fellow Dunstanites, but don’t see something here that feels like the right fit – or even have an interest in convening your own group – let Rev. Miranda know!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, talk to Rev. Miranda, call the office at 608-238-2781, or use the Contact Us form on this site.

SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES… 

Contemplative Prayer Group: Jamie S.  would like to convene a small group that will meet on Wednesday evenings (7:30 – 8:45) three times a month to explore and practice different approaches to contemplative prayer together. This group will get started in October. It will gather online at first, with the option to move to in-person when circumstances permit.

Weekly Fellowship Group: Marian and Chris B. will also be convening a small group to meet on Thursdays at 7pm, for regular conversation and shared prayer.

Bereavement Group: Grieving the loss of a loved one is the most difficult and painful of life’s experiences.  Maybe your grief is recent, or perhaps a long-ago grief still often comes to mind. Join a circle of companions who are going through similar experiences. Healing often begins when people are able to share their grief stories, their struggles, their questions, and what is helping them come to terms with their situation. The group will be facilitated by Gloria Alt, spiritual guide and Certified Bereavement Companion through the Grief Training Center of Wisconsin. We will meet over Zoom Thursday evenings from 6:30-8, or Saturday mornings from 9-10:30.  The groups will meet for 6 weeks beginning September 23/25.

Group Spiritual Direction: Do you ever feel you’d like to meet with others who are on a path to encounter the Holy more deeply?  Group Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for a small group (3-4 people plus facilitator) to meet on a regular basis to support one another in their spiritual lives. The unique process for Group Spiritual Direction incorporates times of silence, structured times for sharing for each individual, and group response arising out of reflection and intercessory prayer. The group would meet every other week for 4 sessions, with the possibility of going on after that if group members wish to do so. (There would be a nominal charge per session if the group continues; cost should never be a barrier to participation.)  The group will be facilitated by Gloria Alt, a trained spiritual guide. The group could be focused on Discernment and Transition, for those exploring a new season in life; on Grief and Loss; or on general reflection on life and where God is at work.

DROP-IN OPPORTUNITIES…

Spirituality of Parenting is a monthly gathering after the 10am service. People for whom parenting is part of your spiritual journey are invited to a time of sharing and mutual support. This offering will be hybrid, with the opportunity to join in person or online.

Drop-In Heart Check is a monthly opportunity for shared reflection on the week, using the tools of the Ignatian Examen. (You don’t have to be familiar with the Examen to participate!) We will gather after the 10am service. This offering will be hybrid, with the opportunity to join in person or online.

Younger Adult Gathering: There is interest in re-convening a monthly Younger Adult Gathering – for folks under 40, more or less. If you’re interested, let Rev. Miranda know! I’m especially looking for people to help plan and convene these gatherings.

FOR KIDS & YOUTH…  We’ll begin the year with outdoor Sunday school for all ages, during 10am in-person worship on Sept. 12 and 19, and continuing in October.  StoryChurch on Sunday evenings will continue as an online offering for younger children.
Take-home materials will be available for those who prefer to stay away from in-person gatherings for now.
A Scripture Drama Club will meet after 10AM church once a month to prepare a drama for the following Sunday. This gathering will be hybrid – you can join in person or online, and we welcome actors for both Zoom and in-person church.
Our Middle High Youth Group will continue to meet over Zoom this fall, while our High School Youth Group expects to start meeting in person soon.

Sunday Worship, March 22

Our online worship for Sunday, March 22, will have slides that allow you to follow along with the service. However, you will want the lyrics to the songs. If you have a hymnal at home, they are hymns #470 and #676.

If you don’t, here is a sheet with just the song lyrics that you can print:

Songs for Sunday, March 22

If you’d prefer to follow along on paper instead of watching the slides, download and print this file for our Sunday worship. It has all prayer & reading texts, as well as song lyrics.

Complete Worship for Sunday, March 22

You can join worship at 10am (or anytime after 9:45) at this link, from a computer or smartphone: https://zoom.us/j/165872564

The service will also be live-streamed to Facebook, so you can join it on our church Facebook page, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church:

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church Facebook Page