Parish Picnic ... Save the Date!

Small Groups ...

Soul Sisters

The Soul Sisters meeting in May will be a special event. As a "Farewell" celebration for our dear Cathie Morton, we're going to Rosi Sweeney's house in The Woods for an overnight retreat, from the afternoon of  Friday, May 19 to after lunch on Saturday, May 20 . Anyone interested in participating should contact Sue

If you can't participate in the retreat but want to contribute to a book of prayers & best wishes we'll be assembling, contact Sue Carroll .

Music ...

The 18th Street Singers come to St. Dunstan's
  Sunday, May 21, 2017
 5:00 p.m.

Children's Formation ...

Celebrating our Patron Saint
Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury

On May 21 we will learn about our patron, Saint Dunstan. Besides being a bishop, he was also a musician and silversmith. 

Two of the legends of St. Dunstan involve an encounter with the devil while he works at this anvil. One of those claims that Dunstan grabs the devil by the nose with his tongs. The other tells of St. Dunstan tricking the devil and putting a hot horseshoe on his hoof. The saint only agrees to remove the horseshoe if the devil makes a promise - to never enter to trouble a home if a horseshoe hangs over the door.

We will spend this day learning more about Dunstan and creating some fun items to remember the stories.

Mark your calendars for the celebration of 
the Feast of Pentecost and the Parish Picnic!
Sunday, June 4

On this day we will also honor our formation leaders for both children and youth this year. Special thanks to Dawn Adair and Frank Johnson, Ellen London and Frank McCormick, and Bethany Bentley for working with the children. Sarah Hayman was also a teacher in the fall and early winter, but their family has moved back to England just after Christmas. Huge thanks also to Joel Hemphill you assisted with the youth program on Thursday evenings all year.

L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation  Coordinato r
Youth Formation ...

P.R.A.Y. (Potomac River Anglican  [Area-Amazing-Awesome] Youth )

Fun and Sundaes!
Sunday, May 21
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

St. Dunstan's will host this event and it will be an amazing afternoon of wild and crazy games and the making of a giant ice cream sundae. Imagine playing a giant game of Tic-Tac-Toe or Human Hungry Hippo? Or maybe a game of field hockey with pool noodles and beach balls or Giant Jenga? This is definitely a day to bring a friend. 

Friends are always welcome at any youth program!

L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Children and Youth Formation Coordinator
     Water Ministry @ St. Columba's ...

Make a difference for another person this summer!

Volunteers in this program help to provide lunch, laundry service and showers for men and women who are homeless or simply at a point of need.  
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
June 12 through August 18
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kitchen Volunteers  (2) - assist with set up & clean up the lunchroom, preparing sandwiches, and serving the guests. 
Shower/Laundry Volunteers  (2) -  set up towels, check in guests, assign shower usage, & assist with laundry. These volunteers assist with set up & clean up the lunchroom.
Shopper Volunteers  (1) - purchases lunch ingre dients for the next week, using a pre-set list, and delivers this to St. Columba's kitchen. The expectation is for shopping to be done at Costco or other high quality/low price market.  
Please visit the Sign Up Genius to reserve your volunteer slot. Contact Julie if you have  questions or need more information.   
Julie Petersmeyer
     Just Mercy Bookclub

"Just Mercy" Book Group
Join us for wine and cheese - and conversation!
Thursdays, June 8, 15 and 22, 7pm - 8pm
Book group on the New York Times National Bestseller - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.  A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and a call to fix our broken justice system.  Bishop Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson "America's young Nelson Mandela." Sign-up sheet in Founders' Hall.

Enjoy this brief interview with Bryan Stevenson.
                                                                                    Julie Petersmeyer
     Refugee Update ...
Benefit Reception for Syrian Refugees
On Saturday evening, June 3 Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox church will host a fund-raising reception to support Syrian Refugees, through International Orthodox Christian Charities, which is active in helping those trapped in refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey and elsewhere.  We are invited to join our neighbors at St Peter and Paul for a short worship service, conversation and refreshments.  It's a good chance to get to know more people who are united in commitment to service to those who are most in need.  
St Dunstan's will support this effort as a parish with outreach funds.  Individual contributions will also be welcomed.  Details as to reservations and registration will follow.    
In the meantime, we continue as a parish to collect household goods for arriving refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and surrounding areas.  Fred Bentley is making sure that those goods get to Lutheran Social Services for distribution.  (And, American University students are donating alarm clocks to this cause--they are in short supply and the students seem happy to let go of them.)  
                                                                                    Ray Donnelly
Parish Notice ...


Spring is in the air. While admiring the flowers, enjoying the sunshine, and soaking up the sun, please remember to check and secure all of the church exits after your events.

In addition to locking up, please do not leave food out in the kitchen. Help us keep the kitchen clean and pest free.

Happy Spring and Easter Season!

Kim Matthews
Parish Administrator

Hopes and Prayers on our Journey ...

n Need of Healing:

Don Larrabee, infirm in nursing care
Curt Shively, husband of Susan Burkhalterin nursing care
Ken Farnsworth , ill at home in Wheaton
David and Karen Keegan , friends of Tom and Rosemarie Barrett, fighting cancer
Pam Plaisance , diagnosed with cancer, cousin of Sue von
Samantha Barnes, ill,  sister of Muriel Croston
Virginia Jeffers, ill
Don Scellato , brother of Mimi Betz, fighting cancer
Ray Bridson , friend of the MacKnights, fighting cancer
DJ Crane , family friend of Trudy Surut, fighting cancer

The Easter flowers are given by the congregation to the glory of the risen Lord by Sue von Rautenkranz in thanksgiving for the children and youth of St. Dunstans.

We pray for St. Dunstan's Missionaries, Cameron and Roberto Vivanco, who serve in Quito, Ecuador, and the parish of Buen Pastor.  

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please complete our prayer request form by clicking here.

Trail Map ...

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2017

9:00 a.m. Family Service
9:50 a.m. Life Long Christian Formation
10:45 a.m. Traditional Holy Eucharist
12:00 noon Fellowship

The readings for this Sunday are:
Job 1:6-8, Psalm 57:6-11, 
and Matthew 24:42-47

Sunday Schedule of Ministries ...

Serving this Sunday

Trail Guild: Tony Bottrill
Liturgical Coordinator:  Rosi Sweeney
Eucharistic Ministers:  Carl Adams
 and Sue Carroll
Lector: Joanne Comstock
Prayer Minister: Julie Petersmeyer
Altar Guild:  Ann Johnson
Flower Guild: Sue Newman 
and Cathie Morton
  Tellers: Donna Alvarez 
and Frank Johnson