Summer Sunday Service Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Traditional Holy Eucharist for All

     Summer Liturgy Schedule...

Introducing Our New Rector ...  Patricia Phaneuf Alexander

May 27, 2019

Dear Members of the St. Dunstan's Community,
We are writing to joyfully announce that the selection process for our new Rector has been completed. After concluding their interviews, the Search Committee and Vestry have selected the Rev. Patricia (Patty) Phaneuf Alexander to be the new Rector for St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church.
Patty has been a priest for 18 years. She has extensive experience as a parish priest, having served for 7 years as the Vicar for Grace Episcopal Church in the Bronx in New York City, and as the Assistant Minister for 4 years at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bedford, NY. For the last 8 years, Patty has served as the Head Chaplain and Head of the Philosophy and Religion Department at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Many of you may find her a familiar face as she has served as a supply priest at St. Dunstan's on occasion. The Vestry is confident that Patty's experience and talents will make her an excellent leader for our church, and we are very happy to have her as our new Rector.
Patty is married to the Reverend J. Randolph (Randy) Alexander, who currently serves as Rector of Immanuel Church on-the-Hill in Alexandria, Virginia. Patty and Randy are the proud parents of three sons: William, a rising freshman at Elon University; Peter, a rising Junior at St. Andrew's; and Andrew, a rising eighth grader at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria.
The selection process involved a lot of work on the part of the volunteers on the search committee (Donna Alvarez, Fred Bentley, Clint Chamberlin, Lynne Adduci Leonard, Sue Newman, John Wyss), which was led by Chuck Cash. Please express your gratitude to them for their efforts when you have a chance. I'd also like to give my thanks to the congregation for participating in the process, voicing your opinions during our self-assessment sessions, giving such a great send-off to Jeff MacKnight, and being patient during this time of uncertainty.
This selection is just the start of the transition to a new Rector for St. Dunstan's. Patty will be completing her work at St. Andrew's School this summer, and her official start date at St. Dunstan's will be September 1st. Church services will continue through the summer with temporary clergy. After her start in September, it will be important that the St. Dunstan's community comes together to support her as she learns about our church and assumes her new leadership role.
Finally, I'd like to say that this change gives me great optimism for the future of our church. Building on the strong community we have now, with a commitment to worship, fellowship, and outreach, I see a bright future as we enter into this new phase. Keep St. Dunstan's in your prayers during this transition.
Please feel free to contact either one of us with any questions or concerns.
Yours in Christ,
Carl Adams                                                     Rosi Sweeney
Senior Warden                                                 Junior Warden

Preaching This Week ...  

The Rev. John McDuffie has been in the Diocese of Washington since 1989, when he became the third rector of St. Dunstan's, John served at this parish until he accepted a call to be the rector of Christ Church, Rockville, in 1998.  He retired from Christ Church in January, 2018. John and his wife Mary were married at St. Dunstan's on June 8, 1996. Together they have five children and five grandchildren, with a sixth grandchild on the way.  John currently enjoys playing golf; he is also an excellent jazz tenor saxophonist and frequently plays in Washington, DC jam sessions.
     Church Picnic...

     Pride Sunday ...

   Youth Field Trip ...

Youth Field Trip to the Holocaust Museum.  

Youth who are rising 5th graders and above, and their parents, are eligible to participate in this field trip.  Amma Cricket has 16 tickets remaining for the trip on Saturday, June 22nd. We must be at the museum at 12:30 pm.  Please let her know as soon as possible if you wish to go.  ( We'll make carpool plans closer to the date of the event.

Cricket Park
Rector, The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

     Shut-In Members ...

The St. Dunstan's Soul Sisters are organizing volunteers to visit the St. Dunstan's members who are now mostly shut-in.  There are six individuals; Jeff used to visit them each about once a month, sometimes taking a small bouquet from the flower arrangements.  If you are interested in making a visit or two over the summer, please contact Sue Carroll.

     Parish Notice ...

Memorial Service for Monty and Lois Spear
A joint service honoring the memory of past parishioners Monty and Lois Spear will be held this coming Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dunstan's.

 Kim Matthews
Parish Administrator

Hopes and Prayers on our Journey ...

n Need of Healing:

Curt Shively , husband of Susan Burkhalter in nursing care
Ken Farnsworth , at home in Westwood Towers
David Keegan , friend of Tom and Rosemarie Barrett, fighting cancer
Pam Plaisance , fighting cancer, cousin of Sue von
Samantha Barnes, ill,  sister of Muriel Croston
Ray Bridson , friend of the MacKnights, fighting cancer
DJ Crane , family friend of Trudy Surut, fighting cancer
Jessie McCardell, recovering from a fall
Nancy Hay, ill
Joan (Penny) Denny , ill
Eleanor London , ill, mother of Ellen McCormick
Warren Green , ill, son-in-law of Trudy Surut
Patrick Smoak , fighting cancer, brother of Fred Smoak
Katie Hemmer , ill, mother of Sidney Clark-Lequrique
Rosemarie Barrett, fractured ankle

The flowers  are given to the glory of the Lord by Karen Spear in loving memory of Monty and Lois Spear.

As we seek a new rector, we pray: Lord Christ, we ask that you surround us with your love during this time of transition and renewal at St. Dunstan's. Let us view this moment of change as an invitation to build upon that which has been given to us so generously by our founders. May we possess an open heart to all the possibilities that lie ahead. We hope these months of preparation will further unite us as one faith community, and that we will continue to cherish the strengths and gifts of one another. May we find new leaders who will unite us in our mission and shared values. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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 Day of Pentecost

June 9, 2019

10:00 a.m. Eucharist  for All
11:00 a.m. Church Picnic

The readings for this Sunday are:
Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:25-35,37,
and John 14:8-17

Sunday Schedule of Ministries ...

Serving this Sunday

Trail Guide: Julie Anderson
Liturgical Coordinator: Rosi Sweeney
Crucifer:  Carl Adams 
Lector: Carl Adams
Prayer Minister: Rosi Sweeney
Flower Guild:  Rosemarie Barrett
Altar Guild:   Marsha Barnes
Tellers: Donna Alvarez and Tom Barrett