I was talking to a friend earlier this week and we both said we were unusually excited about the beginning of a new program year. Then it dawned on me why that was the case. It’s because it’s the first time since Covid began that we’ve been able to plan programs and activities. After three years we are finally getting back into a normal fall routine. Here is what we can look forward to:
Sunday, September 11 — New program year begins. We’re back to two services at 8:30 and 10:45. Here are the other events of the day:
Adult Sunday school begins with a series on the rise and dangers of Christian Nationalism, led by Joe and Tricia. The class meets at 9:30 in the Founders’ Room.
Parish Pot Luck — Bring a dish to share after the 10:45 service and catch up with friends new and old.
Ministry Fair — Would you like to be more involved at St. Dunstan’s? Find out about the ways you can serve on Sunday mornings and beyond — altar guild, flower guild, lectors, lay readers, ushers, choir members, grounds committee and more.
Dunstan Dines — Supper groups are back! People interested in getting together for regular meals with parishioners can sign up beginning this Sunday. We’ll divide participants into groups of six to eight, who will take turns hosting. Couples and singles welcome. If you don’t drive at night we’ll pair you up with someone who does. This is a great way to get to know your fellow parishioners.
Saturday, September 24 — The flower guild will host a day-long flower arranging workshop. Anyone interested in learning more about arranging flowers is welcome to attend.
Sunday, September 25 — Author and church historian/theologian Diana Butler Bass will be our guest preacher. Diana was here for a weekend of Lenten lectures four years ago. It will be great to have her back. (She is the guest presenter at the diocesan clergy conference the next day.)
Saturday, October 1 — Dunstan Dines potluck supper. All participants are invited to come together to eat and to find out who will be in your group.
Sunday, October 2 — The Blessing of the Animals at both services.
Sunday, October 9 — The Flying Pig BBQ returns after a three-year absence! The fun will begin directly after the 10:45 service. More details to come.
It should be a fun and full fall. I’m looking forward to getting started!
This Sunday, Deborah Silver will be our guest priest. You may remember that I came back from vacation a Sunday early because Deborah’s husband, Bill Deneke, had Covid. So Deborah will fill in for me this Sunday, giving me a rare three-day holiday weekend. I’ll be back in the office on Tuesday, September 6.