News from St Dunstan's

Holy Ghosting!
(at St. Dunstan’s)

In 2015, St. Dunstan’s decided to take the local idea of “Ghosting” (AKA Trick or Treating in reverse) and use it as a means to scare up funds for A Place to Turn food pantry in Natick. It was a big hit, with over 200 houses being “Holy Ghosted” and more than $1,100 raised for A Place to Turn. We did it again in 2016, resulting in another 200 houses and another $1,100 being donated to A Place to Turn.

And as they say in all the Halloween movies, we’re back …

Here is how it works:

You write a check to A Place to Turn and send it to St. Dunstan’s (PO Box 515, Dover 02030) with a Holy Ghosting request form: HolyGhosting2017. Suggested donation is $5 per destination (although you are certainly free to donate more).

The children (and adults) of St. Dunstan’s will prepare a ghosting bag for your intended recipients, and the Ghosting Squad will deliver* it for you during school hours prior to Halloween. You can order as many bags as you wish—we will deliver them all!
That’s it! Ghosting complete!

Each ghosting bag will contain a small amount of candy (a Tootsie Pop ghost and candy corn) and a letter informing the recipient that someone (that’s you) has secretly made a donation in their honor to A Place to Turn. That’s where the “Holy” in “Holy Ghosting” comes in: your donation goes directly to A Place to Turn (St. Dunstan’s will deliver it), where it will help families in need in our area.

Because the candy and delivery are donated, and your check is written directly to A Place to Turn, 100% of your donation goes directly to the charity. Maybe we should be calling it Wholly Ghosting.

*Please Note: Holy Ghosting will deliver to Dover, Sherborn, Medfield, Millis, Walpole, Needham and Wellesley. Out of area packages will be mailed.

For more information, please email holyghostingbysaintdunstans@gmail.com.

Dover Days “food-raiser”
for A Place to Turn

On Saturday, September 9, St. Dunstan’s revived its popular Dover Days “food-raiser” for A Place to Turn. This was a fun and meaningful event for St. Dunstan’s and the community, and it gave everyone an easy way to give back and help feed area residents who are facing tough times. It was also a great way for St. Dunstan’s to share one of its important outreach missions with the community.
Thank you to Cathy Mitchell and everyone who helped make the day a huge success. 

Get Ready for Dover Days
Saturday, September 9

On Saturday, September 9th, St. Dunstan’s will be reviving its popular Dover Days “food-raiser” for A Place to Turn. This has been a fun and meaningful event for St. Dunstan’s and the community, as it gives everyone an easy way to give back and help feed area residents who are facing tough times. It’s also a great way for St. Dunstan’s to share one of its important outreach missions with the community.

As you may recall, we do the shopping in advance and set up a mini-grocery store at our Dover Days Booth. Community members buy a bag of groceries, and we deliver it to APTT on their behalf. We’ve included some pictures from past years at the bottom of this email. Members of our youth groups can play an active role in this event and high school students can earn community service credit. It’s also a great multi-generational outreach opportunity that parents can share with their kids. There are several ways to help out: you can help us prepare for the event by doing some shopping, or you can sign up to take a shift at the booth

We need shoppers! On your next shopping trip please purchase groceries from this list (if you’d like to be reimbursed, please leave your receipt with your name on it in the outreach mailbox in the church office). We are not asking for items in cans or jars, and we would prefer to have multiples of the same thing. Also, we prefer more items in smaller sizes, versus one large package as we are aiming to provide about 600 individual grocery items to APTT. Often the items on the list will be on sale when multiples are purchased:

• Cereal
• Oatmeal
• Pancake Mix
• Pasta
• Mac & Cheese
• Rice
• Dried beans
• Hamburger Helper or varieties
• Dried soup mix
• Boxes of Tea
• Fruit snacks
• Cookies or crackers (in boxes)
• Cake & brownie mix
• Granola Bars
• Lunch box snacks
• Boxes of tissues

We need Dover Days volunteers! On Saturday, September 9th, we need help with set up, working the booth, and closing up shop. If you would like to help with setup, we will meet at church at 8 am to load up the Motley trailer with the tent, 4 tables and chairs, then set up the “grocery store” at our booth. You can help out at the booth throughout the day by taking a two hour shift, anytime between 9-3:00 pm. We will also need help with closing up, beginning at 3:00 pm. Shortly after Dover Days, on a date to be determined, we will deliver all of the groceries to APTT and help them stack the shelves.

If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, please contact Cathy Mitchell at csmitchell5@verizon.net. If you have any questions, you may reach out to Cathy or Carol Chirico at willowmill@gmail.com

Thank you! We are looking forward to a great Dover Days!

Youth Outreach
Lighthouse Home in
Costa Rica

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VBS Youth Outreach 2017

This summer, St. Dunstan’s church in Dover, Massachusetts hosted its annual Vacation Bible School. Here, some of our counselors and CITs were interested in doing another outreach project given our success the past two years. Through a series of meetings, we decided to raise money for the Lighthouse Organization by running two bake sales, one at our church and another at The Dover Market. This is an organization that houses abandoned and orphaned children in developing countries, and this year, we have one of our CITs going to a Lighthouse home in Tres Rios, Costa Rica. Cecilia Fielding is going on a mission trip with her grandmother and her church at the end of July to “entertain them, pray for them, and praise the Lord with them”
Everyone contributed by baking various goods and once we came together, we had brownies, cookies, cupcakes, rice krispie treats and many more delicious items. In order to create interest in our community, we gave flyers to the campers as they went home, sent out an email blast to our parishioners, and posted a message on Facebook describing our bake sale and motivation. The following day, we set up a table and sold to the parents while they waited in line to pick up their children. Then in Friday, we had another sale at the Dover Market.
 We’re all super proud to have raised $436.67 and contribute to Cecilia’s mission trip. At VBS there is an emphasis on teaching the children to help others, and our counselors saw this outreach project as an opportunity to lead by example. We all learned so much from this experience and the VBS counselors are incredibly proud to help these children in need.
 By: Iona Stephen and Theo Haviland

 

 

VBS 2017: Hero Central

St. Dunstan’s hosted its 6th annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the last week of June. The theme was Hero Central, where 41 kids, 27 teen counselors and many adult volunteers learned that we are all God’s Superheroes. We capped off an amazing week with our Family Night Celebration, where we shared all we learned with our families: that God’s Heroes Have Heart, Courage, Wisdom, Hope, and Power; and that we should always “Do Good! Seek peace and go after it!” (Psalm 31:14b). Following the Family Night presentation, we all came together in community with a picnic supper in Fellowship Hall that featured “Hero” sandwiches.

In addition to our Bible, crafts, music, science and recreation lessons, this year we had two field trips that tied into the curriculum, visiting our local superheroes at the Dover Police Station on Tuesday and the Dover Fire Station on Friday. Thanks to Officer David Chaisson, who gave us a tour of the Police Station and a police car; thanks also to Firemen John, Rich and Dan at the Dover Fire Station for showing us around before they got called away into action!

Each year, the children at VBS collect coins for a charity. This year, in honor of these local heroes, the children raised $199.71 for the Dover Police Association and $199.71 for the Dover Fireman’s Relief Fund. They raided their piggy banks, asked for donations, did chores, and some even held a lemonade stand (and got a thank you visit from Dover PD!).

Once again, some of the CITs and counselors did an outreach project of their own after VBS each day. This year, they held two bake sales to raise money for the Lighthouse Organization (www.lighthousechildren.com), which houses orphaned and abandoned children around the world. They chose this group because one of the CITs, 8th grader Cecilia Fielding, is going on a mission trip with this group to Tres Rios, Costa Rica, in July with her grandmother’s church. Through their efforts they raised $436.67 for this group!

Pictured are the VBS groups, as well as photos from when, the following week, some of the children and counselors from VBS and Father Sean presenting the donation checks and notes of thanks to Officer Harry Grabert of the Dover Police Department and Fireman Dan Murphy of the Dover Fire Department.

Thanks to all who participated to make VBS a success!

 

A Day on The Charles – Spring 2017

As part of St. Dunstan’s 50th Anniversary celebration, 30 parishioners, of all ages, enjoyed a leisurely paddle on the Charles River.  The small flotilla of canoes and kayaks launched at the bridge on Rte. 27 near the Sherborn/Medfield line and made their way to Rocky Narrows in Sherborn where they enjoyed a picnic lunch.  They continued on to the Bridge Street landing in Dover.
It was a bright spring day and everyone had a wonderful time paddling on this beautiful section of the Charles River as many of our earlier parishioners had done.  One young paddler enthusiastically declared, “This is the best day of my life!”
It looks like this event could become an annual event as St. Dunstan’s moves forward into the next 50 years.
Thanks to Tim, Wendy and Chuck for organizing this event

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Bishops Join MA Church Leaders Opposing Refugee Restriction

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“Increased Compassion, Not Hardened Hearts”:
Bishops join MA church leaders opposing refugee restriction

Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, together with Bishop Douglas J. Fisher of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, have signed a joint letter from 17 church leaders, issued today by the Massachusetts Council of Churches, opposing the White House executive action suspending refugee resettlement.
The full letter is available here.
An accompanying message from Bishop Gates to the diocesan community follows:
Dear People of the Diocese of Massachusetts,
We are struggling mightily with the turmoil of transition.  We are a nation bitterly divided.  While some argue that necessary correctives are at play, many of us feel that we are in danger of losing our moral compass.  In either case, we have no option other than to bring the core principles of our religious tradition to bear on current decisions.  Our positions as Christians are determined not by party affiliation, nor by self-interest–neither personal self-interest nor national self-interest.  Rather, our Christian positions must be determined by the core values of our faith.       …………..continue reading here

 

Art Exhibit Featured in Episcopal Journal

St. Dunstan’s Art Committee’s current exhibit, “The Art of Worship” has been featured in the January issue of the Episcopal Journal. ”
Congratulations to Tia Dennis, whose photography is showcased in this exhibit.  You can read the interview and article HERE

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Fiftieth Annual Meeting

St. Dunstan’s Fiftieth Annual Meeting took place on Sunday, January 29.  The Annual Meeting began after a Service of Morning Prayer at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Potluck Brunch. The meeting took place in Fellowship Hall.

A link to a copy of the Saint Dunstan’s 2017 Annual Report can be found here:
Annual Report 2017 St. Dunstan’s