Welcome to Emmanuel Church!

101 N. Cross Street,PO Box 875, Chestertown, MD 21620 410.778.3477



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Come join us for EfM! 
EfM, Education for Ministry, is a seminar group that uses study, prayer, and reflection to help the participants explore who and what God is calling us to be.  We develop relationships with each other, and deepen our relationship to God.  Each seminar session begins with a check in, a time to share our lives and experiences with each other.  We discuss the weekly readings.  Each year group studies a different topic: Old Testament, New Testament, church history, and theology and ethics.  There is a lot of study of the Bible, but is it more than a traditional Bible study.  We also share worship each week, with everyone having a chance to lead it.  The most important part of EFM is the theological reflection.  We wrestle with how a scripture passage, an event, or an issue fits into our religious tradition and our current culture.  We develop our position about the subject, and what action we are called next to do.  We practice these skills so we can use them in any context, with whatever life throws at us. 
The 2013-2014 EfM group had 11 fabulous participants from 3 different churches.  Two of the members will graduate, and receive a certificate from Sewanee, The University of the South.  Sewanee developed and oversees the program.  Over 70,000 students have participated in EfM from 10 different countries.  It is a four year course, but students only commit to one year at a time.  We have a spot for YOU!  For more information, contact Lisa Webb, 410-810-4024.

Both the Year One text (Collins) and the Year Two text (Powell) have web resources to support users.

EfM has a page on Facebook.





Adult Forum:

In the Aftermath of our Episcopal Spiritual Life Renewal workshops, we created a Renewal Council to implement ideas generated by participants. One of these ideas selected for implementation was holding an adult forum to discuss topics raised by the sermon. Therefore, each Sunday, after the 10:30 Service, during the coffee hour, an informal group meets to discuss the day’s homily. All are welcome to attend these sessions!

You attended or heard about our Church Fair on 8 September. We now ask each of you to broaden your own participation. Please prayerfully consider how you might best add to your spiritual reservoir by helping others in our internal ministries or Outreach Programs.


The Season After Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost marks the end of the season of Eastertide.  On this day, the Church remembers and celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus' disciples, ten days after he ascended into heaven.  This principal feast day in the Episcopal Church is marked by the use of red vestments and is one of the feasts identified as being "especially appropriate" for baptisms (BCP, 312).  

 Immediately after Pentecost, we enter the season known as "ordinary time," when the liturgical color is generally green.  During this period, which lasts until the First Sunday of Advent, there is no particular seasonal observance or theme as is found during the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Eastertide.  The Gospel readings for each Sunday in ordinary time set the theme of the day and are taken primarily from the synoptic gospels, Matthew (Year A), Mark (Year B), and Luke (Year C).  We are currently in Year A, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2013 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2014.

Join us on Sundays at 8:00 a.m for a quiet Holy Eucharist Rite I service or at 10:30 a.m for a Holy Eucharist Rite II service with music, or on Wednesdays at noon, as we celebrate Christ's message of love and healing grace to the world.






Green remains our liturgical color for the longest season of the church year. This liturgical season began the beginning of the summer. We do continue to offer our usual two services on Sundays (8 and 10:30 a.m.) and our mid-week celebration of the Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing at 12 noon on most Wednesdays. Watch the E-Mail News or check Emmanuel's website (emmanuelchesterparish.org) for any changes in the worship schedule made necessary by the start of the school year or special events.

Today (September 25) is the day set aside on the Episcopal Church's calendar to honor Sergius, an important saint for the people of Russia, especially Orthodox Christians. Read more about Sergius here: http://www.justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/251.html

Award-winning novelist and poet, professor and actor, Chris Campanioni, will be at The Bookplate on Friday evening, September 26, at 6 p.m., to read from and sign copies of his latest novel, Going Down, and his collection of poetry, In Conversation.

The Kappa Sigma fraternity of Washington College will be serving breakfast in the Parish Hall this Saturday from 8 a.m. 'til 12 noon. Traditional breakfast fare will be served on an all-you-can-eat basis for $5. Kappa Sigma has offered this breakfast event to the community for many years and raised thousands of dollars for this important cause in the process.


More Than Lunch, the conversational round-robin that meets on alternate Tuesdays, will meet again on September 30 at JR’s Lounge in the Lemon Leaf Restaurant at 11:15 AM. Linda and Hanson Robbins will lead a discussion on Advance Medical Directives planning. Information on the appropriate forms and regulations will be provided.

John V. Quarstein, award-winning historian and author, will be the guest lecturer at October's History Happy Hour. Mr. Quarstein is the author of fifteen books including CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender. After thirty years as director of the Virginia War Museum and as a consultant to the Mariners' Museum's MONITOR Center, he now serves as historian for the City of Newport News. John Quarstein is uniquely qualified to lead us to a better understanding of events in what for Kent County was a local war in so many ways.  Join us for History Happy Hour, at 4 p.m., Friday, October 3, at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street in Chestertown and learn more about our early history.

A week from this Sunday (October 5), Emmanuel will remember St. Francis with our annual Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Look for members of the clergy (and animals) on the Court House lawn behind the Parish Hall. Please bring your dogs, cats, horses, marmosets, tame wolves etc.

Lunch at Emmanuel’s Christmas Bazaar is a highlight of this annual event, as parishioners, neighbors, and visitors enjoy delicious food and fellowship when they take a break from shopping. Parishioners Donna Gibbons-Neff, Barbara Belden, and Judie Willock devote many hours and abundant culinary skill to prepare this popular meal. Traditionally, fellow parishioners have supported their efforts by donating funds to cover the cost of purchasing supplies for the luncheon. We invite you to make a modest contribution by writing a check payable to Emmanuel Church with the words “Bazaar Luncheon” on the memo line. You may drop the check in the collection plate on any Sunday between now and November 16 or mail it to Emmanuel Church, P.O. Box 875, Chestertown, MD  21620.

The Elegant Elephants table is seeking donations of used and antique items for sale at the Christmas Bazaar. In years past this has been a great success and with your help we hope to continue. Please NO clothing or books. To arrange delivery or pickup of items you wish to donate please contact Roger and Phyllis Brown at 410-778-4166. There will also be a bin for donations in the Dwyer Hall. Just look for the green box with the “Elegant Elephants” sign.


Jewelry donations will be much appreciated for the upcoming Christmas bazaar in November. Please leave your donations in the box by the elevator near the Parish Hall. You can also call Elizabeth Hollomon for items best donated in person (703-867-2394). Donations will be accepted until the firstSunday in November (November 2).

Delegates to the Diocesan Convention, Wardens and others interested in learning more about the Discernment process being undertaken in the Diocese of Easton are asked to attend one of the three convocation meetings being held throughout the diocese in the coming weeks:
Tuesday, September 30, St. Paul's-by-the-Sea, Ocean City, 7 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1, Trinity Cathedral, Easton, 7 - 9 p.m.
Monday, October 6, Shrewsbury Parish, Kennedyville, 7 - 9 p.m.

Collect for this Sunday, September 28: O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Readings for this Sunday: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-8; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Before thy throne, O God, we kneel (574), Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness (492), And now, O Father, mindful of the love (337), All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine (477)

Events next week: 
·  Sunday, September 28 (Pentecost XVI, Proper 21):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee, Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
·  Monday September 29:
o Knifty Knitters at Jane Scott's (2 p.m.)
·  Tuesday, September 30:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes ( 6:30 p.m.)
·  Wednesday, October 1:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
·  Thursday, October 2:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
·  Friday, October 3:
o  Wood/Bitter Wedding Rehearsal (4 p.m.)
o Chestertown Havurah: Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur) (5-9 p.m.) 
·  Saturday, October 4:
o Chestertown Havurah: Yom Kippur  (9 a.m.-10 p.m.)
o Wood/Bitter Wedding (3:30 - 5 p.m.)
·  Sunday, October 5 (Pentecost XVII, Proper 22):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Blessing of the Animals (3 p.m.)

We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list:  Alan, Ann, Calvin, Carol, Charlie, Chris, David, Debbie, Don, Eileen, Frank, George, Gerry, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Laura, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Richard, Stephen, Cindy Anderson, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Ron Fitts, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Bill Hull, Virginia Kerr, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Peter Libby, Jane Lours, Joyce McCracken, Joan Merriken, Diane Miller, Jim Naumann, Patricia Patton, Neill Redfern & family, Mort Ryon, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, John Vandevert, Anne Ward, Mal Watson, Len Welin.

Please know that you are always in our prayers and that we give thanks for your ministries in our parish community, in Chestertown, and beyond.
Dan+ and Darcy+

Whether you are a first time visitor, longtime member, friend or family, we welcome you to the virtual home of our historic church. All are welcome to join us as we work together to discern God's call in our lives, and find new ways to live out the Gospel message. We are old and young, wealthy and struggling, conservative and liberal, adults and children, married, partnered, and single. Together we sing, read, pray, listen, laugh, cry, and learn. Together we gather at the altar to share the Body and Blood of our Saviour. Here people of all ages find many opportunities for growth in spirit, in heart, mind and body. Here we celebrate the new and wonderful things that God is doing right here in the heart of Chestertown.

We invite you to bring your own joy and excitement, as well as your questions, your doubts, your sorrows, and your hopes. Together we will bring them to the God who loves us fully. We invite you to come ... and see.

As you look through this "virtual parish" we hope that you will have a sense of all that is happening at Emmanuel Church. Please feel free to contact us so that we can answer your questions. Please join us for any of our worship services, our events, and our forums.