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.





With Trinity Sunday behind us, we shift to green as our liturgical color and enter the longest season of the church year. This liturgical season sometimes begins in mid-spring, but in 2014, the start of the Season after Pentecost (the Episcopal Church's formal name for this period) barely precedes the beginning of summer. The Episcopal Church has no formal rituals for this Saturday's solstice (we leave that to our Druid friends), but in summer, life at Emmanuel certainly slows down. We do, however, 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 vacation schedules or special events.

With the warm weather of summer come plans for vacation travel.   This means not only will we be traveling to other cities, towns, and even other countries, but vacationers will be traveling here to visit Chestertown and surrounding areas.  Let us remember to be good hosts, to greet our visitors warmly and make them feel welcome in our town.  This is especially important when newcomers visit our church.  Whether they are just stopping by to see our historic building, or coming to worship with us on a Sunday morning, we have a tremendous opportunity to show others our hospitality and welcome them as we would like to be welcomed in their hometown.

For all who are traveling this summer, may this Vacation Prayer from the Greek Orthodox Church prayerbook be in our hearts and on our lips:
            "Dear Lord, how we’ve waited for this vacation, and now it’s finally here.  Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to take a break from our daily routines and to replenish our minds, bodies and souls so they we may better serve You.  Sometimes our expectations for vacations are unrealistic,, and we find ourselves disappointed when things don’t go our way.  Help us not to worry about having the ‘perfect’ vaction but to relax and enjoy every moment, whatever it may bring.  We are grateful for the joys that await us-whether they be the beauty of your creation, recreation with family or friends, or peace and solitude.  Watch over us and protect us as we travel, and brings us safely home again-refreshed and renewed.  Amen."

Emmanuel's annual Jumble Sale (a.k.a. rummage sale) will take place on Saturday, August 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now's the time to inspect your cabinets, closets, and cupboards for your former treasures that someone else may want or need. Please, NO clothing, coffee mugs, or television sets. If you donate bed linens or tablecloths, please attach a tag or label indicating size. Our dedicated volunteers will accept donations for sale on Friday, August 15, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. We will be open for business at 8 a.m. the next day. If you have questions or need help in getting your items to the church, please contact Nancy Dick at 410-778-0811 or 410-708-0824.

More than Lunch (name subject to change at any time by majority vote) is a conversational round-robin that meets on alternate Tuesdays to discuss burning questions of interest to its members.  “What If There Were No Evil in the World?” will be the topic of our next session at JR’s, next door to the Lemon Leaf, on August 19 at 11:15 AM.  All are invited.  For our planning, please RSVP to the Church Office at 410-778-3477.

School is starting in just two weeks, and the local elementary schools have asked our help providing necessary school supplies for those students who cannot afford them. The following items are the most needed: glue sticks, wooden pencils, 1-subject notebooks, Crayola crayons (24-count), marble composition books, 1" 3-ring binders, earphones/earbuds (may be purchased for $1 each at Dollar Store), boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to church and place them in the wicker basket in the Narthex.

The reports of violence throughout the world seem to go from bad to worse.  Every day we hear of another area where violence or the threat of violence is the rule of life. Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan continue to be plagued with fighting and war. West Africa faces a continuing outbreak of Ebola. Children seeking refuge from the violence in Central America continue to flood our borders. One of the best ways we can help is to pray. The following is a prayer for Peace Among Nations from the Book of Common Prayer that you may want to use in the days and weeks ahead:
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is soliciting donations for its various disaster relief funds including responding to the Ebola epidemic in Africa and the humanitarian crises in the Middle East. To donate, go to https://www.episcopalrelief.org/
Episcopal Migration Ministries is addressing the crisis surrounding the Central American children seeking asylum in the US.  To learn more, go to http://episcopalmm.org

The final installment in the "Triple Bottom Line" cooking series, organized by parishioner Jenny Lee and taught by chef Clay Stevens, will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. in Emmanuel's kitchen. The class is open to everybody. Come join us!

Beginning September 2, Emmanuel will serve as host for GED and ESL classes offered in Chestertown by Chesapeake College. On two evenings and three mornings each week, instructors and students will use our second-floor classrooms. The GED (General Education Development) classes prepare students for examinations that can lead to a Certificate of High School Equivalency. The ESL (English as a Second Language) classes help students acquire or improve their language skills and prepare for various English-language proficiency examinations, including the U.S. citizenship test. For Emmanuel, hosting these classes represents the first step in a broader initiative to support education in Kent County. Working with Chesapeake College, the Kent County Learning Center, the Kent County Public Schools, and other faith communities, we hope to contribute to a significant expansion of opportunities for children, teenagers, and young adults in our county. Watch the E-Mail News and The Messenger for more information about this important initiative. 

Our Coffee Hour Coordinators, Craig and Andy Jackson, continue to search for help in hosting this important ministry. Our abundant thanks go to all those who have responded to this invitation, but many opportunities to host are available in September, October, and the months beyond. To volunteer, sign up on the schedule posted on the bulletin board near the kitchen.  For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.

Collect for this Sunday, August 17: Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-28.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Thou, whose almighty word (371); There's a wideness in God's mercy (470); Jesus shall reign where'er the sun (544); O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling (539)

Events next week: 
·  Sunday, August 17 (Pentecost X, Proper 15):
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 Church School Teachers (11:30 a.m.)
·  Monday, August 18:
o Knifty Knitters on summer break
·  Tuesday, August 19:
o "More than Lunch" at JR's (11:15 a.m.)
o No Choir rehearsal - Choir on summer break
·  Wednesday, August 20:
o Brotherhood of St. Andrew (7:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
·  Thursday, August 21:
o Evening Service (6 p.m.) (EfM on summer break)
o AA (8 p.m.)
·  Friday, August 22:
o  No events scheduled
·  Saturday, August 23:
o No events scheduled
·  Sunday, August 24 (Pentecost X, Proper 15):
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 New Acolyte Training (11:30 a.m.)

We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list:  Alan, Ann, Blake, Calvin, Carol, Charlie, Chris, David, Debbie, Don, Eileen, Frank, George, Gerry, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Nancy, Richard, Stephen, Virginia, Cindy Anderson, Carol Bain, Ann Boyden, Tom Dryden, Michael Duckworth, Ron Fitts, Bert Gibson, Judi Hannigan, Bob Hollett, Bill Hull, Virginia Kerr, Janet Knapp, Peter Libby, Jane Lours, Joyce McCracken, John McKisson, Stuart Marra, Joan Merriken, John Messer, Diane Miller, Jim Naumann, Joan Palmer, Patricia Patton, Neill Redfern & family, Mort Ryon, Don Rypka, Marie Rypka, Harry Schreiber, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, 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.