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



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If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and Christian faith, then EfM may be for you. EfM is a distance-learning program offered by the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South. At Emmanuel, EfM begins in early September, and meets weekly, usually Thursday evenings, through the end of May. For more information, contact Lisa Webb (Emmanuel's mentor) at lpagano15@gmail.com, or Laura in the Parish Office at emmanuelhestertown@gmail.com or at 410-778-3477. Scholarship help is available from the Rector and through the Diocese of Easton.

Both the Year One text (Collins) and the Year Two text (Powell) have web resources to support users. The Year Three text is by Diarmaid MacCulloch, "Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years." Year Four uses a variety of shorter texts basedin part on the year's theme, but focuses more on theology

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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.


Advent at Emmanuel Church, 2016
Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning "coming") is the season beginning four
Sundays before Christmas and is the beginning of the liturgical year in the Church.
The Advent season is a time of expectant waiting and prayerful preparation for the
celebration of the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas and the second coming of Christ
at the end of time. It is a time to step back from the hustle and bustle of our secular and
commercial preparations for Christmas and the busyness of the holiday season. It is a
time to stop, look and listen for the signs of God's presence in our lives.

Emmanuel's Concert Series has begun. Advance tickets can still be purchased at the church. Tickets are also available at the door at concert time. For details, click here.


Children are the icon of Christmas. And in many respects the wisdom and insight attributed to the Messiah in Isaiah's prophecy are characteristic of children. . . The vision of Advent embodied in the eternal child is a world of justice. . . God isn't nearly so complicated as we fancy, nor justice so distant and unattainable. This God and this justice are not beyond us. They are among us. . . To enter Advent, we leave fear for faith. We step over the threshold onto God's realm and embrace the childhood we left behind, where wolf pups and lambs, leopard kittens and kids, calves and lion cubs, justice and good faith enfold all majesty, and a little child leads. (from Daysprings: Meditations for the Weekdays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, Sam Portaro).

In this Advent of expectation draw us together in unity, that our praise and worship might echo in these walls and also through our lives. In this Advent of expectation draw us together in mission, that the hope within might be the song we sing, and the melody of our lives. In this Advent of expectation draw us together in service, that the path we follow might lead us from a stable to a glimpse of eternity. Amen. (faithandworship.com/prayers_Advent).

Please join Linda and Hanson Robbins at Coffee Hour, this Sunday, December 4 when they present checks to the three beneficiaries of our 2016 Christmas Bazaar (Bayside HOYAS, Chester River Hospital Foundation, and Rebuilding Together Kent County) . A mini-bazaar will remain set up in Dwyer Hall for the next two Sundays where you can purchase strawberry jam, hot pepper jelly, and other "Bake Table" items, as well as some Botanical Delights, a few "Elegant Elephants" and a "Regift" item or two.


This ministry of the Diocese of Easton supports scholarships to the youth of the diocese enabling them to obtain career and technology training (in two or three-year post high school programs). CHF also offers camperships to needy children. Your contributions support these worthwhile programs. Please make your checks payable to Children's Home Foundation. Envelopes can be found in the pews.


Emmanuel’s popular Christmas Giving Tree is in Dwyer Hall) through Sunday, December 18. Please take an ornament from the tree. Write your name on the list next to the number of the ornament you chose. Buy the gift. Wrap it. Attach the ornament tag to the gift and place the wrapped package under the tree. We will also be collecting winter coats and jackets for children and adults, as well as warm hats and mittens. Please place those donations in the large box in Dwyer.


The Flower Guild invites parishioners to donate toward the decoration of the church for the Christmas Season. If you would like to make a gift in memory of a loved one, please call Laura in the Parish Office at 410-778-3477. The Guild suggests donations of $50. Please make checks payable to Emmanuel Church with “Christmas flowers” on the memo line. Memorials received by Monday, December 19 will be listed in the Christmas season programs.


Come and make wreaths for decorating the church on Tuesday, December 20, 9 a.m. The Flower Guild will provide the greens, frames, instructions, and assistance. PLEASE bring your own clippers. All are welcome!

Help us plan for the future at Emmanuel by completing the 2017 Pledge Card you received in the mail and returning it. Many thanks to those who have already returned their Pledge Card. We are about 75 % of the way to our goal. With your help, we can continue to do amazing things to make this world a better place.


The Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting the world to get more out of the Bible at the start of the Christian year by offering a free online course called "Getting More Out of the Bible with Justin Welby". The course will run from November 27 through December 24, 2016. To learn more about the course and to register go to: https://www.churchnext.tv/library/how-to-read-the-bible-better/about/


We are looking for hosts for Coffee Hosts for December 18, and all through January. Can't host right now? Please consider bringing baked goods, cookies, cheese and crackers, and dropping them off for use on a Sunday or frozen for the future. If you are dropping off for Sunday, please give Craig a call (443-480-0790) so he knows that goodies will be coming and does not rush out to buy things. Many thanks to Craig and Andy Jackson for making sure we had coffee and snacks these past two weeks!


1. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). The proceeds from your receipts for the past six months! Thank you for your support.

2. DECEMBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Recycle your cell phones through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box is in the Narthex.

4. ACME SAVER STAMPS. Please save your Acme Saver Stamps (one stamp for every $10 spent) and send them in to the Parish Office. We are collecting them for the Emmanuel Kitchen and for the families we support through the Christmas Giving Tree.

Collect for this Sunday, December 4 (Advent II): Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7,18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Prepare the way, O Zion (65); Comfort, comfort ye my people (67); O day of peace that dimly shines (597); There's a voice in the wilderness crying (75). Service music: Trisagion (S100),Sanctus (S124), Agnus Dei (S161).

Events next week:

Sunday, December 4 (Advent II )

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist Rite II (10:30 a.m.), "The Children Shall Lead"

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)

o Vestry Meeting (12 noon)

o Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble Concert (4 p.m.)

Monday, December 5:

o Knifty Knitters on break until January

o EfM (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 6:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Chestertown Garden Club (9 a.m.)

o Homework Depot (2:30 p.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

o ESL (6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 7:

o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)

o Hospice Candlelight Service of Remembrance (5 p.m.)

Thursday, December 8:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Homework Depot (2:30 p.m.)

o ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, December 9:

o Finance Committee Meeting (4 p.m.)

Saturday, December 10:

o Rachel Field's Ordination to the Priesthood in Portsmouth, RI (5 p.m.)

Sunday, December 11 (Advent III )

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist Rite II (10:30 a.m.), with Sunday School

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)

o Advent and Christmas Lessons & Carols (4 p.m.)


Dec 13: Pub Theology at JR's (6 p.m.)

Dec 15: Northern Convocation Pre-Convention Meeting at Shrewsbury (7 p.m.)

Dec 18: Christmas Carol Sing with refreshments following (4 p.m.)

Dec 20: Wreath-making

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Alec, Barbara & Ed, Baylin, David, Debbie, Frank, Gracie, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mark, Mary, Megan, Pat, Roberta, Ryan, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Bill Blackstone, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Kim Christopher, Betty DeJong, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Yvonne Fenwick, Herb Friedman, Sandy Hoon, Bill House, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, The Rev. Tracey LindTed Mackie, Carol Mosley, the Rev. Joe Mosley, Don Moulds, Jim Naumann, Mary Deringer Phelps, Philip Rosenberg, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Bette Smith, Anne Ward, Todd Wiggins.

Please know that you are always in my prayers and that I give thanks for your ministries in our parish community, in Chestertown, and beyond.

The Rev. Dr. Darcy Williams, Rector
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
PO Box 875, 101 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620