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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.


LENT 2015
            On Ash Wednesday we are invited "to the observance of a Holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP 265).  This day marks the beginning of a liturgical season dedicated to reminding us of what God has done and continues to do for us in our daily lives. By focusing on God's message of forgiveness and absolution, we are called to renew our commitment to Christ and his church as we reflect on Jesus' life, death and glorious resurrection.
            Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.
            Today, Lent is marked by a time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry by facing the temptations that could lead him to abandon his mission and calling.
            Join us at Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, for a holy Lent.  All are welcome to join in this time of prayer, self-examination, and repentance as we seek to realign ourselves with God's vision for us as members of the Body of Christ.






Advent Season 2014:


Emmanuel Youth Plays "A Festive Trumpet Tune"


Trinity Sunday, 2014, and Confirmation at Emmanuel


A Seminarian Preaches

We have a new email address for the Parish Office: EmmanuelChestertown@gmail.com. Please make note of this and add the change to your email address book.

For those in the Armed Forces of  our Country, a prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, p. 823 Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Join Emmanuel's parishioners and clergy in celebrating with Don Rypka, our own resident Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. At Coffee Hour this Sunday (following the 10:30 a.m. service), we will recognize Don's service during World War II and that of all veterans on this Memorial Day weekend. This past Wednesday, Don officially became a member of the Legion of Honor and received a medal in a ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The French government recognized Don for his service in Normandy and elsewhere in northern France in 1944 and 1945.

With the help of parishioner Helen Billings, Emmanuel is organizing a support group for people who provide care on a voluntary basis to persons living with chronic illness, other debilitating conditions, or limited mobility. Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent, sibling, other family member, or a friend, we invite you to participate in the group's first meeting on Tuesday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Dwyer Hall. The group will not meet in June, but will resume on Tuesday, July 28 and meet regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These meetings are intended to compliment a similar support group offered by the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown that meets monthly on the second Tuesday. For more information, speak with Dan+ or Darcy+ or contact Helen Billings (410-778-9485).

On Sunday, May 31, at 9 a.m., we will have a Parish Conversation in preparation for the Special Convention of the Diocese of Easton to be held on June 6, 2015 to decide a path forward for the Episcopate in Easton. The clergy and delegates from Emmanuel will present the information they received at the Pre-Convention Convocation meeting held on Sunday, May 17. That information includes the reports of the work done and information gathered by the Discernment Committee, the Diocesan Council, the Standing Committee, and Bishop Parsley since our February Diocesan Convention. Everyone who is interested in making an informed decision about the future of the Episcopate in the Diocese of Easton is urged to attend.

Larry Denton, an authority on the secession crisis that preceded the outbreak of the Civil War, will explore this question at the Bordley History Center on Friday, June 5 at 4 p.m. Mr. Denton is the author of Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War, the story of a group of Virginia political leaders who made an heroic effort to prevent the outbreak of war in the spring of 1861. The Bordley History Center is located at 301 High Street in the center of Chestertown. History Happy Hour is an ongoing program sponsored by Historical Society of Kent County.     

Once again Emmanuel will provide free lunches to the student workers at Washington College, and to the student musicians practicing at Emmanuel weekdays during the 2015 National Music Festival which runs from Sunday, May 31 through Saturday, June 13. This year, we plan to keep the menu simple: we will offer sandwiches, yogurt, salad, cookies and a beverage. We need your help to make this happen. If you are able to help to make sandwiches or cookies, or to set-up, serve lunch, or clean-up any day, please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477, or Ed Maxcy at 410-778-0129 to volunteer. If there is no answer, please leave a message.

If you would like to help with this important outreach ministry, but are unable to be present to help in the kitchen, a monetary donation toward the purchase of supplies would be very helpful and much appreciated. Checks should be made payable to Emmanuel Church; please write "NMF student lunches" on the memo line.


We are ready to begin recruiting parishioners for our after-school mentoring programs. The number of mentors we enlist will help us determine how many students Emmanuel’s program will be able to serve. Emmanuel's mentoring coordinator, Steve Croker, has also received numerous requests for one-on-one mentors. We need help both for children in school and for adults who wish to pursue their high school diplomas. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Steve (stevecroker@verizon.net410-778-1199(443) 480-2476). Consider the following possibilities and let Steve know your preference:
·  If you would like to work with a group of students, please indicate your preference for subject area focus (math, science, language arts/reading, or history/civics/economics).
·  If you would prefer to mentor an individual child in several subject areas on a longer-term basis (elementary, middle, or high school).
There are many ways to help ensure our children get the best start in life. Each of us has a lot of life experience to share, and many of us now have time we didn't have earlier. Please consider carefully what a difference education and good role models made in your life, and share those gifts with others! We will provide the opportunity; you have only to respond!

The Community Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable food items, but would particularly appreciate donations of cans of chicken, stew, chili or other canned meat products. The Pantry also welcomes donations of other items including peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, and cereal. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.

Thank you to the many parishioners who have recently hosted Coffee Hour! We are grateful for your generosity and service. We continue to need hosts for upcoming Sundays. A simple spread of some snacks and freshly made coffee are all that is necessary. Please take this opportunity to volunteer as a host or co-host of Coffee Hour. The sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board nearest the kitchen in the Parish Hall. There are plenty of opportunities to be a part of this important ministry in May, June, and July. Craig and Andy Jackson will be glad to answer any questions.  If you are not able to host, your donations of baked goods and other food (especially non-perishable snacks) would be greatly appreciated. Please mark donations for "Coffee Hour" and place them in the kitchen. Baked goods and other perishable items should go in the freezer.

Collect for this Sunday, May 24: Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Readings for this Sunday: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Hail thee, festival day! (225) Come down, O Love divine (516), Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire (503), God of our fathers, whose almighty hand  (511); Service music: by Malcolm Archer (chosen for the Easter season; see Sunday service bulletins).

Events next week:

Sunday, May 24 (Pentecost):
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.)
Monday, May 25:
o Parish Office closed for Memorial Day
o Knifty Knitters on break for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Caregivers Support Group (10:30 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes on break 'til August
Wednesday, May 27:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, May 28:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Heron Point Tea  (2 p.m.)
o EfM  (5 p.m.)
o GED Math Class (5 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, May 29:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, May 30:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, May 31 (Trinity Sunday):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Parish Conversation (9 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)

We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, David, Debbie, Don, Gerry, Gracie, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Karen, Lillian, Mary, Mary Laura, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Sue, Tyler, Carol Bain, Rebecca Brown, Connor Campbell, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Gordon English, Karen Franklin, Eddie Gillespie, Fred Harmon, Cathy Hartman, Bob Hollett, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, 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.