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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.


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.

Tomorrow (October 31) is Reformation Day, a day honoring the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation and the occasion on which Martin Luther chose to post his 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. Read more about Reformation Day here:


Tomorrow is also Halloween, the eve of All Hallows or All Saints Day, a Christian holiday with a significant pagan heritage. Read more about Halloween here:

http://www.loc.gov/folklife/halloween.html or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

On All Saints Sunday, November 2, the Reverend Carol Hoidra will join us as our guest preacher. Carol, who has preached at Emmanuel on several occasions, is currently the editor to the Chairman of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She has also served as Priest Associate at Church of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan and at the national headquarters of the Episcopal Church. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Berkeley Divinity School. Please extend a warm welcome to Carol.


The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble will present "Mysterious Musical Moments," a free concert at Emmanuel Church on Sunday, November 2 at 4 p.m., under the direction of Dr. Keith Wharton. The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble is the Chestertown area's all-ages community concert band. The band rehearses Monday evenings at the Chestertown Middle School and always welcomes new members, without a fee or an audition.

MORE THAN LUNCH MEETS NOVEMBER 4. More Than Lunch is a conversational round-robin that meets on alternate Tuesdays to discuss burning questions of interest to its members. "Do All Religions Lead to God?" will be the topic of our next session at JR’s (enter through the Lemon Leaf) on Tuesday, November 4 at 11:15 a.m.  All are invited. For planning purposes, please RSVP to the Church Office at 410-778-3477.

With sadness, we report the death of Pat (Mrs. Thomas E.) Krehnbrink earlier this week. A long-time resident of Heron Point, Pat was also a faithful parishioner at Emmanuel, typically worshiping at the 8 o'clock service on Sundays. On Thursday, November 6, at 2 p.m., family and friends will gather at Wesley Hall at Heron Point to celebrate and give thanks for Pat's long life. 


Each week we print and read the names of those for whom we have been asked to pray. These names represent men, women and children dealing with illnesses, surgeries, injuries or other stressful situations.  They are our relatives, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Our prayers for them are a powerful and important part of our ministry as baptized Christians and members of the God's church, and we are pleased to be able to join our voices in asking God to hear our prayers on behalf of others. At times, our list has grown to more than 60 names. Beginning on All Saints Day, November 1, in an effort to keep our Prayer List more current, we will begin a policy of leaving a name on the list for six (6) weeks.  After six weeks, the name will be removed from the read list unless you ask that it remain for a longer period of time.  Names may be added or re-included at any time.  Please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 to add or remove names from the Pray List.

Emmanuel is collecting the green Saver Stamps offered to Acme customers for every $10 spent in the store.  This year the stamps can be cashed in for Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Cookware.  If you shop at Acme and are not saving the stamps for yourself, please save them for Emmanuel and send them to the Parish Office in an envelope.

Once again, Craig and Andy Jackson are searching for help in hosting this important ministry of hospitality in the coming months. Coffee Hour gives us a chance to socialize with our fellow parishioners, to learn more about each other, and to welcome newcomers over a cup of good coffee and a snack. Please sign up on the schedule posted near the kitchen in the Parish Hall.  We need your help to continue this very important ministry.  Dates are available in November and December as well as all of 2015! For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.

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 Silent Auction is seeking items for the Christmas Bazaar. These should be new, never used and likely to be of interest.  To date we have a Tiffany Vase, an oriental rug, a sterling silver basket with handle, and bread making lessons.  Services and gift certificates, particularly to local restaurants, are favorites.  Please call Nancy Dick at 410-778-0811 or (cell) 410-708-0824 before pursuing gift certificates so that we don’t ask vendors more than once for a gift certificate.  Folks have already volunteered to ask JR’s and Uncle Charlie’s Bistro.  Your input helps make the Bazaar a huge success.

1.The Elegant Elephants table is seeking donations of used and antique items for sale at the Christmas Bazaar. 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.
2. Jewelry donations:  Thanks to everyone who has donated for this year! We will be accepting additional items until the first Sunday in November. Please leave any donations by the elevator in the blue plastic box. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hollomon.
3.The Plant Table is looking for donations of containers or pots and for herbs, bulbs, seeds, and small potted plants for the Christmas Bazaar. I am looking for any volunteers to help make gift containers or to help man the table during the Bazaar. Contact Kerry Grant at 817-946-8196 and I will be happy to pick up your donations or you can drop them off in Dwyer Hall. Thanks for helping to make this year’s bazaar a success!

Dorothy Linthicum, Program Director and Instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, will present a 3-part lecture series on The Spirituality of Aging, October 30, November 6 and November 13, 6:45 - 8:15 p.m.  The Retreat House is located at 22005 Church St., Hillsboro, MD.  For more information, contact Francie Thayer, francie@retreathousehillsboro.org, or call 410-364-7042.

Collect for this Sunday, November 2: Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): For all the saints, who from labors rest (287), I sing a song of the saints of God (293), O what their joy and their glory must be (623), Ye holy angels bright (625)

Events next week: 
·  Sunday, November 2 (All Saints Sunday)::
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee, Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble Concert (4 p.m.)
·  Monday, November 3:
o Knifty Knitters at June Landis' (209 Heron Point) (2 p.m.) 
·  Tuesday, November 4:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Chestertown Garden Club (9:30 a.m.)
More Than Lunch (11:15)
o Choir Rehearsal  (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes ( 6:30 p.m.)
·  Wednesday, November 5:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
·  Thursday, November 6:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Krehnbrink Memorial Service at Heron Point (2 p.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, November 7:
o  No events scheduled
·  Saturday, November 8:
o Vestry Retreat at Hillsboro Retreat Center (9 a.m.)
·  Sunday, November 9 (Pentecost XXII, Proper 27):
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.) 

We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list:  Ann, Charlie, Chris, David, Don, Gerry, Helen, Irene, Jim, Joan, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Sarah, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Ann McLain, Joan Merriken, Marcia Reilly, June Robinson, Mort Ryon, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward, Gil Watson, 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.