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



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Education for Ministry is a four-year program that started in September and runs through June. The class runs weekly from 5 PM until 7:30 PM. This year much material is on line. All of the texts, except And God Spoke, are available as e-books now through Amazon. All EfM participants have subscriber's access to Oxford Biblical Studies Online where you will find multiple Bible translations and all sorts of commentaries, maps, and other resources. The login is efm-sewanee and the password is ministry.

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.



On Ash Wednesday we were 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 marked 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.

            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. 





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.  For more information about our Lenten worship services and other opportunities for prayer and study, click here.

Lenten Resources. For self- and group study during Lent, the Vicar has made a comprehensive list of Lenten resources. For more infor mation, click here.

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday, the first day of the Triduum (The Great Three Days), the most holy days of our Church year, during which we remember and experience through our liturgy the Passion, Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The celebration of the Triduum began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Maundy Thursday and concludes on Easter Sunday. In many churches the third and final service of the Triduum is the Great Vigil of Easter, celebrated after sunset on Holy Saturday and before sunrise on Easter Sunday.

To read more about the Triduum, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Triduum

As we begin the Triduum and approach Easter Sunday, we offer you this prayer for Holy Week:
Lord Jesus Christ, in this sacred and solemn week when we see again the depth and mystery of your redeeming love, help us to follow where you go, to stop where you stumble, to listen when you cry, to hurt as you suffer, to bow our heads in sorrow as you die, so that, when you are raised to life again, we may share in your endless joy. Amen.
("Celebrating God's Presence", UCPH 2000, http://www.rsccaritas.ie/rscnews/401-a-prayer-for-holy-week)

JOIN US FOR the Sacred Liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
April 17, Maundy Thursday (6 p.m.), Holy Eucharist followed by Stripping of the Altar and Prayer Vigil.
April 18, Good Friday (noon), Liturgy of Good Friday with Holy Communion
(6 p.m.), Liturgy of Good Friday with Holy Communion
April 20, Easter Sunday (8 a.m.), Holy Eucharist, Rite I
(10:30 a.m.), Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choir

In many churches, the Maundy Thursday celebration of the Last Supper is accompanied by a ceremony of foot-washing in remembrance of Jesus, who "after he had supped with his disciples and had washed their feet, said to them, 'I now give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.'" This year, Emmanuel's Education for Ministry group and Vicar Darcy invite all to join them on Maundy Thursday in the Parish Hall at 5 p.m., prior to Holy Eucharist, for a simple Liturgy of Foot-washing in remembrance of Christ's act of servanthood to his disciples at the Last Supper.

After the Last Supper, less than 24 hours remained in the earthly life of Jesus. As his life was stripped from Him, so we strip our altar (removing all ornaments, linens, etc.) of the signs of life to symbolize His purposeful, redemptive suffering and death for us. Once the altar is stripped, the reserved Sacrament that will be used for Holy Communion on Good Friday will be carried to the Garth where it will remain for several hours before being carried to the sacristy. You are invited to join our clergy as they watch and wait in prayer in the Garth, from 7 - 9 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, symbolically waiting with Jesus as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Please enter and exit the Garth through the door in Dwyer Hall as AA will be meeting in the Parish Hall.

Mark your calendars for the Spring Parish Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 27! A delicious meal will be followed by a presentation by Anne Scott, daughter of parishioner Jane Scott. Anne has spent her career working to improve the health and nutrition of women and children in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She has lived in the Palestinian Territories and Indonesia. Working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, she has travelled extensively in Nigeria, Botswana, Myanmar and India. Come and hear about her various adventures and observations! Please let Laura Kaufmann, Parish Secretary, know if you will be joining us at emmanuel778@verizon.net or 410-778-3477.

In November 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the town of Crisfield in Somerset County with devastating force. More than a year later, the process of recovery and reconstruction continues. The Diocese of Easton is recruiting volunteers for a work team to help with the rebuilding during the week of May 11-17. Volunteers with construction experience (framing, plumbing, drywall installation, electrical etc.) are especially needed. All workers must be older than 16 and complete an application. There is a limit of 35 persons for this week. More information and a link to the volunteer application are available at http://dioceseofeaston.org/our-ministries/crisfield-relief/ or you may contact Joe Pinto, the coordinator for the diocese, at jhp2411@aol.com or call him at 443-523-7696 (c) or 410-968-2855 (h).

Our Church School students are asking for your generous support of their Lenten Project for 2014. This is the final week to support our collection to help the Community Food Pantry. Please add your loose pocket change to their Give Change To Make Change jars.

Please also remember the Community Food Pantry when you are shopping for groceries this week. The need in our community remains great. Please place your donations in the containers in the Narthex. They will be transported to the Food Pantry by Emmanuel volunteers each Tuesday.

ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, the Washington College vocal students of Chris Dudley will present a concert in the church at 7:00 p.m. This concert is open to the public and free of charge. Please come out and support these talented young people.

Collect for this Sunday (Easter Sunday), April 20: O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; 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: Jeremiah 31: 1-6; Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34:43; John 20:1-18

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Jesus Christ is risen today (207), Now the green blade riseth (204), Welcome, happy morning (179), Come, ye faithful, raise the strain (199)

Events next week:

• Sunday, April 20 (Easter Sunday):
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, April 21:
o Knifty Knitters is canceled this week
• Tuesday, April 22:
o Choir rehearsal (5 p.m.)
• Wednesday, April 23:
o No Bible Study this week
o League of Women Voters Luncheon (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.)
o Holy Eucharist and Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
• Thursday, April 24:
o Heron Point Tea (2 p.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o Evening Prayer (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, April 25:
o Chestertown Cotillion (3 - 10 p.m.)
• Saturday, April 26: No events scheduled
• Sunday, April 27 (Easter II):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Parish Breakfast and guest speaker Anne Scott (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:

Alan, Ann, Blake, Calvin, Carol, Chris, David, Debbie, Eileen, Frank, George, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Mary, Richard, Stephen, Margie Abler, Cindy Anderson, Allison Bankes, Ann Boyden, Jack Boyden, Tom Dryden, Michael Duckworth, Ron Fitts, Bert Gibson, Georgia Gillespie, Bill Hull, Virginia Kerr, Bennett Lamond, Peter Libby, Joyce McCracken, John McKisson, Stuart Marra, Joan Merriken, John Messer, Diane Miller, Jim Naumann, Neill Redfern & family, Karen Russum, Mort Ryon, Harry Schreiber, Bob Testin, Anne Ward, Mal Watson, Greg Welin, Len Welin, Jean Lusby Wright

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.