Welcome to Emmanuel Church!
Come join us for EfM starting in the Fall Semester of 2015!
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 2014-2015 EfM group had 8 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 in the upcoming class this Fall! 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. 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
EfM has a page on Facebook.
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 B, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2014 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2015.
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.
EMMANUEL'S PARISH OFFICE HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
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.
MONTHLY CHURCH CALENDAR and DUTY ROSTER INFORMATION: Henceforth, CHURCH CALENDARS for each month as well as THE LATEST DUTY ROSTERS will be posted to the Sermons and Newsletters page. Check out the new JUNE 2015 CALENDAR, SUMMER LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!
THOUGHT FOR EVERY DAY
What can you do today? What small act of kindness can you do? You will know when the moment arrives. It will come in a single choice, a single word, a moment to offer another human being a small measure of grace. And who knows what effect that simple gesture will have, how it might even turn the course of a personal story from sadness to light. What can you say? What words can you use to extend respect, patience, understanding? You will know. They will come to you. And when they do, use them. Let them be a blessing only you can offer. Every smile is a prayer. (The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, 7/17/15).
CAREGIVERS' SUPPORT GROUP, TUESDAY, JULY 28, 10:30 A.M.
The Caregivers' Group will meet this coming Tuesday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Dwyer Hall. All are welcome.
SEEKING A VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH ADVERTISING HOMEWORK DEPOT
We are seeking a volunteer to help with public relations and advertising our upcoming Homework Depot program. We hope to open our after school homework help program in mid-September, but we need to start advertising now. If you are interested in helping to design flyers, coordinate advertising and "spread the word" about the Kent County Homework Depot, please contact Homework Depot coordinator Steve Croker at email@example.com or through the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COFFEE HOUR: THE SUMMER CHALLENGE
Thank you to the many parishioners who have recently hosted Coffee Hour! We are grateful for your generosity and service. With many parishioners on vacation or entertaining visitors, summer becomes a challenging time to keep Emmanuel's Coffee Hour tradition going. Please give some prayerful thought to volunteering to host one Sunday soon. Hosting is easy and uncomplicated. A simple spread of some snacks and freshly made coffee are all that is necessary. Baked goods and other snacks are often already to be found in the freezer or refrigerator in the Parish Kitchen. 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 August, September and throughout the fall. Craig and Andy Jackson serve as Emmanuel's volunteer Coffee Hour coordinators and will be happy to instruct and advise new hosts. Craig can be reached at 443-480--0790; Andy's number is 443-480-2484.
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.
NEPAL RELIEF: A PERSONAL APPEAL
Rob Comfort is a Chestertown resident who will be traveling to Nepal in August to work on post-earthquake reconstruction projects. Rob is a part of Emmanuel's extended community whose late wife, Susan, was an active member of our parish and for many years a teacher in our Church School. Here is Rob's message to the community:
Dear Friends and Supporters, I have been fortunate to have been given a place on a volunteer team of humanitarian workers traveling to Nepal to provide relief and reconstruction efforts to the victims of the recent devastating earthquakes. All Hands (hands.org) responds to the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters all over the world. In addition to volunteering, I am trying to raise money for the recovery efforts. Please visit my page and consider making a contribution.
http://give.hands.org/fundraise?fcid=465834. Thank you, Rob Comfort
HELP NEEDED: SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND ASSISTANTS
Did you see all the little ones in church last Sunday? Many of them are old enough to move out of the nursery and into our Sunday School program. This fall, we hope to expand our Sunday School program, but we need your help. If we have enough helpers, we can offer a Sunday School class every Sunday that gives our children the opportunity to learn about God and their Christian faith in a setting that encourages exploration, respect and some fun activities. There will be a planning meeting in late August. Watch for more details in the coming weeks, and contact Vicar Darcy if you are interested in helping.
DEADLINE FOR THE AUTUMN EDITION OF THE MESSENGER: AUGUST 15
The deadline for the next quarterly edition of the Messenger is August 15. This will be mailed by mid-September and will cover events in September through November. Please send your articles and news releases to our editor "Chester" at email@example.com or to Laura in the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EfM HAS OPENINGS IN THE CLASS FOR FALL 2015
EfM is a study, prayer, and reflection seminar, designed for mature Christians who want to learn more about how to live into their baptismal covenants on a daily-life basis. In other words, where does your Christian faith meet your daily schedule, or the experiences and people in your daily environment? Out of that faith, how do you live out your own ministry? Mentor and facilitator, Lisa Webb, reminds us that there is room for a few new students in Emmanuel's EfM program this fall. The group (6 to 12 participants and a trained mentor) meets weekly on Thursday evenings from 5 - 7:30 p.m., September through May. Tuition is $350 per person per year (the discounted rate for a sponsored group). Financial aid is available from the Diocese of Easton and from Emmanuel. If you are interested in finding out more about EfM, please contact Lisa Webb at email@example.com, or Vicar Darcy at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477. We hope to complete registration by August 7.
CALL FOR CEREAL FROM THE COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY!
The Community Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable food items, but would particularly appreciate donations of boxes of cereal. The Pantry also welcomes donations of other items including canned meat, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
Collect for this Sunday, July 26: O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Before thy throne, O God, we kneel (574), I come with joy to meet my Lord (304); Father, we thank thee, who hast planted (302); God, my King, thy might confessing (414); Service music: S86, S124, S161.
Events next week:
Sunday, July 26 (Pentecost IX):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Vestry Meeting (12 noon)
Monday, July 27:
o Knifty Knitters on break until early September
Tuesday, July 28:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Caregiver's Group at Emmanuel (10:30 a.m.)
o ESL classes on break 'til August
o Staff meeting (1 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 29:
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, July 30:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Evening Service (5 p.m.)
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, July 31:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, August 1:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, August 2 (Pentecost X):
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, Bill, Carmela, David, Debbie, Don, Ethel, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mary, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Rose, Sue, Tyler, Carol Bain, Rebecca Brown, Connor Campbell, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Fred Harmon, Cathy Hartman, Bob Hollett, Bob Kursch, Seery Leighow, Joan Wrightson Merryman, the Rt. Rev. James W. Montgomery, Alex Rasin, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Paige Tibbetts, Dorothy Vickers, 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.