Emmanuel E-News (4-27-17)


Please join me in offering our prayers and sincere condolences to the family of Roger W. Simpkins, Sr. who died on April 24. A memorial service in celebration of and thanksgiving for Roger’s life will be held at Emmanuel on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 3 p.m. with a reception following in the Parish Hall. To read his obituary, go to http://www.fhnfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Roger-Simpkins/#!/Obituary

Please also join me in offering our prayers and sincere condolences to the family of Deborah Pritzlaff who died on April 25. Bob and Debbie Pritzlaff attended Emmanuel for many years and recently reconnected with the parish. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. at FHN Funeral Home, Chestertown. Debbie’s funeral will be at the same location on Monday, May 1 at 11 a.m.  To read Debbie’s obituary, go to http://www.fhnfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Deborah-Pritzlaff/#!/Obituary

KEN COWAN ORGAN CONCERT, FRIDAY, MAY 5, 7:30 P.M.:  Please join us as we welcome Ken Cowan back to Emmanuel for his twenty-second appearance in our annual Organ Concert Series! Ken is one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues and churches in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Ken is also Associate Professor and head of the organ program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Tickets for the May concert will be available at the door: $20 for adults and $5 for students with ID. There is no admission charge for the school-age children of Emmanuel parishioners. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the performance.

THANK YOU. . .  To Mark Pagano and his leadership team from his karate school, to KT Pagano, Bill and Lisa Webb, Laurel Ward and Joe Williams for joining me at the Camp Wright clean-up day on April 22. We joined with a group from Salisbury University, some Friends of Camp Wright, and a Cub Scout pack to help get the camp ready for the start of the 2017 camping season.  . . . To Lisa Webb for a wonderful presentation last Sunday about her recent trip to the Holy Land. Through photos and her personal account of her travels, we were able to experience vicariously some of what she found on her pilgrimage. Thanks, Lisa! Well-done!   . . . To Ellen Stevenson, and her faithful assistants especially Gretchen Knowles, Joan Flaherty, and Craig Jackson who provided a great Parish Breakfast feast for us to enjoy while Lisa spoke.

PREPARATION FOR CONFIRMATION OR RECEPTION INTO THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH:  Do you want o reaffirm your faith by being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church through the laying on of hands when Bishop Marray visits Emmanuel on June 4, 2017? If so, please plan to attend the prep sessions: EPISCOPAL QUESTIONS/EPISCOPAL ANSWERS with Darcy+. The next session will be on Wednesday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rector’s office. This will be the second of 4 evening sessions to be held before the bishop’s visitation, June 4. Did not attend the first session, but still interested in reaffirmation, reception or confirmation?  Contact Darcy+ at 410-778-3477 or at drdarcy.williams@gmail.com.

THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING AFTERNOON TEA:  Bishop Santosh Marray, Nalini Marray, and the Holy Comforter Chapter of Daughters of the King invite all  women who are interested in learning more about DOK to join them for an afternoon tea, May 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford. Please RSVP by May 3 to Midge at 410-714-4125.

GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR CAMP WRIGHT:  Vicar Darcy has 4 gift certificates for camperships at Camp Wright this summer, a value of $635 each. Please contact Darcy+ ASAP if your child is interested in going to Camp Wright this summer or if you wish to nominate someone for these camperships.  Camp Wright offers traditional camp programs for children ages 7-14, as well as STEM Camp (Grades 6-8) and High Adventure camp experiences (through High school)for older students. For more info about Camp Wright, go to http://www.campwright.com/images/RC_Brochure_2017.pdf

SOUTH KENT CLUSTER FAMILY PICNIC WITH BISHOP MARRAY, JUNE 4, 2:30 P.M.:  Please mark your calendars for June 4, 2017. Bishop Santosh Marray will be at Emmanuel for his first annual visitation and a service of Confirmation. At 2:30 p.m. that same afternoon, we are all invited to join with our friends from the South Kent Cluster at St. Paul’s Kent for a family picnic. More details to follow soon.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED:  THANK YOU to the Jacksons for hosting Coffee Hour after the 10:30 service last Sunday!   We are still looking for hosts for April 30, May 7, 14, and 21. Thank you to the Roberson’s for signing up for May 28!

RETREAT HOUSE NEWS:  To read about new programs and upcoming events being held at the Retreat House this spring go to: http://chestertownspy.org/2017/04/19/recovery-retreat-house-at-hillsboro-plans-spring-programs-on-aa-and-meditation/



  1. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM.  The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry. We recently sent a check for $126 to the Food Pantry.
  2. MAY FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST.  Hunger does not disappear with warmer weather. Please place your nonperishable food donations in the blue container in the Narthex.
  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.

Collect for April 30: O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for April 30: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Easter/AEaster3_RCL.html

Hymns for April 30: Good Christians all, rejoice and sing (205); Christ the Lord is risen again (184); Baptized in water (294), Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness (492)

 Events next week:

Sunday, April 30: (Easter III):

  • Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
  • Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.), with Sunday School
  • Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 1:

  • Deborah Pritzlaff funeral services at Helfenbein (11 a.m.)
  • Knifty Knitters (2 p.m.) at Mimi Shape’s, 410-778-0231 (Please let the hostess know if you are unable to attend)

Tuesday, May 2:

  • GED (9 a.m.)
  • Homework Study Hall (2:30 p.m.)
  • Choir rehearsal (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 3:

  • GED (9 a.m.)
  • Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
  • Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing (12 noon)
  • Yoga (5 p.m.)

Thursday, May 4:

  • Heron Point Eucharist (2 p.m.)
  • Homework Study Hall (2:30 p.m.)
  • EfM with Holy Eucharist (5 p.m.)
  • AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, May 5:

  • Organ Concert: Ken Cowan (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 6: Smithsonian Exhibit in Parish Hall

Sunday, May 7: (Easter IV)

  • Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
  • Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.), “The Children Will Lead Sunday”
  • Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)


  • May 5 & 6: St. Mary Anne’s Garden Market, North East
  • May 10:  Pub Theology (please note change of day), 6 p.m.
  • May 11 & 12: Chestertown’s Garden Club May Mart .
  • May 13: Roger Simpkins Memorial Service with reception following, 3 p.m.
  • May 21: Vestry Meeting, 12 noon

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Andrew, Baylin, Corey, David, Debbie, Fatima, Frank, Gracie, Helen, Joan, Kathleen, Kevin, Lillian, Mark, Mary, Megan, Pat, Ryan, Ted & Peggy, Tyler, Margie Abler, Edna Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Kim Christopher, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Herb Friedman, Sandy Hoon, Bill House, Chris Hunsicker, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, John Messer, Myrna Olsen, Mary Deringer Phelps, Philip Rosenberg, Harry Schreiber, Peg Schreiber, Bette Smith, Mark Smith, Anne Ward, Bill Weingarten, Traci Weingarten, 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.    ~~~   Darcy+

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