E-Mail News (8-31-2017)

BISHOP ANDY DOYLE’S PRAYER FOR ALL AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY:  Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City where the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Sustain those displaced by the storm with food, drink, and all other bodily necessities of life. We especially remember before you all poor and neglected persons it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. 


  • Sept. 13: Pub Theology, 6 p.m., at JR’s
  • Sept. 17: Vestry meeting, 12 noon.
  • Sept. 19: Acts of the Apostles. Part I, 6 p.m.
  • Sept 20-21: Chestertown Havurah, Rosh Hashanah

LOOSE PLATE OFFERING THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF —  The loose plate offering this Sunday, plus any designated donations will be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development for Hurricane Harvey Relief, as requested by Bishop San.  In addition, we have sent a check from our Outreach budget to Bishop San for his Discretionary Fund, to be forwarded directly to his fellow bishops in Texas and Louisiana.  Thank you for your generous support of those who have lost so much in this storm.

LOOKING FOR DRIVERS TO BALTIMORE ON SEPTEMBER 8: Gracie Rienhoff Memorial Service:  The Memorial Service for Gracie Rienhoff will be held at Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore on Friday, September 8 at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow the service in the Redeemer parish hall. If you are able to drive and willing to take passengers, or are looking for a ride, please see the sign-up sheets in the Parish Hall, or feel free to arrange your own transportation.  Sadly, we were unable to secure a van for Friday.  Memorial contributions in Gracie’s memory may be made to Church of the Redeemer, Emmanuel Episcopal or the Women’s Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital (http://www.mwfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Grace-Rienhoff/#!/Obituary).  To read the lovely obituary published in the Baltimore Sun last Sunday, go to: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-grace-rienhoff-20170825-story.html.   The Rienhoff Family hopes to hold a separate reception here in Chestertown to greet Gracie’s many local friends at a later date.

CHOIR PRACTICE RESUMES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 AT 5 P.M.:   Bob Tyson, Choirmaster Emeritus, has graciously offered to temporarily resume his duties as Director of Music and Choirmaster until our new Director of Music, Stephanie King, joins us in October. The first choir practice of the year will be Tuesday, September 5, at 5 p.m. in the choir room.  If you are interested in joining our choir, please plan to come Tuesday.  All are welcome!

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR COMMITTEE MEETING, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 12 NOON:  Bazaar Co-chairs Linda and Hanson Robbins invite all “table captains”, and other interested parishioners to attend the first meeting of the 2017 Christmas Bazaar Committee on Sunday, September 10 at 12 noon in the Parish Hall. Beneficiaries of the proceeds of this year’s Bazaar will be chosen, table captains will check-in, and other planning will occur.

SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN:   Upcoming trainings will be held on: September 9 at Emmanuel, and September 23 at St. Mary Anne’s, North East.  All of these trainings are free and will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on the designated Saturday.  All members of the Vestry, all paid staff members, all volunteers who work with children in any capacity at Emmanuel (or any other Episcopal church) must take this in-person training.  Please call the Parish Office to register for the September 9 training.  Baby-sitting will be provided.  Homework Depot Mentor training and background checks will be held at Emmanuel from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Saturday September 9.

MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED SCHOOL SUPPLIES:   And to coordinator Steve Croker who counted and delivered all the donated items. Emmanuel parishioners donated 501 items to Garnet Elementary School including 52 composition books, 52 spiral notebooks, 54 packs of Crayons, 42 packs of pencils, 18 packs of markers, and 78 packs of glue sticks!

THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES — COMING SOON — SEE THE MESSENGER FOR MORE INFO:  The COM has recommended “helps for reading Acts” including reading only selected passages divided over a 16 week period. See the Messenger for the recommended schedule and selections. At Emmanuel we will engage this study in two ways:

  • Beginning next week, we will take some time at the beginning of the Wednesday morning Bible Study (from 10:30-10:55 a.m.) to study the verses for the week. Then at 11 a.m. we will continue with our regular Bible Study curriculum.
  • We will gather on the third Tuesday of September (Sept. 19), and October (Oct. 17), and the second Tuesday of November (Nov. 14) to view a one-hour segment each night of the three-hour 1995 film “Acts of the Apostles.” We will begin with pizza, and end with a discussion of the readings and the part of the film viewed that evening.


MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES:   The Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, and the Garth Committee are seeking new members.  Each of these special ministries brings its own joys and opportunities to be a part of something greater than oneself, and to contribute to the beauty of holiness.  We are also looking for ushers, lectors, intercessors, and Eucharistic Ministers. .  If you think you might want to volunteer for one of these ministries, please contact Vicar Darcy for more information.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED:  Thank you to the Roberson Family and the Flanigan-McDowell Family for hosting Coffee Hour last week and to Darlene Housley for volunteering to host on September 3.  Andy and Craig Jackson have asked for additional help for Coffee Hour and have reminded us that as a rule coffee hour does not need to be an elaborate or a costly affair!  Some simple munchies, along with coffee and tea, and something for the kids to drink is all we need. Mostly we need help cleaning-up — especially washing the mugs and dishes!


  1. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM.  PLEASE be sure to scan your Redner’s card with your purchases so that the register tapes qualify for the rebate.
  2. SEPTEMBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST.  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.
  4. TERRACYCLE. Prevent your empty plastic cereal bags and the plastic bag liners from cereal and cracker boxes from becoming trash – bring them to the drop off box in the Parish Hall each Sunday.

Collect for Sept. 3: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for Sept. 3: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/AProp17_RCL.html  (Track 1)

Hymns for Sept. 3: Come, labor on (541); Praise the Lord through every nation (484); All hail the power of Jesus’ Name! (450); Lord, make us servants of your peace (593)

Events next week:

Sunday, Sept 3: (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

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

Monday, Sept 4: LABOR DAY, Office Closed

Tuesday, Sept 5:

  • Choir Practice (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept 6:

  • Bible Study: Acts 1: 1-15 (10:30 a.m.); Lectionary, (11 a.m.)
  • Holy Eucharist, Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)
  • Yoga (5 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept 7:

  • Heron Point Eucharist (2 p.m.), Fr. Frank St. Amour, officiating
  • AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 8:

  • Gracie Rienhoff Memorial Service, Baltimore, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9:

  • Homework Depot Mentor Training (8 a.m.)
  • Safeguarding God’s Children (9 a.m.)

Sunday, Sept. 10: (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18)

  • Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
  • Holy Eucharist, Rite II(10:30 a.m.)
  • Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)
  • Christmas Bazaar Committee Meeting (12 noon)

 Prayer Requests:  I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list:   Baylin, Corey, David, Debbie, Donna, Frank, Hazen, Helen, Joan, Kathleen, Kevin, Lillian, Mark, Mary, Megan, Pat, Ryan, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Kim Christopher, Bob Cleaver, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Herb Friedman,  Bill House, Chris Hunsicker, Art Kendall, Norman King, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin,  Myrna Olsen, Mary Deringer Phelps, Bette Smith, Cheryl Smith, Mark Smith, Brittany Walbert, Anne Ward, Bill 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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