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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 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

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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 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.


The Season After Pentecost


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 AUGUST 2015 CALENDAR, SUMMER LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!

Today is the date set aside by the Episcopal Church to celebrate the life of Thomas Gallaudet, a priest whose pioneering ministry to the deaf blessed many lives. Read more about Thomas Gallaudet here:


It has been a month since we learned that Dan Gross+, our Rector of 8 years, has accepted a call to St Alban’s Episcopal Church on Staten Island. Naturally there are questions about what happens now. Nothing is changing. Services will continue, church school will begin in a few weeks and the choir will return on September 13. And we have the good fortune to have Darcy Williams+ with us. We have been in touch with Bishop Parsley who is currently on vacation. Libby Rice, Tom Mack and I, the three Senior Wardens during Dan’s tenure, will meet with the Bishop in September to discuss our current status and how we might plan for the future. We will communicate with the entire congregation following the meeting with the Bishop and our next Vestry meeting. In the meantime let’s focus our energy on making Dan’s last weeks with us meaningful. Please plan on attending a gala Coffee Hour on Sunday, September 20th after the 10:30 service.

If you are a student, a teacher, a mentor, or just someone who carries a briefcase, book bag or backpack to work, bring your backpack, book bag or brief case to church on Sunday, August 30 at 10:30 a.m. We will have a brief service during the Eucharist to bless the backpacks and offer prayers for all of our students, teachers and parents for a successful school year.

Please welcome our very own seminarian Rachel Field back to Emmanuel on Sunday, September 6. Rachel, a Washington College graduate and member of Emmanuel, is beginning her senior year at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in New Haven, CT, and will be back in the Diocese of Easton for a few days in early September. Rachel has graciously agreed to be our guest preacher at both services on September 6.

The Emmanuel Sunday School will register students and kick-off the program year with a special event on Sunday, September 13, at 10:30 a.m. All of our children from pre-schoolers through high school are invited to join Mrs.Caren Saunders and the other Sunday School teachers for a morning of fun and introduction to our plans for Sunday School this year. Post-confirmation middle school and high school students are invited to be helpers in the Sunday School this year and to meet with Vicar Darcy about starting a Youth Group.

The Standing Committee and Bishop Parsley have issued an open invitation to everyone in the Diocese of Easton to consider submitting an application to be a member of this important committee by September 8, 2015. For more information, go to http://dioceseofeaston.org/invitation-search-nomination/ or talk to Dan+ or Darcy+. A copy of the letter inviting applications is posted on each of the bulletin boards in the Parish Hall. If you would like a copy of the letter mailed to you, please call the Parish Office to request one.

Last year Emmanuel did a splendid job providing school supplies for elementary school children in need. School is starting soon, and the local elementary schools have again asked our help providing necessary school supplies for students whose families cannot afford them. If you are able to donate supplies, please bring them to church and place them in the wicker basket in the Narthex.

Emmanuel Church has joined Redner's Save-A-Tape program that returns 1% of all sales receipts turned in by a non-profit charity. All you have to do is to scan your Redner's membership card (the one used for gas discounts at High's) with each purchase, and then drop your register receipt in the box provided in the Narthex. We will collect them and turn them in for the rebate. Every $5,000 worth of receipts earns Emmanuel Church $50! (Your gas credits will continue to be tracked, unaffected, on your card.)

Even if you missed the meeting, on August 11, there is a place for you on the Altar Guild. You do not have to be a life-long Episcopalian. Nor do you need to be recommended to the chair by a current member or by the clergy. ALL ARE WELCOME! If you have questions, or would like additional information, please call Mary McGinnis at 443-480-2222.

The Community Food Pantry is currently in need of a variety of toiletries, including shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, and toothpaste. All of these items can be found at the local Dollar General, Dollar Tree, or Family Dollar stores. The Pantry of course always welcomes donations of non-perishable food items including canned meat, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, and cereal. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.

Collect for this Sunday, August 30: 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 this Sunday: Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Immortal, invisible, God only wise (423); O Master, let me walk with thee (660); Blest are the pure in heart (656); Praise to the living God! (372); Service music: S86, S124, S161.

Events next week:

Sunday, August 30 (Pentecost XIV):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (including Blessing of the Backpacks) (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
Monday, August 31:
o Knifty Knitters on break until early September
Tuesday, September 1:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Caregivers' Group (10:30 a.m.)
o Staff meeting (1 p.m.)
o ESL classes on break 'til September 3
Wednesday, September 2:
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, September 3:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Evening Service (5 p.m.)
o ESL (6 p.m.)
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, September 4:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, September 5:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, September 6 (Pentecost XV):
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, Betsy, David, Debbie, Don, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mary, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Sue, Tyler, Carol Bain, Rebecca Brown, Connor Campbell, Jimmy Carter, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Ron Fitts, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Bob Hollett, Pat Hollett, Bob Kursch, Seery Leighow, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Barri & Elizabeth Montague, the Rt. Rev. James W. Montgomery, Alex Rasin, Carlos Salcedo, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Paige Tibbetts, 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.