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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

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.


The Season After Pentecost, Year C

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 C which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2015 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2016.

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.

Ron Abler has done a wonderful job of collecting Emmanuel's Church History and is pleased to share with you the debut of the website on Emmanuel’s history at http://tritoncollect.wix.com/emmanuel-history. He would appreciate any and all comments, suggestions, criticisms, ideas, etc. Check out the history on our links page above.

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 monthly calendar, LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!

The final count for the NMF lunches served was 1172 over the two weeks. Many thanks to all who helped including many folks from Emmanuel, and volunteers from Sacred Heart RC Church, Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, First UMC, St. Paul's Kent, and Church of the Nazarene. Many thanks, also, to all who donated cookies, or made cash donations to defray the costs. Thank you notes from our guests are posted in the Parish Hall.

Bishop Santosh Marray, the Diocese of Easton's Bishop-elect, will be making a special visit to the Eastern Shore the week of July 5-7. He requested an opportunity to meet with the youth in the Diocese and has reserved the afternoon of July 7th. Please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, July 7th from 3pm-6pm at Camp Wright. The event will include casual conversation, pool-side chats, dinner, and compline. Open to youth of all ages.

JOHN MONROE HUDSON, SR., APRIL 18, 1923 - JUNE 20, 2016
A family gathering was held at Emmanuel this week for Monroe Hudson. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, especially his long-time companion, Pat Moser, daughters Phyllis Brown and Eloise Hudson, and granddaughter Diana Hohensee, who are all Emmanuel parishioners. To read his full obituary, please go to http://www.fhnfuneralhome.com/obituaries/John-Hudson-16/#!/Obituary

PAUL R. COMEGYS, JULY 22, 1920 - JANUARY 13, 2016
A memorial service will be held for Paul R. Comegys, former Emmanuel parishioner, at St. Paul's, Kent, Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. with interment following the service in St. Paul's Cemetery.

The four parishes of the South Kent Cluster are coming together to prepare and serve lunch for 175 Horizons campers and their teachers and staff on Friday, July 8th, at their two locations, Radcliffe Creek School and Gunston School. You can help by making cookies or by contributing financial support by making a donation. Envelopes marked "Horizons Lunch Donation" will be available in the pews on Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, June 26. Make checks payable to Emmanuel Church and with the notation "Horizons Lunch Program" on the memo line. Questions? Please contact Lynn at lmclain@ubalt.edu .

Many thanks to our recent COFFEE HOUR hosts: Ann Hedgepeth, Penni Doyle, Joanie & Cliff West, Sandy Bjork, the Roberson Family, and Jenny Lee, Lynn McLain and the Sunday School.

We are looking for hosts for July 17, 24, and 31, August 7, 14, 21, and 28. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. If you can't host, please consider bringing something to share. Cheese and crackers, grapes or other fruit, donut holes, coffee cake, or cookies are all great snacks. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall. Please remember to leave the kitchen as clean and neat as (or cleaner and neater than) it was when you arrived! Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have.

1. JUNE FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.
2. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). A "FOOD FOR FOOD" program. Please be sure to scan your gas card first!
3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Your old cell phones can be recycled through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box can be found in the Narthex.

Collect for this Sunday, June 26 (PENTECOST VI): Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; 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: 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): The Church's one foundation (525); He who would valiant be (564); Lord, whose love through humble service (610); Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (559). Service music: Kyrie (S86),Sanctus (S124), Christ our Passover (S154).

Events next week:
Sunday, June 26 (Pentecost VI, Proper 8):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)
Monday, June 27 :
o Knifty Knitters at Sandy Ryon's (2 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 28:
o GED (on break until July 12)
o Caregiver's Group (10:30 a.m.)
Wednesday, June 29:
o GED (on break until July 12)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, June 30:
o GED (on break until July 12)
o EfM (on break til fall)
o AA (8 p.m.)
Friday, July 1:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, July 2:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, July 3 (Pentecost VII, Proper 9):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)

July 4: Independence Day, OFFICE CLOSED
July 7: Youth Day with Bishop San at Camp Wright
July 8: SKC provides lunch for Horizons
Finance Committee Meeting, 4 p.m.
July 10: Vestry Meeting, 12 noon

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Alec, Andrew, Ann, Bennett, David, Debbie, Frank, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Marnie, Mary, Mark, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta,Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Herb Friedman, Donna Gibbons-Neff, Theresa Hamer, Sam Heck, Bill House, Monroe Hudson, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Don Moulds, Mary Deringer Phelps, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Jacqui Taylor, Anne Ward, Joanie West, Joan Wojtal.

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.



The Rev. Dr. Darcy Williams, Rector
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
PO Box 875, 101 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620