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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, 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.

Thanks, Emmanuel, for giving me the time this week to stay at home so Joe and I could host "Camp Williams" for our 3-year old granddaughter. It has been a joy to be able to spend quality time with her. We have visited local playgrounds and parks, fed goats at the petting zoo, taken a train ride on the Strasburg Railroad, read lots or books, built amazing structures with Legos and Mighty Molecules, done arts projects, played her version of "Go Fish", and much more. AND it is only Thursday morning! I hope all of you have taken an opportunity this summer to enjoy time with family and friends, to read or travel, to do things you don't have time for during the other parts of the year, to just relax. Our program year will begin in earnest on September 11 with the return of the choir and the start of Sunday School. Read about the many things that have happened this summer and plans for the upcoming year in the September issue of the Messenger which should be in the mail late next week. See you Sunday!

Emmanuel Church will be the site for the Memorial Service for longtime Chestertown resident and St. Paul's Kent parishioner, Nancy Morris, on Saturday August 20, at 1 p.m. The Very Rev. Henry Sabetti, Rector of Shrewsbury Parish and family friend will officiate. To read Nancy's obituary go to http://www.fhnfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Nancy-Morris-6/#!/Obituary

Please join Bennett's family and friends at a Memorial Service to celebrate and give thanks for his life on Tuesday, August 23, at 1 p.m. in the church. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. The family will greet friends and guests at a visitation at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newman Funeral Home on Speer Rd, Chestertown from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday just prior to the service at Emmanuel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Washington College where Bennett was Professor Emeritus having taught English Literature there for thirty-nine years prior to his retirement. To read more about Bennett and his impact on his many students at Washington College, go to https://www.washcoll.edu/live/news/9285-pitched-past-pitch-of-grief


Several of our acolytes robes are in dire need of being repaired. Several have wax drippings on them and one or two need to have a seam repaired. All could use a good washing. If you are able to help, please contact Vicar Darcy (drdarcy.williams@gmail.com) or call the Parish Office (410-778-3477).

Mark your calendars and start checking your closets, attic, basement and other storage places for items to be donated to the 2016 Jumble Sale. Your former treasures may be just want someone else is looking for. Items for sale may be brought to the Parish Hall on August 26. Unfortunately, we have no place to store them for you until then. Remember: please no clothing, no coffee mugs, or television sets.

It will soon be September and the start of the 2016-17 program year. As we look at the year ahead, I hope each of you will consider ways in which you may want to become more involved with some of the various ministries at Emmanuel. All of our groups always welcome new members. Each week over the next few weeks, you will see two or three different ministry opportunities listed, with contact information for each. Please prayerfully consider how you might use your gifts and talents at Emmanuel to further God's work in our community. We have already highlighted Acolytes, Altar Guild, Church School, Choir, Christmas Bazaar, Docents Guild, Flower Guild, Garth Committee, Homework Depot, Hospitality, Kitchen Krew, and Pastoral Care .
This week we are inviting you to consider:
LECTORS and INTERCESSORS: Lectors participate in Sunday morning services by reading the appointed lessons from the Old and the New Testament. Intercessors read the Prayers of the People. If you are interested in becoming a Lector or an Intercessor, please contact Parish Secretary Laura Kaufmann (410-778-3477) or Vicar Darcy and asked to be put on the schedule.
USHERS: Ushers are frequently the first people a newcomers will meet. In addition to providing a warm welcome to all, ushers hand out the service bulletin, help folks to find a seat, pass the plate during the Offertory, coordinate bringing the bread and wine to the altar, direct the congregation forward to receive Communion, and "tidy" the church at the conclusion of each service. If you would like to become an usher, please contact Susan and Jim Pritchett (410-778-7945), or the Parish Office (emmanuelchectertown@gmail.com, 410-778-3477)
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS and EUCHARISTIC VISITORS: These ministries are licensed ministries in the Episcopal Church and require special training. Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest during the Eucharist by helping to distributed the consecrated bread and wine to the assembled congregation. Eucharistic Visitors are Eucharistic Ministers who have received additional training and are licensed to take Holy Communion at the direction of the priest from the church following the Eucharistic service to those who are unable to attend due to illness or injury. Please contact Vicar Darcy for more information.

The league starts in early September and goes through October on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. We are hoping to have a team on each. We need teams of 4-8 players. And as if the chance to win bragging rights isn't enough everyone in the league also gets t-shirts. The league should be a fun time. If you are interested please contact Jenny Lee (jennyelee09@gmail.com) or Lynn McLain (lmclain@ubalt.edu).


We are looking for hosts for September and October. 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. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). Thank you for your continued support.

2. AUGUST FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items, especially canned tuna, meat or beans, and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.

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 this Sunday, August 21 (PENTECOST XIV): Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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: Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 103: 1-8; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Morning has broken (8); I come with joy to meet my Lord (304); Put forth, O God, thy Spirit's might (521); Jerusalem the golden (624). Service music: Kyrie (S86),Sanctus (S124), Christ our Passover (S154).

Events next week:

Sunday, August 21 (Pentecost XIV, Proper 16):

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)

o South Kent Cluster Meeting (1:30 p.m.)

Monday, August 22:

o Knifty Knitters on break until September

Tuesday, August 23:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Caregivers' Group (10:30 a.m.)

o Memorial Service for Bennett John Lamond, Jr. (1p.m.)

Wednesday, August 24:

o GED (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, August 25:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o AA will meet elsewhere this week(8 p.m.)

Friday, August 26:

o Jumble Sale SET-UP

Saturday, August 27:

o JUMBLE SALE (8:30 a.m.)

Sunday, August 28 (Pentecost XV, Proper 17):

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist Rite II and Blessing of the Backpacks (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)


September 9: Finance Committee Meeting

September 11: Bazaar Committee Meeting during Coffee Hour

September 16: Campus Ministry Connections at Washington College

September 18: Vestry Meeting

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Alec, Andrew, Brent, David, Debbie, Frank, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Mark, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Ryan, Stephen, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Yvonne Fenwick, Herb Friedman, Theresa Hamer, Isaac Harrington, Jan Hilty, Bill House, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Gretchen Knowles, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Deannie Lee, Mindee Lee, Peggy Markman, Don Moulds, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Lois Smith, Anne Ward, 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