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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

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 SEPTEMBER 2015 CALENDAR, FALL LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK (Prayer Attributed to St. Francis, BCP, 833)
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Linda and Hanson Robbins invite all Bazaar Committee members, and ANYONE new who wishes to participate, to a meeting on Sunday,  October 11th after Coffee Hour. There will be updates on all the tables and the book.  If anyone has  anything to show to the Committee, or any help they wish to request, please plan to do so at this important meeting. The Bazaar Committee is looking for Silent Auction items, and some additional help for the lunch, a major undertaking that takes the entire week and many hands to prepare. Please plan to attend the meeting on October 11 to learn more and to volunteer.

The young men of Washington College's Kappa Sigma Fraternity will be holding a Pancake Breakfast to benefit prostate cancer research.  Emmanuel has been hosting men of Kappa Sigma for several years for this semi-annual event.  Cost is $5, the food is delicious, and you won't even have to clean up after yourself!  What a great way to start the day before venturing into town for the Harry Potter Festival.

During both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services this Sunday, we will hold a brief service of "Commissioning" for our behind-the-scenes ministries volunteers. We will commission the Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Kitchen Crew, Pastoral Care team, Grounds Committee (including the Garth team and the Gardeners), and our Christian Formation teachers. At 3 p.m., we will hold a  Blessing of the Animals service on the courthouse lawn or in the Parish Hall, in the event of rain. All animals, large and small, are welcome. Animals are asked to bring their owners with them!

Join Vicar Darcy for the first Pub Theology gathering of the 2015-16 program year. Bring your questions, and enjoy good company and good discussion at JR's on Tuesday, October 6 at 6 p.m.

We are looking for a volunteer to host our first Organ Concert performer, Scott Montgomery. A host is asked to provide overnight accommodations and breakfast for his/her guest during the performer's stay in Chestertown. Scott  plans to arrive in Chestertown on Wednesday, October 7 and stay until Saturday morning, October 10. If you are able to host him, please contact Bob Tyson at 410-778-1908. Hosts will also be needed for Julie Evans in January, and Iain Quinn in April.

Emmanuel will open its Twenty-third Concert Series season by welcoming Scott Montgomery on Friday evening, October 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Scott is Director of Music Ministries and Organist for Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Champaign, Illinois. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in organ performance, studying with Dr Dana Robinson. An award-winning organist, Scott has given numerous concerts and master classes throughout the United States. Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door the evening of the performance. Adult tickets are $20. Children and students with ID are admitted free of charge. A reception will follow the concert in the Parish Hall.

We will kick-off a multi-year celebration of the several sestercentennial (250 years) anniversaries of our church and parish on October 11 with a brief Liturgy of Rededication of the three stained glass windows that were refurbished and reinstalled over the summer. The Liturgy of Rededication will take place at both services on October 11.

Join us for a service of Evensong on the Feast of St. Luke, October 18, at 4 p.m., followed by a delicious chicken and chipped beef dinner with salad, baked fruit, peas, choice of beverage, and dessert, served in the Parish Hall. Tickets for dinner are $20 for adults, $5 for children and students with ID. For reservations, please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477.

   1. OCTOBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST! During the month of October, we are collecting canned soup, stew, chili, and baked beans for the Community Food Pantry. The Pantry also welcomes donations of other non-perishable food items such as peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, cereal, and canned tuna or other meats. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
   2. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS.  The Cell Phones for Soldiers program is alive and well all over the world, and Emmanuel’s collection box is back in the Narthex. The proceeds provide free international phone cards for members of all branches of our armed services.  Thank you for your help. 
   3. REDNER'S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM.  Please drop your register receipts in the box provided in the Narthex 
   4. REFUGEE RELIEF SUPPORT.  Several organizations have established funds to help the refugees. Links to major charity groups with refugee relief funds can be found at: UNHCRUnicefMédecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders,Oxfam, the International Red Cross and Save the Children
Collect for this Sunday, October 4: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 Readings for this Sunday: Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old (567); O love, how deep, how broad, how high (448); For the beauty of the earth (416); Joyful, joyful, we adore thee (376);  Service music: S280, S129, S163. 

Events next week: 
Sunday, October 4 (Pentecost XIX):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.) (no Sunday School)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Vestry Meeting (12 noon)
o Blessing of the Animals (3 p.m)
Monday, October 5:
o Knifty Knitters at Mike Vande Weghe's (2 p.m)
Tuesday, October 6:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Staff meeting (1 p.m.)
o Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o Pub Theology at JR's
o ESL (6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 7:
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, October 8:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.)
o EfM and Evening Prayer (5 p.m.)
o ESL (6:30 p.m.)
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, October 9:
o Scott Montgomery Organ Concert and Reception (7:30 p.m)
Saturday, October 10:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, October 11 (Pentecost XX):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Sunday School (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)

October 13: Immanuel Chapel Consecration at Virginia Theological Seminary, 10 a.m.
October 18: Choral Evensong, Feast of St. Luke, 4 p.m. with dinner following.
November 1: Installation of the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop, Washington National
            Cathedral, 12 noon.

I ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, Betsy, David, Debbie, Don, Helen, Irene, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, Lillian, Mary, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Rebecca Brown, Connor Campbell, Jimmy Carter, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Gordon English, Ron Fitts, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Bob Hollett, Ted Huffman, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Barri & Elizabeth Montague,  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 my prayers and that I give thanks for your ministries in our parish community, in Chestertown, and beyond.



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.