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101 N. Cross Street,PO Box 875, Chestertown, MD 21620 410.778.3477



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If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and Christian faith, then EfM may be for you. EfM is a distance-learning program offered by the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South. At Emmanuel, EfM begins in early September, and meets weekly, usually Thursday evenings, through the end of May. For more information, contact Lisa Webb (Emmanuel's mentor) at lpagano15@gmail.com, or Laura in the Parish Office at emmanuelhestertown@gmail.com or at 410-778-3477. Scholarship help is available from the Rector and through the Diocese of Easton.

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.

Emmanuel's Concert Series starts soon. Advance tickets can be purchased at the church. Tickets are also available at the door at concert time. For details, click here.

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.

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 2, with our annual Blessing of the Animals service at 2 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Bring your dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, horses, giraffes, and even your pet llama for a short prayer service and to be blessed. In addition, this year we are encouraging everyone to bring a picture of your pet (or pets) to church on Sunday, October 2, and post it on the bulletin board in the parish hall for all to see during coffee hour.

Emmanuel's choir will sing Evensong on the Feast of St. Luke on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m. The evening service is by John Winter, and the anthem is a Healy Willan arrangement of the hymn, "Ye watchers and ye holy ones." William Byrd is the composer of the Preces and Responses.
Please stay after the service, and enjoy a Fall Harvest Dinner in the Parish Hall. Dinner will consist of roast pork, red cabbage, potatoes, green beans, and apple crisp for dessert. The cost will be $20. Our parish children are free; $5.00 for our Washington College students with student ID. Please call or email the church office for reservations, at 410-778- 3477 or emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com.

Join us on Friday evening, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. for the first organ concert of the 2016-17 Emmanuel Concert Series. William Wisnom, organist at Resurrection RC Church in Burtonsville, MD, will perform. He began organ study at the age of 17, and was accepted the following year at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he studied with David Higgs and William Porter. William has received prizes in the Dallas International Organ Competition, the Westminster Choir College Organ Competition, as well as the Dorothy L. deCourt Prize, and the Bruce R. Eicher Award. He has been described as one who plays, “. . .with authority, deep affection for the music, and consummate musicianship,” and who has, “. . .a brilliant technique, and a first-class musical intelligence.” Tickets are $20 at the door.


Please remember to lock your car and house doors. There have been a number of thefts recently, particularly of cash from unattended vehicles.


If you shop at Acme markets, please save your Acme Saver Stamps (one stamp for every $10 spent) and send them in to the Parish Office. We are collecting the stamps again this year to trade for Farberware for the Emmanuel Kitchen and for the families we support through the Christmas Giving Tree.

If you are interested in going to Bishop Marray's Investiture on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and don't want to drive, there will be a van leaving from the back of the Courthouse parking lot on Saturday, October 15 at 9:15 a.m. The cost will be $20. If you are interested in riding to Chesapeake College and back by van, please call or email Laura in the Emmanuel Parish Office at 410-778-3477 OR emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com by TOMORROW, Friday September 30.

Acolytes, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and other Lay Ministers are invited to vest and process during the procession in the liturgy. If you are interested in participating, vesting and processing behind the Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish banner, please contact the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 or emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com as soon as possible. We need to submit the list of names by October 9 to be assured of seating.


Pastor David Ryan and his parishioners at First UMC, 105 N. Mill Street, have begun to host a Community Table on Monday evenings, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the church. The COMMUNITY TABLE is open to anyone to attend. There is no charge for the meal, although a free-will offering will be accepted.


We are looking for hosts for October 2, 16, 23, 30. 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). The proceeds from your receipts for the past six months! Thank you for your support.

2. OCTOBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items, especially pasta, pasta sauce or soup, 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, October 2 (PENTECOST XX): 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: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Awake, my soul, and with the sun (11); Strengthen for service, Lord (312); O what their joy and glory must be (623); O Jesus, I have promised (655). Service music: Kyrie (S98),Sanctus (S128), Agnus Dei (S165).

Events next week:

Sunday, October 2 (Pentecost XX, Proper 22)

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

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.): The Children Shall Lead Sunday

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

o Blessing of the Animals (2 p.m.)

o Eve of Rosh Hashana, Chestertown Havurah (3 p.m.)

Monday, October 3:

o Rosh Hashana (9 a.m.)

o Knifty Knitters (2 p.m.) at Joanie West's

o EfM (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 4:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Homework Depot (3 - 5:30 p.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

o ESL (6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 5:

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, October 6:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Homework Depot (3 - 5:30 p.m.)

o ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, October 7:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, October 8:

o No events scheduled

Sunday, October 9 (Pentecost XXI, Proper 23):

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

o Holy Eucharist Rite II (10:30 a.m.) with Sunday School

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

o Vestry Meeting (12 noon)


Oct 10: Columbus Day, OFFICE CLOSED

Oct 11-12: Chestertown Havurah at Emmanuel: Yom Kippur

Oct 15: Bishop Marray's Investiture

Oct 18: Feast of St. Luke Evensong and Harvest Dinner

Oct 21: William Wisnom Organ Concert, with reception following

Oct 23: Parish Breakfast, " The History of Emmanuel Church in Stained Glass"

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Alec, Brent, David, Debbie, Elmer, Frank, Gracie, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mark, Mary, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Ryan, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Kim Christopher, Ann Deppman, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Yvonne Fenwick, Herb Friedman, Theresa Hamer, Nancy Harmon, Sandy Hoon, Bill House, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Mindee Lee, Ted Mackie, Carol Mosley, the Rev. Joe Mosley, Don Moulds, Mary Deringer Phelps, Jane Proud, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Anne Ward, Joanie West, 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.