Welcome to Emmanuel Church!
Come join us for EfM!
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 2013-2014 EfM group had 11 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! For more information, contact Lisa Webb, 410-810-4024.
EfM has a page on Facebook.
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.
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
This third season of the liturgical year stretches from the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The liturgical color green representing the growth of the spirit of God within in us in response to his coming at Christmas. Join us during the Epiphany Season as we retell the stories of jesus, the Son of God, and explore the myriad ways God has manifested Godself to us in Christ Jesus, who is the Word made flesh and the Light of the world.
EMMANUEL CHURCH, CHESTER PARISH in pictures:
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This third season of the liturgical year stretches from the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The liturgical color is green representing the growth of the spirit of God within us in response to his coming at Christmas. Join us during the Epiphany season as we retell the stories of Jesus, the Son of God, and explore the myriad ways God has manifested Godself to us in Christ Jesus who is the Word made flesh and the Light of the world.
Let us now in silence listen to the sound of prayer unspoken. Let us each find some space apart today, some captured moment when we can sit in stillness, to calm the commotion of daily cares, to be truly attentive. Let us open our spirits to the things we do not hear, to the voices that are not shared, to the needs no one notices, to the people passed by, to the hidden lives left alone, to the lost souls who do not know how to hope for more than they have when they have so little. Then with all the privilege of our own blessings, let us rise and resolve to do one thing, one good thing, to help those who have come so quietly into our heart.(The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, posted on January 14, 2015).
Today is the feast of Vincent of Saragossa, deacon and martyr. Read more about Vincent here:
Tomorrow, January 23, is the day set aside by the Church of England to honor Charles Gore, a bishop and influential theologian. Read more about Charles Gore here:
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING, SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
The Annual Parish Meeting of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish will be held this Sunday, January 25, at approximately 10:45 a.m. (following a single worship service that will begin at 9:30 a.m.). At the Annual Parish Meeting, the parish will elect new members to the Vestry and delegates to the Diocese of Easton Convention. According to Article IV, Section 5 of our By-Laws, parish members in good standing (as defined in Article III, Section 4 of the By-laws) may make additional nominations to the Vestry and/or for delegate(s) to the Diocesan Convention. Such nominations must be made at least 15 days prior to the Annual Meeting (January 10) and submitted to the Rector, or in his absence, to the Senior Warden. No nomination may be made or accepted without the expressed consent of the nominee. The Nominating Committee has nominated the following parishioners to serve on the Vestry for three years: George McLaughlin (currently serving on the Vestry and eligible for re-election), Nicholas Moulsdale, and Susan Roberson. The Committee has also nominated Elizabeth (Libby) Rice to serve as an alternate delegate to the Diocese of Easton Convention.
MOVIE NIGHT AT EMMANUEL, TUESDAY, JANUARY 27
Join us on Tuesday, January 27 at 6 p.m. for pizza and a showing of the 1947 British film Black Narcissus, starring Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron, and Sabu. This psychological drama depicts the experiences of a group of Anglican nuns who attempt to establish a school and clinic high in the Himalayas. Please RSVP to the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 or email@example.com by noon on Tuesday so that we order enough pizza for all.
SEMINARIAN RACHEL FIELD WILL BE OUR GUEST PREACHER, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Please plan to welcome Rachel Field back to Emmanuel on Theological Education Sunday, the first Sunday of February, when she will be our guest preacher. Rachel, a graduate of Washington College and a member of Emmanuel Church, is a seminarian studying for the priesthood. She is in her second year at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
NORTHERN CONVOCATION MEETING AT EMMANUEL, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2
As part of preparations for the Diocese of Easton's 2015 Convention, Bishop Parsley and other diocesan leaders will meet with representatives of parishes in the Northern Convocation at Emmanuel on Monday, February 2 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER, FEBRUARY 17
It's not too soon to mark your calendars for Emmanuel's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17, hosted by the children of the Church School. Join our Church School families for a Fat Tuesday feast. Watch the weekly E-Mail News for further details.
CAMP WRIGHT HAS BEGUN REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Camp Wright has begun registration for the summer 2015 camping season. For more information go to their website at www.campwright.com.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND!
Emmanuel's need for Coffee Hour hosts continues. The Rector and our dedicated coordinators, Craig and Andy Jackson, encourage you to take a turn hosting this important ministry of hospitality. Coffee Hour gives us a chance to socialize with our fellow parishioners, learn more about each other, and welcome newcomers over a cup of good coffee and a snack. Please sign up on the schedule posted near the kitchen in the Parish Hall. We need your help to continue this very important ministry. Dates are available throughout 2015! For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STAFF THE EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER
The shelter, which houses the homeless overnight during the coldest of the winter months, opened January 2 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown and moves to First United Methodist Church on February 1, remaining there until the end of March. This year they need two volunteers each night for the 5:30-11 p.m. shift (they get fed) and one "sleeper" from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., who should bring his/her own bedding, to assist the regular staff person. In addition, they need a breakfast person from 7-9 am each morning. To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 410-778-0165 and leave a message.
Collect for this Sunday, January 25: Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Dear Lord and Father of mankind (653), O Master, let me walk with thee (659), Christ for the world we sing (537), Thy strong word did cleave the darkness (381) Service music: Gloria in excelsis (S278); Sanctus (S128); Agnus Dei (S165).
Events next week:
• Sunday, January 25 (Epiphany III):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (9:30 a.m.)
o Annual Parish Meeting (10:45 a.m.)
• Monday, January 26, Monday:
o Knifty Knitters at Mike VandeWeghe's (2 p.m.)
Tuesday, January 27:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o Film (and Pizza) Night: Black Narcissus (6 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
• Wednesday, January 28:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
• Thursday, January 29:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, January 30:
o No events scheduled
• Saturday, January 31:
o No events scheduled
• Sunday, February 1 (Rachel Field, Guest Preacher) (Epiphany IV):
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, Charlie, David, Don, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joel, Lillian, Louise, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, John Clark, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Tselane Notaung, Joseph Priester, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, 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.