Welcome to Emmanuel Church!
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.
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!
A SUMMER PRAYER
Long warm days . . . The pace of life slows. . . A time for picnics and rest in the shade. . . Lord, help me to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down my restless heart and fill me with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen. (from http://www.catholicdigest.com/articles/faith/praying/2012/06-18/a-summer-prayer-and-blessing)
As you take time this summer to relax with your family and friends or just by yourself, to travel, to enjoy the beauty of God's creation, and to be refreshed, remember to take time to pray, and to seek and serve God in all you do. I invite you to join us when you are in town on Sunday mornings to celebrate God's gift of Jesus in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, and to share your stories and summer adventures with us. Hope to see you this Sunday!
ADDRESS UPDATE CARDS WERE DUE JULY 15
Please check your information in the Autumn 2015 Parish Directory to be sure it is correct. If there are any changes in your contact information, please let us know as soon as possible. We are working on the next edition of our Parish Directory and want it to be as complete and correct as possible. Address Update Cards for the Autumn 2016 Parish Directory were mailed with the summer issue of The Messenger and were due last week.
It will soon be August, then 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.
Acolytes: if your child is between the ages of 7 and 18 and wishes to become an acolyte, please contact Vicar Darcy at the church, or Craig Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have another training this fall.
Altar Guild -- members work in teams to prepare the altar for services, and to care for the sacristy and its associated elements. Contact Altar Guild Chair, Mary McGinnis at email@example.com to volunteer.
Church School -- Sunday school teachers work with our children ages 4 - pre-teen on Sunday mornings to present stories from the Bible and lessons about our Christian faith. Each lesson has a hands-on aspect and once a month the teachers invite all the children to work together on a "Messy Sunday School" project. Contact Sunday School Coordinator, Jenny Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
EFM AT EMMANUEL BEGINS AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER
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 email@example.com, or Laura in the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-778-3477. Scholarship help is available from the Rector and through the Diocese of Easton.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED
We are looking for hosts for August 7, 14, 21, 28 and September 4, 11, 18, 25. 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. We submitted another $9,684 of qualifying register tapes this week. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). Thank you for your continued support.
2. JULY FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items, especially cereal, 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, July 24 (PENTECOST X): O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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: Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13.
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Our Father, by whose Name (587); Thy kingdom come, O God! (613); Thy kingdom come! on bended knee (615); Praise my soul, the king of heaven (410). Service music: Kyrie (S86),Sanctus (S124), Christ our Passover (S154).
Events next week:
Sunday, July 24 (Pentecost X, Proper 12):
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, July 25 :
o Knifty Knitters on break until September
Tuesday, July 26:
o GED (9 a.m.)
o Caregiver's Group (10:30 a.m.)
Wednesday, July 27:
o GED (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, July 28:
o GED (9 a.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
Friday, July 29:
o No Events Scheduled
Saturday, July 30:
o Music in the Park (7 p.m.: Emmanuel is a back-up site in case of rain)
Sunday, July 31 (Pentecost XI, Proper 13):
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.)
August 5: Deadline for next issue of The Messenger
August 27: Jumble Sale
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, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Mark, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Ryan, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Yvonne Fenwick, Herb Friedman, Theresa Hamer, Sam Heck, Bill House, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Deannie Lee, Mindee Lee, Peggy Markman, Don Moulds, Mary Deringer Phelps, 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