Welcome to Emmanuel Church!

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



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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.

Both the Year One text (Collins) and the Year Two text (Powell) have web resources to support users.

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 A, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2013 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2014.

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.






Green remains our liturgical color for the longest season of the church year. This liturgical season began the beginning of the summer. We do continue to offer our usual two services on Sundays (8 and 10:30 a.m.) and our mid-week celebration of the Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing at 12 noon on most Wednesdays. Watch the E-Mail News or check Emmanuel's website (emmanuelchesterparish.org) for any changes in the worship schedule made necessary by the start of the school year or special events.

The 7 p.m. Thursday evening worship service at Emmanuel this evening (September 11, 2014) will be a service of Holy Eucharist with special prayers for peace and in remembrance of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. The service has been organized by the members of the Education for Ministry (EfM) group that meets at Emmanuel. Please join us.

Join us for a festive coffee hour and the Fall Ministry Fair at Emmanuel this Sunday following the 10:30 service. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the many programs, committees and opportunities to get involved at Emmanuel Church.

Our Church School program year will begin this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  All children and youth who are not assigned as acolytes this Sunday are invited to join our Church School teachers for the start of an exciting program year.  We will follow the same schedule as last year: 1st Sunday: "The Children Will Lead;" 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday: Church School; 3rd Sunday: "Children's Chapel." 

ASAC, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition in Kent County, will hold its next meeting Monday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Recovery in Motion Center, A. F. Whittsitt Building, 300 Scheeler Road in Chestertown. Harris Murphy and Andrew Meehan, candidates for State's Attorney (for Kent County) both plan to attend this meeting. Refreshments will be served.

More Than Lunch, the conversational round-robin that meets on alternate Tuesdays, has been canceled for September 16. More Than Lunch will meet again on September 30. Watch the Emmanuel E-Mail News for more information or call  the Church Office at 410-778-3477 if you have questions.

The goal of this conference is to provide information and create opportunity to build communities of support among church leaders and families in addressing the issue of addiction.  For more information see the flyer found in the Narthex at Emmanuel or go to http://dioceseofeaston.org/the-spiritual-journey-from-addiction-to-recovery-conference-offered-by-the-diocese-of-easton/.

Jewelry donations will be much appreciated for the upcoming Christmas bazaar in November. Please leave your donations in the box by the elevator near the Parish Hall. You can also call Elizabeth Hollomon for items best donated in person (703-867-2394). Donations will be accepted until the first Sunday in November (November 2).


Chesapeake College began holding  ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at Emmanuel last week.  Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Church School classrooms.  On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, the Chesapeake College GED class in Chestertown will meet in the large classroom.  Although the new session for GED will not begin until October, a few students are currently completing the summer session with their instructor at Emmanuel. The arrival of Chesapeake College's GED and ESL classes at Emmanuel creates a new opportunity for parishioners and their friends: serving as mentors to students working to obtain their GED or improve their English language skills. You do not have to teach; Chesapeake College supplies the instructors! Mentors seek to put the instructor’s classroom teaching in context, helping the student through rough spots and offering encouragement.  If you are interested in serving as a mentor for these programs, please contact Steve Croker at stevecroker@verizon.net  or the Parish Office (emmanuel778@verizon.net or at 410-778-3477).

Collect for this Sunday, September 14: O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

Readings for this Sunday: Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:1-13; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (410); O bless the Lord, my soul! (411); Now thank we all our God (397); Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (390)

Events next week: 
·  Sunday, September 14 (Pentecost XIV, Proper 19):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee, Fellowship, and Fall Ministry Fair (11:30 a.m.)
·  Monday,September 15:
o Knifty Knitters at Sandy Ryon's (4 Byford Ct.) (2 p.m.)
·  Tuesday, September 16:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o GED/ESL Student Registration (6 p.m.)
o ESL classes ( 6:30 p.m.)
·  Wednesday, September 17:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Brotherhood of St. Andrew (7:30 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
·  Thursday, September 18:
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, September 19:
o   No events scheduled 
·  Saturday, September 20:
o Diocese of Easton Licensed Ministries Training at St. Paul's, Centreville (9 a.m.)
·  Sunday, September 21 (Pentecost XV, Proper 20):
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:  Alan, Ann, Calvin, Carol, Charlie, Chris, David, Debbie, Don, Eileen, Frank, George, Gerry, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Nancy, Richard, Stephen, Virginia, Cindy Anderson, Carol Bain, Ann Boyden, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Michael Duckworth, Ron Fitts, Bert Gibson, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Bill Hull, Virginia Kerr, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Peter Libby, Jane Lours, Joyce McCracken, John McKisson, Stuart Marra, Joan Merriken, John Messer, Diane Miller, Jim Naumann, Joan Palmer, Patricia Patton, Neill Redfern & family, Mort Ryon, 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.