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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! 
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.


LENT 2015
            On Ash Wednesday we are invited "to the observance of a Holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP 265).  This day marks the beginning of a liturgical season dedicated to reminding us of what God has done and continues to do for us in our daily lives. By focusing on God's message of forgiveness and absolution, we are called to renew our commitment to Christ and his church as we reflect on Jesus' life, death and glorious resurrection.
            Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.
            Today, Lent is marked by a time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry by facing the temptations that could lead him to abandon his mission and calling.
            Join us at Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, for a holy Lent.  All are welcome to join in this time of prayer, self-examination, and repentance as we seek to realign ourselves with God's vision for us as members of the Body of Christ.






Advent Season 2014:


Emmanuel Youth Plays "A Festive Trumpet Tune"


Trinity Sunday, 2014, and Confirmation at Emmanuel


A Seminarian Preaches

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.

This Sunday, the first Sunday After Pentecost, is Trinity Sunday, officially called "The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity." It is one of the few celebrations of the Christian Year that commemorates a reality and doctrine rather than a person or event. On Trinity Sunday, the faithful remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is symbolic of the unity of the Trinity. The Eastern Churches have no tradition of Trinity Sunday, arguing that they celebrate the Trinity every Sunday. Westerners do as well, although they set aside a special feast day for the purpose. To read more about Trinity Sunday and our understanding of the Triune God, go to http://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/trinity-sunday or to http://www.churchyear.net/trinitysunday.html

On Sunday, May 31, at 9 a.m., we will have a Parish Conversation in preparation for the Special Convention of the Diocese of Easton to be held on June 6, 2015 to decide a path forward for the Episcopate in Easton. The clergy and delegates from Emmanuel will present the information they received at the Pre-Convention Convocation meeting held on Sunday, May 17. That information includes the reports of the work done and information gathered by the Discernment Committee, the Diocesan Council, the Standing Committee, and Bishop Parsley since our February Diocesan Convention. Everyone who is interested in making an informed decision about the future of the Episcopate in the Diocese of Easton is urged to attend.

There will be only one UTO collection this year. It will take place on Sunday May 31 and Sunday June 7. As we rush about during this beautiful, inspiring and busy time of year please take a moment to consider a United Thank Offering donation. This Episcopal church organization funds projects around the world to improve the lives of others less fortunate. For more information about UTO and the UTO grants, go to http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering. Please place your donation to UTO in one of the envelopes which are available in the church and in the Narthex. Checks made payable to Emmanuel Church should have "UTO Ingathering" on the memo line. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile program.

Larry Denton, an authority on the secession crisis that preceded the outbreak of the Civil War, will explore this question at the Bordley History Center on Friday, June 5 at 4 p.m. Mr. Denton is the author of Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War, the story of a group of Virginia political leaders who made an heroic effort to prevent the outbreak of war in the spring of 1861. The Bordley History Center is located at 301 High Street in the center of Chestertown. History Happy Hour is an ongoing program sponsored by Historical Society of Kent County.

Once again Emmanuel will provide free lunches to the student workers at Washington College, and to the student musicians practicing at Emmanuel weekdays during the 2015 National Music Festival which runs from Sunday, May 31 through Saturday, June 13. This year, we plan to keep the menu simple: we will offer sandwiches, yogurt, salad, cookies and a beverage. We could still us some help to make this happen. If you are able to help, please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477, or Ed Maxcy at 410-778-0129 to volunteer. If there is no answer, please leave a message.

If you would like to help with this important outreach ministry, but are unable to be present to help in the kitchen, homemade cookies, cupcakes and brownies are always a hit. Also, a monetary donation toward the purchase of supplies would be very helpful and much appreciated. Checks should be made payable to Emmanuel Church; please write "NMF student lunches" on the memo line.

The Community Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable food items, but would particularly appreciate donations of cans of chicken, stew, chili or other canned meat products. The Pantry also welcomes donations of other items including peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, and cereal. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.

Thank you to the many parishioners who have recently hosted Coffee Hour! We are grateful for your generosity and service. We continue to need hosts for upcoming Sundays. A simple spread of some snacks and freshly made coffee are all that is necessary. Please take this opportunity to volunteer as a host or co-host of Coffee Hour. The sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board nearest the kitchen in the Parish Hall. There are plenty of opportunities to be a part of this important ministry in June, July and August. Craig and Andy Jackson will be glad to answer any questions.

If you are not able to host, your donations of baked goods and other food (especially non-perishable snacks) would be greatly appreciated. Please mark donations for "Coffee Hour" and place them in the kitchen. Baked goods and other perishable items should go in the freezer.

Collect for this Sunday, May 31: Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen..

Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! (362), Immortal, invisible, God only wise (423), Round the Lord in glory seated (367), God the Omnipotent! King, who ordainest (569); Service music: Kyrie (S 86), Sanctus (S 124), Agnus Dei (S161).

Events next week:
Sunday, May 31 (Trinity Sunday):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Parish Conversation (9 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
Monday, June 1:
o Lunch for NMF students and workers (11:30 a.m.)
o Knifty Knitters at Sandy Ryon's (2 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 2:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Lunch for NMF students and workers (11:30 a.m.)
o ESL classes on break 'til August
Wednesday, June 3:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Lunch for NMF students and workers (11:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, June 4:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Lunch for NMF students and workers (11:30 a.m.)
o EfM on break until fall
o GED Math Class (5 p.m.)
o Evening Service (5 p.m.)
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, June 5:
o NMF rehearsal (10 a.m.)
o Lunch for NMF students and workers (11:30 a.m.)
Saturday, June 6:
o Special Convention of the Diocese of Easton at Trinity Cathedral (9:30 a.m.)
Sunday, June 7 (Pentecost II):
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.)
o NMF concert (2 p.m.)

We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, David, Debbie, Don, Gerry, Gracie, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mary, Mary Laura, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Sue, Tyler, Carol Bain, Rebecca Brown, Connor Campbell, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Gordon English, Karen Franklin, Eddie Gillespie, Fred Harmon, Cathy Hartman, Theresa Hamer, Bob Hollett, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, the Rt. Rev. James W. Montgomery, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, 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.