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.
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.
The LITURGICAL SEASON OF ADVENT
Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning "coming") is the season beginning four Sundays before Christmas and is the beginning of the liturgical year in the Church.
The Advent season is a time of expectant waiting and prayerful preparation for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas and the second coming of Christ at the end of time. Vestments, the frontal on the altar, the pulpit and lectern hangings will change from green to blue for these four weeks of preparation. Traditionally, the liturgical color for Advent was purple signifying the repentance of the people of God as they awaited the birth of the Infant Jesus celebrated on Christmas. While Advent is still a time of reflection and penitential self-examination, in recent years, many churches have chosen to use blue for Advent, symbolizing the season as a time of hope-filled expectation and anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child.
Advent is a time to step back from the hustle and bustle of our secular and commercial preparations for Christmas and the busyness of the holiday season. It is a time to stop, look and listen for the signs of God's presence in our lives. Just as the sky before dawn is a beautiful deep shade of blue, so the liturgical color of Advent is a deep blue reminding us to watch for the light of Christ dawning in our lives.
Join us for worship every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. for a service of Holy Eucharist. Rite I, or on Wednesdays at noon for the Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing. A service of Advent Vespers will be held on the First Sunday of Advent, and a Festive Service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be held on the Second Sunday of Advent, both at 4 p.m.
A PRAYER FOR ADVENT
O God, as streets fill with shoppers, bright lights and tempting offers, Christmas songs and children’s laughter, you lead us along a different path, to a desert river and a Prophetic voice. A call to repentance. A call to service. A call to immerse ourselves in living water that will never run dry. A call to prepare a way in our own lives for the Saviour of the world to enter in, to know the touch of tender mercy and rest in your forgiving love. For your faithful prophets and your Living Word, we give you thanks. Amen (reprinted from http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Advent.htm)
THIS SUNDAY, the third Sunday of Advent, is sometimes also referred to as Gaudete Sunday. From An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church (Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors; New York: Church Publishing, 2000), we learn the following:
The term Gaudete is derived from the Latin opening words of the introit antiphon "Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always." The theme of the day expresses the joy of anticipation at the approach of the Christmas celebration. This theme reflects a lightening of the tone of the traditional Advent observance. It was appropriate for the celebrant of the Mass to wear rose-colored vestments on this day instead of the deeper violet that were typically used in Advent. This Sunday was also known as "Rose Sunday." This custom is not required in the Episcopal Church, but it is observed by some parishes with a traditional Anglo-catholic piety. This custom is reflected by the practice of including a pink or rose-colored candle among the four candles of an Advent wreath.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR BENEFICIARIES PRESENTATION, DECEMBER 14, 11:30 A.M.
Linda and Hanson Robbins, co-chairs of the 2014 Bazaar cordially invite everyone to attend coffee hour this Sunday, when when we will present our beneficiaries, Fiddlesticks, K.A.R.T., and The Foundation of the Kent County Public Library with their monies. This event will celebrate not only their work but also our good works.
EASTERN SHORE WIND ENSEMBLE, HOLIDAY CONCERT, DECEMBER 14, 4 P.M.
The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble, the community concert band directed by Keith Wharton, will present a free concert, "A Holiday Tapestry" on Sunday, December 14, at 4 p.m. Both familiar and less well-known pieces will be played by the full band and by an eight-member flute ensemble, with some pieces accompanied on the organ by G. Robert Tyson. Refreshments will be available in the Parish Hall for audience and band members following the concert.
LIVE NATIVITY AT INDIANTOWN FARM, DECEMBER 21, 1 TO 4 P.M.
On Sunday, December 21st, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., JoAnn Fairchild and her husband James Wood will host an Open House on their farm outside of Centreville. JoAnn and James are members of the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown (PCC), which extends an invitation to the people of Emmanuel to join them for this occasion and the PCC’s Live Nativity service. Come see the animals, take a peaceful walk along the Chester River, explore the nature trails, and cozy up to the bonfire before the Live Nativity service with Caitlan Quinn and the youth from the PCC begins at 3:30 p.m. Please sign up in the Parish Hall and pick up a copy of the directions to Indiantown Farm at 201 Wood Lane, Centreville MD 21617. Remember to dress warmly from head to toe, and that the event is weather permitting! Email JoAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-758-1088 with any questions.
LOOKING FOR LAPTOPS
Emmanuel launches its new after-school mentoring program in January. We will host children from the middle and high schools, providing help with homework and access to computers. Children in the Kent County Public Schools now use computers every day for instruction and homework when they’re in school. However, over 60 percent of the county’s children have neither a computer nor Internet access at home. Emmanuel has space to provide a safe environment for after-school study, we have Internet access, and we’re actively recruiting volunteer tutors. Now we need computers. As of this week, we’ve received donations for six new laptops (each costs $250). Your tax-deductible donation (of any amount) will help us complete the initial set-up. If you would you like to make a donation or mentor children, contact Steve Croker (email@example.com, 410-778-1199) or our Treasurer Bill Russell (through the Parish Office).
COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY INITIATIVE
Matthew Grande, 8th grade student at The Kent School, is finishing up a holiday season challenge initiative in support of the Community Food Pantry through his school's canned food drive. Through December 17, canned foods can be dropped off at either Colosseum Pizza, in Centreville, or Crimson Pizza & Wine Bar in Chestertown. Both stores are offering incentives for participation. Matthew will also collect all canned goods brought to Emmanuel through this Sunday, December 14.
OOPS, WE SPOKE TOO SOON! KEEP THE STAMPS COMING!
For several weeks. Emmanuel has been collecting the green Saver Stamps offered to Acme customers for every $10 spent. Abundant thanks to those of you who shopped at Acme and passed along your stamps to the parish. Last Sunday we announced we had reached our goal of collecting enough stamps to purchase sets of cookware for three families. A careful recalculation has revealed we need more. If you are not collecting the stamps yourself or if you have extras to spare, please put them in the collection plate at Sunday's services or drop them off at the Parish Office during the week. We will continue the collection through Sunday, January 4, 2015.
PLEDGE CARDS FOR 2015
The Stewardship Committee, the Vestry, and the clergy of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, ask that you prayerfully consider making a financial pledge to support the work of Emmanuel for 2015. Pledge cards and a Stewardship letter were mailed on Saturday, November 15. If you did not receive one and would like to make a financial pledge to Emmanuel, please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 to request a card and copy of the letter. Parishioners are asked to please return their pledge cards as soon as possible to enable the Finance Committee and the Vestry to prepare the budget for 2015.
THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Emmanuel’s popular Christmas Giving Tree will remain in Dwyer Hall through Sunday, December 21. This year, Emmanuel will be providing gifts for several families who have been referred to us by local agencies. Please take an “ornament” from the Giving Tree, buy and wrap the gift, attach the “ornament” to the wrapped gift, and place the gift under the tree by Sunday, December 21– easy! Please be sure to write your name next to the number of the ornament you take. The list of numbers is on the table beside the tree. We hope everyone will participate.
Collect for this Sunday, December 14: Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (59), Blessed be the God of Israel (444), Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (438), Hark! the glad sound! the Savior comes (72)
Events next week:
· Sunday, December 14 (Advent III):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship with Bazaar Awards Presentation (11:30 a.m.)
o Vestry Meeting (12 noon)
o Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble Concert (4 p.m.)
· Monday, December 15:
o Knifty Knitters on break until January 2015
· Tuesday, December 16:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes on break until January
· Wednesday, December 17:
o Brotherhood of St. Andrew (7:30 a.m.)
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, December 18:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes on break until January
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
· Friday, December 19:
o Holiday wreath making (9 a.m.)
· Saturday, December 20:
o Chavurah Hanukkah Party (4 p.m.)
· Sunday, December 21 (Advent IV):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10:30 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, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Talje Chehouri, John Clark, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Nancy Harmon, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Joseph Priester, Marcia Reilly, June Robinson, Peg Schreiber, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward, Gil Watson, 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.