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
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 B, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2014 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2015.
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.
EMMANUEL'S PARISH OFFICE HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
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.
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, FALL LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!
PLEASE SEE THE "SERMONS and NEWSLETTER PAGE" (above) for the Senior Warden's announcement on our newly appointed "Priest-in-Charge"
THANKSGIVING EVENSONG, TONIGHT, NOVEMBER 25, 6 P.M.
Please join us tonight for a beautiful service of Evensong in celebration of Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. in the church.
ON THIS THANKSGIVING DAY WEEKEND
I offer my prayers of Thanksgiving every day, but especially this week, for each and every member of the Emmanuel Church community. I am blessed to serve as your priest and to spend time with you as you spread the light of Christ in Chestertown and all along the Eastern Shore and to everyone you meet. As you celebrate Thanksgiving Day, you may wish to share "My Sacrament of Thanksgiving" written by Howard Thurman over 60 years ago. It is as thoughtful and appropriate a prayer today as it was when he first penned it. To read Thurman's Thanksgiving Prayer in its entirety, go to http://blogs.bu.edu/sermons/2008/11/23/a-thanksgiving-prayer/
CONGRATULATIONS AND MANY THANKS TO LINDA AND HANSON ROBBINS
Last week's Preview Party and Christmas Bazaar were wonderfully successful! Emmanuel glowed with camaraderie, fellowship and the holiday spirit. The decorations were lovely. The food was outstanding. The Parish Hall was filled with gifts of every kind. Many, many individuals, led by our Christmas Bazaar co-chairs, Linda and Hanson Robbins, worked hard to make this a successful event which raised thousands of dollars for our beneficiary organizations: Community Mediation Upper Shore, The Good Neighbor Fund, and Meals on Wheels. A big THANK YOU to all who participated in any way!
ADVENT VESPERS, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 4 P.M.
Join Vicar Darcy for a service of Advent Vespers at 4 p.m. on Advent I and on Advent IV. Contemplative music will help focus our thoughts and prayers for this service of Evening Prayer specially designed for the Advent season.
THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Emmanuel's popular Christmas Giving Tree will be up Sunday, November 29, and remain in Dwyer Hall through Sunday, December 20. 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 20 – 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.
CHILDREN'S HOME FOUNDATION SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Now is the time when we think of others. Please remember to bring your gift to the Children's Home Foundation on December 6. Please make your tax-deductible check payable to the Children's Home Foundation. In addition, the loose plate offering that Sunday will also benefit CHF. Thank you. ~~ Mary Booth Davis, CHF Representative.
A REQUEST FROM THE TREASURER
Please return your pledge card as soon as possible so that the Finance Committee and Vestry in coordination with our priest have the information they need to plan the 2016 budget and program year. Also, please make every effort to bring your 2015 pledge payments up to date.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH, JANUARY 31, 2016
The Annual Meeting of Chester Parish will be held January 31, 2016, at which time we will elect three eligible members of the parish to serve 3-year terms on the Vestry, and we will also elect an alternate delegate to the Diocesan Convention. The Vestry Nominating Committee is being chaired by Ron Abler, whose second term on the Vestry will expire with this Annual Meeting. Other members of the Nominating Committee are Steve Croker, Nancy Dick, Libby Rice and Lisa Webb.
EASTERN SHORE WIND ENSEMBLE HOLIDAY CONCERT, DECEMBER 6, 4 P.M.
The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble will present its annual free December holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Emmanuel. The audience is invited to have refreshments with the band in the Parish Hall following the concert. The program, titled “Make a Joyful Noise!” will include familiar Christmas carols, music in celebration of Hanukkah and the ever popular “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.
WINTER COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE
Emmanuel Church is once again collecting warm winter coats and blankets to be given to families in need in Kent County this winter. Although blankets, and warm coats and jackets of all sizes are needed, this year we are focusing primarily on coats and jackets for children, especially school-aged children. Please put your donations in the large cardboard box located in the Narthex.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED
Thank you to all who have graciously hosted Coffee Hour in recent months. Your generosity and hospitality are greatly appreciated by all of us who have enjoyed good food and good conversation after the 10:30 Sunday morning services. Looking ahead to December and January, we see many open opportunities to host Coffee Hour. You do not need to plan anything exotic or complicated. You don't have to bake. Cheese and crackers, grapes, cookies, and donut holes make good snacks to munch on while sipping coffee and chatting with other parishioners. Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall.
1. DECEMBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST! During the month of December, we are collecting canned tuna and other meats for the Community Food Pantry. The Pantry also welcomes donations of other non-perishable food items such as peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, soup, cereal, and canned fruits and vegetables. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
2. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. The Cell Phones for Soldiers program is alive and well all over the world, and Emmanuel’s collection box is back in the Narthex. The proceeds provide free international phone cards for members of all branches of our armed services. Thank you for your help.
3. REDNER'S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. Please drop your register receipts in the box provided in the Narthex. We recently submitted over $6,000 in register receipts and are awaiting our first check from Redner's which will go to help the Community Food Pantry. Thank you for your help.
Collect for this Sunday, November 29 (Advent I): Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25: 1-9; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Lo, he comes, with clouds descending (58); Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding (59); "Sleepers, wake!" A voice astounds us (61); Watchman, tell us of the night (640); Service music: S102 (Trisagion), S114 (Sanctus), S158 (Agnus Dei).
Events next week:
Sunday, November 29 (Advent I):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I and "Messy" Sunday School (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
Monday, November 30:
o Knifty Knitters on break until mid-January
Tuesday, December 1:
o Garden Club: Greening the Town (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
o GED class (9 a.m.); Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o Webinar on the Spirituality of Aging (7:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, December 2:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Compass Regional Hospice Tree Lighting (4 p.m.)
o Northern Convocation Meeting, St. Stephen's, Earleville (7 p.m.)
Thursday, December 3:
o GED class (9 a.m.); Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)
o AA Meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, December 4:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, December 5:
o Funeral Service: Louise "Twinkie" Smith (11 a.m.)
Sunday, December 6 (Advent II):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I, "The Children Will Lead Sunday"(10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o ESWE Concert (4 p.m.)
December 8: Pub Theology, 6 p.m.
December 13: Advent/Christmas Lessons and Carols, 4 p.m.
December 21: Wreath Making, 9 a.m.
I ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, Betsy, David, Debbie, Don, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Peggy, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Jimmy Carter, Ray Dietrichs, Travis Fisher, Ron Fitts, Herb Friedman, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Bob & Pat Hollett, Ted Huffman, George Kastendike, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Barri & Elizabeth Montague, Alex Rasin, Carlos Salcedo, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward.
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, Priest-in-Charge
Emmanuel Church, Chestertown, MD
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.