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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.

"I believe we are here for a reason. I believe we were not born into this generation by accident. I believe that the community of which we are a part came into being with a purpose. In a time when so many shadows hang over our world, our task is to be an alternative of light. Where there is doubt, we can inspire hope. Where there is anger, we can offer reconciliation. Where there is prejudice, we can embody shared respect. To do this, we do not have to agree on how we pray or how we vote. We only need to agree that what unites us is stronger than what divides us: our vocation is to show the world that love is stronger than fear." (posted by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, March 12, 2015).

Sunday, March 29, Palm/Passion Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I, beginning with the Liturgy of the Palms at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Monday, March 30, Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1 , Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with anointing for healing, 12 noon.
Thursday, April 2, Maundy Thursday
            Foot-washing Liturgy in the Parish Hall, 5 p.m.
            Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with stripping of the altar, 6 p.m.
            Vigil, "Can You Watch With Me for One Hour?" in the Garth, for 1 hour following the Eucharist
Friday, April 3, Good Friday Liturgy, at noon and 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 5, Easter Sunday, Holy Eucharist, at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The youth of Emmanuel Church have designated this year's Lenten collection "Give Change to Make Change" to be used to support their project of rebuilding Chester Cabin at Camp Wright. The monies collected during Lent 2015 and on Easter Sunday will be combined with the proceeds from the Pancake Brunch held February 21. The response so far has been impressive and as of March 26, our young people have raised almost half of the $7,000 needed to fully fund the renovation of Chester Cabin. Please help our youth, as you are able, with this worthwhile project.

We are pleased to announce that Emmanuel is the recipient of a CHALLENGE GRANT opportunity. An anonymous parishioner has offered to match all cash and check contributions to the Chester Cabin "Give Change To Make Change" collection from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday up to a total of $600! Help us by donating what you can in cash or by check to the jars this Sunday and next so this $600 challenge grant becomes $1200.

With Easter less than three weeks away, the Flower Guild asks that requests and donations for Easter memorials should be made by Tuesday, March 31 for inclusion in the Easter service bulletins. A suggested donation of $50 is requested to accompany the name or names you wish included in the memorials. Checks should be made out to Emmanuel Church with “Easter flowers” in the memo line. Please be sure to print the name of the  person you are remembering as you would like it to appear in the leaflet. Please contact the Parish Office (emmanuelchestertown@gmail or 410-778-3477) if you have any questions.

Saturday March 28th   9:00 AM - 2:00 PM  A Quiet Day of Silence and Meditation.  Sometimes it is difficult to make time to slow down and receive from God, and this morning of quiet is a perfect opportunity to rest and receive from our loving God all that God wishes to give us.  We will have several meditations offered by our leader, Sr. BJ Brown, interspersed with time and space to be still with God. Suggested donation: $25 - $40.  Includes lunch.    
Saturday April 4th     5:30-7:30 PM   Easter Saturday: A Contemplative Service of Watching and Waiting  In the church at the Retreat House at St. Paul's Church, Hillsboro. Holy Saturday is a time of waiting… a time that is in between the deep grief of Good Friday and the deep joy of Easter morning.  Come join us as we share a meditative, quiet service of listening for the heartbeat of God in the time in between.  The service will include times of spoken prayer, times of silent prayer and Taize music.  The Reverend Tom Hughes will officiate. To register for either program contact Francie Thayer by email at francie@retreathousehillsboro.org, or by phone at 410-364-7042.

From Linda and Hanson Robbins: Please come to the first meeting of the 2015 Christmas Bazaar Committee on Sunday, April 12, after Coffee Hour. Bring any friends! We had such great participation last year, let's double it!

On Yam Hashoah, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust, Dr. Gary Schiff will present a lecture and slide show covering 500 years of Jewish history in the Netherlands. The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall at Washington College. Dr. Schiff, adjunct professor of history, will chronicle the experience of Jews who began arriving as refugees in a newly independent and tolerant Holland beginning in the late 1500's. While Dutch tolerance and acceptance of Jews was well known, the experience of the Dutch Jews under the Nazis was actually the worst of any Western European country.

On Friday, Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.,  David Schelat will join us for his second appearance in Emmanuel's Organ Concert Series. David is the Minister of Music at First and Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE. He is also the Dean of the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is a frequent recitalist in the mid-Atlantic region, has been heard on the nationally syndicated program on American Public Media, "Pipedreams," and is a member of the Concert Organist Cooperative. He has planned and played numerous hymn festivals in the United States, Canada, and in Europe, including festivals for conferences of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.  


Thank you to the many parishioners who have hosted Coffee Hour in the past few months! We are grateful for your generosity and service. However, we need hosts for the 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 the April, May and June. Craig and Andy Jackson will be glad to answer any questions.

Attention Needlepointers (or Needlepointers to be). If you are interested in participating in a needlepoint project for the church (we're making a rug), please contact: Elizabeth Hollomon (Elizabethhollomon@mac.com or 703-867-2394). Novices are most welcome!

The Community Food Pantry needs our support year-round, but even as winter gives way to spring. Donations of canned goods, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal or other non-perishable food items may be placed in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
Collect for this Sunday, March 29: Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms: John 12:12-16; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Liturgy of the Word: An adaptation of the readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): All glory, laud, and honor (154); O sacred head, sore wounded (168); Alone, thou goest forth, O Lord (164); Service music: Trisagion (S102), Sanctus (S114), Agnus Dei (S158).

Events next week:

Sunday, March 29 (Palm/Passion Sunday):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
Monday, March 30:
o Knifty Knitters at Jane Scott's (2 p.m.)
o Evening Prayer (5:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 31:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 1:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist Rite I with anointing for healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, April 2 (Maundy Thursday):
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Foot-washing Liturgy (5 p.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I, and Stripping of the Altar (6 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
o Vigil in the Garth (for 1 hour following the Eucharist)
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, April 3 (Good Friday):
o Good Friday Liturgy (12 noon)
o Good Friday Liturgy (6 p.m.)
Saturday, April 4:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, April 5 (Easter Sunday):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (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: Ann, David, Don, Gerry, Gracie, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Fred Harmon, Bob Hollett, Kristin Jorgenson, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Joseph Priester, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, 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.