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 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.





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, Year C

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 C which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2015 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2016.

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.

Ron Abler has done a wonderful job of collecting Emmanuel's Church History and is pleased to share with you the debut of the website on Emmanuel’s history at http://tritoncollect.wix.com/emmanuel-history. He would appreciate any and all comments, suggestions, criticisms, ideas, etc. Check out the history on our links page above.

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, LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose the eleventh bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The nominees standing for election as the Eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, the Rev. Kathryn A. Andonian, The Very Rev. Brian Grantz, the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, and the Rev. John Mennell visited the diocese May 23-26. We will have a discussion about the candidates, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they match up against what the diocese has identified as the "things we are looking for in the next bishop" on Tuesday evening, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Light refreshments will be served. If you were not able to attend one of the forums in person, a 90 minute video of the forum at St. Michaels can be watched at http://chestertownspy.org/2016/05/25/profiles-in-spirutuality-the-election-of-a-bishop/.


The newly ordained deacon, the Reverend Rachel Field, will serve as the deacon at our 10:30 a.m. Eucharist on June 5. Please join me in welcoming Rachel back to Emmanuel the day after her ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons, and celebrating with her at Coffee Hour.


Julie Vidrick Evans will close the 2015-16 Emmanuel Concert series with an organ concert on Friday June 3, at 7:30 p.m. Ms Evans is an active recitalist and prize-winning organist. She has performed with distinguished ensembles and in solo concerts in cathedrals and concert halls across the U.S. and Eastern Europe including the Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Princeton University Chapel, Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave. in New York. Tickets at the door are $20, ($5 for students). Ms. Evans will greet guests at a reception in the Parish Hall following the concert.


Calling all volunteers! Please do not plan anything exotic or complicated. 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. Please remember to be sure you leave the kitchen as clean and neat as (or cleaner and neater than) it was when you arrived!


Emmanuel is collecting new and nearly new children's books to be donated to the Agape Ministry from now through June 6. Please put your donations in the white plastic tub marked Agape Book Drive. In addition, the loose plate offering on the first Sunday of June will go to Agape Ministries, Diocese of Easton, a ministry for the children of incarcerated parents on the Eastern Shore..


It is almost that time of year when Chestertown plays host to the National Music Festival. Once again, Emmanuel Church will provide free lunch to the Washington College student workers, the NMF students and their mentors, Monday through Friday, June 6-10 and June 13-17. Lunch coordinators Nancy Dick and Pam Abler have planned the menus for the two weeks. If you would like to help in the kitchen, or make brownies and/or cookies for dessert, please contact Nancy Dick at nmdick2@gmail.com or by phone at 410-778-0811. If you are unable to help with the food preparation, but would like to make a financial donation to help offset the costs, please make your check payable to Emmanuel Church and write "NMF lunches" on the memo line.


The first South Kent Mission Cluster collaborative service project is taking shape. The four parishes are coming together to prepare and serve lunch for 175 Horizons campers and their teachers and staff on Friday, July 8th, at their two locations, Radcliffe Creek School and Gunston School. Becky Taylor, St. Paul's, and Lynn McLain, Emmanuel, are co-chairing the event. Pam Abler will serve as master chef. You can help by making cookies and by helping on July 8th to prep (at Emmanuel),and/or deliver, serve, and/or take photographs on July 8. Please contact Lynn at lmclain@ubalt.edu to volunteer. We will also be seeking financial donations from all four parishes in our Cluster. Thank you!

After months of research and with the input of many individuals in the Parish, Ron Abler has launched the Emmanuel Church History website at http://tritoncollect.wix.com/emmanuel-history. Please take a look at this repository of information about Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish drawn from published literature, Emmanuel's archives, and other sources including personal recollections. Ron invites everyone share their comments, suggestions, criticisms, ideas, etc. with him to make this an accurate source of information about our parish's history.

We are still trying to complete the collection of organ concert season schedules for our history file. We are now missing only one. It’s the tri-fold schedule of concerts for the 2011-2012 season, which many of you received in snail mail. If you still have that schedule. Ron Abler would very much like to scan it for our archives, and if you can spare it Ron would like to give it to Bob Tyson to complete his collection. Please contact Ron at 443-282-0961. Thank you!


Vicar Darcy is looking for volunteers (adult and teen) to help with the joint VBS program June 20 - 23 at Chestertown Presbyterian. Volunteer opportunities include: 1) helping prepare the food for dinner, 2) serving as a "lifeguard" (a shepherd), 3) helping with crafts or other activities, 4) helping with clean-up, 5) helping Vicar Darcy on Wednesday June 22. On that evening Vicar Darcy will be the prayer leader and Emmanuel will take a turn leading the singing of grace at dinner, encouraging the mission project: canned food drive to support the food pantry. Speak to Vicar Darcy by June 1.


VBS will be held Monday through Thursday June 20 - 23, beginning with a family dinner each night at 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. followed by the 2-hour VBS program. To register go to cokesburyvbs.com/PCCtownVBS


1. JUNE FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.

2. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). A "FOOD FOR FOOD" program. Please be sure to scan your gas card first!

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Your old cell phones can be recycled through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box can be found in the Narthex.

Collect for this Sunday, May 29 (PENTECOST II): O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43; Psalm 96:1-9; Galatians 1:1-12, Luke 7:1-10.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Glorious things of thee are spoken (522); God bless our native land (716); Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (535); Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old (567). Service music: Kyrie (S86),Sanctus (S124), Christ our Passover (S154).

Events next week:

Sunday, May 29 (Pentecost II, Proper 4):

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day):


Tuesday, May 31:

o GED (9 a. m.); Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.); ESL (on break til fall)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 1:

o GED (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, June 2:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.); ESL (on break til fall)

o EfM (on break til fall)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, June 3:

o Homework Depot trip on the Sultana (3:30 p.m.)

o Burch-Sullivan wedding at Great Oak (6 p.m.)

o Julie Evans Organ Concert (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 4:

o Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons: Rachel Field and Nora Becker (11 a.m.)

Sunday, June 5 (Pentecost III, Proper 5):

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist Rite II with Holy Baptism (Patrick John Warne) (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)


June 7: Parish Conversation about the Candidates for Eleventh Bishop of Easton (7 p.m.)

June 11: Special Convention to Elect Eleventh Bishop of Easton, 10 a.m.

June 18: Vestry Conference/Retreat, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

June 19: Summer Solstice Celebration, St. Paul's, Kent, 7 p.m.

June 20-23: VBS at Chestertown Presbyterian, 5:15 p.m.

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, David, Debbie, Frank, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Herb Friedman, Donna Gibbons-Neff, Theresa Hamer, Sam Heck, Bill House, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Don Moulds, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Jacqui Taylor, Mike VandeWeghe, 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.