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!


The triune God is like a plant with its root, shoot, and fruit: deep, invisible root, green stem reaching into the world, and flower that opens to spread beauty and fragrance and to fructify the earth with its fruit and seed (Spirit). And it is all the one living plant. (Elizabeth A. Johnson, Professor of Theology, Fordham University)


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!


The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble will present their final concert of the season, "Made in America" on Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. The program will include works by American classical, Broadway, and jazz composers. Washington College student Emma Hoey will be featured as trumpet soloist. Dr. Keith Wharton is the Conductor. Admission is free.


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. will visit the diocese May 23-26, and will be present in each of the three convocations to answer questions and meet the people of the Diocese of Easton. The Northern Convocation evening candidate forum will be on Wednesday, May 25, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul's Centreville.

To learn more about the finalists, go to http://eastonbishopsearch.org/candidates/.


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.


Agape Ministries, a ministry of the Diocese of Easton that supports the children of incarcerated parents on the Eastern Shore, is holding their annual fund drive. This ministry has grown from a summer only program to a year-round program that provides positive support for these children and their families. Along with the usual camp activities at Camp Wright, like kayaking and campfires, the Agape Ministry provides a 1,000 book library for the use of the campers. Campers are encouraged to take books home with them to build homes libraries. Emmanuel will be collecting new and nearly new 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.


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!

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. MAY FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring breakfast items like cereal or breakfast bars 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 22 (Trinity Sunday): 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: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! (362); Holy God, we praise thy Name (366, vs 1-4 only); Immortal, invisible, God only wise (423); God is love, let heaven adore him (379). Service music: Sanctus (S124), Christ our Passover (S154).

Events next week:

Sunday, May 22 (Trinity Sunday):

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

o Holy Baptism (Barrett Snead) and Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Sunday School (10:30 a.m.)

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

o ESWE Concert: "Made in America" (4 p.m.)

Monday, May 23:

o Knifty Knitters -- at Joan West's (2 p.m.)

o Bishop Candidate Forum, St. Peter's, Salisbury (6:45 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 24:

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

o Caregivers' Group (10:30 a.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

o Bishop Candidate Forum, Christ Church, St. Michaels (6:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 25:

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.)

o Bishop Candidate Forum, St. Paul's, Centreville (6:45 p.m.)

Thursday, May 26:

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

o EfM and evening prayer (5 p.m.)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, May 27:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, May 28:

o No events scheduled

Sunday, May 29 (Second Sunday after Pentecost, 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.)


May 30: Memorial Day, Office Closed

June 4: Rachel Field & Nora Becker: Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons, Trinity Cathedral, Easton, 11.a.m.

June 5: Baptism of Patrick John Warne, 10:30 a.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.

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, David, Debbie, Donna, Frank, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Herb Friedman, 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.