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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 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

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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

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.


The Season After Pentecost


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 JUNE 2015 CALENDAR, SUMMER LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!

First MENTOR TRAINING Session ompleted
Thanks to you who were able to make our first mentor training session Wednesday afternoon, June 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. We held mentor training, registered mentors for the background check through the Kent County Learning Center and conducted the Prevention of Child Abuse/Safe Church training provided for by the Diocese of Easton.  We will have a second session near the end of the summer for those who were unable to attend the June session. People interested in becoming mentors are asked to please contact Steve Croker (stevecroker@verizon.net410-778-1199(443) 480-2476)

Last Saturday, June 27, the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church chose the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, to be the next Presiding Bishop. Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, the House of Bishops elected Bishop Curry on the first ballot (he received 121 votes out of a total of 174 cast) and the House of Deputies confirmed the election by a vote of 800 to 12. Bishop Curry, who has served the Diocese of North Carolina for over 15 years, will be the first African-American to serve the Episcopal Church as its Presiding Bishop. Read more about the election and Bishop Curry here:



Incarnate and loving God, we give you thanks for Bishop Curry’s willingness to serve our church as chief pastor, proclaimer of the Gospel, and bold leader. Assure him of your grace in all things, envelope him with the holiness of your presence in all that he does, and prepare him for the difficulty of the task that lies ahead. We ask these things with particular thanks for the example he has in your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (adapted from a prayer offered on The Episcopal Herald, an online magazine found at http://episcopalherald.com/)

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (a prayer offered on the website of the Episcopal missionary society Acts8 Moment, found at http://www.acts8moment.org/)

More information about the General Convention, the many resolutions to be debated, and decisions to be made there, can be found on the Convention's website, http://www.generalconvention.org/. Live streaming of legislative sessions, daily worship, press round-ups, and other events can be viewed at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/gc/.  Press releases and summaries of the daily business at General Convention can be found at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/.


Earlier this year, Emmanuel switched to a new Internet service provider and changed to a new e-mail address. Some recent incidents of miscommunication have made it clear some parishioners have not updated their e-mail contact lists to include the parish's current address. Please check your contact list to make sure that EmmanuelChestertown@gmail.com is the address you're using to communicate with the church. Many thanks!

Now in its 85th season, the Diocese of Easton’s Camp Wright is once again offering children and youth the experience of a lifetime in a beautiful and sacred place. As Camp Wright expands its successful diversity initiative, the number of new families signing up has expanded enormously. In order to meet their needs, Camp Wright has awarded $18,000 in scholarships. This is in  addition to the generous support for scholarships provided by the Diocese’s Children's Home Foundation. Several families are now on the Camp’s scholarship waiting list. The cost of a week-long stay at resident camp (ages 6-17) averages $630; day camp (ages 5-11) costs $220.

Camp Wright is now asking you to help its expanded ministry by making a donation to the scholarship fund.  You can make a donation and learn more about the Diocese’s camping ministry by visiting www.campwright.com. You can also donate by sending a check, made payable to Camp Wright, to the office at 400 Camp Wright Lane, Stevensville, MD 21666

EfM is a study, prayer, and reflection seminar, designed for mature Christians who want to learn more about how to live into their baptismal covenants on a daily-life basis. In other words, where does your Christian faith meet your daily schedule, or the experiences and people in your daily environment? Out of that faith, how do you live out your own ministry? Mentor and facilitator, Lisa Webb, reminds us that there is room for a few new students in Emmanuel's EfM program this fall. The group (6 to 12 participants and a trained mentor) meets weekly on Thursday evenings from 5 - 7:30 p.m., September through May.  Tuition is $350 per person per year (the discounted rate for  sponsored group). Financial aid is available from the Diocese of Easton and from Emmanuel. If you are interested in finding out more about EfM, please contact Lisa Webb at lisa.pagano15@gmail.com, or Vicar Darcy at drdarcy.williams@gmail.com, or call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477.

The Community Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable food items, but would particularly appreciate donations of boxes of pasta and jars of pasta sauce. The Pantry also welcomes donations of other items including canned meat, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, and cereal. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
Thank you to the many parishioners who have recently hosted Coffee Hour! We are grateful for your generosity and service. We continue to need hosts for 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 July, August, and September. Craig and Andy Jackson will be glad to answer any questions.

If you are not able to host, your donations of baked goods and other food (especially non-perishable snacks) would be greatly appreciated. Please mark donations for "Coffee Hour" and place them in the kitchen. Baked goods and other perishable items should go in the freezer.

Collect for this Sunday, July 5: O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13


Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Hail to the Lord's Anointed (616); Love divine, all loves excelling (657); How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord (637); O beautiful for spacious skies (719);  Service music: S86, S124, S161.

Events next week:

Sunday, July 5 (Pentecost VI):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
Monday, July 6:
o Knifty Knitters at Edith Grassi's (2 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 7:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o ESL classes on break 'til August
o Staff meeting (1 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 8:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, July 9:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Evening Service  (5 p.m.)

o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, July 10:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, July 11:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, July 12 (Pentecost VII):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (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, Debbie, Don, Ethel, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mary, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Rose, Sue, Tyler, Carol Bain, Rebecca Brown, Connor Campbell, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Fred Harmon, Cathy Hartman, Bob Hollett, Bob Kursch, Seery Leighow, Joan Wrightson Merryman, the Rt. Rev. James W. Montgomery, Kevin Shertz, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, 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.