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101 N. Cross Street,PO Box 875, Chestertown, MD 21620 410.778.3477



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If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and Christian faith, then EfM may be for you. EfM is a distance-learning program offered by the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South. At Emmanuel, EfM begins in early September, and meets weekly, usually Thursday evenings, through the end of May. For more information, contact Lisa Webb (Emmanuel's mentor) at lpagano15@gmail.com, or Laura in the Parish Office at emmanuelhestertown@gmail.com or at 410-778-3477. Scholarship help is available from the Rector and through the Diocese of Easton.

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, 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.

Emmanuel's Concert Series starts soon. Advance tickets can be purchased at the church. Tickets are also available at the door at concert time. For details, click here.

May God protect the innocent and vulnerable, the shoppers and the strollers, the average family going about its life, the everyday person crossing the street, may God protect them all from mindless harm born of an embittered soul. May God strengthen the wise and the determined, the good hearts from every corner who seek the shared center, the path to peace, the firm foundation of justice. May God bring us soon to safety, and sooner still to resolution, that a coming dawn may one day rise on quiet streets and sleeping fields. (Bishop Steven Charleston)

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 2, with our annual Blessing of the Animals service at 2 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Bring your dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, horses, giraffes, and even your pet llama for a short service of prayer and to be blessed. In addition, this year we are encouraging everyone to bring a picture of your pet (or pets) to church on Sunday, October 2. We will have a bulletin board in the parish hall where you can post the picture for all to see during coffee hour.

If you are interested in going to Bishop Marray's Investiture on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and don't want to drive, there will be a van leaving from the back of the Courthouse parking lot on Saturday, October 15 at 9:15 a.m. The cost will be $20. If you are interested in riding Chesapeake College and back by van, please call or email Laura in the Emmanuel Parish Office at 410-778-3477 OR emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com by Friday September 30.


This workshop will explore the connection between God's abundance and our understanding of stewardship. There will be time for fellowship, prayer, reflection, and story sharing and resources will be shared from The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), and our Diocesan Workshop held last May. Each of the three workshops will begin with a light meal and time for connecting during the first hour. The program will fill the last three hours. Come for the full 4 hours, or just the program. A free-will offering will be taken. Email francie@retreathousehillsboro.org, OR call 410-364-7042, to register or go to: http://godsabundance.eventbrite.com Choose one:

WEDNESDAY, September 28, 5 - 9 p.m. at St. Peter's, Salisbury or

THURSDAY, September 29, 5 - 9 p.m. at Shrewsbury Parish, Kennedyville or

SUNDAY, October 2, 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Retreat House at Hillsboro


If you shop at Acme markets, please save your Acme Saver Stamps (one stamp for every $10 spent) and send them in to the Parish Office. We are collecting the stamps again this year to trade for Farberware for the Emmanuel Kitchen and for the families we support through the Christmas Giving Tree.


Pastor David Ryan and his parishioners at First UMC, 105 N. Mill Street, have begun to host a Community Table on Monday evenings, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the church. This is a trial program that he hopes will grow. The COMMUNITY TABLE is open to anyone to attend. There is no charge for the meal, although a free-will offering will be accepted. At this time, Pastor David and his wife are preparing and serving the meals, but would like different community groups to take a turn.

The Transition Committee writes: "We will be celebrating the Investiture of our new Bishop on Saturday October 15 at Todd Performance Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills. In order to celebrate the fullness of baptized ministry in the diocese, Acolytes, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and other Lay Ministers are invited to vest and process during the procession in the liturgy." If you are interested in participating, vesting and processing behind the Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish banner, please contact the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 or emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com as soon as possible. We need to submit the list of names by October 9 to be assured of seating.


We are looking for hosts for October 2, 16, 23, 30. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. If you can't host, please consider bringing something to share. Cheese and crackers, grapes or other fruit, donut holes, coffee cake, or cookies are all great snacks. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall. Please remember to leave the kitchen as clean and neat as (or cleaner and neater than) it was when you arrived! Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have.


1. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). Last week we sent a check in the amount of $276.13 to the Community Food Pantry, the proceeds from your receipts for the past six months! Thank you for your support.

2. SEPTEMBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items, especially cereal, peanut butter and jelly, and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Recycle your cell phones through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box is in the Narthex.

Collect for this Sunday, September 25 (PENTECOST XIX): O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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: Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): God of grace and God of glory (594); I'll praise my Maker while I've breath (429); Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (438); Ye holy angels bright (625). Service music: Kyrie (S98),Sanctus (S128), Agnus Dei (S165).

Events next week:

Sunday, September 25 (Pentecost XIX, Proper 21)

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

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

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

Monday, September 26:

o Knifty Knitters (2 p.m.) at Jane Scott's

o EfM (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 27:

o GED (9 a.m.)

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

o Homework Depot (3 - 5:30 p.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 28:

o GED (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, September 29:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Heron Point Tea (2 p.m.)

o Homework Depot (3 - 5:30 p.m.)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, September 30:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, October 1:

o Kappa Sigma fraternity Pancakes for Prostate Research (8 a.m.)

o Historical Society of Kent County House Tours: Emmanuel Church (1 p.m.)

Sunday, October 2 (Pentecost XX, Proper 22):

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

o Holy Eucharist Rite II (10:30 a.m.) "The Children Shall Lead"

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

o Blessing of the Animals (2 p.m.)

o Chestertown Havurah at Emmanuel (3 p.m.)


Oct. 2-3: Chestertown Havurah at Emmanuel: Rosh Hashana

Oct 9: Vestry Meeting

Oct 11-12: Chestertown Havurah at Emmanuel: Yom Kippur

Oct 15: Bishop Marray's Investiture

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Alec, Brent, David, Debbie, Elmer, Frank, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mark, Mary, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Ryan, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Kim Christopher, Ann Deppman, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Yvonne Fenwick, Herb Friedman, Theresa Hamer, Nancy Harmon, Isaac Harrington, Bill House, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Sean Kavanagh, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Deannie Lee, Mindee Lee, Edward Maxcy, Carol Mosley, the Rev. Joe Mosley, Don Moulds, Mary Deringer Phelps, Libby Rice, Gracie Rienhoff, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Anne Ward, Joanie West, Todd Wiggins.

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, Rector
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
PO Box 875, 101 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620