Welcome to Emmanuel Church!

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



Facebook Visit us on Facebook!


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.




As the season of Lent is a more somber and reflective time, we will begin our Eucharistic services with the salutation for Lent, omit the Alleluia at the Fraction and at the Dismissal, and have a brief period of silence following each readings on Sunday morning. As has been the custom at Emmanuel, we will use the Rite I liturgy at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. service, and include the Prayer of Humble Access before Communion. These changes in our Sunday morning worship will be outward and visible signs of our intent to observe a holy Lent "by self-examination and repentance . . . and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." (BCP, 265).

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 monthly calendar, LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!


Gracious God, thank you for the gift of today. Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence in each person that I meet and every event that I encounter. Teach me when to speak and when to listen, when to ponder and when to share. In moments of challenge and decision attune my heart to the whisperings of your Wisdom. As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks, gift me with simple joy. When my day goes well, may I rejoice. When it grows difficult, surprise me with new possibilities. When life is overwhelming, call me to Sabbath moments to restore your Peace and Harmony. May my living today reveal your Goodness. Amen. (Pat Bergen, C.S.J.)


A service in Thanksgiving For and Celebration of the Life of Emily Russell will be held at Emmanuel on Friday, April 29 at 11.am. Emily's family will greet theirs beginning at 10 a.m. in Dwyer Hall before the service and at a reception in the Parish Hall following the service. To read Emily's obituary, go to http://www.myeasternshoremd.com/stardem/obituaries/article_b390dae1-704b-56e1-ba7a-6602b80c4031.html


All are welcome at the 19th Annual St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church Garden Market, North East, MD, on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Vendors from the tri-state area join local merchants and the parishioners of St. Mary Anne's in the parish church yard to offer bedding plants, seedlings for the garden, hanging baskets and all types of garden supplies for sale. There will also be food, entertainment and a silent auction. For more information, go to: http://www.stmaryannesgardenmarket.org/


UTO is an organization of the Episcopal Church that seeks to reduce violence, suffering and poverty through grants to Episcopal and Anglican programs involved in these types of outreach. Please consider a donation to help them continue these works. Envelopes will be available in the pews April 24 and May 1. Please make checks out to UTO, donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support and consideration, Barbara Belden, Chairman UTO, Emmanuel


The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Easton announced the names of the finalists to be considered for election as the Eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton on April 15, 2016. The finalists presented by the Nominating Committee are: the Rev. Kathryn A. Andonian, The Very Rev. Brian Grantz, the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, and the Rev. John Mennell. To learn more about the finalists before they visit the Diocese of Easton in late May, go to http://eastonbishopsearch.org/candidates/


All are invited to a First Friday presentation at the Bordley Center, May 6, 2016, at 4 p.m. Our own Ron Abler will present a program on the History of Emmanuel Church as viewed through its stained glass windows, 1879-1974.


World renowned organist Ken Cowan will return to Emmanuel on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. for his twenty-first performance in the Emmanuel Concert series. Ken received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with John Weaver. In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, $5 for students with ID. There is no charge for children accompanied by an adult. Guests are invited to meet Mr. Cowan at a festive reception in the Parish Hall following the concert.

SAVE THE DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6 P.M., CELEBRATION OF NEW MINISTRY of the Rev. Darcy Williams as Rector of Emmanuel. The Rt. Rev Henry Nutt Parsley, Jr. will be the celebrant. The Rt. Rev. James J. Shand will be the preacher. A festive reception in the Parish Hall follows the service. Please RSVP to the Parish Office, 410-778-3477 or emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com by May 4.


Children entering pre-school through Grade 6 are welcome to participate in this summer's Vacation Bible School, held at Chestertown Presbyterian Church and jointly sponsored by Emmanuel, Sacred Heart, Christ UMC and Chestertown Presbyterian. 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


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!


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 1 (Easter VI): O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10. 22-22:5; John 14:23-29.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): We plow the fields and scatter (291); Sing my soul his wondrous love (467); Come generous Spirit, heavenly Dove (512); All creatures of our God and King (400, omit * verses); Service music (printed on the cards in the pews): Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, arrangement by Malcolm Archer.

Events next week:

Sunday, May 1 (Easter VI):

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

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

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

Monday, May 2:

o Knifty Knitters -- at Suzanne Fischer's (2 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 3:

o GED (9 a. m.); Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 4:

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, May 5:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot (3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o EfM and Evening Prayer (5 p.m.)

o AA meeting (8 p.m.)

Friday, May 6:

o Organ Concert: Ken Cowan, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 7:

o No events scheduled

Sunday, May 8 (Easter VII):

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

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

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


May 11: "Celebration of New Ministry" with the Institution and Induction of the New Rector, 6 p.m.

May 12-13: May Mart, Chestertown

May 14: Diocesan Stewardship Event, Easton

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, Christian, David, Debbie, Don, Donna, Frank, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, John, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Frannie Baldwin, Jerry Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Sam Heck, Bob & Pat Hollett, Bill House, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Bob Kursch, Kathy Landskroener, Annie Lavin, Tricia Lyons, Libby Rice, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, JoAnn Sullivan, 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.