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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! 
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 2013-2014 EfM group had 11 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!  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.

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

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 A, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2013 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2014.

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.





With Trinity Sunday behind us, we shift to green as our liturgical color and enter the longest season of the church year. This liturgical season sometimes begins in mid-spring, but in 2014, the start of the Season after Pentecost (the Episcopal Church's formal name for this period) barely precedes the beginning of summer. The Episcopal Church has no formal rituals for this Saturday's solstice (we leave that to our Druid friends), but in summer, life at Emmanuel certainly slows down. We do, however, continue to offer our usual two services on Sundays (8 and 10:30 a.m.) and our mid-week celebration of the Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing at 12 noon on most Wednesdays. Watch the E-Mail News or check Emmanuel's website (emmanuelchesterparish.org) for any changes in the worship schedule made necessary by vacation schedules or special events.

With the warm weather of summer come plans for vacation travel.   This means not only will we be traveling to other cities, towns, and even other countries, but vacationers will be traveling here to visit Chestertown and surrounding areas.  Let us remember to be good hosts, to greet our visitors warmly and make them feel welcome in our town.  This is especially important when newcomers visit our church.  Whether they are just stopping by to see our historic building, or coming to worship with us on a Sunday morning, we have a tremendous opportunity to show others our hospitality and welcome them as we would like to be welcomed in their hometown.

For all who are traveling this summer, may this Vacation Prayer from the Greek Orthodox Church prayerbook be in our hearts and on our lips:
            "Dear Lord, how we’ve waited for this vacation, and now it’s finally here.  Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to take a break from our daily routines and to replenish our minds, bodies and souls so they we may better serve You.  Sometimes our expectations for vacations are unrealistic,, and we find ourselves disappointed when things don’t go our way.  Help us not to worry about having the ‘perfect’ vaction but to relax and enjoy every moment, whatever it may bring.  We are grateful for the joys that await us-whether they be the beauty of your creation, recreation with family or friends, or peace and solitude.  Watch over us and protect us as we travel, and brings us safely home again-refreshed and renewed.  Amen."

Today, July 17, is the feast of William White, the first Bishop of Pennsylvania and the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Read more about William White here: http://www.justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/202.html

On Tuesday, July 16, at a Special Convention of the Diocese of Easton, an overwhelming majority of clergy and lay delegates voted to elect the Right Reverend Henry Parsley to serve as Bishop Provisional of the Diocese for a period of two years. Bishop Parsley, who served as Bishop of Alabama from 1999-2012, received the crozier, the symbol of his office, from our (now) former Bishop, Bud Shand, at the conclusion of the Special Convention. Bishop Parsley begins work immediately, collaborating with the Standing Committee, the Diocesan Council, and the newly-formed diocesan Discernment Committee to assess the work of the Episcopal Church on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and identify news ways for Episcopalians to proclaim the Gospel in this part of the world. Read more about the Special Convention here: http://dioceseofeaston.org/a-very-special-convention/


With this week's issue of the E-Mail News, Emmanuel is pleased to begin sharing notices from the Kent County Historical Society. Our first notice concerns the next installment of History Happy Hour, a monthly event that takes at the Bordley History Center on High Street in Chestertown. On Friday, August 1, History Happy Hour will focus on the Chester Cemetery, chartered by the Maryland Assembly on March 3, 1862. The speaker will be Jack Diller, former president of the Chester Cemetery and longtime member of its board of directors. Jack is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Chester Cemetery. History Happy Hour begins at 4 p.m. Friday, August 1, at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street in Chestertown.

Here's the news you've been waiting for: Emmanuel's annual Jumble Sale (a.k.a. rummage sale) will take place on Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now's the time to inspect your cabinets, closets, and cupboards for your former treasures that someone else may want or need. Please, NO clothing, coffee mugs, or television sets. If you donate bed linens or tablecloths, please attach a tag or label indicating size. Our dedicated volunteers will accept donations for sale on Friday, August 15 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. We will be open for business at 8 a.m. the next day. If you have questions or need help in getting your items to the church, please contact Nancy Dick at 410-778-0811 or 410-708-0824 after August 1.

Organized by parishioner Jenny Lee and taught by chef Clay Stevens, the "Triple Bottom Line" cooking classes taking place this summer at Emmanuel have made the news! Follow this link to a recent article in the The Cecil Whig: http://www.cecildaily.com/features/food/article_aa925d3a-e7ee-5f52-8e34-844221cf308b.html

The final installment in the "Triple Bottom Line" series will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m.! It is open to everybody and is designed to teach us how to make healthy, inexpensive, and quick meals using ingredients found at the local farmers market including fresh produce from Colchester Farms, and other local vendors. Cooking healthy meals with local ingredients is a triple benefit to the community, sustaining us socially, economically, and environmentally. Come join us!


Craig and Andy Jackson are searching for help in hosting this important ministry in the coming months. Coffee Hour gives us a chance to socialize with fellow parishioners, welcome visitors and learn about upcoming events. There are plenty of opportunities to host in late July, August and September. To volunteer, sign up on the schedule posted on the bulletin board near the kitchen. If hosting by yourself seems overwhelming, please consider joining forces with a friend to host. For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.

The Grounds Committee has been hard at work weeding, feeding, pruning and mulching the flower beds at Emmanuel. As we get further into the summer there will be a need for volunteers to water the plants. This includes the Curb Appeal Committee's plants in the four tree beds and two planters as well as 10 new Arborvitae at the Rectory. Stu Baldwin is looking for people willing to commit to watering one day a week - when nature has not done it for us. Please call Stu at 778-6128 if you are able to volunteer to water the plants at either Cross Street or Campus Avenue, the same day every week - if needed.

Collect for this Sunday, July 20: Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): O what their joy and their glory must be (623), Father, we thank thee who hast planted (302), Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy (482), Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing (344)

Events next week:

• Sunday, July 20 (Pentecost VI, Proper 11)
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 21:
o Knifty Knitters on break for the month of July
• Tuesday, July 22:
o No Choir rehearsal (Choir on summer break)
• Wednesday, July 23:
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
• Thursday, July 24:
o Evening Service (6 p.m.) (EfM on summer break)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, July 25:
o No events scheduled
• Saturday, July 26:
o No events scheduled
• Sunday, July 27 (Pentecost VII, Proper 12):
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: Alan, Ann, Blake, Calvin, Carol, Charlie, Chris, David, Debbie, Eileen, Frank, George, Gerry, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Mary, Nancy, Richard, Stephen, Cindy Anderson, Carol Bain, Lynn Bickley, Ann Boyden, Jack Boyden, John DeJong, Tom Dryden, Michael Duckworth, Ron Fitts, Bert Gibson, Judi Hannigan, Bill Hull, Virginia Kerr, Janet Knapp, Peter Libby, Jane Lours, Joyce McCracken, John McKisson, Stuart Marra, Joan Merriken, John Messer, Diane Miller, Jim Naumann, Joan Palmer, Patricia Patton, Jim Pritchett, Neill Redfern & family, Mort Ryon, Don Rypka, Harry Schreiber, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, 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.