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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.


LENT 2015
            On Ash Wednesday we are invited "to the observance of a Holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP 265).  This day marks the beginning of a liturgical season dedicated to reminding us of what God has done and continues to do for us in our daily lives. By focusing on God's message of forgiveness and absolution, we are called to renew our commitment to Christ and his church as we reflect on Jesus' life, death and glorious resurrection.
            Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.
            Today, Lent is marked by a time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry by facing the temptations that could lead him to abandon his mission and calling.
            Join us at Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, for a holy Lent.  All are welcome to join in this time of prayer, self-examination, and repentance as we seek to realign ourselves with God's vision for us as members of the Body of Christ.






Advent Season 2014:


Emmanuel Youth Plays "A Festive Trumpet Tune"


Trinity Sunday, 2014, and Confirmation at Emmanuel


A Seminarian Preaches

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.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Parish Hall, Emmanuel Church

Part of Chestertown’s “Earth Stewardship Days,” This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home, will be a public conversation about the ways in which environmental advocacy rooted in religious faith and spirituality influences and supports a broad-based stewardship of the earth. Sponsored by Emmanuel Church, the Chestertown Havurah, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, and the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, the forum will consider a number of issues, including:

  1. The increasing conviction among communities of faith that environmental stewardship is a moral imperative;
  2. The foundations of this view in traditions and sacred texts and the extent of its acceptance across a range of religious denominations;
  3. The contributions faith communities are or could be making to the discussion about climate change, extinction, and pollution; and
  4. The reality that when it comes to environmental degradation, organized religion has been a part of the problem, as well as the solution.

Four speakers representing both communities of faith and secular institutions will offer their perspectives on these and other questions. They are:

William Dinges, Professor of Religion and Culture, Catholic University of America
Bonnie Sorak, Congregational Outreach Coordinator, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
Chris Cerino, Mayor of Chestertown and Vice President, Sultana Education Foundation
John Seidel, Director, Center for the Environment & Society, Washington College

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and offer their comments and observations. A gathering with light refreshments will follow the main program. Please join us on Sunday, April 19, for this interesting and important conversation.

For more information about Chestertown’s “Earth Stewardship Days,” see http://townofchestertown.com/esd. Also, see the April issue of The Messenger or Emmanuel's website (emmanuelchesterparish.org) for details.

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.
For the Beauty of the Earth, a prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, p. 840

On Friday, Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., David Schelat will join us for his second appearance in Emmanuel's Organ Concert Series. David is the Minister of Music at First and Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington and also the Dean of the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. A frequent recitalist in the mid-Atlantic region, he has been heard on the nationally syndicated program on American Public Media, "Pipedreams," and is a member of the Concert Organist Cooperative.

The Fifth Annual Earth Day Festival will take place in Memorial Park on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Displays and activities include eco-friendly services and goods, conservation and recycling information, a recycled art show, live music and family-friendly activities. Bring your one-use batteries, cfl bulbs, fluorescent tubes, and vhs/dvds/cds to recycle. Free paper shredding will also be available.

Janes United Methodist Church at 120 South Cross Street is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. The people of Janes invite their friends, neighbors, and visitors to Chestertown to learn more about the congregation's history and their stewardship of their historic building. Janes' beautiful sanctuary is now 100 years old and currently undergoing renovation work, including the replacement of the roof. Stop in and learn more about this historic African-American church in the heart of Chestertown.

On Saturday, May 2, members of Emmanuel’s Youth Group, their parents and friends, Vicar Darcy, Father Dan, and other parishioners will spend a day rebuilding Chester Cabin at Camp Wright. Participants will carpool and plan to leave from the church around 9 a.m. See the April issue of The Messenger for more details.


Thank you to the many parishioners who have hosted Coffee Hour in the past few months! 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 April, May and June. Craig and Andy Jackson will be glad to answer any questions.

Attention Needlepointers (or Needlepointers-to-be). If you are interested in participating in a needlepoint project for the church (we're making a rug), please contact: Elizabeth Hollomon (Elizabethhollomon@mac.com or 703-867-2394). Novices are most welcome!

The Community Food Pantry needs our support year-round, but even as winter gives way to spring. Donations of canned goods, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal or other non-perishable food items may be placed in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
Collect for this Sunday, April 19: O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! The strife is o'er (208), That Easter day with joy was bright (193), Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest (305), Hosanna to the living Lord! (486); Service music:by Malcolm Archer (chosen for the Easter season; see Sunday service bulletins).

Events next week:

Sunday, April 19 (Easter III):
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.)
o This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home (2 p.m.) ...[See above details]
Monday, April 20:
o Knifty Knitters at Sid Cooper's (2 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 21:
o Kent County DSS Meeting (9 a.m)
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 22:
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, April 23
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.) 
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, April 24:
o Kent County DSS Meeting (1 p.m)
Saturday, April 25:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, April 26 (Easter IV):
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, Don, Gerry, Gracie, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Gordon English, Eddie Gillespie, Fred Harmon, Cathy Hartman, Bob Hollett, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, 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.