Welcome to Emmanuel Church!
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.
EfM has a page on Facebook.
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.
A NEW SEASON
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."
AN INVITATION TO PRAY
Although conflict seems to be an ever-present feature of mortal life, the past few weeks have seemed uncommonly violent even in our conflict-prone world. More than a few commentators have been struck by a painful coincidence: these events are unfolding as humanity marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
Confronted with the horror of so many lives lost and so many others tragically disrupted, we may wonder whether our prayers can possibly have any impact in this time of overwhelming sorrow. As individuals we may understandably feel powerless, but prayer is not only something we can do, it is precisely what the Holy Spirit invites us to do in these painful times. In our solitary devotions and in our worship together as a community, we can and must pray. Here are two prayers from The Book of Common Prayer you may find helpful:
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, p. 258)
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, p. 815)
July 24, is the feast of Thomas a Kempis, a priest and monk whose short book on spirituality, The Imitation of Christ, has been a source of guidance and comfort to Christians for many centuries. Read more about Thomas a Kempis here:
HISTORY HAPPY HOUR ON AUGUST 1
The Kent County Historical Society reminds us that the next installment of History Happy Hour, a monthly event that takes at the Bordley History Center, will be on Friday, August 1. This 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.
JUMBLE SALE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
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.
THE SEARCH FOR COFFEE HOUR HOSTS CONTINUES
Our Coffee Hour Coordinators, Craig and Andy Jackson, are continuing to search for help in hosting this important ministry in the coming months. Coffee Hour gives us a chance to socialize with fellow parishioners, to welcome visitors and to learn about upcoming events. There are plenty of opportunities to host in August, September, and the months beyond. 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 or friends to host. For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.
GROUNDS COMMITTEE IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS The Grounds Committee has been hard at work weeding, feeding, pruning and mulching the flower beds at Emmanuel. As the summer progresses, we continue to need 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 on the same day every week - if needed.
COOKING CLASS AT EMMANUEL
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 about the classes 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's open to everybody and 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!
Collect for this Sunday, July 27: O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): O worship the King, all glorious above! (388), The Lord will come and not be slow (462), "Thy kingdom come!" on bended knee (615), God moves in a mysterious way (677)
Events next week:
• 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.)
• Monday, July 28:
o Knifty Knitters on break for the month of July
• Tuesday, July 29:
o No Choir rehearsal (Choir on summer break)
• Wednesday, July 30:
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
• Thursday, July 31:
o Evening Service (6 p.m.) (EfM on summer break)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, August 1:
o No events scheduled
• Saturday, August 2:
o No events scheduled
• Sunday, August 3 (Pentecost VIII, Proper 13):
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, Virginia, 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, 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.