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.
The LITURGICAL SEASON OF ADVENT
Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning "coming") is the season beginning four Sundays before Christmas and is the beginning of the liturgical year in the Church.
The Advent season is a time of expectant waiting and prayerful preparation for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas and the second coming of Christ at the end of time. Vestments, the frontal on the altar, the pulpit and lectern hangings will change from green to blue for these four weeks of preparation. Traditionally, the liturgical color for Advent was purple signifying the repentance of the people of God as they awaited the birth of the Infant Jesus celebrated on Christmas. While Advent is still a time of reflection and penitential self-examination, in recent years, many churches have chosen to use blue for Advent, symbolizing the season as a time of hope-filled expectation and anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child.
Advent is a time to step back from the hustle and bustle of our secular and commercial preparations for Christmas and the busyness of the holiday season. It is a time to stop, look and listen for the signs of God's presence in our lives. Just as the sky before dawn is a beautiful deep shade of blue, so the liturgical color of Advent is a deep blue reminding us to watch for the light of Christ dawning in our lives.
Join us for worship every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. for a service of Holy Eucharist. Rite I, or on Wednesdays at noon for the Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing. A service of Advent Vespers will be held on the First Sunday of Advent, and a Festive Service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be held on the Second Sunday of Advent, both at 4 p.m.
Today is Thanksgiving Day (November 27), one of two national holidays officially observed on the calendar of the Episcopal Church (the other is Independence Day). Read a commentary on Thanksgiving and its place in the life of Episcopal Church here:
Please note: the Parish Office will be closed on Friday, November 28.
ADVENT VESPERS, NOVEMBER 30, 4 P.M.
Emmanuel will offer a service of Vespers this coming Sunday afternoon to mark the beginning of Advent. This half-hour candlelight prayer service will include contemplative music, scripture readings, prayers, and hymns. It will be a time of quiet and respite from the busy world, a time to gather together in our community of faith, a time to listen to the whisper of God's voice in our hearts.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MORT RYON, DECEMBER 5, 11:30 A.M.
With sadness, we report the death of Mortimer (Mort) Ryon last Saturday. Mort and his wife, Sandy, moved to Chestertown from Pennsylvania a few years ago and quickly became involved in the life of our parish. On Friday, December 5, at 11:30 a.m., family and friends will gather at Emmanuel to celebrate and give thanks for Mort's life.
ADVENT/CHRISTMAS LESSONS & CAROLS, DECEMBER 7, 4 P.M.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m., when the Choir of Emmanuel will sing a festival of Seven Lessons & Carols for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. All are invited to join the clergy and choir for a reception with light refreshments in the Parish Hall following the service.
WASHINGTON COLLEGE CONCERT AT EMMANUEL, DECEMBER 10, 7 P.M.
Emmanuel will host a concert presented by the voice students of the Washington College Music Department on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Soloists will sing works from a variety of composers, including Schubert, Mozart, Brahms, Handel, and Vaughan Williams. The Music Department's Chamber Group Singers will present choral pieces by Tallis, Purcell, and Chilcott. Admission is free.
NORTHERN CONVOCATION MEETING, DECEMBER 10, 7 P.M.
As part of preparations for the Diocese of Easton's 2015 Convention, Bishop Parsley and other diocesan leaders will meet with representatives of parishes in the Northern Convocation on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Clement's in Massey. All are welcome to attend.
THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Emmanuel’s popular Christmas Giving Tree will be up on Sunday, November 30th, and remain in Dwyer Hall (formerly the Old Parish Hall) through Sunday, December 21st. This year, Emmanuel will be providing gifts for several families who have been referred to us by local agencies. Please take an “ornament” from the Giving Tree, buy and wrap the gift, attach the “ornament” to the wrapped gift, and place the gift under the tree – easy! Please be sure to write your name next to the number of the ornament you take. The list of numbers is on the table beside the tree. We hope everyone will participate to help provide a bright holiday for those in need throughout our community.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR REPORT
Thanks to the tireless efforts of a host of volunteers, Emmanuel's Christmas Bazaar for 2014 was a remarkable success. When all the number crunching is completed, we anticipate the Bazaar will have raised more than $18,000 that will benefit charitable organizations in our community. We are particularly grateful to Linda and Hanson Robbins, co-chairs of the Bazaar, for their inspiring leadership. We would also like to thank the Bazaar Luncheon Committee (Barbara Belden, Donna Gibbons-Neff, and Judie Willock) and the more than three dozen generous people who either contributed their time in the preparation of the lunch, made a financial contribution, or donated food for the meal. Many other parishioners and friends of Emmanuel gave of their time, talent, and treasure to make this wonderful event happen. As Linda Robbins said last Sunday "It takes a parish to make a Bazaar!"
PLEDGE CARDS FOR 2015
The Stewardship Committee, the Vestry and the clergy of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, ask that you prayerfully consider making a financial pledge to support the work of Emmanuel for 2015. Pledge cards and a Stewardship letter were mailed on Saturday, November 15. If you did not receive one and would like to make a financial pledge to Emmanuel, please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 to request a card and copy of the letter. Parishioners are asked to please return their pledge cards by December 1 to enable the Finance Committee and the Vestry to prepare the budget for 2015.
WINTER COAT AND WARM BLANKET DRIVE
Emmanuel is collecting used but usable winter coats and jackets for children and adults, as well as warm blankets. These will be shared with families in need in the Millington School district. Please place your donations in the large box marked "BLANKETS and QUILTS and COATS" found in Dwyer Hall.
COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY INITIATIVE
Matthew Grande, 8th grade student at The Kent School, has challenged his family and friends to support the Community Food Pantry this holiday season through his school's canned food drive. Canned foods can be dropped off at either Colosseum Pizza, in Centreville, or Crimson Pizza & Wine Bar, Chestertown. Both stores are offering incentives for participation: Colosseum is accepting canned goods and will MATCH the amount of cans donated between now and December 17 (up to $350.00). Crimson is offering $1.00 off any draught beer or any pizza when you donate a canned good item or items.
ACME SAVER STAMP PROGRAM
Emmanuel is collecting the green Saver Stamps offered to Acme customers for every $10 spent in the store. This year the stamps can be cashed in for Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Cookware. If you shop at Acme and are not saving the stamps for yourself, please save them for Emmanuel and send them to the Parish Office in an envelope or place them in the collection plate at Sunday services.
Collect for this Sunday, November 30: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): The King shall come when morning dawns (73); Jesus came, adored by angels (454), "Sleepers, wake!" A voice astounds us (61), Watchman, tell us of the night (640)
Events next week:
· Sunday, November 30 (Advent I):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee, Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Advent Vespers (4 p.m.)
· Monday, December 1:
o Knifty Knitters on break until January 2015
· Tuesday, December 2:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Chestertown Garden Club (9:30 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes ( 6:30 p.m.)
· Wednesday, December 3:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Compass Regional Hospice Tree of Lights Ceremony (4 p.m.)
· Thursday, December 4:
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 (8 p.m.)
· Friday, December 5:
o Ryon Memorial Service (11:30 a.m.)
· Saturday, December 6:
o Chestertown Holiday House Tour (12 - 3 p.m.)
· Sunday, December 7 (Advent II):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Advent Lessons & Carols (4 p.m.)
We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Charlie, Chris, David, Don, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Sarah, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Talje Chehouri, John Clark, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Nancy Harmon, Craig Jackson, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Ann McLain, Joseph Priester, Marcia Reilly, June Robinson, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward, Gil Watson, 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.