Welcome to Emmanuel Church!

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."

Many of our children and teachers have started back to school this week, or will be starting the new school year within the next few weeks. Although we will celebrate the start of the new school year at Emmanuel on September 7 with a brief liturgy of Blessing the Backpacks, we ask you to join us this week in praying for a safe and successful school year for all students, teachers and staff.
O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be [safe and] lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, p 824)

Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this year's Jumble Sale! The sale netted a grand total of $2019.36 for Emmanuel's outreach programs.  Wonderful job, everyone!

The postlude on Sunday morning, August 24, will be played by BK Saunders, one of the three teenagers that Emmanuel sponsored for the Delaware Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) this summer.  The students spent a week studying the organ, learning music, practicing, attending concerts, and having fun.

The final installment in the "Triple Bottom Line" cooking series, organized by parishioner Jenny Lee and taught by chef Clay Stevens, will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. in Emmanuel's kitchen. The class is open to everybody. Come join us!

This year, for the bazaar, we’re making Maryland Beaten Biscuits. They are definitely an acquired taste, but for those who love them they are a delicacy. We have the recipe, we have the cooks, we have the time. What we don’t have is a biscuit block. Does anyone have a biscuit block we can beg, borrow or steal from now until after the bazaar in November? Call Helen Tyson at 410 778 1908.

School is starting, and the local elementary schools have asked our help providing necessary school supplies for those students who cannot afford them. The following items are the most needed: glue sticks, wooden pencils, 1-subject notebooks, Crayola crayons (24-count), marble composition books, 1" 3-ring binders, earphones/earbuds (may be purchased for $1 each at Dollar Store), boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to church and place them in the wicker basket in the Narthex.

More than Lunch is a conversational round-robin that meets on alternate Tuesdays to discuss burning questions of interest to its members.  “Capital Punishment: Societal Self-defense or Murder?” will be the topic of our next session at JR’s (enter through the Lemon Leaf) on September 2nd at 11:15 AM.  All are invited.  For our planning, please RSVP to the Church Office at 410-778-3477.

Dr. Steve Newton, Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University, author of nine books and an Associate Editor of North & South magazine will be the guest lecturer at the upcoming First Friday History Happy Hour.   Dr. Newton will speak about the Africans-Americans from the Eastern Shore who fought bravely in some of the most difficult battles in the Civil War. The program will be held at the Bordley History Center, 301 High St, from 4-6 p.m, September 5.

Beginning September 2, Emmanuel will serve as host for GED and ESL classes offered in Chestertown by Chesapeake College. On two evenings and three mornings each week, instructors and students will use our second-floor classrooms. For Emmanuel, hosting these classes represents the first step in a broader initiative to support education in Kent County. Working with Chesapeake College, the Kent County Learning Center, the Kent County Public Schools, and other faith communities, we hope to contribute to a significant expansion of opportunities for children, teenagers, and young adults in our county. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for these programs, please contact Steve Croker at stevecroker@verizon.net or the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 or at emmanuel778@verizon.net
Collect for this Sunday, August 24: Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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: Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8, 29-32; Matthew 16:13-20.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): When morning gilds the sky (427); I come with joy to meet my Lord (304); Where charity and love prevail (581); The Church's one foundation (525)

Events next week: 
·  Sunday, August 24 (Pentecost XI, Proper 16):
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 New Acolyte Practice (11:30 a.m.)
o "Triple Bottom Line" Cooking Class (6 p.m.)
·  Monday, August 25:
o Knifty Knitters on summer break
·  Tuesday, August 26:
o No Choir rehearsal - Choir on summer break
·  Wednesday, August 27:
o Diocesan Youth Shepherd team meeting (9:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
·  Thursday, August 28:
o Evening Service (6 p.m.) (EfM on summer break)
o AA (8 p.m.)
·  Friday, August 29:
o  No events scheduled
·  Saturday, August 30:
o Historical Society of Kent County (12 noon)
·  Sunday, August 31 (Pentecost XII, Proper 17):
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, Calvin, Carol, Charlie, Chris, David, Debbie, Don, Eileen, Frank, George, Gerry, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Nancy, Richard, Stephen, Virginia, Cindy Anderson, Carol Bain, Ann Boyden, Tom Dryden, Michael Duckworth, Ron Fitts, Bert Gibson, Judi Hannigan, Bob Hollett, 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, Marie 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.