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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 starting in the Fall Semester of 2015! 
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 2014-2015 EfM group had 8 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 in the upcoming class this Fall!  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. The Year Three text is by Diarmaid MacCulloch, "Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years." Year Four uses a variety of shorter texts basedin part on the year's theme, but focuses more on theology

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, Year C

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 C which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2015 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2016.

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.

Ron Abler has done a wonderful job of collecting Emmanuel's Church History and is pleased to share with you the debut of the website on Emmanuel’s history at http://tritoncollect.wix.com/emmanuel-history. He would appreciate any and all comments, suggestions, criticisms, ideas, etc. Check out the history on our links page above.

MONTHLY CHURCH CALENDAR and DUTY ROSTER INFORMATION: Henceforth, CHURCH CALENDARS for each month as well as THE LATEST DUTY ROSTERS will be posted to the Sermons and Newsletters page. Check out the new monthly calendar, LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!


God have mercy on all those who died in the Orlando shooting. Lift them up in your arms and bring them to your peace. Help those who are injured. Heal them and return them to us. And comfort the many families and friends who mourn and wait. Give them your blessing and restore them to hope. For all of us who are so stunned by this sadness, strengthen us with a renewed resolve to create a free and open society where acts of hate for any reason are never condoned or justified. Please, God, hear our prayer. (The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston)


The repose of the souls of Kirby Allen Councell, a 9 year old student at Radcliffe School, and Lane Graves, the 2-year old from Nebraska, both of whom died this week as a result of tragic accidents. Pray for their families and friends.


The Vestry, Wardens, Treasurer and Rector will meet on Saturday, June 18, at St. Paul's, Kent, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for a Vestry Conference and Mutual Ministry Reflection/Review. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Hartman will be our facilitator.


The Retreat House at Hillsboro is sponsoring an outdoor concert by the Rev. Ginny Wilder, Associate Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Wilmington, DE. Bring a picnic supper and a blanket or chair on which to sit, and enjoy Ginny's music at this concert. There is no charge but a freewill offering is encouraged.


Take a tree tour. Walk the labyrinth. Learn about historic graves. Honor St. Paul's veterans. Visit the historic Vestry House. Have a cold drink. All are invited to the Summer Solstice Celebration at St. Paul's, Kent, Sunday, June 19, at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this event.


Please join us for a service in thanksgiving for and celebration of the life of Mike VandeWeghe on Monday, June 20, at 11 a.m. here at Emmanuel with a reception following in the Parish Hall. Mike's obituary can be found at http://www.fhnfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Mary-Vandeweghe/#!/Obituary


On June 11, the lay delegates and canonically resident clergy of the Diocese of Easton elected the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, on the third ballot, to be the XI Bishop of Easton. Pending confirmation of his election by a majority of bishops and diocesan Standing Committees in the Episcopal Church, Bishop "San" Marray will be installed as the Eleventh Bishop of Easton on October 15 at the Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD.


Thank you all who helped to make this year's lunch program so successful, especially coordinators and chief cooks, Pam Abler and Nancy Dick, table-setter George Shivers, and dishwasher-extraordinaire Ed Maxcy, as well as the many volunteers and contributors from Emmanuel, Sacred Heart and Chestertown Presbyterian. It looks like more than 1200 meals will be served by the time the Festival is over! Many thanks to all for this incredible outreach program.


The four parishes of the South Kent Cluster are coming together to prepare and serve lunch for 175 Horizons campers and their teachers and staff on Friday, July 8th, at their two locations, Radcliffe Creek School and Gunston School. Becky Taylor, St. Paul's, and Lynn McLain, Emmanuel, are co-chairing the event. Pam Abler will serve as master chef. You can help by making cookies or by contributing financial support by making a donation. Envelopes marked "Horizons Lunch Donation" will be available in the pews on Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, June 26. Make checks payable to Emmanuel Church and with the notation "Horizons Lunch Program" on the memo line. Questions? Please contact Lynn at lmclain@ubalt.edu .


Calling all volunteers! Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall. Please remember to leave the kitchen as clean and neat as (or cleaner and neater than) it was when you arrived!

After months of research and with the input of many individuals in the Parish, Ron Abler has launched the Emmanuel Church History website at http://tritoncollect.wix.com/emmanuel-history. Please take a look at this repository of information about Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish drawn from published literature, Emmanuel's archives, and other sources including personal recollections. More information has been posted this past week. Ron invites everyone to share their comments, suggestions, criticisms, ideas, etc. with him to make this an accurate source of information about our parish's history.


1. JUNE FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.

2. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). A "FOOD FOR FOOD" program. Please be sure to scan your gas card first!

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Your old cell phones can be recycled through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box can be found in the Narthex.

Collect for this Sunday, June 19 (PENTECOST V): O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­ kindness; 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 65:1-9; Psalm 22: 18-27; Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Praise to the living God! (372); Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old (657); Dear Lord and Father of mankind (652); Come thou font of every blessing (686). Service music: Kyrie (S86),Sanctus (S124), Christ our Passover (S154).

Events next week:

Sunday, June 19 (Pentecost V, Proper 7):

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)

Monday, June 20 :

o Memorial Service for "Mike" VandeWeghe (11 a.m.)

o Knifty Knitters at Edith Grassi's (2 p.m.)

o VBS at Chestertown Presbyterian (5:15 p.m.)

o AA (7 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 21:

o GED (on break until July 12)

o VBS at Chestertown Presbyterian (5:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 22:

o GED (on break until July 12)

o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)

o Yoga (5 p.m.)

o VBS at Chestertown Presbyterian (5:15 p.m.)

Thursday, June 23:

o GED (on break until July 12)

o EfM (on break til fall)

o VBS at Chestertown Presbyterian (5:15 p.m.)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, June 24:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, June 25:

o No events scheduled

Sunday, June 26 (Pentecost VI, Proper 8):

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist Rite II (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)


July 8: SKC provides lunch for Horizons

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Andrew, Ann, Bennett, David, Debbie, Frank, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Marnie, Mary, Mark, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta,Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Herb Friedman, Donna Gibbons-Neff, Theresa Hamer, Sam Heck, Bill House, Munro Hudson, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Don Moulds, Mary Deringer Phelps, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Jacqui Taylor, Anne Ward, Joan Wojtal.

Please know that you are always in my prayers and that I give thanks for your ministries in our parish community, in Chestertown, and beyond.



The Rev. Dr. Darcy Williams, Rector
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
PO Box 875, 101 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620