Welcome to Emmanuel Church!
Education for Ministry is a four-year program that started in September and runs through June. The class runs weekly from 5 PM until 7:30 PM. This year much material is on line. All of the texts, except And God Spoke, are available as e-books now through Amazon. All EfM participants have subscriber's access to Oxford Biblical Studies Online where you will find multiple Bible translations and all sorts of commentaries, maps, and other resources. The login is efm-sewanee and the password is ministry.
Both the Year One text (Collins) and the Year Two text (Powell) have web resources to support users.
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.
On Ash Wednesday we were 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 marked 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.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.
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. For more information about our Lenten worship services and other opportunities for prayer and study, click here.
Lenten Resources. For self- and group study during Lent, the Vicar has made a comprehensive list of Lenten resources. For more infor mation, click here.
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Every Thursday during Lent, at 3 p.m., Dan+ will lead an afternoon Bible study. This Lenten series will run through April 10 and focus on Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, three books from the Hebrew Bible that scholars classify as "Wisdom Literature." These sessions will meet in the Rector's office. For more information, speak with Dan+ (410-778-3477).
Our Lenten services of Vespers (Evening Prayer) continue in the church every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. through April 14. All are welcome to join our clergy and lay worship leaders for a time of prayer and quiet reflection during this holy season. The next Vespers service will be held Friday, April 4. There will be no Vespers Service on April 11 due to the Organ Concert.
APRIL ORGAN CONCERT
On Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., Bruce Stevens will be the featured artist at Emmanuel's next organ concert. Active as a recitalist in the United States and Europe, Mr. Stevens has played at numerous national and regional gatherings of the Organ Historical Society, the American Guild of Organists, and the American Institute of Organbuilders. He has served as an organist and director of music in both Presbyterian and Episcopal churches. In addition to several years of study in Europe, Mr. Stevens holds degrees in music from the University of Richmond (where he currently teaches) and the University of Illinois. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the concert. Tickets are $20 ( $5 for students)
NORTHERN CONVOCATION LENTEN SERIES
On Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m., Shrewsbury Parish hosts the final installment in the Northern Convocation Lenten series. Rather than a film, Shrewsbury is presenting "Saving Jesus: The Death Threat of Pontius Pilate, the Trial of Jesus and the Plan of the Jewish Leaders to Save Him," a new play written by the Rev. Robert Smith. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a light supper, followed by the play. If you plan to attend and either need or can offer transportation to Shrewsbury, please call the office (410-778-3477).
LITURGY OF FOOT-WASHING ON MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 17
In many churches, the Maundy Thursday celebration of the Last Supper is accompanied by a ceremony of foot-washing in remembrance of Jesus, who "after he had supped with his disciples and had washed their feet, said to them, 'I now give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.'" This year, Emmanuel's Education for Ministry group and Vicar Darcy invite all to join them on Maundy Thursday in the Parish Hall at 5 p.m., prior to Holy Eucharist, for a simple Liturgy of Foot-washing in remembrance of Christ's act of servanthood to his disciples at the Last Supper.
MAUNDY THURSDAY EVENING PRAYER WATCH IN THE GARTH, 7-9 P.M.
After the Last Supper, less than 24 hours remained in the earthly life of Jesus. As his life was stripped from Him, so we strip our altar (removing all ornaments, linens, etc.) of the signs of life to symbolize His purposeful, redemptive suffering and death for us. Once the altar is stripped, the reserved Sacrament that will be used for Holy Communion on Good Friday will be carried to the Garth where it will remain for several hours before being carried to the sacristy. You are invited to join our clergy as they watch and wait in prayer in the Garth, from 7 - 9 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, symbolically waiting with Jesus as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Please enter and exit the Garth through the door in Dwyer Hall as AA will be meeting in the Parish Hall.
CRISFIELD RELIEF: DIOCESE OF EASTON WORK WEEK
In November 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the town of Crisfield in Somerset County with devastating force. More than a year later, the process of recovery and reconstruction continues. The Diocese of Easton is recruiting volunteers for a work team to help with the rebuilding during the week of May 11-17. Volunteers with construction experience (framing, plumbing, drywall installation, electrical etc.) are especially needed. All workers must be older than 16 and complete an application. There is a limit of 35 persons for this week. More information and a link to the volunteer application are available at http://dioceseofeaston.org/our-ministries/crisfield-relief/ or you may contact Joe Pinto, the coordinator for the diocese, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 443-523-7696 (c) or 410-968-2855 (h).
GIVE CHANGE TO MAKE CHANGE
Our Church School students are asking for your generous support of their Lenten Project for 2014. This year the students will combine proceeds from the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, matching funds pledged by Dan+ and Darcy+, and all they collect at the end of Sunday services from now through Easter Sunday (April 20). The funds will be given to the Community Food Pantry to provide food assistance for the needy of our community and to purchase breakfast items, snacks, and lunches for the "Backpack" programs conducted in Kent County schools. Please add your loose pocket change to their Give Change To Make Change jars. Please also remember the Community Food Pantry when you are shopping for groceries this week. As spring begins, the need in our community remains great. Donations of apples and oranges as well as non-perishable food items are much needed and greatly appreciated. Please place your donations in the containers in the Narthex. They will be transported to the Food Pantry by Emmanuel volunteers each Tuesday.
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS
With Easter only ten days away, the Flower Guild asks that requests and donations for Easter memorials should be made by Tuesday, April 15 for inclusion in the Easter leaflet. A suggested donation of $50 is requested to accompany the name or names you wish included in the memorials. Checks should be made out to Emmanuel Church with “Easter flowers” in the memo line. Please be sure to print the name of the person you are remembering as you would like it to appear in the leaflet. Please the church office at (410) 778-3477 if you have any questions. Thank you!
SAVE THE DATE! PARISH BREAKFAST ON APRIL 27
Mark your calendars for the Spring Parish Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 27! A delicious meal will be followed by a presentation by Anne Scott, daughter of parishioner Jane Scott. Anne has spent her career working to improve the health and nutrition of women and children in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She has lived in the Palestinian Territories and Indonesia. Working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, she has travelled extensively in Nigeria, Botswana, Myanmar and India. Come and hear about her various adventures and observations! Please let Laura Kaufmann, Parish Secretary, know if you will be joining us at email@example.com or 410-778-3477.
Collect for this Sunday (Palm Sunday), April 13: Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday (Holy Eucharist, Rite I): Liturgy of the Palms: Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Liturgy of the Word: Passion Narrative written by the Rev. Dr. Darcy Williams (based on the readings for the day: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14- 27:66)
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): All glory, laud, and honor (154), O sacred head, sore wounded (168), Alone thou goest forth, O Lord (164)
Events next week:
• Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday):
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.)
• Monday, April 14:
o Knifty Knitters at Pat Moser's (2 p.m.)
o Vespers (5:30 p.m.)
• Tuesday, April 15:
o Choir rehearsal (5 p.m.)
• Wednesday, April 16:
o Brotherhood of St. Andrew (7:30 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist and Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
o Northern Convocation Lenten Series: "Saving Jesus" at Shrewsbury Parish (6 p.m.)
• Maundy Thursday, April 17:
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o Liturgy of Foot-washing (5 p.m.)
o Holy Eucharist (6 p.m.)
o Prayer Watch (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Good Friday, April 18:
o Morning Prayer (9:30 a.m.)
o Liturgy of Good Friday with Holy Communion (12 noon)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o Liturgy of Good Friday with Holy Communion (6 p.m.)
• Saturday, April 19: No events scheduled
• Sunday, April 20 (Easter Sunday):
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, Chris, David, Debbie, Eileen, Frank, George, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Mary, Richard, Stephen, Margie Abler, Cindy Anderson, Allison Bankes, Ann Boyden, Jack Boyden, Tom Dryden, Michael Duckworth, Ron Fitts, Bert Gibson, Georgia Gillespie, Bill Hull, Andy Jackson, Virginia Kerr, Bennett Lamond, Peter Libby, Joyce McCracken, John McKisson, Stuart Marra, Joan Merriken, John Messer, Diane Miller, Jim Naumann, Neill Redfern & family, Karen Russum, Mort Ryon, Harry Schreiber, Twinkie Smith, Bob Testin, Anne Ward, Mal Watson, Greg Welin, Len Welin, Jean Lusby Wright
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.