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101 N. Cross Street,PO Box 875, Chestertown, MD 21620 410.778.3477



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If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and Christian faith, then EfM may be for you. EfM is a distance-learning program offered by the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South. At Emmanuel, EfM begins in early September, and meets weekly, usually Thursday evenings, through the end of May. For more information, contact Lisa Webb (Emmanuel's mentor) at lpagano15@gmail.com, or Laura in the Parish Office at emmanuelhestertown@gmail.com or at 410-778-3477. Scholarship help is available from the Rector and through the Diocese of Easton.

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

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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.

Emmanuel's Concert Series starts soon. Advance tickets can be purchased at the church. Tickets are also available at the door at concert time. For details, click here.

During this election season, I encourage you to pray asking God for wisdom, and thanking God with love and joy. Please pray for our elected officials, for our nation, for justice for all people, for peace in the world, and for our candidates. To help in focusing our prayers, Forward Movement has complied 30 days of prayer leading up Election Day, 2016. Each week's set of prayers, taken from The Book of Common Prayer, will be available as a printed handout in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. To access the prayers at home, go to http://news.forwardmovement.org/2016/09/a-season-of-prayer-for-an-election/

Join us on Friday evening, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. for the first organ concert of the 2016-17 Emmanuel Concert Series season. William Wisnom, organist at Resurrection RC Church in Burtonsville, MD, will perform. He began organ study at the age of 17, and was accepted the following year at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he studied with David Higgs and William Porter. He has been described as one who plays, “. . .with authority, deep affection for the music, and consummate musicianship,” and who has, “. . .a brilliant technique, and a first-class musical intelligence.” Tickets are $20 at the door, $5 for students with ID.


Please join us on Sunday, October 23, at 9 a.m. for a Parish Breakfast and Presentation. Ron Abler will present the "History of Emmanuel Church in Stained Glass." Using information that he has gathered through his research, as well as pictures of our beautiful windows, Ron will share the story of Emmanuel through a look our stained glass windows. This is part of our Sestercentennial (250 year) Celebration of the creation of Chester Parish (1766-2016) from Kent and Shrewsbury parishes. Please contact the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 or at emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com to RSVP for breakfast.


The Christmas Bazaar Committee will meet on Sunday, October 30, in the Parish Hall, immediately after Coffee Hour, for final planning for this year's Christmas Bazaar.


Save the date for Emmanuel's Annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Preview Party will be Friday, November 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Preview Party are $15 and include delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages. The proceeds for this year's Bazaar will go to support Chester River Hospital Foundation, Bayside HOYAS, and Rebuilding Together Kent County. Pick up a copy of Bazaar "Table Talk" to learn how you can help support this important event.

Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts God has given us. It is more than just contributing to the annual parish budget, although that part is important. Stewardship is our faithful Christian response to God's infinite love and generosity. Be sure to come to church this Sunday, October 23 to hear Emmanuel's Stewardship Co-chair, Mary McGinnis, speak to us about what stewardship means to her.

When you come to church this Sunday, be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish Telephone Directory (Autumn 2016). The new directories will be in the Narthex arranged in alphabetical order by last name. Please take the directory with your name on the label on the back cover. Thank you for helping us save on mailing costs!

As of today, Emmanuel parishioners have donated more than $1000 to ERD for Hurricane Matthew relief, and Vicar Darcy pledged to match any donations up to $750 from her Discretionary Fund. Any additional donations will be added to the total collected to date and a check will sent to ERD on Monday. Thank you for your support. For more information about how the Episcopal Church is helping with relief efforts, go to http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/10/10/episcopalians-take-stock-of-hurricane-matthews-damage/


Thank you to our recent Coffee Hour hosts (Frannie Baldwin, Sandy Bjork, Penni Doyle, Joan Flaherty, Ann Hedgepeth Gretchen Knowles, Sue Reep, Ellen Stevenson, and the Saunders Family), and those who have signed up for the next few weeks. We are looking for hosts for November 13, 20, 27 and all of December. Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have.


Emmanuel will provide the dinners for three Monday evenings in November for the Community Table at First UMC. Please contact Ellen Stevenson if you are able to help.


If you shop at Acme markets, please save your Acme Saver Stamps (one stamp for every $10 spent) and send them in to the Parish Office. We are collecting the stamps again this year to trade for Farberware for the Emmanuel Kitchen and for the families we support through the Christmas Giving Tree.

Tickets are on sale for the 56th Annual Turkey Dinner at St. Paul's Kent, scheduled for November 10, 2016, by calling the Parish Office at St. Paul's, 410-778-1540. Tickets are $15 for adults. Please support our neighbors at St. Paul's in this wonderful community tradition.


1. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). The proceeds from your receipts for the past six months! Thank you for your support.

2. OCTOBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items, especially pasta, pasta sauce or soup, and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Recycle your cell phones through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box is in the Narthex.

Collect for this Sunday, October 23 (PENTECOST XXIII): Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; 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: Sirach 35:12-17; Psalm 84:1-6; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): I sing the almighty power of God (398); How lovely is thy dwelling place (517); All my hope on God is founded (665); How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord (637). Service music: Kyrie (S98),Sanctus (S128), Agnus Dei (S165).

Events next week:

Sunday, October 23 (Pentecost XXIII, Proper 25), Stewardship Sunday I

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

o Parish Breakfast with Ron Abler's "History Of Emmanuel Church in Stained Glass" (9 a.m.)

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

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

o Seating of Bishop Santosh Marray, Eleventh Bishop of Easton, Trinity Cathedral, 3 p.m.

Monday, October 24:

o Knifty Knitters (2 p.m.) at Sid Cooper's

o EfM (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 25:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

o Homework Depot (2:30 p.m.)

o ESL (6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 26:

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

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)

Thursday, October 27:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Heron Point Tea (2 p.m.)

o Homework Depot (2:30 p.m.)

o Worship Committee Meeting (4:30 p.m.)

o ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, October 28:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, October 29:

o Wardens and Treasurers Conference, Miller Hall, Easton (10 a.m.)

Sunday, October 30 (Pentecost XXIV, Proper 26): Stewardship Sunday II

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

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

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

o Bazaar Committee Meeting (12 noon)

o Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble Concert (4 p.m.)


Oct 23, 30, Nov 6: Stewardship Sundays

Nov 1: Pub Theology at JR's (6 p.m.)

Nov 4: Garden Club Flower Show and Party (all day)

Nov 6: Daylight Saving Time ENDS -- "Fall Back"

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Alec, Baylin, Brent, David, Debbie, Frank, Gracie, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mark, Mary, Megan, Pat, Roberta, Ryan, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Kim Christopher, Betty DeJong, Ann Deppman, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Yvonne Fenwick, Herb Friedman, Theresa Hamer, Sandy Hoon, Bill House, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Mindee Lee, Ted Mackie, Carol Mosley, the Rev. Joe Mosley, Don Moulds, Jim Naumann, Mary Deringer Phelps, Philip Rosenberg, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Bette Smith, Anne Ward, Todd Wiggins.

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