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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! 
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.






Green remains our liturgical color for the longest season of the church year. This liturgical season began the beginning of the summer. We do 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 the start of the school year or special events.

For all who are traveling this Labor Day Weekend, 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."

Today is the feast of AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, one of Christianity's most important theologians. Read more about Augustine here:


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 2 at 11:15 a.m. All are invited. For planning purposes, please RSVP to the Church Office at 410-778-3477.

The Wednesday morning Bible Study group will resume meeting on Wednesday, September 3, at 10:30 a.m. in Dwyer Hall. The group will begin this program year by examining the Revised Common Lectionary, the cyclical schedule of Sunday readings used in most Protestant Christian churches. No preparation is needed before joining any session. Bring yourself, a Bible, and a willingness to explore Scripture for an hour with Vicar Darcy.

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 Eastern Shore African-Americans 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 Street, from 4 to 6 p.m, September 5.

Beginning September 2, Emmanuel will host GED and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes offered by Chesapeake College. 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. Registration for both classes is at 6 PM, Tuesday at Emmanuel.

The arrival of Chesapeake College's GED and ESL classes at Emmanuel creates a new opportunity for parishioners and their friends to serve as mentors to students working to obtain their GEDs or improve their English language skills. Here are some important things to know about serving as a mentor:

• You do not have to teach; Chesapeake College will supply the instructors!
• The mentor’s job is to “love ‘em where you find ‘em.” Typically, these students' skills vary considerably. Other than at the "school of hard knocks," some have not been students for many years. Some are immigrants, literate in their own language, but lacking a U.S. high school diploma. Some are drop-outs who entered the labor force at an early age.
• Varying skills mean students will absorb the course work with varying degrees of success. Mentors seek to put the instructor’s classroom teaching in context, helping the student through rough spots and offering encouragement.
• The mentor is a coach and a cheerleader, working to counter the low expectations many students have for themselves and providing support students often do not get from their families.

Local experience has shown that mentoring works. At the Kent County Learning Center (KCLC) in Rock Hall, students in GED classes have been paired with mentors following a model developed by Mary Etta Reedy (a former assistant superintendent in the public schools). GED students at KCLC who have a one-on-one mentor succeed at a far greater rate than do students exposed to classroom instruction alone. We need your help to emulate that success!
If you are interested in serving as a mentor for these programs, please contact Steve Croker at stevecroker@verizon.net or the Parish Office (emmanuel778@verizon.net or at 410-778-3477).

On Sunday, August 24, parishioner and acolyte B.K. Saunders played the postlude following the 10:30 a.m. service. Along with fellow acolytes Holly and Natalie Grant, B.K. recently participated in Pipe Organ Encounters, sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. They spent a week studying the organ, learning music, and having fun. You can watch B.K. performing "A Festive Trumpet Tune" by the composer Gilbert Martin here:

This year, for the Christmas 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.

Collect for this Sunday, August 31: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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: Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Come, labor on (541), What wondrous love is this (439), Lord, whose love through humble service (610), The God of Abraham praise (401)

Events next week:
• 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.)
• Monday,September 1:
o Labor Day (Parish Office closed)
o Knifty Knitters on summer break
• Tuesday, September 2:
o Chestertown Garden Club (9:30 a.m.)
o More Than Lunch at JR's Pub (11:15 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o GED/ESL Student Registration (6 p.m.)
• Wednesday, September 3:
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
• Thursday, September 4:
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, September 5:
o History Happy Hour at the Bordley History Center (4 p.m.)
• Saturday, September 6:
o Diocese of Easton Licensed Ministries Training at St. Paul's, Centreville (9 a.m.)
o Consecration of the Rev. Canon Heather Cook as Bishop Suffragan of Maryland - Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore (11 a.m.)
• Sunday, September 7 (Pentecost XIII, Proper 18):
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, Bob Kursch, 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, 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.