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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.


LENT 2015
            On Ash Wednesday we are 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 marks 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.
            Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.
            Today, Lent is marked by a time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry by facing the temptations that could lead him to abandon his mission and calling.
            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.






Advent Season 2014:


Emmanuel Youth Plays "A Festive Trumpet Tune"


Trinity Sunday, 2014, and Confirmation at Emmanuel


A Seminarian Preaches

We have a new email address for the Parish Office: EmmanuelChestertown@gmail.com. Please make note of this and add the change to your email address book.

"I believe we are here for a reason. I believe we were not born into this generation by accident. I believe that the community of which we are a part came into being with a purpose. In a time when so many shadows hang over our world, our task is to be an alternative of light. Where there is doubt, we can inspire hope. Where there is anger, we can offer reconciliation. Where there is prejudice, we can embody shared respect. To do this, we do not have to agree on how we pray or how we vote. We only need to agree that what unites us is stronger than what divides us: our vocation is to show the world that love is stronger than fear." (posted by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, March 12, 2015).

TODAY is the feast of Saint Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, who is sometimes described as the guardian or foster-father of Jesus. Read more about Joseph here:


Three of Emmanuel's cherished stained glass windows were removed this week as the first step in their long-awaited restoration. The central window over the high altar will be absent for a period of three to four months, along with two of the three windows that look out onto the Garth. The window over the altar depicts Moses and the windows on the Garth depict specific passages from Scripture: Jesus and Nicodemus (John 7:51) and the Sixth Beatitude (Matthew 5:8). We expect to welcome the restored windows back at some point in the second half of the summer. To learn more, look for the first in a series of articles about Emmanuel's remarkable windows that will appear in the April issue of The Messenger. Written by Vestry member Ron Abler (with the support of Brad Hollomon, our Junior Warden, and his predecessor Stu Baldwin), these articles will describe both the restoration work in progress and the history behind each window.

Please welcome Brian Jones back to Emmanuel on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., for his third performance in the Emmanuel concert series. One of America’s most highly regarded church musicians, Brian is Emeritus Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, where he directed a widely acclaimed program from 1984 to 2004. Since then he has served in several interim positions at churches and cathedrals in New England and New Mexico. In June, 2009, he was Organist in Residence at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. He is also Director of the Copley Singers, a Boston-based choir he founded in 2006. A reception in the Parish Hall follows the recital. Concert tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, $5 for college students with ID. There is no admission fee for the children of Emmanuel parishioners.

The youth of Emmanuel Church have designated this year's Lenten collection "Give Change to Make Change" to be used to support their project of rebuilding Chester Cabin at Camp Wright. The monies collected during Lent 2015 and on Easter Sunday will be combined with the proceeds from the Pancake Brunch held February 21. The response so far has been impressive and as of March 19, our young people have raised almost half of the $7,000 needed to fully fund the renovation of Chester Cabin. Please help our youth, as you are able, with this worthwhile project.

With Easter less than three weeks away, the Flower Guild asks that requests and donations for Easter memorials should be made by Tuesday, March 31 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 contact the Parish Office (emmanuelchestertown@gmail or 410-778-3477) if you have any questions.

From Linda and Hanson Robbins: Please come to the first meeting of the 2015 Christmas Bazaar Committee on Sunday, April 12, after Coffee Hour. Bring any friends! We had such great participation last year, let's double it!

Attention Needlepointers (or Needlepointers to be). If you are interested in participating in a needlepoint project for the church (we're making a rug), please contact: Elizabeth Hollomon (Elizabethhollomon@mac.com or 703-867-2394). Novices are most welcome!

Please consider joining members of the Parish for a brief service of Evening Prayer every Monday evening during Lent. The service, led by members of our Education for Ministry (EfM) group, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Church.

The Community Food Pantry needs our support year-round, but especially in these cold winter months. Donations of canned goods, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal or other non-perishable food items may be placed in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
Collect for this Sunday, March 22: O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): In the cross of Christ I glory (441); We sing the praise of him who died (471); Lord, who throughout these forty days (142); Service music: Trisagion (S102), Sanctus (S114), Agnus Dei (S158).

Events next week:

Sunday, March 22 (Lent V):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Emmanuel Youth Breakfast (9 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
Monday, March 23:
o Knifty Knitters at Suzanne Fischer's (2 p.m.)
o Evening Prayer (5:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 24:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Confirmation Class (5 p.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o “Being Episcopalian in the 21st Century’’ Lenten Series (6 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 25:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist Rite I with anointing for healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, March 26:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Heron Point Tea (2 p.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
Friday, March 27:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, March 28:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, March 29 (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.)

We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, David, Don, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Fred Harmon, Bob Hollett, Kristin Jorgenson, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Joseph Priester, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, 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.