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

 

 

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EFM

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.

 

Epiphany Season:

 

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

This third season of the liturgical year stretches from the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The liturgical color green representing the growth of the spirit of God within in us in response to his coming at Christmas. Join us during the Epiphany Season as we retell the stories of jesus, the Son of God, and explore the myriad ways God has manifested Godself to us in Christ Jesus, who is the Word made flesh and the Light of the world.

 

 

EMMANUEL CHURCH, CHESTER PARISH in pictures:

 

Advent Season 2014:

 

Emmanuel Youth Plays "A Festive Trumpet Tune"

 

Trinity Sunday, 2014, and Confirmation at Emmanuel

 

A Seminarian Preaches

Epiphany Season

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This third season of the liturgical year stretches from the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.   The liturgical color is green representing the growth of the spirit of God within us in response to his coming at Christmas. Join us during the Epiphany season as we retell the stories of Jesus, the Son of God, and explore the myriad ways God has manifested Godself to us in Christ Jesus who is the Word made flesh and the Light of the world.

Let us now in silence listen to the sound of prayer unspoken. Let us each find some space apart today, some captured moment when we can sit in stillness, to calm the commotion of daily cares, to be truly attentive. Let us open our spirits to the things we do not hear, to the voices that are not shared, to the needs no one notices, to the people passed by, to the hidden lives left alone, to the lost souls who do not know how to hope for more than they have when they have so little. Then with all the privilege of our own blessings, let us rise and resolve to do one thing, one good thing, to help those who have come so quietly into our heart.(The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, posted on January 14, 2015).

On February 27 and 28, 2015, many of us will meet in Cambridge, MD for the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton. We will discuss the business of the diocese and spend the better part of the first day imaging, praying and visioning for the future. As we talk and plan, the following article written by author Ben Irwin is a good reminder of some of the many things that the Episcopal Church does well. http://benirwin.me/2015/01/22/11-things-about-the-episcopal-church/

EMMANUEL'S PARISH OFFICE HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO
Congratulations to our new Vestry Members, George McLaughlin, Nicholas Moulsdale and Susan Roberson, who were elected to 3-year terms at the Annual Meeting last Sunday. Congratulations to Libby Rice who was elected as an alternate delegate from Emmanuel to the Diocese of Easton Convention.

SEMINARIAN RACHEL FIELD WILL BE OUR GUEST PREACHER, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Please plan to welcome Rachel Field back to Emmanuel on Theological Education Sunday, the first Sunday of February, when she will be our guest preacher. Rachel, a graduate of Washington College and a member of Emmanuel Church, is a seminarian studying for the priesthood. She is in her second year at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. The loose plate offering from this Sunday will be sent as a donation to Berkeley in Rachel's and Father Dan's (MDiv, 2004, Berkeley Divinity School) honor.

NORTHERN CONVOCATION MEETING AT EMMANUEL, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2
As part of preparations for the Diocese of Easton's 2015 Convention, Bishop Parsley and other diocesan leaders will meet with representatives of parishes in the Northern Convocation at Emmanuel on Monday, February 2 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

NAME BADGES
The name badges have been updated. Missing badges have been replaced and, for the moment, they are back in alphabetical order. If any badge is still missing, please contact Ron Abler in person or at 443-282-0961.

MAXINE THEVENOT IN CONCERT, FEBRUARY 13, 7:30 P.M.
Renowned organist Maxine Thevenot and Edmund Connolly, baritone soloist, will perform in concert at Emmanuel on Friday evening, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. Returning to Emmanuel for the fifth time, Ms. Thevenot will present an in-depth program ranging from the music of classical composers Cabezon and Bach to modern composers including Ralph Vaughn Williams. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for college students with ID, and free for the children of Emmanuel parishioners.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER, FEBRUARY 17, 6-7:30 P.M.
It's not too soon to mark your calendars for Emmanuel's all you can eat Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17, hosted by the children of the Church School. Join our Church School families for a Fat Tuesday feast. Cost: adults, $10; college students with ID, $5; children of Emmanuel parishioners, free.

CAMP WRIGHT HAS BEGUN REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER CAMP
Camp Wright has begun registration for the summer 2015 camping season. For more information go to their website at www.campwright.com.

COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
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.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND!
Emmanuel's need for Coffee Hour hosts continues. The Rector and our dedicated coordinators, Craig and Andy Jackson, encourage you to take a turn hosting this important ministry of hospitality. Coffee Hour gives us a chance to socialize with our fellow parishioners, learn more about each other, and welcome newcomers over a cup of good coffee and a snack. Please sign up on the schedule posted near the kitchen in the Parish Hall. We need your help to continue this very important ministry. Dates are available throughout 2015! For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STAFF THE EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER
Volunteer coordinator, Barbara Harrison writes, "The shelter moves to First United Methodist Church on February 1, staying until the end of March. They need two volunteers each night for the 5:30-11pm shift (they get fed). They need one sleeper from 11 pm until 7 am, who should bring their own bedding. IF the current volunteers stay healthy, they are covered for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings; Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights; and breakfasts straight through the season. But even they could use back up people and, if last winter's weather repeats, there is a need for people with 4-wheel drive who are available during the day. So they are looking for Evening people for Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesday Feb 25, and Overnight/sleeper people for Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and the Mondays Feb 16, 23, and March 2. If you are able to help, send an email tobarbara.hrrsn@gmail.com or phone 410.778.0165 and leave a message."

Collect for this Sunday, February 1: Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; 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: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): O for a thousand tongues to sing (493), Spread, O spread. thou mighty word (530), Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! (437), Yea servants of God, your Master proclaim (535)
Service music: Gloria in excelsis (S278); Sanctus (S128); Agnus Dei (S165).

Events next week:
• Sunday, February 1 (Rachel Field, Guest Preacher) (Epiphany IV):
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, February 2:
o Knifty Knitters at Edith Grassi's (2 p.m.)
o Northern Convocation Meeting (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 3:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Garden Club (9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
• Wednesday, February 4:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
• Thursday, February 5:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, February 6:
o No events scheduled
• Saturday, February 7:
o No events scheduled
• Sunday, February 8 (Epiphany V):
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: Ann, Charlie, David, Don, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joel, Lillian, Louise, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Bob Hollett, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Tselane Notaung, 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.