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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 starting in the Fall Semester of 2015! 
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 2014-2015 EfM group had 8 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 in the upcoming class this Fall!  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. 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

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 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. 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'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.

MONTHLY CHURCH CALENDAR and DUTY ROSTER INFORMATION: Henceforth, CHURCH CALENDARS for each month as well as THE LATEST DUTY ROSTERS will be posted to the Sermons and Newsletters page. Check out the new monthly calendar, FALL LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!

A PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

As we approach the end of the Epiphany season of light and begin to focus our thoughts and prayers on preparing for a holy Lent, I offer you this prayer by John Philip Newell from his book Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace:

May the angels of light glisten for us this day. May the sparks of God’s beauty dance in the eyes of those we love. May the universe be on fire with Presence for us this day. May the new sun’s rising grace us with gratitude. Let earth’s greenness shine and its waters breathe with Spirit. Let heaven’s winds stir the soil of our soul and fresh awakenings rise within us. May the mighty angels of light glisten in all things this day. May they summon us to reverence, may they call us to life. Amen.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BILL SHARPE AT HERON POINT, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 11 A.M.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9, 6 - 7:30 P.M.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for this year's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Join our Church School children and their parents for a delicious supper to mark the end of the Epiphany season and the beginning of Lent. The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, cheesy grits and fruit. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for college students with ID, and children eat for free. Proceeds from the Pancake Supper will be added to the Youth Group's "Give Change to Make Change" collection held during Lent and be donated to a charity selected by our youth.

If anyone has dried palms left over from Palm Sunday last year, please bring them to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The Youth Group and I will burn them at the end of the supper for ashes for Ash Wednesday.

ASH WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST WITH IMPOSITION OF ASHES, FEBRUARY 10, 12 NOON & 6 P.M.

Please join us next Wednesday, February 10 at 12 noon or at 6 p.m. for our service of Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes as we begin a Holy Lent. (If anyone has dried palms left over from Palm Sunday last year, please bring them to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The Youth Group and I will burn them at the end of the supper for ashes for Ash Wednesday.)

LENTEN STUDY PROGRAM FOR 2016, TUESDAY EVENINGS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 16

During Lent this year, we will embark on a five-part video series and discussion, Embracing an Adult Faith: Marcus Borg on What it Means to be a Christian. We will begin with a pot luck supper at 6:15 p.m., followed by viewing the video segment for the week and end with a discussion prompted by the questions raised. This program is open to all, and is designed to help us prepare more deeply for a holy Lent. It will be particularly suited to those who wish to prepare for confirmation, reception, or reaffirming their commitment to God when the Bishop comes for his annual visitation in April.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMANUEL'S YOUTH GROUP FOR A JOB WELL DONE

Last week, Emmanuel's youth with the help of their parents and teachers held a Spaghetti Supper to raise funds for STOP HUNGER NOW. When all was said and done, they had collected over $1,300 to be combined with the money raised by fundraisers at the high school. To read more about this event, see the article written by Lizzy Goetz in our new issue of The Messenger.

ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2015 AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX

Copies of the Annual Report for 2015 which was distributed at the Annual Meeting of the Parish last Sunday are available in the Narthex. If you did not get a copy last week, please take one this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS TO . . .

. . . Barbara Belden, Craig Jackson, and Ellen Stevenson who were elected to the Vestry of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, for three-year terms ending in 2019.

. . . Darlene Housley who was elected to be an alternate delegate to the 2016 Diocesan Convention, and then will serve as one of our three delegates to Convention for the next three years.

LENTEN MINI-RETREAT, FEBRUARY 13, ST. ALBAN'S CENTER & THE RETREAT HOUSE: "LENT THROUGH ANOTHER LENS"

This two-hour mini-retreat will be held at two location on February 13: at St. Alban's Center, 913 Wilson Rd., Wilmington, DE from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and at The Retreat House, 22005 Church St. Hillsboro, MD from 4 - 6 p.m. See the poster on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall for more information, or contact Francie Thayer at francie@retreathousehillsboro.org.

SAVE A LIFE -- LEARN CPR

The Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown invites everyone to a Family and Friends CPR event: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., or Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.. RSVP to Sherrie Hill at 410-778-3300, ext 2222 to reserve your spot.

BISHOP'S ANNUAL VISITATION AND CONFIRMATION, APRIL 3, 2016

Bishop Parsley will make his second official visitation to Emmanuel Church on Easter I, April 3, 2016, the first Sunday after Easter. If you are interested in being confirmed, received or in reaffirming your commitment to God in the Episcopal Church, please talk to Darcy+. Any young people in Grades 6 and above who wish to be confirmed this year when Bishop Parsley comes, should contact or have their parents contact Vicar Darcy, as soon as possible, to begin preparation for Confirmation.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED

Looking ahead to February and March, we see many open opportunities to host Coffee Hour. Please do not plan anything exotic or complicated. There is no need to bake. Cheese and crackers, grapes, cookies, and donut holes make good snacks to munch on while sipping coffee and chatting with other parishioners. Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES:

1. FEBRUARY FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. We are collecting soup and chili during the month of February, and other non-perishable food items for the Community Food Pantry.

2. REDNER'S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. Please drop your register receipts in the box provided in the Narthex. Thank you for your help.

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Please donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Newer phones will be refurbished; the rest are recycled with proceeds going to purchase prepaid international phone cards. Phones and cards will be sent to our military serving overseas. Questions? Call Ron Abler at 443-282-0961.

Collect for this Sunday, February 7 (Last Sunday of Epiphany): O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Alleluia! sing to Jesus (460); Christ upon the mountain peak (129); When morning gilds the skies (427); Songs of thankfulness and praise (135); Service music: S96 (Kyrie), S130 (Sanctus), S164 (Agnus Dei).

Events next week:

Sunday, February 7: (Last Sunday of Epiphany ):

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

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II, "the Children Shall Lead" (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.) N.B. There will be a wrap-up meeting for the Christmas Bazaar Committee after Coffee Hour on Sunday, February 14.

Monday, February 8

o Knifty Knitters at Edith Grassi's (2 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 9:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot ( 3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

o Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (6 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 10 (Ash Wednesday):

o GED (9 a.m.)

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

o Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (12 noon)

o Yoga (5 p.m.)

o Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (6 p.m.)

Thursday, February 11:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot ( 3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o EfM and Evening Prayer (5 p.m.)

o AA meeting (8 p.m.)

Friday, February 12:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, February 13:

o Memorial service for Marie-Louise "Mal" Watson (2 p.m.)

Sunday, February 14: (Lent I):

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

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

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

There will be a wrap-up meeting for the Christmas Bazaar Committee after Coffee Hour on Sunday, February 14.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 16: Pot Luck Supper and Lenten Study Program (6:15 p.m.)

February 20: Memorial Service for Ron Fitts+ at Emmanuel (11 a.m.)

February 22: Pot Luck Supper and Lenten Study Program (6:15 p.m.)

February 26-27: Diocesan Convention in Cambridge, MD

February 28: Trumpet& Organ Concert: Paul Neebe and David Lang (4 p.m.)

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, Betsy, David, Debbie, Don, Frank, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Megan, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Pam Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Kim Devlin, Travis Fisher, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Bob & Pat Hollett, Bill House, Ted Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward.

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.

Darcy+

LENTEN STUDY PROGRAM FOR 2016, TUESDAY EVENINGS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 16

During Lent this year, we will embark on a five-part video series and discussion, Embracing an Adult Faith: Marcus Borg on What it Means to be a Christian. We will begin with a pot luck supper at 6:15 p.m., followed by viewing the video segment for the week and end with a discussion prompted by the questions raised. This program is open to all, and is designed to help us prepare more deeply for a holy Lent. It will be particularly suited to those who wish to prepare for confirmation, reception, or reaffirming their commitment to God when the Bishop comes for his annual visitation in April.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMANUEL'S YOUTH GROUP FOR A JOB WELL DONE

Last week, Emmanuel's youth with the help of their parents and teachers held a Spaghetti Supper to raise funds for STOP HUNGER NOW. When all was said and done, they had collected over $1,300 to be combined with the money raised by fundraisers at the high school. To read more about this event, see the article written by Lizzy Goetz in our new issue of The Messenger.

ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2015 AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX

Copies of the Annual Report for 2015 which was distributed at the Annual Meeting of the Parish last Sunday are available in the Narthex. If you did not get a copy last week, please take one this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS TO . . .

. . . Barbara Belden, Craig Jackson, and Ellen Stevenson who were elected to the Vestry of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, for three-year terms ending in 2019.

. . . Darlene Housley who was elected to be an alternate delegate to the 2016 Diocesan Convention, and then will serve as one of our three delegates to Convention for the next three years.

LENTEN MINI-RETREAT, FEBRUARY 13, ST. ALBAN'S CENTER & THE RETREAT HOUSE: "LENT THROUGH ANOTHER LENS"

This two-hour mini-retreat will be held at two location on February 13: at St. Alban's Center, 913 Wilson Rd., Wilmington, DE from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and at The Retreat House, 22005 Church St. Hillsboro, MD from 4 - 6 p.m. See the poster on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall for more information, or contact Francie Thayer at francie@retreathousehillsboro.org.

SAVE A LIFE -- LEARN CPR

The Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown invites everyone to a Family and Friends CPR event: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., or Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.. RSVP to Sherrie Hill at 410-778-3300, ext 2222 to reserve your spot.

BISHOP'S ANNUAL VISITATION AND CONFIRMATION, APRIL 3, 2016

Bishop Parsley will make his second official visitation to Emmanuel Church on Easter I, April 3, 2016, the first Sunday after Easter. If you are interested in being confirmed, received or in reaffirming your commitment to God in the Episcopal Church, please talk to Darcy+. Any young people in Grades 6 and above who wish to be confirmed this year when Bishop Parsley comes, should contact or have their parents contact Vicar Darcy, as soon as possible, to begin preparation for Confirmation.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED

Looking ahead to February and March, we see many open opportunities to host Coffee Hour. Please do not plan anything exotic or complicated. There is no need to bake. Cheese and crackers, grapes, cookies, and donut holes make good snacks to munch on while sipping coffee and chatting with other parishioners. Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES:

1. FEBRUARY FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. We are collecting soup and chili during the month of February, and other non-perishable food items for the Community Food Pantry.

2. REDNER'S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. Please drop your register receipts in the box provided in the Narthex. Thank you for your help.

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Please donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Newer phones will be refurbished; the rest are recycled with proceeds going to purchase prepaid international phone cards. Phones and cards will be sent to our military serving overseas. Questions? Call Ron Abler at 443-282-0961.

Collect for this Sunday, February 7 (Last Sunday of Epiphany): O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Alleluia! sing to Jesus (460); Christ upon the mountain peak (129); When morning gilds the skies (427); Songs of thankfulness and praise (135); Service music: S96 (Kyrie), S130 (Sanctus), S164 (Agnus Dei).

Events next week:

Sunday, February 7: (Last Sunday of Epiphany ):

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

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II, "the Children Shall Lead" (10:30 a.m.)

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

Monday, February 8

o Knifty Knitters at Edith Grassi's (2 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 9:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot ( 3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

o Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (6 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 10 (Ash Wednesday):

o GED (9 a.m.)

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

o Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (12 noon)

o Yoga (5 p.m.)

o Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (6 p.m.)

Thursday, February 11:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot ( 3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o EfM and Evening Prayer (5 p.m.)

o AA meeting (8 p.m.)

Friday, February 12:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, February 13:

o Memorial service for Marie-Louise "Mal" Watson (2 p.m.)

Sunday, February 14: (Lent I):

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 16: Pot Luck Supper and Lenten Study Program (6:15 p.m.)

February 20: Memorial Service for Ron Fitts+ at Emmanuel (11 a.m.)

February 22: Pot Luck Supper and Lenten Study Program (6:15 p.m.)

February 26-27: Diocesan Convention in Cambridge, MD

February 28: Trumpet& Organ Concert: Paul Neebe and David Lang (4 p.m.)

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, Betsy, David, Debbie, Don, Frank, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Megan, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Pam Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Kim Devlin, Travis Fisher, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Bob & Pat Hollett, Bill House, Ted Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward.

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.

Darcy+

ASH WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST WITH IMPOSITION OF ASHES, FEBRUARY 10, 12 NOON & 6 P.M.

Please join us next Wednesday, February 10 at 12 noon or at 6 p.m. for our service of Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes as we begin a Holy Lent.

LENTEN STUDY PROGRAM FOR 2016, TUESDAY EVENINGS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 16

During Lent this year, we will embark on a five-part video series and discussion, Embracing an Adult Faith: Marcus Borg on What it Means to be a Christian. We will begin with a pot luck supper at 6:15 p.m., followed by viewing the video segment for the week and end with a discussion prompted by the questions raised. This program is open to all, and is designed to help us prepare more deeply for a holy Lent. It will be particularly suited to those who wish to prepare for confirmation, reception, or reaffirming their commitment to God when the Bishop comes for his annual visitation in April.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMANUEL'S YOUTH GROUP FOR A JOB WELL DONE

Last week, Emmanuel's youth with the help of their parents and teachers held a Spaghetti Supper to raise funds for STOP HUNGER NOW. When all was said and done, they had collected over $1,300 to be combined with the money raised by fundraisers at the high school. To read more about this event, see the article written by Lizzy Goetz in our new issue of The Messenger.

ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2015 AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX

Copies of the Annual Report for 2015 which was distributed at the Annual Meeting of the Parish last Sunday are available in the Narthex. If you did not get a copy last week, please take one this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS TO . . .

. . . Barbara Belden, Craig Jackson, and Ellen Stevenson who were elected to the Vestry of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, for three-year terms ending in 2019.

. . . Darlene Housley who was elected to be an alternate delegate to the 2016 Diocesan Convention, and then will serve as one of our three delegates to Convention for the next three years.

LENTEN MINI-RETREAT, FEBRUARY 13, ST. ALBAN'S CENTER & THE RETREAT HOUSE: "LENT THROUGH ANOTHER LENS"

This two-hour mini-retreat will be held at two location on February 13: at St. Alban's Center, 913 Wilson Rd., Wilmington, DE from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and at The Retreat House, 22005 Church St. Hillsboro, MD from 4 - 6 p.m. See the poster on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall for more information, or contact Francie Thayer at francie@retreathousehillsboro.org.

SAVE A LIFE -- LEARN CPR

The Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown invites everyone to a Family and Friends CPR event: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., or Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.. RSVP to Sherrie Hill at 410-778-3300, ext 2222 to reserve your spot.

BISHOP'S ANNUAL VISITATION AND CONFIRMATION, APRIL 3, 2016

Bishop Parsley will make his second official visitation to Emmanuel Church on Easter I, April 3, 2016, the first Sunday after Easter. If you are interested in being confirmed, received or in reaffirming your commitment to God in the Episcopal Church, please talk to Darcy+. Any young people in Grades 6 and above who wish to be confirmed this year when Bishop Parsley comes, should contact or have their parents contact Vicar Darcy, as soon as possible, to begin preparation for Confirmation.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED

Looking ahead to February and March, we see many open opportunities to host Coffee Hour. Please do not plan anything exotic or complicated. There is no need to bake. Cheese and crackers, grapes, cookies, and donut holes make good snacks to munch on while sipping coffee and chatting with other parishioners. Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES:

1. FEBRUARY FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. We are collecting soup and chili during the month of February, and other non-perishable food items for the Community Food Pantry.

2. REDNER'S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. Please drop your register receipts in the box provided in the Narthex. Thank you for your help.

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Please donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Newer phones will be refurbished; the rest are recycled with proceeds going to purchase prepaid international phone cards. Phones and cards will be sent to our military serving overseas. Questions? Call Ron Abler at 443-282-0961.

Collect for this Sunday, February 7 (Last Sunday of Epiphany): O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Alleluia! sing to Jesus (460); Christ upon the mountain peak (129); When morning gilds the skies (427); Songs of thankfulness and praise (135); Service music: S96 (Kyrie), S130 (Sanctus), S164 (Agnus Dei).

Events next week:

Sunday, February 7: (Last Sunday of Epiphany ):

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

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II, "the Children Shall Lead" (10:30 a.m.)

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

Monday, February 8

o Knifty Knitters at Edith Grassi's (2 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 9:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot ( 3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)

o Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (6 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 10 (Ash Wednesday):

o GED (9 a.m.)

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

o Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (12 noon)

o Yoga (5 p.m.)

o Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (6 p.m.)

Thursday, February 11:

o GED (9 a.m.); Homework Depot ( 3:30 p.m.); ESL (6:30 p.m.)

o EfM and Evening Prayer (5 p.m.)

o AA meeting (8 p.m.)

Friday, February 12:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, February 13:

o Memorial service for Marie-Louise "Mal" Watson (2 p.m.)

Sunday, February 14: (Lent I):

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 16: Pot Luck Supper and Lenten Study Program (6:15 p.m.)

February 20: Memorial Service for Ron Fitts+ at Emmanuel (11 a.m.)

February 22: Pot Luck Supper and Lenten Study Program (6:15 p.m.)

February 26-27: Diocesan Convention in Cambridge, MD

February 28: Trumpet& Organ Concert: Paul Neebe and David Lang (4 p.m.)

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bennett, Betsy, David, Debbie, Don, Frank, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Megan, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Sue, Tyler, Larry Abler, Margie Abler, Pam Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Kim Devlin, Travis Fisher, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Bob & Pat Hollett, Bill House, Ted Huffman, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward.

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.

Darcy+

--
The Rev. Dr. Darcy Williams, Priest-in-Charge
Emmanuel Church, Chestertown, MD
www.emmanuelchesterparish.org


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.