Welcome to Emmanuel Church!
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.
EfM has a page on Facebook.
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.
The LITURGICAL SEASON OF ADVENT
Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning "coming") is the season beginning four Sundays before Christmas and is the beginning of the liturgical year in the Church.
The Advent season is a time of expectant waiting and prayerful preparation for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas and the second coming of Christ at the end of time. Vestments, the frontal on the altar, the pulpit and lectern hangings will change from green to blue for these four weeks of preparation. Traditionally, the liturgical color for Advent was purple signifying the repentance of the people of God as they awaited the birth of the Infant Jesus celebrated on Christmas. While Advent is still a time of reflection and penitential self-examination, in recent years, many churches have chosen to use blue for Advent, symbolizing the season as a time of hope-filled expectation and anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child.
Advent is a time to step back from the hustle and bustle of our secular and commercial preparations for Christmas and the busyness of the holiday season. It is a time to stop, look and listen for the signs of God's presence in our lives. Just as the sky before dawn is a beautiful deep shade of blue, so the liturgical color of Advent is a deep blue reminding us to watch for the light of Christ dawning in our lives.
Join us for worship every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. for a service of Holy Eucharist. Rite I, or on Wednesdays at noon for the Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing. A service of Advent Vespers will be held on the First Sunday of Advent, and a Festive Service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be held on the Second Sunday of Advent, both at 4 p.m.
A PRAYER FOR ADVENT
O God, as streets fill with shoppers, bright lights and tempting offers, Christmas songs and children’s laughter, you lead us along a different path, to a desert river and a Prophetic voice. A call to repentance. A call to service. A call to immerse ourselves in living water that will never run dry. A call to prepare a way in our own lives for the Saviour of the world to enter in, to know the touch of tender mercy and rest in your forgiving love. For your faithful prophets and your Living Word, we give you thanks. Amen (reprinted from http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Advent.htm)
A PRAYER FOR THIS HOLY SEASON
Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel's song, for infant's cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance. Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wise men. Help us to rise bigger than we are. Amen. (http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/Advent-and-Christmas-Prayers.cfm).
WREATH MAKING, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 9 A.M.
We need your help. Come tomorrow morning (Friday, December 19) and make wreaths for decorating the church, beginning at 9 a.m. The Flower Guild will provide the greens, frames, instructions, and assistance. Bring your own clippers and join the fun! All are welcome.
PLEDGE PAYMENTS FOR 2014
Please be sure your pledge payments for 2014 are up-to-date. To meet our projected expenses for the remainder of this year, it is important that we can count on your financial support. If you have any questions about your 2014 pledge, please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477.
PLEDGE CARDS FOR 2015
The Stewardship Committee, the Vestry, and the clergy of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, ask that you prayerfully consider making a financial pledge to support the work of Emmanuel for 2015. Pledge cards and a Stewardship letter were mailed on Saturday, November 15. If you did not receive one and would like to make a financial pledge to Emmanuel, please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 to request a card and copy of the letter. Parishioners are asked to please return their pledge cards as soon as possible to enable the Finance Committee and the Vestry to prepare the budget for 2015.
The Flower Guild invites parishioners to donate toward the decoration of the church for the Christmas Season. If you would like to make a gift in memory of a loved one, and have not already done so, please call Laura in the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 before 2 p.m. Monday, December 22. The Guild suggests donations of $50. Please make checks out to Emmanuel Church with “Christmas flowers” on the memo line.
ADVENT SEASON AT EMMANUEL IN PICTURES
Many thanks to Kerry Grant for producing and posting another Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish video. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NTidyOWjPE&feature=youtu.be (paste this link into your web browser, or go to our Facebook page) to view this video composition of photographs and music from Advent 2014 at Emmanuel including photos of the presentation of checks to the beneficiaries of our Christmas Bazaar.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STAFF THE EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER The shelter, which houses the homeless overnight during the coldest of the winter months, opens January 2 at Presbyterian Church of Chestertown and moves to First United Methodist Church on February 1, staying until the end of March. This year they need two volunteers each night for the 5:30-11pm shift (they get fed) and one "sleeper" from 11 pm until 7 am, who should bring his/her own bedding, to assist the regular staff person. In addition they need a breakfast person from 7-9 am each morning. To volunteer, please email email@example.com or phone 410-778-0165 and leave a message.
LIVE NATIVITY AT INDIANTOWN FARM, DECEMBER 21, 1 TO 4 P.M.
On Sunday, December 21st, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., JoAnn Fairchild and her husband James Wood will host an Open House on their farm outside of Centreville. JoAnn and James are members of the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown (PCC), which extends an invitation to the people of Emmanuel to join them for this occasion and the PCC’s Live Nativity service. Come see the animals, take a peaceful walk along the Chester River, explore the nature trails, and cozy up to the bonfire before the Live Nativity service with Caitlan Quinn and the youth from the PCC begins at 3:30 p.m. Please sign up in the Parish Hall and pick up a copy of the directions to Indiantown Farm at 201 Wood Lane, Centreville MD 21617. Remember to dress warmly from head to toe, and that the event is weather permitting! Email JoAnn firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-758-1088 with any questions.
EVE OF EPIPHANY EVENSONG AND TWELFTH NIGHT DINNER, MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015.
Mark your calendars and make your reservations for Monday, January 5, 2015, at 6 p.m. when Emmanuel's choir will sing a Twelfth Night Evensong service, followed by the Kitchen Krew's now-traditional, famous dinner of Guinness Beer Beef and Spicy Chicken Bake in the Parish Hall. Tickets for dinner are $20 for adults and $5 for children and students. Please call the Parish office (410-778-3477) to make reservation for dinner.
LOOKING FOR LAPTOPS
Emmanuel launches its new after-school mentoring program in January. We will host children from the middle and high schools, providing help with homework and access to computers. Children in the Kent County Public Schools now use computers every day for instruction and homework when they’re in school. However, over 60 percent of the county’s children have neither a computer nor Internet access at home. Emmanuel has space to provide a safe environment for after-school study, we have Internet access, and we’re actively recruiting volunteer tutors. Now we need computers. As of this week, we’ve received donations for six new laptops (each costs $250). Your tax-deductible donation (of any amount) will help us complete the initial set-up. If you would you like to make a donation or mentor children, contact Steve Croker (email@example.com, 410-778-1199) or our Treasurer Bill Russell (through the Parish Office).
OOPS, WE SPOKE TOO SOON! KEEP THE STAMPS COMING!
For several weeks. Emmanuel has been collecting the green Saver Stamps offered to Acme customers for every $10 spent. Abundant thanks to those of you who shopped at Acme and passed along your stamps to the parish. Last Sunday we announced we had reached our goal of collecting enough stamps to purchase sets of cookware for three families. A careful recalculation has revealed we need more. If you are not collecting the stamps yourself or if you have extras to spare, please put them in the collection plate at Sunday's services or drop them off at the Parish Office during the week. We will continue the collection through Sunday, January 4, 2015.
Collect for this Sunday, December 21: We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16; Canticle 15; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38.
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): O come, O come, Emmanuel (56), The angel Gabriel from heaven came (265), Rejoice! rejoice, believers (68), Come, thou long-expected Jesus (66)
Events next week:
• Sunday, December 21 (Advent IV):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee and Fellowship with Christmas Pageant rehearsal (11;30 a.m.)
o Live Nativity at Indiantown Farm (1- 4 p.m.)
• Monday, December 22:
o Knifty Knitters on break until January 2015
• Tuesday, December 23:
o GED class on break until January 6, 2015
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes on break until January
• Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve):
o GED class on break until January 6, 2015
o Bible Study on break until January 7, 2015
o No noon Eucharist
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Christmas Pageant (5 p.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (11 p.m.)
• Thursday, December 25 (Christmas Day):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (10 a.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, December 26:
o Office Closed
• Saturday, December 27:
o No events scheduled
• Sunday, December 28 (Christmas I):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 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, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Carol Bain, Gregory Caesar, Rick Caulfield, John Clark, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Nancy Harmon, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Joseph Priester, June Robinson, Peg Schreiber, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, Anne Ward, Gil Watson, 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.