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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.

The 147th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD, on Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, 2015.  Please keep the clergy and delegates in your prayers as they meet to conduct the business of the diocese and continue the work of discerning the future of the Episcopate in the Diocese of Easton.

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 last weekend. Please help our youth, as you are able, with this worthwhile project.

Many thanks to all the young people and their parents who helped with the very successful Pancake Brunch on Saturday, February 21, and to all who came to eat the delicious food. Special thanks to the Doyle-Hedgepeth, Grant, Goetz, Grande, Naumann, and Saunders families for all the hours spent cooking, serving and cleaning-up after the event. The event netted $630 for youth activities at Emmanuel and the Chester Cabin at Camp Wright project!

Each Tuesday beginning February 24, we will gather at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall for a potluck supper and the discussion (see following article). Please bring a main dish or a side dish to the Kitchen. Emmanuel will provide soft drinks and coffee. We will need two volunteers to act as hosts in the Kitchen each Tuesday, coordinating set-up and clean-up. Please contact the Parish Office at EmmanuelChestertown@gmail.com or 410-778-3477 if you'd like to host.

Even if you missed the first week, please join us on the remaining four Tuesdays in Lent as we consider the question "What does it mean to be an Episcopalian in the 21st Century?" We will be reading People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity by Dwight J. Zscheile. Zscheile's short (130 pages) book looks at the way the Episcopal Church has changed in recent decades and seeks to describe what is at the heart of Episcopal identity and mission in our time. Dan+ and Darcy+ will facilitate the conversations, using questions offered with each chapter in the book. People of the Way is published by Morehouse Publishing and is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers for about $15. If you need help ordering this book, please contact the Parish Office at  EmmanuelChestertown@gmail.com or 410-778-3477.

The following is the reading/discussion schedule for People of the Way:
Week 1, February 24: Introduction and Chapter 1 (up to page 31)
Week 2, March 3: Chapters 2 & 3 (up to page 58)
Week 3, March 10: Chapters 4 & 5 (up to page 86)
Week 4, March 17: Chapters 6 & 7 (up to page 130)
Week 5, March 24: Concluding discussion

The Wednesday morning Bible Study group invites you to join them for a study of the book, The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.This book is available for purchase at www.amazon.com in paperback and Kindle editions or from Barnes & Noble. The group meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Dwyer Hall. All are welcome even if you miss a week or two.  
Here is the reading/discussion schedule for The Last Week:
Week 1, February 25: Preface and Chapter 1: Palm Sunday (up to page 30)
Week 2, March 4: Chapter 2: Monday & Chapter 3: Tuesday (p. 31-83)
Week 3, March 11: Chapter 4: Wednesday (p. 85-107)
Week 4, March 18: Chapter 5: Thursday (p. 109-135)
Week 5, March 25: Chapter 6: Friday (p 138-163)
Week 6, April 1: Chapters 7: Saturday & Chapter 8: Easter Sunday (p. 165-216) 

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, beginning Monday, February 23.

Bishop Henry Parsley will make his first annual visit to Emmanuel on the Feast of the Ascension, Thursday, May 14, 2015. In addition to confirming parishioners in middle and high school, the Bishop will also confirm adults, receive them into the Episcopal Church if they have already been confirmed in another Christian denomination, or acknowledge the reaffirmations of faith of those already confirmed or received. Those seeking confirmation or reception or wishing to reaffirm their faith will prepare for the Bishop's visit by attending the Lenten Tuesday evening discussions (see article above). Those seeking confirmation or reception, are also asked to read An Introduction to the Episcopal Church by J.B. Bernardin (published by Morehouse Publishing and available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers). Speak with Dan+ or Darcy+ if you have questions about confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation.
On Friday, March 6, 2015, all are invited to hear a presentation about Preservation Maryland. As its name implies, Preservation Maryland focuses on preservation within our State. Its history traces that of many preservation groups across the nation – established first to save the impressive, then-running house museums and later broadening its net to focus on advocacy, grants, and outreach. Executive Director Nicholas Redding will discuss what’s next for the 84-year-old organization and how the organization intends to make preservation a priority for the next generation of Marylanders. Admission is free. Wine and cheese will be served.

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 while the cathedral choir was on tour in Europe. He is also Director of the Copley Singers, a Boston-based choir he founded in 2006, A reception in the Parish Hall follows the reception. 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 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 1: O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from thy ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of thy Word, Jesus Christ thy Son; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Readings for this Sunday: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): The God of Abraham praise (401), Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord (328); And now, O Father, mindful of the love (337);Service music: Trisagion (S102); Sanctus (S114); Agnus Dei (S158).

Events next week: 
Sunday, March 1 (Lent II):
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.)
Monday, March 2:
o Knifty Knitters at Edith Grassi’s (2 p.m.)
o Evening Prayer (5:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 3:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Garden Club & Luncheon (9:30 a.m. - 1:30 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 4:
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 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.)
Friday, March 6:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, March 7:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, March 8 (Lent III):
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.)

A look ahead:
          Saturday, March 14: Vestry Meeting (10:30 a.m.)
          Sunday, March 15: Lent IV
                    Celebration of New Ministry: The Rev. Mary Garner at St. Paul's Centreville (2 p.m.)
                    Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble Concert at Emmanuel (4 p.m.)
          Friday, March 20: Brian Jones Organ Concert (7:30 p.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, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Carol Bain, Sandy Bjork, Rick Caulfield, Martie Chidsey, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Bob Hollett, Luke James, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Joan Wrightson Merryman, Joseph Priester, Peg 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.