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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.

Thursday (April 23) was anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and the date traditionally associated with the feast of Saint George, patron saint of England.

Read more about Saint George, soldier, martyr, and renowned dragon slayer here:


Read more about William Shakespeare and his Christian faith here:



In what was a very busy weekend [April 17-19] Emmanuel shone again. Grateful thanks to all those who worked to make the Friday evening reception, the Saturday luncheon, and the Sunday afternoon refreshments delicious and plentiful. We have received rave reviews. I continue to marvel at the prompt and generous responses to a call for help with our many events.  Thank you for your time and talents. You are all treasures. With sincere gratitude, Nancy.

Because of scheduling conflicts, Emmanuel will not host a movie night in April or May. Over the summer, Dan+ and Darcy+ will reassess this ministry in consultation with parishioners to determine if we should resume offering movie nights in September. Please feel free to share your comments and questions with the clergy.


On Saturday, May 2, members of Emmanuel’s Youth Group, their parents and friends, Vicar Darcy, Father Dan, and other parishioners will spend a day rebuilding Chester Cabin and helping to clean-up the grounds at Camp Wright from 10 a.m. til 4 p.m.. Participants who wish to carpool will leave from the church around 9 a.m. Bring hammers, rakes, work gloves and gardening tools. Helpers are asked to come and stay as long as they are able. Dress comfortably and for the weather. Camp Wright will provide lunch, so we need an accurate head-count. Please RSVP to the Parish Office by Tuesday, April 28 to let us know you are coming.


Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. brings the final concert in Emmanuel's 22nd series. Please join us to hear organist Ken Cowan, who is making his 20th appearance at Emmanuel. One of America's finest concert organists, Ken is an Associate Professor of Organ at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. The concert will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students; there is no charge for children of parishioners.

Bishop Henry Parsley will make his first official visit to Emmanuel on the Feast of the Ascension, Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6 p.m.. He will preach and celebrate at a special festal service of Holy Eucharist. The Choir will sing music selected for Ascension Day and everyone is invited to a gala reception in the Parish Hall following the service. At this service, Bishop Parsley will also confirm K.T. Pagano and receive JoAnn Fairchild Wood into the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. If you have already been confirmed or received as an Episcopalian, but would like to be presented to Bishop Parsley to reaffirm your faith, please contact Dan+ or Darcy+ as soon as possible. There is still a little time left for us to notify the Bishop's office.


The Community Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable food items, but would particularly appreciate donations of tuna fish, either canned or in a vacuum-sealed pouches  The Pantry also welcomes donations of other items including peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, and cereal. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.


Thank you to the many parishioners who have hosted Coffee Hour in the past few months! We are grateful for your generosity and service. We continue to need hosts for upcoming Sundays. A simple spread of some snacks and freshly made coffee are all that is necessary. Please take this opportunity to volunteer as a host or co-host of Coffee Hour. The sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board nearest the kitchen in the Parish Hall. There are plenty of opportunities to be a part of this important ministry in April, May and June. Craig and Andy Jackson will be glad to answer any questions. 

If you are not able to host, your donations of baked goods and other food (especially non-perishable snacks) would be greatly appreciated. Please mark donations for "Coffee Hour" and place them in the kitchen. Baked goods and other perishable items should go in the freezer.

Collect for this Sunday, April 26: O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday:  Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Christ is made the sure foundation (518); Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless (343); The King of love my shepherd is (645); My Shepherd will supply my need (664); Service music: by Malcolm Archer (chosen for the Easter season; see Sunday service bulletins).

Events this next week:

Sunday, April 26 (Easter 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.)
o Confirmation class (12 noon)
Monday, April 27:
o Knifty Knitters at Jane Scott's (2 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 28:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 29:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, April 30:
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 meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, May 1:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, May 2:
o Emmanuel Day at Camp Wright (9 a.m.)
Sunday, May 3 (Easter 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.)
o Vestry meeting (12 noon)

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