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 SEASON AFTER PENTECOST
Green remains our liturgical color for the longest season of the church year. This liturgical season is drawing to a close with the start of Advent at the end of November.
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 OF THANKSGIVING
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen. (BCP, p 836)
BAZAAR NEWS: IT'S HERE - FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 & 22
Our hard working committees are ready. The festivities begin with our famous Preview Party on Friday November 21 at 5:30 p.m. Please come and participate in this wonderful occasion. We have stunning items for sale, sumptuous food to eat, and a performance by Fiddlesticks children to love. The activities continue on Saturday, November 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. A delicious lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. Hope to see you there. Any questions please call or e-mail Linda Robbins (410-778-6015 or Lindarobb@aol.com)
SUNDAY SCHOOL, NOVEMBER 23, 10:30 A.M.
This is the 4th Sunday of the month and our Sunday School teachers are looking forward to having all the children join them for class in the 2nd floor classrooms beginning at 10:30 a.m. Child care will be available in the Nursery and the Quiet Room will be available in Dwyer Hall. Everyone is invited to stop by the Sunday School classrooms on the 2nd floor to see the photos and Bible quotes posted on the bulletin boards in the hallway. Many thanks, also, to the Sunday School students, the teachers and parents who decorated gift tags for the Giving Tree gifts last Sunday. They look great!
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED A PRAYER BOOK
Thanks to the generosity of so many parishioners we were able to purchase 50 new copies of The Book of Common Prayer. This allowed us to replace those that were worn, tattered and missing pages plus add about 15 additional Prayer Books for use by our parishioners and visitors. Many thanks to all who donated one or more Prayer Books in honor of, or in memory of, someone.
THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE CHANGES
· There will be no Bible study or noon Eucharist next Wednesday, November 26.
· However, there WILL be a service of Evensong, on Thanksgiving Eve, next Wednesday, November 26, at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel.
· There WILL be a service of Holy Eucharist, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's, Kent. Father Dan will be the celebrant and preacher.
· The Parish Office WILL be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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 by December 1 to enable the Finance Committee and the Vestry to prepare the budget for 2015.
HELP NEEDED IN THE PARISH OFFICE, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Help is needed in the Parish Office on Tuesday morning, December 2, to prepare the December-January issue of The Messenger for mailing. If you can help, please call Laura at 410-778-3477 to volunteer.
A FESTIVE SERVICE OF ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 4 P.M.
Mark your calendars for Sunday afternoon, December 7, when the Choir of Emmanuel will sing a festival of seven Lessons and Carols for the Advent Season. All are invited to join the clergy and choir for a reception with light refreshments in the Parish Hall following the service.
WINTER COAT AND WARM BLANKET DRIVE
Emmanuel is collecting used but usable winter coats and jackets for children and adults, as well as warm blankets. These will be shared with families in need in the Millington School district. Please place your donations in the large box marked "BLANKETS and QUILTS and COATS" found in Dwyer Hall.
COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY INITIATIVE
Matthew Grande, 8th grade student at The Kent School, has challenged his family and friends to support the Community Food Pantry this holiday season through his school's canned food drive. Canned foods can be dropped off at either Colosseum Pizza, in Centreville, or Crimson Pizza & Wine Bar, Chestertown. Both stores are offering incentives for participation: Colosseum is accepting canned goods and will MATCH the amount of cans donated between now and December 17 (up to $350.00). Crimson is offering $1.00 off any draught beer or any pizza when you donate a canned good item or items.
ACME SAVER STAMP PROGRAM
Emmanuel is collecting the green Saver Stamps offered to Acme customers for every $10 spent in the store. This year the stamps can be cashed in for Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Cookware. If you shop at Acme and are not saving the stamps for yourself, please save them for Emmanuel and send them to the Parish Office in an envelope or place them in the collection plate at Sunday services.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: THE SEARCH CONTINUES
Once again, Craig and Andy Jackson are searching for help in hosting this important ministry of hospitality in the coming months. Coffee Hour gives us a chance to socialize with our fellow parishioners, to learn more about each other, and to 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 in December as well as all of 2015! For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.
Collect for this Sunday, November 23: Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for this Sunday: Deuteronomy 8: 7-18; Psalm 65; 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15; Luke 17: 11-19
Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing (433), Before the Lord's eternal throne (391), All people that on earth do dwell (377), Come, ye thankful people, come (290)
Events next week:
· Sunday, November 23 (Last After Pentecost, Propers for Thanksgiving):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Sunday School (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee, Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
· Monday, November 24:
o Knifty Knitters at Sid Cooper's (2 p.m.)
· Tuesday, November 25:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes ( 6:30 p.m.)
· Wednesday, November 26:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study -CANCELLED
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing - CANCELLED
o Yoga (5 p.m.)
o Thanksgiving Evensong (6 p.m.)
· Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Day):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II, St. Paul's, Kent (10 a.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
· Friday, November 27:
o OFFICE CLOSED
· Saturday, November 28:
o No events scheduled
· Sunday, November 30 (Advent I):
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.)
We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Charlie, Chris, David, Don, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Nancy, Sarah, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, John Clark, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Nancy Harmon, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Ann McLain, Joseph Priester, Marcia Reilly, June Robinson, Mort Ryon, 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.