Welcome to Emmanuel Church!

101 N. Cross Street,PO Box 875, Chestertown, MD 21620 410.778.3477



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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.


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 B, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2014 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2015.

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


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 JUNE 2015 CALENDAR, SUMMER LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULES and contact information!

Today is the date set aside in the Episcopal Church and the Church of England to honor William Wilberforce, a faithful Christian who led the struggle to abolish slavery in the British Empire. Read more about Wilberforce here:


On July 26, Dan+ informed the Vestry that he has accepted a call to serve as rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church on Staten Island in the Diocese of New York. Dan's last Sunday at Emmanuel will be September 20. A letter from Dan+ concerning his new call reached most parishioners earlier this week. You can read the letter by following the link to Emmanuel's website here: http://www.emmanuelchesterparish.org/Site/documents/Rector's%20New%20Call%20Letter.pdf


Whether you’re a veteran, a recent recruit, or a potential new member, please join Mary McGinnis, Dan+, and Darcy+ for a brief discussion of the purpose and function of the Altar Guild and plans for the 2015-2016 program year. We’ll meet in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, August 11, at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served. If you have questions, or would like additional information, please call Mary McGinnis at 443-480-2222.

The deadline for the next quarterly edition of the Messenger is August 15. This will be mailed by mid-September and will cover events in September through November. Please send your articles and news releases to our editor "Chester" at emmanuelchesterparish@gmail.com or to Laura in the Parish Office at emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com.

Here's the news you've been waiting for: Emmanuel's annual Jumble Sale (a.k.a. rummage sale) will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now's the time to inspect your cabinets, closets, and cupboards for your former treasures that someone else may want or need. Please, NO clothing, coffee mugs, or television sets. If you donate bed linens or tablecloths, please attach a tag or label indicating size. Our dedicated volunteers will accept donations for sale on Friday, August 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. We will be open for business at 8 a.m. the next day. If you have questions or need help in getting your items to the church, please contact Nancy Dick at 410-778-0811 or 410-708-0824 after August 1.

Dee Zeller, Executive Director of Camp Wright, will be leaving the Diocese of Easton in September. After seven years and eight summers, colleagues and friends will gather to wish Dee farewell on Sunday, August 23, at 3 p.m. Join the gathering at Camp Wright to share stories about Dee and to wish her well in person. RSVP to director@campwright.com if you plan to be there. Whether you can be there in person or not, you can contribute to the DeeDee Fund, a new fund established to pay for upgrades to Camp Wright's facilities and grounds. You can make a gift online at www.campwright.com or mail a check to the camp office at 400 Camp Wright Lane, Stevensville, MD 21666.

We are putting together a photo gallery of all things Emmanuel Church, because we are coming up on several sestercentennial (250 years) anniversaries of our church and parish:

  1. 2016 will be the anniversary of the establishment of Chester Parish in 1766.
  2. 2017 will be the anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of our church in 1767.
  3. 2022 will be the anniversary of the completion and dedication of our church in 1772.

If you have any photographs or other images of Emmanuel that might be worth adding to our gallery, please mark them on the back or on an affixed Post-it note with the occasion, the date, if known, (approximate otherwise), and your name and phone number. We will scan the photos and return them to you undamaged– we promise. We especially need photos of anything seen in the photo that differs from what is seen today (inside or outside, windows, doors, furniture, memorials, etc.). Please leave your photos at the Parish Office or with Ron Abler. If you have any questions, call Ron at 443-282-0961.

Did you see all the little ones in church recently? Many of them are old enough to move out of the nursery and into our Sunday School program. This fall, we hope to expand our Sunday School program, but we need your help. If we have enough helpers, we can offer a Sunday School class every Sunday that gives our children the opportunity to learn about God and their Christian faith in a setting that encourages exploration, respect and some fun activities. There will be a planning meeting in late August. Watch for more details in the coming weeks, and contact Vicar Darcy if you are interested in helping.


Rob Comfort is a Chestertown resident who will be traveling to Nepal in August to work on post-earthquake reconstruction projects. Rob is a part of Emmanuel's extended community whose late wife, Susan, was an active member of our parish and for many years a teacher in our Church School. Here is Rob's message to the community:

Dear Friends and Supporters, I have been fortunate to have been given a place on a volunteer team of humanitarian workers traveling to Nepal to provide relief and reconstruction efforts to the victims of the recent devastating earthquakes.  All Hands (hands.org) responds to the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters all over the world.  In addition to volunteering, I am trying to raise money for the recovery efforts.  Please visit my page and consider making a contribution.  
http://give.hands.org/fundraise?fcid=465834.  Thank you, Rob Comfort


The Community Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable food items, but would particularly appreciate donations of boxes of cereal. The Pantry also welcomes donations of other items including canned meat, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce. Please place your donations in the blue plastic container in the Narthex.
Collect for this Sunday, August 2: Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; 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: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Glorious things of thee are spoken (522); My God, thy table now is spread (321); Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord (328); Guide me, O thou great Jehovah;  Service music: S86, S124, S161.

Events next week:

Sunday, August 2 (Pentecost X):
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.)
Monday, August 3:
o Knifty Knitters on break until early September
Tuesday, August 4:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o ESL classes on break 'til August
o Staff meeting (1 p.m.)
Wednesday, August 5:
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, August 6:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Evening Service (5 p.m.)
o AA meeting (8 p.m.)
Friday, August 7:
o No events scheduled
Saturday, August 8:
o No events scheduled
Sunday, August 9 (Pentecost XI):
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.)

We ask your prayers, as we do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Ann, Bill, Carmela, David, Debbie, Don, Gerry, Helen, Jim, Joan, Joe, Joel, John, Lillian, Mary, Millie, Nancy, Nancy, Pat, Sue, Tyler, Carol Bain, Rebecca Brown, Connor Campbell, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Ron Fitts, Eddie Gillespie, Theresa Hamer, Cathy Hartman, Bob Hollett, Bob Kursch, Seery Leighow, Joan Wrightson Merryman, the Rt. Rev. James W. Montgomery, Alex Rasin, Peg Schreiber, Betsy Tait, Jacqui Taylor, Paige Tibbetts, Dorothy Vickers, 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.