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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.


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.






Green remains our liturgical color for the longest season of the church year. This liturgical season began the beginning of the summer. We do continue to offer our usual two services on Sundays (8 and 10:30 a.m.) and our mid-week celebration of the Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing at 12 noon on most Wednesdays. Watch the E-Mail News or check Emmanuel's website (emmanuelchesterparish.org) for any changes in the worship schedule made necessary by the start of the school year or special events.

With time and use, some of the prayer books in the church have become tattered and are missing pages. We would like to provide an ongoing opportunity for Emmanuelites to donate a Book of Common Prayer for use in the church. These new prayer books will be used to replace the worn and frayed ones. Each donated Prayer Book will contain a bookplate identifying the donor and for whom the book is given. If you would like to donate a new BCP, please send, or place in the offering plate, a check for $20 payable to Emmanuel Church. Write "BCP in honor of ...." or "BCP in memory of ..." in the memo line.

Our first film of the 2014-15 program year is "A Month in the Country," a 1987 British film starring Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh, and Natasha Richardson. Set in the early 1920s, the film follows the experiences of Tom Birkin (Colin Firth), a WWI veteran, who has been employed under a bequest to carry out restoration work on a medieval mural discovered in a church in the small rural community of Oxgodby, Yorkshire. Critics described the film as "Arthurian, with its chivalric hero on his spiritual quest, the atmosphere suffused, seeming to dance with once and future truths." Please RSVP to the Parish Office (emmanuel778@verizon.net or at 410-778-3477) by noon on Tuesday so we order enough pizza.

Chrissie Crosby will present a three-part series of Stories of Hurt, Healing and Heeding as Found Among Women of the Old Testament, through the use of dramatic readings of Scripture, poetry, prayer, silence, discussion and art. The series will be held at The Retreat House at Hillsboro, 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, MD. RSVP francie@retreathousehillsboro.org or call 410-364-7042. A free will offering will be taken each evening.

Award-winning novelist and poet, professor and actor, Chris Campanioni, will be at The Bookplate on Friday evening, September 26, at 6 p.m., to read from and sign copies of his latest novel, Going Down, and his collection of poetry, In Conversation.

Chesapeake College and The Kent County Learning Center will hold the first of three training sessions for GED and ESL mentors on Monday September 29, 6 - 9 p.m. at the Learning Center in Rock Hall. Instructors from Chesapeake College will discuss the requirements of the new GED tests and will offer tips on how to be a successful mentor to the GED and ESL students. If you are interested in serving as a mentor and plan to attend this training session, please contact Steve Croker at stevecroker@verizon.net or the Parish Office (emmanuel778@verizon.net or at 410-778-3477).
A separate training will be scheduled at a later date for those who are interested in mentoring middle and high school students in an after-school mentoring program here at Emmanuel.

Jewelry donations will be much appreciated for the upcoming Christmas bazaar in November. Please leave your donations in the box by the elevator near the Parish Hall. You can also call Elizabeth Hollomon for items best donated in person (703-867-2394). Donations will be accepted until the first Sunday in November (November 2).

Delegates to the Diocesan Convention, Wardens and others interested in learning more about the Discernment process being undertaken in the Diocese of Easton are asked to attend one of the three convocation meetings being held throughout the diocese in the coming weeks:
Tuesday, September 30, St. Paul's-by-the-Sea, Ocean City, 7 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1, Trinity Cathedral, Easton, 7 - 9 p.m.
Monday, October 6, Shrewsbury Parish, Kennedyville, 7 - 9 p.m.

Collect for this Sunday, September 21: Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Glorious things of thee are spoken (523); Strengthen for service, Lord (312); Not here for high and holy things (9); Rise up, ye saints of God (551)

Events next week:
• Sunday, September 21 (Pentecost XV, Proper 20):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II and Children's Chapel (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee, Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Vestry Meeting (12 noon)
• Monday September 22:
o Knifty Knitters at Mike VandeWeghe's (Heron Point, Apt 230) (2 p.m.)
• Tuesday, September 23:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o Film, A Month in the Country, and pizza (6:00 p.m.)
o ESL classes ( 6:30 p.m.)
• Wednesday, September 24:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
o Chestertown Havurah: Rosh Hashanah Eve (3-9 p.m.)
• Thursday, September 25:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Chestertown Havurah: Rosh Hashanah (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
o Heron Point Tea (2 p.m.)
o EfM (5 p.m.)
o ESL classes (6:30 p.m.)
o Evening Service (7 p.m.)
o AA (8 p.m.)
• Friday, September 26:
o No events scheduled
• Saturday, September 27:
o Kappa Sigma: Pancakes for Prostate Research (7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
o Diocese of Easton Licensed Ministries Training at St. Paul's, Vienna (9 a.m.)
• Sunday, September 28 (Pentecost XVI, Proper 21):
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: Alan, Ann, Calvin, Carol, Charlie, Chris, David, Debbie, Don, Eileen, Frank, George, Gerry, Jim, Joan, John, Judith, Laura, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Nancy, Richard, Stephen, Virginia, Cindy Anderson, Carol Bain, Ann Boyden, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Michael Duckworth, Ron Fitts, Bert Gibson, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Bill Hull, Virginia Kerr, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch, Peter Libby, Jane Lours, Joyce McCracken, John McKisson, Stuart Marra, Joan Merriken, John Messer, Diane Miller, Jim Naumann, Joan Palmer, Patricia Patton, Neill Redfern & family, Mort Ryon, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, John Vandevert, 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.