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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.

Today (October 23) is the feast of St. James of Jerusalem, Bishop and Martyr.  James is referred to as the brother of Jesus in the New Testament Scriptures, and was the leader of the Christian congregation in Jerusalem for many years.  He is also known as James, the Just.   Read more about St. James here:
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/275.html  and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_the_Just

The twenty-second season of the Emmanuel Church Concert Series will open on Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. with an organ recital by Wesley Parrott. Mr. Parrott is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and is the organist/choir director at St. Mary's Church, Philadelphia. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the performance. A limited number of tickets, priced at $20 for adults and $5 for children and for students with ID, are available at the door.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 26 when we will hold a Parish Conversation of Discernment: Planning the Future in the Diocese of Easton immediately after the 10:30 Eucharist.  Diocesan Discernment Committee member Libby Rice will lead the parish in a discussion of Diocesan Discernment, providing us with the opportunity to share "our insights and perceptions of God's call [to us in the Diocese of Easton] so that we can sort out a sense of direction together for the church's life and mission." This important work will aid the Discernment Committee in their task of discerning who we want to be as a diocese and how we achieve those goals. All, including our young people, are encouraged to attend. Lunch/brunch will be provided. There will also be child care for the little ones

Join us next Tuesday for our October film, The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey.  This 1998 satirical, social science, PG-rated comedy-drama tells the story of Truman Burbank, an insurance salesman living in a quaint hometown with his wife.  All seems very normal until Truman begins to suspect something is amiss when  a studio light falls from the sky just outside his house. Nothing could ever prepare him for the truth: his life since before his birth is a reality show watched by millions. This film has been described as  "a funny, tender, and thought-provoking film. The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives."  Pizza and beverages will be served.  Please RSVP to the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 or emmanuel778@verizon.net by noon on Tuesday so that we order enough pizza for all.

On All Saints Sunday, November 2, the Reverend Carol Hoidra will join us as our guest preacher. Carol, who has preached at Emmanuel on several occasions, is currently the editor to the Chairman of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She has also served as Priest Associate at Church of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan and at the national headquarters of the Episcopal Church. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Berkeley Divinity School. Please extend a warm welcome to Carol.

Each week we print and read the names of those for whom we have been asked to pray. These names represent men, women and children dealing with illnesses, surgeries, injuries or other stressful situations.  They are our relatives, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Our prayers for them are a powerful and important part of our ministry as baptized Christians and members of the God's church, and we are pleased to be able to join our voices in asking God to hear our prayers on behalf of others. At times, our list has grown to more than 60 names.
Beginning on All Saints Day, November 1, in an effort to keep our Prayer List more current, we will begin a policy of leaving a name on the list for six (6) weeks.  After six weeks, the name will be removed from the read list unless you ask that it remain for a longer period of time.  Names may be added or re-included at any time.  Please call the Parish Office at 410-778-3477 to add or remove names from the Pray List.

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.

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 November and December as well as all of 2015! For more information, call Craig at 443-480-0790 or Andy at 443-480-2484.

Lunch at Emmanuel’s Christmas Bazaar is a highlight of this annual event, as parishioners, neighbors, and visitors enjoy delicious food and fellowship when they take a break from shopping. Parishioners Donna Gibbons-Neff, Barbara Belden, and Judie Willock devote many hours and abundant culinary skill to prepare this popular meal. Traditionally, fellow parishioners have supported their efforts by donating funds to cover the cost of purchasing supplies for the luncheon. We invite you to make a modest contribution by writing a check payable to Emmanuel Church with the words “Bazaar Luncheon” on the memo line. You may drop the check in the collection plate on any Sunday between now and November 16 or mail it to Emmanuel Church, P.O. Box 875, Chestertown, MD  21620.

The Silent Auction is seeking items for the Christmas Bazaar. These should be new, never used and likely to be of interest.  To date we have a Tiffany Vase, an oriental rug, a sterling silver basket with handle, and bread making lessons.  Services and gift certificates, particularly to local restaurants, are favorites.  Please call Nancy Dick at 410-778-0811 or (cell) 410-708-0824 before pursuing gift certificates so that we don’t ask vendors more than once for a gift certificate.  Folks have already volunteered to ask JR’s and Uncle Charlie’s Bistro.  Your input helps make the Bazaar a huge success.

1.The Elegant Elephants table is seeking donations of used and antique items for sale at the Christmas Bazaar. Please NO clothing or books. To arrange delivery or pickup of items you wish to donate please contact Roger and Phyllis Brown at 410-778-4166. There will also be a bin for donations in the Dwyer Hall. Just look for the green box with the “Elegant Elephants” sign.
2. Jewelry donations:  Thanks to everyone who has donated for this year! We will be accepting additional items until the first Sunday in November. Please leave any donations by the elevator in the blue plastic box. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hollomon.
3.The Plant Table is looking for donations of containers or pots and for herbs, bulbs, seeds, and small potted plants for the Christmas Bazaar. I am looking for any volunteers to help make gift containers or to help man the table during the Bazaar. Contact Kerry Grant at 817-946-8196 and I will be happy to pick up your donations or you can drop them off in Dwyer Hall. Thanks for helping to make this year’s bazaar a success!

Dorothy Linthicum, Program Director and Instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, will present a 3-part lecture series on The Spirituality of Aging, October 30, November 6 and November 13, 6:45 - 8:15 p.m.  The Retreat House is located at 22005 Church St., Hillsboro, MD.  For more information, contact Francie Thayer, francie@retreathousehillsboro.org, or call 410-364-7042.

Collect for this Sunday, October 26: Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; 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: Leviticus 19: 1-2,15-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): All hail the power of Jesus' name! (451), Rise up, ye saints of God! (551), How lovely is thy dwelling place (517), O God our help in ages past  (680)

Events next week: 
·  Sunday, October 26 (Pentecost XX, Proper 25):
o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)
o Coffee, Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)
o Parish Conversation on Discernment (12 noon)
·  Monday, October 27:
o Knifty Knitters (on a field trip today)
·  Tuesday, October 28:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Choir Rehearsal (5 p.m.)
o Film Night: The Truman Show (6 p.m.)
o ESL classes ( 6:30 p.m.)
·  Wednesday, October 29:
o GED class (9 a.m.)
o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
o Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing (12 noon)
·  Thursday, October 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 (8 p.m.)
·  Friday, October 31:
o  No events scheduled
·  Saturday, November 1:
o No events scheduled
·  Sunday, November 2 (All Saints Sunday):
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, Charlie, Chris, David, Don, Gerry, Helen, Irene, Jim, Joan, Lillian, Mac, Mary, Mary Laura, Nancy, Sarah, Carol Bain, Rick Caulfield, Aryton Climo, Tom Dryden, Eddie Gillespie, Judi Hannigan, Virginia Kerr, Janet Knapp, Bob Kursch,  Ann McLain, Joan Merriken, Diane Miller, June Robinson, Mort Ryon, Jacqui Taylor, Bob Testin, Paige Tibbetts, John Vandevert, 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.