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



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If you are interested in learning more about the Bible and Christian faith, then EfM may be for you. EfM is a distance-learning program offered by the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South. At Emmanuel, EfM begins in early September, and meets weekly, usually Thursday evenings, through the end of May. For more information, contact Lisa Webb (Emmanuel's mentor) at lpagano15@gmail.com, or Laura in the Parish Office at emmanuelhestertown@gmail.com or at 410-778-3477. Scholarship help is available from the Rector and through the Diocese of Easton.

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

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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, Year C

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 C which began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2015 and will end on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, 2016.

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.


God of Wisdom, we give you thanks for schools and classrooms and for the teachers and students who fill them each day. We thank you for this new beginning, for new books and new ideas. We thank you for sharpened pencils, pointy crayons, and crisp blank pages waiting to be filled. We thank you for the gift of making mistakes and trying again. Help us to remember that asking the right questions is often as important as giving the right answers. Today we give you thanks for these your children, and we ask you to bless them with curiosity, understanding and respect. May their backpacks be a sign to them that they have everything they need to learn and grow this year in school and in Sunday School. We also give you thanks for all the parents, teachers and administrators who devote themselves to opening the doors of education and empowering your children with the skills they need for this life. May they be guided by your love. All this we ask in the name of Jesus, who as a child in the temple showed his longing to learn about you, and as an adult taught by story and example your great love for us. Amen.

Mark your calendars and start checking your closets, attic, basement and other storage places for items to be donated to the 2016 Jumble Sale. Your former treasures may be just want someone else is looking for. Items for sale may be brought to the Parish Hall on August 26 between 9 and noon. Unfortunately, we have no place to store them for you until then. Remember: please no clothing, no coffee mugs, or television sets.

Please come to church this Sunday for a brief liturgy of Blessing of the Backpacks during the worship service for teachers and students for the upcoming school year. Bring your backpack, briefcase, lunch box, or just yourself for a special blessing.

To say a special thanks to Bob Tyson. This Sunday, August 28, will be Bob's last Sunday on the bench as our Organist. Bob will continue as the Director of Music and Choirmaster, but he will turn over the regular organist duties to Avis Wheatley who will join us on September 4.


G. Stewart Seiple, Director of Music at Christ Church, St. Michaels, has been asked to assemble a Diocesan choir for the Investiture service of Bishop Santosh Marray on Saturday October 15, 2016 at 11 a. m. Bishop Marray wants as many members of the Diocese to attend this function as possible. In order to facilitate participation in this Diocesan choir, they have planned rehearsals in different regions of the Diocese and provided choirmasters with some online resources and a list of the music to be sung.

Please contact Bob Tyson (grtyson343@gmail.com) or the Emmanuel Parish Office (emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com or 410-778-3477), ASAP, if you are interested in participating.
Rehearsal Schedule (rehearsals will be no more than 90 minutes):

Regional practices (by convocation):
Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:30 a. m. - Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish, Chestertown, MD
Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:30 a. m. - Christ Church, St. Michael's Parish, St. Michaels, MD
Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:30 a. m. - St. Peter's Church, Salisbury, MD
Full rehearsal of all choir participants

Saturday, October 8, 2016 3:00 p. m. - Christ Church, St. Michael's Parish, St. Michaels, MD
Full Choir warm-up
Saturday, October 15 10:00 a. m. - Todd Performing Arts Center, Chesapeake College, Wye, MD


Steve Croker and Elizabeth Hollomon are seeking additional mentors for the Homework Depot program for the 2016-17 school year. Kent County Learning Center's Homework Depot program provides a safe environment, with access to the internet and trained (one-on-one) mentors, for helping area children with after-school homework. This is our second full year ... and one key essential is having a sufficient pool of mentors. This year the elementary school branch of KCLC's Homework Depot program will take place at Christ UMC on the corner of High and Mill Streets. The middle school and high school program will take place at Emmanuel. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Steve Croker at (410) 778-1199 or stevecroker@verizon.net, or Elizabeth Hollomon at elizabethhollomon@me.com. The orientation meeting will take place at Christ UMC on September 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Several of our acolytes robes are in dire need of being repaired. Several have wax drippings on them and one or two need to have a seam repaired. All could use a good washing. If you are able to help, please contact Vicar Darcy (drdarcy.williams@gmail.com) or call the Parish Office (410-778-3477).


Liturgy is defined as "the work of the people" and it takes the participation of many people to prepare our liturgy for Sunday mornings. Over the past month we have listed the many different ministry opportunities that are a part of Emmanuel Church. Some are directly related to Sunday morning worship. Others are a part of our mission and ministry in the community. Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to participate more fully in the life of the church. Opportunities include: Acolytes, Altar Guild, Church School, Choir, Christmas Bazaar, Docents Guild, Flower Guild, Garth Committee, Homework Depot, Hospitality, Kitchen Krew, Pastoral Care, Lectors, Intercessors, Ushers, and Eucharistic Ministers .


Thank you to our late July and August Coffee Hour hosts: the Saunders, the Pritchetts, Darlene Housley,and Nancy Dick, as well as Craig and Andy Jackson. We are looking for hosts for September and October. You don't have to host alone; sign up with a friend. If you can't host, please consider bringing something to share. Cheese and crackers, grapes or other fruit, donut holes, coffee cake, or cookies are all great snacks. The Coffee Hour sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board closest to the kitchen in the Parish Hall. Please remember to leave the kitchen as clean and neat as (or cleaner and neater than) it was when you arrived! Craig (443-480-0790) and Andy (443-480-2484) Jackson will gladly answer any questions you may have.


1. REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry (instead of into the wastebasket). Thank you for your continued support.

2. SEPTEMBER FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items, especially cereal, peanut butter and jelly, and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.

3. CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Recycle your cell phones through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box is in the Narthex.

Collect for this Sunday, August 28 (PENTECOST XV): Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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: Proverbs 25:6-7; Psalm 112; Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16; Luke 14:1,7-14.

Hymns for this Sunday (10:30 a.m.): Joyful, joyful, we adore thee (376); My God, thy table now is spread (321); Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (437); Lord Christ, when first thou cam'st to earth (598). Service music: Kyrie (S86),Sanctus (S124), Christ our Passover (S154).

Events next week:

Sunday, August 28 (Pentecost XV, Proper 17), Blessing of the Backpacks:

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)

Monday, August 29:

o Knifty Knitters on break until September

Tuesday, August 30:

o GED (9 a.m.)

Wednesday, August 31:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist, Rite II with anointing for healing (12 noon)

o Pastoral Care Committee Meeting (4:30 p.m.)

o Yoga (5 p.m.)

Thursday, September 1:

o GED (9 a.m.)

o AA (8 p.m.)

Friday, September 2:

o No events scheduled

Saturday, September 3:

o No events scheduled

Sunday, September 4 (Pentecost XVI, Proper 18):

o Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)

o Holy Eucharist Rite II (10:30 a.m.)

o Coffee Hour and Fellowship (11:30 a.m.)


September 9: Finance Committee Meeting

September 11: Bazaar Committee Meeting during Coffee Hour

September 16: Campus Ministry Connections at Washington College

September 18: Vestry Meeting

I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Alec, Andrew, Brent, David, Debbie, Frank, Helen, Joan, Joe, John, John, Katherine, Kevin, Lillian, Mary, Mark, Megan, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Ryan, Stephen, Tyler, Margie Abler, Carol Bain, Jim Bristoll, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Yvonne Fenwick, Herb Friedman, Theresa Hamer, Nancy Harmer, Isaac Harrington, Jan Hilty, Elmer Horsey, Bill House, Ted & Peggy Huffman, Sean Kavanagh, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Deannie Lee, Mindee Lee, Peggy Markman, Don Moulds, Peg Schreiber, Michael Shanley, Lois Smith, Anne Ward, Joan Wojtal.

Please know that you are always in my prayers and that I give thanks for your ministries in our parish community, in Chestertown, and beyond.



The Rev. Dr. Darcy Williams, Rector
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
PO Box 875, 101 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620