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What does it mean when the Bible tells us to "walk by faith"? To me, it means reminding myself every day who God is and what he promises in Jesus, and seeking the Spirit's help to act based on that, no matter what the circumstances. You'll soon see in the mail material for Emmanuel's annual giving campaign, which speaks of our having gotten through the past months "by faith," by trusting God enough to act based on what he says. Consciously taking deliberate actions rooted in God's truth -- being at Mass on Sunday, reading Scripture daily, giving money away intentionally, forgiving generously, denying yourself thoughtfully -- with these regular small choices, we can build up the endurance to get through hard times and good times not by self, but by faith.
This Week's Highlights
As you will have seen in the letter from Mother Beth included with the October Messenger mailing, our beloved organist Michael Fisher has announced his retirement effective the end of October. While Michael has asked not to have a special farewell event, we will be collecting notes and cards of appreciation in care of the church, and urge everyone to speak with him to share your thanks, as well as planning to worship with us his final Sunday, October 31st. Words cannot express our gratitude for the priceless gift of music, prayer, companionship and support Mike has given this parish so faithfully for over 2 decades.

Pets are in the spotlight at this 15-minute, casual outdoor service open to all, Sunday October 3rd at 5 p.m. Children, families, and adults, bring your pets (on leashes or in carriers please!) for a celebration of creation and all that our animals mean to us. Individual pet blessings offered after the brief ceremony; stuffed animal friends and photos welcome. Please mark yourself as "Going" on the Facebook event and invite someone who has a pet! We'll meet across the street in West Side Park.

It is with joy that we announce that following successful completion of ordination exams and a final round of interviews, our curate, Marisa Crofts, has been approved by the Bishop of Dallas for ordination to the transitional diaconate on the feast of St. James, Saturday October 23rd, at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Dallas. Mother Beth will represent Emmanuel at the ordination, and Deacon Marisa will serve at the altar the next Sunday at her sponsoring parish in Richardson, Texas. Mark your calendars for her first Sunday Mass serving as a transitional deacon at Emmanuel on October 31st. Gifts and cards are appropriate!

We continue gradually adding music to our Sunday Mass, this week bringing back the Sanctus (Holy Holy Holy) in a familiar version. As always, the staff welcome your comments in this time where balancing priorities at indoor group events can be a challenge.

Coming your way on October 14th is the second meeting of Pub Theology: Bible and Beverages. Weather permitting, we will meet at Blind Pig Brewery in downtown Champaign to continue our discussion of the Gospel of Luke on October 14th at 7 p.m. This time around, we'll be looking at the start of Jesus' ministry. Read chapters 3 through 6. Or, better yet, read the whole book! Contact Marisa for more information. 
Marisa for more information. 

Join Junior Warden John Aquino and a crew of Emmanuel parishioners for our fall work day on Saturday October 30th at 9 a.m. We will ready the building for winter, spruce up the property, and pray together. Tasks for outdoors and indoors; all ages welcome! No need to RSVP; just show up by 9!

Have you taken time to pray over the initial nine names of first-round nominees for our next Bishop? The Nominating Synod on October 16th will create a slate of three final candidates, who will visit the diocese in November before the election December 11th. After using the diocesan discussion guide to consider which nominees reflect the Biblical and BCP qualities of a bishop as well as the results from local listening sessions, you can share your sense of discernment with our delegates Lisa Kocheril, Wendy Bauer, and Craig Russell.
Sunday 9 a.m.
Wednesday 12:15 p.m.

Weekdays 8 a.m. & 5:15 p.m.
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IN A PASTORAL EMERGENCY - If you or a family member are in the hospital or have another personal emergency, please let the clergy know; they are ready to visit or assist. If the office is closed, please leave the information (including which hospital) in one of their personal office voicemail boxes or on a home phone. Emmanuel can also arrange to have meals provided; just ask!
Emmanuel's ministry staff seek health for both themselves and the parish culture by taking regular time off. MOTHER BETH is off on Fridays. MARISA CROFTS is off on Mondays. DEACON CHRIS is in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Voice mail may be left in their boxes at any time.
The church office is open roughly 9-12 weekday mornings currently, as well as by appointment. At other times our staff will continue fulfilling all their ministry responsibilities from home, including actively responding to email and phone messages.
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Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church
208 W. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-352-9827
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