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Preaching in the Holy Land some years back, Archbishop Rowan Williams described Palm Sunday as like standing at the gates of Jerusalem, waiting to step through into something far bigger than we can understand. He commented, "We can enter with Jesus and walk with him to his garden of new life...  Or we can stay at the gates, unwilling to commit ourselves because we know that as soon as we enter there will be trial and suffering. But if we stay there, we shall never reach the garden. How much do we want to be there, where God walks with us again in the cool of the day?" If we don't want it very much, we are likely to just drop in when convenient during Holy Week and then arrive unprepared on Easter morning. I hope most of us want it more than that.
This Week's Highlights
The Church's most powerful week begins Palm Sunday April 10 (gather in the Great Hall). The highest priority of this experience is the Triduum, one liturgy over three nights: Maundy Thursday April 14 at 7 p.m., Good Friday April 15 at 7 p.m., and the Great Vigil of Easter April 16 at 8:30 p.m. Information on minor services the same week is on our website.  Easter Sunday Masses are at 9 and 11 a.m.

This Sunday, we will resume receiving communion at the altar rail, and wine will also be available as an option. Information to answer all your questions is on the back cover of your bulletin or online here with photos. Please read it to help this transition go smoothly!

The 8:30 P.M. Great Vigil and first Mass of Easter is the climactic liturgy of the Christian year. Invite a friend -- and if you are attending, please bring a sweet or savory ready to serve for the late-night reception!

We invite you to give flowers for Eastertide in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a blessing. Envelopes are available at church, and you may also donate online at 
The deadline to receive donations is THIS SUNDAY.

Monday April 25th at 6 p.m., Bishop Lambert will ordain the Rev. Marisa Crofts to the priesthood at Emmanuel. If you would like to donate by check or online towards the parish's ordination gift to Marisa, a chasuble/stole set, note "ordination" in the memo or comments line.

We are so happy to announce that over $9000 was donated to support Olga's cousin.
Olga writes: Dear members of Emmanuel, I would like to thank the parish for your generosity in supporting my cousin who is now a refugee because of the war in Ukraine. Glory be to God for your kind hearts and compassion! Your donations are a powerful witness to God's help in the most difficult times. I would also like to share my cousin's words of gratitude:  "Only God knows how grateful I am to each of you for your participation in our lives, for your compassion and help, for your humanity and understanding, for your eagerness to help, and open hearts! May God bless you all and when you are least expecting. May abundance and prosperity be in your families and homes! And may your children always live in peace. -Natalia"
Sunday 9 a.m.
Wednesday 12:15 p.m.

Weekdays 8 a.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Parish Calendar

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 9-12 weekday mornings, as well as by appointment. Our staff continue fulfilling their ministry responsibilities all day, 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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