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I've always admired Emmanuel's laypeople who feed the hungry by personally delivering groceries each week to a local family, in partnership with empty tomb. Our dedicated members managed to keep this ministry going through the pandemic, even though we had to stop taking nonperishable donations at church. However, we are ready to restart collecting food to share once again! Coordinator Lois Rath spent a day cleaning out our pantry shelves, which now have lots of room for new nonperishable donations; for now, you can drop yours on the counter in the Great Hall. I bought several cans of fruit at the store this week myself, and will bring them in on Sunday. Want to learn more or be a deliverer? Contact Lois at or (217) 369-7026. When we feed the hungry, we feed Christ.

This Week's Highlights
The Emmanuel Men’s Group resumes Tuesday September 7th on Zoom with a Bible study series on the Life and Teachings of Jesus. Begin at 7 a.m., end before 8 - plenty of time to discover the power of God's Word! All Emmanuel men are invited and welcomed! Here is the Zoom link.

Flowers on the altar add to the beauty of our liturgies, and beginning September 12th we will again offer the chance to donate a set in memory of or in thanksgiving for someone, on a date meaningful to you. Our florist Blossom Basket bills donors for the cost of arrangements ($60) directly. Please contact the office for available dates (even if you have given before; since it has been 18 months, Mary is starting from scratch to create an accurate list.)

Bible and Beverages is headed your way! Join Marisa at the Blind Pig Brewery in downtown Champaign next Thursday , September 9, at 7 p.m. for our first meeting. We'll be reading the Gospel of Luke together! Take a look at the first three chapters (bonus points if you read the whole book) and bring a Bible and your questions. 

Episcopal Relief and Development works with local partners on hurricane relief. If you are moved to donate to support those affected by Ida, ERD is a trustworthy channel. Give at

The church office will be closed Monday September 6th for the Labor Day holiday. Beginning on Tuesday September 7th, the office will be staffed from 9-12 on weekdays. Having seen a number of benefits to Mary doing some of her work from home, we will be monitoring how adding more in-office time is working.
Sunday 9 a.m.
Wednesday 12:15 p.m.
Taking Faith Home

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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
To donate by phone, text GIVE to (217) 262-6464

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