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As we stand at the threshold of Lent, with Ash Wednesday falling next week (March 2), we are witnessing in our world reminders of the violence and hunger for power that inhabit every human heart, both our enemies' and ours. Jesus offers us not tanks and bombs, but spiritual weapons that wage peace and give hope. In fact, three practices that the saints tell us are especially powerful in spiritual combat will be our parish-wide Lenten focus -- Fasting, Prayer, and Almsgiving. Now more than ever is the time to take them up and seek the Lord.
This Week's Highlights
Ash Wednesday is March 2nd; there will be a said liturgy with no music at 12:15, and a fuller liturgy with choir at 7 p.m. Plan to begin Lent with us.

Emmanuel's Intergenerational Formation team presents a series of all-ages activities after Sunday 9am Masses devoted to the three practices our parish is focusing on this Lent. We'll spend two weeks on fasting, two weeks on prayer, and roughly two weeks on almsgiving, with gatherings for conversation after the 9AM Mass on March 6 (fasting) and 20 (prayer), and then an almsgiving experience packing lunches for our Sack Lunch ministry April 3. Contact Marisa or any member of the Intergenerational Formation team with questions.

Along with the experiences offered by our Intergenerational Formation team, Emmanuel also offers two complementary books this Lent. For adults, we'll read Fr. Evan Armatas: Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Highly practical, this brief devotional text supports Emmanuel’s focus on growing in Christian tools, and will also help us examine how individualism and self-directed choices affect our spiritual lives. For those who have kids or who just like children's literature, we encourage you to get a copy of Make Room: A Child's Guide to Lent and Easter. The book describes a beautiful approach to Lent that works for people of all ages.

Now complete: painting of safety lines on our chancel steps, a project begun by Ed Rath in response to frequent trips and falls over the past several years. After consultation with a liturgical artist who has done commissioned work for Emmanuel, the Vestry chose simply to add a line of paint on the steps, using a pale color that picks up tones present in our variegated slate floor, but is contrasting enough to catch the eye. We are grateful to Ed for his work, and to Junior Warden John Aquino for seeing this project to completion at last. 

Lent is around the corner, which means so is Mardi Gras! This Shrove Tuesday, March 1, you're cordially invited to celebrate Maslenitsa (the Russian equivalent of Mardi Gras) with our very own Hugh and Olga at their home in Urbana. The "carnival" starts at 5:30 and will go until 7:30. If you'd like, bring a side dish to share. Bonus points if it's a traditional carnival or mardi gras food! Contact Marisa for more information. 

Rejoice greatly: the Reverend Marisa Crofts has been formally approved by the Diocese of Dallas for ordination to the priesthood. We anticipate the liturgy will take place Monday April 25th at Emmanuel with Bishop Paul Lambert presiding. Stay tuned for details.
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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