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This image, posted on Emmanuel's Facebook page last week, has been seen thousands of times and shared from our post and others' reposts over 100.  When I excerpted it from a clergy colleague's note in his parish's equivalent of the Mini-Messenger, I didn't expect it to go viral in Episcopal-world. I just thought it stated exceptionally succinctly an important shift, one that, when it goes unnoticed, significantly hobbles churches in trying to present the Christian faith and life to their communities. What is the "default"? - what an important question! And is it any wonder that people who have to opt in to be Christian have different priorities than those who would have had to opt out not to be?
This Week's Highlights
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!

The first fall meeting of Common Table is this Sunday night at 6 p.m. at Marisa and Trent's house. Join us for pizza, conversation, and Compline! Get in touch with Marisa for more information.

On Holy Cross Day, September 14th, the Election Committee released the names of the nine first-round nominees for our next Bishop - all the applicants who submitted complete materials and passed background checks. These initial names will be voted on at the Nominating Synod in October to create a slate of three final candidates, who will visit the diocese in November before the election December 11th. At least one name may be quite familiar to Emmanuelites! Please pray before clicking through to review their information online, and as you listen for God's voice and consider whom he may be calling to this ministry, you can also share your sense of discernment with our delegates Lisa Kocheril, Wendy Bauer, and Craig Russell.

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.

Support our Emmanuelites on the “Page’s ALS Challenge” team as they to Walk To Defeat ALS on Saturday morning, September 25th at Morrissey Park. To register for the Champaign Walk or make a donation, visit . For questions, call Lori Dobrik at 621-6649 or Kathy Aquino at 840-4587.
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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