The Mini-Messenger

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After a redo of their chancel, the church that sent me to seminary encircled their freestanding altar with a 360° altar rail (later replaced by a traditional rail since using it was so confusing.) We used to make fun of our Rector for putting diagrams on how to receive Communion in the bulletin. And now, as we prepare to return on Palm Sunday (April 10) to receiving that Sacrament at our altar rail rather than standing, here I am putting diagrams in the Mini-Messenger! A very thorough explanation of the process is also on the back cover of your worship bulletin and online here; please read it. As we've done while standing, we approach on the right side and return by the left; simply kneel at the next open spot at the rail from right to left. It's far more intuitive than 1970s style Communion in the round!

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.

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"

This is our last week of our parish-wide Lenten focus on the pillars of Fasting, Prayer, and Almsgiving. Plan to stay after service on Sunday, when we will put almsgiving in motion by packing 300 sack lunches for Emmanuel's Sack Lunch Ministry. Questions? Get in touch with Marisa or another member of the Intergenerational Formation Team.

Come discuss our adult Lent book, Toolkit for Spiritual Growth at Emmanuel on Monday April 4th at 5:45 p.m. (following Evening Prayer at 5:15, where you are also welcome.) We'll use the reading guide available in the Great Hall and on our website.

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 April 10th.

This Sunday we again begin Mass by chanting the Great Litany, which replaces the Prayers of the People and Confession.

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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208 W. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-352-9827
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