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I've been back home from my father's funeral about long enough to go through the mail and do a load of laundry, and I'll be packing another bag today to join lots of laity and clergy from all over the diocese at the Consecration weekend for our new Bishop. More information is available below. While I'm excited about the festivities, I'm also really looking forward to being home at the altar with all of you on Sunday! See you in church.
This Week's Highlights
This weekend our diocesan family rejoices in the Consecration of the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, the Very Reverend Brian Burgess. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will officiate, also spending time with clergy on Friday and joining in a banquet that evening. Eight Emmanuelites are serving in the liturgy, which will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral. RSVPs are closed, but the service will be livestreamed on the Diocesan website: 

Over the summer, we're putting together a class that invites your questions about Jesus, the Bible, and things that matter, and is especially appropriate for those who are new(ish) to the Episcopal or Christian worldview and practices, or those who haven't examined their faith in a long time. At the end of the class you may choose whether you would like to be Confirmed or Received when our new Bishop visits (TBA). Speak to Mother Beth to learn more.

This May we are participating in the United Thank Offering, honoring a practice originally created by Episcopal church women. Through UTO, individuals are encouraged to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make a special offering to benefit national and international mission. UTO Envelopes are available at church, or you may give via Breeze; please note UTO in the comments.

The feast of Pentecost on June 5th is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year (can you name them? Answer here!).  It marks the close of the Easter season and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. Episcopalians all over the country wear red to church that day in honor of the Spirit's fire, so get out that red tie, dress, shoes, hat, or whatever red garb you own and join in the fun. Pentecost Sunday will also be a chance to learn more about how we'll gather over the summer for meals together at Common Table.

If you or a family member is graduating this spring, we would love to include your/their name, degree received, and future plans in the June Messenger; please share them with Mary in the office! 
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Wednesday 12:15 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 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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