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Some Emmanuelites have asked if I saw a recent piece in the New York Times about church life post-Covid. Writer Collin Hansen discusses what he calls the "devastating membership and attendance declines that have not yet reversed from March 2020."  He also points out how the recent infatuation with online offerings and maximizing asynchronous, private convenience favors huge, well-resourced, non-sacramental churches -- at great cost to ordinary local churches that practice liturgy and sacraments. This certainly mirrors our experience, as well as that of most clergy in my circles. The article's conclusion, though the author is a Calvinist, summarizes the Episcopal position too:  "The very word we translate from Greek as 'church' in the New Testament [ekklesia, gathering] suggests we must assemble in person. The church wasn’t just a bridge of 2,000 years until humanity reached Peak Zoom. It’s essential for the religion where God took on flesh and dwelt among us. It’s essential in a faith that believes Jesus physically rose from the dead and then sat down to enjoy a meal with his stunned friends."
This Week's Highlights
Our August homily series continues week by week, based on the lectionary readings and our summer book by noted spiritual writer Henri Nouwen, With Burning Hearts. You will hear all three of our preachers discuss God's work in the Mass, and then we'll hold two discussions after our 9 a.m. Mass on August 15 and 22. There's still time to read this beautiful and direct devotional work before then!

Let us pray for you! If it's back to school time for you (as a student, teacher, staff, anything), we will offer a special blessing at the 9 a.m. Mass on August 22nd. Join us and invite a friend or colleague.

There is still time to participate in Emmanuel's 2021 United Thank Offering, which will be presented at Synod in the fall. If you would like to express your gratitude via this special offering, which supports innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, you may give anytime this summer via your Breeze app or on our website  or by mailing a check to the church. However you give, be sure to indicate UTO in the memo line or comment field!

How do you add a name to the Emmanuel prayer list? Just contact Mary or a member of the pastoral staff. We keep names on the list for 4 weeks, unless told otherwise. Current prayer needs are sent out Fridays by email; you can sign up to receive a copy. We deeply appreciate all those who give of themselves in intercession -- without prayer, we could do nothing.

In accordance with new CDC and local guidance, Emmanuel will again  require everyone to wear masks at our indoor group events, including Sunday Mass and all other liturgies, until further notice. Thank you for proactively loving your neighbors in Champaign County by masking up when you are in Emmanuel buildings!

Wed 12:15 Mass Signups
No RSVP needed Sunday

Zoom Daily Office

Wednesday 5:15 p.m.
Click this link for access  
or dial 1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 208 217 0000
Password: 61820
Taking Faith Home

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 roughly 9-11 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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