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As you read this, our pastoral team is in Springfield for a clericus gathering with our new Assisting Bishop, Paul Lambert. Bishop Lambert will be serving our diocese part-time until the 12th Bishop of Springfield is consecrated next May. After a difficult few years, it is a great feeling to be moving forward into a new era in the life of the Diocese of Springfield. Within a month, we should learn the names of all those who were nominated and passed background checks in our Bishop search. This is the pool from which lay and clergy delegates from every church will choose the final slate of three candidates at Synod on Oct 15-16. Please continue in prayer for those leading our diocese -- as well as all working on the Bishop search, especially Bill Techau from Emmanuel.
This Week's Highlights
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

The Emmanuel choir will hold a retreat on Sunday, August 29, at 10:30 a.m. following morning mass. We will discuss plans for the 2021-2022 year, reconnect with one another, and end with a short rehearsal. All former and current choir members are invited; anybody interested in joining the choir can email choirmaster Nicholas Pothier ( We'd love to have you join us!

After Labor Day, Emmanuel's goal is to return to in-person Daily Office 5 days a week, morning and evening. For us to do so, we need two additional lay leaders to commit to pray (one for a morning and one for an evening); are you interested in being trained to join the team that has kept intercession and adoration going in our building for years, day by day? Speak with any of the pastoral staff!

Our August homily series concludes this week, and after the 9 a.m. Mass there will be one more chance to discuss our summer book by Henri Nouwen, With Burning Hearts.

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!


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
To donate by phone, text GIVE to (217) 262-6464

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