Over a century ago God called a group of Episcopalians to found a church in Champaign, and we are still here at the corner of State and University proclaiming his love and serving his world. In October 1917, the cornerstone of our beautiful Ralph Adams Cram church was laid, and we are excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our building this year!! An array of events is planned throughout the year and we hope you will join us for as many as you can. The kickoff event is coming soon!
Watch for your invitation and mark your calendars for 6 p.m., Friday, October 6th for our family dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn. Transportation will be provided for those who prefer not to drive at night. This is a relaxed family dinner; think business casual attire. A children’s room and pizza will be a part of this free, all-ages party. You are welcome to contact Lori at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Music and dancing that evening will cross the years! Submit your favorite requests for our Family Dinner playlist or add them to the sheet in the Great Hall. There is also a basket on the counter in the Great Hall to share any favorite Emmanuel photos (label the envelope so the pictures can be returned to you.)
On Sunday October 8th, look for a new hymn commissioned in honor of our building Centennial. Over the winter months, three clergy whom we sponsored for ordination will return to preach for us. The capstone event is a liturgy of thanksgiving and rededication with our Bishop in attendance on Pentecost (May 20) 2018.
As part of the celebration, we have collected a list of suggestions to improve our property for ongoing and expanded ministry. People swiftly began donating to support this Centennial Wishlist, which aims to: Make worship work better, help us tell our story, and lay the foundation for future generations. Take a look at the full list to the right and feel free to download the list to use in praying about whether you are called to take part in supporting these goals.
Contributions to cover either all, or a portion, of the cost of an item are welcome. Any excess funds collected will be applied to the outreach goal. Gifts may be made in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a blessing.
Your tax-deductible donation will be reflected on your giving statement.