Meals on Wheels
For at least 25 years Emmanuel members have delivered Meals on Wheels the last two weeks of July when college volunteers are not available. Family Service of Champaign, a United Way agency, has a hot meal delivery program that runs all year long, five days a week. Nutritious meals are prepared at a U of I dorm and then taken to homes by volunteers. The program is well-organized into geographic routes for delivery, each typically covering 10-15 sites. Generally two people go together to make the deliveries, one to drive and one to take the food to the door. In addition to providing a hot meal to those who would have difficulty shopping and preparing food the program provides brief interaction to those who receive the meals. In some cases the MOW volunteer may be the only person the recipient will see that day.
Centennial Walking Tours
Emmanuel is excited to be working with the Champaign County Historical Society to present walking tours of our historic Gothic Revival property as it enters its 100th year! Two tours will take place on Saturday August 19th (times TBA) led by TJ Blakeman, city planner and president of the board of directors for the Champaign County History Museum. These 90-minute public tours will be ticketed, and include not just our building and Easter Egg display, but visits to other West Side Park area church sites present and past. Other special Centennial events, including a kickoff Parish Family Dinner in October, the premiere of a newly commissioned hymn, and more are in the works.
With the guidance of new curate Fr. Caleb Roberts, Emmanuel’s community of young adults is getting back on track early in anticipation for the new year ahead. They’ll begin with an informal night out at Seven Saints in downtown Champaign the last weekend in July, and are keeping in touch via a Facebook group.