Wednesday (S.I.J. Schereschrewsky)

Packed for three nights away. Picked up Bishop Elias and Lucy at the Doubletree at 9:45. Headed east. Stopped at St John’s, Decatur and had a good look around while visiting with Fr Swan. Continued our eastward movement and enjoyed wonderful impromptu hospitality at Emmanuel, Champaign. Lunch at the very hip downtown restaurant scene. We drove by the Chapel of St John the Divine, noticed the door ajar and enjoyed a visit inside, but there was nobody around to say hello to. Then it was down I-57, with a shopping stop in Effingham, arriving at Trinity, Mt Vernon at 5:30. Clergy and laity from all over the Eastern and Hale deaneries gathered for a potluck repast, a word from Bishop Elias about his ministry in the Diocese of Tabora, and Evening Prayer in the church. We’re bedded down now in Marion, anticipating another long day of auto travel tomorrow.

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