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First Assembly of God buying Renaissance Danville house

DANVILLE – Renaissance Danville has agreed to sell one of its project houses to the First Assembly of God Church, giving the congregation more space for future growth, including expansion of its preschool-through-12th-grade school.


Fundraiser to benefit Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley

BUCKLEY – Tickets are still available for Christ Lutheran High School's fourth annual Knight for Christ Auction – the biggest fundraiser of the year for the private Christian school in Buckley.

Donations of items and cash are also being sought for the auction, scheduled for 4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 23, in the Grand Ball Room at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., U.


Illiana Christian Association to serve others as part of Love INC

DANVILLE – The Illiana Christian Association, a group of area ministers, wanted to expand what their churches were doing and get more churches involved in helping with the community's needs.

The group has opted to become part of Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ), a national program that helps churches network ministries and volunteers to help people in need.


Podoll retiring after 41 years of ministry in area

BROADLANDS – The Rev. Lynn Podoll of Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Broadlands will retire Monday after 41 years of ministry within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Podoll is the 16th minister in the church's 132-year history. Podoll said that in his 41 years of ministry, he has developed more patience and a deeper understanding of his beliefs.


First Presbyterian Church of Tolono celebrates 150 years

Sunday afternoon will find the members of the First Presbyterian Church of Tolono holding hands in a circle around their church.

Times have changed. Shortly before the Civil War, the congregation was so at odds over slavery that it could not worship together.


Rantoul reviewing proposal to impound more vehicles

RANTOUL – Towing companies could see more business in Rantoul after May 13.

The Rantoul Police Department has proposed toughening village ordinances that allow officers to seize and impound vehicles used by persons accused of crimes.


Campus organization's new building quickly the place to be

The oldest Hillel organization in the country looks new again.

Its new building for Jewish students at the University of Illinois – the place where the first campus organization was formed 85 years ago – is so popular that hours are being expanded only weeks after opening.


Middle school students take nativity scene to new level

MONTICELLO – All the major players for a live nativity scene showed up in Monticello on Sunday afternoon.

Shepherds, kings, an angel and the holy family – plus a few goats and chickens – gathered on the front steps of Monticello United Methodist Church.


Champaign County Zoning board OKs variance

CHAMPAIGN – A proposed Hindu Temple has cleared one of its last hurdles.

The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals voted Thursday to grant a zoning variance to a site in Hensley Township.


Hindu temple discussion to continue

URBANA – After lengthy testimony, the fate of a proposed Hindu temple north of Champaign remains in doubt.

Champaign County's Zoning Board of Appeals voted to extend its meeting time but still had to continue its hearing on the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center to April 26. The hearings began in November.