CHAMPAIGN — Several local churches are embarking this summer on expansion and renovation projects of $400,000 or more.
— Apostolic Christian Church has begun a $925,000 renovation of its building at 1401 Devonshire Drive, C.
— Friendship Lutheran Church of Joy has plans for an expansion, estimated at $750,000, of its building at 3601 S. Duncan Road, C.
CHAMPAIGN — A priest who has shepherded the largest Catholic parish in Champaign for nearly a decade is leaving to head a Catholic high school in Peoria.
Monsignor Mark Merdian, pastor at St. Matthew Catholic Church since 2003, has been reassigned as president of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Peoria, effective June 27.
CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County will have a change of leadership next month.
Envoys Michael and Kris Fuqua are being transferred to the Salvation Army in Willmar, Minn., after four years of leading the local Salvation Army and pastoring its church here.
Not long ago, noted religion scholar Martin Marty heard an interview on National Public Radio about a generous doctor who had continued working for free in poor communities after retirement.
When asked why, the doctor replied, "Because I am a citizen."
URBANA — The Vineyard Church in Urbana is growing again, and so are some of its vines.
The city of Urbana recently issued a building permit for $3 million of work at Vineyard's campus at 1500 N. Lincoln Ave.
URBANA — Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation has launched a new grant program for area nonprofit groups, with the aim of addressing community health problems such as obesity and domestic violence.
The new program, nicknamed "FAITH Squared," is expected to make grants of $5,000 to $50,000.
CHAMPAIGN — Crammed into an overflowing living room in the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Sunday, dozens of faithful onlookers suddenly fell into silent anticipation.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday brought 22 Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor, cementing the Italian majority in a future conclave but also giving New York's garrulo
CHAMPAIGN — Kids need a place to keep their clothes and school books, and the Christian service organization Empty Tomb hopes to provide hundreds of needy children with something they don't have — cupboards of their own.
DANVILLE — Starting next school year, Schlarman Academy seventh- and eighth-graders will be housed at the Catholic school's secondary education campus at 2112 N. Vermilion St.
The academy's board recently approved the relocation to alleviate some overcrowding at the elementary education campus at 1304 N. Walnut St., among other reasons.