Updated: Danville Jewish congregation to close building

UPDATED 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

DANVILLE — The city's oldest Jewish congregation is coming full circle as its members prepare to close the doors to its synagogue later this month and continue meeting in the room of a local business as its original members did in the early 1900s.

Tom Kacich: Groups, churches urged to prepare for worst

They say they're not doomsdayers or survivalists, but a handful of people who met in a small room at a Mahomet church last week say they believe it's time to prepare for emergencies and disasters. And they want others to the same.

Cookout planned in celebration of Empty Tomb's 40th anniversary

CHAMPAIGN — When Ruby Taylor first needed help with food and clothes for her family back in 1974, Empty Tomb provided.

Over the years, this Christian service organization has continued to help her, she says.

Metanoia invites churches, nonprofits to conference on working together

CHAMPAIGN — The way the Rev. Eugene Barnes sees it, there's a lot to be gained if more churches in Champaign County are willing to work together.

Church to hold first service as independent congregation

CHAMPAIGN — After five years of meeting as a satellite congregation, Copper Creek Church will celebrate its first service as an independent congregation Sunday.

The church, established as an offshoot of First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, meets for worship Sunday mornings at Barkstall Elementary School, 2201 Hallbeck Drive, in southwest Champaign.

Less than a year after fire, church in its new home

CHAMPAIGN — After a fire last year in the church they rented, the Midwest Believers Church found room at the inn.

It was the Holiday Inn in Urbana, where they spent four months. But on Aug. 5, a new church was dedicated in Champaign.

New principal ready to go at St. Thomas More

CHAMPAIGN — The new principal of The High School of St. Thomas More said he's in it for the long term.

Ryan Bustle, who recently started his new job at the Champaign Catholic high school, said he's looking forward to finding ways to improve the school, and to getting acquainted with parents and students.

"I want to do the best job that I can for as long as I can," Bustle said.

Head of local Sikh group says shooting should be call to action

The leader of a Sikh organization at the University of Illinois said Sunday's temple shooting in Wisconsin shows how important it is to raise awareness about religious beliefs.

More than 100 guns brought to buyback

CHAMPAIGN — Sherry Rogers knows what guns can do to a family.

Her cousin, 20-year-old Desirae Austin, was shot and killed at the corner of Thornton Drive and Cruising Lane on July 4. Austin was a mother, a sister and a cousin, Rogers said.

"This should have never happened," she said.

Giveaway of school supplies planned

CHAMPAIGN — Local churches will give away more than 900 backpacks stuffed with school supplies and other items to families in need on Aug. 4 at Salt and Light, 1512 W. Anthony Drive, C.

The free items are part of the 10th annual Family Resource Day held by the Christian Mercy and Justice Network, a ministry of local churches.

The event will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.