MAHOMET — When New Beginnings Lutheran Church bought a new building in Mahomet, they didn't have to look far for workers to help with the renovations.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.