LAUREN ACTON knows the secret to surviving a nippy February night in Champaign is all about layers. So, "my strategy is to estimate how many would reasonably keep me warm — and then add about nine more."
BRIAN ROMANOWSKI's game plan calls for prayer — and more prayer.
CHAMPAIGN — The candlelight "Vigil for Our Common Home," calling for environmental stewarship of the planet Earth, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at West Side park.
The bald eagle that has become a regular at First Christian Church in Champaign was back on its perch Monday morning.
"I think it's unique to have our national symbol visiting our place," said Don Orr, First Christian's operations and missions pastor. "It's quite a sight when it takes off to fly and its wings unfold."
If Jan. 1 sermons across the land were at all like the one I heard at the Scottsdale Bible Church in Phoenix, we have a new year of opportunities awaiting us. I agreed with the Phoenix pastor when he exhorted the faithful to be more givers than takers in 2017. Quoting the words of Jesus, he said, "It is more blessed to give than receive."
If Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. were alive today, THOMAS MILLER isn't so sure Ebenezer Baptist's revered pastor would like what he'd see.
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Bazaars, food, fundraisers
On Christmas Day, three adults and three college students fled chilly Champaign for an extended getaway to a place that never experiences winter as we've come to know it here.
Even though millions of people are glad for the passing of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, largely because they find themselves emotionally disconnected from those they want to love the most, it is rather ironic that for the church world down through the years, Christmas didn't even start until December 25. Christmastide, as it came to be called, lasts for 12 days.