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Top of the Morning, Dec. 6, 2017

Have a holiday celebration to trumpet? Email jrossow@news-gazette.com.

If you need a holiday lift, head to First Presbyterian in downtown Champaign at noon Thursday.

"This is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit," said LELAND ANDREWS.

Austin's Place shelter opening early after strong volunteer response

CHAMPAIGN — Austin's Place, the winter overnight shelter for homeless women housed at First United Methodist Church in downtown Champaign, will open four days earlier than planned this season.

That's thanks to a great response to a request for volunteers to help with this all-volunteer shelter, according to Kelli Kemper, a co-leader.

Getting Personal: Michael Chitty

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Michael Chitty, the superintendent at Judah Christian School, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. He goes to church in Mahomet, has been a coach and archery is among his many hobbies.

What interests you the most right now?

Don Follis: Don't be scared by dragon bluster in Revelation's Nativity

Today is the start of Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Turning to the very back of the Bible, I am beginning Advent with the end in mind. Revelation Chapter 12 features a version of the Nativity story that I can almost guarantee you did not hear as a child sitting around your living room and probably never at your church, either.

Clergy Corner, Dec. 1, 2017

It's the time of year for jingle bells, first Noels ... and running a 5K in that hideous V-neck dear old Aunt Hilda slipped in your stocking a couple Christmases ago.

Religion calendar, Dec. 1-7, 2017

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Entertainment listings, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Nov. 30 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

Weekend Planner: Raise your voice with BACH

If you ever wanted to croon "And he will reign forever and ever" with other like-minded holiday singers, you'll get your chance this weekend. For the 15th year, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana is organizing its 'Messiah' Sing-Along.

Clergy Corner, Nov. 24, 2017

Even before a white supremacist killed nine churchgoers on Bible study night at a historically black house of worship in South Carolina, the Rev. KEITH THOMAS was losing sleep over an issue they didn't cover at Moody Bible Institute.

Religion calendar, Nov. 24-30, 2017

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