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Don Follis: Giving gifts to our enemies is the right thing to do

One of the first heart-to-heart discussions I remember having with my mother centered on forgiveness. It happened between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was in the fourth grade when the teacher, Miss Karnes, chose me to be the only one in the class to go with her during lunch period to pick out a Christmas tree for the class. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Religion calendar, Dec. 19, 2014

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Don Follis: This is not the Nativity scene you grew up with

Without realizing it, 20 years ago I found a house for some friends to rent that just happens to be on Candlestick Lane in Urbana, very near the intersection of East Fairlawn Drive and Grant Place. Each December, 30 or 40 residents in this area lavishly decorate the outside of their homes for holiday viewing.

12 stories of Christmas, Day 1

CHAMPAIGN — When Beth Wendling sold a handful of her books online, she was just looking to get rid of some household clutter.

Then she got a life-changing idea: Why not try to sell a whole bunch of used books to raise money to help orphans and other vulnerable kids?

Religion calendar, Dec. 12, 2014

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Don Follis: Showing true empathy is the best gift

Okay Christmas shoppers, for this gift you can put away your credit and debit cards. Watching shoppers this week, I thought of a present that we all need and one that we can all give.

So get out your red and green markers. Write these words on the top of your bathroom mirror: "Those I love need my presence much more than my presents."

Religion calendar, Dec. 5, 2014

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Expansion planned at St. Patrick's

URBANA — St. Patrick's Catholic Church plans to start work on a large addition and remodeling project in late winter or early spring, depending on the weather, according to Joe Vitosky, co-chairman of the parish's building committee.

Construction helps church keep pace with growth

CHAMPAIGN — Senior Minister Randy Boltinghouse walks through a construction zone at Windsor Road Christian Church, where crews are busy adding more space for a growing congregation.

A dozen years ago, the Champaign church at 2501 Windsor Road served about 500 people on a weekly basis. These days, it's about 900.

Pulling off a live Nativity is not easy, but it can be well worth the effort

Trinity Lutheran Church trustee Dan Roney claims every year that he won't set up the stable again for the church's live nativity scene.

"I swear I'm tired of it, but invariably I put it up," he said. "It's a good thing. It's nice and we're getting older folks in the church that enjoy it."