RANTOUL — The Rev. Stanley Malinowski loved football. He loved the outdoors. But he loved people even more, according to Carolyn Taylor, who worked with him at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Rantoul for 25 years.
Rantoul and Thomasboro area residents are mourning the death of Father Malinowski — a man who many say had the knack of making everyone feel special.
MONTICELLO — The Bible says that "where two or three gather" in God's name, he will be there with them.
But when you're packing 80 to 100 people into an 1,800-square-foot space, it's still time to move.
CHAMPAIGN — To feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless.
Catholic Charities of Peoria once partnered with the state to provide services for the poor and vulnerable because that partnership was in keeping with its mission.
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.