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Religion

Don Follis: During Advent, we all await our final home

Our memories of going back home can trick us, especially during the holiday season. You may have a wonderful Christmas memory. But ask one of your siblings about it and you might hear, "What are you talking about? That was the worst Christmas of my life."

Top of the Morning, Dec. 4, 2016

If you're free today ...

— Around 6 p.m., the lights on what surely is the largest Christmas tree in the area will be turned on. The well-attended scene around a 50-foot-tall evergreen at Champaign's Clark Park (right) will include trolley rides, caroling, hot chocolate and maybe even a Santa swingby. The lights will remain on through the new year.

Paxton B&B owner: 'The fix was in'

PAXTON — The owner of the TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast near Paxton, which is facing $80,000 in fines and other sanctions for violating the civil rights of a same-sex couple from Tuscola, said he finds it "a very strange coincidence" that two of the three commissioners who were tasked with reviewing his case for the Illinois Human Rights Commission happen to be either "LGBT activists or openly

Clergy corner, Dec. 2, 2016

If he had to put a number on it — and you gave him and a few staffers 40 minutes and a calculator — the Rev. GARY GROGAN guesstimates that he's presided over 8,778* services since coming to Stone Creek Church in the summer of 1988.

Note the asterisk.

Religion calendar, Dec. 2-8, 2016

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Don Follis: Advent is the chance to watch for invisible gorilla

On this the first of four Advent Sundays preceding Christmas, the faithful set apart time to watch for the coming of Christ. In this Advent reading from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus makes this clear:

Cerro Gordo congregation counting their blessings

CERRO GORDO — Eleven months after seeing the Oakley Brick Church of the Brethren destroyed by straight-line winds, the Rev. David Roe has trouble counting the blessings that have poured his way.

"We have so many things happening that I tell you, your paper is not big enough to write them all down, because God is an awesome God and he is pouring love and gifts into us," he said.

Religion calendar, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2016

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Overlooked no longer, Cicso church's WWII plaque restored

CISCO — Until it was restored recently, you could say a plaque honoring World War II soldiers at the Cisco United Methodist Church represented how some veterans feel — overlooked.

Pastor Rick Pierce admits the 70-year-old bronze piece that is attached to the outside of the church had tarnished to the point it was easy to miss.

Clergy corner, Nov. 25, 2016

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

With all your favorite holiday hits now playing around the clock on the radio, in the elevator and over the sound system at the stores, we rounded up 63 music makers from area churches this week and asked them: What's the one Christmas hymn you most look forward to belting out at this time of year?

Survey says ...