CHAMPAIGN — Restoration Urban Ministries, the faith-based social services agency that drew a large crowd while asking for help from the Champaign City Council last week, now faces a deadline for paying its power bill.
URBANA – The 100-year-old Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church of Urbana had a unique beginning in a railroad car.
Founders of most centennial churches in the area met in private homes, schools or other churches until their sanctuaries were built. But eastern Urbana Baptists first gathered in a so-called chapel car provided by the American Baptist State Convention. Called the Herald of Hope, the car sat on a railroad siding on Romine Street from October 1909 until January 1910. During that time, attendance at the church in formation increased from 43 to 73.
CHAMPAIGN – The Safe Haven tent community, now up to 15 residents, lost its zoning appeal and will have to vacate its site behind the Catholic Worker House after tonight.
CHAMPAIGN – A survey of several city council members shows that most are either opposed to or highly skeptical of a suggestion that the city should lease a vacant city lot to the Safe Haven Tent Community so the group of eight homeless people can relocate there.
CHAMPAIGN – Members of the Baha'i faith will hold a public prayer meeting Monday to mark over 13 months of imprisonment in Iran for leaders of their faith.
The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.
Faith in Action in Danville and Faith in Action South have each received $2,500 grants for building wheelchair ramps from the Ward Dads Chapter #61.
The money is for the purchase of materials to build ramps for disabled senior citizens in Danville and southern Vermilion County.
CHAMPAIGN – St. Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will continue to celebrate its centennial anniversary with an anniversary reception and banquet starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney Drive, U.
The event will feature former St. Luke pastor the Rev. John Deron Johnson of Phillips Temple CME Church in Los Angeles.
SEYMOUR – A pile of wooden rubble is all that remains of a church building, about 130 years old, in southern Champaign County.
The original structure built for St. Boniface Catholic Church, between Bondville and Seymour, was demolished last week.
RANTOUL – A former development director at St. Malachy School is suing the local priest and diocese for defamation of character.
Carolyn L. Taylor worked as an administrator for the Catholic grade school in Rantoul.
PEORIA – A federal court judge will rule soon on whether he'll require a "comprehensive good faith" public hearing before the end of the Champaign school district's consent decree.
Plaintiffs' attorney Carol Ashley has asked for a hearing on whether the district has complied in good faith with the consent decree, which aims to establish racial equity in a number of areas within the district. In a motion filed Monday, she stated: "That this decree should automatically end without a public accounting of district successes and failures seems inconceivable."