Living Christmas Tree Cantata 2012

Photos from the annual Living Christmas Tree Cantata was performed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sadorus, IL. on Sunday, December 9, 2012.    

Trinity Lutheran Live Nativity 2012


The live nativity at Trinity Lutheran in Urbana on Saturday, December 8, 2012. 

Life Remembered: Priest made everyone feel special

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.

Dedication for church's new home Saturday

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.

Catholic Charities has new take on old mission

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.

Congregation to hold first service in new building

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.

Updated: Danville Jewish congregation to close building

UPDATED 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

Tom Kacich: Groups, churches urged to prepare for worst

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.

Cookout planned in celebration of Empty Tomb's 40th anniversary

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.

Metanoia invites churches, nonprofits to conference on working together

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.