Danville church holding winter clothing collection

DANVILLE – The Vermilion Heights Christian Church is collecting winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for a free giveaway set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the church, 725 Oakwood Ave.

The items are being collected through Oct. 25. Children's coats are especially needed.

Stretch of Champaign's Fifth Street to honor late pastor

CHAMPAIGN – Dedication of an honorary street for the late Rev. Joe Somers will be Wednesday in Champaign.

Fifth Street from Grove Street to Bradley Avenue will be marked as Honorary Joe Somers Street. The dedication ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Fifth and Grove streets.

Food, clothes being distributed at Champaign church

CHAMPAIGN – New shoes, clothes and food will be given away Saturday at the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Champaign.

The "Give It Away!" event will begin at 11 a.m. at the church, 911 W. Bradley Ave. Church members and community volunteers will give items to children, adults, students and families.

Exposure to other faiths encouraged

CHAMPAIGN – The key to interfaith understanding is to develop relationships with people different from you.

Both the keynote speaker and award winner at the sixth annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner stressed that point to an audience of about 200.

DACC group promoting 'civil dialogue' for nonreligious

DANVILLE – Nathan A. Ingold said nonreligious people face a social stigma that oftentimes keeps them from expressing their views.

As an atheist, he wants to change how atheists and agnostics are perceived by others and "try to put a more positive face on nonreligious students."

That's why Ingold and some of his friends at Danville Area Community College are starting Nonreligious Students United at Danville Area Community College, or NSU@DACC.

Catholic Worker House making progress on repairs

CHAMPAIGN – Repairs are nearly finished at the Catholic Worker House in Champaign, but there are "no immediate plans" to reopen a shelter there.

Leigh Estabrook, a member of the steering committee, said staff and volunteers worked hard the past two months and corrected most of the problems cited by city inspectors.

Church to host event for home educators

DANVILLE – Calvary Baptist Church will host an event for Christian home educators at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the church, 1632 Georgetown Road, behind AutoZone in Tilton.

The Homefires Kickoff is a potluck meal and fellowship for Christian home educators. The event will share upcoming events and programs designed to enhance home school learning experience, including field trips, cooperative education opportunities and workshops.

Safe Haven residents move inside church

CHAMPAIGN – Heavy rains this week have forced the 10 to 15 residents of the Safe Haven tent community out of their tents at St. Mary Catholic Church and into the church's Oscar Romero Parish Center.

And it looks like they'll be staying there for a while, as the east Champaign church doesn't want to defy a city order that the tent community must be dismantled by today.

Champaign church given until Friday to get tents down

CHAMPAIGN – The city's zoning administrator has given St. Mary Catholic Church until this Friday to dismantle the Safe Haven tent community on its grounds.

Restoration Urban Ministries closing in on goal for bills

CHAMPAIGN – Restoration Urban Ministries, the faith-based social services agency in Champaign that faced shutoff of utilities due to overdue bills, is close to its goal of raising enough money to pay the bills.

"We're not quite there, but we're getting close," said Judy Stoll, financial officer for the organization at 1213 Parkland Court.

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