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Religion

Restoration Urban Ministries names new executive directors

CHAMPAIGN — Bonnie Craft-Tolston and Mary Richardson have assumed duties as assistant directors of Restoration Urban Ministries, freeing the founder/current pastor and executive director, Ervin T. Williams, to focus on moving people from homelessness into homeownership through the Champaign Economic Restoration Endeavors Inc. subsidiary.

Clergy corner, Dec. 9, 2016

Being something of a smarty pants — "which is not good for a pastor," Gibson City Bible's PAUL THOMASON admits — he's come up with a stock answer to the question pastors are hearing often these days: With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, will we have church?

Religion calendar, Dec. 9-15, 2016

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Events

'Bethlehem Live' open this weekend

DANVILLE — Central Christian Church invites the public to walk through a three-part interactive dramatic presentation of the Christmas story this weekend.

"Bethlehem Live" is a free, two-night event, to be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Central Christian, 1101 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Free parking is in back of the building.

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: