Religion

Religion

Religion calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2016

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Events

Religion calendar, Jan. 22-29, 2016

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Events

Getting Personal: Claude Shelby

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 84-year-old Champaign resident Claude Shelby, the senior pastor at Salem Baptist Church, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

What's the biggest thing in your life right now?

Don Follis: Do your homework when choosing a pastor

I have served as a reference for pastors many times. When I get a call checking references, the conversations usually are pretty straightforward. "How long have you known him?" "What are his strengths?" "What is his flat side?" "Do you have any hesitations we should know about?"

Religion calendar, Jan. 15-22, 2016

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Events

Religion calendar, Jan. 8-15, 2016

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Fundraisers/food/bazaars

Food distribution:

Don Follis: There is reason for great hope as 2016 begins

Three days after Christmas, I was reminded of how joy and sorrow are so intertwined. Sitting in a Phoenix, Ariz., cafe, I had a long conversation with a high school classmate of my wife. Back in the day, Brian Martin and Jennifer were part of a tight-knit group of friends at Mesa High School.

Religion calendar, Jan. 1-8, 2016

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Class/workshop

Religion calendar, Dec. 24-31, 2015

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Events

Christmas Eve (today, Dec. 24) services:

Don Follis: It may be your time to be someone's Ebenezer

To say the least, Ebenezer Scrooge did not have much zeal for Christmas. At one point, he resentfully says to his nephew Fred, "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."

Young Fred is shocked and shouts, "Uncle!"