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Exhange Club of Urbana honoree: 'I prayed ... I would never lose my faith'

Tolono's JOANN HESSELMANN SMITH just won the Book of Golden Deeds Award, the Exchange Club of Urbana's highest honor.

Don Follis: Desert heat enriches the contemplative life

This summer, I am out here in the Sonoran Desert on a study break, hiding out at Phoenix Seminary and the Casa, a 65-year-old Franciscan Renewal Center. I have just joined millions of Arizonans here in the Valley of the Sun who experienced record-setting heat. From June 18-24, the heat won the day. Temperatures reached 119 on June 19.

Religion calendar, June 30-July 6, 2017

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Clergy Corner, June 30, 2017

The buzz hasn't quite reached Rockets-vs.-Sages levels, but it comes about as close to a fall Friday night feel as a summer Sunday morning in Monticello ever will.

Close to 700 programs are on the way from the printer. A special sound system is being brought in. An all-star worship band — featuring singers and players from six different churches in town — is ready to roll.

St. Joe church has dozens of couples who've stayed golden

URBANA — To Linda LeRette, commitment makes a strong marriage.

LeRette and her husband of 51 years, Steve, were one of the 24 couples from St. Joseph's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church that celebrated wedded bliss Wednesday afternoon.

Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

FORD COUNTY FAIR

What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.

AudioFeed Christian-music festival to rock fairgrounds this weekend

URBANA — Fans of non-mainstream Christian music will gather at the fourth annual AudioFeed Music Festival from Friday through Sunday at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. The event features more than 130 music acts, speakers, seminars, children's activities and film screenings.

Getting Personal: Wayne Pitard

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Wayne Pitard of Champaign chats with staff writer Melissa Merli. The 66-year-old Pitard is a retired professor of religion at the University of Illinois and a former director of the Spurlock Museum on campus.

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McKinley Presbyterian Church set to unveil new solar roof

CHAMPAIGN — A new solar-panel rooftop project will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation on the University of Illinois campus.

Religion calendar, June 23-29, 2017

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