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Religion

Churches close to deal on men's emergency shelter

CHAMPAIGN — When Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign conducted a "change the world" study this past fall, the issue of homelessness in the community rose to the top of the list of concerns.

Mahomet church's youth group lending Santa a hand

MAHOMET — There will be 100 toys to be distributed to 100 kids in Mahomet who might otherwise not get much at Christmas, thanks to the folks at Grace Church.

Volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. today at the church, 800 W. Oak St., and after lunch head out to shop, said an organizer, Jason Ye.

Clergy Corner, Dec. 16, 2016

He had 30 minutes to kill before Bible study started — plenty of time to make it from Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church to the new Valu Check grocery store and back — so off the Rev. KEITH THOMAS went last Wednesday night.

What he didn't account for was the hankering he'd have for McDonald's — specifically, "the showstopper, the dreaded McRib $5 special."

Religion calendar, Dec. 16-22, 2016

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Christmas Eve services (Dec. 24):

Don Follis: Universal fears give way to trust at Christmastime

A pastor I spoke with recently confessed his uncertainty about the future. Having worked in the ministry for 40 years, he wonders about what the coming years hold. After we met I thought about how so many universal fears, including fear of the unknown future, are so obvious in the Christmas story.

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.

Religion calendar, Dec. 9-15, 2016

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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?

'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."