Clergy Corner, Jan. 26, 2018

The REV. BETH MAYNARD spent Tuesday evening shivering in West Side Park as she watched firefighters across the street battle a blaze in the rectory of her Champaign church.

The next morning, the Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal complex was cold and dark, with the electricity and heat having been shut off due to the fire.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: An annual literary festival, featuring readings by three visiting authors, CM Burroughs, Rachael Hanel and Vu Tran, who will also lead craft talks on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; an editors' panel; a book fair and more.

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 27.

UPDATE: 'Thank God it didn't completely go up'

UPDATE, 7 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — The rector of Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church was heartbroken yet thankful Tuesday evening in the wake of a two-alarm fire that broke out in the attic of the rectory at the downtown Champaign church, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

Don Follis: Every human wants to be blessed, not cursed

Early this month, a pastor sought my counsel and asked me to have lunch with him in a Bloomington-Normal café. He had just launched into his concern when an elderly couple appeared at the table next to ours. A man tightly held a woman's arm as she shuffled, moving her feet 6 inches at a time. Removing her coat, the man helped her into a chair, pushing it up to the table.

Danville church seeks return of stolen century-old bell

DANVILLE — Members of a Danville church are spreading the word about their stolen bell, hoping the information and offer of a reward might lead to its return.

"It's well over 100 years old," said Rod Godley, minister at the Vermilion Heights Christian Church, which is in The Heights neighborhood on the west edge of Danville.

Religion calendar, Jan. 19-26, 2018

To submit items for this calendar, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

Clergy Corner, Jan. 19, 2018

While we're not aware of any area faith leaders who have taken a mission trip to Norway, you could fill a small church with local pastors who have been to many of the impoverished countries reportedly described by the president last week in a term not suitable for a family newspaper.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 18-25, 2018


This weekend


Tolono youths' mission: Warming up C-U at Home's fundraiser

TOLONO — Some local youths are taking on a project to help the homeless.

Children from area churches' youth groups are meeting Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Tolono to make no-sew fleece blankets that will be distributed at C-U at Home's One Winter Night fundraiser Feb. 2.

Weekend Planner: A hunger for giving

The parishioners of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church who will be flipping pancakes and cooking sausage today are doing more than filling the bellies of hundreds of guests. They are also raising money for local charities.