Religion

Religion

Cerro Gordo congregation counting their blessings

CERRO GORDO — Eleven months after seeing the Oakley Brick Church of the Brethren destroyed by straight-line winds, the Rev. David Roe has trouble counting the blessings that have poured his way.

"We have so many things happening that I tell you, your paper is not big enough to write them all down, because God is an awesome God and he is pouring love and gifts into us," he said.

Religion calendar, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2016

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Overlooked no longer, Cicso church's WWII plaque restored

CISCO — Until it was restored recently, you could say a plaque honoring World War II soldiers at the Cisco United Methodist Church represented how some veterans feel — overlooked.

Pastor Rick Pierce admits the 70-year-old bronze piece that is attached to the outside of the church had tarnished to the point it was easy to miss.

Clergy corner, Nov. 25, 2016

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

With all your favorite holiday hits now playing around the clock on the radio, in the elevator and over the sound system at the stores, we rounded up 63 music makers from area churches this week and asked them: What's the one Christmas hymn you most look forward to belting out at this time of year?

Survey says ...

Don Follis: Thanksgiving week ties thankfulness to humility

Recently I attended a seminar on emotional intelligence. Since I'm a guy raised in the land of numb out near the Colorado/Kansas border where everyone always was "just fine," I probably need at least one of these seminars every month.

Clergy corner, Nov. 18, 2016

When he first broached the idea of a "reverse collection" with a few members of his church's leadership team, the Rev. MARC BROWN got a few funny looks.

These, after all, aren't the best of financial times at Savoy United Methodist, which has already had to dip into its modest reserves to stay in the black.

Religion calendar, Nov. 18-24, 2016

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A sense of ownership in trying to get pregnant

CHAMPAIGN — Starting a family didn't begin smoothly for Jennifer Mokos and her husband, Ryan.

The Mokoses of Champaign consulted a doctor about fertility issues and weren't comfortable with the option of in vitro fertilization to get pregnant.

Clergy corner, Nov. 11, 2016

Every Saturday and Sunday service at Urbana's St. Matthew Lutheran Church starts the same way.

Before the first amen is even uttered, an image of a grinning baby flashes on the big screen, accompanied by the words "SILENCE IN CHURCH? ALLOW ME TO TEACH YOU THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE."