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Don Follis: Advent season can bring a sudden clarity to life

For the last several years during Advent, I have read "Under African Skies — Reflections for Advent and Christmas" by Carolyn Butler. Though raised in southern Illinois, Butler has made the continent of Africa her home for more than 50 years, much of that time working alongside her husband Ron as a missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Clergy Corner, Dec. 8, 2017

How do you say "sleep in heavenly peace" in German?

Come this time next week, 15 kids from Douglas County will not only be able to translate it for you — they'll know how to sing it, too.

Religion calendar, Dec. 8-14, 2017

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UI student arraigned in latest case of vandalism to campus menorah

URBANA — A University of Illinois student who allegedly damaged the menorah at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on campus in late October has been formally charged.

Jacob R. Bassler, 18, of the 1200 block of South First Street, Champaign, appeared in court Thursday before Judge Brett Olmstead and was arraigned on a single count of criminal damage to property between $500 and $10,000.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 7 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY WONDERLAND

Top of the Morning, Dec. 6, 2017

Have a holiday celebration to trumpet? Email jrossow@news-gazette.com.

If you need a holiday lift, head to First Presbyterian in downtown Champaign at noon Thursday.

"This is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit," said LELAND ANDREWS.

Austin's Place shelter opening early after strong volunteer response

CHAMPAIGN — Austin's Place, the winter overnight shelter for homeless women housed at First United Methodist Church in downtown Champaign, will open four days earlier than planned this season.

That's thanks to a great response to a request for volunteers to help with this all-volunteer shelter, according to Kelli Kemper, a co-leader.

Don Follis: Don't be scared by dragon bluster in Revelation's Nativity

Today is the start of Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Turning to the very back of the Bible, I am beginning Advent with the end in mind. Revelation Chapter 12 features a version of the Nativity story that I can almost guarantee you did not hear as a child sitting around your living room and probably never at your church, either.

Getting Personal: Michael Chitty

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Michael Chitty, the superintendent at Judah Christian School, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. He goes to church in Mahomet, has been a coach and archery is among his many hobbies.

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Religion calendar, Dec. 1-7, 2017

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