Champaign church to host fifth annual free, traditional community dinner on Christmas Day

First Christian Church is once again hosting a Community Christmas Dinner for people who would otherwise be alone or without a special holiday meal to share on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, 3601 S. Staley Road, Champaign. Appetizers will be served at 12:30 p.m. with a traditional, sit-down dinner at 1 p.m.

Church settles into its new home

The Fountain of Life Family Fellowship church has a new home.
The church had a dedication ceremony on Sept. 7 to celebrate its move across the street into a historic Tolono building that has been restored.
The church bought the building, which dates back to the 1870s, in 2006. Sept. 7 was the church’s 28th anniversary.

New mission building to have open house

The Tolono United Methodist Church's new mission building will have an open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, during Tolono's community-wide garage sales.
The building at the southwest corner of Holen and Bourne streets last housed CJ Dane's.
The first mission that the building will house will be a food pantry.

Church preparing new mission building

A former restaurant/bar is getting a new lease on life.
The Tolono United Methodist Church has acquired the building at the southwest corner of Holden and Bourne streets for use as a mission building. The building has sat empty since CJ Dane’s closed in 2010. Prior to that, it was a restaurant called Tolono Uptown.

Read the full story in the Aug. 21 issue of The County Star.

Philo, Sidney churches host VBS day camp

Churches United of Philo and Sidney held a “God’s Backyard Bible Camp” VBS Day Camp for ages 4 years to sixth grade on Aug. 1 and 2 at Countryside United Methodist Church. There was a family barbecue on Aug. 1 and a VBS program on Aug. 2.

More Vacation Bible Schools

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sadorus hosted a Vacation Bible School last week with the theme “Gangway to Galilee.” The VBS for ages 3 through fifth grade focused on biblical water stories. T

Tolono Baptist church hosts VBS

The First Baptist Church of Tolono had a Vacation Bible School with the theme “Agency 3D” July 20 through 25. Participants acted as “special agents,” looking at daily questions, investigating to discover, decide and defend Scripture.

St. Patrick hosts Vacation Bible School

Various aspects of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist were the focus of the Vacation Bible School July 20 through 22 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tolono. Children ages 4 to 11 learned using painting, chalk art, lessons from Father Patrick Riordan, games and music.

Church’s youth group sponsors Blessing of Animals

The Youth Group of Countryside United Methodist Church sponsored a Blessing of the Animals on May 18 at the church between Philo and Sidney.
A professional photographer took photos of each animal receiving a blessing. The youth group also collected food, litter, treats, toys, collars and leashes for the Champaign County Humane Society and H.E.L.P. – Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets.

St. Thomas students using favorite pasttime to raise money for charity

A group of students at St. Thomas Catholic School have found a way to use a hobby to raise money for charity.

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