Religion

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.


Savoy church hosts experiential Lenten service

Members of the Savoy United Methodist Church got some tactile reminders of the start of the Lenten season last Wednesday as the church hosted an experiential Ash Wednesday service.
In addition to the traditional imposition of ashes in the form of a cross on the forehead, worshipers reflected on the meaning of the day through clay, water and oil.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service brings congregations from across Tolono together

Three times a year, the five churches in Tolono come together.
The churches typically join forces for a Thanksgiving service in November and for a service at the beginning of Tolono Fun Day in June. And for over 30 years, during the last week in January each year, the churches have taken turns hosting a worship service each night in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Church has 'PandaMania'

The Pesotum United Methodist Church hosted a Vacation Bible School on Sept. 21 with the theme “PandaMania.” Children kindergarten through fifth grade did crafts, played games, heard Bible stories, enjoyed treats and had dinner.

See photos in the Oct. 3 issue of The County Star.


Fountain of Life has VBS

Fountain of Life Family Fellowship in Tolono had a Vacation Bible School Aug. 5 through 9.


Churches host Vacation Bible Schools

The Tolono United Methodist Church hosted a Vacation Bible School July 12 and 13, and the First Baptist Church of Tolono hosted one July 14 through 18.


Church holds Bible camp

God’s Backyard Bible Camp for ages 3 through fifth grade was held at First Baptist Church at Savoy June 24 through 27. The event was held in conjunction with the Burwash Bash Community Celebration.


Church providing free clothing to needy families

The Living Hope Fellowship Church in Villa Grove (1206 Industrial Drive/Route 130, about 1 mile south of Villa Grove) has started a clothing mission for families in need. 


Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection invites ladies to lunch

Champaign-Urbana Christian Women’s Connection invites all ladies from the area to a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
“Special Feature” will be by Mary Hunt of Glen Carbon, Ill. “Baskets and Flower Arranging” and “Music”
will be by Valerie Wright of Mahomet. The speaker will be Marsha L. Lenski of Macon on the subject “Once upon a Dream.”


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