Religion

Dozens of area residents being baptized following teenager’s accidental death

A private loss has turned into a public revival of sorts as 40 people have been baptized recently as a result of the death of Carl “C.J.” Parks Jr, 18, of Sidney.
The extraordinary events happened after C.J.’s father, Carl, decided he would share his testimony at his son’s funeral.


Blessing tails

A pet blessing took place Friday morning at St. Thomas School in Philo in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assissi. Animals of all shapes and sizes were welcome in their cages or on leashes to be blessed by Father Keith Walder.


Faith-filled fun at VBSs

Savoy United Methodist Church hosted its “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God Built for a Purpose” VBS recently.


VBS fun

The Sidney churches presented “Getting S’More of Jesus” vacation Bible school for ages 4 years and up on June 9 and June at the Sidney Christian Church. A cookout was held on June 9, and a VBS day camp was held on June 10.


Savoy church helps build home

A local family is getting a new home, in part because of help from a Savoy church.
The Savoy United Methodist Church is among 22 local faith communities taking part in an interfaith Habitat for Humanity build.


Church group sews for good

A Champaign church group is playing a major role in helping out with a project to send stockings of comfort items to soldiers serving overseas during the holidays.
The Curtis Road Church of God Ladies Ministry Sewing and Crafts Group sews stockings for Operation Santa. Operation Santa volunteer Barb Kleiss got the group involved four years ago through Jackie Harris of Philo, the leader.


Savoy church joins community effort

The Savoy United Methodist Church is among 22 local spiritual communities participating in the first interfaith Habitat for Humanity build.


Tolono church 30th anniversary

 It was a time of nostalgia and looking back as a Tolono church marked its 30th anniversary on Sept. 4.


Sidney churches unite for Vacation Bible School

The churches of Sidney hosted VBS Day Camp 2016 for ages 4 years and up, with the theme “Go Tell It on the Mountain!” Aug. 6 at Countryside United Methodist Church. There was a kickoff event with food and games for the whole family on Aug. 5. Day Camp for ages 4 years and up will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6.


A week of VBS

Fountain of Life Family Fellowship in Tolono hosted a Vacation Bible School last week for ages 4 through 12


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