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