Category: Religion

Legalizing recreational marijuana roadblock by Catholic bishops

By Peter Hancock –  Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois will face stiff opposition this year from leaders of the State’s largest religious denomination. The six Catholic bishops in Illinois issued a joint statement Monday urging lawmakers to reject any attempt to legalize marijuana. “As lawmakers consider this issue,…...

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Plano Family Center opens

The United Methodist Church of Plano is a partner with P.H. Miller Elementary School, principal Laurel Mateyka, instructional coach Brittany Pezold, family support workers Sherri Rachford and Maritza Herrera as the host site for the new “Plano Family Resource Center”. P.H. Miller is the only Preschool program in Kendall County…...

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Radical Islam inspires fanatics, hides in ideology

By Hesham Shehab –  Islam is a religion, a culture, a personal faith, and a political system that produced a modern ideology. It is an ocean of information that has been sending its waves in the world for more than 1,400 years. After the end of the Cold War and the…...

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First Lutheran preschool students, from left, Gaige, Ahlivia, Elizabeth, Maddie, and John. Submitted photo

Fire theme on a cold day in Plano

On a cold, snow-filled January day, students in the pre-school class of the First Lutheran Church of Plano Sunday School warmed themselves by making little s’more decorations. They talked about how fire is one of the most powerful themes in the Bible and read about Jesus’ journey on Earth.  The…...

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Recent added persecution of Iraqi Christians devastating

By Hesham Shehab –  On this Christmas season, Christian communities in the Middle East are suffering from persecution and displacement. This situation should be a concern for Western Christians more than the wholesale embracing of the globalized and commercial version of Christmas. The Christian communities in Iraq, in particular some…...

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The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. Jason Crane/The Voice

Lehnertz Lights:

The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. A video of the event can be seen…...

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Beth Carter of Aurora, third from left, lights the third of four Advent candles at Aurora's Flowing Forth United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 16. From left are Aurorans Paul Eggert, Allison Carter, Beth Carter, and Tom Carter. Flowing Forth UMC, meets at Aurora Christian School, and invites a church family to light candles each Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas Day. Al Benson/The Voice

Advent:

Beth Carter of Aurora, third from left, lights the third of four Advent candles at Aurora’s Flowing Forth United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 16. From left are Aurorans Paul Eggert, Allison Carter, Beth Carter, and Tom Carter. Flowing Forth UMC, meets at Aurora Christian School, and invites a church family…...

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First Lutheran Church of Plano Sunday School children in grades preschool through sixth grade celebrate Christmas at their recent annual holiday program. Students read a modern holiday poem and accompanied the program with traditional Christmas carols and new songs. First Lutheran Church of Plano has Sunday School classes for children age three through high school. Regular Sunday School hours are Sundays from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.. The Candlelight Christmas Eve services will be at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. First Lutheran Church of Plano is at 200 N. Center Street in Plano. First Lutheran Church of Plano photo

Holiday program in Plano:

First Lutheran Church of Plano Sunday School children in grades preschool through sixth grade celebrate Christmas at their recent annual holiday program. Students read a modern holiday poem and accompanied the program with traditional Christmas carols and new songs. First Lutheran Church of Plano has Sunday School classes for children…...

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Jesus of Nazareth focus continues in opinions, discoveries

“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem” —Luke 2:15 Jesus of Nazareth was a First-Century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central leader of Christianity. His birth is celebrated annually December 25. The name Jesus is derived from the Latin Jesus and that from the Greek form of…...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads a proclamation to honor the 40-year anniversary of Covenant Christian School in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Covenant Christian School in Aurora honored

By Jason Crane –  Covenant Christian School in Aurora was honored at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday, for 40 years of service. The city of Aurora government was honored as one of 23 communities statewide to receive the Governor’s Hometown Award for it’s work to brighten up neighborhoods on…...

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Fr. Jerry Leake, center, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Aurora

Faith Thanksgiving service

Fr. Jerry Leake, center, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Aurora, shares Halloween candy with Aurora residents Wally Loague and Meredith Lindgren during his reading at “Celebrating Neighbors,” an 11th annual pre-Thanksgiving community service Sunday at Aurora’s Wesley United Methodist Church. Ten Aurora area faith communities, including Christian, Muslim,…...

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Thanksgiving Celebration of Music, Friendship, in Aurora

InterFaith Aurora will be host to its 11th annual “Thanksgiving Celebration of Music and Friendship” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May Street in Aurora. There will be songs and religious praise from diverse congregations throughout the Aurora area and…...

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Shoebox Christmas helps children

The United Methodist Church of Plano is participating with Shoebox Christmas again this year. A small shoebox can have a big impact on a small child. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Participants can be a part of changing children’s lives…...

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last christening in the 127-year history of Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora

Last christening in the 127-year history of Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora

Earlville resident Bryce Reed Miller, 2, becomes the last christening in the 127-year history of Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora. From left are Mick Miller, Bryce’s dad; Bryce, and Revernd Derek Rogers, Flowing Forth UMC pastor. Rev. Rogers conducted a service that closed the church and building. Al…...

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Aurora Fourth Street United Methodist Church will close Sept 30 2018

Fourth Street United Methodist Church final service Sept. 30

By Al Benson –  After 127 years of community ministry, Fourth Street United Methodist Church., 551 S. Fourth Street in Aurora, will close with a final service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Reverend Derek Rodgers, pastor of Flowing Forth UMC of Aurora, will preside. Flowing Forth UMC was born…...

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Chicago Hope Academy founder Bob Muzikowski at Kiwanis Club of Aurora

Chicago Hope Academy founder at Kiwanis Club of Aurora

Bob Muzikowski, founder of Chicago Hope Academy, shares his experience as a mentor to children, Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora at the Prisco Center in Aurora. He is the author of “Safe at Home”, a book about his work in starting an urban baseball team and league. Chicago…...

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Progressive Baptist Church gospel singers in Aurora entertain Saturday in a free concert during the three-day 30-year anniversary of Reverend Robert Wesby's death. Jason Crane/The Voice

Remembering Reverend Robert Wesby

Progressive Baptist Church gospel singers in Aurora entertain Saturday in a free concert during the three-day 30-year anniversary of Reverend Robert Wesby’s death. See Carter Crane’s article here.  Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Remembrance of Rev. Wesby, 30 years later, a celebration

There will be a celebration Friday through Sunday of the life and good works of the late Reverend Robert Wesby of Aurora. It has been 30 years since his untimely death and a strong group, 14 committee members, of the Progressive Baptist Church in Aurora, will bring to life what…...

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Aurora's Grace Community Christian Church 25th anniversary celebration

25th anniversary celebration of Aurora’s Grace Community Christian Church

Reverend Yvonne T. Gilmore, participates in the 25th anniversary celebration of Aurora’s Grace Community Christian Church Saturday. Gilmore was installed as pastor of the church. She was called to serve Grace Community Christian Church in October 2016.  Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months...

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Iron Chef Junior cooking contest at Grace Community Christian Church in Aurora

Iron Chef Junior cooking contest at Grace Community Christian Church in Aurora

From left, Skylaar Banks, Naperville; Nate Calvo, Aurora; and Kaiyaahn Banks, Naperville; assemble submarine sandwiches Sunday in an Iron Chef Junior cooking contest at Grace Community Christian Church in Aurora. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription...

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