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75th annual 'Messiah' performance set for Sunday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — This year’s “Messiah” performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on Gibson City’s west side at 309 N. Illinois 47.


Gibson City's annual 'Messiah' performances started in 1944

GIBSON CITY — The upcoming performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will mark the 75th year since Handel’s famous oratorio was first performed in Gibson City. This article looks at some of the performance highlights.

Teacher starts tradition


Paxton church celebrates 140-year anniversary

PAXTON — The Evangelical Covenant Church of Paxton, located at the intersection of Orleans and Union streets, is celebrating its 140th anniversary. 


Bishop rejects proposal again

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


CABERY — Two months after rejecting a proposal from parishioners at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cabery to save the landmark structure and reopen it as a private chapel, Bishop Daniel Conlon of the Joliet Diocese is not wavering.


Churches, organizations to ‘pour out’ into community

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City churches and organizations are coming together to “pour out” into the community on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26.


Hymn Fest to be directed by former M-S chorus leader

GIBSON CITY — The annual Hymn Festival sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.


Harvard-bound Adam McMullin expected to do 'amazing things'

PAXTON — In hindsight, Adam McMullin’s chemistry experiment last summer was “really dumb,” he admitted.

“I wouldn’t recommend anyone do it,” the 18-year-old Bayles Lake resident said, “because it was really dangerous.”


Elliott church’s old painting part of family’s history

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


ELLIOTT — It’s a work of art seen in many Lutheran churches, but for Elaine Ask of Chatfield, Minn., the altar painting inside Pontoppidan Lutheran Church near Elliott is part of her family’s history.


Closed Paxton church to be deeded to Baptist foundation

PAXTON — A Southern Baptist church in Paxton that closed in February is in the process of being deeded to the Baptist Foundation of Illinois, which intends to find another church to use the building.


Graham’s ministry wowed Gibson City in 1966

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Known as “America’s Pastor,” the Rev. Billy Graham captivated the hearts of millions around the world over his many decades of ministry.


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