'Messiah' to feature mix of new, returning favorites

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church.

'Messiah' performance to feature Gail Payne

GIBSON CITY — A professional singer with strong family ties to the Gibson City area will be performing once again as a soloist in this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on the west edge of Gibson City along Illinois 47.

Nusses attend Catholic mass with Pope Francis

Mitch and Beth Nuss of Paxton recently returned from Italy, where they had the opportunity to attend Catholic Mass with Pope Francis for the canonization of Mother Teresa becoming a saint on Sunday, Sept. 4.  

In January, the Nusses began planning their trip to Italy. As dates and plans came together, they discovered they would be in Rome on a Sunday.

Gibson City churches join together to help community in various ways

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Members of seven Gibson City congregations joined together Sunday morning to help members of the community in various ways.

Inn’s wedding refusal results in discrimination suit

GALENA (AP) — A Wisconsin couple has filed a discrimination charge with the state of Illinois saying that an inn owner refused to host their wedding because they wanted a non-religious service.

Time capsule to be buried near welcome sign at Buckley church on Sunday

BUCKLEY — Maybe it’s Buckley’s strong Lutheran heritage. Or maybe it’s the longtime presence of parochial schools in town.

Whatever the reason, the town’s only remaining church continues to thrive 146 years after the congregation was founded.

St. John’s Lutheran Church’s membership “has always been more than the town’s population,” said church member Ruth Jones.

Gibson City parish hosts Joliet Diocese bishop

Paxton Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Since 2011, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon has been visiting the 120 parishes of the Joliet Diocese. The weekend of Jan. 9 marked Our Lady of Lourdes parish’s turn to host the bishop.

Soloists to be featured in 'The Messiah'

GIBSON CITY — Area singers and professional musicians will combine to present Handel’s well-known work, “The Messiah,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Gibson City Bible Church on Illinois 47 on Gibson City’s west side.

The Gibson Area Music Foundation sponsors the annual performance, which is again being directed by Willie Summerville of Champaign.

Pastor reflects on time in Paxton

Paxton Evangelical Covenant Church

About 340 sermons and 50 funerals ago, I arrived in Paxton as the new pastor of the Paxton Covenant Church, wondering if a farming community could give a south-side Chicago guy a chance to know them.

Commission rules Paxton B&B discriminated against gay couple

CHICAGO — The Illinois Human Rights Commission ruled Thursday that a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple who were denied the opportunity to hold their civil union ceremony there in 2011.

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