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When Faith and Education Collide: Illinois Church Invests in Local School

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By Carl Stagner

Cannon Elementary School is exactly one mile from Community Church of God in Danville, Illinois. One mile was just too close to ignore the ten-mile long list of difficulties a school faces from year to year. A couple of years ago, the Holy Spirit placed a burden on the hearts of the missions team at Community to begin reaching out to the faculty, students, and staff of Cannon Elementary. Today, the school has come to recognize that if they are in need, the church is available. Now the church has discovered that the school is there for them, too. Continue reading

Church Remembers 9-11, Honors Local Heroes

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Photo: The ladies of First Church of God prepare gift baskets for local first-responders. Photo by Gary Bastin.

By Carl Stagner

Just about everyone over the age of eighteen can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Thirteen years ago, September 11 left horrifying images of evil and chaos seared into our minds. Though the damage done cannot be erased, God has turned much of what was meant for evil into good. Churches and communities across the country responded to the attacks in ways that speak of the unquenchable hope found only in Christ. The first-responders to the scene have since been hailed as heroes, and rightly so. Since 9-11, one church that has intentionally reached out to honor and encourage local heroes is First Church of God in Danville, Kentucky. Continue reading