Weddings —

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Aragon Nellie Baca of Portales and Matthew Mark Aragon of Clovis were joined in marriage Oct. 1, 2011 at Legacy Life Family Church in Clovis. The Rev. David Lomrana performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Tina Chavez of Clovis and Clifford Baca of Portales. She is the granddaughter of the late Cleofas […]

Owners line up for pet blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Cleo, a Chinese pug, receives a blessing with owner Deedra Hines by Father Allen Brockmeier of the St. James Episcopal Church at Saturday’s pet blessing event at Trinity Lutheran Church. Benna Sayyed Merle could hardly sit still for his first blessing at church. At 3 months old, Merle was abandoned […]

Reunions —

Hollene and Bellview reunion The Hollene and Bellview School reunion will be held Oct. 1 at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 2600 Main St., Clovis. Buffet dinner is $8.50 per plate and will be served at noon. The doors of the church will open at 10 a.m. for everyone to come early to visit. Information: Eldred […]

Religion feature: Tour aims to connect mothers, daughters

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Courtesy photo Balloon sculptures, confetti blasts, and beach ball competitions are a few extras that will enhance the evening. Benna Sayyed A Clovis church accepts the adage that girls are growing up faster these days, but officials hope a new tour will help counter some of the unintended consequences. Secret Keeper Girl LIVE: The Pajama […]

God is with us through all of life’s milestones

Susie, my sister who lives in Rochester, Minn., has a friend from her church that has recently gone through radiation treatments. All along Susie has kept up with her friend and been part of the support system for this precious friend. Susie e-mailed me an interesting as well as heart warming observation just last week. […]

Community ceremonies commemorating 9/11

Sharna Johnson With the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil three days away, area organizations and residents are finding ways to remember. Ongoing through Sunday evening, 9/11 memorial events will begin today with a 7:30 a.m. ceremony at J.P. Stone Community Bank in Portales and a 9 a.m. ceremony at Steed-Todd […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Gail Keener has lived in Pep on and off for most of her life. Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which […]

Reader-submitted: Steve Sims joins First Baptist Church ministry staff

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Steve Sims First Baptist Church of Clovis recently welcomed Steve Sims to its ministry staff. Steve and his wife Carrie moved to Clovis with their two children to become a part of the ministry of First Baptist on Aug. 21. Steve and Carrie have lived in Amarillo the past several years, where Steve served as […]

amos the churchmouse: tommy tarantula tries to start a church

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. tommy tarantula tries to start a church life took a strange twistthe other day here […]

Our people: I’m going to let it shine

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Randy Gomez is a Clovis native and spent six years in the Air Force. Clovis native Randy Gomez started the Beacon of Light Church after separating from the Lighthouse Mission in April of 2007. Gomez and his wife established a new name and location and adopted the Recovery Program. Gomez said […]

Religion feature: Church welcomes new music director

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Courtesy photo Ken McDonald, shown with his wife Marge, is the new director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Clovis First United Methodist Church in Clovis is pleased to announce the addition of Ken McDonald to its professional staff. McDonald will serve as the director of music ministries and brings a wealth […]

Our people: Like mother, like daughter

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Liliana Castillo: FNM Correspondent Clovis resident Kay Berry’s most prized possession is this wind-up Victrola, which was in the farm home she grew up in. Her aunt shipped the Victrola to her 35 years later. Clovis resident Kay Berry has helped seniors and other with their taxes through the AARP Tax Aide program for 18 […]

Reader-submitted: Habitat holds groundbreaking

Last Thursday at 5:30 p.m., approximately 40 friends and neighbors joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our newest prospective homeowner, Sonia Dunlap, to hold a short groundbreaking ceremony at 2100 West Manana Blvd. in Clovis. After a short opening prayer, Brumfield spoke regarding the need for affordable housing […]

Police blotter — July 31

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. July 20 an officer responded to a church in the 2500 block of Norris Street for a report of criminal damage. A church representative showed the officer tire marks on the sidewalk and grass of the church and said […]

Church gets coffee house makeover

There’s a concept most of the readers are familiar with, that of the Open Mike or diverse entertainment venue (how about that, I just invented a phrase). It’s a concept that we at First Presbyterian Church of Clovis are going to be exploring over the next several months, beginning actually tonight. We’ve invited a pretty […]

Summer food program offers children free lunch

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Siblings Alleanna Medina, left, Angel Medina, center, and Alex Medina eat lunch in the back of their mother’s SUV Tuesday at Highland Park. Liliana Castillo Any child ages 1 through 18 can receive a free lunch throughout June and July at 25 locations in Clovis. And at two locations in […]

United Blood Services holding blood drive

CNJ staff United Blood Services is holding a blood drive 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Saturday at 21st Street Church of Christ. All donors will be registered in a drawing for a gas grill, cover and utensils. For an appointment, visit bloodhero.com or call 800-333-6920. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Engagements —June 19

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Sanderson-Stevenson [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Stelvin and Tangie Sanderson of Loop, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Stephanie Sanderson of Seminole, Texas, to Trace Stevenson, of Semionle, son of Stephen and Karen Stevenson of Farwell, Texas. The couple will exchange vows on July 30, 2011, at Redbud Baptist Church in Lubbock, […]

Birthdays — June 12

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McClure Evelyn McClure of Clovis will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 18, 2011, at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., Clovis. [image #2, align= left, size= medium] The celebration will be hosted by her children, Gale Ball and Robin Kirk, Hal McClure and Michelle Blake. She was born […]

Religion digest —

Church celebrates 70 years Immanuel Lutheran Church is celebrating 70 years in Clovis by creating a commemorative medallion, according to a news release. A small group of Lutheran Christians in Clovis adopted their official congregational constitution on May 7, 1941. There are eight Lutheran churches in New Mexico with the name Immanuel begun through the […]