Religion feature: Churches offer trick-or-treat alternatives

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Courtesy photo Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Reformation Walking Tour will feature scenes like this which shows Martin Luther translating the Bible. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico With October comes the guessing game of who’s going to dress up as what for Halloween. Churches in Portales and Clovis take the opportunity to provide families with a [...]

Churches will ‘Rock the Block’

Courtesy photo Live music, bounce houses, face painting and food are all part of the free fun at the Rock the Block party on Saturday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Three churches in north Clovis are teaming up to host a block party on Saturday. The pastors of Highland Baptist Church, Kingswood United Methodist [...]

Charity officials optimistic despite economy

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico executive director Erinn Burch might understandably be concerned about how much could be gathered during the current fundraising campaign, given the nationwide economic downturn since the end of the last drive. But Burch, along with others in the world of non-profit organizations and [...]

All grieving deserves respect

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Today is, in the liturgical calendar of many churches, All Souls’ Day, the day after All Saints’ Day. The purpose being to honor and to memorialize those who have gone before, to remember the departed who, according to Christian thought, are still with us in spirit. We have many ways [...]

Inspiring inmates

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Williams Jimmy Joe Robinson, a member of Faith Christian Family Church, tells an anecdote to Curry County Adult Detention Center inmates during a religious service held at the center Wednesday evening. Terry Craft, also of Faith Christian, attends. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Many volunteers and missionaries travel around the [...]

Taxpayer money doesn’t belong within churches

Freedom New Mexico It is widely acknowledged that President Bush’s program of what he called faith-based initiatives — supplying government grants to religiously based organizations performing social service activities the government approves — has been something of a dud. Two former officials of the program, former Princeton professor John DiIulio and David Kuo, resigned and [...]

Bible schools incorporate themes

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CNJ staff photo: Keely McDowell Alexis Fielder, 10, makes a headband in arts and crafts during Vacation Bible School at the First Methodist Church on Sycamore Street. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Although Vacation Bible School has been a summer tradition for many of the area churches, it has become more popular as churches [...]

Big world out there

Statistics from Clovis Industrial Development Corp: • More than 120,000 people live in a 60-mile radius of Clovis. • The city is home to 58 churches, 789 motel rooms, 165 civic clubs and 110 hospital beds. • The region’s largest employer is Allsup’s convenience store, which employs about 3,000. Wal-Mart has about 300 employees. • [...]

Sept. 20, 1975

Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran and Trinity Churches, the Van Khau Phong family, Vietnamese refugees, were the guests of honor at a public reception. … Richard Ramsey of the Soil Conservation Service reported to the Ned Houk Memorial Park board that the construction on the Running Water Draw Dam was 85 to 90 percent complete. … [...]

Some thoughts on skedaddling and worship

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It’s getting harder and harder when you’re out traveling to find a church to visit that agrees with you on the fine print of the Christian faith. These days, diversity even between churches whose signs are painted with basically the same denominating words is greater, and the proliferation of [...]