Residents light up homes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tom and Shirley Cross decorate their home on the corner of South Avenue A and Eighth Street each year for the holidays. By Alisa Boswell Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween are just a few of the holidays Danny Kendrick of Clovis decorates his front yard on Grand. Kendrick, […]

Easter a time to celebrate resurrection

Freedom New Mexico For reasons having more to do with modern secular culture and commerce than religious significance, Christmas is more elaborately celebrated. But for believing Christians, Easter is the centerpiece of the faith. It marks the improbable miracle that God’s messenger in human form was killed by the agents of the powers of this […]

Churches share Easter sermons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patrons at Sacred Heart Catholic Church pray during the church’s afternoon Good Friday service. CNJ staff In recognition of Easter, local churches will be sharing sermons of remembrance, sacrifice and salvation and sustenance and joy in faith. These messages will be given as Christians gather to share and recognize belief […]

Easter story about ultimate sacrifice

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist This Sunday is very significant for Christians. Some call it the Easter season. Anyone can tell it is Easter by just visiting the Easter aisle at the grocery store. For some, Easter is about new clothes, a visit to church and Easter egg hunts. Yet, the message of the resurrection […]

Easter services

Today Our Lady of Guadalupe Church — 6 p.m., Holy Thursday Mass of The Last Supper First United Methodist Church — 6:30 p.m., Maundy Trinity United Methodist Church — 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service, Fellowship Hall at church First United Methodist Church of Portales — 7:30 p.m. Communion, music and meditation Word of God Lutheran […]

Santa Claus can top Easter Bunny

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist “In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the movie “Harvey” Santa Claus versus the Easter Bunny, 10 rounds in a ring, who would you root for? To me […]

Local clergymen discuss significance of Easter Sunday

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico spoke to some area clergy about their thoughts on this Easter Sunday. What is the importance of Easter and its message in everyday life? Gary Piepkorn, pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales: There are three major points. One would be that Jesus’ resurrection […]

Religion feature: Good Friday commemorates sacrifice

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Penny Bailey and Scott Henry with Central Baptist Church practice for the Easter musical the church will perform Saturday and Sunday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Celebrating Good Friday is essential to celebrating Easter, according to Immanual Lutheran Church pastor Scott Blazek. “It’s hard to celebrate Easter, or Resurrection […]

Easter good time for reflection

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist This is my favorite season of the year. From a Christian perspective, Easter season is the celebration of the Resurrection Day when Jesus rose from the grave. At this time of year, I gratefully think about the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. The cross has great significance. For […]

A view from under the pew: the paradox of easter

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keyboard, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. the paradox of easter boss i bumped intorollo the roley-poley bugthis good friday morninghe was doing […]