Churches hosting post-graduation celebration

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer University Baptist Church is throwing a “No Regrets” graduation party for Portales High School seniors at 10 p.m. Friday at the church. One of the events scheduled is a trip to Casel-Land Fun Center and then a return to the church for games. “No Regrets” Director Lance Hill said […]

Portales Past: April 16, 1950

April 16, 1950: The five Portales Baptist churches had a combined attendance of 1,525 — a record by 137, according to Rev. L.A. Doyle. The previous record had been set a week earlier.

Wayland Baptist rolls to win over Hounds

Freedom New Mexico PLAINVIEW, Texas — Left fielder Brian Embery belted a grand slam, keying an eight-run first inning as Wayland Baptist routed Eastern New Mexico University 12-1 in non-conference baseball on Tuesday. The contest was called after the top of the seventh due to the 10-run rule. Embery hit his 11th homer of the […]

Church profile: Calvary Baptist Church

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Calvary Baptist Church Location: 1101 West 18th St. Phone: 356-4273 Services: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:50 a.m., Sunday morning worship; 6 p.m., Sunday evening worship; 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Cowboy Church; 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting. Description: Calvary Baptist church has a mix of contemporary and traditional music. And a Cowboy Church, which […]

Church profile: University Baptist Church

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University Baptist Church Location: West 15th Street and South Avenue I Phone number: 356-4501 Services: • Sunday: Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning worship service at 11 a.m., evening worship Service at 5 p.m., Bible study and youth activities at 5:45 p.m. • Wednesday: Bible study, prayer and youth groups at 7 p.m. Description: Pastor […]

Nov. 20, 1970

The 1969 fellowship dinner at Portales First Baptist church was such a delightful occasion that it was repeated this year, according to the Portales News-Tribune. However, the dinner was held in the cafeteria of Portales High School.

Nov. 4, 1964

Revival through Nov. 8 at University Baptist Church. Preacher Howard Marsh and singer Tommy Poole.

Baptist Children’s Home food drive under way

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Fall means an outpouring of help from churches all over the state for the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. For the Fall Food Shower, the home sends lists of needed items to each of the 13 Baptist church associations in the state. Administrator Geraldine Dooley said the Fall Food […]

Churches change up worship

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Churches in Portales and Clovis are trying to find new ways of reaching out. Some keep with tradition in Sunday morning services while others are going a different style. First Baptist Church in Portales started a contemporary services held later than usual. Pastor David McFadden said the church has […]

Getting to know: Pastor seeks to change perception of church

Pastor seeks to change perception of church Brian Townsend, 40, moved to Portales eight years ago to become the pastor at the Baptist Student Union, located just across the street from Eastern New Mexico University. Townsend is married to Cherie and the couple has four children: Christian, 17, Brennan, 12, Cara, 10, and Bryce, 6. […]

Wayland graduates 43

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico After eight years of teaching and coaching football at Clovis High School, Cal Fullerton decided to go back to school himself. Fullerton was one of 43 students graduating Friday from Wayland Baptist University. The ceremony at Central Baptist Church was the college’s 12th Clovis campus graduation. “Wayland is close,” […]

Getting to know: Portales minister reaches out to youth

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Chris Horton is finishing his fourth week as minister of youth and education at First Baptist Church. The Portales native has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in religion from Eastern New Mexico University. Horton and his wife, Amy, have two sons, 7-year-old Brett and 4-year-old Dylan, and a daughter, Ainsley, 8 months. What’s […]

Children’s home planning reunion to celebrate anniversary

New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home is celebrating a milestone in helping youth in the state for 90 years. The home is planning an Aug. 1 reunion for former residents. Public Relations Officer Teresa Howard said she does not know how many former children will be coming. “It is usually the ones from the 40s and […]

Pastor: Calling was chosen for me

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Pastor David McFadden. First Baptist Church What did you choose to be a pastor? It wasn’t so much something I chose. It was something that was chosen for me. During summer break while attending college, I was invited to a Bible study by a young lady. I went more for the lady than the Bible […]

March 16, 1955

Twelve hundred New Mexico Baptists, representing 220 churches, converged in Portales for the three-day New Mexico Baptist Convention, which opened in the First Baptist Church auditorium. Ted Roberts, of Roswell, presided over the ceremonies.

Feb. 15, 2009 Engagements

Britain-Riley Ricky and Sherrie Britain of Roswell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla JoAnn Britain, of Clovis, to Cage Win Riley, of Clovis, son of Russell and Elainea Riley of Melrose. The couple will exchange vows March 28, 2009, at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis. A reception will follow at St. […]

Feb. 8, 2009: Engagements

Vigil/Ornelas Kathy Vigil of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Amanda Vigil of Portales, to Ricky Ornelas, of Portales. He is the son of Janice and Ricky Ornelas Sr., both of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. Feb. 14, 2009, at Calvary Baptist Church. The reception will be […]

Portales church hosting blood drive

PNT Staff Report Portales First Baptist Church, 100 S. Ave. C is hosting a blood drive from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall.

Dec. 28, 2008 Engagements

Swann-Wilkerson Sam and Brenda Swann of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Stephenie Rae Swann of Las Cruces to Dane Travis Wilkerson of Portales. He is the son of Dwayne and Tammie Wilkerson. The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. January 3, 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces. […]

Nov. 28, 1944

The new pastor of First Baptist Church, Rev. W. E. Barnes, at a City Council meeting, spoke of his perception of Portales since moving here in early November. He mentioned, among other things, the well-kept homes, which “made Portales a place of happy and contented residents,” according to the Portales Tribune.