St. Helen’s wins Church League

By Kevin Wilson In what has become a familiar end to the Portales Church League Softball season, St. Helen’s No. 1 came away with an easy win for the title. St. Helen’s No. 1 finished off a 15-0 season with a 25-9 win over the Wanderers (a.k.a. St. Helen’s No. 7), claiming its sixth straight […]

Church acquires new name, new pastor

By Gary Mitchell Pastor Jim Maxwell has set at least two goals since assuming the pastorate of Portales’ Trinity Family Center. His primary goal is spiritual — to reach more people for Christ, especially among the younger crowd. “One of our greatest goals is to reach younger people,” the 50-year-old pastor said. “My wife (Anita) […]

Elida church celebrates 100th anniversary

Janet Bresenham In a century of ministry, activities and memories at the First Baptist Church of Elida, one key focus has not changed. And when the church celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend in the small Roosevelt County town, the executive director of the New Mexico Baptist Convention praised the congregation for maintaining their priorities. […]

Church hopes to draw more families

Darrell Todd Maurina Calvary Baptist Church of Portales normally has about 50 people attending services, but its interim pastor, the Rev. Bobby Fuller, hopes to have three times that number this Sunday. According to a church press release, July 20 will be “Family Roll Call Sunday” for the church. Each member family at Calvary Baptist […]

Obits July 13

Juanita Gutierrez Mrs. Juanita P. Gutierrez, 95, Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born June 28, 1908, in Tigere, to Virginia and Francisquito Casaus. She spent her early life in Puerta de Luna and Fort Sumner. On Aug. 29, 1936, she married Matias Gutierrez in Santa Rosa. They […]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

Gary Mitchell BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at […]

Being lighthouses for Jesus

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Gary Mitchell Katrina Prince and her fellow workers have decided to build a lighthouse out of cardboard boxes to shine the light of God’s love in the desert. There’s a simple reason why. It’s all part of First United Methodist Church’s summer Vacation Bible School program to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday […]

Obituaries June 8

Cecilia Chavez, 51 Cecilia Chavez, 51 of Roswell died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Jan. 15, 1952, in Vaughn, to Antonio and Helen Garcia. She was raised and attended school in Encino. She made her home at Vaughn, and Odessa, Texas, before moving to Roswell in 1987. […]

Church league loaded

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By Kevin Wilson For almost as long as churches have been a staple of Portales, so too has church softball. The summer league is just as much a part of Portales summers as rodeo and dust storms and it has grown from a 12-team league to a 24-team league in only about five years. “It […]

Resident enjoys the business life

By Angela Peacock Keith Jayne, owner of Domino’s Pizza in Portales, enjoys the things Portales offers, like the warm weather, but not spiders. What was your most embarrassing moment? “It was probably in the eighth or ninth grade, when right before I went into church I stepped into some dog (mess). I was sitting next […]

Churches deal with scandal aftermath

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By Gary Mitchell Nearly a year after U.S. Catholic bishops adopted a “zero tolerance” policy against priests who sexually abuse children, the aftermath of those scandals still have impact within and outside the church, officials say. That impact goes beyond the civil and criminal cases against the Roman Catholic Church or its priests. Experts say […]

Churches walk tightrope to make money work

By Gary Mitchell The Coffee House, a new Christian coffeehouse in Portales that features a wide range of coffees, teas, iced drinks and pastries, has been picking up business. “It’s been going great,” said Pastor David Markham of Victory Life Church, which sponsors the coffeehouse. “We’re having a steady walk-in business in the mornings and […]

Obits 08

Joseph Brown, 74 Joseph William “Jake” Brown, 74, of Jal, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. He was born on Dec. 1, 1928, in Cogar, Okla., to Myrtie and John Brown. He was a 1947 graduate of Floyd High School. He married Coralie Nell Mullins on Feb. 5, 1953, […]

Obits 5/4

Ollie Corbin, 72 Ollie Fay Flinn Corbin, 72, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. She was born June 9, 1930, in Clovis, to Arilla and John W. Flinn Jr. She lived in Clovis, Causey, Truth or Consequences, Albuquerque and Morton and Dimmitt in Texas. For a period of time, she […]

Coffee house offers java, fellowship

By Janet Bresenham PORTALES — Modern Christian ministry comes in many forms. For one Portales church, outreach to the community is brewing in the form of a cup of coffee or tea. Victory Life Church is celebrating a month-long grand opening of The Coffee House, which features a wide range of coffees, teas, iced drinks […]