Religion feature: Churches offer trick-or-treat alternatives

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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 fun, safe place for children to wear those costumes. Lola McVey with Central Christian Church in Portales said their fall […]

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 […]

Charities not fazed by 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 […]

Churches make Thanksgiving dinner community event

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By Celena Cordova: PNT staff writer Six years ago, several members of the community and churches decided to join together to form the Portales Community Outreach. This year, the outreach will be hosting its sixth annual free community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. The dinner began when Veda Urioste, Elvia Garcia and Joe Parie […]

Churches should determine marriage rules

According to a local pastor, the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Southern California last week was not just one of those typical seismic events that take place with some regularity in these parts. It was “(a)nother queer quake trying to get California’s attention.” Apparently, the Lord is mad about the legalization of gay marriage in […]

11-15 Local Briefs

Churches combine for Thanksgiving Third and Kilgore Church of Christ and Southside Church of Christ are jointly sponsoring a harvest celebration and an area-wide worship and praise service this weekend. The churches will hold a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Third and Kilgore’s Fellowship Hall. The dinner is free […]

Holiday handbells will ring

By Ashley Lee To celebrate the holiday season the First United Methodist Church will be host the 14th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary. Selections to be played will come from holiday, folk, sacred and classical music. There will be about 96 ringers from 10 different […]

3/20 Local Briefs

Church members to recreate ‘Last Supper’ The ‘Living Last Supper’ recreation will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Methodist Church. Organizers said members of different churches in Portales will participate in the depiction of the ‘Last Supper’. The event is free. Rehearsal is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Methodist […]

Churches celebrate unique Easter services

Darrell Maurina While most area churches are celebrating Easter in some form, the celebrations differ significantly from congregation to congregation. For Father John Rollinson, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, maintaining liturgical traditions passed down for centuries is important. “Jesus said, ‘If anyone would follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and […]