Clergy try to inspire faith, hope

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer On this Easter Sunday, messages of hope, courage and faith will reign as Christians fill up church pews to celebrate what they believe is one of the most transforming events in recorded times — the reported resurrection of Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago. The following are snippets […]

Religion Digest March 21, 2008

Church plans weekend services St. Helen Catholic Church will offer several special Holy Week and Easter services this weekend.Today, there will be a Stations of the Cross observance at 3 p.m. There will be a Good Friday Communion Service and Veneration of the Cross at 7 p.m. today. On Saturday, the church plans a special […]

Resurrection makes a new world possible

By Joan Clayton Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I call it “Resurrection Day.” I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me, the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to give it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) How many […]

Totalitarian government begins with baby steps

Editorial Nothing else has turned a majority of Venezuelans against dictator-in-making Hugo Chavez; maybe his Easter Week booze ban will do the trick. Chavez recently won re-election, despite a string of policy shifts that are moving the country in the direction of a Cuban-style dictatorship, with Chavez reprising the role of Fidel Castro. He’s nationalized […]

Local pastors discuss Easter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The PNT talked with local clergy about their views on the Easter holiday. David McFadden, First Baptist Church Q. What is the most important message of Easter for our day and time? A. Following the gloom of the cross is the glory of the resurrection. God can […]

Child-like faith is powerful thing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Faith is a requirement if you’re going to receive something from the celebration of Easter. It’s also required to receive the blessings of a lot things in life. Among the definitions listed for the word faith in the dictionary are: • Confidence or trust in a person or thing. […]

27th MDG ponies up rides, offers ‘eggs’citing day for youths

The Easter bunny takes a break from hiding eggs to help out swinging some children on the playground at Unity Park Saturday. Airman Elliott Sprehe Smiles and laughter abounded as children ranging from newborn to 12 gathered for the annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Unity Park. Sponsored by the 27th Medical Group’s Booster Club […]

Time to resurrect true meaning of Easter

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer And then he bowed his head and died. John 19:30 sounds like a great ending to a dramatic story, but for billions of Christians worldwide, it marks a new beginning. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open and […]

Good Friday initiates weekend of faith

By William P. Thompson A number of Portales churches are set to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this weekend and some traditional Easter holiday events are taking place around town. Dick Ross, pastor at First Baptist Church said he’s not into the holiday trappings like Easter bunnies and hunting for eggs. Ross said he’s keeping Easter at […]

March 30 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael This has been a beautiful Easter season. A little of warm than cool, a little rain and a few snow showers, then Sunday was a clear, cool and a little breezy. I hear there were quite a few youngsters hunting Easter eggs over the weekend also. Now everyone will settle down in […]

Pope on mind of many with Easter here

By Marlena Hartz: PNT Correspondent The pope will be on the hearts and minds of area Catholics today as they celebrate Easter. Due to health complications stemming from Parkinson’s disease and a recent tracheotomy, the normal Easter duties of Pope John Paul II have been delegated to top churchmen. It is the first time in […]

Be careful when mixing fiction with nonfiction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other […]

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 […]

Church attendance slow before, after holiday

By Michelle Seeber About 100 people attended the Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Portales. Many were members and regular church attendees of the service that provided music accompanied by a trumpet, a French horn, a violin and a guitar. If there were any at the service who hadn’t attended […]