Taste of Thanksgiving

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Alisa Boswell Portales First United Methodist Church’s 58th annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar kicked off at 11 a.m. Thursday and by 12:15 p.m., the church’s fellowship hall was jam-packed with people from Portales, Clovis, Elida and more. “It’s a good time to be fed and have good fellowship,” said Elida resident Molly Anthony. “It’s a […]

My turn: Church’s turkey day meal raises spirits in community

Today is the 58th year the First United Methodist Church in Portales has offered its annual “Turkey Day” to our area. The numbers are impressive. Last year, 1,855 people lined up to eat 46 turkeys, 84 gallons of green beans, 26 roasters of cornbread dressing and 156 dozen rolls. Volunteers chopped 450 apples and 150 […]

Food at the speed of life: Turkey dinners unite community

Two Portales turkey dinners mean family and more. Methodist church’s turkey dinner raises money for missions, and Portales Community Outreach provides a free Thanksgiving Day meal. The Methodist dinner lets the community gather and catch up. The volunteers really seem to have everything running on greased gears. According to the church, this year’s dinner included: […]

Church profile: First United Methodist Church

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• Location: 200 South Ave. C • Phone: 356-8597 • Services: Sunday: Worship at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: King’s Kids Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. in the fall, dinner at 5:30 p.m., youth and adult classes at 6:15 p.m. • Description: “We are making discoveries of Jesus Christ for the transformation of […]

Holy Week services schedule

Easter and Holy Week Services: Maundy Thursday First United Methodist Church — 7:30 p.m. Communion, music and meditation. Faith in Christ Lutheran Church — 7 p.m.

Music will ring in holiday season

Cannon Connections file photo Michael Mazzetenta will come from Mesa, Ariz. to direct the public concert during the festival. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer The 17th annual Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival will kick-off the holiday season on Saturday. Event organizer William Wood said the festival is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving […]

Elida pastor follows calling after college

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Freedom New Mexico Amy Jordan has been the pastor for Elida Methodist Church for the last four years. Prior to that, she served another four years in the same capacity at a church in San Jon. A graduate of Portales High in 1981, Jordan has two children: daughter Katie Palmer, a youth minister in Clovis, […]

Church offers Bible school

Freedom New Mexico First United Methodist Church is offering Vacation Bible School for children pre-school through fifth grade from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 13-17. The bible school is expected to have a depiction of the Roman market place and the underground church, as well as actors playing the apostle Paul, his friends and […]

Getting to know: New pastor avid fisherman

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Michael Brunk is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Portales. He moved here from Albuquerque two weeks ago with his family and is still unpacking the boxes in his office. He has been a pastor for 30 years and he was born in Virginia. What got you interested in being a pastor? […]

Anniversaries

Chambers Charles and Evelyn Chambers of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Portales, 200 S. Ave., C. The celebration will be hosted by their son, Craig Chambers, and their daughter, Tonya Linton. The couple was married May 31, 1959, […]

March 29, 2009 Club notes

Altrusa International Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met last Monday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, with the Service Committee in charge of arrangements. President Vaunceil Turnbough presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. There were 33 members and seven […]

Chili supper set for Friday

The Portales Kiwanis Annual Chili Supper is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave. C. Beef and vegetarian chili, drinks and desserts will be served. Dine-in and take-out options are available. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. They may be purchased […]

After misunderstanding, charity raises $1,000

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Despite a few obstacles, a group of young local residents reached out to children around the world this winter by raising money from the community. The youth at First United Methodist Church raised more than $1,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund, said local Trick or Treat for UNICEF […]

Church will resume UNICEF campaign

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico First United Methodist Church in Portales will resume a youth fundraising program for UNICEF after meeting with police Friday. “We got it all straightened out,” said Toni Kiernan, the church’s coordinator for the United Nations Children’s Fund program. Kiernan said she and her two sons were followed home by […]

Area Methodists feed students’ souls, stomachs

By Janet Bresenham For 20-year-old Liang Qing, who came to Portales from the Sichuan province in southwest China, home and family are far out of reach. For Jennifer Hunter, 18, home seems far away, too, even though her parents live in Farmington in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. Both of them find a […]

Concert to benefit brothers

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In the spirit of Thanksgiving, a benefit concert is being held for a family whose unselfish and giving nature inspired members of the First United Methodist Church. Despite living in impoverished conditions, the family raised more than $600 in a recent Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign the church held, according […]

Easter Sunday church services

Freedom Newspapers —Advent Christian Church — 9:30 a.m. egg and jelly bean hunt, 11 a.m. worship service, 2101 E. 21st St., Clovis —Agape Fellowship (formerly Living Faith, Portales) — 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., 2012 S. Ave. D, Portales —Bethel Assembly of God — 9:45 and 10:45 a.m., 1521 Norris St., Clovis —Broadview Nazarene Church […]

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 […]

Live nativity scenes in local area

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many homes during the Christmas season. The small, motionless figurines depict the night Jesus was born and can be simply made from paper mache’ or elaborately cut from crystal. The decorative scene features Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, a shepherd, […]

6/22 Local News

Dora News Some of our wheat farmers have their crop combined and very little if any damaging hail. I have not heard of anyone losing wheat or young crops because of hail, only to homes and buildings mostly in the Redlake area, out west of Dora. There has been no rain or anything the past […]