Local Briefs Aug. 13, 2008

Singles adult fellowship lunch set The adult singles of the First United Methodist Church are planning a Dutch treat lunch at noon Sunday at Pizza Hut in Portales, according to a news release. All singles of the area are invited to attend. Child care will not be available. Organizers hope to establish a singles ministry [...]

Area woman teaches English, God’s love in China

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A religion graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Heather Husted always felt she would be in a Gospel ministry somewhere. The Roosevelt County native never dreamed it would be in a communist country. Husted, who was born in Portales and grew up in Elida, is back home briefly from [...]

Greeks and Christians mingle at ENMU Cross Campus mixer

By William Thompson Eastern New Mexico University’s Cross Campus ministry had fraternity and sorority students over for an evening of outdoor cooking and indoor video games Wednesday. Most of the guests were from sororities or female fraternities who said they were looking to make new friends. Keeley Angel of Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity was [...]

Retired cop turns to new life of service

By Darrell Todd Maurina On Sunday, Clovis resident and retired state police Capt. Alan Brockmeier exchanged his police uniform to become a man of the cloth with a different color — the black cassock and white collar of an ordained Episcopal priest. Raised in a small German denomination that merged with the United Methodists in [...]

Religion Calendar, August 1

Sunday Foundations Class — 10 a.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2000 S. Main St., Portales. For those who want to learn the basics of the Bible. For information, call 356-6023. Cornerstone Youth Ministry — 6 p.m., Cornerstone Building, 109 S. Main St., Portales. An off-campus youth ministry of First Baptist Church. For information, call 356-6761. Youth [...]

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 [...]

Angel Ministries on duty

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Mike Linn Three Portales women are seeking funds for a male-only Christian rehabilitation center, which could serve as an alternative to jail for non-violent drug and alcohol offenders. Sheila Savitz-Strange and her partners Viola Burke and Debbie Martinez are seeking donations, grants and a loan of approximately $200,000 from a Clovis bank to help fund [...]

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 [...]