Musical drama returns to First Assembly

By Darrell Todd Maurina First Assembly of God in Clovis is bringing back a tradition this year. For many years the church sponsored holiday drama presentations, and this year will be resuming that practice with a free musical drama at 7 tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “That’s the Good News,” a drama presenting the […]

Christ must also be born in your heart

By Judy Brandon One way we mark the milestones in our lives is, as the Christmas season approaches, to think back over the events of the preceding year. Each Christmas reminds us of the changes in our lives over the last year. Christmas evokes memories of the past year: great joys, disappointments, warm friendships, heart-wrenching […]

Empty Stocking Fund may fulfill two-gift wish

Eric Butler Shelly isn’t looking to have everything for her 5-year-old daughter this Christmas. It’s not a stocking full of goodies or a tree that appears to have a gift-wrapped box foundation that the single mother wants. In fact, Shelly has very modest goals for little Stephanie. “I just want a nice, quiet Christmas,” she […]

Single mom’s Christmas burden may be lightened by fund

By Eric Butler Danielle first moved to Eastern New Mexico 11 years ago. Three years later, she gave birth to her son Scott. Times were never that good for Danielle and Scott (not their real names) as the pair lived in a run-down house — a house fit to be condemned. And, in fact, that’s […]

Positive imaging is great Christmas gifts

The Rev. Alvin Petty By Alvin Petty Here is a great gift idea for Christmas: Give yourself permission to learn to practice positive imaging. You already have the gift of positive imaging within you from the Creator. You need to give yourself permission to become aware of its power and practice it to change and […]

Retired ENMU music director belts out Christmas tunes

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Louis Burkel, 85, has played every Christmas concert with The Clovis Community Band since joining the band in 1980. CNJ staff photo: Jack King. By Jack King Louis Burkel has spent a lifetime with music, either playing it or teaching it to others. Burkel, who retired in 1980 as director of the school of music […]

Family of five faces stark holiday without help

Eric Butler Five kids in one local family may not know how bad things are these days. But their mom Jennifer does. And that’s why she is applying for help from the Empty Stocking Fund, which is conducted through The Salvation Army. Jennifer (not her real name) cleans houses for a living and is without […]

Christmas means joy

CHRISTMAS MEANS JOY I love Christmas. Now why does that feel like a confession? Yes, I know the holiday has been twisted. The business and commercialism can be oppressive. Yes, I know that sorrow, suffering, and tragedy are particularly painfully poignant and that Satan easily scores as he particularly tries to rob us of hope […]

Luxuries not possible for this family’s holiday

By Eric Butler A Christmas tree with lights on and gifts underneath, a big dinner with turkey and dressing and pies for dessert — this is the picture of the holidays that Christine would like to paint for her family this year. But there’s another scenario that’s closer to reality for Christine (not her real […]

Pine trees saved a life one Christmas

David Stevens This will be Bertha Stevens’ 85th Christmas. My grandmother owes the last 39 of them to a pile of Christmas trees. The event took place the day before Thanksgiving in 1964. My grandparents had planned to drive into the mountains of New Mexico, pick up a load of Christmas trees, and bring them […]