Communicating God’s truth calls for wisdom

Curtis Shelburne I still remember, and cringe when I remember, the TV interview I saw years ago featuring a Scripture-quoting preacher or church leader trying to defend the well-meaning but largely indefensible actions his church had taken which had landed them in court. I felt bad for the guy. He’d not done anything needlessly provocative […]

Easter church services

The following is a listing of Good Friday and Easter services at area churches: Clovis churches Victory Life Church — 10 a.m., Sunday Central Baptist — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday. No Sunday School. Guest singer Adam Paul Williams to sing with choir and perform and concert at 6 […]

Engagements — April 17

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Mullinax-Harden [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Clyde E. Buddy and Jackie Mullinax of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Lindsay Nicole Mullinax of Clovis to Clinton Dustin Harden of Clovis. He is the son of state Sen. Clinton D. and Kathy Harden of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 25, 2011, […]

Religion feature: Westminster Presbyterian’s first female pastor leading congregation

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Courtesy photo Cristabelle Russell is the new pastor at Clovis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church and the first woman to lead the near 50-year-old congregation. Sharna Johnson Not only has a new pastor taken the pulpit at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Cristabelle Russell is the first woman to lead the congregation in its near 50-year Clovis history. Beginning […]

Regular church attendance can make you fat

Curtis Shelburne Have you heard the latest “health” news? It seems that going to church—I mean really going, so regularly that folks notice when you’re absent—not just going at Christmas and Easter and whenever completely convenient and the barometric pressure is right and none of the kids are kicking balls and no relatives are visiting […]

Human feelings pass, but God’s love lasts

I am reader of John Piper and his writings. John Piper is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., Piper is the author of more than 30 books over his 25 years of preaching and teaching. Not long ago I read again one of Piper’s statements. He said: “A snake bites Paul, […]

Time change has lighter side

Well if you missed church you’re either a heathen, didn’t read my column first thing or just forgot to spring forward. I’m actually looking forward to getting another hour of light on the end of the day. Normally, I’ve been in the other camp on this whole Daylight Saving thing — not happy about getting […]

Seventh Day Adventist Church of Clovis celebrating centennial

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Courtesy photo Roy Benton, left, was the founder and first pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Clovis. He is pictured here in 1910 with his wife Margaret. Thomas Garcia The 100th anniversary of a local church is viewed as a historical and spiritual milestone said church parishioners. “This is very important to the […]

Religion digest — March 4

Gospel group holding concerts Blackwood Legacy, a Nashville-based gospel group, will hold a pair of concerts March 13 in Clovis. The group will perform 9:30 a.m. at Central Christian Church and 6 p.m. at the First Church of God. The concerts are both free of charge, but a love offering will be received. Information: www.blackwoodlegacy.org […]

Religion digest —

Black history celebration set Good Samaritan Inc. will hold its inaugural black history celebration noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The event will feature praise dancing, gospel singing, keynote speakers from the community and clergy and testimonials from people who have overcome addictions. The event will be preceded by an 11 […]

Church’s annual sausage dinner set

CNJ staff St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Bovina is holding its annual German sausage dinner 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) Jan. 30 at the church’s Parish Hall on Third Street. Side items include creamed potatoes and gravy, green beans, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, relish, homemade bread and desserts and tea or coffee. Donations are $8 […]

Clovis chorale holding rehearsals

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High Plains Chorale is holding rehearsals 6:45 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. Thursdays at Clovis Community College starting this week. The chorale welcomes people who want to sing beyond their church choirs or are no longer in school choirs. Community members pay $15, and college credit is available. Information: Director Karolyn […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dinner for airmen, resolutions and a film classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas eve First Presbyterian Church in Portales has scheduled its annual Community Christmas Eve Service for 11 p.m. Friday. The service includes special music, readings and traditional Christmas hymns. And, First Baptist Church is holding a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Friday. Both […]

Church performance awoke spirit of season

Judy Brandon Always at Christmas I recall the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas children’s program over fifty years ago. The children in the church were to tell the Christmas story the Sunday night before Christmas. Daddy was the pastor and on this particular Sunday, my sister Susie had strep throat so mother stayed at home […]

Spiritual growth not simple, easy

Curtis Shelburne DO YOU WANT YOUR CHURCH TO GROW SPIRITUALLY?” queried an item in my e-mail in-box today. I can be a little contrarian, and since the only option given for me to click on was a “Yes,” my first reaction was, “No, not really, but thanks.” Well, duh! Aside from the fact that it’s […]

Parkland church collecting for Operation Christmas Child

CNJ staff Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis will be serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child, according to a news release. Operation Christmas Child provides shoe boxes of gifts to more than eight million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disasters, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty, the release said. The program […]

Fairview Primitive Baptist Church celebrates 90 years

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Courtesy photo The Fairview Primitive Baptist Church in Clovis is celebrating its 90 year history Saturday and Sunday. Sharna Johnson In its 90-year history, Clovis’

Birthdays — Oct. 31

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Winnie Ethel (Brown) Moore [image #2, align=right, size=medium] It was Oct. 20, 1910, in Rockwood, Texas, when Joseph and Margaret America Garner became proud parents to a beautiful baby girl who they named Winnie Ethel. She was the 11th child in a family of 12 children. Winnie is a long time resident of Clovis, having […]

Life more fulfilling with God’s ‘perfect ten’

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Three weeks ago the date was Oct. 10, 2010. That will not happen again until Oct. 10, 3010 when it will again be 10-10-10. On that day I attended a church service in Rochester, Minn. The pastor opened the beginning of the service this way: “Today it is 10-10-10. I want […]

Amos: the leftover pizza nightmare

By Gary Mitchell boss i may have told you this but you should never eat day-old pizza slices leftover from a church youth party it creates strange visions – and not those of the biblical sort