Sept. 20, 1975

Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran and Trinity Churches, the Van Khau Phong family, Vietnamese refugees, were the guests of honor at a public reception. … Richard Ramsey of the Soil Conservation Service reported to the Ned Houk Memorial Park board that the construction on the Running Water Draw Dam was 85 to 90 percent complete. … […]

Some thoughts on skedaddling and worship

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It’s getting harder and harder when you’re out traveling to find a church to visit that agrees with you on the fine print of the Christian faith. These days, diversity even between churches whose signs are painted with basically the same denominating words is greater, and the proliferation of […]

Churches take stand on immigration

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist A new coalition of more than 100 evangelical Christian organizations is finally stepping up to say what the Catholic church has being saying all along: Show compassion for our neighbors, the weak, and the alien. According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are making increasingly visible efforts to push […]

Letters to the Editor: Sportsmanship missing from local sports

When I was at the Clovis/Hobbs basketball game on Feb. 16, I noticed the Wildcats played their hearts out. Unfortunately they fell short and lost the game. The student body present to support their team lost so much more. They lost their self-respect. During the game the student section chanted “Hobbs sucks.” When a Hobbs […]

Heritage plays role in people we become

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist This is the season; the time of year is on us. It’s usually perfect, too; not too hot, not yet cold. Maybe some rain, but more often only the threat. It’s a good time of year to make a road trip, which in our case was necessary. The trip was […]

Recognizing unity in Christ is a beautiful thing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Columnist We had a great time of worship at church Sunday morning. Most folks seemed appreciative of the sermon I gave. Maybe one of these days somebody will tell me what I said. Just kidding. I wasn’t totally comatose Sunday — just partly. I’d just returned late Saturday evening from […]

Judging by earthly standards often incorrect

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident in my childhood just verifies this. I had no idea of the implications of the lesson at the time, but now I realize its significance. When I was a […]

Free book worth every penny

By Curtis Shelburne Good news/bad news.   The good news is that I got a free book in the mail. The bad news: It’s obviously worth every penny I paid. I don’t know how many shillings were shelled out to mail copies of this erudite volume to churches all over the country, but a note […]

Texico native returns as director of missions

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Texico native Dan Pearce has returned home after 34 years to serve as director of missions for the Eastern New Mexico Baptist Association in Clovis. Pearce said his mission in this position is to aid in the direction and coordination of approximately 30 Southern Baptist churches in eastern New […]

Some Thoughts on Long Pastorates and Great Churches

Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]

Different factors make great churches and great preachers

By Curtis K. Shelburne:CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]

Cops & Courts: Clovis churches recently burglarized

CNJ staff Clovis police are looking for suspects in a recent string of church burglaries. Police say three churches have been burglarized in the past month, and suspects have stolen everything from musical instruments and food to computers and televisions. Among the churches burglarized are Prince Street Baptist Church, hit twice between Jan. 8-10; Kingswood […]

Schools consider a chaplain program

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A video camera and a digital camera are available for Clovis’ public school teachers to use in the classroom. A tag dangles from the cameras telling students where they came from: Faith Christian Family Church. Community churches often donate school supplies — backpacks, pencils and crayons — to Clovis’ […]

One man, one dream, one long walk … for God

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Don Vermilyea has walked 12,382 miles in two years and 10 months, and beleives it will take 10 years to complete his journey of reaching at 1,035 churches of the Brethren. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer The soft swish-swish of nylon-jogging pants could be heard only as a lull came in the fast traffic […]

Texico church finds its mission

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Courtesy photo: Doyal La Rue Joe Humrichous talks about what led him to become a missionary to participants of a missionary conference last weekend at First Baptist Church in Texico. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Joe Humrichous served as pastor of churches in Tennessee, Georgia and Illinois for 32 years. When his wife died […]

Clovis churches use book to find life’s purpose

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Forty. The number of days Noah spent on the Ark; the number of years Moses and the Israelites wandered the desert; the number of days Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism; and the number of days churches around the country are spending studying and reflecting upon The […]

Clovis host to Hispanic Baptists

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer One of the smaller Southern Baptist churches in Clovis hosted a state Baptist convention this week. It wasn’t the main New Mexico Baptist Convention, which counts hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of members, but rather the Hispanic Baptist Convention of New Mexico. While small — the […]

shiny but scared

Amos the Churchmouse Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. shiny but scared boss we had an interesting bible study the other day here in the church pew underworld […]

First Baptist hosting annual Bible conference

By Darrell Todd Maurina Churches from New Mexico and west Texas will be sending members and leaders to First Baptist Church of Texico for the church’s annual Bible conference beginning Sunday. Started 22 years ago, the Texico Annual Bible Conference is free to the public. This year’s conference will bring the pastor of one of […]

New Mexico convention for all kinds of Christians

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Larry Tedrow, the pastor of Central Christian Church, explains his fellowship of churches to others, he sometimes calls it a “nondenominational denomination.” “ I think one of the things people will find is the distinctive approach that we are trying to be Christians only, not the only Christians,” Tedrow said. […]