Easter egg scramble

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo From left, Kaitlaynd Murphy, Christian Godfrey and Alex Godfrey inspect each others’ haul after the hunt. Liliana Castillo It took 300 children seven minutes to collect 3,000 eggs at Saturday’s Easter egg hunt hosted by the Community Center at Unity Park. Community Center Manager Paul Hopkins said staff spread eggs around […]

Antagonizing each other’s beliefs shameful

Freedom New Mexico Poor Professor PZ Myers. He is clearly upset that a group of four Catholics in France barged into a French museum on Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, and vandalized a print of “Piss Christ.” They smashed plexiglass that protected the print and then slashed it with a sharp object. Gallery director […]

Area pastors draw similar message from Easter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Trinity Lutheran Church Reverend Bonita Knox prays while touching the cross on Good Friday at the church. Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message from spiritual leaders of many different congregations. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the […]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to […]

Easter happenings

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 […]

All Christians know hope of resurrection

The Easter season is the celebration of the Resurrection Day. Jesus was crucified on a Friday, buried that day and on the third day He arose from the grave. But what is the hope of the resurrection? Job in the Old Testament acknowledged the hope of the resurrection when he proclaimed: “I know that my […]

a view from under the pew: the legend of the easter seed

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the legend of the easter seed boss i don t know if you ve […]

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 […]

Communities prepare Easter events

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sierra Strait, 8, and Joseph Snodgrass stuff Easter eggs at Living Stones Community Church Wednesday for a city egg hunt Saturday. With 20,000 eggs to stuff, Snodgrass, the church’s children’s pastor, said volunteers plan to work most of Thursday. Alisa Boswell Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across […]

Resurrection means we won’t die in vain

The Easter season and the zeal of the cross can be characterized by several descriptors. First, the crucifixion of Christ was a gruesome and horrendous event. Second, the ordeal and suffering Jesus experienced was foretold in the Old Testament and was fulfilled in the New Testament. Isaiah 53:5 reads: “But he was wounded for our […]

God equips those he calls to his service

Easter is later than usual this year but still Easter eggs and baskets and other Easter items line the shelves in stores. Baby chicks and ducks are for sale in the seed and farm stores and commercials about getting grass in shape for the summer appear on the television. A certain excitement is evident with […]

Residents light up homes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tom and Shirley Cross decorate their home on the corner of South Avenue A and Eighth Street each year for the holidays. By Alisa Boswell Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween are just a few of the holidays Danny Kendrick of Clovis decorates his front yard on Grand. Kendrick, […]

Easter a time to celebrate resurrection

Freedom New Mexico For reasons having more to do with modern secular culture and commerce than religious significance, Christmas is more elaborately celebrated. But for believing Christians, Easter is the centerpiece of the faith. It marks the improbable miracle that God’s messenger in human form was killed by the agents of the powers of this […]

Churches share Easter sermons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patrons at Sacred Heart Catholic Church pray during the church’s afternoon Good Friday service. CNJ staff In recognition of Easter, local churches will be sharing sermons of remembrance, sacrifice and salvation and sustenance and joy in faith. These messages will be given as Christians gather to share and recognize belief […]

Easter story about ultimate sacrifice

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist This Sunday is very significant for Christians. Some call it the Easter season. Anyone can tell it is Easter by just visiting the Easter aisle at the grocery store. For some, Easter is about new clothes, a visit to church and Easter egg hunts. Yet, the message of the resurrection […]

Easter services

Today Our Lady of Guadalupe Church — 6 p.m., Holy Thursday Mass of The Last Supper First United Methodist Church — 6:30 p.m., Maundy Trinity United Methodist Church — 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service, Fellowship Hall at church First United Methodist Church of Portales — 7:30 p.m. Communion, music and meditation Word of God Lutheran […]

Santa Claus can top Easter Bunny

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist “In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd in the movie “Harvey” Santa Claus versus the Easter Bunny, 10 rounds in a ring, who would you root for? To me […]

Local clergymen discuss significance of Easter Sunday

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico spoke to some area clergy about their thoughts on this Easter Sunday. What is the importance of Easter and its message in everyday life? Gary Piepkorn, pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales: There are three major points. One would be that Jesus’ resurrection […]

Religion feature: Good Friday commemorates sacrifice

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Penny Bailey and Scott Henry with Central Baptist Church practice for the Easter musical the church will perform Saturday and Sunday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Celebrating Good Friday is essential to celebrating Easter, according to Immanual Lutheran Church pastor Scott Blazek. “It’s hard to celebrate Easter, or Resurrection […]

Easter good time for reflection

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist This is my favorite season of the year. From a Christian perspective, Easter season is the celebration of the Resurrection Day when Jesus rose from the grave. At this time of year, I gratefully think about the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. The cross has great significance. For […]