Zoo to hold Easter egg hunt Saturday

CNJ Staff Hillcrest Park Zoo will hold an Easter egg hunt 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is for children ages 10 and under. The zoo will charge standard admission prices. Information: 769-7873.

Sunday alcohol sales already started in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer The first Sunday of alcohol sales fell on Easter for Applebee’s. “It went really well,” said manager Dustin Barnes. He said the success of the sales was hard to gauge on a holiday that traditionally focuses on family gatherings. “People who didn’t have family to go to definitely enjoyed […]

A view from under the pew: Easter part two

By Gary Mitchell: Religion Columnist Editor’s note:

Local Pastors offer preview of Easter Sermons

Local church leaders were invited to submit their Easter Sunday sermons to the Clovis News Journal. Here are selected excerpts from those submissions. Larry Tittle, preaching minister, West 21st Street Church of Christ — John, in the last book in the Bible, received the ultimate view of Jesus in a powerful vision. He saw a […]

Happy Easter

Here are a few links to Easter-time stories you may have missed that were published in the past week in the Clovis News Journal and online. Happy Easter from the CNJ. http://www.cnjonline.com/articles/amazing_26866___article.html/astonishing_journey.html http://historyandspirituality.freedomblogging.com/http://www.cnjonline.com/news/crosses_26926___article.html/wooden_church.html http://www.cnjonline.com/opinion/peace_26899___article.html/test_recent.html

Churches ready for communitywide service

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CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks The Rev. Margot Thompson from Trinity United Methodist Church is one of seven area pastors chosen to speak about the last seven statements of Jesus on the cross at tonight’s Good Friday community service. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Area pastors will join together tonight to take listeners on a […]

P is for politics

Want to challenge some traditional Christian beliefs this Easter week?

Christians can celebrate with deep and genuine joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I hope you’re having a great Christmas. If our hearts are really prepared for it, it can be such a wonderful time. I know. A lot about the way our society “celebrates” Christmas is nothing to celebrate. In fact, as Andrew Greeley writes, some aspects of the sometimes-not-so-holy “holy-day” […]

Booze ban may be Chavez’ downfall

By Freedom Newspapers Nothing else has turned a majority of Venezuelans against dictator-in-making Hugo Chavez; maybe his Easter Week booze ban will do the trick. Chavez recently won re-election, despite a string of policy shifts that are moving the country in the direction of a Cuban-style dictatorship, with Chavez reprising the role of Fidel Castro. […]

Pastors prepare for packed houses on Easter

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pews will be packed, worshipers will be dressed in their finest and pastors have been preparing for weeks. All will be in preparation for what is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl of Sunday worship — Easter. Clovis pastor Larry Tittle said while the Easter sermon is […]

Meaning of Easter needs resurrection

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And then he bowed his head and died. John 19:30 sounds like a great ending to a dramatic story, but for billions of Christians worldwide, it marks a new beginning. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open and the […]

Easter reminder of ultimate sacrifice

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The Easter season is near. For some, Easter is about new clothes, a visit to church and Easter egg hunts. Yet, the message of the resurrection is about sacrifice and hope — Christ’s sacrifice and then, as a result, the hope and assurance for Christians of eternal life. But what […]

5/7 Organizations

Chaparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club met April 13 at the Extension Building. Sixteen members and two guests — Valeria Jordan’s daughter and granddaughter — answered roll call by telling their Easter plans. Following a brief business meeting, hostesses Carol Litzelman, Jean Skaggs and Dorris Bourlon served a delicious potluck dinner, with the room […]

Easter offers hope for greater triumph

Freedom Newspapers The Gospel of Luke tells the story in chapter 24: “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the […]

Some struggling with commercial side of Easter holiday

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Norma Stickley shops for Easter baskets and bunnies Thursday at the Main Street Crafters Mall with her great-granddaughter, Alexys Ortiz, 6. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter, with the aisles of local stores filled with vivid displays of pink bunnies, assorted chocolates, marshmallow […]

4/14 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keyboard, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. rollo the easter bug boss i bumped into rollo the roley-poley bug this good friday morning he was doing his favorite […]

Message of Easter holiday message of life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Easter eggs … Easter bunnies … Easter baskets … Easter egg hunts … Easter bonnet? What about that green Easter grass that comes in a variety of colors these days? I even made my first trip to Easter, Texas, last week. What does Easter mean? This is my favorite season […]

Hair salon aiding Relay for Life

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Employees at Visible Changes hair salon on 21st Street are decorating a pine tree, normally reserved for holidays, with paper star and moon cutouts that are symbolic of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tucked behind lanes of swivel chairs, mirrors and shears […]

Pope’s health tempers Easter celebrations

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Deacon Daniel Chavez performs the “Veneration of the Cross” at Mass Friday at San Jose Mission Catholic Church in Texico. Catholics celebrate the ressurection of Jesus Christ on Easter. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Correspondent Pope John Paul II will be on the hearts and minds of area Catholics today as […]

Amos: the easter seed tale

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keyboard, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. the easter seed tale boss i don t know if you ve ever had a talk with a mustard seed before […]