Religion calendar — Dec. 23

Saturday Christmas Eve services — 4 p.m., Lessons, carols, candlelight service and Holy Communion, Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA, 1705 W. 21st. Coffee. Information: 763-4816. Contemporary Worship Service — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Information: 763-6821. Christmas Eve services — 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saint James Episcopal Church, 1117 N. Main St. Information: 763-4638. Sunday […]

Biblical women showed gratitude to God

With Thanksgiving so near, I have been thinking about many Bible women who were thankful. Their examples can give us encouragement today that God is the author of all blessings. God works out the biggest events and the smallest details of our lives. Eve was no doubt t thankful when she had another child after […]

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 […]

Police boosting patrols on New Year’s Eve

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local law enforcement will be out in extra force combing the streets New Years Eve for drunk drivers. Thursday night, state, county and city police officers will be conducting saturation patrols aimed at stopping drunk drivers. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said patrol numbers will be at their highest […]

Churches to hold Christmas services

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer For many Christians, the Christmas holiday would not be complete without celebrating with their faith community. Some Christian denominations have weeks, even a month, centered on celebrating the birth of Christ. For Episcopalians and other churches that follow the liturgy, Christmas Eve is just the start of the 12-day-long […]

Mayor’s New Year’s Eve ball coming up

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ Staff Writer This New Year’s Eve is a black tie affair for Clovis at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Ball.

Mayor hosting New Year’s Eve gala

CNJ staff Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield is hosting a New Year’s Eve Ball at the Clovis Civic Center. Advanced tickets are $85 and available at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and Clovis MainStreet. Dress is black tie optional. Proceeds from the event will benefit downtown revitalization through the Clovis MainStreet program. Information: Robyne Beaubien at […]

Dec. 23, 2007 Holiday Happenings

Today Citywide Christmas Dinner — 1-3 p.m., Lighthouse Mission, 407 L. Casillas Blvd. Meal will consist of ham with side dishes. Admission is free. Information: 762-1933. Monday Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — 6 p.m, Clovis Advent Christian Church, 2101 E. 21st St. Information: 762-0422. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Kingswood […]

12-21 Holiday Happenings

Today Christmas Nites at the Zoo — 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal exhibits will be decorated for Christmas and those attending will be able to take photographs with Santa or with reptiles, Coco and Cider. Information: 769-7870. Sunday The Lighthouse Mission, 407 L. Casillas Blvd, will host a Christmas dinner from 1 to […]

Dec. 20, 2007 Holiday Happenings

Today Christmas Nites at the Zoo — 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal exhibits will be decorated for Christmas and those attending will be able to take photographs with Santa of reptiles, Coco and Cider. Information: 769-7870. Joni’s Sandia Carolers — 5 -8 p.m., The carolers will begin on Lore Street and travel down […]

Holiday Happenings

Today Holiday Open House — 5-8 p.m., Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand St. The final celebration of Clovis’ 100th Anniversary will conclude with an open house hosted by the Centennial Committe, the City of Clovis, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Movie Showing — 6 p.m., Worship Center. 7 […]

New Year’s not about parties

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist There is a lot of pressure to celebrate New Year’s Eve. When I lived in New York City, I went to parties and made it to Times Square to see the ball drop. It was cold and my toes were frozen by the time I left. I’m not even sure […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Publisher of Freedom Newspapers This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. […]

Christmas Eve present tradition worth passing

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Christmas Eve gift! It’s a simple phrase that’s been uttered on Dec. 24 by my family as long as I can remember. In fact I’m not sure anyone knows when it all started. That makes it a family Christmas tradition. I’m sure if someone in my family or anyone else […]

Some people never grow too old to play with children’s toys

By Bob Huber: Columnist Christmas Eve always reminds me of the old bromide, “Bizarre conditions are easier to get into than out of.” Which somehow explains why I’m too old to play with toys, but I’m just not willing to give it up and go through a painful withdrawal. You see, foraging through toy sections […]

Author develops early passion for writing

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Lois Duncan is an award-winning author best known for her suspense novels for adolescents and teens. In early October, her novel, “Daughters of Eve,” was pulled from elementary library shelves in Clovis schools. The former state resident told the Clovis News Journal the suspense novel was not appropriate […]

Holiday scams can hurt good intentions

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist The fun-filled holiday season begins this week unless you’re a Scrooge who would rather dump a jar of molasses in the Salvation Army kettle outside Wal-Mart. You probably developed that attitude because you didn’t get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas when you were a kid or a Shirley Temple […]

Sometimes omens not really omens

By Grant McGee March is here. At the beginning of every March, I always remember that saying, “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.” Winter storms in the last part of February and first days of March give way to the early days of spring by the end of the month. […]

All calm this New Year’s eve

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Year’s eve was relatively calm and quiet compared to previous years, according to local law enforcement officials. There were no major accidents or crimes reported in the area. Strong police presence in Clovis and check points along area roads may have helped reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic […]

Families can spend New Year’s Eve together

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Freedom Newspapers photo: Patrick Wyrick of Garden Grove, Calif., has a collection of 300 to 400 games. Studies have shown games are growing more popular as a family activity. Though most people have far fewer games than Wyrick, they may be a way to By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ Staff Writer As many fight that end-of-the-year […]