A view from under the pew: the best mother’s day gift

By Gary Mitchell CNJ Religion Columnist 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 best mother s day gift

Great gift idea

LapSchticks Description: Removable and reusable laptop computer covers that come in a variety of colors and designs. Cost: Between $19.99 and $29.99 Where to purchase: www.schtickers.com Who would enjoy this gift: Anyone wanting to add a little personality to their computer.

Sixth baby draws criticism

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I had two miscarriages after my first daughter was born. Although they were early in the pregnancy, I felt a deep sense of loss and despair for the babies I lost, and it took me a long time to recover and move forward. I hated having to tell everyone that […]

Dec. 18, 2007 Holiday Happenings

Today Free Gift Wrapping — 10 a.m. -1 p.m. and 4 -8 p.m., North Plains Mall. The Matt 25 Hope Center will be offering free gift wrap services at the police sub-station in the mall. All other days, charges for gift wrapping are donated to the Matt 25 Hope Center. Information: 763-4400. Freshman Campus Christmas […]

Dec. 14, 2007 Holiday Happenings

Today Living Nativity — 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1501 Sycamore St. Church members will host a living nativity pageant and the church’s Chancel Choir will also perform. Refreshments will be provided. Those attending the event are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Information: 763-3461. Saturday Legacy Life Church food […]

Shopping with Tonya – Playskool Busy Ball Popper

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Playskool.com Playskool Ball Popper Description: Brightly colored toy that features air-powered drop and take play. Cost: About $20 Where to purchase: Any store that carries Playskool brand toys or www.hasbro.com. Who would enjoy this gift: Boys or girls ages 9 months to 4 years.

God asks of us only what we can give

By Judy Brandon God does not expect us to give to him what we do not have. But he does expect us to give to him what we do have. These thoughts came to me last week from an unlikely source. I had purchased Christmas songs for the grandchildren while I was in Lubbock several […]

Some holiday gifts keep on giving

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Several years ago, Sinbad and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a Christmas comedy about, among other things, parents attempting to latch onto the perfect, coveted and much sought after gift for their children. As is usually the case with Christmas comedy movies, there is a heartwarming underlying message about reconciliation, real […]

“Helping Our Kids and Families” campaign started

CNJ staff Money and gift card donations are being sought to help Clovis public school children and staff members whose families suffered damage to their homes or property from the March 23 tornado. Clovis Municipal Schools and the Clovis News Journal will collect donations for two weeks. The campaign starts Monday and runs through April […]

Unique gifts require imagination

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist When it comes to gift giving, I’ve long been in favor of the unique, the unusual, the unexpected. The recent Christmas season gave me a chance to gift the entire family with something, I believe, caught everyone by pleasant surprise. I’d purchased a November issue of Santa Fean magazine, with […]

Christmas means taking the opportunity to give

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 Tis the season for gift-giving, an ancient tradition that originated in a foreign land. But as might be expected, sometimes the meaning and origins are lost over […]

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 […]

Gift bags presented to seniors

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Loyd Bagwell, left, and Josh Ray volunteer Thursday afternoon to help hand out food and gifts for senior citizens at the Salvation Army. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer With a wide grin stretched across his freckled face, Kevan Garrett busily stuffed gift bags at the Salvation Army Thursday afternoon. […]

Key to Christmas gift giving: No plug-ins

By Grant McGee: Local columnist They say the great thing about being a guy is you can get all of your Christmas gift shopping done in half an hour on Christmas Eve. Well, I must have missed that lesson because choosing a gift for someone ranks right up there in my top five “Anxiety-Producing Things […]

All I want for Christmas is an explanation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s that time of year that has become an annual source of frustration foremost of my relatives. Since I have the ability to buy things I need and want, and my family’s too far away to know firsthand of my possessions, I’m one of the hardest people in the […]

Holiday spending often exceeds expectations

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Never mind jingle bells, Nativity scenes or winter wonderlands. The best part of the holiday season is now in full tilt —the shopping. Sure, haggling through crowds isn’t so joyous. But spending money is. It’s not only fun but therapeutic. Some New York friends of mine have saved hundreds of dollars […]

Arts & Crafts Fair takes place this weekend

By CNJ Staff Area residents can wrap up their holiday shopping all under one roof during this weekend’s Arts & Crafts Fair. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis News Journal, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clovis Civic Center. Admission […]

God’s love best wedding gift of all 

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist My oldest son, Chris, recently married his loving and lovely fiancee, Shayla. I’m so proud of them both. They’re enjoying the warmth of the sun and a beautiful beach right now, and I’m basking in the glow of thanksgiving right here, just knowing that Chris and Shayla are husband and […]

God’s grace: It’s good news that’s tough

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound!” Grace, the real thing, is precious almost beyond belief. It’s cool water to a man dying of thirst. It’s life and health to a woman who a week before was lying feverish on her deathbed. Grace really is amazing! But what even Christians, and maybe […]

June 2006 Artist of the Month

Pat Weekley is the Pintores Art League artist of the month for June. Her paintings will be on display at the Clovis Carver Public Library in June. She has been a member of the art league for about 10 years and served as the recording secretary for the past two years. She has taken part […]