New pastor serving Word of God Lutheran Church

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed The Word of God congregation meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in The Chapel at 1500 Thornton Street. Pastor Rollinson will strive to help the congregation get its own building. Benna Sayyed The Word of God Lutheran Church in Clovis now has a new pastor. John T. Rollinson, 73, has […]

Religion digest —

Church celebrates 70 years Immanuel Lutheran Church is celebrating 70 years in Clovis by creating a commemorative medallion, according to a news release. A small group of Lutheran Christians in Clovis adopted their official congregational constitution on May 7, 1941. There are eight Lutheran churches in New Mexico with the name Immanuel begun through the […]

Club notes — Jan. 23

Chaparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club met Jan. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church with seven members that welcomed new member Rachel Wallace. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order and read “Somewhere There’s Someone” from the new yearbook. Roll call was answered with what did you do for Christmas? June Phillips read the minutes […]

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Quilt Guild The Llano Estacado Quilt Guilt met Nov. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 22 members attending. President Amy Armenta welcomed three guests: Ann Hall of Tucumcari, June Rielly of Portales and Casey “Kay” McGee of Claude, Texas. Kay became new vice president/parliamentarian of the club. Jeanette Biddle gave the secretary’s report and Leigh […]

Blessing of animals in fourth year

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CNJ file photo Three area churches plan to hold a pet blessing ceremony Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 21st Street. Sharna Johnson Organizers are hoping to have a zoo Saturday on the lawn of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The fourth annual pet blessing ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will bring together pastors […]

Club notes — Sept. 19

Clovis Quilters club The Clovis Quilters met Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church with 12 members attending and welcomed back past member Debra Williams. Kathy Gilman called the meeting to order. A thank you note from Trinity Lutheran for the help with the VBS quilts was read. All three quilts won first place ribbons at the […]

Youth on a mission

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caitlin Moore, left, and Lauren Jerde with Grace Lutheran Church work in Gabriel’s Garden on Wednesday at Matt 25 Hope Center. Liliana Castillo This year, they struggled to get used to the heat rather than the culture on their annual mission trip. A youth group from Grace Lutheran Church in […]

First person: Former Cannon chaplain returns to area

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gary Piepkorn served 37 years in the Air Force, Navy Reserves, Coast Guard Reserves and active duty. Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn was transferred from Cannon and after several years, retired from the […]

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 […]

Meissner, Calvin A.

Calvin A. Meissner, 73, of Muleshoe, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at Harmonee House Nursing Home in Amherst. He was born May 29, 1932, in Farwell. He married Gereta Gage in Lariat on April 6, 1974. Mr. Meissner moved to Muleshoe in 1974 from Lariat. He graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in animal […]

Preschool director receives award

CNJ staff Ten busy hands and 10 little feet surround Sylvia Bean on a daily basis. As director and teacher of Immanuel Lutheran Preschool of Clovis, Bean works with five students ranging in age from 3 to 5. She said the best part of her job as a preschool teacher is watching their eyes light […]

Larsen, Martin

Martin Larsen Services:Have been held. Martin Larsen, 73, of Clovis, died Sunday May 1, 2005, in Muleshoe Area Medical Center. He was born on July 22, 1031 in Hazard, Neb. He married Verna Dickman in Kinnear, Wyo., on April 21, 1957. He moved to Clovis in 1988. He was an Army Veteran during the Korean […]

Drager, Virginia

Virginia Drager Services: Have been held. Mrs. Virginia Hines Drager, 81, of Farwell, died March 25, 2005, at Muleshoe Area Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 1, 1923, in Crosbyton, Texas, to Bob and Nannie Hines. She moved to Farwell with her family in 1929. She married John P.A. Drager on April 12, 1943. […]

Dannheim, William

William Dannheim Services:,/b> Have been held. William H. “Willie” Dannheim, 87, of Farwell, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on May 6, 1917, in Vernon, Texas, to George and Ida Dannheim. He moved to Farwell in 1940 from Plainview, Texas. He farmed in Plainview and Farwell and […]

Sachs, Melvin

Melvin Sachs Services: Have been held. Melvin Sachs, 90, of Clovis, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on June 18, 1914, at the XIT Excarbada Ranch House in the southwest corner of Deaf Smith County, Texas, to George and Clara Sachs. When he was 3 the family […]

Pastor exchanges for business suit for clergy cloth

Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Bonita Knox hopes to help church members reach out in service to the community. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Although she’s a lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Bonita Knox never planned to enter the ministry as a young girl. In fact, before going to seminary she […]

Easter Sunday sermon schedule

• 6 a.m.: Protestant Easter Sunrise Service at Cannon Air Force Base at Whispering Winds Golf Course. • 6 a.m.: Sunrise service followed by breakfast at First Christian Church, 1700 North Main. • 6:30 a.m.: Community Easter “Son” Rise Service at Greene Acres Park with the Rev. Brad Reeves of Kingswood United Methodist Church preaching […]

Former CAFB chaplain to serve as pastor at Portales church

The former head chaplain of Cannon Air Force Base will return this fall to serve as pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church of Portales. Chap. (Lt. Col.) Gary Piepkorn served as the 27th Fighter Wing chaplain at Cannon from 1994 to 1997, and is currently serving as senior chaplain at Onizuka Air Force Station […]

Area churches plan special services

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Many churches in and around Clovis are conducting special services today for Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day. Here is a partial list of area services, listed by time. Today St. James Episcopal Church, 12th and Main. 5 p.m. candlelight service. (Also 8 p.m.) Details: 763-4638. Sacred Heart Catholic Community, 911 Merriwether. […]

Kube, Martin

Martin Kube Services: Have been held. Mr. Martin Kube, 73, of Farwell, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 10, 1930, in Clovis. He married Frances Daude on Dec. 31, 1950, in Lariat. He lived in Farwell for the past 37 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran […]