Church receives assistance with new building

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Missionary Landmark Baptist Church’s new building will be ready to hold services in June. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Missionary Landmark Baptist Church of Clovis was meeting in a rented room at Wayland Baptist University. The room was big enough for the 30 area residents that were attending […]

First Baptist finds new pastor

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eric Fields is the new pastor of First Baptist Church in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Nov. 14, 2008 Amos the Churchmouse

ghosts of ephraim boss we had an interestingbible study the other dayhere in the church pewunderworld a group of us had gatheredtogether in pastor leroybeetle s house and heshared with us somebiblical insights from afellow preacher namedchuck swindoll as we wenton a studying safarithrough the psalms our beady little eyes fellupon verse nine in psalmsseventy-eight […]

a view from under the pew: pastor beetle s sermonic poem

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 keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. pastor beetle s sermonic poem boss pastor leroy beetle surprised us in the church pew underworld with […]

Preacher shares a love story

In case you missed it, Pastor Curtis Shelburne writes about “a funeral and the depth of family love” in his latest column:

A look at hell

Pastor Alvin Petty is blogging again.

Local pastor publishes prayer book

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo The Rev. Gary D. Mitchell, dean of Wayland Baptist University-Clovis, will have a book-signing event April 26 for his first published book, “The Believers’ Prayer Manual: A Study on Prayer.” By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico For most of Mara Mitchell Andrews’ 31 years of life, her father Gary has […]

Obama’s speech: Defining moment

By Steven Greenhut: Guest Columnist If Sen. Barack Obama goes on to win the presidency, his March 18 speech in Philadelphia dealing with the firestorm that erupted over his former pastor’s incendiary remarks will be analyzed for decades – as a pivotal point not just in his campaign, but in the art of modern presidential […]

3-16-08 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Monday an officer was dispatched to a church in the 1700 block of West 21st Street for a larceny report. The pastor told the officer a television and two computers were stolen from the church. The officer documented pry […]

Christians call I-35 ‘Highway of Holiness’

McClatchy Newspapers MINNEAPOLIS — For many drivers it’s an efficient route to the cabin up north or the Iowa homestead down south, but for a number of Christians across denominations, Interstate 35 is a holy stretch of asphalt leading not to the site of Buddy Holly’s last gig, but to divine salvation. Some believe I-35 […]

Nov. 23, 2007 Amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboards, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes. amos gives thanks boss i don t know how life in downtown whoville might be around thanksgiving but life in bugtussle — the underground […]

Opera singer changes tune

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Rev. Darwin Speicher of the First Church of the Nazarene was an opera singer for six years. After his son’s death, he switched careers and became a music minister, then a senior pastor. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Music has been Darwin Speicher’s salvation. The 56-year-old, who has […]

Answering the call

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police chaplains, clockwise from left, Frank Sherman, Furgus Tunnell, Dick Ross and Terry Martin all volunteer their time. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer When dispatchers receive 9-1-1 calls, sometimes they send more than the police and emergency medical services. In the case of a traumatic or fatal accidents […]

Pastor spreads colorful religion

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Pastor Scott Blazek of Immanuel Lutheran Church displays some of the work he created for children’s coloring books featuring Bible characters and stories. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer While his day job is being pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Scott Blazek spends much of his time doing […]

Pastors prep for new starts

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Rev. Margot Thompson, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, moved to Clovis from Espanola in June. Ministry is a second career for Thompson, who was a teacher in California. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The Rev. Margot Thompson spent her first night in Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Women of the cloth

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Rev. Bonita Knox preaches at Trinity Lutheran Church. Knox uses the baptismal font to perform baptisms and “to remind people to live wet in their baptism.” By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The Rev. Bonita Knox, 50, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, said she rarely encounters problems leading a […]

Religion Digest: Methodist church welcomes pastor

Margot Thompson of Espanola is the new pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Thompson succeeds Wayne Salguero, who has taken over as pastor of University Park United Methodist Church in Albuquerque. A welcome celebration is being held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Calendar Today Women’s Bible study — 8:30-9:30 a.m. Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. […]

Pastor fulfills duties for 50 years

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Charles Green is dedicated to his church. The 76-year-old pastor has proven his devotion lately by delivering sermons despite being confined to a wheelchair. Green, who serves as bishop of the First Church of God in Christ, will celebrate the church’s 50th anniversary this Sunday along with his congregation. […]

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 […]

We can be right and still be terribly wrong

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If heaven were not already Paradise, the mere fact that no misunderstanding will mar its joy would make it heavenly.   Drat it, yet again, I’ve heard of another misunderstanding that has broken relationships, caused deep hurt, and wasted precious energy that could be put to far better use. […]