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Shop On The Corner Reopening Wednesday

on January 16, 2018 - 7:24am
Shop on the Corner at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Courtesy photo
 
THRIFT SHOP News:
 
The Shop on the Corner at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is reopening at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, after being closed immediately after its Christmas Sale in December.
 
The Shop experienced a flood requiring it to close and address the mess. After hiring a professional cleaning company and many hours of work by volunteers, the Shop has been renovated with a new, industrial look including a concrete floor and moveable metal shelves. 
 
For the reopening, the Shop will be

Fr. Glenn: Missing Class

on January 14, 2018 - 6:21am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

This week’s uproar over the president’s reputed profanity (which he denies) in a private meeting simply highlights what seems to be an increasingly rapid downward spiral in societal propriety, courtesy and … well, just plain ol’ class.

Whether the president did say what is reputed, he would not be the first politician to use such crude language, and—sad to say—will likely not be the last.  Obama, Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Cheney, Biden … all have had vulgar comments recorded, and doubtless the list could go on.

Fr. Theophan Mackey: Transcendence Of Mountains

on January 14, 2018 - 6:15am
By Fr. Theophan Mackey 
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church

While driving the road off of the mountain, the vista of the Sangre de Christo Mountains opens before you. It is a spectacular view in every season. Right now they are capped with snow that has somehow avoided us here in Los Alamos.

However well we know the sight of them, they are very far off. Even if we look at maps or fly over them on our way in or out, they remain distant. Even our own mountain remains transcendent, unknown.

Pastor Raul: The Light Of The World Part 2

on January 14, 2018 - 6:06am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

A man named John was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light. The true light that shines on all people was coming into the world. (CEB, John 1:6-9).

These words speak a very powerful truth that is somewhat taboo in our culture today. This truth affects us all as it speaks of reality and addresses the figments of our imaginations.

Light is important to us, because it

Lecture Series: Impact Of Recent Discoveries On Evolutionary Theories Jan. 19 - 20

on January 10, 2018 - 5:20pm

Lecture series speaker John Baumgardner

CALVARY CHAPEL News:

Is neo-Darwinism true? It is according to the National Academy of Sciences and the other professional science societies in our land. Yet the fields of molecular biology and genetics have been demonstrating conclusively for well over 20 years that the framework is untenable.  

The community is invited to a lecture series on origins to hear 10 major technical reasons why neo-Darwinism is counterfeit science. The lecture is free at Calvary Chapel at 580 North Mesa Road in Los Alamos.
 
For more Information, visit

Fr. Glenn: Looking Ahead To The Past

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Entropy: a measure of the amount of disorder within a system; lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.” Such is an amalgam of some definitions found on the ‘net. More on that later.

Well … I recently caught myself doing … “it”: reminiscing in the past … the “When I was growing up…” syndrome. All that was missing was a few “whipper-snappers” thrown in.

Archbishop John C. Wester Issues Statement On Death Of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

on January 7, 2018 - 6:28am

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

ALBUQUERQUE – Archbishop John C. Wester has issued the following statement regarding the death of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Archbishop John C. Wester

“I was very saddened to learn of the death of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a man of great compassion who had a genuine concern for all God’s children and he will be missed, not only by those within the LDS Church, but by countless others who were touched by his gentle leadership and loving heart.

United Thrift Shop Bag Sale Jan. 10

on January 6, 2018 - 11:26am
UNITED THRIFT SHOP News:
 
The United Thrift Shop will be having a $6 per bag sale (excluding jewelry), 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
 
For more details, visit www.unitedchurchla.org.

Lent Fish Fry Fridays At IHM Feb. 16 - March 30

on January 5, 2018 - 7:27am

Los Alamos Residents Tour Holy Land

on January 4, 2018 - 7:26am

Roger and Lilly Anaya of Los Alamos and parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church are on a trip to the Holy Land with 54 pilgrims from all over the country being led by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio. Courtesy photo

Roger Anaya of Los Alamos makes friends with a donkey shepherd while on his trip to the Holy Land. There are about 20 pilgrims from New Mexico including Roger and his wife Lilly Anaya and John and Connie Russell from Los Alamos. Former IHM Pastor John Carney is leading the New Mexico congregation.

FEMA To Stop Discriminating Against Churches, Synagogues Hit By Hurricanes

on January 3, 2018 - 11:13am
BECKET News:
 
  • Supreme Court decision requires equal treatment for houses of worship hit by hurricanes
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
 
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which ruled that the

What Is Orthodox Christianity?

on January 3, 2018 - 5:18am
By Fr. Theophan Mackey
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church

What is Orthodox Christianity?

As I am out and about in Los Alamos, wearing my long black robe (it’s called a cassock, by the way) and cross, I get this question quite often. “What are you?”

I am an Orthodox Priest. A trained and ordained pastor, chosen by a bishop to serve the people of, Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church, my parish, and the people of Northern New Mexico.

Orthodox means “right worship” or “right belief.” In essence our beliefs have not deviated from those of the earliest Christian communities, and we have our roots

Fr. Glenn: Ringing In The New Year

on December 31, 2017 - 8:32am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

And so we come once again to a new year … and with the new year comes the anticipation of newness, improvement … and renewed hopes and dreams to be realized. (Personally, just “realizing” a few pounds of Christmas biscochitos off the midsection would make me pretty darn happy.)

We’ve ended the year here at IHM on a couple of really good notes.

Wedding Announcement: Murphree – O'Hara

on December 31, 2017 - 8:25am

Ross Murphree and Brenna O’Hara were married Dec. 29 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Frances of Assisi in Santa Fe. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Bella O’Hara of Los Alamos and the groom is the son of Glenn and Cheri Murphree of Lafayette, La. Father Glenn Jones of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Los Alamos officiated at the wedding. The reception was held at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe. The couple will continue to reside in Lafayette. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Pastor Raul: The Light Of The World―Part 1

on December 31, 2017 - 8:00am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. – Charles Dickens
 
Christmas lights are a beautiful part of the advent season. I know they bring joy to me, and my kids are still at the age where they are absolutely enamored by them. Of course, Christmas is over, and the lights will begin coming down. This may be a perfect metaphor for far too may people.

Scenes From LA Big Band Christmas Dance At IHM

on December 30, 2017 - 6:00am

Los Alamos Big Band Dance performs Thursday night at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. The band performed a mix of classic big band songs and holiday tunes. In addition to live music, there was dancing and refreshments. The event was a fundraiser for youth programs at the church. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Ron and Corine Christman cut a rug during the Los Alamos Big Band Dance Thursday night at the IHM Parish Hall. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Colleen and Jack Hanlon at the Christmas Dance Thursday night at IHM Parish Hall.

Wisdom Of The Heart: Buddhist Meditation Jan. 12

on December 28, 2017 - 8:45am

Christmas Dance With Los Alamos Big Band At IHM Thursday Dec. 28

on December 24, 2017 - 7:22am

Fr. Glenn: Blessed Are The Meek

on December 24, 2017 - 7:20am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Ah, ‘tis the Christmas season—a time of joy for the billions of Christians throughout the world as we celebrate the birth of Jesus over two millennia ago. The nativity of Jesus (obviously) necessarily precedes in time and gets more press, but many non-Christians may not realize that Christmas is NOT the biggest Christian celebration of the year.

Fr. Glenn: Laying The Foundation

on December 17, 2017 - 5:23am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Perusing local news, we see recent stories of brawling young lads at Smith’s … young lads walking quite unwisely across ice at Ashley Pond. I couldn't help but remember my own days of teenage male youthfulness—the testosterone-fueled drives of pride and combativeness in young males, which so easily turns to rage—something seen throughout the animal kingdom.

Young men typically have feelings of inadequacy due to yet-unproven manhood and the longing to remedy such perceived deficiency—mine own exacerbated by tales of

Saint Job Of Pochaiv: Julian & Gregorian Calendars

on December 17, 2017 - 5:04am
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church at 1319 Trinity Dr. Courtesy photo
 
By Fr. Theophan Mackey
Saint Job of Pochaiv

First, I’d like to thank the Los Alamos Daily Post for dedicating the space for churches to post their schedules for Christmas services. It is a good thing to gather together in thanksgiving and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

You may or may not have noticed that Saint Job of Pochaiv was not included on that list last week. This was not an oversight.

Pastor Raul: Put Christ Back Into Christmas

on December 17, 2017 - 5:01am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God's Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah: Look, I am sending my messenger before you. He will prepare your way, a voice shouting in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight." (Mark 1:1-3 CEB).
 
By now, most of us who celebrate Christmas have already set up our trees, hung the lights, purchased the gifts (or at least placed them into our virtual carts), and made plans for the holiday season.

Los Alamos Big Band Christmas Dance Thursday Dec. 28 To Benefit IHM Youth Program

on December 15, 2017 - 8:58am
The Los Alamos Big Band during a recent performance at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
 
By JOYCE ANN GUZIK
Los Alamos Big Band

The Los Alamos Big Band is presenting a Christmas Dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend; even if you are not a dancer, please come to listen and enjoy the authentic Big Band sound. The proceeds will benefit the IHM Youth Program. Admission is $15/person, $10/student, and $5 each for children under 12 years.

Local Church Schedules For Christmas Services

on December 14, 2017 - 7:14am
Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report
 
In preparation for the holidays, a number of local churches are offering Christmas Day and Christmas Eve worship services.

Below is a list of some of the services that will be held.
 
BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN
2390 N. Rd. Los Alamos
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21
The Light Shining in the Darkness Service
9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24
The fourth Sunday in Advent Service
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24
The Family Candlelight Service
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24
Traditional Candlelight Service
10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Service
 
Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church
33 Bryce Avenue,

Hanukkah Eight-day Jewish Celebration Is Underway

on December 13, 2017 - 11:07am
Hanukkah is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report
 
Hanukkah began Tuesday evening and will continue through the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 19.
 
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
 
Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and

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