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Pastor Raul: A Debt To Love

on May 28, 2017 - 6:16am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (NIV Romans 13:8).

I have heard, many times and from many people, that everyone deserves to be loved. I’m quite sure I’ve even said it myself. So, with great care, I want to ask a question that I think some are afraid to ask: “Why does anyone deserve to be loved?”

I think this question is important today, because far too many people talk a great deal about “love” but have not actually

Unitarian Church Hosts Buddhist Meditation Friday

on May 22, 2017 - 11:54am

Fr. Glenn: In Memoriam

on May 21, 2017 - 6:17am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

On May 29th we’ll have our annual celebration of Memorial Day … the remembrance of those who have died in the service of our nation and her people in the armed forces, and, by extension, the fire, police, Coast Guard, and all others who put their lives on the line to serve and to protect, and yet lived not to see another dawn.

It is a day to remember those who sought to protect and defend our nation and our liberty … to aid and to defend even those they had never met.  

Common reasons for joining the military include

Art Of Icon Painting Workshop June 12-17

on May 21, 2017 - 5:49am

Participants at an icon painting workshop display their work. Courtesy photo​

COMMUNITY News:

An icon painting workshop in the Byzantine-Russian tradition is June 12-17 in Santa Fe. The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine-Russian tradition.

In the intensive, “hands-on” workshop each participant will paint an icon using traditional techniques and materials. Tuition for the six-day workshop is $675, which includes tuition, a traditionally gessoed icon board and all materials.

Pastor Granillo: By Faith Alone?

on May 21, 2017 - 5:48am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)
 
“Salvation by faith alone, and not by works” has been a repetitive drum beat in the protestant church. The scriptures are clear that no person can earn salvation. If they could, it would be something God owed them instead of a true gift of grace. If it could be earned, then Jesus’ death was in vain.

United Thrift Shop Bag Sale Wednesday, May 24

on May 20, 2017 - 7:50am

The United Thrift Shop at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

The United Thrift Shop is hosting a Bag Sale Wednesday, May 24 at the United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.

Customers may fill a bag for $6 (something new). This sale excludes jewelry.

The United Church Thrift Shop, operated by the Women's Christian Service Society (WCSS), is open for shoppers 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays.

The shop accepts donations of gently used and clean clothes, linens, housewares, jewelry, shoes, toys and children's books.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum Launches 2017 Summer Series

on May 16, 2017 - 7:07am

COMMUNITY News:

Again this summer the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum will present a series of talks by local speakers during May, June and July. The theme of the talks is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”. There will be seven Wednesday evening meetings including May 31; June 7, 14, 28 and July 12, 19, 26.

The meetings will follow the usual format: light supper at 6 p.m., talk at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions for the speaker and then table discussions.

Mothers Gather For Special Lunch At La Vista Church

on May 14, 2017 - 9:07pm

Mothers and daughters gather for a group photo Saturday following a special 1950s style luncheon at La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Emily Chavez, 6 weeks old, with her mom DeeAnn. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Isabel Gill is styling a 1950s look. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Naomie Garrett, 18 months, with her mom Becky. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hanna Granillo, left, and Sierra Morris. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pastor Raul Granillo, left, and his assistant Steve Harbert serve moms and

Fr. Glenn: Happy Mothers’ Day

on May 14, 2017 - 6:21am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well, a very happy and blessed Mothers’ Day to all of you mothers out there! Many thanks, dearest ladies, for the love and dedication you give to your children, and for the infinite sacrifices you make for their welfare and rearing. We Judeo-Christians always hold high in our memories that fourth Commandment: “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12), and as St.

LA Cares Seeks Volunteers For Food Drive, Distribution

on May 14, 2017 - 6:04am

Jean Butler of Los Alamos has volunteered for LA Cares for some 20 years. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

LA Cares volunteers Pat Daun, left, and Joyce Eyster. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

LA Cares is a small, independent organization, providing help to the needy of Los Alamos County. Volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming food drive and ongoing food distribution activities.

LA Cares offers supplemental food assistance, with distributions on the second Thursday and Friday of every month at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Stronger Than Steel

on May 14, 2017 - 5:39am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
Los Alamos

 Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. (NIV Proverbs 31:29)

Too often, it seems, we only really grasp a blessing long after the fact. I know that in my own life, I have taken many of them for granted. Some of the most important blessings in my life came in the form of mothers who carried loads that I was far too weak or ill equipped to carry.

Let me first say that women are certainly not weaker than men. I have heard that, pound for pound, silk is stronger than steel.

Community Plant Swap Unitarian Church May 14 & 20

on May 9, 2017 - 6:56am

Magdala Stone Goes On Exhibit In Rome May 15

on May 8, 2017 - 8:01am

The original Magdala stone will be on exhibit May 15 until July 23 in Rome. Courtesy/magdala.org

MAGDALA PROJECT News:

The original Magdala stone, the most important archaeological discovery in modern Israel, is going to Rome for an exhibition held by the Jewish Museum and the Vatican.

It is the first time the piece will be exhibited publicly. The exhibition is May 15 until July 23.

The General Director of the Magdala Project, Father Juan Solana, is attending the May 15 opening event.

Memorial For Betty W. Peterson May 22

on May 8, 2017 - 6:36am

Fr. Glenn: Taking Stock

on May 7, 2017 - 6:22am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

The other evening I was privileged to attend the bedside of one of the oldest and most beloved members of our community as he slipped quietly from this world to the next. A founding member of our parish at Immaculate Heart of Mary, an Army veteran of the Manhattan Project, and one of the last remaining witnesses of the Trinity test, his eyes beheld much in life, and he was much loved by many. He was of that “greatest generation”… and I was his pastor, yes, but he was also a good and cherished friend.

Pastor Granillo: The Marriage of Jack and Jill

on May 7, 2017 - 5:29am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

When Jill was first introduced to Jack, she knew something was missing in her life. Everything about him and everything that she had heard about him seemed to be exactly what she needed. Soon enough, she responded to his calls, and before she knew it, she had given herself in marriage to Jack. Jack adored Jill. He was willing and able to provide for, protect, and encourage her to become more than she had ever imagined possible. No one had ever loved her like Jack did. This was a marriage made in heaven.

Over the course of

Archbishop Wester Confirms 31 Catholics At IHM

on May 4, 2017 - 8:06am

Archbishop John C. Wester anoints Los Alamos student Arthur Steinkamp, son of Mike and Madeline Steinkamp, with a type of oil known as chrism during the Sacrament of Confirmation, Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. During the ceremony, 30 young people and one adult were confirmed into the Catholic faith. This was the Archbishop’s first visit to Los Alamos since his installation as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in June 2015. Photo by Pat Brug

 

Thirty young people and one adult gather with their confirmation sponsors for a group photo Sunday in the Parish Hall

Goal: Students Hope To Sell 50 Tickets To Showtime Dessert Theater Event At FBCLA Set For Saturday

on May 2, 2017 - 7:45am

Students sing at Showtime Dessert Theater Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Courtesy/FBCLA

COMMUNITY News:

Local students are hoping to sell 50 tickets to their Showtime Dessert Theater event running 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

Desserts are rumored to include:
  • Mindy’s Cheesecake;
  • Ice Cream and Cookies;
  • Strawberry Pie Forever;
  • A Slice of Pineapples; and
  • The Grey Stuff, (brownies, covered in cookies, cream mouse, sprinkles).

Child care is available for children under six and tips and reservations are appreciated by the student

Letter To The Editor: Overtly Exclusionary National Day Of Prayer At Ashley Pond?

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am
By AMY STOREY
And
STEPHANIE NAKLEH
Los Alamos

In an April 27 press release published in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), Leilani Christensen is quoted as saying,“Our forefathers founded National Day Of Prayer. Many of them had escaped persecution for their beliefs in their homeland. In the news today, we see that people are still fleeing their homeland because of persecution.” [sic]

Our forefathers, the ones fleeing persecution, didn’t found the National Day of Prayer. (They also didn’t found this nation on prayer itself; in fact, they explicitly stated, in the Treaty of Tripoli, “the

Fr. Glenn: Giving…and Receiving…Criticism with Grace

on April 30, 2017 - 6:23am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Criticism—it’s something we’re quick to give, but loathe to receive. Even helpful and relevant criticism is often met with ire ... though, certainly, when given in the spirit of good will, we would be foolish to disregard it out of hand.

Isn’t criticism/critique the whole purpose of grading in school, or even of peer review? Certainly everyone enjoys being validated, but we all can be blind to our own faults and failures.

Pastor Raul: Fences And Kids

on April 30, 2017 - 6:13am
By Pastor RAUL GRANILLO
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
When we were first married, my wife and I lived in the country with a couple of acres of land. I loved the room, but I hated the weeds.
 
So, to find a cheap way to stay ahead of the weeds, we purchased a couple of goats—fainting goats actually, but that’s another story. When the goats weren’t out grazing on our flowers and trees (turns out they didn’t like weeds), we would keep them in a pen that I built for them.

Marriage Announcement: Daniel Bojorquez Weds Erika Marquez-Rios April 29, 2017

on April 29, 2017 - 9:47pm

Daniel Bojorquez and Erika Marquez-Rios of Los Alamos were married today at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road. The Rev. Glenn Jones officiated the Mass. A reception filled with family, friends and fellow parishioners followed in the parish hall. The couple plan to stay living and working in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

National Day Of Prayer To Be Held May 4 at Ashley Pond

on April 27, 2017 - 4:22pm

RELIGION News:

Bible-based believers in Jesus Christ will gather for prayer and worship on the Annual National Day of Prayer 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday at the Ashley Pond Pavilion.

This year marks the 66th observance of the National Day of Prayer. The theme, based on Daniel 9:19, is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!”  

Thursday, Christians will gather across the country to pray for our nation’s federal, state and local governments, schools, businesses, media, military, churches and families. The purpose is to mobilize prayer, personal repentance and righteousness in culture.

“Our

Mexico Mission Service Talk At United Church Today

on April 23, 2017 - 8:21am
Mission campers prepare to head out for day one building homes during spring break in Puerto Penasco. Photo by Keith Lewis

COMMUNITY News:

Participants in the Mexico Mission Trip taken during spring break will share their experiences by leading the worship service at 9:30 a.m. today at the United Church.

The team of roughly 50 members from the community, the Unitarian Universalist Church and the United Church of Los Alamos, spent a week building three homes for the less fortunate, changing lives forever and leaving three families with a gift that they need not repay.

One family consists

Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow April 28-29

on April 23, 2017 - 8:07am
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Southern Slam, from Jemez Pueblo, has been announced as an invited drum group at the 34th annual Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people.
 
The Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in North America, will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world celebrating their culture and traditions through traditional Native American dance, music, arts, crafts, and cuisine.
 
The powwow is

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