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  • Celebrating Jesus' birthday on Dec. 25

    What makes Orthodox Christianity different from other churches? — A.A.

    Western Christians easily observe that Orthodox Christians believe, understand and do things uniquely and then label them as “differences.”
    For Orthodox, we simply see ourselves as continuing in that which we received from Christ more than 2,000 years ago.
    Since there have been violent conflicts between Western groups over “differences,” the presupposition of violent disagreement gets projected onto the Orthodox.
    The Orthodox get oversimplified as “just another “different” Christian group caught in the trappings of “differences.”
    This is a logical fallacy, which prevents one from really examining Orthodoxy. Nevertheless, I will focus on two internal distinctions, rather than on external trappings.
    As a convert, I have observed two distinctions, which sets Orthodoxy apart from other Christian groups. The first is a certain preservation of the seriousness and profundity of God, his incarnation, and his effects on humanity and the cosmos.
    The profundity and radical sense of “the holy,” totally transforms each individual.

  • 12-28-12 Religion listings

     

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

  • Bible Answers: Celebrating Jesus’ birthday on Dec. 25

     

    “Someone told me that Jesus probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25.  If that is true, is it wrong to celebrate his birth on that day?”— Linda 

     

    The Bible doesn’t give us a date nor mention a celebration of his birthday in the early church. Two gospels (Matt. 1:18-2:12; Luke 1:26-2:20) provide only minimal birth accounts.  

    The Christmas holiday we observe today is a relatively recent (19th century) development. It largely represents efforts by the church over the centuries to co-opt a smattering of pagan holidays and their trappings.

    Scripture does emphasize incarnation, God becoming man (Jn. 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15-20; I Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14-18; I Jn. 4:2). 

  • Church Listings 12-21-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. We will have Christmas Eve worship at 4 p.m. (children’s service), 6 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. We will have a Christmas morning service of lessons and carols at 10 a.m. Christmas morning. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

  • Celebrate Christmas at Trinity on the Hill

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church invites the community to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service. The service will include a musical celebration of Christmas, performed by the younger members of the church, at 5 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Dr.
    Approximately 15 young people of elementary and middle school ages will perform “Archangel Gabriel’s Awesome Adventure,” a musical fantasy by Beth Merrill and Allan Robert Petker.
    The composers created this musical from a simple question: if angels are sweet little creatures, why do they always greet humans with, “fear not?” From that question grew a script and music, and the show at TOTH.
    The pageant will be presented as part of a family communion service, with congregational carols, readings and prayers. Later, at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the community is also invited to a traditional Mass of the Eve of the Nativity, with carols sung by the congregation and the Chancel Choir of Trinity on the Hill.  
    At 10 a.m. Christmas Day, a service of Christmas Day Communion will also be held. All are welcome to attend these services.
    For more information about these and other services at Trinity on the Hill, call 662-5107 or visit latoth.org.

  • Church Listings 12-14-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Couple celebrates 25 years at church

    In 1987, “The Cosby Show” was one of the most popular programs on television, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl and a gallon of gasoline cost 89 cents.
    In August 1987, Timothy D. Stidham, his wife Tanya and their four children, moved to Los Alamos from Sherman, Texas. They had been hired to serve in ministry with the Los Alamos Church of Christ.  The kids were Tracy, 10; Tony, 8; Tera, 5, and Tiffany, 3.
    Twenty-five years later Tim and Tanya are still here, and there’s no end in sight.
    The church honored the Stidhams with a banquet at Hilltop House Hotel on Nov. 30, when members recounted 25 years of memories and presented the couple with gifts.
    Tim and Tanya worked five years with the youth group. Tim became pulpit minister in1992. Tanya has been women’s minister since 2000. Their son Tony is currently the church’s youth minister.
    Since 1987, Tim has delivered 963 sermons; conducted “The Table” Sunday evening class;” taught Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Bible classes and led Wilderness Trek encampments and congregational rafting trips. Tanya teaches women’s Bible classes and coordinates women’s activities. Both are available for counseling.

  • Hanukkah festivities begin with candle lighting

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression.

    In Israel, families gathered after sundown for the lighting, eating traditional snacks of potato pancakes and doughnuts and exchanging gifts.

    Local officials lit candles set up in public places, while families displayed the nine-candle lamps, called menorahs, in their windows or in special windproof glass boxes outside.

    Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, commemorates the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to impose its culture on Jews and adorn the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem with statues of Greek gods.

    The holiday lasts eight days because according to tradition, when the Jews rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, a single vial of oil, enough for one day, burned miraculously for eight.

  • Church Listings 12-07-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Ask Fr. John: Thoughts about the Mayan calendar

    What do you think about the end of the Mayan Calendar on Dec. 21? — AN

    It seems there are two common opinions regarding Dec. 21, 2012. One is that it signifies the end of the world; another is that it signifies a major world transformation.
    Since, for most Christians, “the end of the world” means “the second coming,” and since this can be a source of anxiety, this is the signification I will address.
    The Lord spoke clearly on this subject. “No one knoweth the day and hour.” Matt. 24:36. This includes the Mayans. For Christians, “the apocalypse,” is indicated by “the second coming.”
    The Second Coming is frankly none of our business. To think that it is prelest — the worst spiritual delusion. The Lord did not say, “try to figure out the day and hour.” Rather, He said “watch,” “be ready.” Orthodox do not live our spiritual lives based on the second coming, but rather, on the fact that he is already in our midst today, in his body, the church.
    Many Christian groups and sects have become so concerned with the end times that it has become a way to manipulate others, as well as a source of distraction, division and fear.