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  • Pope prays for peace in the world for new year

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis made his New Year’s wish on Thursday: No more wars.
    Tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans crowded into St. Peter’s Square for the pope’s first window appearance of 2015.
    Francis expressed “the wish that there will never be more wars.” He told the crowd that “peace is always possible. We must search for it.”
    He pointed to a sign in the crowd that said “Prayer is at the root of peace,” and said he agreed with that.
    Earlier, celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, he prayed for blessings for “the entire human family.” Francis also asked that God “grant peace in our day— peace in hearts, peace in families, peace among the nations.”

  • Church welcomes new pastor

    Saint Job Orthodox Parish will welcome its new pastor the Rev. Theophan Mackey this month. Father Theophan and his family will arrive early January to celebrate Nativity with the community on Jan. 6-7.  
    Services for the Feast of Nativity, celebrated according to the Julian Calender, will be: Vesperal Liturgy Tuesday evening beginning at 6 p.m. followed by Holy Supper and on Wednesday morning Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Nativity starting at 6:30 a.m. Services will be at 2270 39th St.
    Father Theophan is a graduate of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, where he earned a Masters of Divinity.  He is also a graduate of New Mexico State University. He most recently served as priest at Saint Michael’s Orthodox Church in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania.

  • Church listings 1-2-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 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.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Church Listings 1-16-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 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.

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

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Water blessing Sunday at Ashley Pond

     

    At noon on Sunday, the people of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church will assemble at Ashley Pond for the Great Blessing of Water. New priest Theophan Mackey will lead the group.
    The Orthodox Church celebrates Theophany on Jan. 19 according to the Julian Calendar. Theophany celebrates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist.
    Western Christians may be familiar with the feast of Epiphany, which coincides with the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Theophany, as they commemorate the same event in Christ’s life. Whereas “epiphany” means a revelation of truth, “theophany” denotes a revelation of the nature of God.

  • Pope addresses Paris attacks

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis began his visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation Thursday with a provocative statement about one of Europe’s largest Catholic nations: Referring to the Paris attacks, Francis said there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.
    Francis made the comments to reporters en route to the Philippines, where hundreds of thousands of people lined Manila’s streets to cheer him as he arrived from Sri Lanka for the second and final leg of his Asian tour. Francis said his visit here would focus on the plight of the poor, the exploited and victims of injustice — themes sure to resonate in a nation where poverty afflicts nearly a quarter of its 100 million people.
    Before touching down though, Francis weighed in on the debate raging in much of the world following the massacre by Islamic extremists against the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, and subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket, that left 17 people and the three gunmen dead.
    Francis defended freedom of speech as a fundamental right, and even a duty to speak out for the common good. But he said there were limits to free speech, especially when confronting another equally fundamental human right: the freedom of religion.

  • Church listings 12-26-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 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.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • The best word for Christian faith — ‘love’

    “If you could distill the Christian faith down to one word, what would it be?” — Jake

    There are numerous candidates:
    Grace: One of my favorites, this is the unearned gift of forgiveness which God extends to any person who is willing to trust Him and accept His gift (Eph. 2:8-9).
    Hope: this term does not refer so much to feeling, desire or chance; rather, it is an expression of confident assurance in God who is trustworthy and reliable (Rom. 5:5).
    Faith: “being certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). Christians believe the invisible, mysterious God who transcends time and space has acted in history. Christian faith is not reliant upon empirical proofs — it is an expression of trusting in things not seen.
    The one word I would lean toward as perhaps most descriptive of Christianity is “love.”
    Scripture declares that God is love (I John 4:8). This is the love that “came down” at Christmas time. God so loved the world that He sent His Son into the world as a means for humans to be rescued from spiritual death (John 3:16).
    God’s love never fails (Ex. 34:6-7; Num. 14: 18; Ps. 33; 136). He demonstrated His love toward us while we were separated from Him (Rom. 5:8).

  • Church Listings 12-19-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 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.

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

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Bible Answers: Christ is in the heart through every season

    “Many people worry that ‘Christ is being taken out of Christmas’ by an increasingly secular culture. What does the Bible say about that?” — Grace