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  • Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantú leaving for California post

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The Vatican has announced that Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantú is leaving for California.

    The Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis appointed Cantú on Wednesday to be coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California. He will assist the 73-year-old Bishop Patrick J. McGrath with the administration of the Diocese of San Jose, and succeed McGrath upon his retirement or death.

    The 51-year-old Cantú has served as bishop of Las Cruces since February 2013.

    Born in Houston, Texas, to a large Mexican-American family, Cantú has been an outspoken advocate for immigrants and refugees.

    In 2015, Cantú joined a group of bishops condemning racism in the U.S. in light of national tensions over police treatment of African-Americans.
     

  • Women2Women mini-conference set for March 17

    “Growing in God’s Goodness” is the theme of the sixth annual countywide “Women2Women” mini-conference.

    The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will take place 9 a.m.-noon, March 17, at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.

    The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women of the community. The event is free. Brunch will be served.

    The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013 and has followed-up each year since. The plan is to hold an annual conference for all nine “fruit of the Spirit” as listed in the Apostle Paul’s biblical letter to the Galatians, chapter 5, verses 22 and 23.

    The 2018 featured speaker is Cheryl Ridlon, chaplain for the Los Alamos Fire Department and other area fire departments. In addition to serving in this volunteer position, Ridlon is an investigator who does background checks for Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is an outdoorswoman, particularly enjoying bike riding.

  • Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai

    ST. CATHERINE’S, Egypt (AP) — Egypt reopened on Dec. 16 an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai.

    The inauguration ceremony, attended by Egyptian and western officials, comes after three years of restoration work on the eastern side of the library that houses the world’s second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library, according to Monk Damyanos, the monastery’s archbishop.

    “The library is now open to the public and scholars,” said Tony Kazamias, an adviser to the archbishop, adding that restoration work is still underway.

    The ancient library holds around 3,300 manuscripts of mainly Christian texts in Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Georgian, and Slavonic among other languages. It also contains thousands of books and scrolls dating to the 4th century. At least 160 of the manuscripts include faint scratches and ink tints beneath more recent writing, according to Kazamias, who believes the palimpsests were likely scraped out by the monastery’s monks and reused sometime between the 8th- 12th centuries.

  • Caribbean culture gave rise to the zombie

    Fans of the popular television show “The Walking Dead” know that the show follows a group of people trying to survive a postapocalyptic world dominated by reanimated dead humans who feed on the flesh of other living creatures. While they’re referred to as “walkers” by everyone on the show, viewers are led to believe these creatures are “zombies.”
    Zombies have long been a subject of horror movies, video games and scary tales. Zombies are believed to be corpses without souls who have been reanimated through supernatural means. Unbeknownst to many, the lumbering undead on the search for fresh brains that makes up the contemporary zombie characterization actually trace their roots to the Caribbean.
    Some speculate the word “zombie” was derived from West African languages. The Oxford English Dictionary says “zombie” is a word that was first recorded in English in 1819. It is related to words zumbi, meaning “fetish,” and nzambi meaning, “a god.”

  • Stidhams mark 30 years at LA Church of Christ

    In 1987 Ronald Reagan was in his last year as president of the United States, the Minnesota Twins won the World Series, and a gallon of gasoline cost 89 cents.

    In August of that year, Timothy D. Stidham and his wife Tanya, moved with their four children to Los Alamos from Sherman, Texas. And so began what would be 30 years of service to the Los Alamos Church of Christ. Thirty years and counting.

    The church will honor the Stidhams with a banquet at Fuller Lodge on Monday. Besides the meal, present and former church members will share memories and the Stidhams’ son Tony will present a commemorative slide show. In appreciation for their longtime service, the church is also sending the Stidhams on a Caribbean cruise.

    Tim began at the church as youth minister and served in that capacity for five years. In 1992 he became pulpit minister and has worked in that capacity ever since. Tanya has served as women’s minister since 2000. Their second son Tony is currently youth minister for the church, a position he has held since August, 2011.

    The couple met in Guam when their fathers were stationed there in the military. They have been married 43 years.

  • Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church to host classes this month

    In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, members of the community are invited to participate in a seven-session class called “By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism,” offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Using video, discussion and the book of the same name, Pastor Russ Sorensen will lead participants in exploring the biblical and historical context of Luther’s Small Catechism, the concise and accessible teaching guide he wrote for use in the family home. Luther left a rich and complex legacy through his life’s work, founded on his affirmation of the doctrine of justification “by grace alone, through faith alone, according to scripture alone.” In the 16th century, his church promoted new ideas and practices that many Christians take for granted today, including worship and scripture in the language of the common people, congregational hymn-singing, and the vocation of lay people in service to God.

    While the course is centered on Lutheran theology and spirituality, it is hoped that participants of all faith traditions will gain a greater understanding of Reformation history and of the many points of unity between Lutherans and other Christians.

  • WR United Methodist Church to help local family

    The White Rock United Methodist Church is working with other local churches to host a fundraiser to help support a local family, the Blakes, with their missionary work in Niger. Sean and Carrie Blake and their children are long-term, cross-cultural Christian missionaries with SIM.

    The family lives and works in Niger, West Africa. Carrie serves as Midwifery Tutor and is particularly involved in developing curriculum for a government-approved midwifery and nursing school. Sean serves as the SIM Projects Coordinator and general IT Administrator.

    The Blakes are responsible for raising the funds necessary to enable them to continue living and working in Niger.

    Several churches in the Los Alamos area stand behind the Blake family in prayer and the White Rock United Methodist and White Rock Baptist churches are their official sending churches.

    To help support them, the WRUMC is holding a garage sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, in support of the Blakes’ work in Niger.

    All proceeds from the sale will be donated to their SIM support account (simusa.org/give  Missionary # 029349). Come by 580 Meadow Lane on Saturday and support a great cause at the same time.

  • United Church names new Christian Ministries Director

    The United Church of Los Alamos recently hired Kara Windler as its Director of Christian Ministries (DCE).
    Windler began her relationship with the United Church in 2012 when her and husband Ken arrived in Los Alamos.
    “A good friend of mine from college grew up in the United Church so, of course, I had to check it out when I moved to Los Alamos,” said Windler. “What kept me coming back was the church’s ecumenical spirit and people’s willingness to dive deep into questions of faith.”
    Prior to becoming a member of the church staff, Windler attended their Women’s Book Study, and their Morning Bible Study.
    She found the staff very supportive and enjoyed their interest in always doing what is best for the community.
    Kara has also worked with the Ministerial Alliance, is part of the Los Alamos Police and Fire Department Chaplain’s Corps, providing pastoral care during times of crisis. She has also worked with Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos Visiting Nurses as a Chaplain and has served as the Associate for Liturgy and Pulpit Supply at the White Rock Presbyterian Church.
    Those interested can learn more about the United Church of Los Alamos by visiting their website at unitedchurchla.org.

  • Church Listings 10-20-17

    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; bethluth.com; litergy with eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments; Sunday school for children and adults at 10:30 a.m.and service of Midday Matins at 11:45 a.m.The preaching is biblical by Pastor Nicolé Ferry and Interim Pastor Russ Sorensen. The music is Lively and children are welcome! Come join the family wherever you are in your faith journey.
    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. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    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. of Children and Youth Steve Bublitz.
    Christian Science

  • Spiritual tool for busy families available

    EVERGREEN, Colo. – In “Blessings, My Child,” Ginger Payne equips parents and caregivers with a practical tool that builds a solid spiritual foundation with the children in their lives.
    Everyone raising a child understands the challenge of juggling workand family responsibilities.
    Then add to it the desire to raise children who will love and serve God for the rest of their lives. It can feel overwhelming.
    Many grown-ups want to communicate this message and build a spiritual relationship with their children, but lack confidence, feel ill-equipped, or don’t have the time to actually follow through on their intentions.
    What began with a handful of blessings, written by a retired schoolteacher, grew into a book that engages both children and adults.
    “Blessings, My Child” includes 101 biblically-based messages of love from God that nourish the soul of the young reader-and its corresponding Scripture, more than discussion and 101 full-color illustrations that engage the young reader and provide material for further discussion.
    All of this can be completed in as little as 10 minutes a day.
    “Writing Blessings, My Child wasn’t on the radar screen when I
    started,” Payne said. “I began by writing blessings for