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Religion

  • Create and hide unbreakable Easter eggs

    Easter is one of the most important days of the year for Christians. Easter Sunday is filled with symbolism and tradition, some of which harken back to early Christianity, while others trace their origins to paganism.
    The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are two Easter traditions with less extensive histories. The Easter Bunny, according to sources including History.com, first arrived in America in the 1700s via German settlers who brought with them their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase.” Children would make nests where the rabbit could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread from Pennsylvania, where many German immigrants settled, to other areas around the country.
    Eggs are symbolic of new life and rebirth in many cultures. To Christians, eggs represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    Another theory suggests that Christians were once forbidden to eat during the Lenten season preceding Easter. Therefore, Christians would paint and decorate eggs for Easter to mark the joyous celebration and cessation of penance and fasting.
    Even though these traditions have endured, Easter eggs themselves might not be so strong. This year, Easter celebrants may want to experiment with different materials that are more forgiving and more enduring than standard eggs.
    Wooden eggs

  • Church group to leave for Mexico

    Volunteers from the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church will form a Circle of Love Saturday morning, as they prepare to leave for Puerto Penasco, Mexico, to build homes for the poor.
    The 50-plus-member team will build for three families this week, including a 78-year-old mother and her daughter that make $35 a week, a five-member family that makes $42 a week and a six-member family that makes $170 a week.
    As they do a formal key ceremony of Friday for each family, giving them the keys to their first real home, the team tells each family that the house is a gift and they owe them nothing for their work.
    The team will arrive back in Los Alamos Saturday night.

  • How to use digital devices this Lent for holy reflection

    BY HEIDI A. CAMPBELL
    Texas A&M University

  • Women helping women
  • Church of Christ to host 5th-annual Women’s Mini-Conference

    “Ripples of Kindness” is the theme of the fifth annual county-wide “Women2Women” mini-conference to be held Saturday at Los Alamos Church of Christ.
    The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the church located at 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. Tea and finger foods will be served.
    The church began sponsoring the county-wide 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 event features two local women talking on ways that Christian women can show Godly kindness to each other and to those around them.

  • The season of Lent and Easter

    Spring is eagerly anticipated, as many people look forward to enjoying the great outdoors once more. Spring is also a special time of year for practicing Christians.
    Beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays until the arrival of Easter Sunday, the Lenten season is a very important time of year for Christians. During Lent, Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, self-denial, and spiritual discipline. While the Bible does not reference Lent, the practice of observing Lent has become a standard.
    The following focuses on each of the special days of this church season as they pertain to Western Christianity.
    Ash Wednesday
    The Day of Ashes commemorates the repentance of sin. On Ash Wednesday, Christians have ashes placed on their foreheads in the shape of a cross in recognition of their need to repent.
    Palm Sunday
    On what is now called “Palm Sunday,” Jesus Christ rode a donkey into Jerusalem while villagers welcomed him and waved palm branches. This is mentioned in each of the Biblical Gospels and occurs a week before His subsequent resurrection. Jesus possibly rode a donkey rather than a horse as a sign of peace, as a war-waging king might ride a horse.
    Holy Thursday

  • Upcoming Events

    Saturday, March 11
    • Purim Megillah Reading with special refreshments at 7:15 p.m. at the Santa Fe Jewish Center-Chabad, 230 W. Manhattan Ave., Santa Fe. For more information visit santafejcc.com or call 505-983-2000.
    Sunday, March 12
    • Purin in Italy at the Santa Fe Jewish Center-Chabad, 230 W. Manhattan Ave. in Santa Fe begins at 12:15 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a children’s drum circle. Then, at 1 p.m. is mulitmedia Megillah reading, followed by Italian-themed lunch, masquerade, live music with Fred Simpson and the African drummers, dancing, Hamentashen, Lechayim and adult drum circle. Cost  is $20. For more information visit and rsvp: santafejcc.com or call 505-983-2000.

  • Church Listings 3-3-17

    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 mattins at 11:45 a.m.The preaching is biblical by Pastor Rev.Nicolé Ferey 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

  • Volunteer opportunities with youth group

    Are you ready to have fun, guide new disciples, and share God’s love?
    The Los Alamos First United Methodist Church Youth group is accepting resumes this Sunday.
    Prayerfully consider being one of the adults periodically leading youth group.  
    Contact Camille Wescott at camilleswescott@gmail.com or 695-4418 for more information.

  • Saint Job to host Blini Breakfast

    Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church will host Blini Breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
    Traditional blini, a type of thin pancake, will be served in the traditional style with smoked salmon, herring, butter and sour cream. Vegetable caviar, eggs, cheese and a variety of berry preserves will also be available.
    Blini are traditionally served in Slavic households during the week before the beginning of the Lenten Fast.
    The thin, crepe-like pancakes are eaten together with fish, sour cream and butter in order to consume all these foods before the beginning of Great Lent.
    These foods – that is, fish and dairy products, along with meat – are not eaten during the 40-day Great Fast period preceding Easter or Pascha, as it is called among Orthodox Christians.
    The practice of fasting, or abstaining from certain foods, dates to Judaism. The practice was recorded in Biblical times, Christ having fasted in the desert for 40 days.
    “Lent” comes from the ancient English word for spring – that  time of natural rebirth which corresponds to the process of inner spiritual regeneration, which every Christian should strive to experience in his or her preparation for celebrating the feast of Christ’s Resurrection.