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Community Invited To Fish Fry Dinner At IHM Tonight

on March 24, 2017 - 5:50am

Pysanky: Learn Thousand Year Old Art Form March 25

on March 19, 2017 - 8:21am

Fr. Glenn: Finding The Path

on March 19, 2017 - 8:00am

By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A few Sundays ago, we read in our Sunday Mass a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) During the Lenten season we deny ourselves various things…for self-denial and penance, yes, but mostly to remind us of the temporary nature of the material. We eat, then are hungry again…we drink, but then thirst again. Yet Jesus assures us: “I am the bread of life;

Los Alamos Jewish Center Hosts Annual Community Passover Seder April 11

on March 19, 2017 - 7:10am

Jewish Center News:

The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual Community Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is open to anyone interested in attending.

The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order”, ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz (any food that's made of grain and water that have been allowed to ferment and "rise").

The celebration of Passover commemorates the miraculous delivery of

Pastor Raul Granillo: Building Potential

on March 19, 2017 - 7:08am

Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)

My wife and I started a basic fort in the back yard for my oldest son Kyle. It’s nothing more than a PVC frame and a camouflage roof. To look at it, you wouldn’t think much, but when Kyle saw it, his imagination exploded. He saw potential for the greatest fort ever. That vision seems to have consumed him.

IHM’s Fish Fry Fridays Drawing Record Crowds

on March 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Record crowds are gathering in the parish hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, each week for the annual Fish Fry Fridays dinner offered during the Lenten season, according to organizers. This past Friday the crowd was a bit smaller as some diners took advantage of traditional corned beef and cabbage dinners on the menus of area restaurants for St. Patrick's Day. IHM's popular fish fry dinner continues 5-7 p.m. next Friday at the parish hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Congressman Bill Redmond of Los Alamos enjoys a fish dinner with his family

Community Invited To IHM’s Fish Fry Dinner Friday

on March 16, 2017 - 7:02am

Fifth Annual Women's Mini Conference Saturday

on March 15, 2017 - 7:16am
Joy Freymiller Rhodes

SPIRITUALITY News:

“Ripples of Kindness” is the theme of the fifth 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. to noon, Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.

Roberta (Bertie) Sorenson

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

The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013

Community Invited To Fish Fry Dinner At IHM Friday

on March 13, 2017 - 7:50am

Learn Thousand Year Old Pysanky Art Form March 25

on March 13, 2017 - 7:25am

Deacon O’Hara: Power Of Choice And Free Will

on March 12, 2017 - 8:26am
By Deacon Jim O’Hara
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Why did God have to put that tree in the garden?”

I think this is a great question; a question that is very appropriate to the readings heard on the First Sunday of Lent. The answer is, the tree is there because a choice had to be made. In Chapter four of his first letter, St. John tells us simply that God is love. Our Christian theology explains this statement by telling us that God is a community of three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Father gives all of Himself, in love, to the Son.

Pastor Granillo: Reasonable Disobedience

on March 12, 2017 - 7:07am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2 (NIV)

I struggle sometimes with remembering that not everything is black and white. The Christian Church has been guilty of this as well. Its message has sometimes been, “Here is the rule, there is no excuse for disobedience.”

Sometimes we treat people as if every decision in their life is simple, “Choose A, not B, and you will get C”. This, of course, is not always true. Life is complex.

An Open Book: Let There Be Light

on March 9, 2017 - 8:45am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

A theoretical physicist and good friend of mine revels in the observation that in the Scriptures God created Light first. As if the cosmic microwave background radiation were not sufficient evidence of the theory of the Big Bang, he can point to Genesis as further cosmic, or maybe Cosmic, confirmation. To me, however, there is a simpler reason why God would have placed Light in the epicenter of Creation.

Without contrast, without distinctions, there is no universe, and the most fundamental contrast is between light and darkness.

I felt that contrast

Heartfelt Wisdom: Buddhist Meditation March 24

on March 8, 2017 - 6:35pm

United Church Of Los Alamos Hosts 32nd Annual Trip

on March 7, 2017 - 5:32pm
Group photo. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Auctioneer Mike Lipiatt will step up to the microphone Sunday, 2-5 p.m., to volunteer his time and golden, melodious tones, to raise money to build homes for the poor during spring break.
 
The United Church of Los Alamos will host its 32nd annual trip, once again joined by the Unitarian Universalist congregation to make life better for the less fortunate.
 
The church has actually been on six additional summer trips in addition to the annual trips, crafted and organized by church members, Randy and Laura Erickson.
 
The dynamic

Los Alamos Shows Support For Threatened Jewish Communities Across U.S. At Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil

on March 6, 2017 - 9:06pm
Since Jan. 1, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind. This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.

Letter To The Editor: About ‘Civility’ In Public Discourse

on March 6, 2017 - 7:53am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is in response to two columns by Father Glenn (link, link), two letters to the editor by Khalil Spencer (link, link), a column by Pastor Granillo (link), along with contributions from the prophet Isaiah, St. Luke, St. Paul, and everybody else who has recently written in to the Los Alamos Daily Post discussing “civility” in public discourse. 

Now, who could possibly be opposed to “civility” in public discourse? Well, it depends on how it is defined, who defines it, and most importantly, how it is implemented.

The simple fact of the matter is this: “civility”

Pysanky: Learn Thousand Year Old Art Form March 25

on March 6, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos Stands With Jewish Communities Across America With Candlelight Vigil Monday Evening

on March 5, 2017 - 9:34am

COMMUNITY News:

Just since the beginning of this year, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind.

This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.

To

Scenes From Friday's Traditional Lenten Fish Fry

on March 5, 2017 - 8:53am

Dessert is part of the traditional Fish Fry served to community members during Lent at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. The next Fish Fry is 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 10 and tickets are sold at the door, $10 for adults and $7 for children and everyone is welcome to attend. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Diners fill IHM Parish Hall Friday evening for the weekly Lenten Fish Fry. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Knight's of Columbus members Steve Ciddio, left, and Robert Divine take tickets at Friday's Fish Fry dinner. Photo by Carol A.

Fr. Glenn: Civility And Graciousness…One More Time

on March 5, 2017 - 7:07am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

During Lent we read a lot from the prophet Isaiah at our Catholic Mass, and part of our reading Saturday was:

If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always…

(Isaiah 58:9-11 NAB)

That “malicious speech” thing continues to hit home.

Pastor Raul Granillo: We Are Missional

on March 5, 2017 - 6:57am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alam
os 

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

It often seems like there is more bad news being broadcast than good news. It’s refreshing when we hear about people selflessly helping others or news about situations that have been changed for the better. The Christian has the opportunity—even the responsibility—to be a part of that good news.

The third core value of the Nazarene church is that we are

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Legislation To Safeguard Jewish And Other Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 1, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-N.V.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security provides state and local law enforcement with adequate resources to protect faith-based community centers across the United States.
 
The Senators have been deeply concerned with the significant number of bomb threats facing Jewish Community Centers (JCC). In three weeks alone, JCC's saw 63 bomb threats, forcing the evacuations of hundreds across the country and twice in Albuquerque. 
 
Last week, Sen.

St. Job Of Pochaiv Orthodox Church Gathering Sunday

on March 1, 2017 - 8:13am
Fr. Theophan Mackey says a prayer inside Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church on Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Orthodox Christian faithful of New Mexico is gathering Sunday, March 5, in Los Alamos at Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church on Trinity Drive for Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.
 
Clergy and parishes from at least three churches in Albuquerque and Santa Fe will be attending this gathering.
 
“The Sunday of Orthodoxy, or the Triumph of Orthodoxy, is the first Sunday in Great Lent, when we commemorate the Seventh Ecumenical Council of the year 787, when

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