Spirituality

Fr. Glenn: ‘And I Will Give You Rest.’

By Fr. Glenn Jones

I was at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe the other day, officiating at the last farewell to a beloved former parishioner—a young wife and mother who succumbed, after many years’ valiant struggle, to unrelenting cancer. A privilege and blessing to be able to do this one last service for her, it was even more so to have visited and ministered to her at UNM Hospital in her last days … to spend time with this gentle and faithful woman who strengthened others by her resolute determination, and to be able to assure her of the eternal rest offered by God. 

Wandering afterwards through the


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White Rock United Methodist Church Presents New Minister

New Minister Sean Smith of White Rock United Methodist Church at 580 Meadow Lane. Courtesy photo

New Minister Sean Smith of White Rock United Methodist Church with his wife Courtney and their daughters Lucy and Jane. Courtesy photo

White Rock United Methodist Church News:

The Reverend Sean Smith and his family arrived June 22 in White Rock from Odessa, Texas to serve the congregation at White Rock United Methodist Church.  

Coming during a pandemic has provided some challenges. First is being quarantined for 14 days. Second is not being able to meet congregation members in person. However,


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Scenes From Annual 4th Of July Memorial Flag Carry Parade

Scene this morning from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints annual 4th of July Memorial Flag Carry on Grand Canyon Drive in honor of all those past and present who have paid for our freedom. Thank You! Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene of the flag raising this morning at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene of spectators honoring the flag this morning  during the annual 4th of July Memorial Flag Carry on Grand Canyon Drive. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene of a spectator saluting the flag this morning at the annual 4th of July Memorial Flag Carr. Photo by VaLynn


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TOTH: Garage Sales Benefit Juarez Homebuilding Mission

Scene of children helping the House of Hope team members from Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church build a home in the colonias near Juarez, Mexico.Courtesy/TOTH

Scene from the House of Hope team members from Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church building a home in the colonias near Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/TOTH

By LYNN FINNEGAN
TOTH

Work From Home. Stimulus Package. Paycheck Protection Program. Our vocabulary in the United States has been expanded to include these pandemic-related changes, but the people in the colonias near Juarez, Mexico have no such options or protections.

Many live in


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Fr. Glenn: A Chosen Race

By Fr. Glenn Jones

As you know all too well, the issue of race and racism has dominated the last couple of months, despite even the COVID-19 pandemic. This emphasis on eliminating racism and bigotry is a wonderful goal without doubt, but counterproductive if violence and property destruction worsens the disease rather than cures it, for one does not solve injustice by being unjust—the obvious “two wrongs don’t make a right” wisdom.

So, in combating bigotry, we mustn’t cultivate bigotry by inadvertently sowing weeds of resentment with the good wheat of equality and true growth. True peace requires


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Fr. Glenn: Just The Facts, Ma’am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Well, first of all … Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! A blessed task and duty is fatherhood, as you are entrusted by God for the safekeeping and cultivation of those little images of Him … and of you and mom. “In His Image” in reference to God is in the spiritual being and the internal goodness within all persons … no matter how much it may be hidden. In your image, dads, by what you and mom imprint upon them—in physical likeness, yes, but ever so much more in values and wisdom. 

When we consider wisdom, we understand that it requires truth and facts, else it is no wisdom at all. 


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La Vista Church Reopening With Social Distancing Sunday

By Pastor Jeff Moore
La Vista Church

It’s finally time! We are reopening! Please join us for outdoor family-friendly worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14 in the back yard of the church (between the two buildings).

There will be no Sunday School on June 14, and no nursery or kids’ church.

Please bring your own: beverages, sun protection, and camp chairs, though some chairs will be available at the church.

Please remember to wear a mask if your health permits, maintain social distance, and stay home if you are sick.

Service will continue to be streamed via Facebook and our website for those


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Fr. Glenn: Remembering Sacrifice

By Fr. Glenn Jones

As we read of the protests arising out of the outrage of the George Floyd death, we cannot help but to remember the 1960s and the demonstrations during the civil rights movement. There were riots then, too, of course, but what really got things moving (albeit slowly) were the peaceful mass protests, very often led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and people moved by his unmatched powerful oratory.

Who among those who have watched videos of them can forget his “I have a dream” speech, or how he proclaimed his hope that persons would one day be judged not by the color of their skin, but by


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Fr. Glenn: Division, Tempered By Hope

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ah, spring … flowers blooming, trees budding, birds nesting. Riots raging.

Kind of a perfect storm this year. Nerves were already on edge because of the coronavirus pandemic and people having to be cooped up for so long, the uncertainty of possible contagion, shortages of goods, so many persons losing their jobs because of the various quarantines and strictures put in place … not even to mention the families affected by the loss or illness of family members. Family separations, lack of funds, lack of essentials … and you have a kettle of frustration just below boiling point. Add


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Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum Announces Seventh Annual Summer Series – This Year Via Zoom Starting June 3

Scene from a Wednesday evening session during the 2019 LAFSF summer series at which Gerry Wood is delivering the after-dinner lecture at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAFSF

LAFSF News:

The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum invites the community to its seventh annual summer program – this year via Zooming through cyberspace.

The lecture series begins at 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday starting June 3 and running for seven weeks through July 15. These sessions will be available on the internet via Zoom.

Registration information has already been sent to members and previous years’


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La Vista Church Of The Nazarene Helps Kids Get Outside

LVCN News:

After being cooped up for distance learning, La Vista Church of the Nazarene wants to help kids get outdoors in a socially-distanced way.

Kids can sign up for an appointment between 10 a.m. and noon, June 6 to get their bikes tuned up for summer; labor, inner tubes and chains are all free for kids, and masked bike mechanics will be stationed greater than 6 feet apart at La Vista Church, 15 Grand Canyon Dr. in White Rock.

To ensure proper social distancing, appointments must be made by contacting kids@lavistanaz.org. When requesting an appointment, include an estimate of what the bike needs


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United Church Celebrates Seniors With ‘Pull Through Parade’

The United Church at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
United Church

The staff of the United Church of Los Alamos wish to recognize the graduates of the Class of 2020 this week.

Pastors David Elton, Kara Windler, and Keith Lewis congratulate their graduates, under such difficult times and honor their accomplishments as they move to the next chapter of their lives:

  • Zoe Butler
  • Jayme Cayton
  • Tayra Eidenbenz
  • Joseph Foley
  • Dimitri Lopez
  • Elle Oldham
  • Maddie Ovaska
  • Eden Schmierer
  • Sarah Worley

“You have completed a great milestone in your life and we are so very proud of you,” Youth


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Fr. Glenn: Parting Ways

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Now we come to another Memorial Day weekend in remembrance of all those who have died in our service, not only to our nation, but to our states and all local communities … those who volunteered to go in harm’s way. Though they may cite different reasons for entering their various occupations, the soldier, the firefighter, the policeman, the emergency responder of every stripe knows in the back of his mind that he may be called to that ultimate sacrifice for his fellow Man. 

And so this weekend we honor all who have done just that, for as Jesus so beautifully says: “Greater love has no


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Fr. Glenn: ‘Pulgas, Pulgas, Pulgas…’

By Fr. Glenn Jones

“Fleas, fleas, fleas…”… the first line of one of a favorite poem when taking Spanish eons ago, in a text … alas … long lost, and which even Google, it seems, cannot find. The “speaker” a cat, ceaselessly besieged by the little biting buggers … lamenting his fate and cursing his tormentors.  Been there, done that … having rented a room decades ago from someone who owned a flea magnet for a pet, whose little hitchhikers seemed to find my flesh quite delectable. Such a lovable dog, though—a good ol’ Lab. How can you get mad at a Lab? It’s the eyes….

That was such a great poem because it was such


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Daily Postcard: View Of White Rock Baptist Church

Daily Postcard: Saturday afternoon view of White Rock Baptist Church at 80 State Road 4. All gatherings and meetings in the church remain suspended due to the COVID-19 public health crisis until further notice. The church streams its worship service on Facebook live at 9 a.m. Sundays. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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New Mexico GOP Chairman Steve Pearce On State Police Issuing Cease And Desist Order On Sierra County Church

Chairman Steve Pearce

GOP News:

New Mexico State Police served the pastor of New Hope Revival Church in Sierra County Mother’s Day with a Cease & Desist order for his House of Worship.

The following is a statement from State Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce about this “continued attack” on New Mexicans’ rights:

“The State Police C&D order against the church Sunday was just the latest example of how peoples’ rights are being trampled on. This goes beyond a small business being fined unfairly to save lives and livelihoods. The state’s position is now to ignore the notion that our


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Office For Victims Of Crime Awards Funds To Support Victims Of Mass Shooting At Tree Of Life Synagogue

DOJ News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime, a division of the Office of Justice Programs has announced a $3,863,606 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grant to assist victims of the 2018 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Oct. 27, 2018, 11 people were killed and seven others, including five police officers, were injured in a shooting while Shabbat morning services were being held.

In total, 31 people in the building at the time of the shooting were directly impacted by this crime and hundreds more, including family


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Fr. Glenn: Happy Mothers’ Day!

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A very happy and blessed Mothers’ Day to all of you moms/grandmothers out there! A rather tough Mothers’ Day for you this year, I fear, as it’s likely that many of you are separated from children/grandchildren not only by miles, but in an abundance of caution over this COVID situation we’re stuck in. Like I’ve often seen on Facebook from older ladies over the last few weeks: “Call grandmothers away from their grandchildren … because we are NOT okay!!”  Ah … the joy of grandparents—to spoil the little ones and to bask in their love. (“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged…” Proverbs


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Fr. Glenn: In For The Long Game

By Fr. Glenn Jones

As luck would have it, my little window faces east, giving wonderful views of the Sandia Mountains as the sun is setting … basting them with an evening “watermelon” reddish tint from which they purportedly derive their Spanish name … the latest beauty beheld in a lifetime of visual wonders. Sunsets over Shiprock, dawn on the ocean, Maryland trees shimmering with a thousand fireflies on a spring evening, snowfall in the Los Alamos canyons … the night sky over a totally-darkened landscape—something we count ourselves fortunate to continue to be able to find in New Mexico. (“…the


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