Spirituality

New Christian Science Reading Room Under Renovation

 

 

The new home of the Christian Science Reading Room under renovation Sunday at 800 Trinity Dr., Suite G. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Christian Science Society News:

Activities will resume at the new church home of the Christian Science Society and Christian Scientist Reading Room at 800 Trinity Dr., Suite G in Mari Mac shopping center once renovations are complete and state and local social distancing guidelines allow.

In response to social distancing requirements, and until the facility is renovated, in-person services and meetings are suspended. Anyone who


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Fr. Glenn: Growing Thicker Skins

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

I’ve recently been watching a historical fiction series set in the 1200s about conflicts—internecine and otherwise—of a tribal group in the western Asian region—constant wars and conquests, treachery and intrigue.  Being a regionally-produced series, it’s very interesting to observe the emphasis on various ways local cultural emphases and perceptions differ from our own.  But one thing that strikes starkly is the constant theme of revenge—every insult, backstab or perceived slight eliciting a nefarious plot to “get even”… often involving the “if he brings a knife,


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Fr. Glenn: Surrendering

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Likely you’ve noticed that there sure is a lot of surrendering these days … and so unnecessarily (not to mention insincerely), too. Even the comics often ridicule the tendency. One makes an innocent comment on social media or in a speech or even simply in daily conversation, and can be immediately excoriated across the chasm of electronic insulation. Before you know it, the initial commentator is backpedaling as fast as their little fingers can type, almost to apologize for existing.

Our human social makeup tends to make most people want to “get along” for the good of the community;


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Scenes From Community Pumpkin Patch At IHM Oct. 16-31

The Community Pumpkin Patch opened for business Friday afternoon on the front lawn of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (IHM) at 3700 Trinity Dr. The event runs through Oct. 31 and features pumpkins and gourds for sale, a maze and selfies. Funds raised support youth activities at the parish. The Community Pumpkin Patch is open 1-7 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Everyone must follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask at all times. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Zach, left, and brother Wyatt like this pumpkin for Halloween carving. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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IHM Pumpkin Patch Is Open To Community Through Oct. 31

The pumpkin patch at IHM is now open to the community through Oct. 31. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The maze at IHM is now open to the community through Oct. 31. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Are you looking to add a few pumpkins to your house this year? Well you’re in luck!

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish is hosting a community pumpkin patch fundraiser today through Oct. 31 on the church grounds at 3700 Canyon Road. The money raised helps fund youth activities at the parish.

The pumpkin patch runs 1-7 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.

Sign up for an appointment


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‘Jewish Life In New Mexico And Beyond: A Mosaic Of Stories’ Virtual Fall Conference Oct. 24-25

NMJHS News:

SANTA FE — Jewish Life in New Mexico and Beyond: A Mosaic of Stories is the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society’s theme for its virtual 2020 fall conference Oct. 24-25.

Both Saturday and Sunday 2-4:30 p.m. Zoom.com programs will feature two sessions each day, led by noted New Mexicans.

Zoom pre-registration will be required. Contact: admin@nmjhs.org or call 505.348.4471.

The Oct. 24 program includes in Session 1: “The Spanish Flu Epidemic in N.M. and the role of Rabbi Bergman”, led by Naomi Sandweiss and Richard Melzer, followed by Session 2, “The Jewish Catskills: A Summer Place”,


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Fr. Glenn: The Goldilocks Syndrome

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Often noted nowadays is the lack of class or even courtesy in civil(?) discourse—never more evident than during election seasons. Wild accusations abound, and commentators seem to vie in outdoing one another in vulgarity, as if that leads a greater credence to their argument rather than the reverse. But perhaps most evident is the propensity to disregard anyone’s position or argument other than one’s own, refusing to even listen to counterargument. We like to proclaim ourselves as open-minded, but are we really?

Unlike Goldilocks in the children’s bedtime story, many


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Where Are They Now: Former TOTH Rector Fr. Colin Kelly

It has been seven years since Fr. Colin Kelly retired as rector of Trinity on The Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos. He was spotted Friday morning walking with his favorite partner, Kiki on Potrillo Drive in Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Fr. Kelly is now serving at St. Jerome’s Episcopal Church in Chama and would like to say, ‘hi to everyone’ around the community. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Shop On The Corner Opens 1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Halloween decorations for sale at Shop on the Corner. Courtesy/TOTH

SHOP ON THE CORNER News:

The Shop on the Corner Thrift Shop, located on the first floor of Trinity of the Hill Episcopal Church, is opening its doors 8:30 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month through the end of the year.

This schedule will coincide with the United Church’s thrift shop so customers can shop at both stores. A half-price sale on appliances and linens will be featured Wednesday. Shop on the Corner Thrift Shop has received many nice dishes and pots and pans from an estate sale. Various holiday decor


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Sonlight Christian Camp Fundraiser: United Church Oct. 17

Fill The Dough Bowl!

A Fundraising Event In Support of

Sonlight Christian Camp

At United Church Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m.

For 42 years, Sonlight Christian Camp has provided families with wonderful camp experiences in a Christian setting.

COVID-19 nearly stopped all 2020 camp events, but the Sonlight staff got creative and hosted approved, socially distant, family camps – which were a hit – but not enough to sustain Sonlight through another year of COVID-19 related restrictions and increased expenses.

Sonlight is famous for their homemade cookies (they are good for the soul), and those craving


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Fr. Glenn: Remembering St. Francis

By Fr. Glenn Jones

This Sunday (October 4) happens to fall on the annual Catholic memorial feast of much-beloved St. Francis of Assisi. Even many non-Catholic Christians and atheists hold St. Francis in esteem, very often for his touted devotion to nature and kindness to animals; likely a majority of the statues and portrayals depict him with birds or other animals about his person. And even today the collective community of religious orders claiming St. Francis as their inspiration is likely the largest in the world. 

Some may ask: “I thought they followed Jesus?!” Well, certainly; Jesus Christ


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Father Theophan: Too Far Gone

‘Clay is constantly changing, drying, and shrinking … you need to work with it.’ Created by Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

“Clay is constantly changing, drying, shrinking” my pottery professor would say, “you need to work with it.”

In upstate New York where I first went to school, getting our pots to dry was a challenge. The relative humidity was high, and most pots didn’t really ever dry completely until we put them in a warm kiln for a few hours.

Here in Los Alamos, or before, even worse, when I made pots in Las Cruces, clay dries at an alarming


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Yom Kippur: Before Sunset Today To After Nightfall Monday

For nearly 26 hours—from several minutes before sunset today to after nightfall Monday—Jews will spend time in prayer. Courtesy/www.chabad.org

Yom Kippur News:

Yom Kippur began this evening. It is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people.

For nearly 26 hours—from several minutes before sunset today to after nightfall Monday—Jews will spend time in prayer.

Yom Kippur is the day on which Jewish people are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of their own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d.”


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Scenes From Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrating First Sunday Worship Service Since March 8

Members of the congregation of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church gathered in person this morning outside in the parking lot at 2390 North Road to celebrate Sunday worship service for the first time since March 8. Before the service Pastor Nicolé Raddu Ferry told the Los Alamos Daily Post, ‘It will be safe! It will be together! It will be during a beautiful fall morning!’ Visit www.bethluth.com. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Scene of the outdoor worship service this morning in the parking lot at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com


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Fr. Glenn: The Freedom Of Truth

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Is anyone—everyone—confused? Perhaps more than we think. With the onslaught of conflicting information concerning the various candidates in the upcoming election, it’s hard not to be. We find ourselves continuously having to ask: “Is this … or is it that … report which is correct; they are claiming essentially opposite things. Did this thing even really happen … and as they say it happened? Did he or she really do what is alleged?

Sigh. For those who want to be truly informed and not simply vote for the “correct” letter by a name, it can be a jungle out there. But, unfortunately,


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Father Theophan: Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast

Clay cups inside a kiln. Created by Fr. Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

You can thank the U.S. Navy Seals for this nugget of wisdom although it may go back as far as Napoleon. “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” It seems counter-intuitive or at least paradoxical.

However, it is so true in so many facets of life, especially in the pottery workshop. Precious little in pottery is improved by doing it quickly, and there is a lot that can be ruined in an instant of inattention. Often on-line videos of potters throwing will be sped up, so that they are less boring to watch,


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