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Neighbors Invited To Sing Silent Night Dec. 24

First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos News:

Silent Night is one of the most beloved Christmas hymns around the world. It has brought people together and connected them even across enemy lines, as the famous Silent Night truce during World War I demonstrated.

It also has traditionally ended Christmas Eve services as the congregation lit candles and sang together to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Last year when they were not able to gather in the sanctuary for worship, First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos, sent candles out to their members, along with the words to Silent Night, and invited Read More

Sometimes Christmas Hurts: First United Methodist Church Of Los Alamos To Offer Blue Christmas Service Dec.  21

First United Methodist Church Of Los Alamos News:

The Christmas Season is not necessarily happy for everyone. The constant refrain on the radio and television about the happiness of the Christmas season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had.

The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation, the gut-wrenching loss of a child, the loneliness of no longer having a beloved spouse to share each day – all these can contribute to a feeling of being alone, of “feeling Read More

FBI Releases Photos Of Woman Suspected In Setting Four Fires At Islamic Center Of New Mexico

Anyone who recognizes this woman is asked to contact the FBI at 1.800.CALL.FBI or tips.fbi.gov. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI has released photographs of an unidentified woman suspected of setting four fires last month on the property of the Islamic Center of New Mexico.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29. Three of the small fires were set on the center’s playground and the other near an entry door to the mosque.

No one from the center was present at the time.

Members of the public should not attempt to confront this individual, but should contact law enforcement.

“The Read More

Freedom Church Sponsors A Virtual 12 Days Of Christmas

Pastor Mike Brake kicks off the 12 Days of Christmas in Los Alamos through a livestream event on Facebook. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Freedom Church News:

The idea was born out of the Pandemic Holidays of 2020. “It was so much fun, we are doing it again,” Pastor Mike Brake said, lead pastor at Freedom Church in Los Alamos.

The entire community is invited to participate. The events kick off Monday, Dec. 13 on a special Facebook Event Page and runs through Christmas day. 

A Time for Fun

The events will be hosted entirely on Facebook, Direct Link here

Each day throughout the event, Freedom Church will Read More

Scenes From 2021 Children’s Christmas Bazaar At TOTH

An elf assists shoppers find their perfect gifts Saturday at the 2021 Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church TOTH. This child-only event provides kindergarten through 6th grade students the opportunity to shop for family and friends from a selection of donated items. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Lots of choices available Saturday at the Children’s Christmas Bazaar. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

An elf talks with a shopper. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

A A young girl discusses her shopping list with an elf during the Bazaar. Read More

Fr. Glenn: Shaking Off Sleep

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

So we’re slipping into the cooler season of late autumn and, soon to be, winter, which actually doesn’t begin officially until just before Christmas with the winter solstice (December 21), of course. While cold weather is, well … cold, most people very much look forward to the holiday seasons and the anticipation of being with family and friends, wonderful dinners and gift-giving—a time to renew acquaintances and relationships.

Relatedly, it’s a perfect time to renew the virtue of charity that we may have let languish by simple neglect or forgetfulness over the past year. Read More

Scene From 27th Annual Los Alamos Creche Show

Marianne Johnson, left, and Bonnie Cardin help set up the 27th Annual Creche Show Friday at the Los Alamos ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, featuring 248 creches. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Nativity set from Jerusalem owned by Rissa Baker. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Creche owned by Makayla Lui. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Nativity display owned by Robert Wells. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A nativity set from South Africa. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A creche from Germany owned by Kaye Mason. Photo Read More

Council On American-Islamic Relations Calls For Hate Crime Probe Of Fires Set At Mosque In Albuquerque

CAIR News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate fires set at an Albuquerque mosque as a possible hate crime.

Surveillance video shows a woman setting multiple fires Monday morning near the prayer hall of the Islamic Center of New Mexico. Mosque members believe the fires were started by a woman who came to the center last week expressing hostility.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the FBI Read More

Santa Claus Visits With Children At Kiwanis Event At IHM

Children pose for photos with Santa at the ‘Visit with Santa’ event sponsored Saturday by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Kiwanians distribute gift bags to children Saturday during their ‘Visit with Santa’ community event Saturday in the parish hall at IHM on Canyon Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

A parent snaps photos at the ‘Visit with Santa’  event Saturday at IHM. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Hey you’re Santa Claus! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Read More

Izraelevitz: Of Hanukkah And Sondheim

Hanukkah set of wood Dreidels. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began this past Sunday night, following the Jewish tradition that all holidays begin in the evening and continues the next eight days. It celebrates the successful revolt by rebels against a Syrian Greek monarchy around 165 BCE that was imposing Hellenistic culture on the Jewish people, including prohibiting the traditional practice of daily sacrifices in the Jerusalem Temple. When the rebels led by Judas Maccabee (or Judas “The Hammer”) succeeded in recapturing Jerusalem, a new Read More

Fr. Glenn: O Gracious Gratitude

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

I pray that all had a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving this year, especially after last year’s separation from loved ones due to the dangers of COVID. We now pray also that this new “omicron” variant does not become widespread, but rather will fizzle out quickly. God bless all of you and your families, and keep all of you safe.

But … back to Thanksgiving and its theme of gratitude.

St. Thomas Aquinas—along with St. Augustine, one of the greatest theologians and philosophers in Christian history—noted that gratitude is not only a courtesy, but a virtue and a moral obligation, for Read More

#forlosalamos, New Beginnings Fellowship And Los Alamos JJAB Provide Thanksgiving Meals To 42 Local Families



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Forty-two local families enjoy a complete Thanksgiving meal today thanks to #forlosalamos at New Beginnings Fellowship and Los Alamos JJAB.

This is the 5th year that #forlosalamos has partnered with JJAB to give families complete meals. Five  years ago this started with just 13 families and the numbers have increased every year.

Mike and Juanita McNiel head up #forlosalamos.

“Five years ago we met with our pastors Shawn and Lanessa Amburgey to discuss how to create a spirit of blessing within our community,” Mike said. “Juanita having worked Read More

United Church Thrift Shop: ‘Everything Christmas Sale!’

Holiday gifts at the ‘Everything Christmas Sale’ 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at United Church. Courtesy UCLA


Wednesday, Dec. 1, is coming right up with the flip of the calendar page. It is time for the Thrift Shop of The United Church’s “Everything Christmas Sale!”.

Find the myriad of Christmas treasures 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. upstairs in Graves Hall at 2525 Canyon Road. (Please use the Rose Street entrance.)

Masks are required.

Irresistible gently used holiday items, including a huge assortment of vintage linens and vintage Christmas items to give an old-fashioned touch Read More

Fr. Glenn: Crevasses Snowed Over

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

You know those Arctic/Antarctic adventure movies? Almost invariably they’ll have a scene or two in which one of the characters falls into a snowed-over crevasse. So, the surface upon which he thought to be securely standing turned out to be deceptive. Not secure at all.

It was interesting watching last week the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Mr. Rittenhouse shot a man in what he—and his supporters—claim was self-defense, and in what his detractors claim was premeditated murder.

As is so common these days, two sides were aligned against one another very vocally and often violently, Read More

First United Methodist Church Los Alamos Collecting Sleeping Bags For Homeless

First United Methodist Church News

In Los Alamos, we don’t see the homeless population.

Families sleep in their cars. Teenagers sleep on one friend’s couch, and then another friend’s couch, constantly moving from one place to another. Others camp in a campground or in the woods.

There is a need in Los Alamos County for more resources for the homeless and working poor. According to the Los Alamos Health Services Gap Analysis Final Report (March 2020), 23 percent of people in Los Alamos County classify as working poor. While they are working, they do not have enough income to pay Read More

Children’s Christmas Bazaar Returns To TOTH Dec. 4

A scene from a previous Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Courtesy/TOTH

TOTH News:

Parents and guardians are encouraged to sign up their children for the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church (TOTH) Children’s Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3900 Trinity Dr.

This child friendly community event is for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, where children select gifts for their family and friends.

This year’s bazaar will have a new look. The bazaar will be held in the old parish hall aka DALA Dance Studio on the Canyon Road side of the Read More

Fr. Glenn: Seeking A Better Epitaph

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

“Well, at least I’m not as bad as X!”

Such is heard not infrequently from people defensive about some negative trait or action(s) of their own. But that’s kind of a pathetically low bar to hurdle; one can always find an example worse than oneself. After all, compared to Hitler or Vlad the Impaler, most of us look pretty good! But, imagine engraven on your future headstone: “At least he wasn’t as bad as X!” Not much of a recommendation.

And yet, we all draft our own real epitaphs. We can posture all we want, but people that really know us know the truth—or the lie—of it. Who has not been to Read More

Unitarian Church Members Learn About Colores United

Far left, Ariana Saludares, president and co-founder of Colores United in Deming, along with her colleagues, speaks to Unitarian Church of Los Alamos members, center, Tyler Taylor, and Susan Dryja about the work Colores United does during a presentation Thursday night at the Unitarian Church. Colores United is an advocacy group for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. They manage a large shelter for asylum seekers as well as offer assistance projects on both sides of the border. Saludares said 100 asylum seekers enter New Mexico a day. She added that the issues at the border are complex Read More

Sneak Peek At IHM Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair Gift Items

Here is a sneak peek of some of the many gift items that will be available for purchase at the IHM Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the parish hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road. The event include craft booths, a silent auction and breakfast and lunch foods for purchase. Santa Claus will make a special appearance 10 a.m. to noon. All proceeds go to charity. This event is sponsored by the Sacred Heart Ladies Auxiliary. Masks are required! Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
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