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TOTH’s ‘Pie in the Sky’ Fundraiser Exceeds $500

Lisa Rothrock and Bill Hamilton check out homemade pies in the silent auction during Thursday’s “Pie in the Sky” fundraising dinner at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. The event was tied to the church’s annual Vacation Bible School underway this week. The dinner consisted of homemade chicken and vegetable pot pies and salad, with ice cream for dessert. More than $500 was raised from the homemade pie-filled silent auction alone. The money will be used for TOTH’s annual Mexico home-building project. Photo by TK Thompson/ Read More

Morning Fire Destroys Chapel at New Beginnings Fellowship Church

The state fire marshal has been called in to help Los Alamos fire investigators determine the cause of a fire this morning that destroyed the chapel at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Staff Report

A large fire broke out this morning in the chapel of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road.

One firefighter was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center after a 5-inch coupling broke loose and injured his ankle as he battled the blaze.

No one else was hurt, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

Grider described the scene saying Read More

House of Hope Women Host ‘Pie in the Sky’ Dinner July 12

Four House of Hope Women possess both house-building and pie-making skills including from left, Angela-Sanchez Pope, Cathy Walters, Lynn Finnegan and Marie Pierce. Courtesy/HOH

In support of the Trinity on the Hill-sponsored house-building mission trips to Juarez, Mexico, the House of Hope women are hosting a pot pie, “Pie in the Sky” Fundraiser Dinner from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday July 12 in Kelly Hall.

The menu includes chicken and vegetable pot pies, salad and ice cream. (There also is a vegetarian option and a gluten-free option is available.)

Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child. Vacation Read More

Bethlehem Church Hosts Dual Ordination

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos filling up Sunday before the dual ordaination in which Jennifer Chrien of Los Alamos and her husband Steven Simpson of Santa Fe were Ordained to the Ministry. Photo by TK Thompson/
The Ordinands process into the church at the start of Sunday’s ceremony. Photo by TK Thompson/
Ordained Clergy in attendance practice the ancient rite of Laying on of Hands as part of the Ordination Service. Photo by TK Thompson/
Jennifer Chrien and Steve Simpson introduce their parents
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Men Build Cross at First Baptist Church of Los Alamos

Three men stand on the back of a pick up truck Friday as they take measurements on a large cross they are constructing using part of a tall tree near the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Los Alamos at 2200 Diamond Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Additional measurements are needed. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The men stand back to assess their progress. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


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Trinity on the Hill Hosts Contemporary Service

During its contemporary service today, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, led by Pastor Colin Kelly, singing at center, hosted a talk on the mystery of Christ. Photo by TK Thompson/ Read More

Our Lady of the Woods Has Two Upcoming Open Events.

Our Lady of the Woods will meet at the Pyramid Cafe on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 6 PM. Anyone interested in paganism, Wicca, or learning about OLW is welcome to join us.
Our Lady of the Woods, an eclectic Wiccan coven based in Los Alamos, will hold a Drumming circle in North Mesa Park on Monday June 11, 2012 at 6PM.  Bring a drum or other musical instrument if you have one. We’ll have some extra instruments, drums, or shakers on hand. Plan to spend a fun evening making music and sharing rhythms and chants. Dress for the weather.
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Young Life Golf Tournament Helps Teens Go to Camp

By Carol A. Clark

Young Life Los Alamos is hosting its second annual golf tournament May19 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

It’s a Four Man Scramble Format golf tournament in which participants can create their own 4-some or be placed on a team.

All monies raised will go to benefit kids going to camp this summer.

This charitable event includes dinner, a raffle and prizes for the cost of $85 per golfer.

“It costs about $500 to send a teenager to summer camp for a week,” said Young Life Area Director Ryan Gilbert. “With the economy the way it is, we are able to offset that cost for families in need.”

Gilbert explained Read More

Aimée Ringle’s Bowl of Stones Tour

Aimée Ringle is performing at 7 p.m., Saturday May 12 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Kelly Hall.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Aimée grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School.

She is a singer/songwriter, doing a tour to promote her first album. Read More

United Skates Celebrates 50 Years

By Don Casperson

LAHS Senior Appreciation Night. Photo by Don Casperson

FUMC News:

The First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive (adjacent to Sullivan Field) has hosted the Friday night skate program called “United Skates” for nearly 50 years now.  With many thanks to church historian Alice Carter, we know that the very first United Skates sessions took place Friday, May 11, 1962, not long after the construction of Fellowship Hall was completed. 

Legend has it that the church took over the skate program from the YMCA at that time, and inherited all of the old four-wheel Read More

Atheists Host Discussion at Mesa Public Library


The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will be hosting a discussion regarding the relationship between morals, ethics, and atheism. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 in meeting room one at the Mesa Public Library. All are welcome. Read More

Local Group Welcomes the Growing Season


Our Lady of the Woods, an eclectic Wiccan coven based in Los Alamos, will celebrate Beltane on Sunday, May 6 at 2PM in front of the Unitarian church in Los Alamos with a ritual, feast, and May pole dance.
Beltane is one of the most important days in the Wiccan year, marking as it does the beginning of summer, the season of growth, warmth and fertility.  This period was very important for ancient cultures, dependant as they were on the success of the growing season for the survival of the community.  “Modern people don’t always see this
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Horizons Preschool Becoming Own Entity

A classroom at Horizons Preschool and Daycare inside White Rock United Methodist Church, 580 Meadow Lane. Courtesy/Horizons

By Kirsten Laskey

After 19 years as a preschool and 29 years as an afterschool program through White Rock United Methodist Church (WRUMC), Horizons Preschool and Daycare is becoming its own entity.

“Horizons is becoming a separate entity from WRUMC financially, for tax purposes, but will continue the strong Christian and proven academic curriculum that it now uses,” Horizons Board President Nancy Ferenbaugh said.   

This Christian-based day care takes Read More

Life After Faith Community Dicussion

The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a community discussion in Room 1 of the Mesa Public Library on Wednesday April 25th at 6:30 pm. This week’s discussion focuses on Life after Faith. Rich Lyons, ex-Pentecostal preacher of 20+ years and co-host of the Living After Faith podcast, will tell his story from faith to atheism via Skype followed by Q & A. For more information on Rich Lyons or Living After Faith visit  If you have questions or comments please send them to
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Local Volunteers Build Homes South of the Border

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos High School youth and other volunteers spent Spring Break building homes for families in need in Mexico. Courtesy Photo

A contingent of 50 Los Alamos High School youth and several adults and four volunteers from Colorado, traveled to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico over Spring Break on a mission – to build homes for two families in need.

This was the 27th annual Spring Break Mexico Mission trip for high school youth sponsored by The United Church of Los Alamos.

“Since 1986, we have built the equivalent of 131 single houses,” said Laura Erickson who Read More

Heavenly Day Greets Easter Sunrise Service

Easter Sunrise Service was conducted at Overlook Park in White Rock this morning as a joint effort by the Church of the Nazarene, White Rock Baptist, White Rock Presbyterian and White Rock United Methodist churches. Photo by TK Thompson/

The Reverend Harry Cole, Interim Pastor of White Rock Presbyterian Church, gave the Homily. Photo by TK Thompson/
A brass quartet supplied the music at the Easter Sunrise Service this morning at Overlook Park. Photo by TK Thompson/
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Important Rituals Highlight One of the Jewish Religion’s Most Sacred Holidays

White Rock resident Jacob Sigeti reads from the Haggadah, containing the story of the Exodus from Egypt during a Seder meal at his home Friday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Friday marked the beginning of one of the Jewish religion’s most sacred and widely observed holidays, Passover, which commemorates the story of the Israelites’ departure from ancient Egypt. Jews observe this weeklong event with a number of important rituals, including traditional Passover meals known as Seders, the removal of leavened products from their home, Read More

Annual Chimayó Easter Pilgrimage is Underway

A mother walks with her son along the highway to Chimayó Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pilgrims making their way to El Santuario de Chimayó were seen Thursday and Friday along the highway to the tiny shrine in Chimayó. They walk from short distances to 100 miles or more during Holy Week leading up the Easter Sunday.

Some carry wooden crosses. According to the Santuario de Chimayó website, tens of thousands of worshipers pass through the doors of the little chapel, built almost 200 years ago on a site that is sacred to many Pueblo Indians and descendants of Spanish settlers.

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Are Science and Religion Compatible?

Community Event News

The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a community discussion in room 1 of the Mesa Public Library on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. The discussion topic is: Finding Truth: Are Science and Religion Compatible?

As a primer for the discussion, participants are encouraged to read two recent Huffington Post articles: Science, Religion Incompatible? Hot-Button Debate Features Dr. Kenneth R. Miller, Dr. Michael Shermer ( and The Fall of Foolish Faith (, both published March 9th. All are welcome.

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SFI Seminar: Free Will and the Brain: Some Current Confusions

Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute is presenting the seminar, Free Will and the Brain: Some Current Confusions at 12:15 p.m., Monday in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: There has been a recent explosion of writing by neuroscientists and psychologists about how “science shows us” that we don’t have free will.

The problem with this work is that it confuses several quite different issues.

Once we sort it out, we find that there have been in fact some important discoveries Read More