Church profile: Grace Baptist Church

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Grace Baptist Church Location: 2000 S. Main Ave. Phone: 356-6023 Services: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., Sunday morning service; 6 p.m., Sunday evening service; 7 p.m., Wednesday prayer/Bible study Description: “Mrs. Butler and I invite you to experience ‘a place for new beginnings,’” Pastor Mark Butler said. “It is church the way it used […]

Couple returns to children’s home as houseparents

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Argen Duncan In a corral at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, Mark Naranjo, 28, holds the young horse’s lead rope as his wife, Tara, works with the animal’s saddle as part of its training. The horse, Sundae, fidgets as firecrackers pop nearby, but the Naranjos remain unfazed. Today, the two are house parents at […]

Church profile: First Spanish Baptist Church

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First Spanish Baptist Church Location: 1301 North Main Phone: 359-0106 Services: 10 a.m. Sunday school 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. church services; 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study Description: “We are a family-oriented church,” said minister Jonathan Smith. “We enjoy close relationships with everyone. Our door is always open. Everyone is invited to attend.”

Churches hosting post-graduation celebration

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer University Baptist Church is throwing a “No Regrets” graduation party for Portales High School seniors at 10 p.m. Friday at the church. One of the events scheduled is a trip to Casel-Land Fun Center and then a return to the church for games. “No Regrets” Director Lance Hill said […]

Portales Past: April 16, 1950

April 16, 1950: The five Portales Baptist churches had a combined attendance of 1,525 — a record by 137, according to Rev. L.A. Doyle. The previous record had been set a week earlier.

Wayland Baptist rolls to win over Hounds

Freedom New Mexico PLAINVIEW, Texas — Left fielder Brian Embery belted a grand slam, keying an eight-run first inning as Wayland Baptist routed Eastern New Mexico University 12-1 in non-conference baseball on Tuesday. The contest was called after the top of the seventh due to the 10-run rule. Embery hit his 11th homer of the […]

Church profile: Calvary Baptist Church

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Calvary Baptist Church Location: 1101 West 18th St. Phone: 356-4273 Services: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:50 a.m., Sunday morning worship; 6 p.m., Sunday evening worship; 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Cowboy Church; 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting. Description: Calvary Baptist church has a mix of contemporary and traditional music. And a Cowboy Church, which […]

Church profile: University Baptist Church

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University Baptist Church Location: West 15th Street and South Avenue I Phone number: 356-4501 Services: • Sunday: Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning worship service at 11 a.m., evening worship Service at 5 p.m., Bible study and youth activities at 5:45 p.m. • Wednesday: Bible study, prayer and youth groups at 7 p.m. Description: Pastor […]

Nov. 20, 1970

The 1969 fellowship dinner at Portales First Baptist church was such a delightful occasion that it was repeated this year, according to the Portales News-Tribune. However, the dinner was held in the cafeteria of Portales High School.

Nov. 4, 1964

Revival through Nov. 8 at University Baptist Church. Preacher Howard Marsh and singer Tommy Poole.

Churches will 'Rock the Block'

Courtesy photo Live music, bounce houses, face painting and food are all part of the free fun at the Rock the Block party on Saturday. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three churches in north Clovis are teaming up to host a block party on Saturday. The pastors of Highland Baptist Church, Kingswood United Methodist […]

Baptist Children’s Home food drive under way

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Fall means an outpouring of help from churches all over the state for the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. For the Fall Food Shower, the home sends lists of needed items to each of the 13 Baptist church associations in the state. Administrator Geraldine Dooley said the Fall Food […]

Churches change up worship

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Churches in Portales and Clovis are trying to find new ways of reaching out. Some keep with tradition in Sunday morning services while others are going a different style. First Baptist Church in Portales started a contemporary services held later than usual. Pastor David McFadden said the church has […]

Getting to know: Pastor seeks to change perception of church

Pastor seeks to change perception of church Brian Townsend, 40, moved to Portales eight years ago to become the pastor at the Baptist Student Union, located just across the street from Eastern New Mexico University. Townsend is married to Cherie and the couple has four children: Christian, 17, Brennan, 12, Cara, 10, and Bryce, 6. […]

Wayland, Cannon have lengthy history

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo James Floyd teaches business classes at the Cannon Education Building for Wayland Baptist University. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections At the Education Building at Cannon Air Force Base, a handful of colleges offer classes either through video feeds or with live instructors. Wayland Baptist University’s Clovis campus has a unique […]

Wayland graduates 43

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico After eight years of teaching and coaching football at Clovis High School, Cal Fullerton decided to go back to school himself. Fullerton was one of 43 students graduating Friday from Wayland Baptist University. The ceremony at Central Baptist Church was the college’s 12th Clovis campus graduation. “Wayland is close,” […]

Getting to know: Portales minister reaches out to youth

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Chris Horton is finishing his fourth week as minister of youth and education at First Baptist Church. The Portales native has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in religion from Eastern New Mexico University. Horton and his wife, Amy, have two sons, 7-year-old Brett and 4-year-old Dylan, and a daughter, Ainsley, 8 months. What’s […]

Children’s home planning reunion to celebrate anniversary

New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home is celebrating a milestone in helping youth in the state for 90 years. The home is planning an Aug. 1 reunion for former residents. Public Relations Officer Teresa Howard said she does not know how many former children will be coming. “It is usually the ones from the 40s and […]

Pastor: Calling was chosen for me

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Pastor David McFadden. First Baptist Church What did you choose to be a pastor? It wasn’t so much something I chose. It was something that was chosen for me. During summer break while attending college, I was invited to a Bible study by a young lady. I went more for the lady than the Bible […]

March 16, 1955

Twelve hundred New Mexico Baptists, representing 220 churches, converged in Portales for the three-day New Mexico Baptist Convention, which opened in the First Baptist Church auditorium. Ted Roberts, of Roswell, presided over the ceremonies.