April 6 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The Milnesand community is sponsoring its annual prairie chicken dance festival this weekend from Friday to Sunday. The sign-in on Friday night at the community building. This is usually the biggest event of the year for the community and Country Junction Store plan to the up early on Saturday and Sunday mornings […]

Church hit repeatedly by robberies

By David Irvin A local Pentecostal church has been burglarized four times since New Years Eve, irking the pastor and confounding his church congregation. Even though an electric piano and guitar were stolen during the third break-in, music is still part of the Calvary Tabernacle Church service. “(We) keep on making a joyful noise,” pastor […]

Traffic accident claims life of former local pastor

By Tony Parra A former Dora Baptist church pastor died after he was struck by a vehicle in Wolfforth, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Phillip Shelton, 63, was struck by a 2003 Cadillac Escalade at 5:33 p.m. on Wednesday on U.S. Highway 62-82 and was transferred to University […]

Pastor resigns from First Baptist

Freedom Newspapers The pastor of First Baptist Church in Portales resigned two weeks ago, and is in the process of searching for another job out of state. Philip Fike said he left the church because God is calling him to a different area. He said because he is searching for a job out of state, […]

Aug. 18 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael There was more rain in Dora area the past week, and weeds are thriving along with the crops. One dairy owner said the rain made it harder on the cattle and on those feeding and doing the milking, but said the moisture is needed and it is growing feed. He had no […]

Commission to honor personable pastor

By Darrell Todd Maurina A pastor who served more than 50 years in six local Southern Baptist churches will be honored with a special reception by the Clovis City Commission on March 11. Clovis city commissioner Kevin Duncan said he wanted to honor the Rev. Herbert Bergstrom due to his years of service not only […]

Soul-stirring ‘Passion of Christ’ vivid for viewers

Darrell Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around the country on Wednesday. Mel Gibson’s new film about Christ’s death played to sellout crowds at Clovis’ North Plains Cinema — emotional, appreciative crowds who applauded its realism. “It’s graphic,” said Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist […]

Don’t forget your pastors

Joan Clayton Pastors who respond to God’s call to ministry are special people. Clergy Appreciation Month, which is this month, is observed by affirming and encouraging our ministers. These spiritual leaders are gifts from God.  Pastors and their families live in a world that never stops.  Their workload is large and tedious. Many have other jobs […]

Church acquires new name, new pastor

By Gary Mitchell Pastor Jim Maxwell has set at least two goals since assuming the pastorate of Portales’ Trinity Family Center. His primary goal is spiritual — to reach more people for Christ, especially among the younger crowd. “One of our greatest goals is to reach younger people,” the 50-year-old pastor said. “My wife (Anita) […]

Elida church celebrates 100th anniversary

Janet Bresenham In a century of ministry, activities and memories at the First Baptist Church of Elida, one key focus has not changed. And when the church celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend in the small Roosevelt County town, the executive director of the New Mexico Baptist Convention praised the congregation for maintaining their priorities. […]

Church hopes to draw more families

Darrell Todd Maurina Calvary Baptist Church of Portales normally has about 50 people attending services, but its interim pastor, the Rev. Bobby Fuller, hopes to have three times that number this Sunday. According to a church press release, July 20 will be “Family Roll Call Sunday” for the church. Each member family at Calvary Baptist […]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

Gary Mitchell BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at […]