Religion Briefs

Pastor to be honored at April 15 Lutheran service

Christ the King Lutheran Church will celebrate the 18-year tenure of Pastor John Knutson at the 10:30 worship service April 15. All are welcome to attend Knutson’s farewell Sunday in Durango. He has taken the position of senior pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley.

After the worship service, church members will hold a brief program to honor Knutson and his wife, Diane, and then an open-house reception with food and beverages.

Local Jehovah’s Witnesses to gather April 14 in N.M.

Members of the local Durango-English Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as members of Chama, Cortez, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs congregations, will attend a Special Assembly Day at 9:40 a.m. April 14 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington, in Farmington.

The theme of the assembly, “Let God’s Will Take Place,” based on Matthew 6:10, will be highlighted through Bible-based discussions and experiences. L.C. Cotton, a representative of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses located in Patterson, N.Y., will talk in the morning and afternoon.

The public is invited. Admission is free. No collections will be taken.

New York police raise security at Jewish sites

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Police Department has beefed up security at the city’s synagogues and other Jewish sites this week for the Passover holiday after a deadly attack on a religious school in France last month.

Authorities stressed that there have been no specific threats reported in the city for the weeklong holiday, which started at sundown Friday.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said there would be heightened security and the deployment of heavily armed roving counterterrorism units.

“We’ll ensure that coverage is more than adequate in those neighborhoods, adding foot posts, visits by officers to synagogues, outreach by community affairs officers, and a heightened presence of anti-crime,” Kelly said.