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Al Pittman is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Worship Center of Colorado Springs, CO. Like many church leaders around the country; he is working to carefully and safely open his church for in-person services. Unfortunately, the church is getting push back from his county Health Department. Listen to Pastor Al and ABQ Connect guest host Chip Lusko today as they talk about opening up the church,  and the government COVID-19 rules. Al says, “God has called the church to stand up now while the world is telling us to sit down.”  For more information, go to https://www.cwccs.org/.

Paul goes to work for us today, explaining the “All Together New Mexico” document released by Governor Lujan-Grisham on May 15, 2020. The first topic we discuss today is the “contact tracing” requirements for restaurants. Paul raises the question if these rules are an infringement on the rights and liberties afforded us by the Constitution? Paul Gessing is the President of the Rio Grande Foundation. Their mission is to increase freedom and prosperity for all of New Mexico. Paul helps to accomplish this goal by informing citizens of the importance of individual liberties, limited government, and economic opportunity. Go to https://riograndefoundation.org/ for more information.

Follow these direct links as background for our topics today:

  1. Santa Fe has a $100 million deficit: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/new-mexicorsquos-capital-city-forecasts-100m-budget-deficit/5734526/?cat=500
  2. New Mexico is ranked 44th in the country of States opening up their economies: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-fewest-coronavirus-restrictions/73818/
  3. Elephant Butte still shut down, going into the Memorial Day Holiday.


  1. The left is pushing to tap the permanent fund for Virus recovery AND again for early childhood programs: https://errorsofenchantment.com/tapping-the-permanent-fund-is-all-purpose-solution-for-the-left/
  2. CA’s gov just called for 10% across the board cut to government employee pay. https://errorsofenchantment.com/california-gov-newsom-plans-10-pay-cuts-to-all-government-employees-crickets-from-gov-lujan-grisham/
  3. Governor Lujan-Grisham has done nothing about the economy (including giving up her salary or pulling back on those 17% cabinet pay raises).
  4. The left is saying, “don’t cut anything.” John Arthur doesn’t seem inclined to tap the permanent fund (the logistics are difficult anyway). It certainly seems like their goal is to get past November and THEN raise taxes: https://errorsofenchantment.com/former-rep-mieras-facile-case-for-not-cutting-education/
  5. Pledge not to raise taxes through the end of the 2021 session. http://riograndefoundation.org/pledge

Brian Alarid and Jason Dickenson can put “love” projects together in the blink of an eye! They join our show today to let us know Convoy of Hope is on its way to deliver fresh produce and grocery items to Albuquerque. This Saturday, May 23, 2020, Harvest Fellowship will be distributing these groceries free of charge to people in need from 9 am to 11 am. The Albuquerque Public Schools has come alongside to help receive over 30,000 lbs. of food on the truck, cold store it to keep it fresh and bring it out to the Church parking lot for distribution. The address for Harvest Fellowship is 5331 Montano Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM  87120.

Jason is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Fellowship in Albuquerque. Brian is the President of America Prays.

John Chitwood answers questions from our listeners today about car repairs. John is the owner of Southern Blvd. Automotive in Rio Rancho. A mechanic you can trust is essential! John knows automotive repair from A to Z. Southern Blvd. Automotive is located at 2300 Southern Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM  87114. John and his team will diagnose your car trouble, and give you a fair free estimate to repair your vehicle. If you have a question for John call 505-892-2300.

Jennifer Bryant is not only a wife, mom, and businesswoman. With the stay at home order in effect, she is also a teacher. One of the things she is teaching her children is how to cook. Kids cooking, healthier snacks, and how to determine if you need to take nutritional supplements are just a few of the topics we cover on today’s show.  Jennifer is a registered and licensed dietician and the owner of Nourished Nutrition Counseling. Her website is an excellent resource for FREE nutrition information and delicious recipes! Check out her FREE Nourished Nutrition Newsletter for free information weekly https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/food-and-faith-newsletter/.

Shelley Repp is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Dream Center. Every day she and her volunteers help to save young people from sex traffickers. Shelley explains the methods used by criminals to lure youngsters through social media. It is bone-chilling to hear about what traffickers do when they find homeless children on the street. Shelley provides training to teachers, administrators, law enforcement, and parents to help prevent and identify children at risk for domestic minor sex trafficking. For more information click on the link or call the New Mexico Dream Center at (505) 900-3833.  Shelley would love to have more volunteers!

This episode is a replay of our show recorded on May 5, 2020. Bishop David Cooper with New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church visits ABQ Connect with Brian Alarid, President of America Prays. Brian introduces his friend and mentor, Bishop Cooper, on the program.  We have some fun talking about the worship experience of the New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church. Bishop Cooper graciously addresses race relations in our community, and his hope to see Christians of all races come together in support of one another. Both men believe united prayer is the way to focus our faith in Jesus.

Go to New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church for information about online services. For details about churches working together to cover America in prayer 24/7, click on America Prays.

Pastor Cesar Loya oversees the Missions Department with Calvary Church in Albuquerque. He works with missionaries around the world, including Gallup, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Mexico.  Landoll and Angie Benally started the Calvary Chapel Tohlakai Church near Gallup. They are working hard to help meet the needs of people in distress on the Navajo Reservation. Several truckloads of supplies and food provisions just arrived at the Calvary Chapel Tohlakai Church from items collected through the Kindness Campaign at Calvary Albuquerque. If you need support in any way during this time of quarantine, please give Calvary Church a call at 505-344-0880.

Join Calvary Church online for regular services, and daily spiritual encouragement for children and adults.  https://calvarynm.church/

Pitre Buick GMC and Pitre Kia in Albuquerque are open for business online at PitrePressGo.com. Scott Simkins is the COO for the dealerships. He offers some insight as to the challenges businesses face trying to adjust to the “new normal” of COVID-19. Right now is a great time to buy a car with special dealer incentives and financing. Call Pitre Buick GMC Albuquerque, Pitre Kia Albuquerque, or Pitre Kia in Las Cruces at  (505) 898-1333. You can shop online at any of these dealerships at  https://pitrepressgo.com/.