Nazareth Graduate Creates History
Nazareth graduate Rebekah VanDijk is a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington. VanDijk is the first player in UTA’s basketball history to reach both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds! She has 1,437 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career!
Nazareth Music Receives Grant
This year, band director Angela Fulkerson applied for and received a grant from the Texas Music Educators Association executive board. Fulkerson received an $800 grant to use for the elementary music program at Nazareth ISD. With the grant, she bought various percussion instruments including finger cymbals, egg shakers, tambourines, jingle bells, woodblocks, claves, xylophones, rhythm sticks, and shape drums for the elementary students to use.
“I heard about the grant through the new online elementary curriculum, called Quaver,” Fulkerson said. “The new instruments will be used with the Quaver lessons to help expand students’ understanding of music and to help them learn how to read and play music. This will help prepare students to play band music in years to come. It will help the future of the high school band with a strong foundation.”
The third grade with the instruments
An Eye for Beauty – Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer
The father of a friend of mine died last week. The man’s name was Eldon and he ran a feed and veterinary supply store in Friona.
The hallway to Eldon’s office at the Veterinary Supply Company was lined with 8×10 prints of photographs he had taken of life West Texas. Eldon had an eye for beauty but his artwork conveyed more than beautiful landscapes. The scenes he captured on film contained more than color and perspective. They also revealed his love and reverence for the people of his town, the virtue of hard work and the neighborly cooperation and community spirit that so characterizes rural life in this part of the country.
In addition to the prints hanging in the hallway of the feed store, Eldon also published a yearly calendar. Each month of the year featured a print of one of his photographs, many of which illustrated some scene or event from around Friona. Needless to say, the calendars were very popular.
A wise theologian once said, “When we no longer recognize beauty, we will soon forget how to pray.” Eldon’s photographs are beautiful and their beauty reflects the beauty of the Creator. How fortunate we are to have artists in our midst.
Eldon, the owner and manager of a feed store, was indeed an artist. He looked at the world around him and saw the beauty of God’s light shining brilliant in the Texas sunsets, breaking through the clouds, dancing on the prairie flowers and sparkling the surface of water in rusted cattle tanks. He saw the smile of God in the faces of people gathered together for community dinners and stock shows.
If we could but take one of Eldon’s calendars, chose just one month, gaze at the picture, then go through the days of that month reflecting on the beauty and goodness that each day offers, how much closer we would grow to God during the rest of days remaining on the calendar of our own individual lives?
If one ordinary man can help us see beauty in this life, how much more can we see the hope of Glory in the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Eternal rest grant unto Eldon, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon him.
Home Merc Gala
The Home Merc Gala will be February 10, 2018, starting at 6:30. Food will be provided as well as a band for entertainment and dancing. The highest bidder for the College Flag Auction will be able to fly their college team’s flag at Nazareth ISD every Friday. Tickets are $150 per couple or $75 per individual. For additional ticket information, contact the Home Merc board members: Lesly Annen, Mac Annen, Ann Nelson, Matt Olvera, Toni Waldo, Glen Waldo, Karen Wanjura, John Wanjura, and Hugh Wilhelm.
All Region Band
Two students from Nazareth will be performing in the junior high and high school All Region Bands. Sixth Grader Chloe Birkenfeld and senior Katherine Fulkerson will play at Mary Moody Hall at the WT campus on Saturday, January 20, at 2:00 and 4:00, respectively. Come out and enjoy the music!