June 25th~Year 6, No. 38

School’s History Focus of Internship


     “It’s about opening doors of opportunity and experience,” said Taylor Damron in sharing about being a Community Intern here in Nazareth this summer.  Damron is interning under a number of community efforts, with Ogallala Commons being the guiding organization.  Community Internships have been a great benefit here in Nazareth for the last six years.

This summer, Damron is documenting some aspects of Nazareth School activities and groups that will eventually become part of a larger school history.  One of the resource people for her work is Brenda Schulte with her extensive NISD involvement. The research will be in preparation for a presentation on the School at German Fest in the summer of 2015.

Besides the School project, Damron is involved in the community gardening that provides fresh salads for the Wednesday meal, and doing articles and layout for Swift Kicks.  She must also write five blogs and volunteer for ten hours of community service by the end of the summer.

Damron started the summer internship in June, but she hopes to continue it next summer also. Damron indicated that she became interested in the internship because it provides summer employment as well as  valuable skills for jobs in the future.  She concluded: “The internship will also look a lot better on job applications in the future than just babysitting.  I hope this will open more doors for job opportunities when I am out of high school.”

CDA officers

NEW OFFICERS VOTED: On Monday, June 16, new officers for 2014-2015 of the Catholic Daughters of America, Archbishop Gerken Court of Nazareth, were installed at the Holy Family Inn Chapel by (center) Fr. Ken Keller — (L-R): Mary Verkamp, Sharon Brockman, Gladys Fortenberry, and Mitzie Brockman.



       Thanks to all who helped with the Vacation Bible School at Holy Family Church this last week.  Whether help, donations, support, technical support, or participation – we appreciate you. Diane Heitschmidt & Erin Prins.



Kyle Birkenfeld – Graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biological & Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University

Ryan Birkenfeld – Graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Ag Business from Texas A&M University.  (These are sons of Keith & Kim Birkenfeld, grandsons of Marilyn Birkenfeld)



Two dozen attendees at the Tuesday, June 24th, Playa Field Day were treated to a discovery of some macroinvertebrates that are currently thriving in local playas: beavertail, redtail fairy shrimp, and a couple of tadpole shrimp (not the kind humans eat, though).  Ogallala Commons, Dixon Water Foundation, and Texas Tech hosted the day where monsoon rain mandated the day begin in Home Mercantile before actually hiking out into the Playas to “go fishing” for these rarities.


Lane Birkenfeld’s Baccalaureate Address:


     In Ecclesiastes chapter 3, we read: “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every purpose under the heavens: A time to plant and a time to uproot the plant; A time to tear down and a time to build; a time to mourn and a time to dance”.

Today is the appointed time to prepare for the seniors to leave this community and continue our education and our careers elsewhere. It is also the time for next year’s seniors to take on the role of leadership in our school and for the eighth grade to become high school students. I’m here to give the incoming high school students perspective as they make the next step in their education. Usually the person giving this speech would use their insight and wisdom that they learned through the years to give advice to next year’s student body; however, I’m giving the speech today so you students of NISD will have to do without the brilliance.

Just as my class became responsible for the school’s endeavors this past year, next year’s seniors will take over this task.  Know that you will be the ones to define yourselves through whatever you do this upcoming year. Whatever expectations people have for you or you have for yourself, I am sure that you can exceed them. Our class of 11 students was not expected to accomplish much, but we managed to have a phenomenal year. I can’t imagine what we could have done with a class of 29 people!

To the coming Senior Class, use your talents and put yourself out there. Do not be afraid to attempt as many things as possible even at the risk of failure or frustration, because taking chances is the first step on the way to success.

I would like to leave all of you with a verse from the Gospel of Luke, 12th Chapter:  “Do not live in fear little flock for it has pleased your father to give you the kingdom. Get treasures for yourselves that do not wear out; a never failing treasure with the Lord that no thief comes near nor any moth destroys. Where your treasure lies, there your heart will be!


1) Nazareth City-Wide Garage Sale, Saturday, June 28; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. If you would like for your place to be on the map, come by or call City Hall 945-2285.

Auxiliary needs donations: contact Lisa Schulte 945-2542.

2) 4th of July Weiner Roast at 6:00 p.m. in the Nazareth Community Ball Park; Friday, July 4: Come out and enjoy hot dogs, games, fireworks, etc.  Catholic Order of Foresters

3) Free Summer Reading Program, sponsored by Nazareth Home & School, means open library for all ages: Monday and Wednesday mornings, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Children must be with adult.  Guest reader at 9:00 a.m., followed by children’s fun activity. Children take home a summer reading log to track their progress and win cool prizes!  Info: Haley Birkenfeld (806) 246-2165

4) 42nd Annual Nazareth German Festival: Saturday, July 12,

¨ German Sausage Dinner – 11:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. in the Nazareth Community Hall.  Adults $10; children $5.

Children’s Waterslides and Games – Armbands $7.

¨ Pioneer Priests’ Talk in Holy Family Church @ 2:30 p.m.

¨ Suds & Sounds Outdoor Concert at the Nazareth Community Ballpark.  6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

Admission $25 per person.

Featuring “Southern Brothers” featuring Jason Eady and

Adam Hood.  And, also performing: Rough Riders,

Tommy Gallagher Band, Seven Miles South




A food pantry is being established to help area residents in need of food assistance. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this additional program, please contact one of the Catholic Churches in the county for an application form. Some of the Dimmitt churches are also offering food pantries where applications can be obtained.

The Nazareth scouts, Lions, and Knights are all cooperating with the Holy Family Church in the running of this effort that will come under the auspices of the High Plains Food Bank.  If you would like more information, please call Bruce or Lisa at 945-2225.  Our community cares and wants to help – that’s the point – and we also pledge to keep information and contacts confidential. Each church secretary can receive your completed form or they can be sent to Holy Family Church, P.O. Box 100, Nazareth, TX 79063.  Thanks go especially to the organizing committee of the food pantry and to the scouts who are loaning us a closet for the food items and help with distribution.






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