June 2nd~Year 6, No 39

Nazareth Mother Lives


Evelyn Albracht with Kasi Hadley, daughter of Ryan and Tonia Hadley

Happy Moments With Children


“I just love little ones,” Evelyn (Evie) Albracht said while feeding a bottle to a baby. “Babies are just so sweet and precious.” The seventy year old babysits about twenty-one kids six days a week. She takes pride in the children she has babysat in the past. She still has pictures and artwork from children hanging on walls from over ten years ago.

Evie started babysitting when she was eleven years old; the kids she once babysat now have kids of their own. Although she took a break from babysitting after getting married to work in a beauty shop, her nurturing personality led her to begin taking care of children again in 1997. “I suppose I babysit for the happy moments and the wonderfulness of the children’s smiles,” Evie said.


Verkamp’s Historic Artistry

        Emily VerkampEmily Verkamp is fascinated with how history has influenced our contemporary lives. She uses her interest in history to create unique art pieces. She collages pieces or people from photographs in the past into contemporary settings to show that the changes around us are because of innovations from the past. At times, Verkamp also collages historic pieces or people onto a nature setting to show that nature is unchanging. Verkamp’s artwork will be exhibited at the Home Mercantile Building during German Fest.

Verkamp was born in 1992 and grew up in Idalou. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her BFA in Art with an emphasis in photography. She has been in many group exhibitions around Lubbock such as the Buddy Holly Center and the BFA Landmark Arts Gallery at Tech. “Using tintypes in my contemporary images allows me to explore the similarities and differences between the present and our history,” Verkamp said.



by Theresa Kern Vo


We’ve been having lots of storms lately and the storms in the Panhandle can be ferocious. The chances of being struck by lightning are 1 in 600,000…yet four people in Nazareth met their death that way and are buried in the cemetery. Gleaned from records in the Holy Family Cemetery Book, I discovered that 1 little girl and three men died from lightning strikes. Nazareth must be more dangerous than the average area, because the odds should have been 4 in 2.4 million.

Many family members of these deceased are still in Nazareth area and the community’s love and prayers are with them and these beloved ones who died so tragically.  Struck by lightning and buried at Nazareth’s Holy Family Cemetery were Veronica Drerup, 5 1/2, lightning while in bed, Oct 10, 1908; August Brockman, July 8 1920, 47 years old, Alphonse Heiman, August 12, 1947, age 42, struck by lightning; and John Huseman, July 5, 1930, age 52.

My great-grandmother’s brother Edgar Warren was struck by lightning while on a tractor. He was deaf after that. He was father to Walt, John, Joe, Ozetta, Bill, and all the other Warrens who married into Nazareth families. He lived in the little red house my Mom owns next to Rose and Joe’s old house.

4th of July Weiner Roast,

6:00 p.m., at the Nazareth Community Ball Park

Friday, July 4, 2014 — Fun for All Ages!

Please, come out and enjoy hot dogs, games, fireworks, etc.

Sponsored by the Catholic Order of Foresters


Put on your calendar:

42nd Annual Nazareth German Festival,

Saturday, July 12th


9:30 a.m. – Inside & Open Air Arts & Crafts Show

11:00 a.m. – Heritage of Nazareth Exhibition of Fiddlers & Musicians

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Waterslides and Games.  Armband $7.00 each

11:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. – German Sausage Dinner in the Nazareth Community Hall.

Adults $10; children $5.  Children’s Waterslides and Games – Armbands $7.00

1:00 p.m. – Snack Shack open at the Senior Citizens Center

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Nazareth Museum Quilt Exhibit, Antique Gun Display; Home Brew Tasting

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Live Music Stage

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Art Exhibit and “Coffee House” at the Home Mercantile

2:30 p.m. – “Thou Art a Priest Forever” Presentation on early priests of Naz, in Church

5:00 p.m. – Gates open for the Suds & Sounds Outdoor Concert at the Community Ballpark


“We Care” Food Assistance Begins: 


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 program, please contact one of the Catholic Churches in the county for an application form.  All information and contacts will be kept 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.  For more information, please call Bruce or Lisa at 945-2225.


Holy Family Church Historical Book

Is coming along well.  In trying to do the best with the sisters that served the Nazareth Community for so many years, we need your help.  If you have any photographs of the nuns, please share them by dropping them off at the Parish office.  Put your name on the photographs so we will know who to return them to after they are scanned.  If you have identifying information regarding the photo please include that too. Thank you for your effort to help make this the most complete history of our parish.


Up From The Ashes Fund Raiser  by Jim Steiert


Amidst building back from a fire at King’s Manor Retirement System in Hereford January 27, a fund raising “up from the ashes Beach Bash” will highlight the 36th annual King’s Manor Founders Day barbecue, auction, and concert July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hereford ISD Administration Building at 601 North 24 Miles Avenue (North Highway 385) in Hereford.

The Founders Board has booked the renowned Beach Boys tribute band, the Surf City Allstars, as featured entertainment. The Surf City Allstars are the only band in the world to have played and sang with both the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean bands.  Also headlining the fund raising efforts July 19 are a meal of fine beef, and live and silent auctions of an array of premium items. Featured live auction items include an outdoor grill with rotisserie; a guided one day walk/wade fly fishing trip for two at Gunnison, Colorado including two nights of lodging, a backyard dinner for eight couples hosted by grilling masters Sharon and Steve Hodges; artwork by Tulia artist Kenneth Wyatt; and Texas Tech football tickets.

Admission tickets for the Founders Day Barbecue are $30 each, and are available from the King’s Manor business office and by calling 364-0661. Tickets can be held at the door for purchasers.







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