January 21st~Year 7, No 2

Gala Lifts the Spirit

Boy Scouts Service with a smile

Home MercGala Wait Staff (front row l-r): Eric Heitschmidt, Brady Robb, Leilani Cordova,Nathaniel Van Dijk (back row): Landon Robb, Nathan Steffens, Val Steffens, Corny Claussen, Bruce Schulte, Ethan Schulte

The 11th annual Home Mercantile Benefit Gala was attended by nearly 90 people last Saturday night.  The patrons were seated at 11 beautifully decorated tables for a dinner served by Boy Scouts dressed in white shirts and black bow ties.  Grillmeister Garrett Dobmeier, his mother Stephanne, and her catering crew served a 5-star meal of beef tenderloin slices, a twice-baked potato, and asparagus with a cream-truffle oil sauce, followed by a panicatta dessert.  Community Awards were presented to the volunteers who operate the newly organized Holy Family Pantry, and to Scoutmaster Bruce Schulte, for his leadership in revitalizing scouting in Nazareth and Castro County in the past 7 years.  Board President Rose Ball reported that the Home Mercantile was rented over 25 times in 2014 (the most ever), and that revenues from rentals paid the costs of building utilities, cleaning, and insurance during the year.  An additional $3,000 was invested by the Board in a replacement plate-glass window, a historical marker to be dedicated in March 2015, and 8 acoustic panels installed to absorb ambient noise and make the Merc a more pleasant place for large gatherings.

Twenty years ago, The Home Mercantile closed as a business, and what a transformation and a repurposing that have taken place in since 1995!  The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who has attended our Galas, and all who helped us to raise $3,500 from this year’s event.

Awards conveyed at the 2015 Home Mercantile Gala


Bruce Schulte receives Community Award for voluntarism.

Community Award

Nazareth Food Pantry Volunteers: (left to right) Kay and Harold Venhaus, Mitze and Cyril Brockman, Ronnie and Regina Hoelting, receiving award from Fr. Ken Keller








Bishop of Amarillo Catholic Diocese

Confirms Twenty-one


On Sunday, January 18th, at Holy Family Church, Nazareth, the Bishop of the Amarillo Diocese, Patrick Zurek, D.D., celebrated Mass and Confirmed in Faith twenty-one local teens.  The Sacrament of Confirmation culminated a faith enrichment process that these 8th graders have been a part of for the last two years, as well as affirmed the maturing faith of those who had been baptized years earlier.  This is the second time that the Bishop of Amarillo has made an official visit to Nazareth’s Holy Family Church, one of 50 Catholic parishes in the Panhandle of Texas.  This 9:15 a.m. ceremony filled the approximately 500 seat church with family and friends of those honored with the Sacrament of Confirming Faith. The pastor, Fr. Ken Keller, and the church’s Deacon, Bob Birkenfeld, assisted in the ceremonies with the church’s 9:15 a.m. choir and various liturgical ministers.

Garrett Annen+

Garrett Annen of Nazareth (center) is prayed with by Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo as his faith sponsor, Alan Dobmeier, and Rev. Ken Keller join in the ceremony.



Basketball Update

           Both the Nazareth Swifts and Swiftettes won against the Springlake-Earth Wolverines Friday. Tuesday, varsity players won against Hart. The girls’ score was 42-5, and the boys also had a big win: 76-22. The junior varsity girls won 42-5, and the JV boys ended the game one point short: 34-35. Nazareth will compete against Lazbuddie Friday at Nazareth. Lazbuddie does not have JV teams. The junior high game was rescheduled from Monday to Thursday at Nazareth at 5:00. Come support the Swifts!


stock show wins

County Stock Show winners: Dayson Schacher, Lexi Huseman, Grace Huseman, Chandler Schulte, Kari Schulte, Halle Kleman, Emma Kleman, Dimmitt winner, Roxanne Wilhelm




The American Legion Pool Tournament is scheduled for January 22 thru 25.  For more information, please.  call Art Brockman 647-6681.


NAZ area college grads: Did you or a family member recently graduate from a college or university. We can honor them if you let us know graduate’s name, parents’ name, university & degree. Contact Vera at 945-2516.








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