July 8th~Year 7, No 26

Blessings Celebrated For 

Birch Villas and New Residents


Mark L. Kleman, Viola Kleman, Fr. Ken Keller, Ashley Kleman, and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld gather at Birch Villa for a home blessing.

On Sunday afternoon, 30-40 people gathered for a Blessing of the Birch Villas, located just east of Nazareth’s historic village square. Guest of honor was Marilyn Birkenfeld, accompanied by her 12 children and most of her & the late Herman Birkenfeld’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The assembly also included the new residents: Florene Schulte and Viola Kleman, with some of their siblings and children.

After an opening hymn and scripture readings, Fr. Ken blessed the doorways and interior of each the eight homes, praying that God set an angel of protection over each dwelling and their residents.  The service ended with intercessions and singing of “How Great Thou Art.”

Prior to this blessing the family and friends gathered for a prayer service at Herman’s grave in Holy Family Cemetery honoring the tenth anniversary of Herman’s death. Afterwards, the Birkenfeld extended family traveled out to Alan & Heather Birkenfeld’s farm for photos, supper, and a festive gathering.

All of the community is invited on Sunday, July 12th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to an Open House at the Birch Villas and tour available units while learning more about the overall project.



     Limitless was the theme for the Steubenville South conference in Alexandria, Louisiana, June 26-28, as thousands of teens and sponsors gathered to learn about and celebrate God’s unfailing love and forgiveness.

The teens were powerfully impacted during the weekend through influential speakers and praising music as well as the sacraments of reconciliation and holy communion. The height of the weekend for most teenagers was the Saturday night adoration time. The room was on fire for Jesus Christ and the teens were able to take part in an experience that most will recall as indescribable.

The Holy Family Youth Group would like to thank the community for donating or helping out in any way including their fundraiser and those who prayed for the group throughout the trip. The amazing weekend would not have been possible without the help of each person.

“Boots vs. Badges”

Nazareth Community

Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 14

3:00-7:00 p.m.

Community Hall

   The community and church are extending their love to James Wilhelm who has needed and continues to need blood. At this Tuesdays blood drive, you may sign a tree of life donation card to be given to him noting that you have donated in his name.


9:00am – Playa Lake Tour  (Home Merc)

9:30am – Walking Tour of Nazareth with Boy Scout Guide  (Home Mercantile)

9:30am – 2:30pm – Inside & Open Air Arts & Crafts Show  (NISD Band Hall)

10:30am – 3:00pm – “Defend” – A tribute to the Nazareth Swiftette Basketball teams and their 20 State Championships (School Cafeteria)

11:00am – 3:00pm – Children’s Waterslides and Games // Armbands $10.00

11:00am – 2:00pm – German Sausage Dinner in the Community Hall

Adults $12.00 Children $8.00 Sausage, German Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Fresh Fruit and German Chocolate Cake

1:00 – 4:00pm – Car Show featuring car clubs around the Panhandle

(Hall parking lot)

1:00 – 3:00pm – Nazareth Museum Open House

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Snack Shack Open  (Senior Citizens Center)

1:30 – 4:00pm – Quilt Exhibit   (Home Merc)

3:30pm – Flag Retirement Ceremony by Boy Scouts  (In front of City Hall)

Paige’s Garden

(All proceeds benefit The Future of Nazareth Foundation)

12:30pm – Live Music Stage, featuring recording artists C. R. Beedy and Friends, Steven Birkenfeld, local musicians, Panhandle Boys, along with family entertainment and family groups.  Gospel Hour starts at 4pm

5:30pm – Brown Bag Supper  (at the music & beer garden beside City Hall)  Pulled pork, brisket and sausage sandwiches, chips, cookies, and a drink; along with music in the evening. Benefits the Future of Nazareth Fund!

Suds & Sounds Outdoor Concert and Dance

Nazareth Ballpark Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. Music starts at 6:00 p.m.

$30 per person.  Live bands and a 2400 sq. ft. wooden dance floor!

Headliner Band“Curtis Grimes” on the Silver Bullet Stage.

No glass containers allowed.  Trailers and campers are welcome and encouraged; however, the ballpark needs to be cleared by 8am for cleanup.

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