Swifts and Swiftettes compete at State Meet
From grueling heat to rain and mud, cross country meets never seem to have ideal running conditions, and it was definitely true last Saturday in Round Rock when the Nazareth teams competed at the state meet.
This years theme for the runners was “May the Course be with You” from Star Wars, and it literally came true. After the race, the 13 runners were covered in mud from the race. The continuous rain and eight races before had created a muddy disaster by the time Nazareth ran, but the teams persevered. The girls placed 5th overall as a team, and Laci Backus was the top Swiftette, finishing 24th. For the boys’ team, Brady Robb took the top Swift spot and placed 42nd.
“Things did not turn out the way we had hoped, but they endured things that were out of their control and competed their tails off,” Coach Eric Schilling said. “I’m glad I have the opportunity to work with each of these kids and I’m looking forward to making this a yearly bus trip to Round Rock!”
Team Chase-ing a Cure
Saturday morning, around thirty children and adults participated in the JDRF One Walk in support of diabetic Chase Boschma.
The group raised $1250 and together, they are turning Type One into Type None.
Chase was diagnosed with type one diabetes when he was six years old, and while they have moved from constant finger sticks and shots to now having a diabetic alert dog, the life-threatening effects are always present.
There is no cure yet, and JDRF is continuing to fund diabetes research to create a world where it does not exist. There is not a cure yet, but your support can help change that!
Pillar of Smoke
By Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer
Back in 2011, the first year of the drought, I remember turning off US 287 at Estelline and heading for Quitaque. I love that stretch of road that winds along the top of a tall ridge through the rolling plains along the Ox Bow Ranch. But that particular day, the expansive view was marred by four pillars of smoke rising up from grass fires scattered across hundreds of square miles.
In the Bible, we hear lots of stories about Israel’s sojourn in the desert and the Pillar of Fire and Smoke that rested above the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle of the Lord. Whenever it came time for the people to strike their tents and move to another campsite, the Pillar would move and the people would follow.
As I drive the ridge, I meet a firetruck and a water wagon. I wave but the drivers don’t notice. Their faces are grim and their eyes are set on the road as they speed by. I would expect nothing less. Wild fires put people on high alert. Teamwork, communication, and organization are top priorities and wasting time and losing focus have immediate consequences.
I imagine the same skills and intense attitudes were found among the people of God during those forty years in which they wandered the Sinai wilderness. Living in close proximity to burning fires and pillars of smoke is bound to have an effect.
How does your current state of mind reflect your proximity to God? Chances are, if you’re clear about your objectives, if you’re focus on where God is leading you, you’re taking care of business, as they say. However, if you’re a bit confused, uncertain, and looking back to Egypt as opposed to the Promised Land that lies ahead, well, you might want to take a cue from those guys on the firetruck heading as fast as they can to a Pillar of Smoke rising above the plains.
Our God is not a God who stays in one place. He is a God on the move and He expects us to move with Him. A Pillar of Smoke by day. A Pillar of Fire by night. This is how He led the Israelites of old. And this is how He leads us today: with focus, with intensity, with the Promised Land up ahead.
Keep your eyes peeled. Keep your eyes open for signs of fire.
Congratulations to freshman Hallie Kleman for winning reserve grand with her lamb at the Plains Jackpot last Saturday.
Nazareth Christian Mothers
& Holiday Arts & Bazaar
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Turkey Dinner with all the Trimmings served in the Nazareth Community Hall.
11 a.m.—2 p.m.
10 yrs. & younger $5.00
Holiday Arts & Crafts
In School Cafeteria
9:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Dinner Raffle: If you have any items you would like to donate for the raffle, please call Lenora Braddock @ 945-2209 or Marlene Acker @ 570-9603.
Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Tests
by Kinswood Manor Home Health & Samaritan Hospice
11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
At the Senior Citizens Center
George Buchenau, RN
* Noon meal will not be served on the 11th at the Senior Citizens Center, and it will resume after the holidays.