January 20, 2016~Year 7, No. 111


Picture2  On Saturday, the Nazareth FFA judging team travelled to Fort Worth to compete in the annual Ft. Worth Stock show Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. On Sunday morning, they competed against over 20 teams and won the competition. They also placed first in Brown Swiss, fourth in Holsteins, and second in reasons.

Junior Ellen Schilderink was the top of the Nazareth team, placing second high individual, fifth in Brown Swiss overall, second in Holsteins, and third in reasons.

Another junior, Lexy Ethridge was also a member of the team. She won sixth high individual, first in Brown Swiss, and second in reasons.

The oldest on the team is Lars Schilderink, a senior who places sixteenth as an individual, and was fourth in Brown Swiss. Eighth grader Nathanael Vandijk also placed eighth in Holsteins.

Other members of the team included Sophomore Mike Schilderink, eighth grader Amy Schilderink, and fifth grader Iris Schilderink.

Both Ilona and Laurens Schilderink also became a part of the contest. They were used as ring help to walk and hold the cows while the judgers observed and took notes.

“It was a great way to start off competition season, especially after graduating one of our strongest judgers, Amanda Kleman,” Lexy Ethridge said. “It was something we have never done before, we hope to continue the winning streak throughout the spring until Nationals.”


The Parish Council of Holy Family Church met Monday, January 18th, to elect their officers for the 2016. Chosen as president was Leroy Schulte; vice-president, Leslie Annen; and Secretary, Tisha Gerber; all of whom have been on the council throughout last year.

Retiring from 2015 presidency, but remaining as Advisor, is Harold Venhaus. Membership on the council is for a three-year commitment and 4 people are replaced each year. This year’s new members elected in December are Jeremy Acker, Troy Ramaekers, Rodney Schulte, and Nikki Wethington.

The monthly meeting also discussed ways of implementing the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy in the parish and within the organizations. Next month the council sets its goals for 2016.


Picture1      “She was the heart, hands, and brains of our church office for more than three decades and her dedication to the parish was truly a ministry,” said Fr. Ken Keller, pastor, as Holy Family Church took a special time on Saturday, January 16th, to honor the retirement of Vera Ramaekers from her position of secretary and bookkeeper for the church.

Receiving a beautiful Kenneth Wyatt framed cross forming the name of Jesus, as well as a gift certificate for a well-deserved weekender in Ruidoso for her and her husband, Rex, the parish and finance councils thanked her for the 32 years of service she had in the church office.

Hired by Fr. Harry Waldow in 1982 as a young novice secretary, Vera guided the office through the pastorates of more than a dozen priests and three bishops, improving the bookkeeping, bulletin, website, files, and recently, helped start and organize the church’s Wedding Companions. As a native of Nazareth and Holy Family Church, she knew well the church’s membership and had a heart for the outreach ministries of the parish.

She retired to be more involved in family as a loving grandmother and will help her replacement, Barbara Schulte, become familiar with the workings of the office.


Legion Hall Pool Tournament

Singles Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30th. Doubles Sunday, January 31st.

Call Art Brockman 647-6681or Clyde Schulte 945-2542, for information or to sign up.

Changes at Swift Kicks

2016 begins with SK’s weekly blog now being posted by Abby Schmucker, as she takes over the work that Community Intern alum Darcy Schulte has done since 2012.  We are truly grateful for Darcy’s work that kept locals and ex-pats informed about Nazareth news.  In turn, Darcy sent this note to SK readers: “Thank you for the honor of serving my community and a chance to stay connected.”

Expect Swift Kicks’ hard copy and blog to be published “like clockwork” every Wednesday in 2016, due to Abby’s conscientious attitude and dedication.  If you cannot obtain a hardcopy of SK, or if you would like to see what the black-and-white SK photos featured in the Castro County News look like in color, there is an easy solution.  Just email Abby (nazarethswiftkicks@gmail.com) and send her your name and email address.  Then you will receive, free of charge, an email each week with a link to the new SK blog post and photos in color!

Home Merc Gala

Picture3         The annual benefit for the Home Mercantile has a special purpose this year: to raise funds for refurbishing the building’s antique wooden floor.  The Gala takes place on Valentine’s Day weekend, Saturday, Feb. 13th from 5-9pm.  Tickets to the Gala are $75 per person, $150 per couple, and can be purchased by contacting Glen Waldo or others on the HM Board.  Folks may also decide to attend the dance after the Gala Dinner for $25 a person, with music provided by Dwayne Kleman and friends (starting at 8:30pm).

Thus far, $10,000 has been raised from two foundations for Home Merc floor work, and the Board hopes to raise an additional $10,000 through Gala proceeds so that the project can get underway in March.

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