June 1, 2016 ~ Year 8, No. 41


The Home Mercantile building was the scene of lifted spirits on Sunday, May 22 as young people of the community shared their journeys of music with piano, violin, guitar, horn, and accordion. It was as if these students of music were living out the psalms of praise: “make music to our God on various instruments” (Ps 147:7).

Carolyn Evers, long-time teacher of music for our area, coordinated the event with the help of parents and others dedicated to enlivening the community with the sounds of music.

Some of the youth playing in the recital were Daniel and Dayson Schacher, Jentri and Chloe Birkenfeld, Lars and Iris Schilderink, Andrew and Abigail Evers, Mary Grace Nelson, Brendan King, Jessie Acker, Harley Gerber, Sara Prins, Maddie Loechner, Cassidy Beck, and Tel Bagley.

 Picture1Harley Gerber and Dayson Schacher perform a duet.



With rain the night before, Memorial Day in Nazareth opened with thanksgiving for all blessings, especially the lives of those who served in the Armed Forces of our nation.  With prayers and rites of honoring the deceased Veterans, 300 people joined the commemoration at Holy Family church and cemetery, as well as at the Francis Wilhelm American Legion Hall.  Four Veterans honored at this year’s breakfast were Gilbert Schulte, James Wilhelm, James Acker, and Jerry Lange.

Picture2Legionnaire Dale Brockman, a member of Francis Wilhelm Memorial Post 528, echoes Taps during Memorial Day ceremonies at Holy Family Cemetery in Nazareth.



Family, friends, staff, administration, and school board members gathered at swift field on May 27 to celebrate the graduation of 19 seniors as they finish their career at Nazareth High School.

Kelsey Espenson was honored as valedictorian, and Morgan Nelson spoke as the class’s salutatorian. Former principal Deb Clinton was present to deliver the commencement speech with her memories of the class from her time at Nazareth ISD.

Several scholarships were awarded from local organizations including the Lion’s Club, the Nazareth Education Foundation, and other memorial funds. School board president Alan Birkenfeld presented the graduates with their diplomas certifying their completion of public high school.

We wish the graduates well for their future endeavors and offer long lasting support and appreciation for their dedication, hard work, and many accomplishments.

Picture3The senior class of 2016 at their graduation ceremony




Picture4 Now that graduation is coming, the past years seem a blur. Our class has grown from the infamous terrorizing seventh graders to the more mature and less troublesome seniors. Priceless memories have been made, from incomparable good times to our fair share of trials. Our class has grown together and helped each other to prepare for the next steps in our lives.

To the eighth graders, do not be afraid of opening yourselves up to new possibilities. These years will be a time for growth and revelation, but they will not define you. So try new things, like FFA, running track, or art club. A small school gives the opportunity to graduate as well-rounded individuals in a great number of activities. If one of these activities suits you, be motivated, achieve, and most importantly, embrace yourself and your values. Choose wisely and never forget to consider the impact of your actions on those around you.

To the juniors, your life is about to become a whirlwind — suddenly surrounded with expectations, decisions, and many essays. Avoid procrastination as senioritis sets in since time with the special people flies quickly.  Since your turn to stand in these caps and gowns comes soon, don’t neglect classmates or teachers as you realize the impact they have made on your lives. Lastly, do not be fearful of taking chances when considering your future. Go beyond what is expected of you. Surprise people. And surprise yourself. My hope is that you seek the path God has laid out for you and lean solely on His guidance.



Four students competed in three different journalism events and finished the day with a state championship.

In News Writing, Kelsey Espenson earned 1st place as well as tops in Texas, the best in 1A-6A, and Abby Schmucker placed 3rd. Emily Dyer placed 5th in Feature Writing, and Allie Schulte earned 2nd in Headline Writing. Their combined success was enough to be named the top 1A journalism team in the state.

Other students who travelled to state to compete in other events include Carly Wilhelm who placed 6th in Ready Writing, Katherine Fulkerson, Hannah Hill, Roxanne Wilhelm, Kristi McAlister, Tarah Hill, and Kennedy Raphelt.

Picture5Emily Dyer, Allie Schulte, journalism teacher Cindy Huseman, Kelsey Espenson, and Abby Schmucker



Donate you backpack! As the school ends, please consider donating this year’s backpack to our Recycle for Caring, we will distribute these through the “We Care” Food Pantry in August. Bring your used backpacks to Mrs. Birkenfeld at school, or place in the Church foyer.

The Freshman Class will sponsor a brisket sandwich meal as a memorial fundraiser for Kyler Clark on Sunday, June 5 at 6:00pm at the school Cafeteria. All are invited and welcome! Minimum suggested donation for the meal is $6.50. Memorial funds raised will be used for improvements at the school playground in Kyler’s name.

The Nazareth City-Wide Garage Sale will be on Saturday, June 25th from 8am till 12pm. If you are planning on holding a garage sale please let the City Hall know so we can list you on the map.

2016 German Festival Saturday, July 9 If you are unable to work at this year’s festival, please call Judy Kleman 945-2328 or Gwen Schmucker 945-2454 before June 1. Scheduled day to clean the hall is set for Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.



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