YOUNG NAZARETH READERS ENJOY SUMMER PROGRAM
This summer on Mondays and Wednesdays, incoming junior Faithe Huseman opened up the Nazareth School library and organized the summer reading program.
“I really enjoyed working at the library this year,” Huseman said. “It was fun getting to know the kids and being able to watch them learn and have fun. It was a great way to spend my summer and I hope to do it again next year.”
The children who attended were able to check out books and earn prizes for completing three book reports.
Each day of the program, a guest reader attended to read a book aloud to the group. Some of the readers included Nazareth ISD administration, Superintendent Glen Waldo and Principal Jeanie Birkenfeld, along with a few other locals from the community.
The kids also participated in an activity or craft to go along with the book of the day. The group made various items ranging from sun catchers to tie-dye butterflies with clothespins.
A big thank you from the entire community goes out to Faithe for putting on the program and giving young students a chance to grow in knowledge and continue their reading in the summer months.
Returning to a Second Home
Zoe Bieringer, a German exchange student who studied at Nazareth High in the spring semester of 2014, returned this month for a three-week visit with her hosts: the Keith & Kim Birkenfeld family. Zoe (now 17 years old) is from the village of Ballweiler in the province of Saarland, very near to the French border in southwest Germany. After graduating from high school in June, Zoe has traveled in the U.S. with a friend, visiting the West Coast states before arriving in Nazareth. While here, she has enjoyed riding horses, visiting friends, attending a wedding in San Angelo with the Birkenfelds, etc. Upon her return to Germany next week, she will begin medical studies at the university in the city of Homburg. Welcome back, Zoe…and please come back often!
CAMP HOSTED FOR FUTURE SWIFT CHEERLEADERS
Last week, the Nazareth High School cheerleaders hosted a three day camp in the mornings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The campers consisted of incoming kindergarteners all the way through incoming 6th graders. The high school cheerleaders spent the day teaching the girls various cheerleading skills.
Each of the two divisions, big girls and little girls, mastered a dance, cheer, and chant, but they also had fun playing different games during their breaks.
The future swift cheerleaders will show off their new skills during their performance at the Homecoming pep rally on Thursday, September 29.
On August 9, Nazareth-related 8 year old, Tatum Schulte, finished her last chemo treatment after being declared cancer free. Tatum has received support throughout her entire battle from towns across the entire panhandle, and her unending courage, strength and faith has affected many.
Tatum’s parents, Travis and Shawna Schulte recently posted to the ‘Team Tatum’ Facebook page: “God is good! We have had many celebrations! We will never be able to thank everyone that has supported and prayed for us through this battle! The calls, texts, gifts, donations, food….I could go on and on! We have learned many lessons through this battle, but one really important one. …WE DIDN’T FIGHT ALONE!”
Tatum will continue to get checkup scans every three months for the next five years, and the family asks that everyone continues to keep Tatum in their daily prayers.
“We thank God for this hero, her strength, and for all the life lessons she has taught us!”
CHECK-THE-CEMETERY; HONOR OUR LOVED ONES
The most loved of grave sites need care and even stone markers age and crack with years of weather. Before the winter hits an effort is being made to repair and re-level headstones in the cemetery. It starts by asking everyone with a loved one buried there to inspect their sites and see if repairs are needed. Next, the Perpetual Care Committee will get bids from grave-marker companies to bid on repairs. Parish Council Members have preliminary lists for repairs, but we also want to offer families involved to have the opportunity to advise and have a share in this project. A collection on November 1st/2nd is planned where funds for repairs are sought.
NAZ TEENS WILL GATHER
Naz’s Youth Ministry at Holy Family invites all high school teens to this year’s events and encounters – membership at the church is not necessary. It’s a time for being with friends in a safe and fun once-a-month Sunday evening get-together with games, speakers, music, media, and prayer, as each month various “teen-important” topics are approached.
The year starts with a “Youth Kick – Off” as teens and the youth team gather at the CCD Building at 3:00pm – August 21st. Please, come, enjoy, and hopefully, join monthly.