August 24, 2016 ~ Year 9, No. 4



The theme this year is be a HERO: have heart, enthusiasm, respect and optimism.  Each and every one of you has the ability to be a hero. How, you might ask.  Doing your best each and every minute of every day, whether you are doing homework, competing in extra-curricular events, or relating to your peers.

The heart is one of the strongest muscles in our body. It is also one of the most important.  Without it, we would most certainly die.  Having heart can be the difference between success and failure. Having heart means giving your all. It means never giving up, even when you are tired or beaten down by defeat. It means loving what you are doing and persevering to the end. Just as we die when our heart stops working, participating in any activity without heart will lead to defeat. Let’s give it our all this year to make it the most successful year to date.

Enthusiasm is defined as intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval. It means throwing ourselves into a relationship, goal, dream, or activity. It means casting aside worries or distractions and embracing instead the delights of the moment or the hope of success. Enthusiasm makes us feel fully alive.

Respect means following the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated” at all times. Each of us is a child of God. Our enemies, our friends, the person to your left and to your right are all children of God and we should treat them as such. When someone does something that irritates you, just remember, they are doing their best. We never know what others are going through. If we cannot learn to understand one another. If we cannot see that there are different views than our own. If we cannot learn to love the person with a different face, a different race, or a different religion–then we are actively choosing to show disrespect.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. This quote by Helen Keller is the secret to her success. If anyone ever had a reason to feel sorry for herself and give up, it would be Helen Keller. Instead she chose to use the three senses that she did have and become an amazing woman. Optimism is a feeling of hope and confidence. It is waking up each morning with a positive attitude and focusing on what we do have instead of what we don’t have. It’s the ability to see the brighter side of things. I am optimistic that this is going to be a great year!

You know, I am not a superhero, but by having heart, enthusiasm, respect, and optimism, I can be a HERO. More importantly is, YOU can be a HERO each and every day.  And when you are, this school, community and world become a much better place.

Be a HERO and have a great year!



The class of 2017 poses in front of school on their last first day of school at Nazareth ISD.


Friday morning we got to witness a True Nazareth Moving Party.  Knights of Columbus, athletes, men, women, kids, neighbors, and friends helped us move at a time when we were not quite sure how we would get it all done. We have witnessed the Love and Generosity of this community over and over but it was very humbling when we were the ones receiving the help. We are TRULY blessed to be in this community.  Thanks to each of you for your prayers, kindness, and Muscle!!

Wayne, Jo, Megan, & Tobin Pierson


Plan to participate in the Village’s

Golden Anniversary Event:

75th Annual

Labor Day Weekend

Picnic and Fundraiser

September 4th, Sunday

The Nazareth community for 75 years has celebrated Labor Day honoring the work and faith of our farm families. This year, a “Parade of Heroes” circles town at 10:00 a.m., and we ask businesses, organizations, NISD school, and residents for floats, trucks, tractors, bikes, or horses to honor our heroes. Kids dress as favorite superhero (prizes).

Special ceremony to honor law enforcement and first responders.

Roast Beef Lunch/trimmings is served from 11 am to 2 pm — adults $10.00 and children (10 and younger) $5.00.

After Lunch: activities for adults: raffle, bingo, cow-patty bingo Children’s games and water events go until 4:00 p.m. Armbands for $10.00 (8 and older) & $5.00 (7 and younger).

After lunch, a Grand Trailer Auction of items from art to farm supplies are auctioned (bring lawn-chairs, Off, and SPF). Late afternoon: Auction of livestock donated by area ranchers and parishioners.

A Hamburger Supper will be served from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with hamburgers, chips and beverages for $7.00, double meat meals $9.00.


The Castro County Fair and Harvest Days will be September 8-10, 2016 in Dimmitt, TX.  If you are interested in renting a booth for Saturday, September 10th, please contact Donna at (or) 647-2243 (please leave message if not home).    Booth Rental is $40 per booth inside the Expo and $30 for booths inside the Quonset and outside.  Electricity is $5 extra.  Booths inside the Expo go fast and it is first come first served so contact us soon.  Hope to see you at the fair!


Donate to Labor Day Meals: Dinner: Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, watermelons and cantaloupes Contact Peggy Ramaekers or Ann Nelson. Supper: Tomatoes and onions Contact Missy Kleman or Jennifer Heiman.


School Supplies — every family knows the expense of children’s supplies for school, and know also that some families are in real need at this time. Our Food Pantry happily passed on the recycled backpacks last Saturday, on Saturday, Aug. 27th, we will have a “School Supplies Day.” Please bring to church or school extra pens, pencils, crayons, papers, folders for this Gifting day.




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