November 30, 2016~Year 9, No. 17

picture1A new addition in Nazareth was recently completed at the home of Marlin Durbin on Highway 86 west of the intersection.

Durbin created the Ten Commandment stone replicas out of metal, and Danny Gerber and several others helped with the welding and putting all of the pieces together.


Helpers from the community gathered with Hall Committee members on Sunday, November 20, to start the demolition of the Community Hall Kitchen in preparation for the remodel.

The kitchen and hall will be closed through the remodel, and the committee is hoping to re-open in April with several new changes and improvements.


Holiday Tour of Homes

Nazareth, Texas


December 11, 2016

From:1pm to 5pm

-Tickets will be sold at the Home Merc.

-We will give the names of houses and directions when you purchase a ticket.

-Wassail and hot chocolate will be served.

-A Christmas Craft Show will be set up.

-Santa will be at the Yellow Rose Inn!

All proceeds benefit the Nazareth Holy Family Youth Group


Nazareth FFA members competed at the Area LDE contest on Saturday November 19 in Canyon Texas at West Texas A&M University.


Senior Creed Speaking 
Garrison Kleman 5th

Senior Quiz 3rd
Garrison Kleman
Riley Durbin
Faithe Huseman
Anna Huseman
Tate Schulte

Greenhand Quiz 5th
Bradyn Dyer
Maddie Smith
Molly Johnson
Amy Schilderink
Lupita Gonzalez

Public Relations 7th
Anna Huseman
Chandler Schulte
Bryson High
Emily Heitschmidt

Radio 9th
Teri Burnett
Dylan Howell
Alee Christian

Job Interview 8th
Ellen Schilderink

Greenhand Skills 11th
Bradyn Dyer
Eric Hill
Nathaneal VanDijk

Greenhand Creed 12th
Amy Schilderink

Congratulations to these students!



picture3        Sunday, November 20th brought a crowd of several hundred to the Nazareth Community Hall for the Christian Mother’s Turkey Dinner.

This year, the chairmen for the dinner were Jeanie Birkenfeld, Ramona Schulte, and Lori Johnson. Other members of the organization cooked turkeys and pies, decorated the hall, washed dishes, served drinks and desserts, collected money for the meal, and helped out in the kitchen throughout the day.

The event also included a raffle and a craft show in the school cafeteria where booths of every type sold items varying from decorations to toys to jewelry.

Jeanie Birkenfeld posted to Facebook in regard to the day: “I want to thank all of the ladies who helped make the Christian Mother’s Thanksgiving dinner successful! It takes a great organization to feed over 600 people so smoothly! Thanks for your help and may God bless each of you and your families!

Raffle Winners

Lighted Nativity—Curtis Birkenfeld

Holiday Towel Set—Mary Verkamp

Cross —Angela Fulkerson

Recipe Book—Sharon Brockman

Crocheted Hangers—Dolly Schulte

Picture Frame—Rita Kern

Tea Candle Christmas Tree—Rita Kern

Necklace—Laura Gerber

S’well Bottle—Laci Backus

Rush Limbaugh Book—Mary Beth Gerber

Pampered Chef White Baker—Jane Gerber

Nativity Puzzle—Curtis Birkenfeld

Pampered Chef Collapsible Bowl—Heather McLarty

Zipp Nano Drone—Landry Kleman

Ultimate Loom Studio—Judy Kleman

Stuffed Reindeer—Rex Ramaeker’s Grandkids

Stuffed Teddy Bear—Rex Ramaeker’s Grandkids

Radio Control Car—Norita Hoelting

Martha Washington—Joan Backus

“Welcome” Turkey Sign—Bobbie Schmucker

Snowman Puzzle & Chocolates—Mary Beth Gerber

Wine & Holder—Nikki Wethington

Holy Family—Norita Hoelting

3 Loaves of Bread—Lynsey Fuller


Holy Family Parish “Christmas Card Project”

You are invited to send Christmas Greetings to your friends and neighbors in Castro County by participating in this year’s annual Christmas Card Project.

Write your name (or your family’s name) on the outside of an envelope, just as you would like it to appear in the special “Christmas Greetings” display ad in the Castro County News.

Place your donation (e.g. amount usually spent on Christmas cards / stamps) inside the envelope, and drop the envelope in the box at Naz Stop.

Deadline — December 12, 2016

All donations will benefit

Holy Family Church’s “Cemetery Fund”

Please make checks payable to:

“Holy Family Church”



Each Christmas, the elderly and shut-ins of Castro County are delivered a Turkey Dinner luncheon, along with a surprise gift box. Boxes may be picked up in foyer of church now to be filled with Christmas gift items for senior citizens. The boxes need to be returned to the back of church on or before the weekend of December 10th & 11th. The meal and gifts will be delivered on Thursday, December 15th.



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