January 4, 2016~Year 9, No. 21


Last weekend, a few members of the Nazareth Community attended the 20th Teen ACTS retreat at the Bishop DeFalco retreat center in Amarillo. Tristan McLaurin was the teen director of the retreat, and Abby Schmucker was the teen co-director. Nikki Wethington and Kim Chavira were also on team for the retreat. The entire team spent 13 weeks with meetings on Sunday afternoons preparing for the weekend. There were 22 total teens who attended the retreat, and four were from Nazareth. Chandler Schulte, April Schmucker, Leilanni Cordova, and Emily Heitschmidt spent four days with other teens learning about their path to God and ways to grow closer to Him. The amazing faith-filled weekend started on Thursday evening with sendoff, continued Saturday to the candlelight service with the community, and finished with a mass and hamburger dinner on Sunday. The theme for the weekend was Galatians 4:7. “So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son then also an heir through God.”



Both varsity teams travelled to the Eula basketball tournament near Abilene. The teams left December 28th and returned after competing well on December 30th.

The Swifts won their first two games against Tolar and Eula to advance to the semifinals. The team lost the next game to Holliday, and ended the tournament losing a tough fought battle against Martins Mill to earn 4th place.

The Swiftettes beat Bangs, Ballinger, and Merkel to advance to the tournament championship Friday evening. The team defeated Hico 50-30 to become the Eula tournament champions. Allie Schulte, Kinzi Cleavinger, and Cambrie Heiman were all named to the all-tournament team.

Coach Cassi Gartman graduated from Hico High School, and her dad, Brad Stegall, is currently the head coach, so the Swiftettes posed for a photo with the Lady Tigers after the game.picture2



Recent Graduates in the winter term of any College & University: Please call the parish office, 945-2616 or email Abby Schmucker schmucker_abby@hotmail.com and let us know so that we can honor them. (Please include graduate’s name, parent’s name, university & degree)





Theresa Marie Pohlmeier Rider

Theresa Marie Pohlmeier Rider, 66, was struck by a car in Amarillo as she and her husband took a walk on Monday, December 26, 2016. Her husband was not injured but Theresa died of her injuries.

Theresa was born on March 12, 1950 in Tulia, TX to Philip and Dora Pohlmeier, and graduated from Nazareth High School in 1968, followed later by graduation from Texas Tech University. She married Gary Rider in 1970 at Holy Family church and in 1977 they moved to Claude to raise their four children. Moving to Amarillo in 2001, she was the Assistant Vice President of Finance at Amarillo College until she retired in 2013. Theresa was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandma. Her great joys were her five grandchildren and traveling with her husband. At St. Thomas the Apostle church, she did Prayer Shawl Ministry, Altar Guild, and funeral meals. She is preceded in death by her parents, buried here in Nazareth. Theresa is survived by her husband Gary; two daughters, Sonia Richardson of Amarillo, Erika Gerecke of Lubbock; two sons, Kevin of Bushland, and Brent of Bronte; three sisters, Beth Schulte-Harder of New Braunfels, Rita Pohlmeier of Denver, CO, and Germaine Witt of Henderson, NV; five brothers, Greg and Frank of Amarillo, Walt of Tulia, Ralph of Yukon, OK, Robert of Castle Rock, CO. Memorials to the St. Thomas Prayer Shawl Ministry, c/o St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4100 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX 79109 or Another Chance House, 209 S. Jackson St., Amarillo, TX 79101.


Johnny Lee Dunn

Johnny Dunn, 63, died suddenly on December 20, 2016 in Tulia. Johnny Lee Dunn was born on December 4, 1953 in Hale Center to John and Wilma Dunn. They moved to Tulia when Johnny was 3 years old. He grew up there and graduated from Tulia High School in 1972. Moving to Lubbock in 1981, he attended Texas Tech and worked for Rusty’s Weigh Co. He later moved back to Tulia, where he did carpentry, farm mechanics, and helped with his son’s farming. He was a true agriculturalist and Swisher County soil ran through his veins.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Dunn, and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Austin and Megan Dunn of Tulia, his father: John Dunn of Tulia, his sister and brother-in-law: Debbie and Ricky Cox of Lubbock, his two brothers and sisters-in-law: David and Sheila Dunn of Tulia and Donald and Brenda Dunn of Waxahachie, his three grandchildren: Shailee Wilhelm, Kyanne Dunn and Ella Dunn. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 N. Crosby, Tulia, Texas 79088.


Bernie Brockman

Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Brockman, age 61, of Odessa, passed away December 28, 2016. He was born in Tulia, TX on January 24, 1955 to the late Lewis and Julianna (Birkenfeld) Brockman. He was married to Lawana Oliver for 27 years. Bernie worked as a driller for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Lawana; son, Keith Bell and daughter Ginger Porter, both of Lubbock; and his siblings: August and Vincent; Paulette, Pat, Edna, Cathy, and Mary Lee. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard; Julianna and Howard are buried here in Nazareth.


Summer Internship Opportunity

Since 2008, more than a dozen teenagers from Nazareth have participated in a Community Internship, carrying out projects and tasks that help our village.  These interns also gained valuable work experience, professional skills development, network building, and career exploration. Currently, Abby Schmucker is working through her second Community Internship. Holy Family Church and other community partners are seeking internship applicants for the coming summer, who will participate in a structured program conducted by Ogallala Commons. Contact Darryl Birkenfeld (945-2255 or darryl@ogallalacommons.org) in order to obtain an application.  If there are suitable candidates, more than one Community Intern may be selected.  The application period will close January 15th.


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