March 15, 2016~Year 9, No. 31

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS HELP LIPSCOMB COUNTY

The Nazareth FFA, through the help of local donations, travelled to Lipscomb County to help the communities affected by the wildfires.

After driving through miles of charred grass and lifeless land, the group arrived with 1,600 pounds of cubes from Tulia vet supply. The Nazareth FFA helped ranchers pick up hay and feed for their livestock as well as other supplies. The group witnessed semi-trucks and volunteers from all over the area, state, and nation hauling hay and supplies and coming to lend a hand and do whatever is possible to get the hardworking ranchers and farmers of the area back on their feet.

The Nazareth community along with communities nearby have come together for this tragedy up in northern panhandle.

The Nazareth community has delivered over 20 semi loads of donated hay with the help of local trucks and drivers who were available and ready to help.

Castro County Farm Bureau donated $3,850 to the Nazareth FFA for the fundraiser to assist the victims of the Perryton/Lipscomb Fire.
The Farm Bureau is extremely proud of the youth for stepping up to assist in such a devastating loss. The kids are the future of Agriculture and know what it means to serve others selflessly when times are tough. The agriculture community is one that sticks together through the hardest of trials and this is one example of the many ways Texas has rallied together to support our local farmers and ranchers.
If you would like to donate or give a helping hand hauling hay or supplies, contact Garrison Kleman (806-674-4958), Lexy Ethridge (806-369-5312), Ellen Schilderink (806-994-0995), Teri Burnett (806-240-5273), Riley Durbin (806-240-2776), Faithe Huseman (806-240-5887), Hallie Kleman (806-477-9472), Chandler Schulte (806-292-5543) or Austin Heck (806-445-1334).

­­Thank you Nazareth FFA for your hard work.

Picture1.pngPictured (left to right): Robert Boozer, Bryson High, Darrell Buckley, Matt Gfeller, Garrison Kleman, Rodney Hunter, Blakely Gerber, and Hallie Kleman.

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Fig Tree

 

by Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer

 

You don’t have to speak a second language to be a translator. All you need is a Bible. For example, take this passage from the Gospel of St. John.

“You are a true Israelite,” Jesus said to Nathanael.

“How do you know me?” Nathaniel replied.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”

This passage doesn’t make much sense. Fig tree?  I saw you under the fig tree? What’s that mean?

According to some biblical scholars, this phrase is similar to Jesus saying to Nathaniel, “I saw you under the under the hood of your truck.” Or, “I saw you on your front porch.”

For the people of Jesus’s day, one’s fig tree was “a big deal.” A fig tree was a sign of ownership, smart investment and responsible stewardship. To own a fig tree meant you owned a piece a land and that piece of land was your part of Promised Land. It was your pride and part of your identity as a Jew.

So, when Jesus says to Nathaniel, “You are a true Israelite,” it’s the same as saying, “You are solid individual. You are reliable and confident. You are your own person. And I want you on my team.”

That’s what the phrase “I saw you under the fig tree” actually means. When we ponder this passage today, it is as though Christ is saying to us: “I know where you live. I see you with your family at the dinner table, I know how you interact with your teammates in locker room after the game, I observe how you relate to your co-workers at work in the break room at lunchtime or with your classmates during homeroom.

In other words, “I see you where you are the most yourself. I know where you live. And where you live is where I live. For I live in you and you live in me.”

God is not somewhere up the road waiting for us to join him. Rather, he comes to us where we are. Then, as with Nathaniel, he asks us to fall in step with him and follow him to a new Promised Land, an even better Promised Land, a land where fig trees blossom with the fruit of eternal life.

 

The Future of Nazareth Foundation is hosting a Pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 19, in the school cafeteria, from 8:30—11 a.m.   All are invited to attend!

 

COMMUNITY HALL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, Match 26th  – 9:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Stop by for coffee & donuts and to see the newly remodeled kitchen!

 

Holy Family Parish Is Holding an Extraordinary Lenten Retreat

Friday, March 31, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, April 1, 8:30am – 8:30pm

Sunday, April 2, 8:30am – 5:30pm

What you will gain from this retreat far outweighs the commitment of time, for it will Super-Energize our Lenten & Easter Experience.

The retreat will be held in the CCD Building which will allow you to return to your home each night. Come Join Us: Pick up a Registration Form in back of church or at the Rectory.

During the Lenten Retreat, we are asking for continuous prayer for those making this journey of renewal and will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, March 31, from 7 to 9 pm, Saturday, April 1, from 9 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, April 2, from 11 am to 5 pm. If you are unable to attend the weekend retreat, then, please, come to pray for an hour. Sign-up sheet will be in foyer.

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