June 14, 2017~Year 9, No. 44

Interns Attend Retreat

Four of the five Nazareth interns attended a retreat held June 6-7. The four high schoolers met other interns from several different states including South Dakota, Colorado, and Texas.

The retreat included ice-breaker activities, presentations about different aspects of an internship, and traditional food from the different areas the interns came from.

“I like the commonwealth fair because we got to learn in an interactive way,” April Schmucker said. “My favorite booth was Leisure and Recreation because it was fun and had some props with it. It looked really good and was easy to understand.”

Interns at retreat

April Schmucker, Blakely Gerber, Leilanni Cordova, and Katherine Fulkerson


Community Announcements

Support for the Home Merc

The Home Merc Board is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser to offset some recent unexpected expenses at the Home Merc. We had a window broken, sewage issues, and roof repairs. We value this building in our community and want future generations to enjoy its benefits all while keeping the rent affordable to everyone.

You can email Karen Wanjura at kwilhelm@hotmail.com with your order, and she will send you an invoice via PayPal. You can also call Karen at (979) 255-3794 or Ann Nelson at (806) 647-9003 to place an order.

Shirt #1 (navy) is a traditional cotton t-shirt and can be ordered in sizes from youth small to 4X. Shirt #2 (brown) is a soft blend crew-neck shirt that can be ordered in sizes XSmall to XXLarge. Shirt #3 (black) is a soft blend v-neck and can be ordered in size XSmall to XXXLarge.

Shirt #1 is $20 and #2 and #3 are $25. We will also gladly ship to you if you are out of town!! We will just add a $5 shipping charge to your invoice.

Thank you SO much for helping us out with this effort. We and the community appreciate it greatly.


Nazareth City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, June 17

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Stop by city hall and put your name on the list so you will be added to the map.

Thank you!



Valedictorian Speech: Abby Schmucker

The Nazareth Class of 2017 would not be here today without each and every one of you, so I say thank you. Thank you for helping us along the way, pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves, and ultimately, thank you for always believing in us.

Sometime around fifth grade, we were playing in the championship game of a basketball tournament with the score tied in the last minutes. Overlooked by the refs in spite of our parents yelling, the opposing team sneaked six players on the floor and scored to win the game. I was so upset at their cheating to win. Later, grandma Raelene’s house listened to my complaining and with no sympathy said “if you just scored two more points earlier in the game, it wouldn’t have mattered.” These words have been inspiration in my life. In a deep sense, she was saying “life is tough, it’s not always going to go your way, there will be bumps in the road, but eventually you have to learn to overcome those adversities.”

These past years at Nazareth school our class experienced countless obstacles in sports, UIL events, and FFA. At times, we lost, and were disappointed. But, these times may be foundational in our lives. The ability to rise above defeat, to step up to the next challenge, and to move past difficulties, these prepare us for the future in college and the real world.

So today, I quote from Erin Cummings, “At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”

Fellow classmates, for years, teachers, parents, and coaches helped us succeed by pushing us to be better in the classroom, at home, or on the court or field. Guiding hands helped us improve through Nazareth ISD. But now, in the coming years of greater independence, we are in charge of ourselves and our decisions to be great, work hard, and make a difference. Blank pages are ahead and we hold the power to decide what to write. Just as Cummings said, we are now responsible for our success or our failure. As the 15 of us travel in 9 different directions to the colleges of our choice, I have confidence in each one of you because of our strong foundation here at Nazareth. We have learned many lessons, grown as individuals, and developed the life skills that we need to go out into the world.

These past four years, our class has proven its dedication and willingness to succeed despite setbacks and difficulties. Now, for ourselves and for our family, community, teachers, and school we set out to pursue our wildest dreams, and we will not let them down. My final advice: seize every single moment with great attention. Each moment shapes us, so make it your own, and enjoy every second of the future.

I end with a biblical reference from John 1: 46. “Nathaneal said to him, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Philip said in reply, ‘Come and see.’” Watch us and see what good can come from Nazareth.  Thanks to all of you and congratulations guys, we made it!


101 Birthday Blessings Celebrated at Mass

On Wednesday, June 7th, Brigitta Dobmeier celebrated her 101 birthday at a Mass offered for her by Fr. Ken Keller in the Dining Room of the Castro County Nursing Home.   Dozens of Nazareth friends joined residents and staff of the home to pray and celebrate with her on this special day.  When Brigitta Dobmeier was born, the First World War was being fought, Woodrow Wilson was president, Pancho Villa’s revolutionaries raided Columbus, New Mexico, and Charlie Chaplin began his movie career.  Modern American history, as well as local Nazareth history, are realities from her life. We honor this centenarian who wheels herself in her chair to activities in the Home such as Mass, rosary, welcoming visitors, and her much enjoyed hair appointment.


Brigetta Dobmeier

Brigitta Dobmeier

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