June 21, 2017~Year 9, No. 45

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School took place this summer on Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15. It started each evening at 5:45 pm and lasted for three hours. Incoming Pre-K up to incoming 6th grade kids could attend. This year 115 was the total count for the number of kids. Many adults along with teens helped all week long with a variety of roles. Each day the kids went to five different stations around the CCD building and the church. These include music, games, crafts, bible story, and snacks. The theme for this year was Maker Fun Factory, and so all week the kids were reminded that God created them. Throughout VBS the kids made crafts such as bracelets and picture frames, learned new songs along with dance moves, and listened to stories about Jesus’ life on earth. At the end of the week, all of the kids performed their dances to the certain songs they were assigned.


Former BOE Trustee, Jody Huseman, recognized at the Regular Board Meeting on June 12, 2017 for her six years of service from May 2011 to May 2017.  Glen Waldo, Superintendent, thank her on behalf of the board and staff of Nazareth ISD along with the community of Nazareth for working and serving so humbly, but effectively on the Team of Eight.  The desk plaque with a red star and blue tennis shoe recognized her for “Going the Distance for Children.”


Three Attend Girls State

June 11-17, Katherine Fulkerson, Shailee Whilhelm and Natalie Schulte attended the 2017 Girls State session. Six hundred soon-to-be senior girls from various areas in Texas gathered at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin to learn about the government process and run for offices. They were each assigned a city and a party and were put into either the House of Representatives or Senate.

While there, they had to opportunity to run for offices, create laws and ordinances and submit bills to debate. On Friday June 16, all the Girls State citizens visited the Texas State Capitol building. They were able to have debate sessions in the House and Senate chambers.

Throughout the week, they made new friends, created their own government and learned the necessary procedures to submit and create bills.

“I had so much fun at Girls State,” Fulkerson said. “I really hope I am chosen to go back as a staff member.”


Rose Mary Ramaekers, a 1951 Nazareth High School Valedictorian, died on Friday, June 09, 2017.  She was born on March 12, 1934 in Groom, Texas to Leonard and Alma (Herzog) Conrad. They moved to Nazareth, Texas in July of 1948. She married Vincent Ramaekers on September 16, 1952 and moved to Umbarger where they raised their 5 children. She attended West Texas State University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education. She taught a variety of classes at the elementary level for Canyon ISD from 1969 – 1994, after which she was an instructor of music methods classes at WTAMU and taught private piano lessons. She was involved in music ministry at Catholic churches in Nazareth, Littlefield and Umbarger for more than 60 years.

Her life was celebrated Wednesday, June 14, at services in St. Mary‘s Church in Umbarger and Holy Family Church in Nazareth.  Burial beside her husband, Vincent, was in Holy Family Cemetery

Rose Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Ramaekers, her parents, grandchild, Nicole Scott, and grandson-in-law, Kendrick Powell. Survivors include her children, Henry Ramaekers and wife, Linda Jo; Debbie Wieck and husband, Kenneth; Elaine Scott and husband, John; Sharon Rainwater and husband, Randy; and Linda Byrd and husband, Robert; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Mitzie Brockman and husband, Cyril; Ted Conrad and wife, Jeannie; Colette Hoelting and husband, LeRoy; Suzie Bacon and husband, Howard; Tom Conrad and wife, Brenda; and Angie Venhaus and husband, Clyde; and many in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to the WTAMU Catholic Student Center, 2610 4th Ave. Canyon, TX 79015.


Rose Mary Ramaekers

2017 Baseball Honors

1A Pitcher of the Year                                    1st Team Outfielder              

Tate Schulte                                                       Nathaneal Van Dijk

1st Team Catcher                                             1st Team Utility               

Jake Waldo                                                         Garrison Kleman

1st Team Infielder                                           2nd Team Infielder

Traytan McLain                                                 Tristan McLain

2nd Team Outfielder                                      Honorable Mention

Jacob Moroney                                                  Tristan Nelson

Congratulations to all these athletes!

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