November 29, 2017~Year 10, No. 16

Community’s Bright Light Remembered in Season’s Lights

“Bright with hope and joy” was the way so many of us encountered the wonderful new neighbor that joined Nazareth community and school in the last couple of years.  Jo Pierson, struggling with her health, never struggled with sharing her light and love with others, especially her family and all the new friends in Nazareth.

Jo, 43, passed away on November 21, 2017 at home with her family in Nazareth, Texas.  She was born June 25, 1974 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma to Terry and Sherri Moore.  She married Wayne Pierson on July 8, 1995 and they have lived life together in Oklahoma Lane, Muleshoe, Hereford and Nazareth.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hereford.

Jo is preceded in death by her mother, Sherri Moore, and is survived by her husband, Wayne Pierson of Nazareth, son, Tobin Pierson of Nazareth, daughter, Megan Pierson of Canyon, father, Terry Moore and Vicki Moore of Amarillo, brother, Shawn Moore of Spearman and in-laws, Steve and Bobbie Pierson of Oklahoma Lane.

Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth, Texas with Deacon Bob Birkenfeld and Pastor Kevin Bushart officiating.  The family will receive guests afterwards at the Nazareth Community Hall.

Memorials can be sent to The Opportunity Plan Inc., P.O. Box 1035, Canyon, Texas 79015 or the charity of your choice.

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Community Announcements

Santa at the Inn

Santa will be visiting the Yellow Rose Inn on Sunday, November 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m. Children of all ages are welcome. There will be cookies and beverages for everyone to enjoy!

Painting at the Home Merc

There will be a painting class for elementary students on Friday, November 30, from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. taught by Carolyn Bloodworth. All students from kindergarten to fifth grade are welcome, and a small snack will be provided. It is $20 per person.

Basketball Season Continues with Nazareth Tournament

On Monday, November 27, the junior high girls’ and boys’ teams played against Silverton. Both the Swifts and Swiftettes defeated their opponents.

Tuesday, November 28, the junior varsity and varsity boys’ and girls’ teams played the Tulia Hornets. The junior varsity girls won, and the final score was forty-eight to nine. The junior varsity boys’ were also victorious, with a score of thirty-three to twenty-seven. The varsity Swiftettes defeated the Hornets; the final score was seventy-seven to thirty. The varsity Swifts had a close first game and defeated Tulia. The final score was fifty-eight to fifty-four. Congratulations on a great start to the season!

The 2017-18 Nazareth Basketball Tournament will start on Thursday, November 30. There will be twelve girls’ teams and thirteen boys’ teams participating in the tournament. The first teams will play at 10:00 a.m.

On Thursday, the Swifts play Hale Center at 7:20 p.m., and the Swiftettes play Lockney at 6:00 p.m. Come out and support these teams throughout the tournament!

Football Honors

The end of the district football games brings the announcement of the All District Honors Teams. Congratulations to all these players for their achievements!

1st Team

#1 Garrison Kleman – Sr: Wide Receiver, Defensive Linemen

#2 Traytan McLain – Sr: Offensive MVP, Cornerback, Punter

#4 Aidan Moore – Fr: Newcomer of the Year, Tight End,

#14 Jacob Moroney – Jr: Spread Center, Defensive Linemen

#22 Nathaneal Van Dijk – Soph: Full Back, Cornerback

#15 Jake Gerber – Jr: Utility Back, Safety

#75 Garrett Annen – Sr: Noseguard

2nd Team

#13 Luke Betzen – Fr: Quarterback, Utility Player

#35 Bryson High – Jr: Defensive Linemen

#4 Aidan Moore – Fr: Safety

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