Connect! Sunday Reflection FOR SUNDAY June 20, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Job 38:1, 8-11
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
St. Mark invites us to join the disciples in asking, “Who is this?” For Mark, Jesus is the embodiment of the saving work of God. Each of the miracle stories is an opportunity to come to a deeper understanding of Jesus as the one who brings God’s power and providence to human needs.
Planting is underway in the parish garden!
The usual garden work days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Should those days and times not fit for you, any time is a good time to weed—they are not on a schedule.
If you are interested in helping, please call Bernie or Michele Link at 689-5228. With so many suffering from food insecurity now, the garden can make a sincere difference in alleviating that need. May we, like St. Isidore, present our abundant harvest of merit and good works.
From a garden crew member:
The first day the Garden crew met this year, our task was to till the soil, to remove dirt clumps and stones. As I lifted my work bucket I noticed the sticks below. They had randomly made the shape of the cross. I was also touched by the green leaves coming out of the cross. What a beautiful sign of new life that would come out of the garden this year!
Healing After Abortion
Are you or someone you know suffering from the pain of an abortion and seeking healing and forgiveness? Support is available by specially trained ministers through the Diocese of Saginaw’s Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats and Project Rachel Ministry.
For more information, visit Healing after Abortion - You are not Alone or contact Lori Becker at 989-797-6652 or email@example.com for a private and confidential consultation.
Seeking a Sub(stitute!)
We are looking for someone who would be willing to serve the parish family as a SUBSTITUTE SANITIZER. Properly sanitizing and preparing both the worship areas and other parish facilities is vitally important and done after every event and every day.
Currently we have one helper to aid our Maintenance go-to guy, Dave, in doing this crucial task. However, were either of them to be unavailable, we would need a sub.
So, we are looking for someone who would be ready to help out as needed. The sanitizing is simple and training would be provided. And, depending on weather, there may be other tasks involving snow removal. Again, training to be provided.
The sub would need to be ‘on call’ and willing to step in as needed.
If you are interested in serving in this way (or have questions), please contact Dave at our parish offices.
Open Door Update
Give Local Midland Update
During Give Local Midland on May 4, you gave $26,740 in just 24 hours to benefit the homeless, hungry and hurting this year through Midland's Open Door. Because of you, Open Door took first place on the leader board for total amount raised and the most donors. Thank you so much for your faithful generosity!
If you’re looking for opportunities to serve as a church, organization, company or even family, Midland’s Open Door is the place for you! We accommodate groups of various sizes of those who wish to have a positive impact on their community. Group volunteer opportunities include serving in our soup kitchen, shelter, service project work, and more. Call (989) 835-2291 for more information.
About Open Door
Every day at Midland’s Open Door you will see weary men and women. Some are struggling with addictions and some with loneliness. But, you will also see responsible adults forced to choose between paying rent and buying food. You will see men and women whose lives were shattered when their jobs disappeared or their car broke down. But in all these things, you will also see an opportunity for the grace of Jesus Christ to restore hope and transform a life hanging in the balance. You can be a part of this ministry, and you can share in this blessing.
Midland’s Open Door operates a community soup kitchen from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. The soup kitchen provides a hot wholesome meal for our shelter guests and is also open to the public. In addition to the noon meal, soup and sandwiches are available for takeout for the guests evening meal. There are no formal qualifications for someone to benefit from the soup kitchen meals and all meals are provided at no cost to our guests.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, Midland’s Open Door is always open. For shelter, please call (989) 835-2291 and ask to speak with a community life advisor.
Founded in 1992, Caregiving Network cares for the people of Midland County and surrounding areas who are struggling and unable to meet their basic needs, due to short term emergency or long-term life crisis circumstances. As an organization ministering for Jesus Christ, we offer resources to all who are in need at no cost. We can respond quickly to help in the areas outlined below. We also are able to offer referrals to a wide range of other area resources and organizations.
Our ministries include:
Food pantry: wide selection of nutritious grocery items and fresh seasonal items when available
Home Essentials: small appliances, bedding, kitchen, bath items to set up a home after disaster or personal crisis
Transportation Assistance: gas card for work or doctor appointment, local transportation such as County Connection or Dial-A-Ride
Carefund Assistance: water, electricity, natural gas, propane and wood
Winter Wear: coats, scarves, hats, gloves, for the family
Health Care Assistance: aid for the uninsured or those in hardship for dental procedures or medical equipment rental
Please help us help! Tell others about us. We are passionate about reaching the hurting and helpless with Christ’s love as we minister to their physical needs.
Caregiving Network · 607 Gordon Street · Midland MI 48640
To learn more call 989-837-9757 or visit www.caregiving.network.
2-1-1: public service number for non-emergency needs
These are difficult times for Michiganders. More and more, families that have never faced financial struggles are finding themselves in need of help. 2-1-1 is available to connect those in need to local resources. Agents are standing by 24/7 to connect people with help of all kinds, like where the closest COVID-19 testing location is, which shelters are open, where to find free meals, and other essential needs. 2-1-1 is a public service number for non-emergency needs.
Do you crochet, knit, sew, or quilt? If so, Stitch and Prayer may be just the place for you! We are a group of people who enjoy our craft and are dedicated to helping others throughout our local community, and beyond. All skill levels are welcome! We work on our favorite projects at home, and bring them to our monthly meetings to donate. Meetings take place at Assumption in the parish hall at 9:45 a.m.
Calendar on website.
The Stitch and Prayer Group.
Thank you for 10 years of love and support for our ministry.
Come join us!
Contact: Laura Ornelas, 989-506-2278 or Kathie Grzesiak, 839-8451.
Stitch and Prayer Kits Are Back….If you are a sewer and would like to work on one of the Stitch and Prayer kits, please check out the baskets on the cart in the gathering area. We have included kits with all necessary materials, and instructions.
When you are finished with your project, please return it to the basket provided. All completed items will be donated to community members in need. Thank you!
We distributed a total of 6,503 items in 2018 and 2019.
How might I help?
Mission Statement: We seek to comfort the bereaved by offering a funeral luncheon.
Anyone interested in helping with this ministry would be most welcomed.
Luncheon worker: Help set up, serve meal, and clean up.
Funeral Luncheon Team Leaders:
Roe Baker (989) 835-5473, Donna Semanco (989) 631-0872, Jean Krause (989) 631-1050, Mary Smith (989) 245-2479, Annette Meyers (989) 698-6601, Linda Stopka
Church Provides: Ham, meatballs, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, baked beans, and beverages.
Food donations: Desserts such as pies, cakes, and cookies. Salads such as pasta salad, jello salad, fruit salad, peas and peanuts. Side dishes such as macaroni and cheese, corn casserole, broccoli and rice. Also needed are rolls and cheese slices.
Sign up sheets are at the Welcome Circle. Any questions: Contact a team leader,
DIOCESE OF SAGINAW / Upcoming Events
Weekly Bible Study For Youth With Father Adam Maher WHEN: Every Thursday at 7 p.m.WHERE: Online
This online only bible study is for middle, high school and college age young people. Use this link to join the online meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/797760221 You can also dial in using your phone at (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 797-760-221
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Five-Day Parenting Challenge One To Two Minute Videos On How To Strengthen Your Relationship With Your Child
WHEN: Anytime WHERE: Visit www.meandmyhouse.net by Evango
Each challenge video only takes a minute or two to watch, but through them you will learn to do simple yet powerful actions to improve and strengthen your relationship with your child. Once you visit the site, click on “Take the 5 Day Challenge”.
Bottle and Can Drive
I am raising funds for an Eagle Scout project that will go towards a walking prayer path (labyrinth) on the north side of the church. To raise funds we are arranging a recyclables drive (glass, aluminum, plastic beverage containers). Donations can be dropped off in the boxes at the south entrance to the parish hall. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
UPDATE: scroll down to see the finished project. Your donations are still being gratefully accepted!
Thank you, Matthew Wright, for the beautiful labyrinth!!
Last weekend Matthew Wright was able to complete his Eagle Scout project after many months of planning, organizing, delays and meetings. Your hard work and dedication has come to fruition! Many, for years to come, will grow in relationship with God using this prayer form.
What is a labyrinth?
A spiritual tool serving as a walk-centering activity for the human heart, mind and soul. It has a single, purposeful path that winds from the edge into the center. The same path leads back out to the edges again. It resembles the indirect path of our lives.
How to use a labyrinth
Walk in calm silence, invite God to walk with you in order to hear and respond to Him. You may have a specific intention you want to focus on. It’s a time to draw near to God.