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Called to Love is the theme for our 2020-2021
Assumption Faith Formation.

Our mission is to accompany your family to an encounter with Christ through faith formation. This year our encounter will focus on how we are all “Called to Love”- God and our neighbors. We are excited to help your family put that love into action within your homes, community and world.

This year, all faith formation levels will be structured in a “hybrid” model using different formats, depending on grade level. We will meet in person, when possible, conduct virtual sessions and provide packets for in home use. We will be updating you with more details as we get closer to our faith formation kickoff on September 27th. Save the date for this fun family event where we begin to answer our “Call to Love”.

As registered members of the parish, your child(ren) are called to be a part of our Children’s Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. Before we begin this year, we need ALL families to update their family information and medical treatment release forms. These two documents can be downloaded and fill out electronically in Adobe Reader. Please return to our parish office professional, Sharon Worthington (sharon@assumptionmidland.org), by Wednesday, September 16. If you have any problems or questions, please call the office at 631-4447.

It gives us great comfort that the Holy Spirit is guiding our planning! We ask for your prayers as the year enfolds. Yours in Christ, Kathy Russell, Director of Youth Ministry (6-12th grade) kathyr@assumptionmidland.org

Sarah Hocking, Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator (PreK-5th grade) sarah@assumptionmidland.org

Connect! Sunday Reflection FOR SUNDAY April 11
2nd Sunday of Easter

  • Acts 4:32-35

  • 1 John 5:1-6

  • John 20:19-31

My Lord and my God, help me to see with eyes of faith, so to shed all my doubts and be believing. May the overflowing mercy of this day renew and fortify my faith, hope, and love. Amen.

Read the full reflection.

Called to Love is the theme for our 2020-2021 Assumption BVM Faith Formation.

Our mission is to accompany your family to an encounter with Christ through faith formation. This year our encounter will focus on how we are all “Called to Love”- God and our neighbors. We are excited to help your family put that love into action within your homes, community and world.

This year, all faith formation levels will be structured in a “hybrid” model using different formats, depending on grade level. We will meet in person, when possible, conduct virtual sessions and provide packets for in home use. We will be updating you with more details as we get closer to our faith formation kickoff on September 27th. Save the date for this fun family event where we begin to answer our “Call to Love”.

As registered members of the parish, your child(ren) are called to be a part of our Children’s Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. Before we begin this year, we need ALL families to update their family information and medical treatment release forms. These two documents can be downloaded and fill out electronically in Adobe Reader. Please return to our parish office professional, Sharon Worthington (sharon@assumptionmidland.org), by Wednesday, September 16. If you have any problems or questions, please call the office at 631-4447.

It gives us great comfort that the Holy Spirit is guiding our planning! We ask for your prayers as the year enfolds. Yours in Christ, Kathy Russell, Director of Youth Ministry (6-12th grade) kathyr@assumptionmidland.org

Sarah Hocking, Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator (PreK-5th grade) sarah@assumptionmidland.org

Food Pantry Distribution Truck

We Have a Date!

The parish has been notified that the date for the arrival of the Mobile Food Truck will be on Thursday, July 22 (which is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene). It will take many hands to unload the many pallets of food, load grocery carts at the various food stations, and unload the grocery carts into the cars of those in need.

Everyone’s safety will be a priority. The more volunteers that we have the lighter the work and the more fun we have! Help is needed from 8:00am – 12:00pm, with lunch provided following the event. You can sign up for the entire time or whatever part fits your schedule.

Sign-up cards are available in the Gathering Space.

You may also call the parish office or email Sr. Jeanne at: jeanne@assumptionmidland.org.

Operation Rice Bowl

Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all. Please pick up your Rice Bowl at the entrance of church. We will be collecting all rice bowls starting Palm Sunday weekend. Visit CRS Rice Bowl for more information.

Thank you for considering CRS Rice Bowl as a part of your Lenten faith journey! “May our prayers and fasting unite us with those who hunger. May we share of our blessings with those in need. Amen.”

Seeking a Sub(stitute!)

We are looking for someone who would be willing to serve the parish family as a SUBSTITUTE SANITIZER (and snow helper). 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

Soup Kitchen Dining Room Reopens March 8th

Midland's Open Door will officially move the soup kitchen service back inside the dining room on Monday, March 8, 2020.

Our extended lunch hours will continue, as will the grab-and-go option for guests who choose not to eat their meal in the dining room. In order to maintain social distancing inside, the service line has been eliminated and meals will be served to each guest, restaurant-style, once they are seated.

We're excited to be able to safely gather as a community again. Please continue to pray for our volunteers, guests and staff as we make this transition.

Thank you for helping fill the pantry!

We recently shared about the high demand on our soup kitchen services and how quickly some critical food items were depleted from our shelves. You responded with an incredible outpouring of generosity! Meat, cheese and fresh vegetables filled up our refrigerators and cans of vegetables, fruit, tuna fish and salad dressing restocked our pantry.

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.

Food

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.

Get Help

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.

Caregiving Network

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.

If you need information or want to join the Knights of Columbus, please contact Jim Hitchcock at 989-954-3930. Check out our website at: www.KofC2141.org.

K of C 2141, Monthly Meetings, Wed. 7 PM, See Calendar

Stitch and Prayer Sewing Group

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.

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Changing Your Spiritual Zip Code

Under The Influence of Jesus The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ

We all have endured much this past year but have you survived or thrived. In a straight forward and humorous manner Joe Paprocki teaches us to live in a reality permeated by the nearness and accessibility of Jesus our Lord. We can experience the presence of the kingdom of God...NOW!

Our next book study will begin April 14 and go thru May 26. Please message Maria Dvorak (989) 948-9740, Mary Smith (989) 245-2479 or contact the church office (989) 631-4447 by March 26th.

  • 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,

Postponed: Scripture after weekday morning Mass, See monthly calendar.

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

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/797760221

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!

~Matthew Wright

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.

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"if you have love for one another, then everyone will know that are my disciples" ( John 13:35 )