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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 January 24
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Jonah 3:1-5, 10

  • 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

  • Mark 1:14-20

Sometimes it’s easy to want to know what will happen next. It helps us feel in control. The readings this weekend invite us to a different path, however, one where we are invited to say “yes” to the One who loves us, even if we don’t know all the answers.

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

Celebrate the Sanctity of Life

Please commit to "Witness to Life" by joining us in some or all of the following:

Find out more and how you can sign-up to receive daily emails at saginaw.org.

Marriage on Purpose

Saying “I Do” When We Should Have Said “No Clue!” and The Necessary Nine: How to Stay Happily Married for Life

Join a multi-church virtual marriage event with Dan Seaborn, founder of Winning at Home and author of Marriage on Purpose.

The event will be live-streamed on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 from 8:00-9:30 p.m., to be viewed from the comfort of your own home!

Experience an inspirational and practical date night that will biblically equip you to grow personally and as a couple in the midst of stresses like those posed by COVID 19.

This event is free, but you must register in advance at Mid-Michigan Community Family Ministries.

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.

Adrian Dominican Sisters "Zoom and See"

Are you a single Catholic woman, age 19-35, trying to discern your call in life? Are you feeling called to give your life to God? The Adrian Dominican Sisters invite you to spend the weekend with them and with other young Catholic women discerning their future.

The virtual Zoom and See for Yourself weekend is Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2021. It will include time for prayer, silence, faith-sharing, and fun, as well as the opportunity to learn about the life of a Sister and the Dominican life.

Please register online. For information, email Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, Vocation Co-director, at tdeyonker@adriandominicans.org, or call or text her at 517-920-1395.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters, a Congregation of about 500 vowed women religious and more than 200 Associates, traces its roots back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. The Sisters minister in 22 states and in the Dominican Republic, Norway, and the Philippines. The Congregation’s Vision is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”

Open Door Update

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.

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.

Faith Adult & Social Events - MOre on Homepage

UNLEASH THE POWER!

Praying for others is a beautiful way of thinking, acting and living Christ. How do we pray?

Unleashing the Power of Intercessory Prayer, our next Book Study title, gives you the tools to revitalize your prayer life. With confidence you will be able to say, “Yes, I will pray for you,” and know that your prayers will release immeasurable spiritual power. In just nine steps, introduced by Joseph Hollcraft, you will recognize the full potential of your God-given power of intercession.

Our exciting study will be a virtual one beginning on January 13 at 1:00 pm and continuing for 5 weeks.

Please message or call: Maria Dvorak 989-948-9740 or
Mary Smith 989-245-2479 to sign-up. Contact us before December 22 to insure your spot at this illuminating study.

We are able to assist you if you have never joined a Zoom study.

  • 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”.

Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Frustrated, hurt or angry? Constantly fighting? Shutting down? Thought about separation or divorce?

RETROUVAILLE CAN HELP!! Five years later 76% of respondents were still married! Retrouvaille is the alternative to divorce! 100% Confidential!!

The next Retrouvaille program will begin Friday, October 16th, 2020 in the Detroit Area. Contact information: 800-470-2230 HelpOurMarriage.org

VIRTUAL Weekend Opportunity

Add a little sparkle to your marriage by attending a Virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend January 29-31, 2021. Apply at wwme.org. Need a different weekend date? Check out wwme.org for all live virtual experiences being offered around the country.

Questions? Contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 269-953-8287

"With God, all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

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 )