Rummage sale 2021 Final Update

Thanks again to all the people who helped make it happen; all the volunteers that worked to organize, price and sell merchandise; everyone that donated items; people who provided support

behind the scenes; and everyone that came to shop.

We donated the funds earned at the sale—a total of $10,000—to the following charities:

  • Sanford Strong

  • Bernadine Franciscan Sisters

  • Sisters of St. Clare

  • Knights of Columbus

  • Toni & Trish House

  • Global Compassion

  • Special Olympics

  • Guatemala Stove Team 2022

We also donated many items to the following groups:

  • The Caregiving Network

  • Open Door

  • Migrant Farm Workers

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Shelterhouse

  • MidMichigan Medical Center

  • Humane Society of Midland

  • Salvation Army

  • Goodwill

Mark your calendars for our next sale August 9–11 2022. Start setting aside items to donate and please consider volunteering, we can always use more help. All are welcome!

Making Health Our Priority

Please join us for gentle yoga for health…

Gentle yoga on mats Tuesdays 3:00–4:00pm

Chair yoga Mondays 3:00–4:00 pm

We meet outside on the north side of church just outside the hall, weather permitting.

In case of bad weather, we will meet in the multi-purpose room. Any questions, call Indira at 989-835-1127.

Wanted: Missing Bags

Have you found one of these bags lying in your home? If so, please return it to the church, preferably filled with the items specified on the attached tag.

If you have considered donating to the monthly Food Pantry, please pick up one (or more) of these bags in the Gathering Space, fill it and return it with your donated items – there’s even an attached card suggesting needed items. Using the teal bags helps reduce the accumulation of plastic bags.

Thank you!

Hidden Harvest collections

Hidden Harvest is a non-profit organization that collects food from organizations, churches, and individuals and then distributes it to various food pantries, organizations, and soup kitchens that reach out to those in need.

Give to this worthwhile project of providing food for people in need by bringing in vegetables and/or fruit from your garden on Tuesday or Thursday mornings before 9:30am. Your donations may be left outside the office door. Please do not leave your gifts outside the night before.

Visit Hidden Harvest for more information.

Two reasons for our mission

Guatemalan Stove Team 2022

Since 2012, Midland parishes have responded to the needs of the rural poor in Guatemala by contributing time, talent and treasure to local teams that partner with HELPS International.

Many from Midland area parishes continue to keep this mission alive. To date our parishes have assisted over 800 families and numerous schools, providing each with a safe smoke-free environment, clean water, and more income. The stoves reduce wood consumption by 70%, which represents a significant portion of income and is equivalent to saving one tree per month.

Your Guatemala mission team is planning to serve 120 families again in 2022. We plan to raise $250 per Mayan family for stoves and filters, or $30,000. If travel is deemed safe by the US and Guatemalan governments, a team of fully-vaccinated Midlanders will do this work in-person. If not, the local HELPS team will continue to do the installations.

For more information, contact Tom Tolton at 989-835-5828.

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!

Parish Garden

Vegetables are growing 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 989-689-5228. 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.

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 for a private and confidential consultation.

Open Door Update

Did you know that your donations can travel?

Did you know that the Open Door shares excess food and clothing with a network of nonprofits in Michigan? The network includes:

  • Stone Soup in Farwell

  • St. Andrew's Soup Kitchen in Flint

  • Emmaus House in Saginaw

  • Helping Hands in Gladwin

  • United Methodist Church Network (Upper Peninsula)

This means that instead of food going to waste, or out of season clothing going back into storage, Open Door redistributes these items so your donations help more people and hope is spread beyond Midland County. You never know how far your donation may travel to help someone in need!

About Open Door

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

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. Visit our web site today.

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

The Knights will host the next blood drive on November 15 from 2:30–6:00pm. Schedule your appointment today.

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 9:45am.

  • 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.

Thank you, Matthew Wright, for the beautiful labyrinth!!

Matthew Wright completed his Eagle Scout project earlier this year after many months of planning, organizing, delays and meetings. Many, for years to come, will grow in relationship with God using this prayer form.

What is a labyrinth?

A labyrinth is 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.

Come and Enjoy Coffee and Company At Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

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