Some Dates to Save As our Parish Family Celebrates, Serves and Grows

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 8/15

Loons Game - 8/18

Parish Cookout - 9/22

Stewardship Journey Begins - 9/29

MACC Mission - 10/27-10/30

Commitment to Gratitude, Prayer and Service - 11/3-11/17


Online Registration - Please register early to help us plan!!

the 2nd MACC Mission “Becoming Saints - Day by Day”, October 27-30, 2019

Becoming Saints—Day by Day” Registration is open for the October 27-30 MACC Mission: Becoming Saints--Day by Day.

Details and registration information may be found in the mission brochure, a copy of which is inserted in the bulletin, or online at MACCMission.org. The mission includes four evening events, one of which will be hosted by each of our four MACC parishes. Three of the events will be facilitated by Fr. Fran Daly, SJ and Sr. Kathie Budesky, IHM, directors of two Detroit-area Catholic retreat centers. One evening will include a mini-VBS offering for our children. The mission will culminate with a concert featuring liturgical musician ValLimar Jansen. Please register online at MACCMission.org.or by returning the registration portion of the brochure to the parish office.

Volunteers needed for Mini-VBS - contact Laura Scheibert if interested at 989-687-5657x2.

Events, Mini-VBS, Concert and Register go to: www.MACCMission.org.

Growing to Share God's Gifts, November 2/3 Through to Thanksgiving Day Nov 28

Our Stewardship commitments lead us to Thanksgiving (the turkey feast and the ongoing attitude of gratitude)…

Expressing our gratitude through our service as a parish family

Stewardship

Gratitude, Prayer and Service

Each week meet one of our fellow parishioners as they share their parish engagement.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Marilyn Zank. Service to others is how I feel I am called to be God’s servant. God blessed me with many gifts to help his church, through Music Ministry, decorating with Art & Environment, organizational skills, teaching and gardening. I feel God talks to each of our hearts to help direct us to the work He would like us to do. If we don’t hear Him the first time, God will present His idea to us in another fashion.

Volunteering builds relationships with other people, which in turn builds community and friendships. We all have a deep desire to be a part of something bigger, more than just one can do alone. One voice is pretty but a whole congregation singing moves all the hearts to God. Sing praise!

My name is Joe Stanko. One of the many ways that I have been able to give to our parish community is through my participation in our parish Knights of Columbus council. I have helped prepare and serve many fundraiser breakfasts to support charitable needs in our parish and the community.

One of my personal favorite activities is the annual Tootsie Roll Drive which collects donations for the intellectually disabled of the State of Michigan and Midland County. It gives you a chance to meet people in our parish and the community who are willing to share what they have with others.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Julie Maurer. As a parishioner of Assumption, I’ve been involved in several ministries, including Music, Stitch and Prayer, and the Pastoral Council. Each of these has been enjoyable and rewarding in its own way. But the ministry that has been most important to me is Grief Recovery.

As a leader of these sessions, I’ve had the opportunity to walk with people through one of their most painful life experiences. During the six week session, I make a point of praying for each participant by name. I’ve seen how the participants console and encourage each other as they share their grief and sadness. God is truly working through each of us in this ministry, as we are companions on the journey.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Kyle McRae and I have the honor of serving as a lector and a member of the choir, which I joined shortly after I was welcomed into the Catholic church in 2015. I was entering a season of change, and my choir family was a source of enormous support and joy. We laugh, pray, celebrate, and, of course, sing!

Music itself is such a gift, with the power to touch our hearts and open them to the spirit. Singing with the choir helps me to feel God’s presence in the liturgy in such a real and poignant way; my prayer is that the congregation feels it too. You don’t have to be a great singer to be part of the choir. All it takes is a willingness to make a joyful noise.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

I am Carlie Servinski. I have been a classroom aide for six years, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have not only been able to influence the faith lives of elementary aged kids, but I have also been able to grow deeper in my own relationship with God.

Young children have a very blunt and literal approach to the Word of God, which completely shifts the frame from which I have been studying it from; they show me how raw and real the love that God has is. These children come in every Sunday eager to learn about God and feel His presence, which reinforces my own excitement for God and experiencing everything that He has to offer.

I look forward to coming in every Sunday and talking about the amazing things that our God can do. This ministry has truly formed the foundation for my own faith, while simultaneously forming the foundation of our youngest members of the church.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Mary K. Taylor, my grandsons call me Mimmy!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, it sounds intimidating and with a fair amount of responsibility. Likely, many think the same and shy away thinking, I’m not a teacher, not even close!

Something would tell me to step outside of my comfort zone to check it out! Why would I be afraid of the sweetest, most innocent, of the very gift GOD gives? Their candor is priceless, their hearts are huge, and they enjoy sharing stories with you. What’s to be afraid of? There are plenty of resources, helpers, and most importantly the Holy Spirit to guide you. And, they could use help! I took the opportunity to help out two years ago and have enjoyed sharing, my time… EVERY TIME. I feel fulfilled that I can help even if it’s in the smallest of ways!

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Don Martinski. I am a volunteer for the Food Truck at Assumption.

Last year I was asked by the chairperson of the Food Truck, Sue Barta, to organize the loading of the cars, 150 or more, in the parking lot for the free grocery pick-up. I met with the food truck personnel at St. Johns Parish-food giveaway, to learn the safe way to pass out free food to a large group of people without the volunteers getting hurt. We will make it a safe, respectable, and organized event so everyone gets fed.

Doing this volunteer work helps me feel that I am doing God’s work to feed the hungry.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Mark Bernius. I believe, whether we all realize it or not, we all seek to be of service to one another. For me, Ushering is a way of carrying out community-oriented service, because our responsibility is to offer hospitable attention for each and every participant at a church service while performing the specific ministry role at that service. I am thankful to be an active participant in that role and work with the men and women who offer their time and talents in the ministry of hospitality at Assumption. Starting around 2004, I was asked to lead a Youth Group within the Ushers for primarily high school students in the parish who were interested in developing their talents and commitment to service as an Usher.

This required always being on time, dressing the part, and active attention during the Mass. Now, many of those young Ushers are beginning to have growing families of their own, and one day if any of them would like their children to receive the same training and opportunities that they had as a Youth Usher of the parish, we will be here to assist them in any way that we can.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Allison Leslie and I am both an altar server and Eucharistic minister. I began altar serving around 2012 when I was only 10 years old. A few years later, I was asked to join the altar serving training team to help train younger kids that wanted to become an altar server. Through this opportunity, I was amazed to see all of the young kids who were so willing and excited to volunteer their time in any way they could. Because of this amazing experience I have made many new friends in the church, my faith and relationship with God have only grown stronger, and I strongly encourage all young kids to experience this as well.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Matt Glaccum. One of the ways I have found to give back to the community over the past five years is to work in the parish garden. I am proof that you don’t need to be a master gardener to do so! The only qualification is a willingness to put in the time and effort when you can to help bring the Lord’s bounty to those who need it (such as by tilling the soil, pulling weeds or tending the plants).

The produce from the garden goes to Hidden Harvest and others to help get it where it is needed the most.

Helping others while enjoying the beauty of His creation in the green that grows–with the fellowship of like-minded folks, a wonderful way to take in the cool of the morning or the ending of the day.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Ann Buzanowski. I was the child in grade school who was terrified of reading aloud in class. I struggled with phonetics and was frequently teased for my mistakes which were exaggerated by my booming voice. I was ashamed by my lack of skill, but God had different plans for me.

Eventually, I overcame my reading problems and developed a passion for reading Scripture and prayer. When I was asked to read at a friend’s wedding my insecurities returned, but I went to God in prayer and asked him to be my voice. To my amazement, the words of St. Paul fell from my lips with confidence and conviction. That day I was asked to become a lector and I humbly agreed. I am blessed and proud to serve as a reader at Assumption.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Carol Maciag. We moved to Midland in December 2012 to be near my son, his wife and my granddaughter. Since then my grandson was born in 2013. It was in that year that I volunteered at Vacation Bible School so my four-year-old granddaughter would attend. The last two years my grandson has also attended.

Participating in VBS has been a blessing in my personal journey of faith. When I share my faith stories with the children, listen to theirs and those of the other volunteers, my faith increases.

Watching the children and seeing their enthusiasm as they sing and act out the songs, which start and end each day at VBS, sometimes brings tears to my eyes. You can just feel the Holy Spirit alive as we gather as a shared faith community.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

I am Maria Dvorak a catechist. I create an environment where children can learn about their Catholic faith and how much Jesus loves them. My qualifications are simply, I love my God and I love kids.

The curriculum prepares me with scripture on which to ponder and pray. The Holy Spirit and the children’s disposition direct, guide and teach me.

The best classes are ones in which the children grab on to a point and run with it. On these days I learn, laugh and admire these saints in our midst. Some worry about the future of the Church, I do not.

The Holy Spirit is alive and well and preparing the hearts of its children to be joyous followers of Jesus Christ. If you delight in being around children, you are perfect for this ministry.

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)