Stewardship

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

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Hello, I am Dan Schneider, and I have been altar serving for five years, as well as being a CLOW (Children's Liturgy of the Word) Aide and Preschool Faith Formation aide. Altar serving has helped me grow in my faith substantially, since whenever I altar serve, I feel holy, since when you altar serve, you serve the Lord. Sometimes, besides altar serving, I help by being a CLOW aide. Being a CLOW aide brings me joy, since I am helping children understand and know the Lord better. After church, I usually help by aiding the Preschool Faith Formation, which I enjoy as much as altar serving, since I am helping spread the Word of God to little children. Helping Assumption Church has helped grow my faith.

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My name is Mary Smith. I have been a member of the parish for a long time, but only since I retired from teaching have I become more active in the church. An invitation from Kathy Russel to help in the kitchen eventually turned into becoming a member of the Caring Cooks Committee, Funeral luncheon group and MACC Mission food prep team.

Being a former educator led me to participating on the Education Commission, leading the Book Study groups and CLOW. In the community, I am involved with Midland’s Open Door. Sometimes when people retire, they say, “I don’t know how I ever had time to work!” I am finding that to be true, but I am enjoying sharing my time, talent, and treasure with my church family.

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My name is Jean Krause. A few years ago, a friend invited me to a Stitch and Prayer meeting, knowing that I knit, crochet, sew and quilt. My interest was piqued when I learned this group provides items of warmth and comfort for those in need in Midland and surrounding counties.

I attended my first meeting many years ago and was welcomed by all of the members. I feel very honored to help provide for our neighbors in need. Please join us in this wonderful community service and share your skills. You, too, will feel blessed and humbled beyond belief.

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I am Keaton Hocking, a junior at Midland High School and also an usher for ABVM. I started ushering in 8th grade with my Dad. I loved the feeling of being active and having a job in church. It gave me a new way of experiencing Mass.

I like working in the background helping to make sure everything goes smoothly and opening the door to greet people as they come to Mass. Another thing that gave me a new way of experiencing church was through National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis in 2017. Though there were giant gatherings of us experiencing the talks of wonderful speakers, the songs of amazing Catholic artists, and the hardships that were made lighter through faith; I found my best experiences through talking personally to Catholics attending from all over the country. I am looking forward to attending NCYC 2019!

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My name is Jim Erdman and I love my ABVM parish family. I believe that participation in the needed ministries is a way to show our love for God and one another. I have participated in a variety of ministries and events over the years and am currently a lay presider for Word and Communion services, which I regard as an awesome privilege.

As I prepared this message, I keep remembering an old Country & Western song that I think applies:

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Have I told you lately how I care?

Have I told you how with all my heart and soul that I adore you?

Well “Darling” (God, brothers and sisters) I’m telling you now!

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My name is John Phillips. I currently have the honor of chairing the Pastoral Council (PC). After I retired, I was looking for an opportunity to help the parish. When an opening on the PC was announced, I thought it would be a good place to have a positive impact. It’s been a great experience working with the other Council members and Father. What a wonderful group! It also opened the door to opportunities to meet and work with other parishioners on the Education Commission and the Wild Goose is Loose program. I’m looking forward to the GPS and Companions in Christ programs and other programs planned this year. We have an opening on the PC now. I would encourage anyone that is interested in joining the PC to contact Father or myself.

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My name is Roe Baker. You may have seen me at Saturday Mass in the following ministries: sacristan, Eucharistic minister, or altar server. The kitchen is another area you would find me, coordinating a monthly meal for Open Door and funeral lunches, with other parishioners. I am also on the collection accounting team,

I lead Christian meditation and support our global family thru the practice of yoga. In our individual families, participation is essential to continue growth, love and purpose. The same is true in our Assumption family. Most of my efforts require an hour a week. The benefits you receive in serving in any ministry has unending value. Looking forward to serving with you in the future!

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My name is Liz Minbiole. All it took was a tap on the shoulder as a teenager and my Church ministry started with lecturing. Since that time I have also served as an extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Sacristan.

Each of these ministries has given me back so much because of the people I have met and served. I have also had the opportunity to serve the Parish on the Finance/Administration Council. As I retire and we move closer to our families, I am going to miss my Assumption family, particularly the smiles of those of you that attend our Saturday evening Mass. My prayer is that many of you will accept this as a tap on the shoulder and consider filling a vacant spot.

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My name is Noreen Warrick. My earliest recollection of participating in the life of the church goes back to when I was about seven. I recall sitting cross-legged on the floor of the kitchen in front of the refrigerator with a missalette in hand, excited because learning to read meant I could sing the songs at church.

The Holy Spirit was drawing me closer to God and more deeply into the church through liturgy. And, in my childlike way, I responded. Over time, I participated in formal ministries, as a catechist, in liturgical ministries and in service to the church and community. My hope as a present cantor and catechist is that I might help others feel God's love of them and find their responding voice that says, "I love you, too."

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My name is Marcia Schneider. I've been teaching Catechesis of the Good Shepherd through Assumption's Faith Formation program to Kindergartners for the last five years. I also volunteer in a program called Faith and Fellowship with people who have serious mental illness. I've been involved in this group since 1990 when it began in Midland.

Focusing on Faith and Fellowship, the reason for my many-years of involvement is a belief that we are more alike than different, everyone deserves to feel acceptance and belonging and everyone needs a format to share their story and their faith. This ministry helps fills these needs and nurtures my faith as well. Some people with mental illness do not feel comfortable in a church setting and Faith and Fellowship can provide a stepping stone.

If you feel that you might be called to volunteerism that helps grow your faith and compassion, I'd be happy to tell you more about Faith and Fellowship.

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My name is Matthew Conley, musician. The earliest thing I remember about going to church as a young child is hearing the music. As soon as I was old enough, Bob Zondlak, our music director, gave me the opportunity to play the piano with the church instrumental group. Bob and the other members of the group have taught me so much about the church and our faith in general.

Now it is my turn to give back to the church who so graciously accepted me and patiently taught me. I’m happy and honored to share the love

I’ve always felt at Assumption through the power of music.

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My name is Dave Vickery. Most weekends you will find me playing my trombone or recorders, or at the cantor stand. I’ve served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector in the various parishes I’ve been a member of since my early teens.

I joined these ministries shortly after joining the parish. What did change at Assumption is that I joined the choir. Not long after, I was asked to consider becoming a cantor - something I never thought I would have the courage to do. Enter stewardship. I've always been taught that we each have been given gifts by God and that those gifts are meant to be shared. So I said yes. At times, it is still a challenge - especially singing the psalms. At those times, I ask God to speak through me and then trust in his help. What are the gifts that God has given to you that you can share?

Our day-by-day Way to - Joy BISHOP MURPHY’S AWARD

Two faithful members of the Diocese of Saginaw were honored on August 8th for their lifelong commitment to living and sharing their Catholic faith in ways that continue the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. We celebrate each week one of our own members of our Assumption family in our Stewardship corner. We take time to honor others in our Diocese. Mrs. Veronica Grusecki,

94 years old, is a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Bay City. She is known for her devotion to her parish community, volunteer work at a local hospital ministry to the elderly and homebound, which began 50 years ago. Mr. Don Hire, a member of Sacred Heart Parish Mt. Pleasant, is known for his year round fundraising for his parish and school community, volunteering for many years at the Lenten fish fry and his work with a Christmas Outreach program in Isabella County. He also guides an organization for financial assistance for cancer patients. Both have received this year’s Bishop Murphy’s Award. This award is given annually in the Diocese. Several of our parishioners have been nominated in past years. Blessings Veronica and Don!

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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!

Joe Stanko

Julie Maurer

Kyle McRae

Carlie Servinski.

Mary K. Taylor

Don Martinski

Mark Bernius

Allison Leslie

Matt Glaccum

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.

Ann Buzanowski

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.

Carol Maciag

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.

Maria Dvorak

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)