Max Schwolert's Journal
The word on the street is The Word
Written Jan 3, 2013 8:47am by Phil Schwolert
I’m in listening mode. So much is being said about Max, his family, their impact on the community, the community response, and the response from those across the country who have been touched by Max’s story. The word on the street ranges from “boy dies tragically from the flu” to “boy’s life had major impact on the community.” Many years ago, when I was frustrated by being misquoted in the press, a friend told me, “Always remember that in the press, we should not confuse the facts with the truth.” It's not that facts are not true. Rather, facts may not tell the whole truth. Thankfully, most of what made the press about Max was both factual and true.
Regardless of whether media messages have told the full story in an ideal way, Max’s family is thankful for the exposure and the opportunity for Max to inspire others. The reaction gives them confidence that God is moving through the word on the street to reveal The Word on the street. Following is the Word I’m hearing this morning, as well as several links to the words of others in the media. I’m listening, intently. I need to hear His message.
Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
TV coverage samples:
Print coverage samples:
Max's family continues to be uplifted and sustained by both the word on the street and The Word on the street (and in their hearts).
Please continue speak. We are listening.
Texas Memorial and Obituary
Written Jan 2, 2013 8:53am by Phil Schwolert
Visitation and memorial service times have been set for Max's family and friends to share their condolences and join in the celebration of Max's life. Following are the service locations and times, as well as the obituary distributed today to local media.
Date: Friday, January 4th
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Faith Lutheran, 6000 Morris Road, Flower Mound, TX
Date: Saturday, January 5th
Location: The Village Church, 2101 Justin Road, Flower Mound, TX
Maxwell Thomas Schwolert of Lewisville, TX was set free from this world to be with Christ his Savior. He passed away with his family by his side at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, December 29th 2012 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 17. Max was stricken with an illness on the day after Christmas against which he fought with courage until his body could no longer sustain his life.
Max is the cherished child of Tom and Melanie Schwolert and beloved brother to Jazmine and Zoey who were his best friends. He was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 19, 1995. Max was known for his caring nature and unique sense of humor. He loved golf and basketball and was very involved in youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Flower Mound. He was admired by little children and his peers, leaving a legacy of love that affected many lives.
Max joins his grandfather Norman W. Schwolert in heaven. He is survived by his parents and sisters, his grandparents Ruth Schwolert and David and Dixie Teig, along with many cousins, aunts and uncles. He will be greatly missed.
A Visitation will be held at Faith Lutheran, Flower Mound on Friday, January 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial service will be held at The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX at 10:30am on Saturday, January 5th. A reception will follow at Faith Lutheran Church. Private family burial will follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Faith Lutheran Church “Love to the Max” Youth Ministry Fund.
A response, not a request
Written Dec 30, 2012 6:38pm by Phil SchwolertNo surprise, this community continues to show its true nature. A number of you have requested information regarding how to contribute monetarily, either to honor Max or to defray the family's medical costs and other expenses related to this event. In the first case, the family earlier established the "Love to the Max" youth ministry fund at Faith Lutheran Church, in lieu of receiving memorial service flowers. In relation to helping the family with medical, travel and other costs, a family friend has already taken the initiative to set up the "Pray for Max" fund at gofundme.com.
Following is the complete information on each fund:
"Love to the Max"
Intended to support youth ministry through Faith Lutheran Church in Flower Mound, TX. Funds will be held and managed by the church. If you would like to support this ministry, please clearly mark your check with "Love to the Max" in the memo line and send your contribution to:
Faith Lutheran Church
6000 Morris Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
"Pray for Max"
When I was told about this fund by Kristie Seibert, whose daughter plays volleyball with Zoey, she said, "Many people have asked how can we help with this unexpected tragedy?" She added, "With this unexpected tragedy, come unexpected expenses. Therefore, a fund has been set up (by Carol Longacre) to help cover these costs for the Schwolert Family."
Please click this link to learn more about that fund at gofundme.
Please feel no obligation. Responses to Max's death have and will continue to take many forms. All are valid and all are valued deeply by his family. These funding mechanisms are not intended to be a request for financial support or contributions. Instead, they are a response to those who have asked for a way to invest some portion of their resources in ways that are of lasting value.
Give as you feel led - in prayer, in service, in love