Max Schwolert's Journal
Show them the beef - or pasta, or veggies
Written Dec 30, 2012 4:17pm by Phil SchwolertAs I've mentioned, the outpouring of support for Max's family has been abundant, impacting them in a way that is foreign. As a pastor (and pastor's kid), Tom is quite skilled at and comfortable with serving others. Melanie has the pastor's kid gene as well. Their children have learned this character trait by demonstration and participation. It's who they are. Yet, allowing others to shower them with such significant generosity is not something they have experienced, nor something with which they are comfortable.
This is not to say that their church families and others have not shown them great kindness and gifted them well on many occasions. Certainly they have. Instead, my point is that the level to which friends and family members are now entering into their struggle, bearing their burden, and engaging to meet their needs is something never experienced by their family. It is foreign and uncomfortable. Thankfully, their thick exterior of care giving is now being penetrated by the unrelenting service of others. They are learning. They are growing. They are grateful that so many wonderful people have forced them to experience a new dimension of God's blessing in such a powerful way.
In this regard, a thoughtful church family member has set up a Care Calendar, which will enable many to provide meals for Max's family for the next few weeks.
To access Schwolert family's personal CareCalendar site,
visit http://carecalendar.org/logon/135526 and enter
the following information in the appropriate spaces:
CALENDAR ID : 135526
SECURITY CODE : 8899
You may provide one or more meals on designated dates.
Your generosity will not only fill their stomachs, but also their hearts.
Peace be with you,
Memorial gifts and Cards
Written Dec 30, 2012 10:16am by Phil SchwolertThe outpouring of support for Max's family has been a beautiful thing to watch. Many have asked how they may make a contribution to honor Max and continue his influence in the lives of others, as well as where they may send cards and letters to express their condolences to the family.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Faith Lutheran Church, with "Love To The Max" in the check memo line. Contributions will be used to directly support youth ministry activities of his home church. From big hugs to big service, Max cared deeply about others' experiencing God's love, especially young people.
If you would like to support this ministry, please send your contribution to:
Faith Lutheran Church
6000 Morris Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Please be sure to indicate the "Love To The Max" fund on the check memo line.
To reach out to Tom, Melanie, Jazzy, and Zoey with a card, letter, or other communication, please mail to:
2014 Cripple Creek Lane
Lewisville, TX 75077
Thanks again for your prayers and support. I just had breakfast with Tom, Mel, Jazzy, and Zoey. Their countenance and attitude was inspiring. With Max's presence strongly felt by all, they are focused on "what Max would want" as they plan the memorial services. They have begun the long road through grief toward their life with Max forever in their hearts and memory in a more positive way than I can even understand. No doubt it is a beginning that is faith-inspired and sustained.
Be inspired by your faith today, and by every "Max" in your life. In fact, go be a "Max" to others today.
Max's Minnesota Memorial Service
Written Dec 30, 2012 1:24am by Phil SchwolertA memorial service will be held with family and friends on Monday, December 31 to celebrate the life of Maxwell Thomas Schwolert. We invite you to join us at 1:00pm.
Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
In addition, a celebration of Max's life is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 5 in Highland Village or Flower Mound, Texas at 1:00pm. More details on that service will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
Please contact me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-402-3270.
Best regards, Phil Schwolert