Listening to long-time parishioners Jean and Bob Ambs recount their involvement at Assumption is like hearing a history lesson about our church.
Married in 1958, they moved from Haddonfield, New Jersey, to Feasterville in 1968 because Bob had gotten a job as an instrumental music teacher in the Centennial School District. Although Bob eventually got a job in the North Penn School District and stayed there until his retirement, they have remained Feasterville residents for 47 years.
As the parents of 3 sons and 2 daughters, they–together and separately–have been active in many ways in the parish. Jean taught 7th and 8th graders in CCD (now PREP) for two years. Bob was one of the first group of lay men selected to be Eucharistic ministers. A few years later, when women were allowed to become Eucharistic ministers, Jean was selected. They also both were part of the RCIA team for several years.
Bob’s most visible contribution to the parish has been helping to enhance Sunday worship for 37 years as a member of the Good News Guitar Group. Jean is known by many people because she was a secretary in the rectory. Hired by Father McHugh, she remained there until she retired 12 years ago to take care of her mother. After her mother’s passing, Jean returned to the rectory one day a week to compile the weekly bulletin—and a decade later, she is still doing that job.
However, Jean was most passionate when she talked about their 40 year involvement with the Charismatic Prayer group. Not many people know that when its original members saw that parishioners were in need, they began bringing canned goods to each meeting. Their generosity eventually grew into the food pantry, supported by the entire parish. The Charismatic Prayer group still meets on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm in the rectory, and Jean says they would love to have new people. She invites anyone interested in deepening their relationship with the Lord to attend.
When Jean and Bob aren’t helping their “church” family, they are involved with their own family, which includes 11 grandchildren (7 of whom are adults) and 10 great-grandchildren. Although Jean hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for many years, those duties now go to their son Jim, also an ABVM parishioner. With some family in California and others scattered across the state, Jean and Bob look forward to holiday gatherings. They are loud, hectic, exhausting, and absolutely wonderful!