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My First Job: Joe Machacek

Sept. 7, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.

JOE MACHACEK

• Name: Joe Machacek

• Age: 65

• City of residence: Shiner

• Current title: Deacon and business manager with Shiner's Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church

• First job: My first work with the church came when I was about 50. When I was a kid, I lived in the country, and even though I wanted to be an altar server, there was no way for me to do it. One day, I came to church and saw it could use a server. I finally got up the nerve to ask about doing it myself. An old guy like me.

What it taught me: I learned the importance of paying attention. I never had a lesson when it came to being an altar server. Everything I knew came from watching the priest through the years.

My First Job is a feature that highlights people's first - or wackiest - job and what they learned from the experience.Please limit responses to 100 words or fewer. Responses may be edited for style, content or length. A photo of the jobholder accompanies the feature.

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