Christmas Decorating Sunday 2018

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Join the Fun and Joy

We will gather after worship on Sunday, November 25, to decorate the MLLC Sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas Seasons.  This will take place about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.  We need plenty of workers of all ages to help with this fun and joyful event.

One of the joys of our decorating is the use of Chrismons.  As part of our decorating we will hang the Chrismons for the tree.  These were made following patterns suggested and offered by the originators of Chrismons (click this link for more information from the official web site of Chrismons).

Here are some of the Chrismons which were carefully wrapped for storage since last year.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up Crismon detail


Here are some photos of our crew setting up the tree and preparing the lights in previous years

Christmas Tree 2014 set up lights on tree


Christmas Tree 2014 set up tree top

Our Olive Wood Nativity Set will be ready for set up as well.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood box

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood inside

Our pulpit will be moved to a back corner to make room for the tree and Nativity scene.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up pulpit

Here is what the finished product of the work on Sunday will look like.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up lights turned on




Seafarers Boxes 2018

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Loving Our Seafaring Neighbors

Every year at this time we gather items to pack and give to seafarers at the Port of Houston.  We have done this for several years in a row, and we have great joy in doing it.

The packing and wrapping of these boxes will be on Monday, November 26, at 6:00 p.m.  All are invited to help with this joyful time of service.  This even is sponsored by the Men in Mission of MLLC.

For this year, please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the year and drop these off at any time.   These need to be brought to the church no later than 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018.  If you can’t get the items to the church by that time, please donate them for the 2019 project.

There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office.  Here is the list:
We do not need boxes, for we have received plastic shoe boxes donated for this project

Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps
2019 Calendars
Dental Floss
Disposable razors
Flashlight and batteries
Kleenex – small packs
Lip balm
Nail clippers
Gold Bond cream
Gold Bond powder
Hot Chocolate (individual serving size)
Needles and thread
Shaving cream
Gum and hard candy
Key chains
Pocket-sized notebooks
Mechanical pencils
Playing cards
Microwave popcorn (individual packages)
Sudoku books
Texas souvenirs
USB flash drives
Word search books


Christmas Boxes 2014 working 2


Thanksgiving Eve Service 2018

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An Invitation to Thanksgiving Eve

You are invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving Eve service this Wednesday, November 21, 2018.  The service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the building of our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church.  That church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane.  This is at the intersection of FM 2145 and FM 1291, just 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter.

A new thing this year is that we have invited the other two churches from the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministries to worship with us.  The people of St. Paul Lutheran in Shelby and Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top will join with us for this special time of giving thanks.  Of course, all from the community are invited to participate, even if they are not members of any of these four churches.



Christmas in the Park 2018

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Join the Community for Christmas in the Park

The Carmine Community is invited to this new, special event.  All are invited to celebrate the season at the Carmine Muehlbrad-Albers Park in the heart of our city.

The flier above gives the details for the time, date and events.  As we love our neighbors let’s gather with our community for fun and fellowship.

We are thankful for the various members of the community who are coming together to make this celebration happen.


Joyce Eilers Obituary

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Remembering Joyce Eilers

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Joyce Eilers.  She died on Saturday, October 27.  Her funeral will be on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.


Visitation will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations.  Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


The family has invited memorial gifts to MLLC.

You can send bring these to the church or send these by mail:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Or through our web site:  click this link.

Remember to make note of this gift being in memory of Joyce Eilers.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Joyce Eilers.


Joyce Elzabob Neumann Eilers was born December 25, 1924 at the Wagner home in Carmine, Texas, the daughter of William O. (Bill) and Esther Wagner Neumann.  Being their special Christmas gift, they named her Joyce.  She was baptized August 15, 1926 by Pastor A. H. Falkenberg and confirmed April 2, 1939 by Pastor Henry Brunotte, both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine.  Her confirmation verse was 2 Corinthians 12:9, “ ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

As an only child, she was never lonely.  Her mother always had a relative living with the family; therefore, someone was always around to entertain her with stories and introduce her to the joy of games.  She spent much time with her neighborhood, school, and church friends, as well as her many cousins.  If no one was available, she would invent activities to occupy her time.

Joyce attended grammar school and high school in Carmine until 10th grade, and then transferred to La Grange High School to finish her last year (1942) where she was a cheerleader.  During her freshman year at Blinn College, Joyce met the Eilers twins from Oldenburg.  On July 3, 1943, she was married to Barney Eilers at her home in Carmine by Pastor Henry Brunotte. They moved to Houston and then back to Carmine after Barney’s retirement.  They were blessed with 66 years of a wonderful life together.  During their marriage, they enjoyed traveling with friends and family, were members of a dance club, played cards, and dominoes, were active in the Carmine Lions Club and Carmine Chamber of Commerce.  They were members at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.

Joyce was a Girl Scout leader.  She particularly loved playing volleyball, bowling, any kind of card game especially bridge and canasta, anything with dominoes, bingo, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and word searches.  She loved a challenge and instilled in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren a love of healthy competition.  She played dominoes with the Carmine 42 Club and at the Senior Citizen Center in Carmine.

Besides games, Joyce loved needle work and quilting.  Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all have quilts made by her.  Until arthritis sidelined her, she made many Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls, sock monkeys, and Christmas stockings.  Best of all, she made wonderful cookies and loved baking with the “grands.”  At Brenham Nursing and Rehab, she completed several coloring books.

Joyce enjoyed life, but more so, she enjoyed seeing others having fun.  She was kind and could keep a secret.  She was always willing to help others and was very generous of her time and talents.  Joyce will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Eilers passed away peacefully on October 27, 2018 at the age of 93 years, 10 months, and 2 days at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She is survived by daughter Susan and husband Daryl Ray of Carmine; son Wade and wife Nancy Eilers of Carmine; grandchildren Wm. Daryl (Rip) & wife Kristen Ray; Ashley & husband Mike Bishop; Clint & wife Stacy Eilers; and Christy & husband Matt Kelley; great-grandchildren Mason & Brody Ray; Brenner & Kellen Bishop; Kate, Jill, & Tess Eilers; and Seth, Luke, & Ava Ann Kelley; sister-in-law Glennie Oppermann; nieces & nephews Sharon Rhome, Stan & Jill Eilers, and Terry May; great nieces and nephews, Nicole & Chris Thompson, Brett Rhome, Taylor & Scott Simon, Taryn Eilers, Stacy & Terry Landry, Cody May, Michelle & Scott Martin, and David Dockery; and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bill & Esther Neumann, her lifelong love Barney in 2009, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Arthur Oppermann and Barney’s twin brother Gilbert & Nettie Eilers; nieces and nephews Fred & Delores Oppermann, Barbara Oppermann Fulton & Jack Pittman, and Wayne May; great-niece Melissa Oppermann Dockery; and numerous cousins.

Pallbearers are Rip Ray, Clint Eilers, Mike Bishop, Matt Kelley, Stan Eilers, and Cody May.  Honorary pallbearers are David Eilers, Bobby Wagner, and Brett Rhome.

Memorial donations may be given to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, PO Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932 or the charity of one’s choice.


Elvira Dallmeyer Obituary


Remembering Elvira Dallmeyer – known to many as “Tante Vira”.  She died on Saturday, October 27.  Her funeral will be at the church on Friday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m.

The visitation will be on Thursday, November 01, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Brenham Memorial Chapel
2300 Stringer Street
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 836-3611

The family has invited memorial gifts to MLLC.

You can send bring these to the church or send these by mail:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Or through our web site:  click this link.

Remember to make note of this gift being in memory of Elvira Dallmeyer.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Elvira Dallmeyer.


Elvira Lilly (Korth) Dallmeyer

Elvira Dallmeyer, 95, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, November 1st from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2nd at 2 p.m. at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine with Rev. David Tinker officiating. Interment will follow in LaBahia Cemetery.

Elvira Lilly (Korth) Dallmeyer was born near Carmine on July 20, 1923 to Ewald and Clara (Schroeder) Korth. She was baptized December 30, 1923 and confirmed March 21, 1937, both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine. She attended Carmine School.

On December 16, 1945, Elvira was united in marriage to Fred Dallmeyer at Martin Luther Lutheran Church. The couple made their home on the Dallmeyer family homestead. She and her husband farmed and ranched. In later years, they enjoyed traveling on bus tours. After Fred’s death in 1987, Elvira continued ranching and raising the cattle that she loved.

Elvira was a gifted seamstress and also sewed rice bags and door stops. She gardened and canned the produce. Her coffee cakes and peach cobblers were savored by many. She enjoyed her pet bird Jessie.

Elvira was a very giving person. She volunteered time at Fishes and Loaves and quilted with Martin Luther Lutheran and St. John UCC church quilting groups.

She was a lifelong and the oldest member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine. She was also a member of Burton Hermann Sons Life, Burton Fire Dept. Auxiliary, and Martin Luther Ladies Aide.

Elvira enjoyed playing dominoes with the 42 Club in Carmine.

Elvira was preceded in death by parents, husband, brother Delton Korth, brother and sister-in-law Clinton and Bettie Korth, sister-in-law Ora Nell Dallmeyer, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and Weldon Matthies, nephews David Matthies and Dale Matthies.

Elvira had no children of her own, but was blessed to be a special “Tanta Vera” to nephew Darrell Matthies and wife Kay, numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces and friends.

Pallbearers will be Wyatt Matthies, Lance Matthies, Carl Matthies, Tim Cloud, Russell Shay, Darren Derkowski, Jason Jaster, and Jody Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be her 42 Club Friends.

Memorials are requested to

Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 79832-0362




Hospice Brazos Valley – Brenham Office
302 E. Blue Bell Rd

Brenham, TX 77833



Angelene Zwernemann Obituary


Remebering Angelene Zwernemann

Longtime MLLC member Angelene Zwernemann died on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.  Her funeral will be on Thursday, October 25, at the Carmine Cemetery.


The family has invited memorial gifts to MLLC.

You can send bring these to the church or send these by mail:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Or through our web site:  click this link.

Remember to make note of this gift being in memory of Angelene Zwernemann.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Angelene Zwernemann.



Angelene Faye (Kasparek) Zwernemann

March 5, 1930 ~ October 23, 2018 (age 88)

Angelene Zwernemann, age 88 passed away on October 23, 2018.

Graveside services will be held on October 25, 2018 at 10:00AM at Carmine City Cemetery.

Angelene was born to Gustave Kasparek and Irene Kasparek on March 5, 1930 in Shelby, TX. She was a Cook at the University of Texas in Winedale,

Angelene was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  She was baptized on April 13, 1930, and confirmed on September 10, 1944, and married on March 1, 1949, all at St. Paul Lutheran in Shelby.

Angelene was survived by Darlene Lozano (Daughter), Ronnie Zwernemann (Son), Rene Zwernemann (Daughter-in-law), Randall Zwernemann (Grandson) and wife Kate, Raylon Zwernemann (Grandson) and special friend Kelly Maxwell, Dustin Lozano (Grandson) and special friend Torie Shimek, Derrick Lozano (Grandson) and wife Jill and great grandchildren Lyla Zwernemann and others.

She was preceded in death by Lloyd Zwernemann (Husband), Gustave Kasparek (Father), Irene Kasparek (Mother), Elaura Neumann (Sister), Milton Neumann (Brother-in-law), Percy Kasparek (Brother) and Lillie Kasparek (Sister-in-law).

Family suggests memorial donations be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, TX or the charity of one’s choice.

Herman Schoenemann, Jr. Obituary

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We remember Herman Schoenemann, Jr. who died on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  His funeral will be at MLLC on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m.


Herman M. Schoenemann, Jr.

August 12, 1930 – September 20, 2018

Herman M. Schoenemann, Jr. passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at his home in the Sandtown community near Burton and Carmine Texas.  He was born the first son of Herman M. Schoenemann, Sr. and Olivia (FeFe) Loewe Schoenemann in their Sandtown home on August 12, 1930. Herman attended the Sandtown community school and graduated from Burton High School (1948) while working on the family farm. He was called into military service by the US Marine Corps in 1952. After completing his service, he continued his education by completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow in the Loewe Family Cemetery in Sandtown.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

Herman is remembered as an educator who shared his love of mathematics with many students over his career that began at East Bernard High School, East Bernard, Texas. In 1966, he took an opportunity to return home and accepted a position at Blinn College in Brenham. He retired from Blinn in 1992 as the Mathematics Division Chairman.

His avocations included dancing many a night away, having an occasional beer with family and friends, and making hay and tending to the cattle on his farm.

He married Beatrice Mayer (Krimm) in 1955 and together they had four children.

In 1986, he married Ruth Kennedy, who remained his loving wife and faithful dance partner until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his only sibling O B Schoenemann and sister-in-law Ruth Leonhardt Schoenemann, and his stepson Bryant Spence.

Herman is survived by his wife Ruth, children Herman M (Marty) Schoenemann III (spouse Janine L Brown), Clifford W Schoenemann (Julie), Pamela K Rosas, and Trent J Schoenemann; step-daughter Beverly Mathis (Mike); 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Mr. Schoenemann’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming

Harvest Festival Food

You are Invited

The 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming is just around the corner.  We are working together to make sure we have another great year of worship, food, fun and fellowship.

Click this link for the main page about the 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming.

Sunday, October 21, at the Carmine Hall

Worship at 9:30 a.m.

The Famous Carmine Fried Chicken meal will be served 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10/meal and are available now at the church office during the week, and at the church before and after worship each weekend.  Call the church office – 979-278-3388 – to reserve your tickets.

The Live and Silent Auctions begin around 11:30 a.m.  Donations for the auction are invited.  Bring items to the church office.