Advent 2019 Series

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Celebrating Advent 2019

The Advent Wednesday Service Series this year is:  Advent and Christmas According to St. Luke.

This series will look through three major scenes in the Gospel Book of Luke to tell us more about what God is doing and how we can respond in faith.

The services are a joint event for the four churches of Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministries:  Waldeck Evangelical – Ledbetter, Bethlehem – Round Top, St. Paul – Shelby, and MLLC.  Both Pastor John David Nedbalek and Pastor David Tinker will share leadership at the services.

The 3 Wednesday services will be on December 4, 11, and 18.  A fellowship meal will be at 6 p.m.; and worship at 7:00 p.m.  All events will take place in the fellowship hall at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

Here are the themes of each week:

December 4:  Annunciation – the visit of the Angel Gabriel to Mary

December 11:  Birth – the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

December 18:  Response – the shepherds praise the newborn Messiah

We look forward to seeing you at worship on this three weeks.

Pearly Els Obituary

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Obituary for

Pearly Louise Watts Els

Funeral services for Pearly Els, 74, of Ledbetter, Texas are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Tim Pitts officiating. Burial will follow in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Pearly Louise (Stork) Els was born on April 7, 1945 in Houston, Texas to Leo Carl and Erna Hilda (Meier) Stork. She was baptized at Bethel Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas and confirmed in 1957 at St. Peter Church in Spring Branch. Pearly was united in marriage to Glen Dwayne Els on November 5, 2005 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Rev. Paul Bohot. Pearly lived in Houston, Dallas, Tennessee, Georgia and then moved back to Texas to live out her remaining days. She graduated in 1966 from Lillie Jolly School of Nursing in Houston. She also attended the University of Houston, Texas Women’s University and South Texas Junior College. Her nursing career covered a wide spread of expertise from medical surgical, coronary care, supervisor general hospital. The majority of her career was as a Director of Nursing for extended care and long-term care facilities. She was also a hospital educator, where she also was a Lamaze instructor. She retired from nursing when she moved back here to Texas. She opened Magnolia Blossoms here in Giddings then moved her antiques to McCalls in Camine where she was there for a short time. Her hobbies were that she wanted to travel, and she did some short ventures with her husband, Glen. She also enjoyed writing short stories, gardening, singing with the choir, antiquing, running her business and taking care of her family and friends.

Pearly passed away the evening of Friday, November 29, 2019 in Ledbetter, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leo Carl & Erna Hilda Stork; and her brothers, David Stork and Johnny Stork.

Pearly is survived by her husband, Glen Els of Ledbetter; three sons, John McMath and his wife, Jennifer of Georgia, Chance Els of Giddings, and Colt Els of Giddings; daughter Jennifer McMath of Giddings; six grandchildren, Caden Colquitt of Georgia, Cloe McMath of Georgia, Emmet McMath of Georgia, Colton McMath of Georgia, Weston Els of Giddings, and Savannah Smith of Giddings; and sister, Gladys Prine of Baytown as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Memorials may be made to Family for depression awareness, www.familyaware.org or to a charity of one’s choice.

If you choose, memorials to MLLC may be sent by mail or given through the church web site.
Martin Luther Lutheran Church
P O Box 362
Carmine, TX 78932
Please note that your gift is in memory of Pearly Els.
Questions:  call the church office at 979-278-3388
Giving through the MLLC Web site:  Click Link
Note:  Four lines down you will see the listing for memorial gifts.  Use that line for designating your gift amount and that it is in memory of Pearly Els.  The box to the right of the dollar amount is where you note her name.
Memorials will go to the general memorial fund of MLLC.

Thanksgiving Eve Service 2019

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Worship on Thanksgiving Eve 2019

We invite you to gather with God’s people for worship this week.  Our annual Thanksgiving Eve worship service will be at MLLC on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

This will be a joint event with our primary partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, and our Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministries partner churches – St. Paul in Shelby and Bethlehem in Round Top.  All four congregations will be together in one location for this special event.

Plan now to participate in this delightful time of giving thanks to God.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Turkey and Dressing Dinner

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Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner

Tickets are available now for the Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Women of the ELCA of MLLC.  You are encouraged to get your tickets before Sunday, November 10. That way you can be sure to get a ticket.  Tickets are $10/each, and may be purchased through the people and locations noted in the flier above. There may be some tickets available at the door, but it is best to plan ahead.

In the event that you can’t get to the noted locations when open, know that you can call the church office – 979-278-3388 – and request that tickets be reserved in your name.  Then you can pay for the tickets when you arrive.

 

Thankoffering Sunday

Also on November 10 we will celebrate our annual Thankoffering Sunday.  This is our annual celebration of women in ministry and our partnership with the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).  This will take place on Sunday, November 10 at our 10 a.m. worship service.  Our guest presenters will be the Hilltop Ramblers from Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Burton, TX).

Here is a brief history of Thankoffering Sunday:

As we collect the Thankoffering today, we share in a tradition dating back to the 1800s, when Christian women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to fund mission. When others in the church said there was not enough money to carry out these projects, the women believed otherwise. In cent societies, each woman collected offerings at home. They would gather as we do today to worship and combine their offerings and offer them up with thanks and praise, dedicating the funds to mission. When Women of the ELCA was formed more than 25 years ago, we committed to continue this tradition of giving in gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ELCA. Together, we do more than we could ever do apart. In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with hope for all that is to come, we celebrate Thankoffering.

 

 

 

 

Seafarers Boxes for Christmas 2019

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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.  Last year we packed 84 boxes.  This year our goal is 100 boxes.

The packing and wrapping of these boxes will be on Monday, November 25, 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 time leading up to the packing day, 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 25, 2019.  If you can’t get the items to the church by that time, please donate them for the 2020 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 sufficient plastic shoe boxes donated for this project

Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps
2020 Calendars
Comb
Dental Floss
Antiperspirant/deodorant
Disposable razors
Flashlight and batteries
Kleenex – small packs
Lip balm
Lotion
Nail clippers
Gold Bond cream
Gold Bond powder
Hot Chocolate (individual serving size)
Needles and thread
Q-tips
Shaving cream
Soap
Shampoo
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Gum and hard candy
Key chains
Pocket-sized notebooks
Mechanical pencils
Pens
Playing cards
Microwave popcorn (individual packages)
Socks
Sudoku books
Texas souvenirs
T-shirts
USB flash drives
Word search books

 

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Reformation Day – 95 Theses

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Reformation Sunday is October 27

We will gather this weekend, October 26 and 27, for worship as we usually do.  Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.  Our theme for the day will be Reformation Day.  We will remember and give thanks for the ministry of Martin Luther and the Reformers of the 1500s.  We choose this date because it is the final Sunday in October, and the Sunday in October closest to Reformation Day (October 31).  That is the date on which Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg, in what is now Germany.

We have a permanent spot on our church web site which has a modern translation of Luther’s 95 Theses, as well we a brief explanation of the major themes.  You are invited to click on this link to view that page.  A printed version of this same information is available at the church in the Narthex/lobby.

Another part of our celebration of Reformation Sunday/Weekend is that we will display our Martin Luther Banner.  This will be on the banner stand, just to the left as you face the altar at MLLC.  Here is a catalog image of that banner.

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Olive Wood Crafts – October 26-27

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Bethlehem Christian Families

On Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27, 2019, we will have a special opportunity to view products and creations in olive wood created by the hands of Christian artisans in and around the Holy Land region. The Rishmawi Family has been designated as the representative for these wonderful Christian artisans and has been authorized to show their olive wood carvings.

These items will be displayed on tables in the parlor (the room near the Sanctuary and the church offices).  The items will be available both before and after our regular worship services.  Saturday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m.

Most, if not all, of the items will also be available for purchase.  The sale of these items supports the Christian families and their ongoing witness in the land of Jesus’ birth and ministry.

 

The tradition of Olive wood carvings in the Holy Land has been handed down from father to son since the 12th century. Due to the difficulties the last few years in the Middle East, tourism has been dramatically reduced and these folks have suffered greatly.  This is causing the Christian community to immigrate to different countries leaving the Christian population at 2% today from 25% ten years ago.

 

We invite you to visit their display tables and view some of the finest handcrafts available from the Holy Land.  This Family strives to bring these fine carvings to our church.

You can view these beautiful items On-Line @ http://www.bethlehem-art.com/

 

“We call on our churches worldwide to recognize that the very presence of the Christian communities in the Holy Land is threatened by the severity of the present conflict and by the economic devastation the conflict has caused. When the Mother Church is endangered, the entire Churches must be involved “   – The Christian Bishops of Jerusalem

Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson Obituary

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We remember Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson

Patsy Simpson was raised in the Carmine area and was confirmed at MLLC in 1946.  When she was confirmed at MLLC, her Confirmation Bible Verse was Luke 10:42, which reads:  “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  This verse from Luke’s Gospel is in the context of the visit of Jesus to the home of Mary and Martha.  During that visit, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus as he taught those present.

For most of her adult life she lived out of the Carmine area.  For her funeral and burial she is returning to Carmine.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas. All are welcome.  Pastor David Tinker will be officiating.  Patsy’s niece and MLLC member, Cherrie Wines, made the arrangements for the service in Carmine.

 

Obituary

Life Dates:  December 16, 1929 – October 18, 2019

Patsy Ruth Simpson, 89, of Antlers, Oklahoma passed from this life October 18, 2019.  Patsy was born in Carmine, Texas on December 16, 1929 to Wayne Bishop Blackburn & Dorothy Sydell (Weyand) Blackburn Pate.  Patsy was a very compassionate and caring person, so it was only fitting that she attended nursing school and worked all of her life as an RN.  She enjoyed life every day and found pleasure in the little things like rose bushes, old trucks and antiques.  She loved gardening and animals of all kinds, she even raised show chickens and show pigeons and took them to the show every year.  Patsy worked at the Pushmataha County Health Department from 1972-1992 an she would always do her best to put a smile on the face of everyone that she came in contact with.

Patsy is preceded in death by her Parents, and a sister Nancy Lee Kartous.

She leaves behind a loving family that includes her sister, Nina Dean Robison of Georgetown, Texas, and half-siblings Ella Fay Carlile of Canton, Texas, Waynell Anderson of Canton, Texas, Wayne Blackburn, Jr. of Clayton, Oklahoma, and Jerry Blackburn of Clayton, Oklahoma, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Family Night visitation will be held from 6-8p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Burkhart Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas.

Worship on Harvest Festival Weekend

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Harvest Festival and Homecoming Weekend Worship

The Harvest Festival and Homecoming is this weekend, October 20.  We actually have 4 worship opportunities for you.  We encourage you to plan to gather with God’s people for worship.  You are especially invited to attend one of the alternative time services in the event that your volunteering for the Harvest Festival and Homecoming would conflict with your participation in the 9:30 a.m. service.  Planning ahead is a good thing.

 

Here are times and locations of the four services:

Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at MLLC

Sunday at ~7:00/7:15 a.m. at the Carmine Hall – lower level by kitchen

Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church – our partner church,

The Waldeck Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter at the intersection of FM 2145 and FM 1291

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Carmine Hall – upper level – featuring Polka style worship songs

All of these services listed above will offer Holy Communion.

 

Note that there will be no 10:00 a.m. service at the church this Sunday (October 20).  We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of October 26-27.

 

 

Here is the schedule for other part of the 2019 Harvest Festival and Homecoming:

All of these events are at the Carmine Hall

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Chicken Dinner – tickets are $10/each – some are still available – call office at 979-278-3388 or at the door on Sunday

 

11 a.m. and following – children’s activities

Around 12 noon – Live and Silent Auctions

 

We look forward to seeing you at worship and at the festival this weekend.

 

Newsletters Page Updated for October

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Monthly Newsletters on our Web Site

Every month we publish a newsletter for the members and friends of MLLC.  This is typically distributed by email and postal mail.  If you wish to be on the email distribution list, please contact the church office at 979-278-3388 or send a message to pastordjt@industryinet.com

The newsletters are also posted on the mllccarmine web site.  Here is the link to that page:  Click Link

We look forward to seeing you at worship in the coming weeks.