Remembering Johnny Dunham

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Remembering Johnny Dunham

We give thanks as well as grieve upon the death of MLLC member, Johnny Dunham.  After a battle with cancer, Johnny died on May 18, 2021.  A funeral and memorial service was held on Saturday, May 22, at MLLC.

Johnny’s family designated the church to receive memorial gifts.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, or give through the secure giving page of our web site.  Here is a link to that page:  click link.  You will find the final link on that page for the giving site.  On the page where you select where to give and how much, note there is a line for “Memorial Gifts”. Included is a memo box.  Note in that box “Johnny Dunham”, and the gift will be passed along to the right account.  Thank you for remembering Johnny and his church with your gifts.

The church address:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362.

Telephone: 979-278-3388

THE OBITUARY

Johnny Dewayne Dunham was born August 18, 1951 in Ada Oklahoma to Orval and Lillie Siebel Dunham. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church, Ada, Oklahoma, on November 4, 1951, by Pastor Elmer Sedory. Their family moved to Baytown, Texas when Johnny was two years old. He was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Baytown, Texas on April 11, 1965, by Pastor Glenn Kollmeyer. Johnny was a 1969 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown. He continued his education at Blinn College and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also took graduate courses at University of Houston at Clear Lake. On July 15, 1972, Johnny married the love of his life, Becky Gale Sanders at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas, with Pastor Ronald Dybvig presiding.

Johnny worked as Vice President of Operations for Affiliated Rice Milling for 35 years and was General Manager of Consolidated Warehousing. He worked in the same office for 47 years. He valued each of their employees.

He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, President of Alvin Noon Lions Club, President of Alvin Chamber of Commerce, and member of Carmine Cedar Creek Schuetzin Verein.

Johnny enjoyed deer hunting with Mark, Chase, Eldon, Mason, Jimmy, Jonathan and Jeff. He loved spending time in Carmine and visiting with his friends. He enjoyed helping the community by contributing his time cooking for fund raising events.

Johnny’s huge heart belonged to his family, especially his four precious grandchildren. He was lovingly known to them as Pops or Popsie. There was never a conversation between he and his grandchildren where “I love you.” wasn’t exchanged and Tripp would add, “You’re my best friend, Popsie.” Johnny loved these precious blessings with all of his heart and soul.

In 2013, Johnny was diagnosed with melanoma. Facing this foe with determination, courage, dignity and strength, he spent the last seven and a half years fighting this relentless disease.

Johnny LOVED the signs of spring arriving. He would start looking for Indian paint brushes (Indian Blankets) in January. It seemed to be a family competition as to who would see the first Indian blankets. With the unusual amount of rain in the spring of 2019, a second blooming of the paint brushes in July was a welcome sight, almost as if God was giving him one last look while on his earthly journey.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, God took Johnny by the hand to guide him to his heavenly home.

Those gone before him are grandparents, parents, and two of his dearest friends Elvis Hinze and Mark Jacob.

God has Johnny in his keeping, but Johnny remains in the hearts of: his wife Becky Dunham; daughter Shanna Geissen and her husband Gaschen; son Jonathan Dunham; grandchildren Ayden Geissen, Peyton Geissen, Judd Dunham, Tripp Dunham; brother Jim Dunham and wife Cyndi; sisters Cynthia Comley and husband Rick, Barbara Ashby and husband Kent; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Treude, Tony Dooley, Berrie Etzel, Javier Orozco, Robbie Stork, Darrel Neutzler, Eldon Mikeska, Ryan Hinze, James Dunham, and Alan Jacob, Chase Jacob.

Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Etzel, Gary Hahn, Terry Wilson, Clint Ganze, and Richard Peterson, Jr.

Memorials are requested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.

Lutherhill at Sunday School Upcoming Dates

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Lutherhill Staff to Lead Sunday School for Special Programming

One of the most popular parts of the Sunday School ministry at MLLC is the visits from Lutherhill staff.  Several times a year we have a special Sunday when the young adults from Lutherhill offer a fun and Christ centered event filled with learning, games, music, and fun.  We invite you and your family to attend Sunday School on the Sundays coming up which provide this program.  Here are the two upcoming Sundays when Lutherhill will be at MLLC for Sunday School:

May 2

June 6

Sunday School at MLLC is held each week at 9:00 a.m.  The program begins in the fellowship hall (the older, white building on the north side of the church campus).  Students from about age 3 and older are invited to participate.  Parents are encouraged to participate, especially for the younger ages.

As always, worship on Sunday is at 10:00 a.m., and on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

 

The Resurrection of our Lord Celebrations 2021

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The Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 3

Worship at MLLC at 7:00 p.m. – a joint event with Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

Service of Light, Services of Readings, Remembrance of Baptism, Holy Communion in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is the first of our three worship services celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here is a reflection on this special night written by MLLC member, Jennifer Clark Tinker.  Click this link to see the article.

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The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Sunday, April 4

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service at Carmine Cemetery – a joint event with Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating at the cemetery. If weather is not favorable, we will gather in the covered pavilion at the cemetery.

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in Fellowship Hall

9:30 a.m. – Easter Reception/Breakfast in ?

10:00 a.m. – Festival Worship Service with Holy Communion

After worship – Easter Egg Hunt for the children

For those who are interested:

Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church Easter Sunday Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Festival Service with Holy Communion.  This will be outside in the covered pavilion, as weather permits, or inside as needed.

Egg Hunt to follow.

First Holy Communion Class

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An Invitation to the Lord’s Table for Youth

First Holy Communion Class begins this month

By Pastor David Tinker

pastordjt@gmail.com    979-278-3388

The First Holy Communion class will be offered February 21, 28, March 7 and 28 Sunday mornings, starting at about 11:00-11:15 a.m. in the Mission & Ministry Building.

First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to elementary age students, typically in 5th grade and younger.  Our goal is to make sure youth who are part of MLLC have begun communing by the end of 5th grade.  The 5th grade tradition does not prevent younger students from attending the class and receiving Holy Communion.  Each year for the past several years we have had youth in younger grades participating in the class.  It is most likely that a majority of the youth participating in the class will be younger than 5th grade.

Students are encouraged to bring a Bible for use in class, as well as paper/pen for any notes they might want to write.  If students don’t have access to a Bible, we have one for their use.  Note that each student will be presented with a Bible on First Communion Thursday – April 1/Maundy Thursday – for his or her personal study and for use in Sunday School, Confirmation and Worship.  Parents/Grandparents/Guardians are welcome and encouraged to be present at this class time.  We will meet in the Mission & Ministry Building, but will also move to other places in the building for parts of the lessons. The class will include instruction, discussion, videos, mini-field trips in the church building, etc.

We encourage students in class to observe social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizer, and using masks to cover mouth and nose.

The class schedule avoids the Spring Break for most, if not all, students who would be part of this group.  The Sundays of March 14 and 21 may end up being make-up classes for students who were not able to attend earlier classes. Also, one of the classes will include bread baking by the students.

Here is the schedule:

Sundays, February 21, 28, March 7 and 28

We are aware that not everyone received sufficient word about when class was beginning.  Even if you student was not present at the class on February 21, he or she is fully invited to participate.  Even if your student is not able to be at the class on February 28, he or she is encouraged to participate.  I am very willing to work out review sessions or alternative class times to help your student.  It is better to ask for help than to remove oneself from the class.  We will make something work for your student.

Class will from from about 11:00/11:15 a.m. until about 12:15 p.m.

If one or more of these dates is/are not workable for your family, I am very glad to work out make up lessons for your student. That way he or she will not miss out of the learning and special service this year.

Important Date:  Thursday, April 1        7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day

Presentation of Bible to students during worship – Church gives to Parent/Grandparent/sponsor then the parent/grandparent/sponsor presents Bible to student. We will go over this before that Thursday, so all are ready.

Students: please arrive by 7:00 p.m. to make sure all our plans are in order for what we will be doing at worship.  Also, families may wish to take photos before worship, for this is the best time to do this.  The altar area will be bare of all decorations, candles, banners, etc. after worship due to the “Stripping of the Altar” during the service.

I look forward to exploring this wonderful sacrament with your child.  This is a very exciting time of growth for these young people and for their families.  If you have any questions or special needs, please feel free to contact me.

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Below is a discernment tool for those who are unsure about their students participating in the the program. 

With all this,  you are encouraged to consult with the pastor regarding this wonderful opportunity for the young person in your life.

How do I know my child is ready to attend First Communion Class?

The most important question is about God’s gift of Grace for your child: 

***** Has your child been baptized?

If your child is not yet baptized, please speak with a pastor to set a date for your child to receive this Sacrament. It is understood that Holy Communion is for the baptized children of God.

Only the first question (Has your child been baptized?) requires a “Yes” before your child can be considered ready to receive his or her first communion, and to participate in the class. Use the other questions below to generate discussion and to plan, in consultation with Pastor David Tinker, for your child’s preparation to begin receiving the sacrament and the gifts it brings.

Contact Pastor David Tinker if you have any questions about Holy Communion. He would be happy to help answer your questions.

He/She may. . .

*have expressed interest in participating in Holy Communion during worship, perhaps copying your movements at the altar

*have begun to ask questions about why we take Holy Communion

*have begun to reach for the Holy Communion elements which are offered to you

*have a foundation in Christ through attendance in Christian education or worship, or through family conversations, devotions or prayer

*be able to speak about God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as loving and trustworthy

*pray the Lord’s Prayer and be able to say other simple prayers (such as at bedtime and meals)

The following questions can help you determine the readiness of your child to receive her or his first Holy Communion.

These are not meant to create a reason to prevent your child’s participation.  These simply lift up common ways in which youth express interest in Holy Communion

*Is your child comfortable in various locations around the church, like the altar?

*Does your child have a basic, age-appropriate awareness that God loves him or her?

*Does your child understand the idea of “right” and “wrong”, and can grasp the basic notion of “forgiveness”?

*Will your child extend his or her hands when asked to do so?

*Will your child be able to understand the basic concept that Holy Communion is a gift from God to each person?

*Does your child seem to have a basic trust that they are a child of God?

*Does your child seem interested in what goes on in church during Communion?

*Does your child interact enough with others to receive the bread and wine?

*Is your child aware enough of others in the congregation and their needs to show respect for the communion experience?

*Are you prepared to help make the process positive?

*Are you prepared to continue to fulfill the promises you made at your child’s baptism to bring him or her regularly to the Lord’s Table?

Elvera Rudloff Obituary

Remembering Elvera Rudloff

We mourn with the family and friends of Elvera Rudloff.  She died after a brief illness.  Elvera had moved to Houston several years ago to live with relatives.  See her obituary below.  The service will be at MLLC on Saturday, February 27, at 1 p.m.  The family will be present in the half hour to hour before the service.  Visitors can also go to the Memorial Oak Chapel funeral home on Friday for a viewing and to sign the mourner register.  The family does not plan to be present at the viewing on Friday.

October 11, 1932 ~ February 22, 2021

Elvera Rudloff was born on June 15, 1932 at her childhood home in Burton, Texas to parents Louis and Annie Braun and entered into eternal peace with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 in Houston, Texas at the age of 88. She grew up with her five siblings: Annie Mae, M.C., James, Reuben, and Arthur on the family farm in Burton, Texas. She attended public schools and graduated from Burton High School.

She was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine. Elvera was a member of the Ladies Aid. She was baptized by Pastor Walton on November 30, 1932, at St. John Evangelical and Reformed Church in Burton.  She was confirmed by Pastor Leo Simon at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine on Palm Sunday, April 14, 1946. Her Confirmation Bible verse was Matthew 28:20, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Elvera was married to Perry Rudloff on October 11, 1980 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg, by Pastor John D. Kueker.

Elvera participated in the Ladies Aid of Martin Luther Lutheran Church.  She was involved with the Senior Citizens Combined Community Action of Carmine.  As part of this program, she drove the bus for participants to go to appointments and special events.

Elvera is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, M.C., Reuben, James, and Arthur; and sister, Annie Mae Hilburn.

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

Obituary for Pastor Hilmer Krause

Remembering a Former Pastor of MLLC

Pastor Hilmer Krause served as the pastor of MLLC from 1972 until 1976. He is remembered fondly in the congregation and the Carmine Community.  After serving at MLLC, Pastor Krause went on to work with the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest in Austin.  Below is his obituary.

Rev. Dr. Hilmer Charles Krause, Jr.

Born 21 Nov 1932 in San Antonio, Texas, Died 15 Feb 2021 in Austin, Texas
Lutheran Pastor, Professor, Theologian, Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Laura Ann (Eckhardt) Krause, their 4 children Mark Krause (Leticia), Deborah Squires (Dan), John Krause (Jill Garret) and Laura B. Krause (Loren Schooley), as well as the children’s families.
Memorial service to be live streamed from St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin on Tuesday, February 23, 2:00 pm. It can be viewed at: youtube.com/c/stmartinsevlutheranchurch/live.
Memorials can be sent to St. Martin’s Lutheran Church 606 W. 15th St Austin, TX 78701 or through the giving link: saintmartins.org/giving.

Inclement Weather Update – February 13 and 14

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Snow at MLLC around Christmastime several years ago.

 

Inclement Weather Update – February 13 and 14

Due to expected winter weather issues this weekend we offer this update.  Please share this information with others, especially those who might not have regular access to the internet. 

 

Saturday,  February 13 – we will have our normally scheduled, Saturday evening worship service in-person at 6:00 p.m.  The bad weather is expected to arrive late evening on Saturday, hours after the service is over.  Even so, use your best judgment regarding travel.

 

Sunday, February 14 – no in-person worship service and no Sunday School.  We will offer an abbreviated service on Facebook Live starting at 10 a.m.   Click this link to go to the MLLC Facebook Page.

 

 

Devotion and Readings for February 1, 2, and 3, 2021

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Bible Readings and Devotion for February 1, 2 and 3, 2021

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible.

February 1

Matthew 10:1-15

Hebrews 12:12-29

Psalm 78:41-72 and 80

Genesis 32

February 2

*Luke 2:22-40

Malachi 3:1-7

Psalms 24, 81, 84

Genesis 33

February 3

Matthew 10:16-26  

Malachi 3:8-15

Psalms 83, 85

Genesis 34

Devotion for February 1, 2, 3, 2021

By Pastor David Tinker

This article was originally published on the mllccarmine.com web site in 2014.  It has been adapted for the current context.

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This date, February 2, is a very special celebration among Christians.  We celebrate what is called the feast of the Presentation of our Lord.  On February 2 each year the church celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem. Ancient Jewish law required that, following the birth of a firstborn male child, the mother must come to the temple after 40 days for purification and for presentation of the child to the Lord.  February 2 is the 40th day of Christmas.  Christmas Day being day 1; February 2nd being day 40.

The presentation of Mary’s child, however, was different from most. This was the Christ Child, Jesus, the Savior, the Messiah who had been promised. And he was recognized as such by the old prophet Simeon, who knew that this child was “a light for revelation to all nations.” Thus, the image of light carries an important part in this day’s liturgy and links itself with the Christmas season and its lights of the Advent wreath, the decorative tree lights, and the many candles of the Nativity celebration.

To mark this particular feast, the ancient tradition calls for 1) the blessing of candles and burning oils to be used during the year and 2) a procession “to meet the Lord,” just as Simeon and Anna went to the Temple and found the Christ there. The liturgy is called “Candlemas” (the Candle Mass).

Here is another special note about this day.  In the reading from Luke we have the Canticle of Simeon, often called the “Nunc Dimittis”.  This is Latin phrase which begins this Canticle of Simeon.  Many churches use this Canticle of Simeon during funerals.  Since my arrival as pastor at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine we have been using this statement as well.  Here is what we use in the funerals:

“Lord, now you let your servant go in peace:

your Word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.   (Luke 2:29-32)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.”

This Canticle of Simeon is used because of the context of its original use in Luke chapter 2.  Simeon was promised by God that he would not die until he had met the Lord’s Messiah.  He was likely a bit older, possibly around the age of Anna (noted in Luke 2:36-38). She was 84 years old.  Upon meeting the Messiah, Jesus, Simeon could rest in peace.  When a Christian, who is a person who has met the Messiah, has died, we remember his or her relationship with God and the fulfillment of God’s promises when we share this Canticle of Simeon.

Original Text by Pr. Thomas L. Weitzel, adapted and added to for use at MLLC and mllccarmine.com by Pr. David J. Tinker

Almighty and ever-living God, your only-begotten Son was presented this day in the temple. May we be presented to you with clean and pure hearts by the same Jesus Christ, our great high priest, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

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