Decorate the Christmas Tree – November 27

Join the Fun and Joy

We will gather after worship on Sunday, November 27, to decorate the MLLC Sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas Seasons.  This will take place about 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.  We need plenty of volunteer workers of all ages to help with this fun and joyful event.

As always, we gather for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday.  This is the beginning of Advent, and it is a special and meaningful time to gather with fellow Christians. Come for worship.  Then stay to decorate.

We also offer worship every Saturday at 6 p.m.

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

Thanksgiving Eve – November 23


Let us Give Thanks to the Lord

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service – November 23 – 7 p.m.

You are invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving Eve service this Wednesday, November 23, 2022.  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.

Again 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.

Even with the busy schedule of the holiday, it is good to take a notable pause to gather for worship, to pray, to thank Lord, to show our thanks in the Holy Communion, and more.  So, just before the big day, our national day of Thanksgiving, take time to gather with one another to thank the Lord and sing his praise.

Thanksgiving Thanks Banner

Turkey Dinner and Thankoffering Sunday – November 13

Turkey 2022

Turkey & Dressing Dinner – November 13

As of today, November 8, tickets are still available for this special meal.  See flier for contacts for purchasing tickets.


Thankoffering Sunday – November 13

This service is an annual tradition at MLLC, and in many Lutheran churches.

Our annual service will be led by the women of the congregation.  Our guest speaker will be Carolyn Bennetsen, who will be sharing about quilting ministry.  Music will be led by our Praise Team.  Worship will be at 10 a.m.

We will also offer our usual Saturday service at 6 p.m., but this will not be the Thankoffering event.

Here is an introduction to the day:

2022 Thankoffering Service

As we make our Thankofferings today, we share in a tradition that goes back to the 1800s or even earlier. Then, when it seemed that there was not enough money to carry out the work of the church, the women would act together as “cent” or “mite” societies. Each woman would set aside offerings at home throughout the year in thanksgiving for blessings received. And on occasion, the women would come together as we do today, joining their offerings together to support ministry of many kinds.

When Women of the ELCA was formed in 1987, we committed to continue this tradition of giving in gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are given 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, let us now give our Thankoffering.

Luther’s 95 Theses and the Reformation 2022

Wittenberg Door

Reformation Sunday is October 29-30, 2022

We will gather this weekend, October 29-30, for worship.  Saturday at 6 p.m. at the church and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for our special service at Lutherhill camp near La Grange.  See this link for full details.

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.  It will be on view at the Lutherhill service as well. Here is a catalog image of that banner.

Martin Luther Banner

Worship at Lutherhill on October 30

carby chapel lutherhill

Special Worship Schedule and Location – October 30

No Service at MLLC on October 30 – Worship at Lutherhill instead.

We will have worship on Sunday, October 30, but it will not be at MLLC. Worship will be held at our local Lutheran Church camp, Lutherhill Ministries.  We will gather for worship at 9:30 a.m. in the Carby Chapel on the camp grounds.  The photo above shows the Carby Chapel from the road and parking lot viewpoint.

After Worship – kids time

Sunday School for children, led by Lutherhill staff

We look to have a strong showing from the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, and all the Crossroads churches, for this special event.

Remember, we will not have a worship service on October 30 at MLLC (or any of the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations).

MLLC will offer the usual, Saturday evening service on October 29, at 6 p.m.  –  All are welcome.


Reformation Sunday

The Crossroads Shared Ministry Committee chose this date for our shared worship service due to it being a special day for Lutheran Christians.  October 31, 1517, was when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the Castle Church Door in Wittenberg, Germany.  Here is a link for a modern English version of this important, Lutheran document.



Regarding your offerings:

The offering at the 4 Church service may be given as follows –

  1. By your regular offering envelope from your respective church.
  2. Cash or check –

The offering will then be separated by tellers –

  1. Envelopes will go to each respective church
  2. Checks (without envelopes) will go to the Church shown as the payee
  3. All cash will be counted and given to the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry in La Grange.
  4. There will also be a separate basket at the back of the church for separate & special donations toward Lutherhill’s capital campaign that has been underway since before COVID for funding the construction of a new dining hall near Carby Chapel.


Getting to Lutherhill

We encourage you to bring folks who may be uncomfortable traveling to the camp on their own, or who would need a ride.  This will be a wonderful event for all ages.

Lutherhill is located just north of La Grange at 3782 Lutherhill Rd, La Grange, TX 78945. Once you enter the main camp entrance, you will be heading east.  Follow the long gravel road until you see the signs for Carby Chapel.  This will lead you to follow a road to the left/north, which leads to the chapel.  This part of the camp is depicted on the map noted right below on this page.

Carby Chapel is in the north central part of the camp.

Here is a close up of the portion of a map with Carby Chapel and nearby parking.

This is a once a year special event in which we gather with our group of 4 Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry partner churches for a time of worship and learning.

The four Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations are:

St. Paul Lutheran in Shelby (Fayetteville)

Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top

Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran in Ledbetter

Martin Luther Lutheran in Carmine

Obituary for JC Pohl

JC Pohl Pic

We remember JC Pohl

Lifelong member of MLLC,  JC Pohl, died on Sunday, October 16.  This happened to be the 84th anniversary of his baptism into Christ.  The funeral for JC will be on Wednesday, October 19, at 11 a.m. at MLLC.  See below for the obituary and memorial gift requests.



James Curtis “J.C.” Pohl

July 23, 1938 ~ October 16, 2022 (age 84)

JC Pohl, 84, passed away peacefully at CHI St. Joseph in Bryan, Texas, on October 16, 2022.

James Curtis Pohl was born on July 23, 1938, in Carmine, Texas to parents Ermagarten (Jacob) and Richard Pohl. He was baptized at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Oct. 16, 1938 with Pastor Henry Brunotte and he affirmed his faith through confirmation on November 4, 1951 with Pastor A. T. Kluge. JC’s confirmation verse was John 5:24, which reads, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.” JC grew up in Carmine, Texas and graduated from Round Top Carmine High School in 1957.

On March 19, 1957, JC was united in marriage to the love of his life, Avalda Ida (Mueller) at MLLC. They shared over 65 wonderful years together and were blessed with 3 children, Debbie, Jody, and Connie to their union.

JC worked alongside of his father until 1991, when he took over ownership of the City Garage.  JC took pride in the work skills he possessed and customer service at the City Garage. JC had a servant’s heart he rarely turned down services needed even to strangers when they could not pay. Those who visited the City Garage frequently, know he introduced “air tools” in the form of “air born” wrenches to Carmine.

JC’s pride and joy was the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department in which he served as the Fire Chief and President throughout many years. He joined the Fire Department at the young age of 15, at this time it started with only two 1946 model trucks and an army barrack meeting room. Throughout the years, he helped build the department into what it is today.

JC had many hobbies and interests, from an early age he loved baseball, in which he excelled. After high school, he continued to play Sunday league baseball, then transitioned into men’s slow pitch softball, and finished his baseball career coaching Jake’s Chicks women’s softball.  One of JC’s life’s pleasures was deer hunting with his fellow hunters. He enjoyed video taping the deer and other wildlife at his deer stand and sharing his videos with his family and friends. JC also enjoyed camping with his family and extended family in his converted school bus.  JC enjoyed daily trips with his beloved wife Avalda to their camphouse to tend to their herd of Longhorns and Charolais.  JC had a soft heart for animals in need and he adopted and loved many strays through his life.

JC proudly served his country in the National Guard Armory. He was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana where he was appointed Motor Pool Sergeant. His platoon received awards for the best kept vehicles and two awards for sharpest looking jeep.

JC was very active in the numerous community organizations throughout the Fayette County area. Some of his services and accolades were; President of the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department, Past President of Round Top Carmine ISD School Board, Past President of the Lions Club, Past President of Carmine Gun and Rod Club (Old Flag Pond), 2016 Carmine Citizen of the Year, the very first City Council which helped start the Carmine Water Supply and forming of the City Park, MLLC Church Council member and Building Committee of the new church, Fayette County Appraisal District Tax Board, Sales Representative of Farm Bureau, American Legion member, Carmine State Bank Board Member, and a member of the Carmine Hall.

JC is survived by his wife, Avalda Pohl, daughter, Debbie Eckert (Ronnie), son, Jody Pohl (Evelyn), daughter, Connie Peters (Michael), grandchildren: Andrew Eckert (Stacy), Josh Eckert (Lindsey), Brooke Eckert (fiancé Rick Klausmeyer), Joey Pohl (Nikki), Jared Pohl (Ashley), Kayla Peters, Jordan Peters, Mikey Gonzales, Megan Gonzales (fiancé-Dr. Alfredo Sardinas), Mason Gonzales, great-grandchildren: Allie Eckert, Peyton Franklin, Avery Franklin, Gracie Eckert, Kalli Pohl, Jaycie Pohl, Kylie Pohl, Aleah Pohl, Brooke Smith brother-in-law, Alvis Mueller nieces: Renee Mueller, Jill Finke (Rodney).

JC is preceded in death by his parents, Erma & Richard Pohl, mother-in-Law and father-in-Law: Ida & John Mueller, sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Shirley & J D Mueller, and granddaughter, Karlee Layne Peters.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Eckert, Josh Eckert, Joey Pohl, Jared Pohl, Floyd Etzel, Berrie Etzel, Ricky Kieke, and Dustin Majewski.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Jacob, Rueben Wunderlich, Calvin Coufal, Dennis Gerland, and Daryl Ray.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to:

Memorials in honor of JC may be given to:

The Carmine Volunteer Fire Department

P.O. Box 217

Carmine, TX 78932

The Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter

240 Svoboda Lane

La Grange Texas, 78945.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932

Online Giving

Senior Citizens/Combined Community Action

Gifts to the church should be designated for the Sunday School Fund.


Harvest Festival and Homecoming 2022


Harvest Festival and Homecoming

Sunday, October 16, 2021

All Events at the Carmine Hall – Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein – 300 N. Hauptstrasse, Carmine, TX 78932 – Click Here for Map

Homecoming for the Confirmation Classes in years ending in 2 or 7.


Worship Starting at 9:30 a.m.

Our praise team will lead our singing.  The music will be German Polka style worship songs.

The first part of the worship service will include the welcoming of the Homecoming Confirmation Classes.  Photos will be taken of each class grouping.


Meal – Fried Pork Steak and sides.

Meal served 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15.00  We will be serving delicious fried pork steak with side dishes.  Contact the church office for tickets.  979-278-3388



Tickets are $20/each, or 3 for $50.  Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the festival.

Grand Prize:  $1000 Visa Gift Card.  20 total prizes, with a value of at least $100.

Contact the church office to order tickets.  Tickets available up to the time of the drawing.

Here is the list of prizes:


Christmas Boxes for Seafarers


Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers – Loving Our Neighbors

You are invited to participate in this continued ministry of MLLC.  Each year for several years the Men in Mission of MLLC have organized the caring work of Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers.  We have heard that the Seafarers Christmas Boxes are needed more now than ever.  Our love for these neighbors will help them to know the love of God and to make life less difficult for them.  We will be collecting items and preparing the Christmas Boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  The goal for this year is 100+ boxes.  Items may be placed in the room across from the main church office. The Packing Day for the Boxes for Seafarers is Monday, November 28, at 12:00 noon.  The work will take place in the Parlor.  All are invited to participate.

The main web page for this project is:  Click link.

For this year (2022), please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the fall drop these off at any time up until 12 noon of November 28.  There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office.

The Men in Mission Group does not need boxes this year.  These were provided by Home Depot in Brenham.  See the rest of this list for requested items:

Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
2023 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


New Adult Class – Communion


New Adult Bible Study: 

Reviewing First Holy Communion

By Pastor David Tinker   Office: 979-278-3388


Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26  (No class on October 5)

In the Parlor – the fellowship room by the offices at Martin Luther – Carmine

Come to as many classes as you are able.  Even if you need to miss a class, you will benefit by participating as much as you are able.

Recommended age range:  Teens and adults.

It is helpful, but not required, to sign up. See sign-up sheet at each church.  Or contact me in person, by email, or by phone.  


About the Class: 

When I teach a First Holy Communion Class with children, I also invite a parent, grandparent, or guardian to attend with the student.  Every time I have done this, the adults get to revisit their own faith and connection with the Sacrament.  They enjoy learning about and talking about their faith with fresh and more mature eyes of faith and understanding.


Some teens and adults, due to various reasons, have never participated in such a class.  They may not have participated in any confirmation class or similar program when they have joined a church. Some may not have participated in any study class since their youth.  This is a wonderful opportunity to come to learn as an adult. Some teens and adults simply want to revisit and deepen their understanding of God’s gift of Holy Communion.  Reviewing our faith and practices will give us a deeper connection to our Lord in faith.


In light of these and other realities, I am offering a class this fall for the Waldeck and Martin Luther congregations and for anybody else who might be interested.  It will be based on the class I have been teaching as a pastor for the past 28 years.   We will experience the same things which the children do.  There will be additional elements added due to the higher maturity level of the students.

*We will watch the same videos the children do.

*We will look at much of what the Holy Scriptures and Luther’s Catechisms teach.

*We will learn about Lutheran theology about what a Sacrament is and what four items are needed for Holy Communion.

*We will tour the sacristy and learn about the various vessels, objects, etc. which are used for Holy Communion serving.

*We will make bread together and use this for a future worship service.

*We will have some fun.

*We will learn more about reverence in how we participate in Holy Communion.

*We will learn about the Holy Communion Liturgy, prayers, etc.

*We will look at what happened at the Last Supper.

*We will gain some understanding of the direct connection between the Jewish Passover Meal and the Holy Communion.

*We will be reminded about the gifts of repentance and forgiveness founded in God’s love, grace, and mercy.

Worship and Fellowship on Labor Day Weekend 2022

people working

Sunday Schedule for September 4

Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Fellowship and Meal at ~11:10 a.m.

Worship on Sunday, September 4, will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.  This is the older, white building on the north/US-290 side of the church campus.  On future weeks we will resume gathering for worship in the sanctuary – the brick building on the south side of the church campus.

See below for details about worship, food, dressing the part, etc.

The Saturday evening worship service will be in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. as usual.


Note: We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of September 10 and 11:

Saturday Worship at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary



A National Holiday

The beginning of September brings a Holy Day of sorts for all of us.  Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate at least two things: 1 – the opportunity for work; and 2 – the American Labor Movement.  As Lutheran Christians we go deeper with this and view all work as part of God’s calling and his provision of our daily bread.  All Christians are doing the work of God, regardless of where or what they do in their honorable vocation in life.


Dressing the Part

To celebrate this blessing of vocation we will be taking the Sunday of Labor Day weekend to give thanks for the blessings of daily bread, of work, of school, of family, etc.  To enhance our time together you are invited to wear the clothes or uniform of your current, prior to retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students or children seeking to enter a certain career).  No matter what, know that we will be giving thanks for, and honoring, all that God has called each of us to do as part of his greater work in the world.  Know that who each of us is and what God has called and equipped each of us to do is important.  On Sunday, September 4, we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.

Food and Fellowship

As part of this we will have a pot-luck lunch following worship.  The committee in charge of this event will provide barbecue pork and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.