Blessing of Students and Backpacks – August 21 and 22

Blessing of Backpacks

Blessing of Students and their Backpacks – August 21 & 22

Mark your calendars now to plan to attend worship on this special Sunday.  We invite students of all ages to attend worship on Satuday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m., or Sunday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m.  At each of these services we will pray for students of all ages and situations.  It is not required that the students bring a backpack, but, if the student has one, he or she is encouraged to bring it.

This is an opportunity for students to be involved in their faith every day of the week.  We connect their school life with how these students grow and learn as an extension of their connection with Jesus.

We involve students of a wide variety of situations.  Over the years we have involved students in preschool through graduate school.  We have involved students who are enrolled in public schools, private schools, and home school programs.  We have involved students who are quite young through those well into their adults years.

Worship will be at our usual times of 6:00 p.m.  on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Remember to bring your backpack, if you use one.  Most important is that we gather together in prayer and thanksgiving as we begin our new school year.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Students

Here is a photo from our Blessing of Students and Backpacks from several years ago.


Special note: This will also be our weekend to celebrate our partnership with Lutherhill Ministries.  Our guest preacher for Saturday and Sunday will be Matt Kindsvatter, executive director of Lutherhill Ministries.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Matt

Remembering Marjorie Morris

Obituary for Marjorie Morris

We remember and give thanks for the life of our sister in Christ, Marge Morris.  There will be a memorial service for her at the Brenham Memorial Chapel on Saturday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial gift information is noted in the obituary below.


Marjorie Ann Kunkel Morris

February 10, 1938 – July 3, 2021



Marjorie Ann Morris, age 83 of Brenham, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Marjorie Ann Kunkel was born February 10, 1938 to parents Walter and Evelyn Mertz Kunkel in Washington County. She was baptized at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine on August 29, 1943, and later confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Round Top on  April 6, 1952  That was Palm Sunday in 1952. Marjorie was a 1956 graduate of Burton High School. She later attended Blinn College.

Marjorie lived in Dallas most of her life. There she worked for John Hancock Life Insurance Company as a claims adjuster. She retired in 2000 and moved to Carmine to care for her mother. Marjorie enjoyed her membership in The Red Hat Society. Later, she moved to Bluffview Villas in Brenham.

She had a love for animals and always had a dog as a pet. Memorials in Marjorie’s honor are requested to Animal Friends of Washington County and City of Brenham Pet Adoption Center.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving family includes: her siblings and their spouses, Henry and Chris Ullrich of Burton, Edith Ullrich of Dallas, Ray and Joann Ullrich of Burton, Joy and Glenn Treude of Burton; four nieces; two nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.


Worship on July 3 and 4, 2021

Declaration of Independence sign

Worship on Independence Day Weekend

By Pastor David Tinker


We will observe our normal weekend worship schedule on the first weekend of July. 

Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

The Waldeck church will also offer their regular 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship service.


I encourage you to think ahead about this complicated weekend.  Consider how you can schedule your activities for the holiday while still participating in worship among God’s people. 

I know that many make a point of participating in the Independence Day Parade in Round Top.  It is an important part of our local culture and a positive celebration of our nation.  Please do participate, if that is important to you.  Also, if at all possible, plan ahead to be at worship on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. Some may find that the 8:00 a.m. service at Waldeck will be their preferred option. 

I also know that not every person in our community will be at the parade. Each person makes choices which suit his or her situation.  For those who will not be at the parade or other holiday activity on Sunday, plan now to be at worship on Sunday, or Saturday if that is your preference.

Worship of our God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is central to our life together. It is a foundational part of how we fulfill the greatest commandment of Jesus to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Weekly worship participation is also one of the Six Marks of Discipleship about which I have taught so frequently.  Worship is an investment in your faith life and in your relationships with your fellow Christians.  No matter what date it is, weekly worship is a good and central part of life as a follower of Jesus.

July 4th is not the only Sunday when you might have multiple commitments on the calendar. As you work through plans for weekend trips, summer vacations, etc., prayerfully look into how you can get together with fellow Christians for worship.  Some of those weekends will be workable to be at worship in Carmine.  Some weekends will lead you to other communities across the state, nation or world.  I have made the point to find a place of worship where I am going to be.  It is good to be at your home church, and it is also good to experience something different from time to time.  Even in touristy places like Hawaii there are churches where you can keep your weekly discipline of worship.  If you need help planning where to worship, I am glad to help you.  If you are comfortable using the internet, there in plenty of information available to help you.


Another opportunity you have this weekend is to actually read or listen to the reading of our nation’s founding document. 


Here is a link to read the document at the National Archives of the United States of America.    


Here is a link to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence by then Senator John F. Kennedy.  It is presented as a video  on YouTube.





Remembering Garry Sanders

Garry Sanders Obit photo

Garry Sanders Obituary

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Garry Dale Sanders.  He died in his home on June 26.  Garry was a longtime member of MLLC, especially  during his early and later years of his life.

The visitation/viewing will be at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings on Wednesday, June 30, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., with family present 5-8 p.m.
The funeral will be at MLLC on Thursday, July 1, at 10 a.m.
Garry’s funeral will be shown on streaming video on Facebook Live.  Go to our Facebook Page to to find this video at the time of the funeral.

Memorials are requested to: Martin Luther Lutheran Church

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.  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 “Garry Sanders”, and the gift will be passed along to the right account.  Church office telephone: 979-278-3388

The church address:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

211 Luther Lane

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Memorials are requested to: Hospice Brazos Valley

1048 N. Jefferson St.

La Grange, Texas 78945




Garry Dale Sanders

June 3, 1947 – June 26, 2021

Garry Dale Sanders was born June 3, 1947 in Burton, Texas to Henry Alfred and Sylvia (Jacob) Sanders.  He was baptized August 24, 1947 by Pastor Leo H. Simon and confirmed May 21, 1961 by Pastor August M. Hannemann both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Texas.  His confirmation verse was Matthew 10:32-33:  “32 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

A graduate of Round Top-Carmine High School in 1965, he was passionate about sports, lettering in Baseball, Track and Tennis.

On August 19, 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Leonita Citzler of La Grange and settled in Giddings, Texas.  After the birth of their first-born son, Randy in 1969, Garry was drafted, and the new family moved to Ft. Bliss where he was stationed for two years.  He was discharged honorably as a Specialist IV in 1971 and the family moved back to Giddings and Garry began working in the family refrigeration business.

After working with the Texas Highway Department and Giddings State School, he began his twenty-six year career with GTE / Verizon where he retired as a Network Analyst.   Garry and Leonita’s family grew to three during this time with Timothy born in 1973 and Vickie in 1981.   He then began his second career as a Long Haul Truck Driver for Blue Bell Creamery retiring in 2012.

Garry loved family, sports, travel, vintage cars, hot rods, and aircraft.  He supported all three of his kids’ sports interests and hobbies whether it was football, baseball, or volleyball.  He was a huge Dallas Cowboys and Rice Owls fan.  Garry took his family on numerous trips to such destinations as St Louis, Disney World, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, California, England, and Hawaii and rafted down the Colorado, Arkansas, and Ocoee Rivers.  He also attended many Texas Aggie Football road games with Randy, Tim, and Jason as well as numerous NASCAR, Indy Car, and Red Bull Air races.  Garry loved Air Shows, especially US Navy Blue Angels and the USAF Thunderbirds and once flew in a B-17 Bomber from WW II.

When his grandchildren were born, they became his love.  Always a phone call away it was nothing for Garry to be on the road to Corpus Christi to cuddle Viviana and Lauren when they were home from school or shuttle them to and from school.  The time they spent together was precious and always included a home cooked spaghetti dinner and trip to Luby’s.  Years later when Kyle, Andrew, and Spence were born he had another opportunity to cuddle with little ones.  Whether it was reading quietly inside or watching the boys run and play outdoors, Garry always looked forward to their time together.

His civic activism included membership in American Legion Post 276, as well as the Carmine Chamber Commerce, Carmine Volunteer Fire Department, Carmine Hall – Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein and his favorite – volunteering at the Carmine Chamber of Commerce Museum.

Garry passed away the evening of Saturday, June 26, 2021 at his home in Carmine.

Garry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sanders and Sylvia Sanders, and by a very special aunt and uncle, Marilyn and Kyle Spence; brothers-in-law, Milton Bage, Edrol Wagner, John Smidovec, and Johnny Dunham, and sister-in-law, Alice Loehr.

Survivors include his wife, Leonita; children, Randy and his wife Dika, Tim and his wife Stephanie, and Vickie and her husband Jason; grandchildren, Viviana, Lauren, Kyle, Andrew, and Spence; sister, Becky Dunham; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Leroy Bennetsen, Albert Loehr, Marjorie and EJ Stibora, Marilyn Wagner, Gene and Doris Citzler, and Annie and Allen Mueller.

Pallbearers will be Greg Bage, Mark Bage, Baron Bennetsen, Bradley Loehr, Kevin Stibora, Shane Stibora, Jerrell Smidovec, Jonathan Dunham, Gaschen Geissen, Scott Neumann.

Remembering Keadron Ellis

Keadron Ellis

Keadron Ellis Obituary

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Keadron Ellis.  She was a longtime member of MLLC, and continued a connection as an associate member after returning to her previous community in north Texas.  Below is the obituary which was published for Keadron.

Keadron Nelson Ellis

December 14, 1925 – June 10, 2021

Keadron Nelson Ellis was born on December 14, 1925, in O’Donnell, Texas to Cecil C. and Agnes Wyatt Nelson. She was the youngest of 5 children.  Keadron married the love of her life, Robert A. Ellis on February 17, 1946 in Ft. Worth and raised 4 children.

Keadron will be remembered for her devotion to her family – A true Proverbs 31 wife and mother. She taught her children unconditional love, forgiveness, patience, and perseverance. Her children remember a house filled with love and laughter, resourcefulness, and positivity, even in tough times. She moved around Texas, blooming wherever she was planted, primarily in Ft Worth, Houston, Dallas, Plano, and, in retirement years, found her true home in a little 1930’s farmhouse in the country near Carmine, Texas.

Keadron was faith filled. She and Robert spent time traveling and witnessing at churches across the country in the mid to late sixties. They were founding members of Christ Church Plano, where she sang in the choir. She loved prayer and fellowship with a true servant’s heart. Keadron made friends and cuddled babies everywhere she went. She was blessed with many dear friends, all of whom have an endearing or funny story to tell.

Even in her traditional life, Keadron had a sense of adventure – traveling across Europe with Loyce and Jean, touring Scotland and Ireland in her later years, drinking single-malt scotch, driving her bright blue Mini Cooper, and laughing often. She never looked or acted her age.

She was equally at home by herself – taking on a home project, reading books or sitting on the porch enjoying her garden. She loved flowers, the color pink, pretty shoes, big band music, tea, and time with family. Even at the very end, she never lost her thoughtfulness, her sense of humor, or her grace.

In death Keadron will be reunited with her parents Cecil and Agnes Nelson, her siblings- Loyce Marshall, Audra, Jack and Leslie Nelson and her husband of 50 years, Robert Ellis.

She is survived by her children and children by marriage- Keadron (Debbie) and Lawrence Finn, Robert (Corky) and Kay Ellis, Jean Gardner, William (Bill) and Kay Ellis and Bob Salmi, as well as her grandchildren- Keadron Friar, Scott Finn, Amanda MacWithey, Kristin Jewell,

Jennifer Cravatt, Stephen Salmi , and great- grandchildren -Ethan, Davis and Noah Jewell, Aiden Garcia, and Robert and Amara Friar.

A funeral service was held to honor Keadron’s life Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Christ Church Plano, 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano, Texas with The Rev. Jeff Rawn officiating.

Keadron was laid to rest on Thursday, June 17, in Isaac Hill Cemetery in Round Top, Texas with her late husband and her parents.  Pastor David Tinker of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine led the committal service.

If desired, contributions may be made in Keadron’s name to:

Paralyzed Veterans of America at,

or to Christ Church Anglican Outreach, 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano, Texas 75024

or American Cancer Society at

Remembering Johnny Dunham

Johnny Dunham photo

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


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

Lutherhill Sunday School 2021 1

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

Empty Tomb

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.



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.