Pentecost 2019 – Wear Red

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Regarding the Vigil of Pentecost and the Day of Pentecost

Pentecost Weekend is June 8 and 9.  Read more for details about the special events of this weekend.

This Church Year we continue celebrating the Three Great Festivals of the Church. We are also including the Three Great Vigils of the Church Year. These are:

The Nativity of Our Lord – Celebrating the birth of Jesus

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Celebrating Jesus rising from the tomb

The Day of Pentecost – Celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Each of these three major Church Year festivals has a vigil service on the evening before the festival day. These are times of prayerful waiting and preparation for the joyous celebration of the Festivals. Each vigil service includes readings, prayers, singing and, more often than not, Holy Communion. The Vigils of Easter and Pentecost also include a special emphasis on the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. The most well-known vigil here at MLLC is the Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord, also known as Christmas Eve.

The Day of Pentecost and its vigil are taking place this month. You are invited to participate in both of these unique worship experiences. The liturgical color of both these days is red. Therefore, you are invited to wear RED in celebration of the gift and outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Vigil of Pentecost

Saturday, June 8   6:00 p.m

We will hear readings about the Holy Spirit.

Here is what a noted worship writer says about the Vigil of Pentecost:

“From history, we know that Easter and Pentecost were the first two and only feasts of the original Church Year from apostolic times. We also know that the ancient church celebrated a vigil with Easter as early as the second century and with Pentecost universally from the fifth century, likely earlier in various places. We further know that baptisms were also a part of these services, given its promise of resurrection with Christ and gift of the Holy Spirit. Easter, having the earlier vigil, was clearly preferred, with those not baptized then being transferred to Pentecost. If a baptism occurred at some time other than Easter or Pentecost, it not only was highly unusual, but actually limited access to holy orders in the church.

The purpose of the ancient Vigil of Pentecost therefore would have been an awaiting of/preparation for/rehearsing of the great themes of the Day of Pentecost, meaning primarily the Holy Spirit and the Christian life lived under the power and guidance of that same Spirit. You could add to that the idea of the birth of the Church as well.”

– (Pr. Thomas L. Weitzel)

 

The Day of Pentecost

Sunday, June 9     10:00 a.m.

The Day of Pentecost of the fiftieth day of the Easter season. On that fiftieth day we celebrate God the Holy Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. We give thanks for the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples as they were gathered in one place in Jerusalem. On that day the Holy Spirit came as a rush of violent wind and as tongues of fire on the disciples. They were then sent out by the Spirit to proclaim in various languages the mighty acts of God, specifically the saving work of Jesus through his death on the cross and his rising from the dead. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism.

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Scriptures for Pentecost Weekend

 

Vigil of Pentecost   

Genesis 11:1-9

Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Joel 2:28-32

Psalm 130

Romans 8:14-17, 22-27

John 14:8-17 [25-27]

 

Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Romans 8:14-17

John 14:8-17 [25-27]

 

Remember to wear Red on Pentecost Weekend.

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Newsletter Page Updated June 2019

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The Newsletter Page Has Been Updated

We have updated the newsletter archive page for mllccarmine.com.  We now have newsletters for all of 2019 through the June issue.

Here is the link to the archive of our monthly newsletters:  click this link.

You are invited to get on our mailing list for the monthly newsletters.  That way you will get your copy as soon as it is completed. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, simply send an email to our church office.  That address is:  mluther@industryinet.com    When you send this, please note that you wish to be put on the monthly newsletter email list.  Remember to send the message from the email address you wish to receive the monthly mailing.

 

 

Vacation Bible School 2019 is Coming Soon

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Join us for Vacation Bible School 2019:

Roar:  Life is Wild * God is Good

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

Children ages 3 through finishing grade 6 are invited to Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  211 Luther Lane, Carmine, TX 78932

June 9-13, 2019

Sunday through Thursday evenings

5:30-7:45 p.m. each evening

A meal will be served each night as part of the program.

The closing program will be on Sunday, June 16, at worship at 10:00 a.m.

Click here to download the registration form.

 

Volunteers are needed.  Contact the church office (979-278-3388) to volunteer.

Holy Week is this Week

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The Holy Triduum – the Three Holy Days: Thursday through Saturday

 

Maundy Thursday – April 18

Worship at MLLC at 7:30 p.m.

This worship service will feature several elements.  Several youth will receive their First Holy Communion, and will be presented Bibles from the church.  Additionally, there will be the washing of Feet and Hands.  At the end of worship we will have the Stripping of the Altar as a symbolic way of remembering the arrest, trial and torture of Jesus.

 

There will also be a Maundy Thursday Service at 5:45 p.m. at Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, our shared ministry partner.  The Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, Ledbetter, TX 78946 – this is about 6 miles south of Ledbetter at the corner of FM 2145 and FM 1291.

 

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – April 19

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

We will be remembering the Suffering and Death of Jesus Christ our Lord.

This will include the reading of the St. John Passion account from chapters 18 and 19.  At the end of worship we will prayerfully ponder the Seven Last Words of Christ.

 

The Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 20

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

Service of Light, Services of Readings, Remembrance of Baptism, First 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.

Click this link to view a blog post from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) regarding this service and its connections with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Click this link to view a blog post by our own Jennifer Clark Tinker which tells about her experience and joy related to attending the Great Vigil of Easter each year.

 

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Sunday, April 21

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service at Carmine Cemetery – a joint event with Waldeck Lutheran Church.  Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating at the cemetery.

9:00 a.m. – Easter Reception in the Parlor for all ages – coffee and various treats will be served

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.

After worship – Easter Breakfast.  This will be a pot-luck meal, and you are invited to bring a food item to share.

About 9:30 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt

Newsletter Page Updated to April 2019

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Check out the Updated Newsletter Page

Our Newsletter Archive Page has been updated.

Click this link to go to that page.

There you will find all the newsletters of recent months and years.

If you have an announcement for the May 2019 church newsletter, please get it to the office by Tuesday, April 19, 2019.  That way can make sure it is included.

Looking Forward to Holy Week 2019

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We are looking forward to our annual observance of Holy Week here at MLLC in Carmine.  This is a powerful event which connects us to the core message and story of Jesus Christ.

We invite you to participate in these meaningful and reflective services.  Each is quite unique from what we do on other days of the year.  The actions and words in worship guide us through the various events of this final week of Jesus’ ministry.

In recent years some people have gotten out of the good habit of participating in the various Holy Week services.  This year can be a blessed opportunity for any and all to recommit to engaging in the story of Jesus through the Holy Week services.

We will share our services with our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter.  Information about when and where we will be gathered for worship is noted in the schedule.  Here is the link to the Holy Week 2019 schedule:  click link.

Welcome New Members March 2019

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New Member Saturday was held at MLLC on March 9, 2019.

We welcomed three new members to the congregation. Seated left to right: Jesse McDaniel, Wendy McDaniel, and Sheryl Pratt. After worship a reception was held to celebrate God’s love and our life together. Welcome Jesse & Wendy, and Sheryl. Jesse and Wendy transferred to MLLC from a Lutheran Church in Friendswood, TX. Sheryl transferred from Martin Luther Lutheran in Giddings, TX. Thanks to the Care/Outreach Committee for hosting the reception.

We look forward to our years ahead in mission and ministry as God’s people together in Carmine.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019 Report

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Thank You to all who Donated

We had a successful collection of donations for the 2019 Souper Bowl of Caring and Food Drive in February.  The LYO made the goal of $700.00 to give to the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry in La Grange (our county seat).  With the final donations in the past week we were able to meet that goal.  Here is a link to the office Souper Bowl of Caring web site.

Added to that were the in kind donations of food and other needed items for the food pantry.  Approximately 60 items were also collected at MLLC in February and then brought to the food Pantry.  We are very thankful for the wonderful partnership we have in the congregation as we seek to love our neighbors.

Here is the report on the Souper Bowl of Caring official web site:  click link.

Again, thank you for your partnership and support of this annual event at MLLC.

 

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday 2019

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Lent Begins March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday services will be at both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church.  You are invited to choose which one best suits your situation.  Both services will offer Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes as we begin our Lenten Season.

Worship at MLLC at 7:30 p.m.

Worship at Waldeck Lutheran Church at 5:45 p.m.

Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church is in a shared ministry with MLLC.  The Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, Ledbetter, TX 78946 – this is about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter at the corner of FM 2145 and FM 1291.

The Exhortation on Ash Wednesday invites us into the season of Lent.  Here is that Exhortation as presented in Lutheran Book of Worship – the book used at Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church:

Brothers and sisters: God created us to experience joy in communion with him, to love all humanity, and to live in harmony with all of his creation. But sin separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, and so we do not enjoy the life our Creator intended for us. Also, by our sin we grieve our Father, who does not desire us to come under his judgment, but to turn to him and live.

As disciples of the Lord Jesus we are called to struggle against everything that leads us away from love of God and neighbor. Repentance, fasting, prayer, and works of love—the discipline of Lent—help us to wage our spiritual warfare. I invite you, therefore, to commit yourselves to this struggle and confess your sins, asking our Father for strength to persevere in your Lenten discipline.

We are very blessed by the opportunity to work side by side with the people of Waldeck  Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Together we are glorifying God, loving our neighbors and loving one another.

February 3 – Worship at Lutherhill

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Special Worship Schedule and Location – February 3

No Service at MLLC on February 3 – Worship at Lutherhill instead.

We will have worship on Sunday, February 3, 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 – three options for you

Sunday School for children, led by Lutherhill staff

Refreshments and Fellowship

Refreshments, plus a presentation by Matt Kindsvatter (Executive Director of Lutherhill) regarding their upcoming improvements and expansions of ministry.

 

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 February 3 at MLLC (or any of the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations)

 

Regarding your offerings:

If you use your MLLC offering envelope or write a check to MLLC, the offerings will be given to the church.

Correction:  Cash donations will be divided evenly between the 4 churches.

There will also be a special basket and special envelopes for donations to Lutherhill’s campaign.  You can also take the envelopes and give by mail at a later date.

 

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 camp map link:  Map.

Here is a close up of the portion 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

Wadeck Evangelical Lutheran in Ledbetter

Martin Luther Lutheran in Carmine