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.

Harvest Festival and Homecoming 2019

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Harvest Festival and Homecoming

Sunday, October 20, 2019

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

Homecoming celebration for Confirmation Classes from years ending with a “4” or a “9”

Worship and Confirmation Class Recognition Starting at 9:30 a.m.

We will begin the worship service by recognizing our Confirmation Class groups and taking photos of each class group together.

Our praise team will lead our singing.  The music will be Old Time Gospel worship songs.

Chicken Meal – famous Carmine Fried Chicken

Chicken Meal served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets are yet to be determined.  We will be serving our traditional fried chicken, with side dishes.  Starting in September 2019, contact the church office for tickets.  979-278-3388

Live Auction and Silent Auction – items needed

Starting at about 11:30 a.m.

The Silent Auction will conclude at the end of the live auction – current estimate is about 1:30 p.m.

The Stewardship Committee is inviting you to donate items for the 2019 Auction.  There will be both a Live Auction and a Silent Auction.  They are asking for new items, along with gift certificates/cards, artistic items, and baked goods.  These may be brought to the church office.  For fresh baked goods you can let office know, and bring your item on the morning of the auction.  The Stewardship Committee will make the determination of what items will be offered in each auction.

 

Games and activities for children

Starting at 11 a.m. we will offer some activities for children at the hall.

Labor Day 2019

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by Pastor David Tinker

Sunday Schedule for September 1

Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Children’s Activities and Meal at 11:10 a.m.

Worship on September 1 will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.  This is the older, white building on the north 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.

We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of September 7 and 8:

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

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. beginning in the Fellowship Hall

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.

 

Luther and Christian Vocation

A few years ago I discovered a concise statement written by a fellow Lutheran pastor regarding the Lutheran Christian understanding of vocation.  Here is an excerpt of what Pastor Samuel Schuldheisz, Redeemer Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Huntington Beach, CA, writes, “… our earthly vocations or “stations in life” as Luther called them are fruits of our heavenly calling as God’s children in baptism. The purpose of vocation is to love and serve the neighbor in the particular stations in life that God has called us to whether we are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, teacher, student, etc. We don’t live life hidden in a corner. This was the danger of many priests and monks in the Reformation era. Many taught that the highest form of Christian living was to become a monk and live in a monastery. Luther wrote extensively against this false teaching as he re-discovered the doctrine of vocation and began to teach and preach about its necessity in the Christian life. Luther taught that on one level, there is no difference between monk and magistrate or priest and plumber. Each Christian is called according to God’s Word and Spirit, regardless of what their status in society is. This means that God’s calling of a Roadkill Collector is just as holy as God’s calling to be a pastor.

The difference is the office and duties that are unique to each vocation. For example, the pastoral office is not the office of school teacher, just as the office of father is not the same as the office of mother. Each vocation, or calling from God, has particular and unique duties attached to it. This is how God works in, with, and under the ordinary means of this life to accomplish His good and gracious will, physically and spiritually.”

 

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, pre-retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students 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 1, 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 sandwiches and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.

After worship we will also offer a bounce house and other activities for children.  Bring your kids and grand-kids and neighbors.

 

 

Blessing of Backpacks and Students – August 11

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Blessing of Students and their Backpacks – August 11

We invite students of all ages to attend worship on Sunday, August 11, at 10:00 a.m.  At this service we will pray for students of all ages and situations.  It is not required that the students bring a backpack, but if they have one it 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 involved 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 10:00 a.m. (our usual time) on this special 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.

Fundraiser for Robert Vaughn

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Helping our Neighbor in Need

In April of this year Robert Vaughn, husband of Shelby Markwardt Vaughn (MLLC Church Council Member), was in a single vehicle accident.  He sustained significant injuries, including brain injuries.  He still has months of recovery to go, yet we are thankful for the good progress he has been able to make.

With such a traumatic set of injuries the care needs are significant.  Out of love for Robert and his family the MLLC council has organized a fundraiser to offset some of the costs which Robert’s family has for his care.

Here is the main page at our web site for further updates:  click link.

Ways to help:

1 – Make a donation to the fundraiser.

Give by check or cash

Financial gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated.  Here are some ways to do this.

You can drop off your donation during office hours at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine

M-F, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – at the church office

At worship on Saturdays 6 p.m.

At worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Cash, or Check made out to MLLC, Memo line:  Vaughn

Offering

Give Online

Another option is to give through our secure giving site:  Click this link to visit our giving page.

This will give you a page with a link to our giving site.

Once on the secure giving site, there is a section where you can choose to give to the Robert Vaughn Fundraiser.  This site accepts credit cards, debit cards, and direct bank drafts.

 

2 – Volunteer to help on that day

Contact the church office at 979-278-3388 to let us know of your willingness to help.

 

3 – Buy a ticket for the fundraising dinner

Tickets are available at the church office, th Carmine State Bank, and the Round Top State Bank.

Here are the details:

Meal:  Fried chicken, Buttered noodles, Green beans

Sunday, August 18

Serving at the Carmine Hall:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to go only

You can also choose to buy a ticket for pick up in Brenham near the Bluebell Visitors Entrance for that same day.

Tickets are “Free Will Offering”, and pre-purchase is encouraged.

(It is estimated that $10 per ticket is a minimum, but please give more as you are able. )

All proceeds will go to help Robert’s family pay for his medical expenses.

Only a few tickets will be available on the day of the event.

Please give generously to help Robert and his family.

 

 

More information will be available in the church office, the church web site, in bulletins, and in the August newsletter.

 

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.