Education Wing Work Day – August 29

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You are Invited to Help

Sunday, August 29, 11 a.m. and following.

The Christian Education Committee is sponsoring a work day this Sunday, August 29.  The goal is to clean up and prepare the Education Wing of the building for the coming Sunday School year.   There will be cleaning, sorting, moving of furniture, etc. to get the spaces ready.  Some of these spaces need extra work to transform the rooms from former day school rooms into Sunday School rooms.  We want to make the spaces more inviting and joyful for our numerous Sunday School students and their families.

The committee is providing lunch for volunteers.  Plan on joining the other volunteers for lunch and active service this Sunday, August 29, after the 10:00 a.m. worship service.   This work day will begin around 11:00 a.m.

Labor Day Sunday 2021

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Giving Thanks on Labor Day Sunday

Worship on Labor Day Weekend – September 5 – Food Changes

By Pastor David Tinker

Mark your calendars now.   Sunday, September 5.  Labor Day Sunday worship and meal.

Worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall.  Box lunch meal to follow.  Chicken spaghetti, salad, and drinks. provided. Out of caution due to increased COVID cases the area, the Worship Committee has decided to do this as a box lunch rather than a buffet line pot-luck.  This is change from previous announcements regarding the food.

Also note, we will have our regular Saturday worship service in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. on September 4.

Wear your Work Clothes to worship on September 5. 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 or per-retirement vocation. Younger folks are encouraged to dress in the manner of those in your aspired for vocation.  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 this special Sunday we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.

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Reflecting with Martin Luther about our Labor

Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day Weekend), is a Holy Day of sorts for all of us.  We know that Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate the opportunity for work and the contribution of the Labor movement to life in our nation.  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.

Several 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, now of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Milton, WA, 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 schoolteacher, 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.”

Raffle Items Needed by September 1

Harvest Festival Food

Raffle Items for Harvest Festival Needed

The Annual Harvest  Festival and Homecoming is on Sunday, October 17.  As part of this we are having a raffle as part of this annual fundraising event.  The Stewardship Committee is inviting you to provide donations toward this.  There are two main options:

1 – Donate money to help pay for one or two larger items for the grand prize.  Donations of any amount are welcome.

2 – Donate an item or gift card valued at $100 or more.

For both of these options, please contact the church office.  979-278-3388

After September 1 the raffle tickets listing the donated items will be for sale.  Ticket prices are to be determined.

Meal tickets and details are also coming soon.

Lutherhill Weekend 2021 – August 21-22

Welcome to our Friends from Lutherhill Ministries

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We are very excited about Lutherhill Weekend 2021.  We have enjoyed having staff from Lutherhill visiting at MLLC during this time of year for a number of years now.   We invite you to be part of this special Sunday of learning, fun, fellowship, music, and a joyful message.

Lutherhill Ministries is the camping and retreat ministry in our Synod.  Lutherhill offers programming through Lutherhill Camp in La Grange, TX, the Zion Retreat Center in Galveston, TX, and through destination day camp programs in various congregations in Texas and Louisiana.

Here is the plan for this special Weekend:

Saturday

6:00 p.m. Lutherhill Ministries Executive Director, Matt Kindsvatter, will be our preacher at worship.  He always brings an uplifting and joyful message.  Matt will also present information and updates about Lutherhill Ministries.

Sunday

9:00 a.m.   Sunday School hour – Lutherhill staff will lead fun, singing, and learning with the children. Bring your student to the fellowship hall so he or she can participate in this special time together.

10:00 a.m.    Lutherhill Ministries Executive Director, Matt Kindsvatter, will be our preacher at worship.  He always brings an uplifting and joyful message.  Matt will also present information and updates about Lutherhill Ministries.

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Blessing of Students and Backpacks

This weekend will also include the blessing of students and backpacks.  Students of all ages and types of schools are encouraged to be at either of the two weekend worship services for this blessing as they begin a new school year.

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Here is Matt at a previous Lutherhill Sunday at MLLC.  We are very thankful to have such an amazing camping ministry right in our county.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Singing

This Sunday: Backpack and Student Blessing

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Students

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.

Blessing of Backpacks

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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

August 2021 Newsletter Published

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Monthly Newsletters on our Web Site

The August 2021 Newsletter has been published.  The link is on the main newsletter page, which you will find noted below.

Here is the link to that page:  Click Link

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.  Remember that we gather every Saturday at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship with Holy Communion.  Sunday school is at 9 a.m.

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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