Obituary for Elvera Limmer

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We Remember Elvera Limmer

Elvera Limmer died on Thursday, January 6th, 2022.  Up to the time of her death she was the oldest woman in the congregation and the 2nd oldest person in the congregation.  This was by just a matter of months.  We give thanks for her life and ministry among us.

See the bottom of this page for information regarding memorial gifts.


Elvera Bertha (Rust) Limmer

June 18, 1926 – January 6, 2022


Elvera Limmer, of Burton, TX, passed away on January 5, 2022 at the age of 95.

Elvera was born on June 18, 1926 in Burton, TX to Ed and Elsie Kokemor Rust. She was baptized July 25, 1926 at Frieden’s United Church of Christ and confirmed September 22, 1940 at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

She married Paul Limmer on October 30, 1949 in St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Elvera’s pride and joy were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was known for those wonderful homemade sugar cookies.  She loved the outdoors and looked after her cattle as long as she could.

She is survived by her son, Jim Limmer of Ellinger, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Glenwood Hinze of Burton, TX; grandchildren, Brian and Kristi Hinze, Julie and Wade Tiemann, Judson and Morgan Limmer, and Josh and Meghan Limmer; great-grandchildren, Weston and Waylon Hinze, McKenzie and Ali Tiemann, and Jenna Limmer; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Limmer, parents, sister, Doris Rinn; and brother, Wilfred Rust.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Brian Hinze, Josh Limmer, Judson Limmer, Wade Tiemann, Waylon Hinze, and Weston Hinze.

Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Bradley Rinn, Darrell Kieke, Ricky Kieke, and Dustyn Tiemann.

Special thanks to the care given by the staff of Baylor Scott & White Hospital-Brenham, nurses and staff at Brenham Nursing & Rehabilitation and Hospice Brazos Valley.

Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church Rebecca Group or La Bahia Cemetery Association.

Please mail MLLC memorials to:

Rebecca Group

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932-0362

You can also use the online giving.  Select the Memorials category on the secure web page, and note Elvera Limmer in the memo section.

Online Giving

La Bahia Cemetery Association

Please mail La Bahia Cemetery Association memorials to:
Sandra Beettner
2025 S Hinze  Rd.
Carmine TX 78932

Celebrating Epiphany

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Celebrating the Epiphany Day and Season

By Pastor David Tinker

The Epiphany of our Lord is on January 6.  We will celebrate this on the weekend of January 1 and 2, 2022, at our regular weekend services: Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.  For Christians around the world Christmas gets to be celebrated into January.  It is a great joy to participate in these special events in the days after the Festival of Christmas.

An important Bible Verse to help us understand this festival is: ‘The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined.’ – Isaiah 9:2

The Epiphany of our Lord is mostly known as the celebration of the arrival of the Magi for their visit to bring their gifts of Jesus.  It is much more.  When we celebrate the Epiphany, we are celebrating the spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The Epiphany reminds us about the growing glory of God in the Son of God, the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.

Epiphany is the manifestation or showing of Jesus to the world.  The Magi were non-Jewish foreigners who came to worship Jesus, and they are thus representatives of who would eventually benefit from the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.  This visit, from Matthew chapter 2, foreshadows the mission which Jesus grants to his followers.  In the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20, our Lord commands us to make disciples of all nations, not just of the Jews.

Celebrating the Epiphany of our Lord

– Attend worship on Saturday, January 1 at 6 p.m. or Sunday, January 2, at 10:00 a.m. as we celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.

– Read the story of the Magi in Matthew chapter 2

– Pray for Christian missionaries as they spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

– Pray for the Church around the world.

– Host an Epiphany Party, sort of like a Christmas party, but in January.

– Give generously to people in need. Remember, as Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

– Sing songs about the events of the Epiphany.  The most familiar are: “We Three Kings” and, “The First Noel.”

– Attend worship on all or most every weekend in the season after the Epiphany.

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

The gifts of the Magi to Jesus point us to who Jesus really is. The Magi offer gold, a possession of kings; frankincense, used in ritual and prayer to indicate the presence of God; and myrrh, an oil used at the time of death as well as for anointing priests. By their gifts, the wise men reveal the identity of this child: the king before whom nations will bow down, the anointed High Priest of God, and the suffering servant who will die for the ones he has come to serve.

Children’s Christmas Program – December 12

Come Celebrate Jesus coming into the world

Our annual Children’s Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 12, at our normal 10:00 a.m worship service.

During worship on Sunday, December 12, 10:00 a.m.

Followed by an all church fellowship meal as we hold our annual, “Birthday Party for Jesus.”  A soup and cake meal will be served for all.  Please plan on attending.  There will be plenty of food for all ages.

Decorate the Christmas Tree – November 28

Join the Fun and Joy

We will gather after worship on Sunday, November 28, 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 workers of all ages to help with this fun and joyful event.  Our old tree has been retired.  This year we will be using two, brand new Christmas Trees.  We will need plenty of volunteers to make sure the work gets done.

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. (except when Christmas Day is on a Saturday, such as 2021).

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.

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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

Community Christmas Events

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Christmas Joy in Carmine 2021

We live and minister in a wonderful community.  Our little town of Carmine has many excellent opportunities for community fellowship.  Here are two Christmas events coming soon.

Christmas in the Park

Sunday, November 28

5-6:30 p.m.  at the Carmine City Park

See the flier below for more information.


Carmine Christmas Fest

Sunday, December  5

10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Carmine Hall, 300 Hauptstrasse, in Carmine.

See flier below for more details.

Chamber Flyer Christmas 2021

All are welcome at these special, annual events here in Carmine.

Thankgiving Eve Service – November 24

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Now Thank We All Our God

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Wednesday, November 24, 7:00 p.m. at MLLC, in the Sanctuary.

This is a joint event with our partner churches in Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry.  The four churches of our ELCA cooperative ministry are:  Bethlehem – Round Top, St. Paul – Shelby (Fayetteville), and Waldeck – Ledbetter.

All are welcome at our special time of thanksgiving.  Our Celebration will include Holy Communion.

During this service we set a tone of prayer and thanks to God as we head into our national day of Thanksgiving.

This year is the estimated 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving meal at Plymouth, Massachusetts.


“The First Thanksgiving” (1914), by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850-1936),  oil on canvas, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Pastor David Tinker’s ancestors were on the Mayflower and participated in this foundational meal of our national day of Thanksgiving.  John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Reformation Day 2021

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Reformation Day is October 31

We 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.  See photo above.

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 display our Martin Luther Banner.  This was on the banner stand, just to the left as you face the altar at MLLC.  Here is a catalog image of that banner.

Martin Luther Banner

Turkey and Dressing Dinner – November 14

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Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner is Coming Soon

You are invited to participate in the Turkey and Dressing Dinner on Sunday, November 14.  This is sponsored by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) of MLLC.  This year the meal will be served to go only by drive through.  The drive through will be set up in the parking lot across the street from the church and near the Mission and Ministry Building, located at 250 Augsburg Ave, Carmine, TX 78932.  This is to the west of the main church building.

Tickets are sold in advance only and cost $12/each.  See flier above for full details on buying tickets.

This fund raiser supports the general work of the Women of the ELCA through MLLC and beyond.

On this same day will be the annual WELCA Thankoffering Service.  Worship at 10 a.m.  This is a service led by the women of MLLC.  The devotion will be led by Colette Wunderlich and the Praise Team of MLLC.   All are welcome.

Harvest Festival Reminder


Harvest Festival is Coming Very Soon

Sunday, October 17, 2021

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

We will not be offering the Confirmation Homecoming this year due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Worship Starting at 9:30 a.m.

Our praise team will lead our singing.  The music will be Country & Western style worship songs.

Meal – Fried Pork Steak and sides.

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

Tickets are $12.00  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.  21 total prizes, with a value of at least $100.

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.