Longest Night Service – December 22

 

2022 Longest Night Print Flyer

God’s Care for the Hard Times at Holidays

While taking part in our preparations for all the joyous special services and events of the Christmas season, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who struggle with grief, difficult feelings, and sad memories at this time of years.  The feelings these persons are experiencing is hard to bear at any time.  At Christmas, it is likely to be even more difficult.   These are normal feelings. Our friends at Shared Lutheran Ministry of Fayette County are offering a Longest Night Service.  This is an opportunity to connect with God and one another as we experience struggles and grief in this time.

 

Longest Night Service

Wednesday, December 21 at 6 p.m.

St. John Lutheran Church

5743 State Hwy 159 in Rutersville

This service is for all community members who struggle with the merriment of this season.  We hope this worship service will create a safe and sacred space for people who need to feel the presence of our God who is with us even in the darkest times and to remember the hope brought into the world through Jesus Christ.  For more information, please call Shared Ministry at 979-249-3155 or Phyllis Fritsch at 979-966-7154.

 

2022 Longest Night Flyer

 

 

 

 

Luther’s 95 Theses and the Reformation 2022

Wittenberg Door

Reformation Sunday is October 29-30, 2022

We will gather this weekend, October 29-30, for worship.  Saturday at 6 p.m. at the church and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for our special service at Lutherhill camp near La Grange.  See this link for full details.

Our theme for the day will be Reformation Day.  We will 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.

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 will display our Martin Luther Banner.  This will be on the banner stand, just to the left as you face the altar at MLLC.  It will be on view at the Lutherhill service as well. Here is a catalog image of that banner.

Martin Luther Banner

Worship at Lutherhill on October 30

carby chapel lutherhill

Special Worship Schedule and Location – October 30

No Service at MLLC on October 30 – Worship at Lutherhill instead.

We will have worship on Sunday, October 30, 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 – kids time

Sunday School for children, led by Lutherhill staff

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 October 30 at MLLC (or any of the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations).

MLLC will offer the usual, Saturday evening service on October 29, at 6 p.m.  –  All are welcome.

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Reformation Sunday

The Crossroads Shared Ministry Committee chose this date for our shared worship service due to it being a special day for Lutheran Christians.  October 31, 1517, was when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the Castle Church Door in Wittenberg, Germany.  Here is a link for a modern English version of this important, Lutheran document.

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Regarding your offerings:

The offering at the 4 Church service may be given as follows –

  1. By your regular offering envelope from your respective church.
  2. Cash or check –

The offering will then be separated by tellers –

  1. Envelopes will go to each respective church
  2. Checks (without envelopes) will go to the Church shown as the payee
  3. All cash will be counted and given to the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry in La Grange.
  4. There will also be a separate basket at the back of the church for separate & special donations toward Lutherhill’s capital campaign that has been underway since before COVID for funding the construction of a new dining hall near Carby Chapel.

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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 close up of the portion of a map 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

Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran in Ledbetter

Martin Luther Lutheran in Carmine

Prayer Service for Faith in Time of Drought

Drought Flier from Facebook

Coming Together in Faith in Christ in Difficult Times

The four area churches in the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry will be hosting a special Service of Prayer and Faith for Times of Drought and Rain. Wednesday, August 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top (412 S. White St. in Round Top). All are welcome at this brief service which will focus on the renewal of our faith in the Lord who provides in all times – perhaps times of drought with the hope of rain or in challenging times when neighbors, such as those in Kentucky, are impacted by too much rain. The other churches hosting the event are Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shelby, and Waldeck Lutheran Church in Waldeck.
Putting our faith in action, an offering will be given with all proceeds benefiting the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry in La Grange. We’re asking attendees to bring monetary gifts, as well as non-perishable goods, particularly the ones which are in short supply at A.M.E.N. They especially need pork & beans, ranch style beans, oatmeal, canned fruit, canned stew, chicken, salmon, hamburger helper, and saltines. Any monetary offerings at the service will be given directly to A.M.E.N. Food Pantry. For more information, please call the Bethlehem Lutheran Church office at (979) 249-3686 or reach out to blc@cvctx.com.