Gulf Coast Synod Bishop’s Christmas Message

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We are a congregation of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.  We are led by Bishop Michael Rinehart.  In some way each year he presents a Christmas Message for the church.  This year he offers a video message for us.  Click here for a link to this Christmas Message video.

We are in the 12 Days of Christmas, and this is a wonderful time to reflect on God’s goodness and his message of hope in the midst of darkness and sin.

A Great Week at Lutherhill

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The kids from MLLC and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top have had a great week together at Lutherhill.  Lutherhill Ministries is the area ELCA Lutheran Camp.  It is within the territory of and supported by our own Gulf Coast Synod.

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There were learning and fun events.

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Chapel time.

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Pool time.

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Meals and visiting with Pastor David Tinker and Pastor John David Nedbalek.  And some clean up time.

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And some experience with wildlife.

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Thank you to the people of both congregations who made this wonderful week of adventure, fun, learning, service and worship happen.  Also thank you to the families of our youth who worked to make it possible for these young people to have this experience in their faith.

Youth at Lutherhill Camp

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This is a busy week at Lutherhill Ministries in La Grange, TX.  Along with youth from a wide variety of communities there is a combined contingent of campers from MLLC and our neighbor ELCA congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top.  Five youth from MLLC were joined by several others of our friends in Round Top.  They have been spending the week at this excellent camp. See the photo above with all the kids from these congregations – and an extra friend or two.

Several of the youth have attended camp at Lutherhill several times.  One of the youth has lost count, for he has gone to Lutherhill maybe 4, 5 or 6 years in a row.  Some are having their first experience at this camp, and are hoping for many more summers.

We at MLLC are big supporters of Lutherhill and Lutheran/Christian Camping programs.  We also offer a partial “campership” for MLLC members who would like to participate in the summer camp programs at Lutherhill or other Lutheran summer camping programs.

We will post more photos from this week at camp in the next couple of days.  Remember to keep these youth in your prayers as they grow in Christ through the camping programs of Lutherhill Ministries.

 

Synod Assembly 2014

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We are thankful for our delegation of voting members at our synod assembly this year. These include: Dana Smith, Dennis Smith, Jennifer Tinker, and Pastor David Tinker. This group is representing our congregation at the assembly of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod. This is taking place May 8-10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Packing and Sending of Quilts and Kits

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Martin Luther Lutheran Church has been a very busy place in recent weeks.  In addition to the Lent and Holy Week services, many dedicated volunteers have been assembling and packaging various items for Lutheran World Relief.  Check out these previous articles about this work: 1 2

We had 7 volunteers working on this packing and shipping.  They prepared for shipping: 36 quilts, 18 Baby Care Kits, 16 Personal Care Kits, 28 School Kits, and 3 Fabric Kits.  These will be sent to Lutheran World Relief.  This is in addition to the many other quilts which have been given to Camp for All and the Krause Children’s Center during this past year.

We are very thankful for the opportunity to share the goodness, love and mercy of God with others.  Here are some more photos from our work together.  There were 21 boxes packed.

 

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Holy Week Message from our Presiding Bishop

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Photo from the Flossenburg Chapel, as noted in the Good Friday Message.  This photo is from this blog site:  click

 

We are in the midst of Holy Week 2014.  We have moved from the joyful entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and we remember that he is headed to the cross.  As we follow in the way of Jesus we reflect on the truth of the cross.  Here is a powerful message from our ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Click this link for the Good Friday Message

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Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton

This was first published in “The Lutheran” magazine, and comes to us through our Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod web site blog.

Blessed to be a Blessing

 

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We have be preparing all year for this.  Each year on Palm Sunday the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church (MLLC) dedicate the quilts, baby care kits, school kits and health kits which have assembled in the past year.  In recent weeks, and especially in the past few days, there has been a flurry of activity around the facility.  People have been assembling kits and finalizing work on quilts.  A crew of people were bringing the items over the sanctuary.  Some more folks will be placing these items for display in the sanctuary.  On this weekend at worship we will offer thanks and praise to God as these items are dedicated for use and sent to the ends of the earth.  The photo above shows some of our quilts being made ready for presentation on Sunday.  Below is a photo of some of our dedicated volunteers preparing the baby care kits and health kits.

 

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Most of these kits and quilts will be given to Lutheran World Relief.  This faithful organization distributes these items around the world.  We are thankful for our partnership with fellow Lutheran Christians as we work to bring compassion and care to people in need across the world.

We plan to have more information about the dedication service after the weekend.

To learn more about the fantastic ministry of Lutheran World Relief, click this link:  http://lwr.org/