Worship and Fellowship on Labor Day Weekend 2022

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Sunday Schedule for September 4

Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Fellowship and Meal at ~11:10 a.m.

Worship on Sunday, September 4, will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.  This is the older, white building on the north/US-290 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.

See below for details about worship, food, dressing the part, etc.

The Saturday evening worship service will be in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. as usual.

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Note: We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of September 10 and 11:

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

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

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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.

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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, prior to retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students or children 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 4, 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 pork and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.

Women’s Salad Supper – June 1

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Come  to  the 2022 Women’s Salad Supper

A delightful, annual tradition at MLLC is the Women’s Salad Supper. 

Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

This is a salad pot-luck supper and program led by the women for the women and girls of the church and community.  See the flier above for details.  You do not need to be a member of MLLC to attend.  Come enjoy the Fellowship, Food, Fun, and Entertainment. 

This year the program is entitled, “Celebrate the Children.” 

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this special event by and for women and girls. 

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.

Beirut Explosion Relief Update

UPDATE – We have been informed by LWR that some of the items destroyed in Beirut were from MLLC. We can know this because there are tracking labels on the boxes we send to Lutheran World Relief. It helps us know where things have gone, and it helps LWR to manage their shipments. We are saddened by the loss of life, the injuries, along with the the loss of homes and businesses. We are also saddened by the loss of relief supplies which were prepared by the people of MLLC.

On the evening of August 4, 2020, a ship full of approximately 2,700 tons of agricultural fertilizer exploded at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.  This explosion killed over 200 people and injured over 4,000 people.  Thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed.  Various other ships at the port were damaged or destroyed, and their cargoes ruined.

One of the ships destroyed was one carrying items brought to Lebanon by Lutheran World Relief (LWR).  Approximately $624,000 worth of relief supplies were destroyed.  Items in the destroyed shipment included 22,000 quilts, along with numerous school kits and health kits.  These quilts and kits are the sort which are made by our quilting group and the Women of the ELCA at MLLC. The loss of these supplies will make the relief efforts more challenging for our ministry partners at LWR

Here is an article about this disaster as it relates to Lutheran World Relief supplies.  Click Link.

Thankfully there are ways to help those who have lost so much due to this industrial disaster.  The quickest way to help is through financial giving.  You can give online at: Click this link.

You can mail a check to:

Lutheran World Relief
PO Box 17061
Baltimore, MD   21297-1061

You can call to give at:  800.597.5972​​​​​

Another way to help is to work on the projects to make quilts, health kits and school kits for Lutheran World Relief.  Contact the church office about work days, project requirements, and other ways you can participate in these works of love for our neighbors around the world.

COVID 19 Carona Virus Update

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Important Notice about COVID 19

The Church Council of MLLC has made the decision to suspend worship services and other church activities from now (March 18, 2020) through at least April 3, 2020.  This is due to the significant, worldwide health crisis of the COVID 19 Pandemic.  The council did not take this decision lightly, as this is a new and dramatic step for the congregation.  They consulted with area congregations, our Gulf Coast Synod, as well as government health officials.  We will send out updates as these become available.

Please read the notice here:  Click Link

The Daily Bible Readings through April 3 are here:  Click Link

The church staff and leadership are still here for you in these trying times.  We will have devotional items and other items available through this web site.

Turkey and Dressing Dinner

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Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner

Tickets are available now for the Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Women of the ELCA of MLLC.  You are encouraged to get your tickets before Sunday, November 10. That way you can be sure to get a ticket.  Tickets are $10/each, and may be purchased through the people and locations noted in the flier above. There may be some tickets available at the door, but it is best to plan ahead.

In the event that you can’t get to the noted locations when open, know that you can call the church office – 979-278-3388 – and request that tickets be reserved in your name.  Then you can pay for the tickets when you arrive.

 

Thankoffering Sunday

Also on November 10 we will celebrate our annual Thankoffering Sunday.  This is our annual celebration of women in ministry and our partnership with the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).  This will take place on Sunday, November 10 at our 10 a.m. worship service.  Our guest presenters will be the Hilltop Ramblers from Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Burton, TX).

Here is a brief history of Thankoffering Sunday:

As we collect the Thankoffering today, we share in a tradition dating back to the 1800s, when Christian women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to fund mission. When others in the church said there was not enough money to carry out these projects, the women believed otherwise. In cent societies, each woman collected offerings at home. They would gather as we do today to worship and combine their offerings and offer them up with thanks and praise, dedicating the funds to mission. When Women of the ELCA was formed more than 25 years ago, we committed to continue this tradition of giving in gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ELCA. Together, we do more than we could ever do apart. In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with hope for all that is to come, we celebrate Thankoffering.

 

 

 

 

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.

Dedication of Quilts, Blankets and Kits

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Our Palm Sunday Tradition

Each year at this time we gather up the items we have prepared to send to Lutheran World Relief.  We dedicate these during worship on Palm Sunday.  Then, during Holy Week we pack up these items and then ship these off to Lutheran World Relief.  This partner organization then distributes these items around the world to people in need.

We will gather in the Mission & Ministry Building on Wednesday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. to pack these quilts and blankets.  Please come and help as you are able.  With extra help this important task will go quickly.  This Mission & Ministry building is located across the street from the main church building, and behind the Parsonage.  The building address is 250 Augsburg Ave, Carmine, TX 78932.

Throughout the year dedicated volunteers give of their time, energy and resources to prepare these items for those in need.  Out of love for God and neighbor, these adults and youth put in the time and effort to make all this possible.

With the loving service of so many we have set a record for quilts and blankets for our congregation to give to Lutheran World Relief.  There are 49 quilts and 13 fleece blankets this year.

We have prepared the quilts for Lutheran World Relief for many years now.  Our dedicated volunteers use donated cloth, and they purchase the batting for the inside of the quilts.  Here is an example of one of the quilts.

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We even have a quilting room set up in our Mission & Ministry Building.  This building was added to our church facilities in 2015.

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The Fleece Blankets are a newer addition to our work for Lutheran World Relief.  These are also prepared in the Mission & Ministry building.  Here is an example of one of these new blankets.

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Turkey and Thankoffering

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This Sunday (November 13) is a special tradition at MLLC.  We are celebrating our Annual Thankoffering Sunday, and we are offering our Annual Turkey Dinner.  Both are sponsored by the MLLC Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).

Thankoffering Sunday:  Worship at 9:45 a.m.

Special Guest Presenters:  Music by Allison Crowson and Friends

About Thankoffering Sunday:

As we collect the Thankoffering at worship on November 13, we share in a tradition dating back to the 1800s, when Christian women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to fund mission. When others in the church said there was not enough money to carry out these projects, the women believed otherwise. In cent societies, each woman collected offerings at home. They would gather as we do on Thankoffering Sunday to worship and combine their offerings and offer them up with thanks and praise, dedicating the funds to mission. When Women of the ELCA was formed more than 25 years ago, we committed to continue this tradition of giving in gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ELCA. Together, we do more than we could ever do apart. In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with hope for all that is to come, we will collect our Thankoffering on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

The Women of MLLC are invited to bring their annual Thankofferings to worship on Sunday, November 13, as we celebrate our mission together.

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Turkey Dinner:  An annual fellowship event and fundraiser for the MLLC WELCA group.  Pre-sale tickets are $10.00 each, and are available through mid week at the MLLC Church office – 979-278-3388.  Here is the flier announcing the details for the meal – Click Link.

 

 

Remembering LeVerne Hinze

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A longtime and faithful member of the congregation has died.  LeVerne Hinze entered her rest in the Lord on April 14, 2016.  We give thanks for her life and ministry as one of God’s beloved children.

 

Here is the obituary which her family prepared:

LeVerne Lucille (Jaeger) Hinze

Born: December 14, 1926
Died: April 14, 2016

LeVerne Lucille (Jaeger) Hinze, 89, of Burton, died April 14, 2016, at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation with the family will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Foehner Funeral Home in Burton. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 18, 2016 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, with Rev. David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow in Carmine Cemetery.

LeVerne Hinze was born Dec. 14, 1926 in Carmine to Gustav and Ella Dickmann Jaeger. She was baptized June 12, 1927 by Pastor H. Brunotte, and confirmed by Pastor Brunotte on April 6, 1941 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, where she was also married to Roger Hinze on June 4, 1950.

Mrs. Hinze attended the Carmine school and was a 1944 graduate of La Grange High School. As an active life-long member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, she was a member of the Ladies Aid for 65 years, was on the Stewardship Committee, and taught Sunday School. She also served as officer for the La Bahia Cemetery Association, Burton I.S.D. Mothers’ Club, and was a charter member of the Burton Band Boosters. Other memberships included the Burton Heritage Society, Carmine Senior Citizens, Washington Co. Farm Bureau, and La Bahia Turn Verein.

LeVerne was employed at Siebel’s Cotton Gin in Carmine, Brenham Broom and Mop, and later as a bookkeeper for A. H. Ullrich Chevrolet in Carmine, and Max Zuehlke Chevrolet in Burton. She retired as postmaster from Burton, where she served many customers in the community. She provided help for her family and friends.

Dancing, gardening, baking bread and attending celebrations were favorite pastimes. She treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom brought her great joy.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Joyce Hinze of Giddings; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Wade Eilers of Carmine; grandchildren: Clint and Stacy Eilers, Christy and Matt Kelley, Nicholas and Karla Hinze, John and Carrie Hinze, and Mary Hinze; great-grandchildren: Kate, Jill and Tess Eilers, Seth Kelley and expected baby boy Kelley, and Reagan and Cooper Hinze. Other surviving relatives are cousin Sarita Mutscher, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

LeVerne was preceded in death by her parents; husband on April 29, 2001; twin sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and J. R. Loewe, and Berdie and Max Siegmund; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Elfon and L Dee Hinze; cousin, Barbara Ann Wagner.

Serving as pallbearers are Clint Eilers, Nicholas Hinze, John Hinze, Matt Kelley, Jimmy Loewe, John Siegmund, Charles Siegmund, Glenwood Hinze, and Darrell Kieke. Honorary pallbearers are Cooper Hinze and Seth Kelley.

Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 362, Carmine, Texas 78932, or to Hospice Brazos Valley.

Funeral arrangements for LeVerne Lucille Jaeger Hinze are entrusted to Foehner Funeral Home in Burton. For more information visit http://www.memorialoakschapel.com.