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.

 

Palms and Quilts for the Glory of God

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As always we celebrated a joyful Palm Sunday at MLLC.  It was great to have a wonderful crowd for our Saturday evening and Sunday morning worship services.  Together we remembered the work of Jesus Christ as he entered Jerusalem on a donkey.  This entry began the week of dramatic events which provided for the salvation from the final power of sin, death and evil for all who would believe in him.

Our young people were joyful leaders in the Palm Procession.  The group circled the sanctuary while we sang the traditional “All Glory, Laud and Honor”.  The Palms were then placed before the altar to remember that the people covered the road with palms over which Jesus rode the donkey.

Palm Sunday 2015 Lined Up

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Some of the children also gathered up front for the Children’s Time.  As part of this time the youth learned about the quilts and where these are sent around the world.

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Later during worship we dedicated the quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief.

Our numbers are not quite final, but here is a general tally:

22 Quilts

2 Fabric Kits

70 School Kits

7 Baby Care Kits

and we are in the process of completing a great number of Personal Care Kits

Here are how the quilts were displayed.  Note the palms before the altar.

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There is a wonderful article on the Lutheran World Relief web page about the Mission Quilts.  You are encouraged to click over to this page to read more about this wonderful ministry.

The quilts displayed in the sanctuary on Palm Sunday were the ones for Lutheran World Relief.  Many more are prepared and sent to two other ministries.  Several are made for Camp for All in Burton.  A set are also made for Krause Children’s Center in Katy.

Setting Up the Christmas Tree Part 1

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On Sunday, November 30, after worship a team of volunteers set up our Christmas Tree. We are very thankful for their dedicated service.   This was part 1 of a two part process.  We invite you to participate in part 2 of this process.  On Monday, December 1, starting at 6 p.m., 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).

Refreshments and food for all will be provided by the Mary Group Circle.  Please plan on staying to enjoy the fellowship.

 

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.

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Our Olive Wood Nativity Set will be ready for set up as well.

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Our pulpit is moved to a back corner to make room for the tree and Nativity scene.

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Here is the finished product of the work on Sunday.  Remember, we will complete the work on Monday, December 1, starting at 6:00 p.m.  You are invited to come and participate.  Food and refreshments will be provided by the Mary Group Circle.

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Thank you again to all who gave of their time to get this tree prepared for decorating.

 

 

 

Three Generations at WELCA Convention 2014

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We had three generations of women in one family attend the 2014 Triennial Gathering of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).

Here is a report of this special event from Colette Wunderlich, who attended with her daughter Cindy and her granddaughter (and Cindy’s daughter) Janette.  See the photo above of these three generations at the airport on their way to Charlotte, NC, for the gathering.

Thank you to Colette, Cindy and Janette for representing MLLC at this special event.

 

Notes about the Triennial Convention:

Cindy, Janette, and I are thankful for the opportunity to attend the Triennial Women of the ELCA Convention in North Carolina in July. We would like to thank Martin Luther Women of the ELCA for their financial and prayerful support. The theme was “of many generations” and we three generations were proud to represent MLLC. Several babies were in attendance and at least six ladies over 90 years of age.

We attended Bible studies, workshops, worship, communion, and servant events. There were guest speakers, offering opportunities, and singing with no inhibition in English, Spanish, and Swahili. They put the words up and everyone sang, 2400 of us! Many of the 50 states were represented and the Virgin Islands. Our Companion Synod sister from The Central African Republic was unable to leave her country.

The workshops I attended were Streets to Live On: A WELCA Model about organizing or renewing units, Generations: The Quilt of Our Lives with great stories by Mrs. Alex Haley, Better Understand Mental Illness, and Story Matters which encouraged continual growth in faith love, and obedience in the will of God. I attended the WELCA unit workshop on Friday and wrote down many ideas from others but didn’t think any were just right for our younger women. Cindy attended that same workshop on Saturday and I was so excited when she came out and said, “Mom, I think I’ve got it, an idea for our younger women!” I’ll let her tell you about it sometime. We were told any group that does things in the name of WELCA, like our quilting group, whether there is Bible study or not, can be counted as a WELCA group. During our workshops, Janette attended the group events for about 20 girls including quilting.

Of course there was time for food and drink. We walked several blocks one night to eat at Emeril’s Charlotte, NC restaurant and I managed to sample some North Carolina beers.

The next Triennial Convention will be in Minneapolis, MN in July 2017. I’m going to start saving now.

Colette

 

Janette shown with many of the other girls at the Triennial Convention.

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Janette back home in Carmine quilting with a mentor/friend Jenell.

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