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.

First Holy Communion 2020

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Update – March 26

This class has been postponed until a new date can be determined.  This is due to the suspension of activities due to the COVID19 pandemic situation.  Contact the church office or see this page for future updates.

 

 

 

 

First Holy Communion Class begins this month

By Pastor David Tinker

pastordjt@industryinet.com       979-278-3388

 

The First Holy Communion class will be offered March 22 and 29, and April 5on Sunday mornings, starting at about 11:15 a.m. in the Mission & Ministry Building.

 

First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to elementary age students, in 5th grade and younger.  Our goal is to make sure youth who are part of MLLC have begun communing by the end of 5th grade.  The 5th grade tradition does not prevent younger students from attending the class and receiving Holy Communion.  Each year for the past several years we have had youth in younger grades participating in the class.  It is likely that most of the youth participating in the class will be younger.

 

Students are encouraged to bring a Bible for use in class, as well as paper/pen for any notes they might want to write.  If students don’t have access to a Bible we have one for their use.  Note that each student will be presented with a Bible on First Communion Thursday – April 9/Maundy Thursday – for his or her personal study and for use in Sunday School, Confirmation and Worship.  Parents/Grandparents/Guardians are welcome and encouraged to be present at this class time.  We will meet in the Mission & Ministry Building, but will also move to other places in the building for parts of the lessons.

First Communion Group 2017

The class will include instruction, discussion, videos, mini-field trips in the church building, etc.

Due to the late date of Resurrection Sunday/Easter Sunday this year (April 12), there should be little or no problem with Spring Break from school for the students.

 

Also, one of the classes will include bread baking by the students.  This bread will be used at their First Communion service.

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Here is the schedule:

Sundays, March 22 and 29, April 5

11:15 a.m. – about 12:30 p.m.

If one or more of these dates is/are not workable for your family, I am very glad to work out make up lessons for your student.  That way he or she will not miss out of the learning and special service this year.

 

If you are unsure if your child is ready to participate in this class, please read through this article which was published on our church web site a few years ago.

Thursday, April 9        7:30 p.m.             Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day

Presentation of Bible to students during worship – Church gives to Parent/Grandparent, then the parent/grandparent presents Bible to student. We will go over this before that Thursday, so all are ready.

Students please arrive by 7:00 p.m. to make sure all our plans are in order for what we will be doing at worship.  Also, families may wish to take photos before worship, for this is the best time to do this.  The altar area will be bare of all decorations, candles, banners, etc. after worship due to the “Stripping of the Altar” during the service.

 

I look forward to exploring this wonderful sacrament with your child.  This is a very exciting time of growth for these young people and for their families.  If you have any questions or special needs, please feel free to contact me. See email and phone number above.

Vacation Bible School 2020 is Coming

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Vacation Bible School 2020

We are getting ready for Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2020.  Our theme will be “Rocky Railway:  Jesus’ Power Pulls us Through”.

VBS 2020 will be held June 14-18, Sunday-Thursday, in the evenings at MLLC.

5:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Food for the students and volunteers will be provided as part of the program.

The closing program will be on Sunday, June 21, at our regular 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Registration is open now for VBS 2020.  We look forward to seeing you this Summer.

Click here to register a student.

Click here to register a teen or adult volunteer.

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.

Vacation Bible School 2019 is Coming Soon

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Join us for Vacation Bible School 2019:

Roar:  Life is Wild * God is Good

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

Children ages 3 through finishing grade 6 are invited to Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  211 Luther Lane, Carmine, TX 78932

June 9-13, 2019

Sunday through Thursday evenings

5:30-7:45 p.m. each evening

A meal will be served each night as part of the program.

The closing program will be on Sunday, June 16, at worship at 10:00 a.m.

Click here to download the registration form.

 

Volunteers are needed.  Contact the church office (979-278-3388) to volunteer.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019 Report

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Thank You to all who Donated

We had a successful collection of donations for the 2019 Souper Bowl of Caring and Food Drive in February.  The LYO made the goal of $700.00 to give to the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry in La Grange (our county seat).  With the final donations in the past week we were able to meet that goal.  Here is a link to the office Souper Bowl of Caring web site.

Added to that were the in kind donations of food and other needed items for the food pantry.  Approximately 60 items were also collected at MLLC in February and then brought to the food Pantry.  We are very thankful for the wonderful partnership we have in the congregation as we seek to love our neighbors.

Here is the report on the Souper Bowl of Caring official web site:  click link.

Again, thank you for your partnership and support of this annual event at MLLC.

 

 

 

 

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019

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Souper Bowl of Caring

Collection Date:  February 10

 

The Souper Bowl of Caring is an Annual Fund Raiser for the local food pantries.  All proceeds will directly and exclusively support our local Fayette County food pantry: the A.M.E.N. Pantry.   The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of Martin Luther Lutheran Church has led this effort for many years.

 

How to Participate

*Look for the LYO members holding the large soup pots after worship on the 2nd weekend of February.

*Bring in monetary gifts for A.M.E.N..  Place these in the “Soup Pots” at the sanctuary entrances.  For gifts placed in the Soup Pots, Cash or check accepted.  Make checks payable to:  MLLC LYO; memo line: Souper Bowl.  No amount is too small or too large.

*You may give using a designation on your regular offering envelope – note: Souper Bowl.

*You can give through the mllccarmine.com web site.  Here is the link to our giving page.  This will provide a link to our official, secure, online giving page.  At the bottom of the list of funds you will find “Souper Bowl of Caring”.  That is the fund line you will use to choose your amount of giving.

*All gifts will be processed by the LYO and forwarded to the two recipient groups.

*If you will not be able to attend worship on the designated dates, or you simply forget to bring something to give on those dates, feel free to mail your Souper Bowl of Caring gifts to the church office by February 25.

 

 

The LYO has Big Plans to help our neighbors in need:

*Our goal is to collect at least $500 for our local food pantry.

*We have been generous here at Martin Luther over the years. Let’s work together to make 2019 our best year ever as we serve our neighbors in need.

*This is a nationwide effort.  In recent years about $8-10 million was generated by 8,000-10,000  groups across the USA each year.

*The official web site is:  www.souperbowl.org

 

Vacation Bible School is very soon

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We are just days away for Vacation Bible School 2018.  This fun and learning program begins this Sunday, June 10.  Classes and activities are offered each night, Sunday – Thursday, June 10-14, 5:30-7:45 p.m.

Click this link for our full VBS 2018 information page.

The children, as well as the youth and adult volunteers, always have a great time at VBS at MLLC.  We invite you to participate in this wonderful week together.

We are also in need of volunteers to help with providing meals each night.  Some of these spots are still open.  Contact the church office – 979-278-3388 – to volunteer for meals or for any other volunteer opportunity.

Confirmation Sunday 2018

Confirmation Class 2018

We celebrate the faith commitment of two of our MLLC youth.  Miles Tinker and Janette Weidemann affirmed their baptism on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at MLLC.  We are thankful for the commitment of the students, parents, congregation, and teachers involved in the Confirmation Class Ministry of MLLC.  We share this ministry with 4 other congregations:  Waldeck Lutheran Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Round Top, St. Paul Lutheran – Shelby, and Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran – Burton.  The pastoral leaders of each congregation are the teachers.  The classes in the group have been held at MLLC for many years now.  In recent years the classes have been held in the new Mission & Ministry Building of MLLC.

 

 

Confirmation Class

Miles Clark Tinker

Born: March 18, 2004 in Plymouth, Indiana

Baptized: April 10, 2004 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church,
North Liberty, Indiana

Parents: David & Jennifer Tinker

Sponsors (Godparents): Gordon & Elaine Tinker, Sharol & Dale Herr, George Clark, and Eric Clark

Bible Verse: John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Janette Allene Weidemann

Born: November 25, 2003 in Austin, Texas

Baptized: March 21, 2004 at Palm Valley Lutheran Church,
Round Rock, Texas

Parents: Cindy Weidemann
Jonathan & Melissa Weidemann

Sponsors (Godparents): Jeffrey & Kristi Wunderlich, Jessica Weidemann, Joah & Heather Weidemann, Tracy & Thomas Ruether, and Keith & Danette Farris

Bible Verse: Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

 

 

 

Come to Vacation Bible School 2018

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We invite you to Vacation Bible School 2018 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  Our Theme is:  Shipwrecked:  Rescued by Jesus.

Sunday, June 10 – Thursday, June 14; 5:30-7:45 p.m. even evening.

The closing program is on Sunday, June 17, at our 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Click this link to visit our registration and information page.

Classes for children age 3 through finishing grade 6.

Remember to invite your friends, family and neighbors.