Education Wing Work Day – August 29

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You are Invited to Help

Sunday, August 29, 11 a.m. and following.

The Christian Education Committee is sponsoring a work day this Sunday, August 29.  The goal is to clean up and prepare the Education Wing of the building for the coming Sunday School year.   There will be cleaning, sorting, moving of furniture, etc. to get the spaces ready.  Some of these spaces need extra work to transform the rooms from former day school rooms into Sunday School rooms.  We want to make the spaces more inviting and joyful for our numerous Sunday School students and their families.

The committee is providing lunch for volunteers.  Plan on joining the other volunteers for lunch and active service this Sunday, August 29, after the 10:00 a.m. worship service.   This work day will begin around 11:00 a.m.

Lutherhill Weekend 2021 – August 21-22

Welcome to our Friends from Lutherhill Ministries

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We are very excited about Lutherhill Weekend 2021.  We have enjoyed having staff from Lutherhill visiting at MLLC during this time of year for a number of years now.   We invite you to be part of this special Sunday of learning, fun, fellowship, music, and a joyful message.

Lutherhill Ministries is the camping and retreat ministry in our Synod.  Lutherhill offers programming through Lutherhill Camp in La Grange, TX, the Zion Retreat Center in Galveston, TX, and through destination day camp programs in various congregations in Texas and Louisiana.

Here is the plan for this special Weekend:

Saturday

6:00 p.m. Lutherhill Ministries Executive Director, Matt Kindsvatter, will be our preacher at worship.  He always brings an uplifting and joyful message.  Matt will also present information and updates about Lutherhill Ministries.

Sunday

9:00 a.m.   Sunday School hour – Lutherhill staff will lead fun, singing, and learning with the children. Bring your student to the fellowship hall so he or she can participate in this special time together.

10:00 a.m.    Lutherhill Ministries Executive Director, Matt Kindsvatter, will be our preacher at worship.  He always brings an uplifting and joyful message.  Matt will also present information and updates about Lutherhill Ministries.

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Blessing of Students and Backpacks

This weekend will also include the blessing of students and backpacks.  Students of all ages and types of schools are encouraged to be at either of the two weekend worship services for this blessing as they begin a new school year.

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Here is Matt at a previous Lutherhill Sunday at MLLC.  We are very thankful to have such an amazing camping ministry right in our county.

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This Sunday: Backpack and Student Blessing

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Blessing of Students and their Backpacks – August 21 & 22

Mark your calendars now to plan to attend worship on this special Sunday.  We invite students of all ages to attend worship on Satuday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m., or Sunday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m.  At each of these services we will pray for students of all ages and situations.  It is not required that the students bring a backpack, but, if the student has one, he or she 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 involve 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 our usual times of 6:00 p.m.  on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. on 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.

Blessing of Backpacks

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Special note: This will also be our weekend to celebrate our partnership with Lutherhill Ministries.  Our guest preacher for Saturday and Sunday will be Matt Kindsvatter, executive director of Lutherhill Ministries.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Matt

Blessing of Students and Backpacks – August 21 and 22

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Blessing of Students and their Backpacks – August 21 & 22

Mark your calendars now to plan to attend worship on this special Sunday.  We invite students of all ages to attend worship on Satuday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m., or Sunday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m.  At each of these services we will pray for students of all ages and situations.  It is not required that the students bring a backpack, but, if the student has one, he or she 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 involve 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 our usual times of 6:00 p.m.  on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. on 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.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Students

Here is a photo from our Blessing of Students and Backpacks from several years ago.

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Special note: This will also be our weekend to celebrate our partnership with Lutherhill Ministries.  Our guest preacher for Saturday and Sunday will be Matt Kindsvatter, executive director of Lutherhill Ministries.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Matt

Lutherhill at Sunday School Upcoming Dates

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Lutherhill Staff to Lead Sunday School for Special Programming

One of the most popular parts of the Sunday School ministry at MLLC is the visits from Lutherhill staff.  Several times a year we have a special Sunday when the young adults from Lutherhill offer a fun and Christ centered event filled with learning, games, music, and fun.  We invite you and your family to attend Sunday School on the Sundays coming up which provide this program.  Here are the two upcoming Sundays when Lutherhill will be at MLLC for Sunday School:

May 2

June 6

Sunday School at MLLC is held each week at 9:00 a.m.  The program begins in the fellowship hall (the older, white building on the north side of the church campus).  Students from about age 3 and older are invited to participate.  Parents are encouraged to participate, especially for the younger ages.

As always, worship on Sunday is at 10:00 a.m., and on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

 

First Holy Communion Class

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An Invitation to the Lord’s Table for Youth

First Holy Communion Class begins this month

By Pastor David Tinker

pastordjt@gmail.com    979-278-3388

The First Holy Communion class will be offered February 21, 28, March 7 and 28 Sunday mornings, starting at about 11:00-11:15 a.m. in the Mission & Ministry Building.

First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to elementary age students, typically 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 most likely that a majority of the youth participating in the class will be younger than 5th grade.

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

We encourage students in class to observe social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizer, and using masks to cover mouth and nose.

The class schedule avoids the Spring Break for most, if not all, students who would be part of this group.  The Sundays of March 14 and 21 may end up being make-up classes for students who were not able to attend earlier classes. Also, one of the classes will include bread baking by the students.

Here is the schedule:

Sundays, February 21, 28, March 7 and 28

We are aware that not everyone received sufficient word about when class was beginning.  Even if you student was not present at the class on February 21, he or she is fully invited to participate.  Even if your student is not able to be at the class on February 28, he or she is encouraged to participate.  I am very willing to work out review sessions or alternative class times to help your student.  It is better to ask for help than to remove oneself from the class.  We will make something work for your student.

Class will from from about 11:00/11:15 a.m. until about 12:15 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.

Important Date:  Thursday, April 1        7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day

Presentation of Bible to students during worship – Church gives to Parent/Grandparent/sponsor then the parent/grandparent/sponsor 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.

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Below is a discernment tool for those who are unsure about their students participating in the the program. 

With all this,  you are encouraged to consult with the pastor regarding this wonderful opportunity for the young person in your life.

How do I know my child is ready to attend First Communion Class?

The most important question is about God’s gift of Grace for your child: 

***** Has your child been baptized?

If your child is not yet baptized, please speak with a pastor to set a date for your child to receive this Sacrament. It is understood that Holy Communion is for the baptized children of God.

Only the first question (Has your child been baptized?) requires a “Yes” before your child can be considered ready to receive his or her first communion, and to participate in the class. Use the other questions below to generate discussion and to plan, in consultation with Pastor David Tinker, for your child’s preparation to begin receiving the sacrament and the gifts it brings.

Contact Pastor David Tinker if you have any questions about Holy Communion. He would be happy to help answer your questions.

He/She may. . .

*have expressed interest in participating in Holy Communion during worship, perhaps copying your movements at the altar

*have begun to ask questions about why we take Holy Communion

*have begun to reach for the Holy Communion elements which are offered to you

*have a foundation in Christ through attendance in Christian education or worship, or through family conversations, devotions or prayer

*be able to speak about God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as loving and trustworthy

*pray the Lord’s Prayer and be able to say other simple prayers (such as at bedtime and meals)

The following questions can help you determine the readiness of your child to receive her or his first Holy Communion.

These are not meant to create a reason to prevent your child’s participation.  These simply lift up common ways in which youth express interest in Holy Communion

*Is your child comfortable in various locations around the church, like the altar?

*Does your child have a basic, age-appropriate awareness that God loves him or her?

*Does your child understand the idea of “right” and “wrong”, and can grasp the basic notion of “forgiveness”?

*Will your child extend his or her hands when asked to do so?

*Will your child be able to understand the basic concept that Holy Communion is a gift from God to each person?

*Does your child seem to have a basic trust that they are a child of God?

*Does your child seem interested in what goes on in church during Communion?

*Does your child interact enough with others to receive the bread and wine?

*Is your child aware enough of others in the congregation and their needs to show respect for the communion experience?

*Are you prepared to help make the process positive?

*Are you prepared to continue to fulfill the promises you made at your child’s baptism to bring him or her regularly to the Lord’s Table?

Carol Service – December 20

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Annual Carol Service

We will be celebrating a long standing tradition at MLLC on Sunday, December 20.   This will take place during our regular 10:00 a.m. worship service. 

We invite singers, instrumentalist, and groups to share various Advent and Christmas special music pieces at this service.  To share your music, please sign up at the church on the sign-up sheet in the narthex or call the church office by December 13.  The office phone number is 979-278-3388.

In addition to the wonderful music we will offer two other celebrations.

1 – our thank you celebration for our recently retired secretaries.  We will have a special presentation for Nancy Rosenbaum, Carol Carmean, and Nancy Eilers.  They all served at MLLC in our office for 10+ years each. 

2 – our Children’s Christmas Program.  This was moved from December 13.  Our younger youth will present the Good News that Jesus Christ is born.

All are welcome to attend this special Sunday at MLLC.

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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.