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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

 

Confirmation Sunday 2018

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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.

 

 

 

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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Lutherhill Sunday – August 13

 

 

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We are very excited about Lutherhill Sunday 2017.  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 Sunday:

9:00 a.m.   Sunday School hour – Lutherhill staff will lead singing and learning with the children.  They will also work with the children to prepare and present a skit at worship later that morning. Bring your student to the fellowship hall so he or she can participate in this special time together.

10:00 a.m.    Worship with Lutherhill staff leading music with Camp Style songs.  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.

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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Theme Verse for Lutherhill 2017

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”  Romans 5: 1-2

What does this mean?

Guided by Romans 5, Martin Luther reimagined what living as followers of Christ meant. Luther sought to reform the practices of the church so that the Christians might rejoice more fully in the grace-filled love of God.

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will explore how we are called to continually Reform, Reimagine, and Rejoice!

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Maundy Thursday – April 13

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Maundy Thursday is April 13

We will gather for the observance of Maundy Thursday on April 13, at 7:30 p.m.  You are invited to this first of the Three Holy Days of Holy Week.

There will also be a Maundy Thursday Service at our Shared Ministry partner church – Waldeck Lutheran Church – at 5:45 p.m.

 

An Introduction to Maundy Thursday

The Maundy Thursday service is one of endings and beginnings. What was begun on Ash Wednesday is brought to a close here today. What begins today does not end until the Day of Resurrection. It is the ancient Triduum, “The Three Sacred Days,” which lead us to the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
The theme is love, our Savior’s love for us, expressed in the washing of the disciples’ feet, in giving himself in bread and wine, in dying upon the cross. An invitation to confession is given. The focus is on forgiveness. On Ash Wednesday, we began Lent with a major act of confession and ashes, but we did not receive a strong statement of forgiveness in the absolution. That bold announcement of forgiveness comes now, “In the mercy of almighty God,” and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” at the service celebrating Christ’s love.
The lessons of love are read. A new command derives from it: “Love one another.” The name “Maundy” comes from the first word of the Latin form of John 13:34: “mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos ut et vos diligatis invicem” (“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”). This self-giving love is demonstrated in the washing of feet.  The prayers are said. The table is made ready. The time of the Lord’s Supper arrives, and our Lord is revealed in bread and wine as once he “revealed himself to his disciples.” It is a solemn moment, but we cannot linger here.  Nor could the Lord, for His betrayal was imminent.
Before we know it, the markings of betrayal are seen before us. The symbol of Christ in our midst, the altar, is stripped bare. Christ is stripped of his power and glory. Good Friday is inescapable. The powers of darkness work upon him.
In silence, we depart without benediction. The Three Sacred Days continue with the Good Friday service tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.  We will also gather on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. for the Vigil of Easter.

 

First Holy Communion

At this special service there will be 7 young people who will be receiving their First Holy Communion.  In preparation for this day they made the bread for use at the service on Maundy Thursday.  Here is a photo of this year’s group.

First Communion Group 2017