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.

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First Holy Communion Class 2017

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First Holy Communion Class begins this month

By Pastor David Tinker

pastordjt@industryinet.com     979-278-3388

 

The First Holy Communion Class will be held over three Sundays in late March and early April.  Each class will be held in the Mission & Ministry Building (New Building behind Parsonage).  See the photo above which shows the 2016 class group with the bread they baked for their First Communion.

Class Dates:  March 26, April 2 and 9 – after worship – starting about 11:00 a.m.

 

First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to students in 5th grade.  There are numerous cases in which there are exceptions to this.  If you and your student, who is not yet in 5th grade, wish to participate in this class please speak with me to make arrangements.  The 5th grade tradition does not prevent younger students from attending the class and receiving Holy Communion.

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 13 – for his or her personal study and for use in Sunday School, Confirmation and Worship.  Parents/Grandparents are welcome and encouraged to be present at this class time.  We will meet at a table in the Mission and Ministry Building, but will also move to other places in the church facilities for parts of the lessons.

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

We are working to avoid Spring Break weekends for this class, therefore all sessions are after Spring Break.  Please consult with me if you have special needs about family schedules, vacations, parental custody issues, etc.  which could conflict with the posted schedule. I want this opportunity to work for your student.

Notes that one of the Sunday classes will include bread baking by the students.  This bread will be used at their First Communion service.

We will Celebrate our First Holy Communion on:

Thursday, April 13        7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day

Presentation of Bible to students during worship – the Church gives to Parent/Grandparent, and then the parent/grandparent presents Bible to student. We will go over this before 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, and 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”.

 

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 needs please feel free to contact me.  Please see the article below about discerning your child’s interest and readiness to receive the sacrament.

 

 

 

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

He or 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.

 

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.

 

Other questions to consider:

*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?

 

 

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. Use the others 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.

Baptism on February 12

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We welcomed a new member this past Sunday.  The people of MLLC welcomes Sawyer Ray to the family of God.  She joins her parents and her big sister in the fellowship of believers in Christ.

At MLLC we invite all to be in fellowship with God his people.  Our life together is a blessing to all involved.  We are always welcoming of new members throughout the year.  Some join through baptism, while others come from other congregations.

To see information about other recent new members, visit our new member page – click link.

If you or your child are not yet baptized, please contact the pastor to make arrangements for receiving this Sacrament.

If you are not yet a member of MLLC, and would desire to join, please contact the pastor in person, by phone or by email.

Pastor David Tinker

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Office:  979-278-3388

Email:  pastordjt at industryinet.com

 

 

Children’s Christmas Program 2016

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The children and youth of MLLC presented a wonderful Christmas Program on Sunday, December 11.  This took place as part of our regular worship service – Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

The play this year was entitled “Simply Christmas”.  This combined God’s Word with songs, stories, humor and action in telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thank you to the families, children, teens, musicians and adult leaders who put in a great amount of time to prepare and present this excellent program.

After worship the congregation gathered in the Fellowship Hall for a soup lunch and a Happy Birthday Jesus cake for dessert.

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Aluminum Cans making a Positive Difference for Youth

For several years the Men in Mission of MLLC have been collecting aluminum beverage cans for a special purpose.  They are working to help make sure young people from MLLC get some help to attend Lutheran Church Bible Camp at Lutherhill.  In recent years this men’s ministry group has quietly collected these cans to raise money from selling these through recycling.  This year the Men in Mission were able to provide $50.00 per youth member for their participation a summer camping program at Lutherhill.

The Men in Mission have not been alone in this. They have had significant support from many people who donate enough cans each year to provide this encouragement and assistance to many youth.   They don’t really know all who those who make the donations. This is because the donation center is outside in a quiet corner of the church facilities.  Every week kind, and generally anonymous, individuals drop off bag upon bag of empty aluminum beverage cans to help our youth.

You can be part of this happy cause as well.  Simply set aside your used aluminum beverage cans.  Then, when you are on your way to worship, or heading to or through town, simply grab your bags of cans and leave these at the donation station.

The donation station is on the north side of the building – the side facing US 290.  This is under the covered part of the  drive through, drop off entrance to the fellowship hall.  These photos show the can receptacles in the context of the north entrance.  The station is open 24 hours a day.

Thank you all for your partnership in ministry at MLLC.  Together we are making disciples of Jesus Christ and sharing God’s love to the ends of the earth.

Vacation Bible School Registration Open

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You can register now for Vacation Bible School 2016

We are looking forward to this special event.  The MLLC Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be offered June 12-16, Sunday-Thursday evenings.  The program will run each night:  5:30 – 7:45 p.m.  Friends and neighbors are all invited.

Click this link for more about VBS 2016.

Click this link for a printable Registration Form.

Contact the church office to volunteer.  979-278-3388

 

Confirmation Sunday 2016

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Celebrating the Rite of Confirmation

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Note this Worship Time Change for this Sunday only:

Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m.

Worship will be at 10:15 a.m.

 

We will gather as the people of God to support Carson as he affirms his baptism on May 1.  He has been a faithful member of MLLC since his infancy.  We are thankful for the blessings of faith and life which have been granted to Carson, and we celebrate that the Holy Spirit has been stirring in his life to draw him closer to Christ.

Carson’s Confirmation Verse is:  1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”

 

 

Christmas Eve 2015

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Our Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) has been working hard preparing for Christmas Eve. As they have done for most of the past many years, they are leading the service and presenting their play. We look forward to seeing you at worship at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, December 24.  This will be a service of Word, Prayer and Song.

This will be our Candlelight Service as well. Come to hear the Good News. Come to support our youth.  Come to celebrate that Jesus Christ has been born for us.

Also note:  we will have our annual Festival Worship with Holy Communion on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

Invite your friends and family.

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Christmas Program and Brunch

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For the past several weeks the children, youth and adults of MLLC have been preparing our annual Christmas Program.  Above is a photo of several of these young people rehearsing for this special event.

Children’s Christmas Program and Brunch – Sunday, December 13

Worship and Program in Sanctuary – at 9:00 a.m.

Christmas Brunch in Fellowship Hall – All Invited – at 10:15 a.m.

Join us for the fun and fellowship of our Annual Children’s Christmas Program and Brunch.  Everybody is invited to both the worship service with program, and the brunch in the fellowship hall.  This event is not just for the kids and the their families.  In the past few years we have offered this special event we have had a great attendance by people of all ages and situations.  With joy we invite you to join us on this very special Sunday.

 

 

Vacation Bible School is Coming Soon

hometown-nazareth-vbs-logoThis is an exciting time at MLLC.

We are getting ready for this year’s Vacation Bible School.  This delightful and engaging event is one of our biggest programs of the year.  We look forward to having you be part of our time together this June as we visit “Hometown Nazareth:  Where Jesus was a Kid”

We have set up a page here at mllccarmine.com for you to learn more about VBS 2015, register, and get involved.

Click here for the special page link.