Come to Vacation Bible School 2018


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.

Vigil of Easter 2018


Saturday, March 31, 2018, is the date of the Great Vigil of Easter, Holy Saturday, at MLLC.  For many in the church around the world, this is the centerpiece of their year as followers of Jesus.


Click this link to view a blog post from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) regarding this service and its connections with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Click this link to view a blog post by our own Jennifer Clark Tinker which tells about her experience and joy related to attending the Great Vigil of Easter each year.


An Introduction to the Vigil of Easter

Like the children of Israel who watched and waited through the night for the Lord of the Exodus, we too come together this night to watch and wait for the Lord of the Resurrection. We come, as Christians have come since the first century, to keep vigil and to prepare ourselves for the arrival of the Bridegroom who is chief host and guest at the Resurrection feast to come.

First, we must break the darkness of the night.   Like the virgins in the parable, we must light our vigil lights. Our light will be a very special light, for it is the light of Christ which burns atop the Paschal candle and which dispels the darkness — of night, of sin, of death. Our light will be a constant reminder of the Resurrection victory during the coming season, at every baptism and at every funeral. But for now, it will burn in vigil as we await the Bridegroom.

When we have settled into our pews for the watch, we hear the storytellers among us sharing the stories of our faith — the stories of God’s salvation history and the covenants which he made with our people. These are our “family” stories. We listen. We sing. We watch. And we wait for the feast to come.

After hearing our stories, we make our last minute preparations to meet our Lord. All must be right for the feast. On some years those among us who have not yet joined us are brought into membership with us this night, making all who are here part of the Church family, known as the Bride of Christ.  Each year, so that the whole family is prepared, each of us reaffirms our faith through the Apostles Creed. As we interact with the water and the Lord, we hear and we feel that grace which was given to us through our baptism.

We are nearly ready. The time is close.  We prepare the room and set the table for the Feast of Victory, the First Holy Communion of this greatest festival day of all. And then at last He comes! The Resurrection victory is won! The Bridegroom has come through the darkness to claim his Bride, the Church, to be his own. This is the feast of victory!  In the end flowers and banners must adorn the space, for our time this evening and tomorrow will be a feast to remember.

Our Celebrations of the Resurrection of Jesus

The Great Vigil of Easter – 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 – see the introduction above. Shared with Waldeck Lutheran Church.

Easter Sunrise – 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 1, at the Carmine Cemetery. Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating.  Shared with Waldeck Lutheran Church.

Easter Festival – Sunday April 1.  Opportunities at both MLLC and Waldeck

MLLC Schedule:

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall.  A light reception in the Parlor, near the sanctuary entrance and church offices.

10:00 a.m. – Festival Worship

~11:15 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt


Waldeck Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Festival Worship

~9:00 a.m. – Pot-luck Easter Breakfast – bring an item to share

9:30 a.m./After Breakfast – Easter Egg Hunt

Carmine Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

The Carmine Community is offering its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, March 31.

Carmine Area Organizations and Businesses are sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Carmine City Park for children ages 1 through 9.  The Easter Bunny arrives at 11:00 a.m. You are welcome to take photos of your child or family with the Easter Bunny with your own camera.

See this flier for more details.

Thank you to the volunteers and businesses who worked to put this together.  Eggs and treat bags were prepared at homes and at MLLC during the week so the children will have plenty of treats.  Also, many of the eggs include a Golden Dollar, the official US dollar coin.


This event is open to all children, both from Carmine and from other communities.  Come one and all for a fun at the Carmine City Park.

April 2018 Newsletter Available

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We have updated the MLLC Newsletter Archive page.  We have the most recent newsletter, the April 2018 edition, on this page.

This edition provides our Holy Week Schedule, as well as other updates about ministry opportunities available through MLLC in Carmine.  This also includes our monthly calendar of events, server schedules and the like.

The Archive goes back a few years with copies of our monthly newsletters.  Please feel free to look over these to see what we have done and how we have celebrated God’s goodness together.

Click this link to go to our Newsletter Archive Page.


Dedication of Quilts, Blankets and Kits


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.



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.


Holy Week Schedule 2018

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week – Celebrating the Saving Work of Jesus Christ

We invite you to be part of our celebrations and observances as we remember all the great things Jesus has done for us.  Every year around this time we gather to ponder anew the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.  We get to revisit the central parts of our life and faith with him.

Everything else in our life and faith makes sense and matters because of the things we ponder this week.  Each service has a focus on the various actions and events in this final week of Jesus’ ministry on earth.

Palm Sunday reenacts Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday revisits the major actions of Jesus at the Last supper with his Disciples.  These include the washing of the Disciples’ Feet, the Command to Love, the Institution of the Holy Communion, and the Arrest of Jesus.

Good Friday invites us to gather at the Cross of Christ.  On the Cross he suffers and dies for the forgiveness of our sin.

On Holy Saturday we gather for the Great Vigil of Easter.  In this time we gather with the followers of Jesus to wait for the fulfillment of his promise to Rise from the dead.  In this service we light a new fire in hope of the Resurrection.  We tell the stories of faith from the Old Testament.  We celebrate the gift of Baptism which is our holy connection to the death and resurrection of Jesus.  In the end we renew our commitment to follow Jesus as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the beginning of our Resurrection Celebration.

Early on Sunday we gather in the Carmine Cemetery for our Easter Sunrise Service.  This is an ancient tradition of Christians.  Our brothers and sisters in the faith have gathered in cemeteries early on Easter Sunday since the earliest days of the Church.  We do this to reconnect with the place of Jesus’ Resurrection.  He was raised from the dead in a graveyard of sorts, the borrowed tomb in which Jesus’ body was placed.  It was early in the morning on the first day of the week, as we read in John chapter 20.

Later that morning we celebrate with the whole Church that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead.

Here is the schedule of our Holy Week Services.  We will also include the schedule of services at our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church near Ledbetter.

All are welcome at these services at either church.

Palm Sunday Weekend

Saturday, March 24 – 6:00 p.m. at Carmine

Sunday, March 25 – 8:00 a.m. at Waldeck; 10:00 a.m. at Carmine.  Both Sunday services will include the procession of Palms.  Waldeck will also include the Passion story from Mark’s Gospel.


Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 29 – 5:45 p.m. at Waldeck; 7:30 p.m. at Carmine


Good Friday

Friday, March 30 – 7:00 p.m. at Carmine


Holy Saturday

– The Great Vigil of Easter

Saturday, March 31 – 7:00 p.m. at Carmine


Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of our Lord

Sunrise Service – 6:45 a.m. at the Carmine Cemetery – bring a lawn chair for seating.  We will gather among the graves.  If inclement weather we will gather in the pavilion at the cemetery.

At Waldeck:  8:00 a.m. Festival Service – outside in the pavilion on the south end of the church building.  If inclement weather, inside the church.  Holy Communion.

The service will be followed by a pot-luck brunch in Annex.  An Egg Hunt will be offered around 9:30 a.m.


At Carmine:  9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in Fellowship Hall.  Also, a reception with kolaches, coffee, etc. will be offered in the Parlor (the room next to the sanctuary.)

10:00 a.m. Easter Festival Service with Holy Communion.

11:15 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt, outside the Sanctuary entrance.

After Easter:

After Easter Sunday, both churches will resume their regular weekend schedule:

Carmine:  Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Worship on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.


Waldeck:  Sunday Worship at 8:00 a.m.; Sunday school at 9:15 a.m.

Willie Wickel Obituary

Willie Wickel with family

The son of our Praise Team leaders passed away suddenly this week.  Willie Wickel, son of Jerry and Jolene Wickel, is remembered fondly by many.  A number of people have asked that we post information about his funeral and visitation on our web site and social media.

Here is the link to the obituary as provided by the funeral home:  click link

The photo above includes Jerry and Jolene, as well as their two children.  Willie is on the left.

From the family:

Arrangements for Willie:
This Friday, February 23rd,
visitation from 6:00-8:00 pm
Clayton Funeral Home
5530 West Broadway
This Saturday, February 24th, the service will be held at
Alvin New Hope Church
Flowers or donations
can be given to
New Hope Church
but please do not feel obligated.

Wednesday Lent Services 2018

Leonardo da Vinci - Last Supper

Wednesday Lent Services 2018

Our Wednesday Lenten Series this year presents a series of teachings of Jesus from the Last Supper in the Gospel of John.  This is referred to as “The Farewell Discourse”. The most familiar scene in John’s account of the Last Supper is the Washing of Feet, but there is much more to what Jesus taught that night. The services will be held at the noted locations.  Worship at 6:30 p.m., with a meal to follow at about 7:15 p.m.  Worship at Carmine will be in the Fellowship Hall.  Worship at Waldeck will be in the sanctuary.

Our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Ln; Ledbetter, TX 78946.  This is at the intersection of FM 1291 and FM 2145, about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter.


February 21 at MLLC in Carmine:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled” John 14:1-14; 16:16-24


February 28 at Waldeck:

“I am the vine, you are the branches” John 15:1-17


March 7 at MLLC in Carmine:

“If the world hates you” John 15:18-25; 16:25-33


March 14 at Waldeck:

“When the Spirit of Truth Comes” John 14:15-31; 15:26 – 16:24


March 21 at MLLC in Carmine:

“Father, the hour has come” John 17:1-26

Obituary for Pauline Hannemann

Pauline Hannemann Obit Photo

We remember Pauline Hannemann

We have received word that Pauline Hannemann has died.  Pauline was the wife of our former pastor, August “Auggie” Hannemann.  Pastor Hannemann served as our pastor from January 1957 to August 1967, and he survives.

Here are the times of this visitation and funeral for Pauline:

A visitation will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elgin, with a Celebration of Pauline’s Life beginning at 10:30 a.m.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is located at:  401 East 8th Street; Elgin, TX 78621

Graveside Services will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery, Fredericksburg, TX

Here is the link to the obituary:  Click Link.

The Hannemanns have kept connected to their friends at MLLC.  Over the years they have attended an occasional funeral in memory of various MLLC members.  Pastor Hannemann has called the church office over the years to share memories, to encourage the MLLC staff, and to check in about his family and the MLLC family.  They have received the MLLC newsletter for many years.

If you wish to send a message of condolence to Pastor Hannemann, please contact the MLLC office for the address.  979-278-3388.

As with all such losses, remember to pray for Pastor Hannemann and family.