Ash Wednesday 2023

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Lent Begins February 22, 2023

Ash Wednesday services will be at both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church.  You are invited to choose which one best suits your situation.  Both services will offer Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes as we begin our Lenten Season.

See the end of this article for more about the ashes of Ash Wednesday.


The Ash Wednesday Services this year are as follows:

Worship at MLLC at 7:30 p.m.

Worship at Waldeck Lutheran Church at 5:45 p.m.

Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church is in a shared ministry with MLLC.  The Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, Ledbetter, TX 78946 – this is about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter at the corner of FM 2145 and FM 1291.  Click here for a map for the church in Waldeck.

The Exhortation on Ash Wednesday invites us into the season of Lent.  Here is that Exhortation as presented in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) – the book used at Martin Luther Lutheran Church:

Friends in Christ, today with the whole church we enter the time of remembering Jesus’ passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed.

We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God’s mercy. We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation. But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intended.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent—

self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament.

Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

We are very blessed by the opportunity to work side by side with the people of Waldeck  Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Together we are glorifying God, loving our neighbors and loving one another.


From the Introduction to our Ash Wednesday Services

What is Ash Wednesday?

On Ash Wednesday, the community of faith comes face to face with two realities.  First, we confront our own mortality.  None of us lives in this life forever. Secondly, all of us are sinners and need to confess our sin to God.  These two themes (death and sin) are brought together in light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ.  As the Apostle John says in 1 John 1:9b, “…(God) who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  The confession of sin on Sundays reminds us, “In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins.”  The Lutheran Book of Worship (1978) confession also included, “To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.”


What are the ashes for?

The “ashes” of Ash Wednesday are rooted in the ancient worship of both the Jewish and Christian communities.  They are a sign of mortality and penance.  Even though we have used the imposition of ashes in our Ash Wednesday worship for many years, they still may seem new or uncomfortable to some of us.  What we should remember about the ashes is they are a visible sign of our cleansing and rebirth, both a recognition of our daily dependence on God for life and a promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.


Should I receive the ashes?

The ashes are not compulsory by any means.  You may choose, if you wish, to remain in your seat during the imposition of ashes.  But remember that they are a powerful and visible way to participate in the call to repentance and reconciliation.  If you choose to participate, come forward at the appropriate time in the liturgy with others desiring the ashes.  The pastor will dip his thumb in the ashes and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead.  Afterwards, return to your seat and the liturgy will continue.

Ash Wednesday Questions adapted from the work of Pastor Thomas Weitzel.  He served at a neighboring church to Pastor David Tinker when they were both serving congregations in western Indiana.

Obituary for Kerry Lehmann

Photo - Kerry Lehmann

Remembering Kerry Lehmann

We grieve and we give thanks for the life and ministry of Kerry Dale Lehmann.  He died on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, after a recent decline of his health.

The visitation for Kerry will be at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, on Monday, January 2, 2023, 4-7 p.m. with family present.

The funeral will be at MLLC on Tuesday, January 3, at 10 a.m.  Burial will be at the Ledbetter Cemetery following the service.  A memorial luncheon will be back at the church following the committal service.  All are welcome at all events.

Information about memorial contributions is on this page after the obituary.  Please consider supporting these organizations with monetary gifts in memory of Kerry.


Kerry Dale Lehmann

September 20, 1958 ~ December 28, 2022 (age 64)

Kerry Dale Lehmann was born on September 20, 1958, in Giddings, Texas to Edward Adolph Lehmann and Marilyn (Weishuhn) Lehmann. He was baptized at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine on November 9, 1958, by Rev. August Hannemann, and confirmed also at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine on June 2, 1974, by Rev. Hilmer Krause. His confirmation verse was Hebrews 12:14: “Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Kerry graduated from TSTC with an associate’s degree in mechanics. After graduating Kerry opened his own mechanic shop called Highway 290 Mechanic Shop where he worked for several years. He then closed his mechanic shop to work on the family dairy farm for some time before joining the team at Blue Bell. After working for Blue Bell, Kerry found his way into the oilfield where he worked until he found his way back to the ranch and loved everything that came with it.

On July 18, 2015, he was united in marriage to Valerie Pinkerton. He had two children, Nicholas and Tabatha, and three stepchildren Tanya, Georgia, and Katrina. Kerry was an active member of the Sandtown Wildlife Association. He enjoyed Bar-B-Que and participating in cookoffs, welding, playing with his dogs, and riding around on his John Deere Gator. Kerry was always ready to host family events and enjoyed any visits with family. He was known for his custom hay bailing and tinkering with all kinds of things. Kerry’s family nicknamed him MacGyver due to his ability to make all sorts of fun things out of stuff he had just laying around. He will be remembered for teaching his grandkids about the farming life and for always being willing to spend time with his family.

Kerry passed away the afternoon of December 28, 2022, at his home in Carmine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Marilyn Lehmann.

Kerry is survived by his wife, Valerie Lehmann of Carmine; one son, Nicholas Lehmann and his wife, Autumn, of Carmine; daughter, Tabatha Thompson and husband, Travis, of Carmine; the mother of his children, Barbara Schulz of New Ulm; three step-daughters, Tanya Gill and husband, Jeff, of Washington, Georgia Thompson and husband, Travis, of Lubbock, and Katrina Hainey and husband, Tim, of Paradise; twelve grandchildren, Aden, Liam, Ronan, Tayla, Payten, Hayden, Gaven, Ryan, Everly, Athan, Brinlee, and Alexi, as well as several cousins and extend family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Travis Thompson, Wade Weigelt, Timmy Weigelt, Keith Weerts, Ronnie Ladewig, and Cerjio Cerda. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilbert Loewe, Aden Diehl, Liam Diehl, Ronan Diehl, and Gene Weerts.

Memorials may be made to:


Carmine Volunteer Fire Department

P.O. Box 217

Carmine, TX 78932-0217


Ledbetter Volunteer Fire Department

PO Box 213

Ledbetter  TX  78946-0213


Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932-0362

Click this link for online giving.

Online Giving

or a charity of one’s choice.

Christmas Services 2022

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Celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord

Merry Christmas from MLLC.  We look forward to you gathering with us to celebrate God’s great love in Jesus Christ.

We offer two celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord – Christmas – each year at MLLC.  All are welcome as we rejoice in the annual celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Christmas Eve 2014 Candles

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – December 24

Worship at 6 p.m.

Our LYO – Lutheran Youth Organization – will lead this service as they have for several decades.

The message each year is a play presented by the youth.

A special highlight of service is the candle ceremony which includes the singing of Silent Night.



Christmas Day Festival Holy Communion – December 25

Worship at 10 a.m.

A joyful time of worship, singing, Word, and Holy Communion.

Christmas Decorating 2017 Tree

Christmas Worship at Waldeck

Our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, offers a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Holy Communion at 11 p.m.  As this year Christmas is on a Sunday, our friends at Waldeck will have their regular worship service on Sunday at 8 a.m.  Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, Ledbetter, TX 78946, about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter at the intersection of FM 1291 and FM 2145.

Obituary for Pauline “Peetsie” Fischer


Remembering Pauline “Peetsie” Fischer

Pauline “Peetsie” Poehls Fischer died on December 16 after various illnesses.  We give thanks for her life and ministry among us at MLLC.

There will be a visitation at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home in Brenham on Wednesday evening, December 21, 5-7 p.m.


The funeral will be held in the Sanctuary at MLLC on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at 10:00  a.m.

Committal at Carmine Cemetery.  Return to the church for a luncheon afterwards.


Memorial Contributions

The family has requested memorial gifts for MLLC to use as needed.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, give at worship through an offering envelope, or give through the secure giving page of our web site.  Here is a link to that page:  click link.  On the page where you select where to give and how much, note there is a line for “Memorial Gifts.”  This is the 4th line down on the secure giving page.  Included is a memo box.  Note in that box, “Pauline Fischer,” and the gift will be passed along to the right account.

The church address for mailing memorial gifts is:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Telephone: 979-278-3388


The Obituary

Pauline “Peetsie” Poehls Fischer

April 26, 1935 – December 16, 2022


Pauline “Peetsie” Poehls Fischer, 87, of Brenham passed away on December 16, 2022, in College Station.

Pauline was born on April 26, 1935 in Beasley, TX to Henry F. Poehls and Pauline Weidemann Poehls. Pauline’s mother passed away when Pauline was very young so she was raised by her aunt, Leona Koether.  She was baptized on April 28, 1935 by Pastor Martin Ernest in Beazley, TX. She was confirmed on October 2, 1949, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, TX, by Pastor A. T. Kluge, and her bible verse was Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  On March 14, 1954, she was married to Milton “Chicken” Fischer, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, TX, by Pastor A.T. Kluge.

Pauline worked as a Charge/Nurse Aid at the Giddings Hospital, Brenham State School, and Sweetbriar Nursing home.  She loved to go fishing, and she loved baking and canning (especially her famous tomato relish).  She enjoyed dancing to waltzes and old country music. She also loved to watch baseball.

Those left to cherish her memory are: her daughters, Kalisa Pomykal and husband, Brice of Brenham, TX, and Paula Barrick of Carmine, TX, grandchildren, Jon Jankowiak and wife, Shauna, Bobbie Hughes May and husband Dan, Tammi Hughes, Kody Fox and wife, Ashley, Hunter Pomykal and wife, Olivia, Katy Pomykal Espinosa and husband, Will, great-grandchildren, Kandyce Hughes, Ryler Boyer, Joee Espinosa and Isaac Espinosa, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and special friend and caretaker, Toni Camille Pritchett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, aunt, Leona Koether; brothers and sisters, Milton Poehls, Jesse Poehls, Lawrence Poehls, Florence Leissner, Methilda Meyer and Selma Williams, cousin, Gladys Koether, son-in-law, Ralph Barrick and grandson, Joseph “Joey” Pomykal.

Pallbearers will be Rocky Ullrich, David Matthijetz, Gary Smith, Mark Poehls, Ricky Stiewart, Jon Jankowiak, Bobbie Hughes and Hunter Pomykal.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Albert Matthijetz, Kody Fox and Ryler Boyer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given honoring Pauline to:


Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932                           


Longest Night Service – December 22


2022 Longest Night Print Flyer

God’s Care for the Hard Times at Holidays

While taking part in our preparations for all the joyous special services and events of the Christmas season, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who struggle with grief, difficult feelings, and sad memories at this time of years.  The feelings these persons are experiencing is hard to bear at any time.  At Christmas, it is likely to be even more difficult.   These are normal feelings. Our friends at Shared Lutheran Ministry of Fayette County are offering a Longest Night Service.  This is an opportunity to connect with God and one another as we experience struggles and grief in this time.


Longest Night Service

Wednesday, December 21 at 6 p.m.

St. John Lutheran Church

5743 State Hwy 159 in Rutersville

This service is for all community members who struggle with the merriment of this season.  We hope this worship service will create a safe and sacred space for people who need to feel the presence of our God who is with us even in the darkest times and to remember the hope brought into the world through Jesus Christ.  For more information, please call Shared Ministry at 979-249-3155 or Phyllis Fritsch at 979-966-7154.


2022 Longest Night Flyer





Robert Springer Obituary


Remembering Robert “Bob” Springer

Robert Phillip “Bob” Springer died on November 30 after various illnesses.  We give thanks for his life and ministry among us in Carmine and in connection with MLLC.

There will be a visitation at Brenham Memorial Chapel Funeral Home

Sunday, December 18, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
2300 Stringer Street
Brenham, TX 77833


There will be a private, family only, memorial service at another time.



The Obituary

Robert Phillip Springer

December 13, 1941 – November 30, 2022


Robert Phillip Springer, 80 of Carmine, Texas passed away November 30, 2022 at his home. He was born to Sam and Mary Springer on December 13, 1941 in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas where he was captain of the basketball team and an All American. Bob obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M. This began a life time love for the sport of basketball. Bob coached at Sam Houston High School, HISD; Dullas High School, Fort Bend ISD; and Memorial High School, Spring Branch ISD. He was a member of Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. For 24 years, he wrote and published the Texas High School Basketball Magazine. Bob was founder and curator of the Texas Basketball Museum in Carmine, which includes the UIL Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bob served his community, as a Carmine city councilman and was on the EDC board. He was a member of Memorial Drive Methodist Church in Houston and attended Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.

He was preceded in death by: parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Glenna Freeman; brother-in-law, Larry Chrisman.

Surviving loving family includes: loving wife, Karen Springer; son and daughter-in-law, Robert “Eric” and “Kate” Springer of Brooklyn, NY; aunt, Mabel Hazelwood and James Doolittle; sister, Diane; niece, Julie Jones; nephew, Nathan Jones; sister-in-law, Nancy Chrisman; nephews, Jason, Christopher and Damon Chrisman; brother-in-law, James Freeman, Jr.

Visitation with Bob’s family will be Sunday, December 18th, from 1-3 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.

The family wishes to thank Hospice Brazos Valley for their care. Memorials are requested to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, St., La Grange, TX 78945.

Nevilee Marburger Obituary

Photo - Nevilee Marburger

We Remember Nevilee Marburger

Nevilee Ruth Wagner Marburger died on November 30 after various illnesses.  We give thanks for her life and ministry among us at MLLC.

There will be a visitation at MLLC right before the funeral itself.

Saturday, December 17, 2022, 9-11 a.m., in the Narthex and parlor area.  

This is just outside the sanctuary and near the church offices. 


The funeral will be held in the Sanctuary at MLLC on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 11:00  a.m.

Committal at La Bahia Cemetery.  Return to the church for a luncheon afterwards.

The family has requested memorial gifts for MLLC to use as needed.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, give at worship through an offering envelope, or give through the secure giving page of our web site.  Here is a link to that page:  click link.  On the page where you select where to give and how much, note there is a line for “Memorial Gifts.”  This is the 4th line down on the secure giving page.  Included is a memo box.  Note in that box, “Nevilee Marburger,” and the gift will be passed along to the right account.

The church address:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Telephone: 979-278-3388



In Memory of

and in Celebration of the Life of

Nevilee Ruth Wagner Marburger

April 26, 1925 – November 30, 2022


Nevilee Ruth Wagner Marburger was born April 26, 1925, at home near Carmine, Texas, to John and Clara Wagner.  She was baptized on October 4, 1925, in Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, by Pastor A. H. Falkenberg of Round Top, Texas.  She was confirmed on Palm Sunday, in 1939, by Rev. H. Brunette.  Her confirmation verse was Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

            Nevilee graduated from La Grange High School in 1943.  She met Clinton Marburger at a Labor Day dance in La Bahia before the war.  While Clinton served in the Army Air Force during WW II, Nevilee attended Blinn College, completed her teaching certification in 1945, and started teaching elementary school.  Both Nevilee and Clinton were only children, so they each had family responsibilities to consider, and together they made an incredible team.   

            Nevilee and Clinton were married by Rev. Leo H. Simon at Nevilee’s family home on August 24, 1947.  They began their life together in Port Arthur, Texas, where Clinton was employed at the Gulf Oil Refinery and Nevilee was a talented all-encompassing homemaker.  They designed and built two of their homes there, the first in Port Arthur where they welcomed their first child, Mindy Rae, on November 24, Thanksgiving Day in 1949.  The final home was built in Groves, one story, on a slab, with an attached garage and workshop, designed uniquely with the picture window in the back to view the yard, garden, and large patio, and the kitchen windows in the front, above the sink and stove to keep watch while working.  There the family grew.  Randy Vance arrived on March 1st in 1953 (fortunately he missed 1952, a leap year with February 29th on the calendar), and Wendy Kay was born on November 8, Election Day in 1955. 

            Nevilee was born with a green thumb and always maintained a large vegetable garden, canning the extra tomatoes, beans, and pickles.  Flowers and shrubs always grew in the flower beds that surrounded the house and along the back fence line.  She produced full balanced meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and there was always desert.  We learned to cook, too.  

            A master seamstress, Nevilee was just as adept at making wedding gowns as she was at sewing tents that would attach to the VW bus that Clinton built out as a traveling camper.  She sewed all our clothes and made dresses for both their mothers when any special occasion arose.  She created square dance outfits for all of us, with rows and rows of rickrack on every tier of the full skirts for the girls, and she donated them 2 years ago, along with the petticoats, to a young group of square dancers that performed at the community center.  She even made a Santa suit for Clinton that was used for years to add to the Christmas toy delivery excitement, and later that suit was stuffed to come out of a chimney on top the station wagon for parades.  We learned to sew, too.

            Hair was also under Nevilee’s management.  She cut everyone’s hair in the family, as well as her own, both of their mother’s, and that of a friend or two.  Perms were a requirement reserved for the females in the group.  Sadly, like clockwork, Mindy and Wendy would be given perms just before school pictures.

            A teacher by training, Nevilee was very involved in making sure her children developed certain life skills as youngsters.  Trips to the public library to check out books to fill the allotted loan time was a regular activity.  We all had swimming lessons, piano lessons, and learned to play dominoes, cards, and board games.  She was a participating leader in Blue Birds, Campfire Girls, and Cub Scouts.  We fished, crabbed, and trawled for shrimp with the boat that Dad built; some of us learned and loved to ski.  We all took individual dancing lessons and later learned to square dance and ballroom dance.  

            Nevilee was active in the Ladies Aid group at church and provided transportation when needed for her mother-in-law who did not drive.  She saw that her children attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and coordinated the gathering of the out-of-town sponsors and their families in Port Arthur to participate in the Baptism and Confirmations of three children.  Trips to the beach were often the unique activity offered to visitors to our part of the world.  The smell of the refineries on those trips to and from the beach were also uniquely Port Arthur. 

            While their kids received a lot of attention, Clinton and Nevilee were also good about scheduling time for themselves.  They loved to dance, and while they were active square dancers in Port Arthur, for years they drove 4 hours after work on Friday from Port Arthur to enjoy Saturday night country dances at the various area halls.  This helped maintain relationships they continued when Clinton retired after 36 years with Gulf.  Nevilee and Clinton returned to Burton in 1982, became full-time ranchers, and made the 1923 Wagner-Marburger homestead their own.  They were active members of the Top Cat Dance Club in Brenham until Clinton’s death in 2006.  They had been married for 59 years.

            Games were also always a big part of their social life.  Nevilee played Bridge and shared desert in the homes of friends in Port Arthur, participated in evening couples’ groups for 42 dominoes and card games with Clinton, and enjoyed games with other ladies during the day at churches in the Brenham area.  In Houston, she became active in the 42 Domino group at the Wirt Rd Community Center three days a week from 9 a.m.f to noon until earlier this year.  She was the oldest, one of the few females, and a beloved winner at her game.  Before COVID-19, these days extended into the afternoon, when she played Canasta with a different group.

            Nevilee cared for her own mom in Port Arthur when she could no longer be safely alone on the farm.  Nevilee’s move to Houston became permanent in April of 2010 after several medical crises in and out of hospitals and facilities that all began with a fall in the pasture in November 2008.  It was hard for her to leave her garden, her grand pecan tree, and her cattle, particularly the old cows that she saw as pets.  More time was spent in hospitals and nursing care facilities in Houston as she recovered, so Nevilee’s newly arrived female stray pit bull moved in with nearby Sarah, her granddaughter, and “Trouble” bonded with Dylan, Nevilee’s first great-grandchild.

            As Nevilee regained her strength, she wanted a lap dog and was able to rescue Thelma, a large chihuahua whose owner had died.  Thelma, now 11 years old, became her soul mate over the past 8 years.  When the move from Mindy’s home to Assisted Living became necessary on June 30th of this year, the separation from Thelma was the most difficult.

            No longer able to predictably stand or walk, Nevilee’s other remaining pleasure was reading the Brenham Banner and materials from the Church.  She contributed to the records of the Kieke, Eichler, and Noak reunions for many years with information gleaned from those papers. Her membership in the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine was also very important, and she stayed connected through the mailings and the visits by Pastor Tinker.  Her failing vision made that sedentary pleasure too difficult in her last weeks.

            Nevilee handled so much physical decline in the past year with acceptance, including the last hospital discharge to Memory Care on August 25th, but on November 29th, when her lungs were no longer able to provide enough oxygen to survive without invasive interventions, it was not difficult to follow her wishes for comfort.  She was admitted from the ER to an inpatient hospice suite in Houston, and with Sarah, Randy, Wendy, and Mindy at her bedside, and Laura, Doug, Chris, Taylor, and Pastor Tinker on the phone, we were each able to say our goodbyes.  At the age of 97 ½ years, Nevilee died peacefully, shortly after midnight on November 30th.  The burden of trying to make her increasingly difficult life better has been lifted, and it is hoped that she is dancing with Clinton and playing 42 with the many friends who have gone before. 

          Nevilee Wagner Marburger and Clinton had three children, Mindy Rae Lawrence, Randy Vance Marburger, and Wendy Kay Maltba. 

Survivors include her three children; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Children:  Mindy Lawrence of Houston, TX; Randy Marburger and wife Cora Belle (Harrington) of Burton, TX; and Wendy and husband Michael Wayne Maltba of Orange, TX. 

Grandchildren:  Sarah Alexis Rae (Jeremy James) Odom; Laura Beth (Bryan Lane) Lee; Douglas Wayne (Stephanie Nicole) Marburger; Christopher Joseph (Danielle) Bodin; and Taylor Nicole (Joseph Brian) Delaney.

Great-Grandchildren:  Dylan James; Bronson Lane; Harlee Quinn; Walker Clinton & Austin Vance; Nixon Grey, Emryn Kay, and Aspen Sage.


Nevilee was preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara Wagner; her in-laws, Walter and Hilda Marburger; her husband, Clinton Walter Marburger; former son-in-law Edward Arnold “Buddy” Bodin; and son-in-law George Timothy Lawrence.


Pallbearers:  Laura Lee, Bryan Lee; Sarah Odom, Jeremy Odom; Douglas Marburger, Stephanie Marburger; Christopher Bodin; Taylor Delaney.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the La Bahia Cemetery Association, designated funds at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, or the charity of your choice.


La Bahia Cemetery Association

c/o Sandra Beetner

2025 S. Hinze Rd.

Carmine, TX 78932


Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932

Online Giving


Christmas Program and Jesus Birthday Party – December 11


The Sunday School will be once again hosting Jesus’ Birthday Party immediately following the Sunday School Christmas program on Sunday, December 11th in the fellowship hall.  


This year a catered meal consisting of fried pork steak, green bean, mashed potatoes, and gravy will be provided.  The food is free will donation to anyone who would like to attend.  


Anyone wishing to eat the meal at Jesus’ Birthday must RSVP to the Church office by December 4th to ensure the correct count for the caterer. Call the office at 979-278-3388 and leave a message with your name and the count for your group or family attending.

Decorate the Christmas Tree – November 27

Join the Fun and Joy

We will gather after worship on Sunday, November 27, to decorate the MLLC Sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas Seasons.  This will take place about 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.  We need plenty of volunteer workers of all ages to help with this fun and joyful event.

As always, we gather for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday.  This is the beginning of Advent, and it is a special and meaningful time to gather with fellow Christians. Come for worship.  Then stay to decorate.

We also offer worship every Saturday at 6 p.m.

One of the joys of our decorating is the use of Chrismons.  As part of our decorating we will hang the Chrismons for the tree.  These were made following patterns suggested and offered by the originators of Chrismons (click this link for more information from the official web site of Chrismons).

Here are some of the Chrismons which were carefully wrapped for storage since last year.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up Crismon detail

Here are some photos of our crew setting up the tree and preparing the lights in previous years.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up lights on tree

Christmas Tree 2014 set up tree top

Our Olive Wood Nativity Set will be ready for set up as well.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood box

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood inside

Our pulpit will be moved to a back corner to make room for the tree and Nativity scene.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up pulpit

Thanksgiving Eve – November 23


Let us Give Thanks to the Lord

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service – November 23 – 7 p.m.

You are invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving Eve service this Wednesday, November 23, 2022.  The service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the building of our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church.  That church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane.  This is at the intersection of FM 2145 and FM 1291, just 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter.

Again this year is that we have invited the other two churches from the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministries to worship with us.  The people of St. Paul Lutheran in Shelby and Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top will join with us for this special time of giving thanks.  Of course, all from the community are invited to participate, even if they are not members of any of these four churches.

Even with the busy schedule of the holiday, it is good to take a notable pause to gather for worship, to pray, to thank Lord, to show our thanks in the Holy Communion, and more.  So, just before the big day, our national day of Thanksgiving, take time to gather with one another to thank the Lord and sing his praise.

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