Holy Week is this Week

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The Holy Triduum – the Three Holy Days: Thursday through Saturday

 

Maundy Thursday – April 18

Worship at MLLC at 7:30 p.m.

This worship service will feature several elements.  Several youth will receive their First Holy Communion, and will be presented Bibles from the church.  Additionally, there will be the washing of Feet and Hands.  At the end of worship we will have the Stripping of the Altar as a symbolic way of remembering the arrest, trial and torture of Jesus.

 

There will also be a Maundy Thursday Service at 5:45 p.m. at Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, our shared ministry partner.  The Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, Ledbetter, TX 78946 – this is about 6 miles south of Ledbetter at the corner of FM 2145 and FM 1291.

 

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – April 19

Worship at MLLC at 7:00 p.m. – a joint event with Waldeck Lutheran Church

We will be remembering the Suffering and Death of Jesus Christ our Lord.

This will include the reading of the St. John Passion account from chapters 18 and 19.  At the end of worship we will prayerfully ponder the Seven Last Words of Christ.

 

The Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 20

Worship at MLLC at 7:00 p.m. – a joint event with Waldeck Lutheran Church

Service of Light, Services of Readings, Remembrance of Baptism, First Holy Communion in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is the first of our three worship services celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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.

 

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Sunday, April 21

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service at Carmine Cemetery – a joint event with Waldeck Lutheran Church.  Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating at the cemetery.

9:00 a.m. – Easter Reception in the Parlor for all ages – coffee and various treats will be served

10:00 a.m. – Festival Worship Service with Holy Communion

After worship – Easter Egg Hunt for the children

 

For those who are interested:

Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church Easter Sunday Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Festival Service with Holy Communion.  This will be outside in the covered pavilion, as weather permits, or inside as needed.

After worship – Easter Breakfast.  This will be a pot-luck meal, and you are invited to bring a food item to share.

About 9:30 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt

Newsletter Page Updated to April 2019

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Check out the Updated Newsletter Page

Our Newsletter Archive Page has been updated.

Click this link to go to that page.

There you will find all the newsletters of recent months and years.

If you have an announcement for the May 2019 church newsletter, please get it to the office by Tuesday, April 19, 2019.  That way can make sure it is included.

Orville Bubba Kunkel Obituary

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We remember Orville Bubba Kunkel

The funeral for Bubba will be on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at MLLC.

See information at end of the obituary regarding memorial gifts.

 

Here is the obituary for Bubba:

December 21, 1928 – March 30, 2019

Orville Werdie Kunkel was born December 21, 1928 in Carmine, Texas to Walter Rudolph and Clara Emily (Stebner) Kunkel.  He was baptized April 21, 1929 and confirmed April 18, 1943, both by Pastor Henry Brunotte, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  His confirmation verse was I Thessalonians 5:10, “Our Lord Jesus Christ died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.”

 

He graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School.  On the day of graduation, he left Carmine for the U.S. Army.  He completed 2 tours of duty, rose to the rank of sergeant, and received an honorable discharge.  Later, he finished his education from the University of Houston.  Orville worked at Petro-Tex Chemical for 27 years as supervisor before retiring.  After retirement, he moved back to his home place in Carmine where he enjoyed his retirement for 36 years.

 

Orville married La Verne Eloise Sommer on October 1, 1950 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church and enjoyed 68 years of marriage.  They were blessed with three wonderful daughters, two sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren.

 

Orville loved ranching, dancing, telling jokes, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.  He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Lions Club, SPJST, and Quade Werchan American Legion Post 338.   He had a special place in his heart for his cousin and best friend, J.C. Pohl, and his numerous relatives and friends.

 

Orville passed away March 30, 2019 at the age of 90 at his residence.

 

Orville is survived by his wife, La Verne Kunkel; daughters Brenda Callahan, Deborah Albert and husband Randy, and Tawana Mueller and husband Donald; grandchildren Cory, Casey, Chad, Chanda, Marisa, and Megan; fifteen great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and one nephew.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Clara Kunkel, brother W.C. Kunkel, son-in-law Bobby Sandras, and granddaughter Callie Sandras.

 

 

Serving as pallbearers are grandsons Cory Callahan, Casey Callahan, Mason Callahan, Chad Albert, Ryan Youngblood, Aaron Wylie, and Bryan Tucker.

 

Memorial may be directed to Loewe Cemetery Association, Barbara Vahrenkamp, 14500 Lentz-Meier LN, Carmine TX 78932 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E. Blue Bell RD, Brenham, TX 77833.

 

Some folks may also want to give a memorial donation to MLLC.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, 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”. Included is a memo box.  Note in that box “Orville Bubba Kunkel”, 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

Dorothy Rothermel Obituary

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We Remember Dorothy Rothermel

Dorothy kept a strong connection with the church of her youth, and later of her retirement years.  Below is the obituary which she prepared herself.  Dorothy’s family and the church office staff filled in the gaps which were needed after her death.

She has designated the Congregational Unit of the Women of the ELCA of MLLC as the recipient of memorial gifts.  She was an active participant in this ministry area.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, 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”. Included is a memo box.  Note in that box “Dorothy Rothermel”, 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

 

Obituary for Dorothy Rothermel

Dorothy Geraldine Noak Rothermel

 December 20, 1929  – March 1, 2019

Dorothy Geraldine Noak Rothermel was born December 20, 1929 in Carmine, Texas to Herbert and Clara Keng Noak.  She was baptized May 18, 1930 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Rev. H. Brunotte.  She was confirmed February 27, 1944 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.  Her confirmation verse was Isaiah 54:10:  For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord, that  hath mercy on thee.  She was united in marriage with Thomas Hugh Rothermel, of Burton, Texas, on December 28, 1947 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church by Rev. Leo Simon.

 

Dorothy attended Carmine Elementary School and graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School in 1947.  She attended Blinn College in Brenham, Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, and graduated from the University of Houston in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Home Economics.  She also did Graduate work at the University of Houston and at the Sacred Heart Dominican College in Houston.

 

Dorothy worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone, in Houston and New Braunfels, as a Switchboard Operator.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, she began her teaching career with Pearland Independent School District in 1961.  In 1963, Dorothy started teaching at Pasadena High School in the Pasadena Independent School District.  Her career at Pasadena High School lasted 24 years where she served as Department Chairman and Classroom Teacher in the Vocational Homemaking Department.  After retirement, she substituted at Round Top-Carmine High School for several years.

 

Dorothy held memberships in the Texas State Teachers Association, Vocational Homemaking Teachers of Texas, Texas Retired Teachers Association as a Life Member, Washington County Genealogical Society, the German-Texas Heritage Society, Brenham Area Retired School Personnel Association and the Texas Wendish Heritage Society.

 

Dorothy loved to research and write articles on the family history of the Noak, Keng, Hinze, Rothermel and Vogelsang families.  She served on various committees helping to further her interest in genealogy, including the Fayette County History Book and the 100th Anniversary History Book of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.

 

While living in Pasadena, Texas, Tom and Dorothy were members of Sharon Lutheran Church, but after retiring and moving to Carmine, Texas, they became members at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.  While as a member of Martin Luther, Dorothy served as President of the Ladies Aid, Secretary for the Church Council, and Secretary of the General Board for the Women of ELCA.

 

Dorothy died March 1, 2019 at the age 89 at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast in Pasadena, Texas.

 

Dorothy is survived by her Daughters: Connie Sue Rothermel Bird and husband, Marshall, of Splendora, and Pamela Rothermel Guthrie and husband, James, of Pasadena; Granddaughters: Rachel Diana Bird Poffinbarger and husband, James, of Splendora, Johanna Ruth Bird, of Houston, and Moriah Ashlee Guthrie, of Pasadena; Great-Granddaughters: Camille Poffinbarger, Corinne Poffinbarger, Cristin Poffinbarger, all of Splendora; Sisters-in-Law: Dorothy Ann Rothermel, of Brenham, and Joan Rothermel, of Brenham; Nieces and Nephews: James D. Rothermel, Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Alvin, Donald H. Rothermel and wife, Debbie, of Katy, Ray Thaler and wife, Linda, of Brenham, Annette Thaler Turner, of Brenham, Michael Rothermel and wife, Cheryl, of Eugene, Oregon, Laurie Rothermel Satterfield and husband, Bill, of Elgin, Charles Landua, of Burton, Laurell Landua Smith, of Burton, Lavonne Landua Spacek and husband, Larry, of Austin; and numerous Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her Husband, Thomas Hugh Rothermel; her Parents, Herbert and Clara Keng Noak; her Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law, Bailleux and Nathalie Rothermel; Brothers-in-Law: James D. Rothermel, and William A. Rothermel; and Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law: Charles (Dick) and Nathalie Rothermel Landua, and Raymond and Annie Laurie Rothermel Thaler.

 

Serving as Pallbearers are James D. Rothermel, Jr., Ray Thaler, Larry Spacek, and James Poffinbarger.

 

Honorary Pallbearers are Donald H. Rothermel, Charles Landua, Michael Rothermel, Bill Satterfield, Milton and Evelyn Haack, Arnold and Magdalene Knuppel, and Pat and Diana Armentrout.

 

Memorials may be directed to WELCA Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.

 

She asked that this poem be printed in the bulletin as well:

The Weaver

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.

Not till the loom in silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
– Author Unknown

 

Looking Forward to Holy Week 2019

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We are looking forward to our annual observance of Holy Week here at MLLC in Carmine.  This is a powerful event which connects us to the core message and story of Jesus Christ.

We invite you to participate in these meaningful and reflective services.  Each is quite unique from what we do on other days of the year.  The actions and words in worship guide us through the various events of this final week of Jesus’ ministry.

In recent years some people have gotten out of the good habit of participating in the various Holy Week services.  This year can be a blessed opportunity for any and all to recommit to engaging in the story of Jesus through the Holy Week services.

We will share our services with our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter.  Information about when and where we will be gathered for worship is noted in the schedule.  Here is the link to the Holy Week 2019 schedule:  click link.

Welcome New Members March 2019

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New Member Saturday was held at MLLC on March 9, 2019.

We welcomed three new members to the congregation. Seated left to right: Jesse McDaniel, Wendy McDaniel, and Sheryl Pratt. After worship a reception was held to celebrate God’s love and our life together. Welcome Jesse & Wendy, and Sheryl. Jesse and Wendy transferred to MLLC from a Lutheran Church in Friendswood, TX. Sheryl transferred from Martin Luther Lutheran in Giddings, TX. Thanks to the Care/Outreach Committee for hosting the reception.

We look forward to our years ahead in mission and ministry as God’s people together in Carmine.

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.

 

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday 2019

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Lent Begins March 6, 2019

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.

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.

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

Brothers and sisters: God created us to experience joy in communion with him, to love all humanity, and to live in harmony with all of his creation. But sin separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, and so we do not enjoy the life our Creator intended for us. Also, by our sin we grieve our Father, who does not desire us to come under his judgment, but to turn to him and live.

As disciples of the Lord Jesus we are called to struggle against everything that leads us away from love of God and neighbor. Repentance, fasting, prayer, and works of love—the discipline of Lent—help us to wage our spiritual warfare. I invite you, therefore, to commit yourselves to this struggle and confess your sins, asking our Father for strength to persevere in your Lenten discipline.

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.

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

 

February 3 – Worship at Lutherhill

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Special Worship Schedule and Location – February 3

No Service at MLLC on February 3 – Worship at Lutherhill instead.

We will have worship on Sunday, February 3, but it will not be at MLLC. Worship will be held at our local Lutheran Church camp, Lutherhill Ministries.  We will gather for worship at 9:30 a.m. in the Carby Chapel on the camp grounds.  The photo above shows the Carby Chapel from the road and parking lot viewpoint.

After Worship – three options for you

Sunday School for children, led by Lutherhill staff

Refreshments and Fellowship

Refreshments, plus a presentation by Matt Kindsvatter (Executive Director of Lutherhill) regarding their upcoming improvements and expansions of ministry.

 

We look to have a strong showing from the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, and all the Crossroads churches, for this special event.

Remember, we will not have a worship service on February 3 at MLLC (or any of the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations)

 

Regarding your offerings:

If you use your MLLC offering envelope or write a check to MLLC, the offerings will be given to the church.

Correction:  Cash donations will be divided evenly between the 4 churches.

There will also be a special basket and special envelopes for donations to Lutherhill’s campaign.  You can also take the envelopes and give by mail at a later date.

 

Getting to Lutherhill

We encourage you to bring folks who may be uncomfortable traveling to the camp on their own, or who would need a ride.  This will be a wonderful event for all ages.

Lutherhill is located just north of La Grange at 3782 Lutherhill Rd, La Grange, TX 78945. Once you enter the main camp entrance, you will be heading east.  Follow the long gravel road until you see the signs for Carby Chapel.  This will lead you to follow a road to the left/north, which leads to the chapel.  This part of the camp is depicted on the map noted right below on this page.

Carby Chapel is in the north central part of the camp.  Here is a camp map link:  Map.

Here is a close up of the portion with Carby Chapel and nearby parking.

This is a once a year special event in which we gather with our group of 4 Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry partner churches for a time of worship and learning.

The four Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations are:

St. Paul Lutheran in Shelby (Fayetteville)

Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top

Wadeck Evangelical Lutheran in Ledbetter

Martin Luther Lutheran in Carmine