Turkey and Dressing Dinner

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Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner

Tickets are available now for the Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Women of the ELCA of MLLC.  You are encouraged to get your tickets before Sunday, November 10. That way you can be sure to get a ticket.  Tickets are $10/each, and may be purchased through the people and locations noted in the flier above. There may be some tickets available at the door, but it is best to plan ahead.

In the event that you can’t get to the noted locations when open, know that you can call the church office – 979-278-3388 – and request that tickets be reserved in your name.  Then you can pay for the tickets when you arrive.

 

Thankoffering Sunday

Also on November 10 we will celebrate our annual Thankoffering Sunday.  This is our annual celebration of women in ministry and our partnership with the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).  This will take place on Sunday, November 10 at our 10 a.m. worship service.  Our guest presenters will be the Hilltop Ramblers from Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Burton, TX).

Here is a brief history of Thankoffering Sunday:

As we collect the Thankoffering today, we share in a tradition dating back to the 1800s, when Christian women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to fund mission. When others in the church said there was not enough money to carry out these projects, the women believed otherwise. In cent societies, each woman collected offerings at home. They would gather as we do today to worship and combine their offerings and offer them up with thanks and praise, dedicating the funds to mission. When Women of the ELCA was formed more than 25 years ago, we committed to continue this tradition of giving in gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ELCA. Together, we do more than we could ever do apart. In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with hope for all that is to come, we celebrate Thankoffering.

 

 

 

 

Seafarers Boxes for Christmas 2019

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Loving Our Seafaring Neighbors

Every year at this time we gather items to pack and give to seafarers at the Port of Houston.  We have done this for several years in a row, and we have great joy in doing it.  Last year we packed 84 boxes.  This year our goal is 100 boxes.

The packing and wrapping of these boxes will be on Monday, November 25, at 6:00 p.m.  All are invited to help with this joyful time of service.  This even is sponsored by the Men in Mission of MLLC.

For this year, please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the time leading up to the packing day, and drop these off at any time.   These need to be brought to the church no later than 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019.  If you can’t get the items to the church by that time, please donate them for the 2020 project.

There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office.  Here is the list:
We do not need boxes, for we have received sufficient plastic shoe boxes donated for this project

Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps
2020 Calendars
Comb
Dental Floss
Antiperspirant/deodorant
Disposable razors
Flashlight and batteries
Kleenex – small packs
Lip balm
Lotion
Nail clippers
Gold Bond cream
Gold Bond powder
Hot Chocolate (individual serving size)
Needles and thread
Q-tips
Shaving cream
Soap
Shampoo
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Gum and hard candy
Key chains
Pocket-sized notebooks
Mechanical pencils
Pens
Playing cards
Microwave popcorn (individual packages)
Socks
Sudoku books
Texas souvenirs
T-shirts
USB flash drives
Word search books

 

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Reformation Day – 95 Theses

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Reformation Sunday is October 27

We will gather this weekend, October 26 and 27, for worship as we usually do.  Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.  Our theme for the day will be Reformation Day.  We will remember and give thanks for the ministry of Martin Luther and the Reformers of the 1500s.  We choose this date because it is the final Sunday in October, and the Sunday in October closest to Reformation Day (October 31).  That is the date on which Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg, in what is now Germany.

We have a permanent spot on our church web site which has a modern translation of Luther’s 95 Theses, as well we a brief explanation of the major themes.  You are invited to click on this link to view that page.  A printed version of this same information is available at the church in the Narthex/lobby.

Another part of our celebration of Reformation Sunday/Weekend is that we will display our Martin Luther Banner.  This will be on the banner stand, just to the left as you face the altar at MLLC.  Here is a catalog image of that banner.

Martin Luther Banner

 

Olive Wood Crafts – October 26-27

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Bethlehem Christian Families

On Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27, 2019, we will have a special opportunity to view products and creations in olive wood created by the hands of Christian artisans in and around the Holy Land region. The Rishmawi Family has been designated as the representative for these wonderful Christian artisans and has been authorized to show their olive wood carvings.

These items will be displayed on tables in the parlor (the room near the Sanctuary and the church offices).  The items will be available both before and after our regular worship services.  Saturday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m.

Most, if not all, of the items will also be available for purchase.  The sale of these items supports the Christian families and their ongoing witness in the land of Jesus’ birth and ministry.

 

The tradition of Olive wood carvings in the Holy Land has been handed down from father to son since the 12th century. Due to the difficulties the last few years in the Middle East, tourism has been dramatically reduced and these folks have suffered greatly.  This is causing the Christian community to immigrate to different countries leaving the Christian population at 2% today from 25% ten years ago.

 

We invite you to visit their display tables and view some of the finest handcrafts available from the Holy Land.  This Family strives to bring these fine carvings to our church.

You can view these beautiful items On-Line @ http://www.bethlehem-art.com/

 

“We call on our churches worldwide to recognize that the very presence of the Christian communities in the Holy Land is threatened by the severity of the present conflict and by the economic devastation the conflict has caused. When the Mother Church is endangered, the entire Churches must be involved “   – The Christian Bishops of Jerusalem

Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson Obituary

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We remember Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson

Patsy Simpson was raised in the Carmine area and was confirmed at MLLC in 1946.  When she was confirmed at MLLC, her Confirmation Bible Verse was Luke 10:42, which reads:  “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  This verse from Luke’s Gospel is in the context of the visit of Jesus to the home of Mary and Martha.  During that visit, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus as he taught those present.

For most of her adult life she lived out of the Carmine area.  For her funeral and burial she is returning to Carmine.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas. All are welcome.  Pastor David Tinker will be officiating.  Patsy’s niece and MLLC member, Cherrie Wines, made the arrangements for the service in Carmine.

 

Obituary

Life Dates:  December 16, 1929 – October 18, 2019

Patsy Ruth Simpson, 89, of Antlers, Oklahoma passed from this life October 18, 2019.  Patsy was born in Carmine, Texas on December 16, 1929 to Wayne Bishop Blackburn & Dorothy Sydell (Weyand) Blackburn Pate.  Patsy was a very compassionate and caring person, so it was only fitting that she attended nursing school and worked all of her life as an RN.  She enjoyed life every day and found pleasure in the little things like rose bushes, old trucks and antiques.  She loved gardening and animals of all kinds, she even raised show chickens and show pigeons and took them to the show every year.  Patsy worked at the Pushmataha County Health Department from 1972-1992 an she would always do her best to put a smile on the face of everyone that she came in contact with.

Patsy is preceded in death by her Parents, and a sister Nancy Lee Kartous.

She leaves behind a loving family that includes her sister, Nina Dean Robison of Georgetown, Texas, and half-siblings Ella Fay Carlile of Canton, Texas, Waynell Anderson of Canton, Texas, Wayne Blackburn, Jr. of Clayton, Oklahoma, and Jerry Blackburn of Clayton, Oklahoma, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Family Night visitation will be held from 6-8p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Burkhart Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas.

Worship on Harvest Festival Weekend

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Harvest Festival and Homecoming Weekend Worship

The Harvest Festival and Homecoming is this weekend, October 20.  We actually have 4 worship opportunities for you.  We encourage you to plan to gather with God’s people for worship.  You are especially invited to attend one of the alternative time services in the event that your volunteering for the Harvest Festival and Homecoming would conflict with your participation in the 9:30 a.m. service.  Planning ahead is a good thing.

 

Here are times and locations of the four services:

Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at MLLC

Sunday at ~7:00/7:15 a.m. at the Carmine Hall – lower level by kitchen

Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church – our partner church,

The Waldeck Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter at the intersection of FM 2145 and FM 1291

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Carmine Hall – upper level – featuring Polka style worship songs

All of these services listed above will offer Holy Communion.

 

Note that there will be no 10:00 a.m. service at the church this Sunday (October 20).  We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of October 26-27.

 

 

Here is the schedule for other part of the 2019 Harvest Festival and Homecoming:

All of these events are at the Carmine Hall

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Chicken Dinner – tickets are $10/each – some are still available – call office at 979-278-3388 or at the door on Sunday

 

11 a.m. and following – children’s activities

Around 12 noon – Live and Silent Auctions

 

We look forward to seeing you at worship and at the festival this weekend.

 

Newsletters Page Updated for October

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Monthly Newsletters on our Web Site

Every month we publish a newsletter for the members and friends of MLLC.  This is typically distributed by email and postal mail.  If you wish to be on the email distribution list, please contact the church office at 979-278-3388 or send a message to pastordjt@industryinet.com

The newsletters are also posted on the mllccarmine web site.  Here is the link to that page:  Click Link

We look forward to seeing you at worship in the coming weeks.

Harvest Festival and Homecoming 2019

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Harvest Festival and Homecoming

Sunday, October 20, 2019

All Events at the Carmine Hall – Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein – 300 N. Hauptstrasse, Carmine, TX 78932 – Click Here for Map

Homecoming celebration for Confirmation Classes from years ending with a “4” or a “9”

Worship and Confirmation Class Recognition Starting at 9:30 a.m.

We will begin the worship service by recognizing our Confirmation Class groups and taking photos of each class group together.

Our praise team will lead our singing.  The music will be Old Time Gospel worship songs.

Chicken Meal – famous Carmine Fried Chicken

Chicken Meal served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets are yet to be determined.  We will be serving our traditional fried chicken, with side dishes.  Starting in September 2019, contact the church office for tickets.  979-278-3388

Live Auction and Silent Auction – items needed

Starting at about 11:30 a.m.

The Silent Auction will conclude at the end of the live auction – current estimate is about 1:30 p.m.

The Stewardship Committee is inviting you to donate items for the 2019 Auction.  There will be both a Live Auction and a Silent Auction.  They are asking for new items, along with gift certificates/cards, artistic items, and baked goods.  These may be brought to the church office.  For fresh baked goods you can let office know, and bring your item on the morning of the auction.  The Stewardship Committee will make the determination of what items will be offered in each auction.

 

Games and activities for children

Starting at 11 a.m. we will offer some activities for children at the hall.

Labor Day 2019

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by Pastor David Tinker

Sunday Schedule for September 1

Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Children’s Activities and Meal at 11:10 a.m.

Worship on September 1 will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.  This is the older, white building on the north side of the church campus.  On future weeks we will resume gathering for worship in the sanctuary – the brick building on the south side of the church campus.

We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of September 7 and 8:

Saturday Worship at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. beginning in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

 

A National Holiday

The beginning of September brings a Holy Day of sorts for all of us.  Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate at least two things: 1 – the opportunity for work; and 2 – the American Labor Movement.  As Lutheran Christians we go deeper with this and view all work as part of God’s calling and his provision of our daily bread.  All Christians are doing the work of God, regardless of where or what they do in their honorable vocation in life.

 

Luther and Christian Vocation

A few years ago I discovered a concise statement written by a fellow Lutheran pastor regarding the Lutheran Christian understanding of vocation.  Here is an excerpt of what Pastor Samuel Schuldheisz, Redeemer Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Huntington Beach, CA, writes, “… our earthly vocations or “stations in life” as Luther called them are fruits of our heavenly calling as God’s children in baptism. The purpose of vocation is to love and serve the neighbor in the particular stations in life that God has called us to whether we are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, teacher, student, etc. We don’t live life hidden in a corner. This was the danger of many priests and monks in the Reformation era. Many taught that the highest form of Christian living was to become a monk and live in a monastery. Luther wrote extensively against this false teaching as he re-discovered the doctrine of vocation and began to teach and preach about its necessity in the Christian life. Luther taught that on one level, there is no difference between monk and magistrate or priest and plumber. Each Christian is called according to God’s Word and Spirit, regardless of what their status in society is. This means that God’s calling of a Roadkill Collector is just as holy as God’s calling to be a pastor.

The difference is the office and duties that are unique to each vocation. For example, the pastoral office is not the office of school teacher, just as the office of father is not the same as the office of mother. Each vocation, or calling from God, has particular and unique duties attached to it. This is how God works in, with, and under the ordinary means of this life to accomplish His good and gracious will, physically and spiritually.”

 

Dressing the Part

To celebrate this blessing of vocation we will be taking the Sunday of Labor Day weekend to give thanks for the blessings of daily bread, of work, of school, of family, etc.  To enhance our time together you are invited to wear the clothes or uniform of your current, pre-retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students seeking to enter a certain career).  No matter what, know that we will be giving thanks for, and honoring, all that God has called each of us to do as part of his greater work in the world.  Know that who each of us is and what God has called and equipped each of us to do is important.  On Sunday, September 1, we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.

 

Food and Fellowship

As part of this we will have a pot-luck lunch following worship.  The committee in charge of this event will provide barbecue sandwiches and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.

After worship we will also offer a bounce house and other activities for children.  Bring your kids and grand-kids and neighbors.

 

 

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.