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.

Fundraiser for Robert Vaughn

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Helping our Neighbor in Need

In April of this year Robert Vaughn, husband of Shelby Markwardt Vaughn (MLLC Church Council Member), was in a single vehicle accident.  He sustained significant injuries, including brain injuries.  He still has months of recovery to go, yet we are thankful for the good progress he has been able to make.

With such a traumatic set of injuries the care needs are significant.  Out of love for Robert and his family the MLLC council has organized a fundraiser to offset some of the costs which Robert’s family has for his care.

Here is the main page at our web site for further updates:  click link.

Ways to help:

1 – Make a donation to the fundraiser.

Give by check or cash

Financial gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated.  Here are some ways to do this.

You can drop off your donation during office hours at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine

M-F, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – at the church office

At worship on Saturdays 6 p.m.

At worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Cash, or Check made out to MLLC, Memo line:  Vaughn

Offering

Give Online

Another option is to give through our secure giving site:  Click this link to visit our giving page.

This will give you a page with a link to our giving site.

Once on the secure giving site, there is a section where you can choose to give to the Robert Vaughn Fundraiser.  This site accepts credit cards, debit cards, and direct bank drafts.

 

2 – Volunteer to help on that day

Contact the church office at 979-278-3388 to let us know of your willingness to help.

 

3 – Buy a ticket for the fundraising dinner

Tickets are available at the church office, th Carmine State Bank, and the Round Top State Bank.

Here are the details:

Meal:  Fried chicken, Buttered noodles, Green beans

Sunday, August 18

Serving at the Carmine Hall:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to go only

You can also choose to buy a ticket for pick up in Brenham near the Bluebell Visitors Entrance for that same day.

Tickets are “Free Will Offering”, and pre-purchase is encouraged.

(It is estimated that $10 per ticket is a minimum, but please give more as you are able. )

All proceeds will go to help Robert’s family pay for his medical expenses.

Only a few tickets will be available on the day of the event.

Please give generously to help Robert and his family.

 

 

More information will be available in the church office, the church web site, in bulletins, and in the August newsletter.

 

Pentecost 2019 – Wear Red

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Regarding the Vigil of Pentecost and the Day of Pentecost

Pentecost Weekend is June 8 and 9.  Read more for details about the special events of this weekend.

This Church Year we continue celebrating the Three Great Festivals of the Church. We are also including the Three Great Vigils of the Church Year. These are:

The Nativity of Our Lord – Celebrating the birth of Jesus

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Celebrating Jesus rising from the tomb

The Day of Pentecost – Celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Each of these three major Church Year festivals has a vigil service on the evening before the festival day. These are times of prayerful waiting and preparation for the joyous celebration of the Festivals. Each vigil service includes readings, prayers, singing and, more often than not, Holy Communion. The Vigils of Easter and Pentecost also include a special emphasis on the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. The most well-known vigil here at MLLC is the Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord, also known as Christmas Eve.

The Day of Pentecost and its vigil are taking place this month. You are invited to participate in both of these unique worship experiences. The liturgical color of both these days is red. Therefore, you are invited to wear RED in celebration of the gift and outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Vigil of Pentecost

Saturday, June 8   6:00 p.m

We will hear readings about the Holy Spirit.

Here is what a noted worship writer says about the Vigil of Pentecost:

“From history, we know that Easter and Pentecost were the first two and only feasts of the original Church Year from apostolic times. We also know that the ancient church celebrated a vigil with Easter as early as the second century and with Pentecost universally from the fifth century, likely earlier in various places. We further know that baptisms were also a part of these services, given its promise of resurrection with Christ and gift of the Holy Spirit. Easter, having the earlier vigil, was clearly preferred, with those not baptized then being transferred to Pentecost. If a baptism occurred at some time other than Easter or Pentecost, it not only was highly unusual, but actually limited access to holy orders in the church.

The purpose of the ancient Vigil of Pentecost therefore would have been an awaiting of/preparation for/rehearsing of the great themes of the Day of Pentecost, meaning primarily the Holy Spirit and the Christian life lived under the power and guidance of that same Spirit. You could add to that the idea of the birth of the Church as well.”

– (Pr. Thomas L. Weitzel)

 

The Day of Pentecost

Sunday, June 9     10:00 a.m.

The Day of Pentecost of the fiftieth day of the Easter season. On that fiftieth day we celebrate God the Holy Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. We give thanks for the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples as they were gathered in one place in Jerusalem. On that day the Holy Spirit came as a rush of violent wind and as tongues of fire on the disciples. They were then sent out by the Spirit to proclaim in various languages the mighty acts of God, specifically the saving work of Jesus through his death on the cross and his rising from the dead. Pentecost is sometimes called the church’s birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism.

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Scriptures for Pentecost Weekend

 

Vigil of Pentecost   

Genesis 11:1-9

Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Joel 2:28-32

Psalm 130

Romans 8:14-17, 22-27

John 14:8-17 [25-27]

 

Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Romans 8:14-17

John 14:8-17 [25-27]

 

Remember to wear Red on Pentecost Weekend.

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Newsletter Page Updated June 2019

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The Newsletter Page Has Been Updated

We have updated the newsletter archive page for mllccarmine.com.  We now have newsletters for all of 2019 through the June issue.

Here is the link to the archive of our monthly newsletters:  click this link.

You are invited to get on our mailing list for the monthly newsletters.  That way you will get your copy as soon as it is completed. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, simply send an email to our church office.  That address is:  mluther@industryinet.com    When you send this, please note that you wish to be put on the monthly newsletter email list.  Remember to send the message from the email address you wish to receive the monthly mailing.

 

 

Vacation Bible School 2019 is Coming Soon

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Join us for Vacation Bible School 2019:

Roar:  Life is Wild * God is Good

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

Children ages 3 through finishing grade 6 are invited to Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  211 Luther Lane, Carmine, TX 78932

June 9-13, 2019

Sunday through Thursday evenings

5:30-7:45 p.m. each evening

A meal will be served each night as part of the program.

The closing program will be on Sunday, June 16, at worship at 10:00 a.m.

Click here to download the registration form.

 

Volunteers are needed.  Contact the church office (979-278-3388) to volunteer.

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