Stroke Scan Day

Stroke Scan Photo

Health Screening Day with Stroke Scan Plus

Monday, October 2, late afternoon, at the MLLC Fellowship Hall.

Several years ago Stroke Scan Plus offered their health screening services at MLLC.  They are back again this next week.

The cost is modest, and payment is between the client and Stroke Scan.

To set an appointment, please call their office at 832-437-7355.  They ask that you call by Friday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m.

Click this link to see their flier about their services offered at MLLC on Monday, October 2.

Reformation 500 Festival in Brenham

Here I Stand Reformation

Area Lutheran Churches are working together in various ways to help celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  This is when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church Door in Wittenberg, Germany.

This photo shows the door as it is today.  The original door was destroyed long ago in a war.

Wittenberg Door

Here I Stand…

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The ELCA churches of the Brazos Valley have united to host a celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

 

Workshops on the Reformation and Justice                    

Saturday, Oct. 28th, 9am-12pm       

Come learn more about how the Reformation connects with matters of justice in our world today, and how we as Christians are called to stand for God’s justice. (hosted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham)

See the details of each workshop listed later in this article.

 

Reformation Worship at the Brenham High School Auditorium                      

Sunday, Oct. 29th, 10:30am

Several ELCA churches in the Brenham area are gathering for one huge, Spirit-filled worship, at the Brenham High School Auditorium.

Lunch to follow at 12pm in the BHS Cafeteria, $10 tickets can be purchased at any participating ELCA church.

MLLC will have its regularly scheduled services this weekend (Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.)

 

 

Workshops on Justice and the Reformation

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Saturday, October 28th, 9am-12pm

Hosted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham

 

This will be a morning of workshops with guest presenters that tie themes from Matthew 25.31-46 with the famous words of Martin Luther: “Here I Stand.” The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the needs of our local communities and ways to live out God’s justice.

Here I Stand… with the Thirsty: Sam Brannon will speak on “The Future of Water in Texas.” Texas is slated to double its population in 50 years. In a state prone to lengthy droughts, planning for the supply, usage, and conservation of the public water supply is foundational to a healthy future.

Here I Stand… with the Stranger: Join Bishop Michael Rinehart of the ELCA Gulf Coast Synod as he discusses the work of the Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service (LIRS) and the response of the Christian church to the needs and challenges of immigrants in our world today.  Explore ways in which congregations and individuals can minister to immigrants in different settings and situations.

Here I Stand… with the Naked: Dr. Phebe Simmons, Ed.D, Program Director for Family Promise, Bryan/College Station. Family Promise is an area-wide, volunteer-based, non-profit organization that supports homeless families with children by providing shelter, meals and support services as they work toward self-sufficiency to provide a home for themselves. Dr. Phebe Simmons has been serving as the director of this program since June, 2010.

Here I Stand… with the Sick: “When was it that we saw you sick?” The Rev Carol E. Peterson is an ordained Episcopal Deacon and Faith Community Nurse with many years of experience bridging issues related to health and spirituality. She will first review the historical role of the universal church in ministering to the sick. Participants will then explore the ways faith communities of today provide a wide range of ministries related to health, healing and wholeness.  The group will then identify a variety of practical ways that each one of us can minister to the person in front of us who is dealing with health challenges.

Here I Stand… with the Prisoner: with Daniel Lund, a Synodically Authorized Worship Leader (SAWL) from The Church of the Damascus Road. Daniel Lund will share his experiences in prison ministry as both a lay volunteer in prison ministry, and now as the SAWL & Director of Church of the Damascus Road, a prison ministry in Weatherford, TX. He will also offer ways anyone can become involved in serving in jails and prisons for the Kingdom of God.

Here I Stand… with the Hungry: Mike Bell with Rise Against Hunger will be doing a presentation on issues surrounding hunger and then lead participants in packing send-home meals that will be distributed in local communities. This will be an interactive, service-based workshop.

 

Sponsored by: the Brenham Mission Society and ELCA churches of the Brazos Valley

 

2017 Christmas Boxes for Seafarers

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Photo:  The packing crew for the 2016 Christmas Boxes for Seafarers.

 

Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers 2017

We are looking forward to another generous and joyful year of preparing and sending the Christmas Boxes for the Seafarers at the Port of Houston.  A few years ago we revived this ministry and it has gone quite well.  The Men in Mission organization of MLLC organizes this each year.  They are thankful for the congregational partnership in this caring ministry.

Here is a link to our special page about this project.  It will have the information from this page, plus updates as these become available.

Here is a bit of history of our preparation and sending of boxes:

In 2014 there were 34 boxes assembled.

In 2015 there were 50 boxes assembled.

In 2016 there were 49 boxes assembled.

 

The Port of Houston Chaplains are our ambassadors to these seafarers. They visit the ships and bring the boxes to the crews. On their web site the chaplains tell us: “Crew sizes vary between 8 and 30, with an average number of 22 seafarers to gift per ship. In 2015, we placed 12,278 gifts on board 538 ships which had seafarers from 65 different countries! These gifts had been donated to the seafarers by 246 churches and organizations! The Christmas boxes are personally carried to each ship by your staff of Port Chaplains.” Their web site is: http://houstonseafarers.com/

With our work together at MLLC we can help reach even more with the love of Jesus Christ.

Here is the official notice about this program from the Port of Houston Chaplains.  Click this link.

For this year (2017), please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the year and drop these off at any time.  There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office:
Empty shoe boxes or purchased plastic shoe boxes to pack the items.
Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps
2018 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

 

Here are some of the crew working, and some photos from when our boxes were delivered to the Houston International Seafarers Center.

Hurricane Relief Day – September 9

Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Response

You can help this week.

Our Gulf Coast Synod has organized a Hurricane Harvey Work Day. It will be this Saturday, September 9. There are several crews being organized. One crew will be out of Lutherhill, which will help in Fayette County. Visit the Synod web page link below to find out more:  Click Link.

Please note that the sign up deadline to be part of one of these crews is Wednesday, September 6.

 

Our Hurricane Relief page is being updated frequently.  Check out that page to find more way to help.  Monetary donations are especially helpful at this time.

Click here for the link to our Hurricane Relief page.

Hurricane Relief: Help Now

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Photo of Relief Workers, as shown on the Lutheran Disaster Response Web Site.

For continued updates on Hurricane Relief, see this page:  Click Link

Together We Can Help

We will have an ongoing Hurricane Harvey Recovery Page on the church web site.

There are several ways to help right now with relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  There are and will be many volunteer opportunities.  As you are able, please give of your time to help those in need.  Much of the focus has been on Houston, since there are millions who have faced damage, displacement, loss, or more.  There are also many in Fayette County who have faced similar struggles due to flooding of the Colorado River and other waterways.  Our town has had flooding, but not to the point of massive damage.  It looks like the flooding of May 2016 in Carmine was worse for our town than that brought by Hurricane Harvey.

Ways to help:

At this time monetary donations are the most helpful.  You can always give through MLLC. All gifts will be forwarded to Lutheran Disaster Response, our ELCA organization which is already at work for long term relief from Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

*We will receive donations through the offerings at every worship service as long as there is need to help.  Designate the gift as Hurricane Relief.

*You can mail in a check to MLLC at any time.  Designate the gift as Hurricane Relief.

*You can give through our web site.  Click this link for our special giving web page.  On that page you can choose the section for Disaster Relief.  Gifts can be made through your bank account, debit card or credit card.

Mucking Crews – groups of people who will help clean up junk and ruined parts of homes so householders can fix up their homes and move back in.  Our Gulf Coast Synod has partnered with crisiscleanup.org to coordinate volunteers to help muck out homes.   Chris Markert, Assistant to the Bishop, will be helping synod church volunteer crews get connected to opportunities to serve.  Here is the contact page for Pastor Markert:  Click this link.

 

ELCA Gulf Coast Synod Message

Our Gulf Coast Synod has shared this message:

The number one question we hear: “How can I help?”

As followers of Jesus, we seek to love our neighbor and serve those in need.

So first, thank you. Here on the Gulf Coast, we have heard and felt your love and support during this disaster.

Second, as people of faith, join us in prayer. For first responders and those who had to evacuate flooded homes, for people worried about family and those who trying to pick up the pieces.

Third, financial gifts are more helpful than gifts of goods right now. Financial resources are portable and used for many different purposes. Consider donating to the Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Fund (to help congregations and their people get back on their feet and serve their neighborhoods http://gulfcoastsynod.org/Hurricane-Harvey) and to Lutheran Disaster Response (for case management).

Finally, wait and listen. The disaster isn’t over. It is still raining. Once the rain stops and the water recedes, then the work begins. Then we will begin to assess what the needs are and begin to clean up.

Hurricane Harvey – Special Announcement

Hurricane Harvey

A Letter from Pastor David Tinker

Dear Members and Friends of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine,

As most of you have heard, there is a hurricane hitting Texas this weekend.  The northern part of the storm is already bringing rain to the Carmine area.  After consideration of the safety of all, Blake Dooley (Council President) and I have decided to cancel the worship services, Sunday School and all activities this weekend (August 26 & 27, 2017).  There were already some activities, such as the Blood Drive, which had been cancelled or postponed due to the storm.  Although we will not be receiving the worst part of Hurricane Harvey, we will be getting a significant amount of rain, likely at least 10-20 inches.  As there are many low water crossings of roads in the area, including Luther Lane, just down the block from MLLC, we felt it was the right thing to do.

Our Shared Ministry Partner Church – Waldeck Lutheran Church – has also cancelled their weekend worship and activities.

Please share this information with others in your life, especially people who are less likely to use the internet or social media.

As you are able, please do these things throughout these days of this difficult storm:

  1. Please tell others, as noted above.
  2. Pray for those who are helping the victims of the storm, and for those victims.
  3. Pay attention to those who are more vulnerable in the community, especially the elderly or sick, as well as families with small children.  See if they need any assistance.
  4. Be ready to serve and help others in the community who are in need.
  5. As you are able, know that the church will receive financial donations to help with hurricane relief.  We will work with our synod to make sure these funds are brought to our partner agencies which will help the victims.  We will publicize other opportunities for helping with hurricane relief as we learn of them.
  6. Take time to pray and read God’s Word this weekend.  At the end of this email I have included our Prayer of the Day and Readings for this weekend.
  7. Plan on gathering for worship this next weekend – September 3.  This will be our Labor Day Weekend worship (in the Fellowship Hall) and picnic.  We will have the Rally Day events on this Sunday as well – blessing of Sunday School teachers, Sunday School Awards, Rally Day Party, etc.
  8. Please remember to make up your missed offerings from this weekend.  You can bring them with you when you are at worship again in the coming weeks, mail them in to the church office, or use our church web site to make your offering to God by credit care, debit card, or bank account.  Remember, all the usual expenses continue even when we have these rare cancellations.  Our online giving link is:   https://mllccarmine.com/online-giving/

Feel free to contact me with any questions.   We look forward to seeing you at worship on September 3 and beyond.

Yours, in Christ’s Service,

Pastor David Tinker

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Pastor David J. Tinker

Pastor of Martin Luther Lutheran Church

and Waldeck Lutheran Church
Martin Luther Lutheran Church

211 Luther Ln

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

979-278-3388 – office in Carmine

979-278-3387 – fax in Carmine

979-278-3380 – Martin Luther Lutheran School

pastordjt@industryinet.com

http://mllccarmine.com

 

Waldeck Lutheran Church

6915 Waldeck Church Ln

Ledbetter, TX 78946

979-249-3802 – office in Waldeck

 

Readings and prayer of the day

for weekend of August 26-27, 2017

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

 

First Reading: Isaiah 51:1-6

Just as God had called Abraham and Sarah and given them many descendants, so now God offers comfort to Zion. God’s deliverance will come soon and will never end.

 

 

1Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,

you that seek the Lord.

Look to the rock from which you were hewn,

and to the quarry from which you were dug.

2Look to Abraham your father

and to Sarah who bore you;

for he was but one when I called him,

but I blessed him and made him many.

3For the Lord will comfort Zion;

he will comfort all her waste places,

and will make her wilderness like Eden,

her desert like the garden of the Lord;

joy and gladness will be found in her,

thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4Listen to me, my people,

and give heed to me, my nation;

for a teaching will go out from me,

and my justice for a light to the peoples.

5I will bring near my deliverance swiftly,

my salvation has gone out

and my arms will rule the peoples;

the coastlands wait for me,

and for my arm they hope.

6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,

and look at the earth beneath;

for the heavens will vanish like smoke,

the earth will wear out like a garment,

and those who live on it will die like gnats;

but my salvation will be forever,

and my deliverance will never be ended.

 

Psalm: Psalm 138

1I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with | my whole heart;

before the gods I will | sing your praise.

2I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, because of your steadfast | love and faithfulness;

for you have glorified your name and your word a- | bove all things.
 3When I called, you | answered me;

you increased my | strength within me.

4All the rulers of the earth will praise | you, O Lord,

when they have heard the words | of your mouth. R

5They will sing of the ways | of the Lord,

that great is the glory | of the Lord.

6The Lord is high, yet cares | for the lowly,

perceiving the haughty | from afar.

7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you | keep me safe;

you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right | hand shall save me.

8You will make good your pur- | pose for me;

O Lord, your steadfast love endures forever; do not abandon the works | of your hands. Amen

 

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-8

In response to God’s merciful activity, we are to worship by living holistic, God-pleasing lives. Our values and viewpoints are not molded by this age, but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work. God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

 

1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

 

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20

At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.

 

13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

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These are the Round Top – Carmine teachers, administrators and staff who attended the breakfast this year.

Thank you School Teachers, Administrators and Staff.

We continued our annual tradition of hosting our Teacher Appreciation Breakfast.  We welcomed teachers, staff and administrators from the two Round Top – Carmine Schools for this special event.  They gather each year at the MLLC Fellowship Hall to enjoy a wonderful and delicious breakfast provided by the Care/Outreach Committee and MLLC members.

We support and encourage all who are involved in the education of our youth in our community – teachers, parents, administrators and staff.  We all work together for the building up of our life together.

Thank you to the volunteers who put together this event.

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The Kitchen Staff got to eat after the teachers were served.

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The Carmine State Bank provided gift bags for all the teachers.  Thank you Carmine State Bank.

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New: Online Giving

 

Offering

The Online Giving system at mllccarmine.com is now up and running.  This is a supplement to our longstanding system of giving offerings through the offering plate at worship each weekend.

Through a cooperative agreement with Thrivent Financial and Vanco Payment Solutions we are now able to provide a number of connection points for both ongoing and one time giving to God and his ministries through MLLC.  Note that these are purely voluntary and no one will be required to use these services.  Also, this service is not intended to be the limit of how you make your offerings to God through MLLC.  Many people have made the choice to use automated and online payments for a wide variety of charities, business and services.  It makes sense that those individuals would like the opportunity to do the same with their offerings to the Lord.

Use this link to set up your one time or periodic, ongoing offering.  You will have an option of setting up a user name and account while at this official Vanco Payment Solutions site for Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

If you prefer to use  a printed form these are available at the church office or at this link.

 

Here are some of the opportunities you have to use this service:

*The program will enable you to set up transfers from your bank account or card account to the MLLC bank account.  These transfers can be made from your bank account (checking or savings), debit card or credit card.

*These scheduled giving times can be a single gift, or weekly, twice monthly, monthly, etc.

*This will provide you with the ability to keep up with your offerings even when you can’t be at worship due to travel, work, health, etc.

*You can set a standard amount for these regular times.

*You can set up any number of special schedules for regular giving.

*There will be a mobile friendly version of the web site so you can use your mobile device to make offering.

*One time gifts will always be an option through the web site.

*All offerings will be credited to your name, just as when you use your offering envelope or write a check.

 

Look for further announcements regarding the expansion of this program in weekly bulletins, upcoming newsletters, the mllccarmine.com website, and our Facebook page.

 

You can sign up for the regular giving through paper forms at the church office or on the mllccarmine.com web site.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Lutherhill Sunday – August 13

 

 

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We are very excited about Lutherhill Sunday 2017.  We have enjoyed having staff from Lutherhill visiting at MLLC during this time of year for a number of years now.   We invite you to be part of this special Sunday of learning, fun, fellowship, music, and a joyful message.

Lutherhill Ministries is the camping and retreat ministry in our Synod.  Lutherhill offers programming through Lutherhill Camp in La Grange, TX, the Zion Retreat Center in Galveston, TX, and through destination day camp programs in various congregations in Texas and Louisiana.

Here is the plan for this special Sunday:

9:00 a.m.   Sunday School hour – Lutherhill staff will lead singing and learning with the children.  They will also work with the children to prepare and present a skit at worship later that morning. Bring your student to the fellowship hall so he or she can participate in this special time together.

10:00 a.m.    Worship with Lutherhill staff leading music with Camp Style songs.  Lutherhill Ministries Executive Director, Matt Kindsvatter, will be our preacher at worship.  He always brings an uplifting and joyful message.  Matt will also present information and updates about Lutherhill Ministries.

Here is Matt at a previous Lutherhill Sunday at MLLC.  We are very thankful to have such an amazing camping ministry right in our county.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Matt

 

Theme Verse for Lutherhill 2017

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”  Romans 5: 1-2

What does this mean?

Guided by Romans 5, Martin Luther reimagined what living as followers of Christ meant. Luther sought to reform the practices of the church so that the Christians might rejoice more fully in the grace-filled love of God.

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will explore how we are called to continually Reform, Reimagine, and Rejoice!

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Bernice Pratt Funeral Information

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Remembering Bernice Pratt

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Bernice Pratt.  For more than a year Bernice had been the oldest member of MLLC.  She celebrated her 94th birthday with her church family on Mothers Day Weekend – May 14, 2017.  The photo above was taken on that day.

Visitation at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham – Tuesday, June 13 – 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Funeral at MLLC on Wednesday, June 14 – 10:00 a.m., with a meal to follow.

More will be posted here as information becomes available.

Please remember to keep her family in your prayers.