Remembering Dwayne Garlin

Dwayne Garlin Obit photo

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Dwayne Garlin.  His funeral will be at MLLC at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Here is the obituary as it is printed in the bulletin for the service.


Dwayne Allen Garlin

May 27, 1967 – December 16, 2017

Dwayne Allen Garlin was born May 27, 1967 in Houston, Texas to Delbert Bartel and Waldine Weyand Garlin.  He was baptized August 27, 1967 by Pastor Alfred Doerfler, and confirmed July 12, 1981 by Pastors Larry Beck and Harvey Bongers, both at Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire, Texas.  His confirmation verse was 1 Peter1:3—Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

On May 23, 1992, he married Theresa Rosenbaum at Martin Lutheran Church, in Carmine.

Dwayne worked at Kieke Egg Farm until becoming a sales rep for Burton Sausage. Dwayne and Theresa owned 4G Country Store in Carmine, until recently.  Dwayne was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, the RT-C Young Farmers, Fayette County Wildlife Coop and the Fayette Co. Farm Bureau.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hay baling. Dwayne was an avid Astros and Cowboys fan. He also enjoyed making barbecue, and was known to never miss his sons’ sporting events.  He supported the Carmine Volunteer Fire Dept. by helping with the annual fried chicken fundraiser.

Dwayne  died December 16, 2017 in Brenham at the age of 50.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa; sons, Hayden and Cole, all of Ledbetter; mother, Waldine Garlin of Houston; sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Jeff Flinn of Burton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Karen Rosenbaum of Burton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Stephanie Rosenbaum of Burton; grandparents-in-law Daniel and Ila Kieke of Burton, and Eddie and Ella Mae Love of Brenham; and several nieces and nephews.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his father, Delbert Garlin; grandparents Nelda and Ollie Weyand, and Robert and Vesta Garlin.

Serving as pallbearers are Emil Sodolak, Eric Weyand, Deric Weyand, Clint Etzel, Eddie Marburger, Marvin Marburger, Brandon Goeke, Luke Sternadel, Jeremy Rosenbaum, and Jeff Flinn.  Honorary pallbearers are his hunting buddies, his hay hauling buddies, and the 4G “crew”.

Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine (P O Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362), or to the RT-C Young Farmers Scholarship Fund.

Seafarers Boxes Report 2017



Photo:  Boxes being unloaded at the Houston Seafarers Center.


Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers 2017

We had a fantastic year of preparing, packing and delivering the Christmas Boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  Thank you to the numerous people who donated items, sorted items, packed boxes, wrapped the shoe boxes, and brought the items to the Houston Seafarers Center.  Thank you to the Men in Mission of MLLC for sponsoring this program each year.

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.

In 2017 there were 63 boxes assembled.  This is a record high since we revived our participation in this ministry.


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 here – Click Link.

Here are some photos of the work of assembling the boxes in November 2017.


Here are some photos of the new Houston Seafarers Center and the delivery of the boxes on November 28.



Getting Ready for the Next Time

For this year (2018), 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. We will be assembling the boxes on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office.  Here is the list:
Empty shoe boxes or purchased plastic shoe boxes to pack the items.
Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps
2019 Calendars
Dental Floss
Disposable razors
Flashlight and batteries
Kleenex – small packs
Lip balm
Nail clippers
Gold Bond cream
Gold Bond powder
Hot Chocolate (individual serving size)
Needles and thread
Shaving cream
Gum and hard candy
Key chains
Pocket-sized notebooks
Mechanical pencils
Playing cards
Microwave popcorn (individual packages)
Sudoku books
Texas souvenirs
USB flash drives
Word search books


Hurricane Relief Grants

Hurricane Harvey


Our Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA, has posted information about how to apply for grants for Hurricane and Flood Relief.  Here is what they have to say about this:

Dear Gulf Coast Synod Leaders,

In the weeks since Hurricane Harvey, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from God’s people around the world.  Many gifts were shared with us on your behalf.  In an effort to assess needs to distribute these gifts, we invite you to participate in our disaster grant process.  Although the funds cannot replace all that you have lost, we pray that the grants disbursed will be of help in a significant way.

This link will direct you to the page on our website that was prepared for this unique purpose:

You can also find this page by clicking the yellow “Disaster Grant” link, on the Disaster Prep & Recovery page of the synod website (


Our timeline for distribution is:

Application deadline: December 31, 2017.

Notification of grant status: January 31, 2018.


We will take into consideration critical needs and respond appropriately to the requests identified in that manner.

Please note that the phrase “disaster recovery needs” includes damage done to the location of your special community outreach ministries, such as food pantry, book pantry/collection, and so forth, as well as the ability to continue these ministries following the disaster that may or may not have flooded your congregation’s facilities. We can discuss any questions you have about what can be represented in your request.


Amount of Your Request Range

We ask that you request a dollar range (e.g. $2K to $5K), rather than a specific dollar amount. This allows us some flexibility as we determine how best to stretch the dollars in the fund.


Designated Contact Person

Please clearly identify the person who will be accountable to corresponding with the synod about this grant request. We ask that the contact person provide an update to the synod 3-6 months following distribution, as to how the money was actually used.  Before-&-after photos of your project, along with a couple of sentences on how the grant supported your recovery efforts, will be used in synod communications about funding, recruiting volunteers, and especially to those who want to support this recovery effort with their prayers.


About Additional Documents

Please attach any documents that will assist in decision-making regarding this request. This may be a document you already have distributed to your church council or congregation outlining the status of the damage and the related repair/rebuild costs. If the document is accessible by link to your Web site, please indicate that by providing the link in your response to us.


Sample Documents

Thanks to Salem Evangelical, Houston, and St James/Santiago Apostόl for allowing their own status statements to be used as samples. These documents are an example of the questions we will ask about your current status.


Thank you for your commitment to fulfilling God’s call to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod for holistic ministry in this region.

We look forward to hearing from you through this means and in continuing conversations about our service together in the Gulf Coast.



Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Recovery Team

Decorating for Advent & Christmas

Christmas Decorating 2017 3

The people of MLLC have been working hard to decorate for the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  It takes time, love and energy to make this all come together.  Thankfully, we have these to share in abundance.  We had elementary, junior high, senior high youth working on this, as well as various adults up into their 90s.  It is such a joy to see all generations working together on a project. Thank you to all who gave of their time to decorate the church, both inside and outside.  There are still some small details to prepare, and these will be ready for Sunday.

Here are some photos of the work which has been done by the crew of youth and adults:



Advent begins this Sunday, December 3, which is the latest it can start.  Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas Day.  The Sundays of Advent are December 3, 10, 17 and 24.  We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  We also gather for worship on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. – this month that is on December 9 and 23.

Some special items of note for these Sundays:

December 10 – Children’s Christmas Program and Brunch

All are invited to the meal following worship.  This is a pot luck meal, with main dish soups provided by the Christian Education Committee. Even if you do not have a child in the program we invite you to enjoy the fellowship and food


December 17 – Carol Service

This annual tradition provides an opportunity for various people in the congregation to share their musical gifts and talents during worship.  Contact the church office soon so we can include your musical presentation.  Singers, choirs, musicians, musical groups and the like will offer Advent and Christmas music during worship.  All are invited and welcome to worship the Lord and to enjoy the music on this special day.


Advent Wednesday Services

All are welcome as we will celebrate the Season of Advent with our partner church, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church.  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.

Schedule of Wednesday Services

Wednesdays – December 6, 13, and 20

Worship at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meal.


Christmas Services

Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve – worship at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 24, Christmas Day – worship at 10:00 a.m.

Remembering Clarence Jaster

Clarence Jaster obit photo

Clarence H. Jaster

We give thanks for the life and ministry of God’s faithful servant, and MLLC member, Clarence Jaster.

The funeral will take place at MLLC at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 25, 2017.  A meal will follow in the MLLC Fellowship Hall.



Clarence Helmuth Jaster of Round Top, Texas went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 19, 2017.

Clarence was born on January 2, 1932 to Erich and Annie (Oevermann) Jaster of Klump, Texas and is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jenell of Round Top, Texas.  Clarence married Jenell Braun on April 5, 1952 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. He is survived also by his three daughters, Cheryl Johanson and husband Mac of Three Rivers, Texas, Bonnie Sassman and husband Mark of Pflugerville, Texas, and Jane Greinert and husband Stephen of Austin, Texas, four grandchildren Joshua Johanson, Jamie Braune, Chris Greinert and Michael Greinert; two step-grandchildren Matthew Sassman and Maggie Sassman; and five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Johanson, Dale Johanson, Barrett Braune, Claire Braune and Hector Garcia Jr., brother Elwood and his wife Carol of Brenham; sisters-in-law Pauline Jaster and Ruth Jaster.  He was preceded in death by his parents Erich and Annie, brothers Erich and Melvin, sister Olivia and brother-in-law Erwin Gaskamp.

He was baptized on February 28, 1932 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Greenvine, Texas.  He was confirmed on November 25, 1945, also at Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Clarence attended Washington County schools and, at the age of sixteen, was employed by Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham.  He advanced from an entry level position to the Assistant Division Manager in Austin.  Retiring in 1994 with over 40 years of service, he was honored to be a part of the Blue Bell family.

Clarence, known to many as “Big C”, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family, friends and beloved dog “Lady”.  He continuously looked for outdoor projects on which to work.  Whether it was landscaping the yard with his mowers and tractor, mending fences or repairing and painting his workshop and barns, Clarence worked tirelessly.  He will always be remembered for the family favorite barbeque chicken that he cooked for decades on the pit he built himself.

Serving as pallbearers are Joshua Johanson, Colby Braune, Chris Greinert, Michael Greinert, David Jaster, and Justin Jaster.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice, the staff at Bel Air at Teravista, and the doctors and nurses at St. David’s Round Rock Hospital

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Carmine, Texas.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362



Seafarers Boxes Packing – November 27


We are looking forward to our packing day for the Christmas Boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  This time of collecting items, packing, and then delivering the boxes has become a very positive part of our love for our neighbors.

The Packing Day is Monday, November 27.

We will gather in the Parlor – the room between the church offices and the sanctuary – at 7:00 p.m. with the Men in Mission to pack and wrap the boxes.  Every year friends of the Men in Mission participate.  That means that anybody who wants to gather for the fun, service and fellowship on this night are welcome.

You are also invited to gather items for the boxes.  Here is a link to our page about these items:  click this link.

Together we are sharing God’s goodness and love with others.  We look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m.

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