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 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.

Bishop’s Statement regarding the Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

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As many of us have heard in the news there were demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12.  The initial event was related to protests regarding the planned removal of a monument related to a Civil War Confederate general.  These protests become much more than about that planned action.  Notably among the protestors were known racist and hate groups, such as the KKK and Neo-Nazi groups.  Counter protests were also held, and significant conflict and violence ensued.

Our bishop, Michael Rinehart, has prepared a response to these events.  His statement is below:

Dear Gulf Coast Synod,

First of all let me offer the condolences of this synod to Heather Heyer’s family and to the families of Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, the two troopers who also died Saturday in Charlottesville.

This weekend white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville carried torches, flags with swastikas and Ku Klux Klan symbols, shouting fascist slogans like “Blood and soil,” “F*** you faggots,” and “Jews will not replace us.” A car plowed into the crowd like an ISIS-like attack. A woman lost her life.

Two groups clashed this weekend. One of those groups was waving swastikas. There’s not a lot of middle ground here.

Racism is sin, one we know all too well in this country.

We’ve been down this road before. We know where racism leads. We know where Nazism leads. We know where white supremacy leads. They lead to death camps, holocausts, slavery, extermination of native peoples, and whites-only drinking fountains. They lead to a dead end.

In Galatians 3:28, Paul states unequivocally what Jesus’ ministry meant: there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, in Christ’s way, all are one. The church of course has often failed living fully into this vision, but this is nevertheless what we proclaim: a world without walls of racism, sexism or classism. A world without walls of xenophobia.

We are called to proclaim and live this vision of hope. The beloved community. This is the world Jesus envisioned. It is God’s dream for the world, and ours too. Let us live out that vision by embracing our neighbor across lines of race and ethnicity. Let us live out that vision by loving even our enemies–today, for the sake of the world.

Michael Rinehart, Bishop

Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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.

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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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Possible After School Program

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Survey About Possible After School Program at MLLC

As noted in newsletters and bulletins, the church council of MLLC is inviting feedback from members of MLLC in regarding a possible after school program.  They need this feedback so that they can make an informed choice about the level of support which there is in the congregation regarding such a program.  With that information they can make a decision regarding if it is the right time or not to make plans for a possible program in Fall 2018.

The Church Council and Future School Committee believe, if we are to restart a school ministry, that the right thing to do at the start is to offer an after school program, and then build from that foundation.

So, MLLC members, if you have not done so already, please participate in this survey.  The survey forms and receiving box are in the Narthex on the usher shelf.  See the photo below so you can look for this.

 

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We would like to have this survey completed before the next church council meeting (August 21).  The recommended deadline is August 13.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

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.

 

Community Vacation Bible School

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MLLC is part of a collection of three congregations doing various ministries together.  One thing we are doing this year is promoting the MLLC Vacation Bible School (VBS) along with the others.

Two of the three other congregations are offering a VBS this summer.  You are encouraged to participate in these as well.  VBS is a great opportunity to get to know God and his Word, to meet new friends, to learn new music, and to have a great time.

Check out the Community VBS page here at mllccarmine.com

Here is the link:  Community VBS 2017.

MLLC is in a shared ministry with Waldeck Lutheran Church in Ledbetter.  MLLC and Waldeck do some ministry work in partnership with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top and St. Paul Lutheran in Shelby (Fayetteville), under the combined banner of Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministries.

Vacation Bible School is coming Soon 2017

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We are very excited about our upcoming Vacation Bible School here at MLLC.  We invite you to gather with us for the learning and fun and joy of this special time of year.

Here is a link to our main page about VBS 2017.  This includes information about registration and more.

VBS 2017 will be held Sunday through Thursday, June 11-14.  The evening learning time will be held 5:30-7:45 p.m., with a meal served for all participants.

 

Questions – contact the church office at 979-278-3388 or Pastor David Tinker by email:  pastordjt at industryinet dot com

Invite your friends, relatives and neighbors for this week of joy and learning about God’s goodness for us.

Here are some photos of previous VBS events at MLLC.

Monthly Newsletter Page Update

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We publish a monthly newsletter in print and email formats.  These give a wide variety of updates and information regarding the ministries of MLLC in Carmine.  These are made available at the church, by mail, by email and on this web site.

 

The most recent newsletter (May 2017) has been published and is now available on the web site at this link – click here.  The archive of newsletters going back to June 2015 is on this page as well.

You can also be on the email list to receive these immediately as the newsletters are published.  Simply send a message to the pastor at:  pastordjt at industryinet dot com

He will make sure your request is made know to the person who manages the email list.

You may also call the church office to make your request:  979-278-3388, or send a note by mail to:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362.

Thanks you for your interest in God’s Work being done through MLLC in Carmine.

 

City of Carmine Egg Hunt – April 15

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The City of Carmine organizations are working together to offer an egg hunt for children on Saturday, April 15.  We at MLLC are thankful for the opportunity to serve our community alongside other caring people in Carmine.

The Egg Hunt will be held at the park in the middle of town on Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m.  Here is the flier for the event with all the details – click this link.

Vigil of Easter – April 15

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The Great Vigil of Easter

Saturday, April 15, 7 p.m.

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.

 

An Introduction to the Vigil of Easter

Like the children of Israel who watched and waited through the night for the Lord of the Exodus, we too come together this night to watch and wait for the Lord of the Resurrection. We come, as Christians have come since the first century, to keep vigil and to prepare ourselves for the arrival of the Bridegroom who is chief host and guest at the Resurrection feast to come.

First, we must break the darkness of the night.   Like the virgins in the parable, we must light our vigil lights. Our light will be a very special light, for it is the light of Christ which burns atop the Paschal candle and which dispels the darkness — of night, of sin, of death. Our light will be a constant reminder of the Resurrection victory during the coming season, at every baptism and at every funeral. But for now, it will burn in vigil as we await the Bridegroom.

When we have settled into our pews for the watch, we hear the storytellers among us sharing the stories of our faith — the stories of God’s salvation history and the covenants which he made with our people. These are our “family” stories. We listen. We sing. We watch. And we wait for the feast to come.

After hearing our stories, we make our last minute preparations to meet our Lord. All must be right for the feast. On some years those among us who have not yet joined us are brought into membership with us this night, making all who are here part of the Church family, known as the Bride of Christ.  Each year, so that the whole family is prepared, each of us reaffirms our faith through the Apostles Creed. As we interact with the water and the Lord, we hear and we feel that grace which was given to us through our baptism.

We are nearly ready. The time is close.  We prepare the room and set the table for the Feast of Victory, the First Holy Communion of this greatest festival day of all. And then at last He comes! The Resurrection victory is won! The Bridegroom has come through the darkness to claim his Bride, the Church, to be his own. This is the feast of victory!  In the end flowers and banners must adorn the space, for our time this evening and tomorrow will be a feast to remember.

Our Celebrations of the Resurrection of Jesus

The Great Vigil of Easter – 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 – see the introduction below. Shared with Waldeck Lutheran Church.

Easter Sunrise – 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, at the Carmine Cemetery. Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating.  Shared with Waldeck Lutheran Church.

Easter Festival – Sunday April 16.  Opportunities at both MLLC and Waldeck

MLLC Schedule:

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School

10:00 a.m. – Festival Worship

~11:15 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt

 

Waldeck Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Festival Worship

~9:00 a.m. – Pot-luck Easter Breakfast – bring an item to share

9:30 a.m./After Breakfast – Easter Egg Hunt