Lutherhill at Sunday School Upcoming Dates

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Lutherhill Staff to Lead Sunday School for Special Programming

One of the most popular parts of the Sunday School ministry at MLLC is the visits from Lutherhill staff.  Several times a year we have a special Sunday when the young adults from Lutherhill offer a fun and Christ centered event filled with learning, games, music, and fun.  We invite you and your family to attend Sunday School on the Sundays coming up which provide this program.  Here are the two upcoming Sundays when Lutherhill will be at MLLC for Sunday School:

May 2

June 6

Sunday School at MLLC is held each week at 9:00 a.m.  The program begins in the fellowship hall (the older, white building on the north side of the church campus).  Students from about age 3 and older are invited to participate.  Parents are encouraged to participate, especially for the younger ages.

As always, worship on Sunday is at 10:00 a.m., and on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

 

The Resurrection of our Lord Celebrations 2021

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The Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 3

Worship at MLLC at 7:00 p.m. – a joint event with Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

Service of Light, Services of Readings, Remembrance of Baptism, 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.

Here is a reflection on this special night written by MLLC member, Jennifer Clark Tinker.  Click this link to see the article.

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The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Sunday, April 4

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service at Carmine Cemetery – a joint event with Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating at the cemetery. If weather is not favorable, we will gather in the covered pavilion at the cemetery.

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School in Fellowship Hall

9:30 a.m. – Easter Reception/Breakfast in ?

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.

Egg Hunt to follow.

First Holy Communion Class

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An Invitation to the Lord’s Table for Youth

First Holy Communion Class begins this month

By Pastor David Tinker

pastordjt@gmail.com    979-278-3388

The First Holy Communion class will be offered February 21, 28, March 7 and 28 Sunday mornings, starting at about 11:00-11:15 a.m. in the Mission & Ministry Building.

First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to elementary age students, typically in 5th grade and younger.  Our goal is to make sure youth who are part of MLLC have begun communing by the end of 5th grade.  The 5th grade tradition does not prevent younger students from attending the class and receiving Holy Communion.  Each year for the past several years we have had youth in younger grades participating in the class.  It is most likely that a majority of the youth participating in the class will be younger than 5th grade.

Students are encouraged to bring a Bible for use in class, as well as paper/pen for any notes they might want to write.  If students don’t have access to a Bible, we have one for their use.  Note that each student will be presented with a Bible on First Communion Thursday – April 1/Maundy Thursday – for his or her personal study and for use in Sunday School, Confirmation and Worship.  Parents/Grandparents/Guardians are welcome and encouraged to be present at this class time.  We will meet in the Mission & Ministry Building, but will also move to other places in the building for parts of the lessons. The class will include instruction, discussion, videos, mini-field trips in the church building, etc.

We encourage students in class to observe social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizer, and using masks to cover mouth and nose.

The class schedule avoids the Spring Break for most, if not all, students who would be part of this group.  The Sundays of March 14 and 21 may end up being make-up classes for students who were not able to attend earlier classes. Also, one of the classes will include bread baking by the students.

Here is the schedule:

Sundays, February 21, 28, March 7 and 28

We are aware that not everyone received sufficient word about when class was beginning.  Even if you student was not present at the class on February 21, he or she is fully invited to participate.  Even if your student is not able to be at the class on February 28, he or she is encouraged to participate.  I am very willing to work out review sessions or alternative class times to help your student.  It is better to ask for help than to remove oneself from the class.  We will make something work for your student.

Class will from from about 11:00/11:15 a.m. until about 12:15 p.m.

If one or more of these dates is/are not workable for your family, I am very glad to work out make up lessons for your student. That way he or she will not miss out of the learning and special service this year.

Important Date:  Thursday, April 1        7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day

Presentation of Bible to students during worship – Church gives to Parent/Grandparent/sponsor then the parent/grandparent/sponsor presents Bible to student. We will go over this before that Thursday, so all are ready.

Students: please arrive by 7:00 p.m. to make sure all our plans are in order for what we will be doing at worship.  Also, families may wish to take photos before worship, for this is the best time to do this.  The altar area will be bare of all decorations, candles, banners, etc. after worship due to the “Stripping of the Altar” during the service.

I look forward to exploring this wonderful sacrament with your child.  This is a very exciting time of growth for these young people and for their families.  If you have any questions or special needs, please feel free to contact me.

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Below is a discernment tool for those who are unsure about their students participating in the the program. 

With all this,  you are encouraged to consult with the pastor regarding this wonderful opportunity for the young person in your life.

How do I know my child is ready to attend First Communion Class?

The most important question is about God’s gift of Grace for your child: 

***** Has your child been baptized?

If your child is not yet baptized, please speak with a pastor to set a date for your child to receive this Sacrament. It is understood that Holy Communion is for the baptized children of God.

Only the first question (Has your child been baptized?) requires a “Yes” before your child can be considered ready to receive his or her first communion, and to participate in the class. Use the other questions below to generate discussion and to plan, in consultation with Pastor David Tinker, for your child’s preparation to begin receiving the sacrament and the gifts it brings.

Contact Pastor David Tinker if you have any questions about Holy Communion. He would be happy to help answer your questions.

He/She may. . .

*have expressed interest in participating in Holy Communion during worship, perhaps copying your movements at the altar

*have begun to ask questions about why we take Holy Communion

*have begun to reach for the Holy Communion elements which are offered to you

*have a foundation in Christ through attendance in Christian education or worship, or through family conversations, devotions or prayer

*be able to speak about God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as loving and trustworthy

*pray the Lord’s Prayer and be able to say other simple prayers (such as at bedtime and meals)

The following questions can help you determine the readiness of your child to receive her or his first Holy Communion.

These are not meant to create a reason to prevent your child’s participation.  These simply lift up common ways in which youth express interest in Holy Communion

*Is your child comfortable in various locations around the church, like the altar?

*Does your child have a basic, age-appropriate awareness that God loves him or her?

*Does your child understand the idea of “right” and “wrong”, and can grasp the basic notion of “forgiveness”?

*Will your child extend his or her hands when asked to do so?

*Will your child be able to understand the basic concept that Holy Communion is a gift from God to each person?

*Does your child seem to have a basic trust that they are a child of God?

*Does your child seem interested in what goes on in church during Communion?

*Does your child interact enough with others to receive the bread and wine?

*Is your child aware enough of others in the congregation and their needs to show respect for the communion experience?

*Are you prepared to help make the process positive?

*Are you prepared to continue to fulfill the promises you made at your child’s baptism to bring him or her regularly to the Lord’s Table?

Elvera Rudloff Obituary

Remembering Elvera Rudloff

We mourn with the family and friends of Elvera Rudloff.  She died after a brief illness.  Elvera had moved to Houston several years ago to live with relatives.  See her obituary below.  The service will be at MLLC on Saturday, February 27, at 1 p.m.  The family will be present in the half hour to hour before the service.  Visitors can also go to the Memorial Oak Chapel funeral home on Friday for a viewing and to sign the mourner register.  The family does not plan to be present at the viewing on Friday.

October 11, 1932 ~ February 22, 2021

Elvera Rudloff was born on June 15, 1932 at her childhood home in Burton, Texas to parents Louis and Annie Braun and entered into eternal peace with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 in Houston, Texas at the age of 88. She grew up with her five siblings: Annie Mae, M.C., James, Reuben, and Arthur on the family farm in Burton, Texas. She attended public schools and graduated from Burton High School.

She was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine. Elvera was a member of the Ladies Aid. She was baptized by Pastor Walton on November 30, 1932, at St. John Evangelical and Reformed Church in Burton.  She was confirmed by Pastor Leo Simon at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine on Palm Sunday, April 14, 1946. Her Confirmation Bible verse was Matthew 28:20, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Elvera was married to Perry Rudloff on October 11, 1980 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg, by Pastor John D. Kueker.

Elvera participated in the Ladies Aid of Martin Luther Lutheran Church.  She was involved with the Senior Citizens Combined Community Action of Carmine.  As part of this program, she drove the bus for participants to go to appointments and special events.

Elvera is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, M.C., Reuben, James, and Arthur; and sister, Annie Mae Hilburn.

Memorial donations may be given to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P O Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932 or the charity of one’s choice.

Obituary for Pastor Hilmer Krause

Remembering a Former Pastor of MLLC

Pastor Hilmer Krause served as the pastor of MLLC from 1972 until 1976. He is remembered fondly in the congregation and the Carmine Community.  After serving at MLLC, Pastor Krause went on to work with the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest in Austin.  Below is his obituary.

Rev. Dr. Hilmer Charles Krause, Jr.

Born 21 Nov 1932 in San Antonio, Texas, Died 15 Feb 2021 in Austin, Texas
Lutheran Pastor, Professor, Theologian, Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Laura Ann (Eckhardt) Krause, their 4 children Mark Krause (Leticia), Deborah Squires (Dan), John Krause (Jill Garret) and Laura B. Krause (Loren Schooley), as well as the children’s families.
Memorial service to be live streamed from St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin on Tuesday, February 23, 2:00 pm. It can be viewed at: youtube.com/c/stmartinsevlutheranchurch/live.
Memorials can be sent to St. Martin’s Lutheran Church 606 W. 15th St Austin, TX 78701 or through the giving link: saintmartins.org/giving.

Inclement Weather Update – February 13 and 14

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Snow at MLLC around Christmastime several years ago.

 

Inclement Weather Update – February 13 and 14

Due to expected winter weather issues this weekend we offer this update.  Please share this information with others, especially those who might not have regular access to the internet. 

 

Saturday,  February 13 – we will have our normally scheduled, Saturday evening worship service in-person at 6:00 p.m.  The bad weather is expected to arrive late evening on Saturday, hours after the service is over.  Even so, use your best judgment regarding travel.

 

Sunday, February 14 – no in-person worship service and no Sunday School.  We will offer an abbreviated service on Facebook Live starting at 10 a.m.   Click this link to go to the MLLC Facebook Page.

 

 

Devotion and Readings for February 1, 2, and 3, 2021

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Bible Readings and Devotion for February 1, 2 and 3, 2021

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible.

February 1

Matthew 10:1-15

Hebrews 12:12-29

Psalm 78:41-72 and 80

Genesis 32

February 2

*Luke 2:22-40

Malachi 3:1-7

Psalms 24, 81, 84

Genesis 33

February 3

Matthew 10:16-26  

Malachi 3:8-15

Psalms 83, 85

Genesis 34

Devotion for February 1, 2, 3, 2021

By Pastor David Tinker

This article was originally published on the mllccarmine.com web site in 2014.  It has been adapted for the current context.

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This date, February 2, is a very special celebration among Christians.  We celebrate what is called the feast of the Presentation of our Lord.  On February 2 each year the church celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem. Ancient Jewish law required that, following the birth of a firstborn male child, the mother must come to the temple after 40 days for purification and for presentation of the child to the Lord.  February 2 is the 40th day of Christmas.  Christmas Day being day 1; February 2nd being day 40.

The presentation of Mary’s child, however, was different from most. This was the Christ Child, Jesus, the Savior, the Messiah who had been promised. And he was recognized as such by the old prophet Simeon, who knew that this child was “a light for revelation to all nations.” Thus, the image of light carries an important part in this day’s liturgy and links itself with the Christmas season and its lights of the Advent wreath, the decorative tree lights, and the many candles of the Nativity celebration.

To mark this particular feast, the ancient tradition calls for 1) the blessing of candles and burning oils to be used during the year and 2) a procession “to meet the Lord,” just as Simeon and Anna went to the Temple and found the Christ there. The liturgy is called “Candlemas” (the Candle Mass).

Here is another special note about this day.  In the reading from Luke we have the Canticle of Simeon, often called the “Nunc Dimittis”.  This is Latin phrase which begins this Canticle of Simeon.  Many churches use this Canticle of Simeon during funerals.  Since my arrival as pastor at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine we have been using this statement as well.  Here is what we use in the funerals:

“Lord, now you let your servant go in peace:

your Word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.   (Luke 2:29-32)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.”

This Canticle of Simeon is used because of the context of its original use in Luke chapter 2.  Simeon was promised by God that he would not die until he had met the Lord’s Messiah.  He was likely a bit older, possibly around the age of Anna (noted in Luke 2:36-38). She was 84 years old.  Upon meeting the Messiah, Jesus, Simeon could rest in peace.  When a Christian, who is a person who has met the Messiah, has died, we remember his or her relationship with God and the fulfillment of God’s promises when we share this Canticle of Simeon.

Original Text by Pr. Thomas L. Weitzel, adapted and added to for use at MLLC and mllccarmine.com by Pr. David J. Tinker

Almighty and ever-living God, your only-begotten Son was presented this day in the temple. May we be presented to you with clean and pure hearts by the same Jesus Christ, our great high priest, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Devotion and Readings for January 28, 29, 30, and 31, 2021

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Bible Readings and Devotion for January 24, 25, 26, 27, 2021

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible.

January 28

Matthew 9:9-13

Malachi 1:9-14

Psalms 71, 73

Genesis 28

January 29

Matthew 9:14-17

Malachi 2:1-9

Psalms 74-77

Genesis 29

January 30

Matthew 9:18-26

Malachi 2:10-17 

Genesis 30

Psalms 75, 76, 79, 82

January 31

Matthew 9:27-38

Hebrews 12:1-11*

Psalm 78:1-40

Genesis 31

Devotion for January 28, 29, 30, 31, 2021

By Pastor David Tinker

There is the famous poem often entitled, “Footprints in the Sand.” It has been shared numerous times in the past several decades.  Here is that poem:

“One night I had a dream…

I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

This is a wonderful poem, but it does not tell the whole story of the support we have in our faith.  Our reading today from Hebrews 12:1-3. We read, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Essentially, as we go through life’s ups and downs, we have two powerful faith resources.  We have Jesus, such as the poem asserts.  We also have what Hebrews refers to as the, “great cloud of witnesses.”  We have one another.  We have the broad support of Christians of every time and place who are with us in support and prayer.

Looking back at the Footprints poem. It could be that, instead of just 1 set or 2 sets of footprints, that we see a beach full of footprints during tough times.  We have many of the faithful who are with us when life gets tough.  Yes, we always have God.  We also get to have one another in the body of Christ.

When we are united to Jesus, we are never truly abandoned nor alone.  God is with us.  All those joined to Jesus are with us.

Prayer

Draw your church together, O God, into one great company of disciples, together following our teacher Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving in Christ’s mission to the world, and together witnessing to your love wherever you will send us; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Devotion and Readings for January 24, 25, 26, 27

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Bible Readings and Devotion for January 24, 25, 26, 27, 2020

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible.

January 24

Matthew 8:5-13

Hebrews 10:1-10

Psalms 40, 61, 62, 65, 67

Genesis 24

January 25

Matthew 8:14-22

Hebrews 10:11-25*

Psalm 68

Genesis 25

January 26

Matthew 8:23-34

Hebrews 10:26-39

Psalm 69   

Genesis 26

January 27

Matthew 9:1-8   

Malachi 1:1-8

Psalm 66, 70, 72

Genesis 27

Devotion for January 24, 25, 26, 27, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

Being a follower of Jesus is a team sport.  We do life together. Scripture teaches us that we are one body of believers. We worship together.  We pray together.  We have communion with God and one another.  We are baptized into a community of faith, not just a, “Jesus and me,” relationship. We strive together side by side to love our neighbors as ourselves.  We are lovingly commanded by Jesus to love one another.  We support one another throughout the highs and lows of life.  We gather around those in grief for continued support. As we sing and commune, we are united to the eternal throne room of God and to the body of Christ in every time and place.  We bring our unique gifts, contexts, and experiences into the workings of our life together.  We are the team of the people of Jesus. 

The biggest reason a person of faith in Christ is not gathering with others is due to getting out of the habit.  That is what our reading from Hebrews 10:24-25 is talking about.  The author notes, “And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Over time, some people had gotten out of the habit of gathering. 

A habit takes just a short time to form or to fade.  About three weeks is all that is needed.  Missing a week of worship can be painful.  Missing two in a row is hard, but not so hard as the first.  At three weeks a person may start feeling that not attending worship is normal.  The opposite is true for making the positive habit.  Striving to be at worship on three or more successive weeks will make the habit.

I know full well that the COVID19 pandemic has thrown so much of this faithful discipline out the window for so many.  My hope and prayer for all of us is that in the months to come, however many that is, our situation will improve enough for us to return to meeting as would be beneficial to all of us.  Life will get better, and being able to have all generations of our congregation at worship will be one of those better things.

 

Prayer

God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may celebrate your glory and worship you in spirit and truth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Devotion and Readings for January 21, 22, and 23

Bible Readings and Devotion for January 21, 22, and 23, 2021

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible.

January 21

Matthew 7:13-20

Hebrews 9:23-28

Psalms 52-55

Genesis 21

January 22

Matthew 7:21-29

Hebrews 11:17-29

Psalms 56-58, 60

Genesis 22

January 23

Matthew 8:1-4

Hebrews 11:30-40

Psalms 59, 63-64 

Genesis 23

Devotion for January 21, 22, and 23, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

I have heard a statement such as this hundreds of times in my life.  When discussing the ministry of Jesus and a connection with time, a person will say something such as, “In months after Jesus died,” or, “About 20 years after Jesus died.”  These statements always bother me. I will tell you why these do.

It may seem a small issue, maybe a pet peeve of sorts.  For me, these statements miss a major and central point to everything that we do as followers of Jesus.  When we just say, “When Jesus died,” we are skipping over the event which make everything which Jesus did matter.  We are missing that Jesus was raised from the dead.  We are missing the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.  We are missing that he is still alive.  I prefer to make note of this event in time by stating something such as, “When Jesus died and was raised again,” or, “(so many days/weeks/years) after the resurrection of Jesus.”

When we note only, “When Jesus died on the cross,” we are potentially leaving him in the tomb.  We could be going through life with the assumption that he is still dead.  We could be reinforcing the misunderstanding about what happened after Jesus died and rose again.  Sometimes I get the impression from people, even some professing Christians, that they live and believe in a way that pretty much assumes Jesus is still dead.

Central to our faith is that the Jesus who died on the cross and was placed in the tomb is now alive again, never to die again.  On that third day he was raised to life again.  Then on the 40th day following that, Jesus ascended out of our sight.  He did not die again when he ascended.  We understand that he is alive and present for us in the throne room of God as well as through the various spiritual connections we have with him in life.

Our reading from Hebrews works from the faith assumption that Jesus continues to live for all eternity.  We read in Hebrews 7:15-17, “(referring to Jesus) It is even more obvious when another priest arises, resembling Melchizedek, one who has become a priest, not through a legal requirement concerning physical descent, but through the power of an indestructible life. For it is attested of him, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.””

The risen Jesus is the one with the indestructible life.  Jesus is the one who is priest forever.  It is not just some warm feeling or vague memory.  Jesus is truly alive, and we can know him, serve him, delight in him, and follow him both now and forever.

Prayer

Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin. Grant that we who are reborn to new life in him may live in righteousness and holiness all our days, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.