Christmas Boxes for Seafarers


Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers – Loving Our Neighbors

You are invited to participate in this continued ministry of MLLC.  Each year for several years the Men in Mission of MLLC have organized the caring work of Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers.  We have heard that the Seafarers Christmas Boxes are needed more now than ever.  Our love for these neighbors will help them to know the love of God and to make life less difficult for them.  We will be collecting items and preparing the Christmas Boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  The goal for this year is 100+ boxes.  Items may be placed in the room across from the main church office. The Packing Day for the Boxes for Seafarers is Monday, November 28, at 12:00 noon.  The work will take place in the Parlor.  All are invited to participate.

The main web page for this project is:  Click link.

For this year (2022), please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the fall drop these off at any time up until 12 noon of November 28.  There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office.

The Men in Mission Group does not need boxes this year.  These were provided by Home Depot in Brenham.  See the rest of this list for requested items:

Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps – clean and new
2023 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


New Adult Class – Communion


New Adult Bible Study: 

Reviewing First Holy Communion

By Pastor David Tinker   Office: 979-278-3388


Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26  (No class on October 5)

In the Parlor – the fellowship room by the offices at Martin Luther – Carmine

Come to as many classes as you are able.  Even if you need to miss a class, you will benefit by participating as much as you are able.

Recommended age range:  Teens and adults.

It is helpful, but not required, to sign up. See sign-up sheet at each church.  Or contact me in person, by email, or by phone.  


About the Class: 

When I teach a First Holy Communion Class with children, I also invite a parent, grandparent, or guardian to attend with the student.  Every time I have done this, the adults get to revisit their own faith and connection with the Sacrament.  They enjoy learning about and talking about their faith with fresh and more mature eyes of faith and understanding.


Some teens and adults, due to various reasons, have never participated in such a class.  They may not have participated in any confirmation class or similar program when they have joined a church. Some may not have participated in any study class since their youth.  This is a wonderful opportunity to come to learn as an adult. Some teens and adults simply want to revisit and deepen their understanding of God’s gift of Holy Communion.  Reviewing our faith and practices will give us a deeper connection to our Lord in faith.


In light of these and other realities, I am offering a class this fall for the Waldeck and Martin Luther congregations and for anybody else who might be interested.  It will be based on the class I have been teaching as a pastor for the past 28 years.   We will experience the same things which the children do.  There will be additional elements added due to the higher maturity level of the students.

*We will watch the same videos the children do.

*We will look at much of what the Holy Scriptures and Luther’s Catechisms teach.

*We will learn about Lutheran theology about what a Sacrament is and what four items are needed for Holy Communion.

*We will tour the sacristy and learn about the various vessels, objects, etc. which are used for Holy Communion serving.

*We will make bread together and use this for a future worship service.

*We will have some fun.

*We will learn more about reverence in how we participate in Holy Communion.

*We will learn about the Holy Communion Liturgy, prayers, etc.

*We will look at what happened at the Last Supper.

*We will gain some understanding of the direct connection between the Jewish Passover Meal and the Holy Communion.

*We will be reminded about the gifts of repentance and forgiveness founded in God’s love, grace, and mercy.

Worship and Fellowship on Labor Day Weekend 2022

people working

Sunday Schedule for September 4

Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Fellowship and Meal at ~11:10 a.m.

Worship on Sunday, September 4, will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.  This is the older, white building on the north/US-290 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.

See below for details about worship, food, dressing the part, etc.

The Saturday evening worship service will be in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. as usual.


Note: We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of September 10 and 11:

Saturday Worship at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.

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.


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, prior to retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students or children 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 4, 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 pork and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.

Blood Drive August 28


Give Blood at MLLC on May 22

As part of our love for our neighbors, we are again hosting a blood drive at MLLC.  See the flier for information about signing up for a donation time.

The Blood Drive will take place in the Fellowship Hall. This is the older, white building on the north side of our church campus.  There is an entrance on the west/street side of the building, just next to the playground.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church  Fellowship Hall

211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932

To set up an appointment, contact Kelly Hardin at 832-212-2799 or

Prayer Service for Faith in Time of Drought

Drought Flier from Facebook

Coming Together in Faith in Christ in Difficult Times

The four area churches in the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry will be hosting a special Service of Prayer and Faith for Times of Drought and Rain. Wednesday, August 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top (412 S. White St. in Round Top). All are welcome at this brief service which will focus on the renewal of our faith in the Lord who provides in all times – perhaps times of drought with the hope of rain or in challenging times when neighbors, such as those in Kentucky, are impacted by too much rain. The other churches hosting the event are Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shelby, and Waldeck Lutheran Church in Waldeck.
Putting our faith in action, an offering will be given with all proceeds benefiting the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry in La Grange. We’re asking attendees to bring monetary gifts, as well as non-perishable goods, particularly the ones which are in short supply at A.M.E.N. They especially need pork & beans, ranch style beans, oatmeal, canned fruit, canned stew, chicken, salmon, hamburger helper, and saltines. Any monetary offerings at the service will be given directly to A.M.E.N. Food Pantry. For more information, please call the Bethlehem Lutheran Church office at (979) 249-3686 or reach out to

Blessing of Backpacks 2022 + Lutherhill Sunday August 20-21

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Students

Students and Pastor David Tinker at the blessing of backpacks some years ago.


Lutherhill Sunday

and Blessings of Students and their Backpacks

By Pastor David Tinker

The weekend of August 20-21 offers a combined special event for our congregation.  We will offer our annual Lutherhill Sunday and our annual blessing of students and their backpacks.  Both will be offered at our regular Saturday 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. services.

Lutherhill Sunday

We will welcome our longtime friend, Matt Kindsvatter, Executive Director of Lutherhill Ministries.  For most the past decade he has joined us in August to share about Lutherhill and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with us.  We are thankful for our partnership with this area ministry.  Our cooperative work with our Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a major part of our support and direction of this camping and retreat outdoor ministry.

Pictured is Matt Kindsvatter at a Lutherhill Sunday some years ago.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Matt

Lutherhill Staff to Lead Sunday School Class

There will also be a special Sunday school class led by some of our staff friends from Lutherhill.  Get your children, grandchildren, and younger friends together for a fun time of learning, prayer, and play.  Sunday school is offered at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.



Blessing of Backpacks

Blessing of Students and their Backpacks

At each of these services we will pray for students of all ages and situations.  It is not required that the students bring a backpack, but, if the student has one, he or she 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 involve students of a wide variety of situations.  Over the years we have involved students in preschool through various types of 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 adult years.  The important and joyful thing is that our students are present with us and God. We are also showing that we support them in their growing and learning.

Obituary for Roger Schoenst

Roger Schoenst Photo

Remembering Roger Schoenst

We grieve and we give thanks for the life and ministry of Roger Schoenst.  He died on Sunday, June 26, after weeks of a recent illness.

The visitation for Roger will be at the Memorial Oaks Chapel Funeral home in Brenham on Thursday, June 30, 5-7 p.m. with family present.

The funeral will be at MLLC on Friday, July 1, at 2 p.m.   Burial will be at the Carmine Cemetery following the service.  A memorial luncheon will be back at the church following the committal service.  All are welcome at all events.

Information about memorial contributions is on this page after the obituary.  Please consider supporting these organizations with monetary gifts in memory of Roger.



Roger Dale Schoenst

February 19, 1953 – June 26, 2022

Roger Dale Schoenst went to be with the Lord and those faithfully departed loved ones early on June 26, 2022.

He was born on February 19, 1953, to Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella Ida (Neumann) Schoenst at The Farm near Carmine. Roger was a member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church. He was baptized on January 24, 1954 by Pastor A.T. Kluge and confirmed his faith on May 26, 1968 with Pastor Irvin S. Briese, both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church. His confirmation verse was: Matthew 5:6:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

He grew up loving the cowboy way of life. He broke horses and continued to halter break colts until the last two months of his life. Roger never met a stranger. Anywhere he went he could strike up a conversation. He loved his family, horses, cowboy things, and talking to people. Roger also enjoyed hunting as a young boy, shooting guns, drawing, leather work, and creating things with a wood-burning pen.

He met the love of his life, and this changed his life for the better. He married Kathy Diane Mantey on November 12, 1983, at Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, Texas, with Pastor Glenn Schoeneberg officiating. Soon came Heather, Mandy, and Chance. They had adventurous years raising their family and spent much of their time riding at home or in cutting arenas, round pens, working pens, show arenas and sale barns. He would do just about anything for his family and loved ones.

Roger had several different medical issues he had to battle throughout his life and was able to come out on the other side. The most notable these being the liver transplant he received in 2006. He and his family are forever grateful and appreciative of how the community supported him. Transplant doctors estimated a 6-year life expectancy, which turned into 16. The greatest blessing of his life was being able to meet his four grandchildren, all of whom he absolutely adored!

He is survived by his wife Kathy of 38 years, daughter Heather and husband Kyle Kaspar, daughter Mandy and husband Colton Guelker, son Chance Schoenst, grandchildren: Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, brother Melvin Schoenst, sister-in-law Jeanette Schoenst, cousin Wilton and wife Pam Schoenst and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella (Neumann) Schoenst, brother Fritz Schoenst Jr., in-law parents Arthur and Bernice (Buerger) Mantey, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Serving as pallbearers will be son Chance Schoenst, sons-in-law Kyle Kaspar and Colton Guelker, friends: Willie McKenzie, Nick Robinson, and Nathan Dannar. Honorary Pallbearers will be brother, Melvin Schoenst, daughters, Heather Kaspar and Mandy Guelker, grandchildren, Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, nieces and nephews, Sue Schoenst and Kim Sternadel and Staci and Nick Brailas, LaCinda Kasparek and Wynona Posas.



Memorials may be directed to these organizations:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362


Online Giving


National Foundation for Transplants

3249 W. Sarazen’s Cir, Ste 100

Memphis, TN 38125

(800) 489-3863

Worship on the Long, Holiday Weekend

Declaration of Independence sign

Worship on Independence Day Weekend

By Pastor David Tinker

It is time now to plan to participate in worship on this long, busy, holiday weekend.

We will observe our normal weekend worship schedule on the first weekend of July.

Saturday, July 2, at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 3, at 10:00 a.m.

Our partner congregation, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, will also offer their regular 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship service on July 3.  The church meets at 6915 Waldeck Church Ln, Ledbetter, TX 78946.

I encourage you to think ahead about this complicated weekend.  Consider how you can schedule your activities for the holiday while still participating in worship among God’s people.

The big holiday is on Monday this year, so there is less immediate conflict with the worship schedule.  Even so, time flows differently for many on such a weekend, so plan now to be at worship at one of the three opportunities offered this weekend.  As the time flows differently, strive to be accepting of attending worship at a different time than normal, with the goal of hearing the Word of God, receiving Holy Communion, and delighting in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Worship of our God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is central to our life together. It is a foundational part of how we fulfill the greatest commandment of Jesus to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Weekly worship participation is also one of the Six Marks of Discipleship about which I have taught so frequently.  Worship is an investment in your faith life and in your relationships with your fellow Christians.  No matter what date it is, weekly worship is a good and central part of life as a follower of Jesus.

This Independence Day Holiday is not the only weekend when you might have multiple commitments on the calendar. As you work through plans for weekend trips, summer vacations, etc., prayerfully look into how you can get together with fellow Christians for worship.  Some of those weekends will be workable to be at worship in Carmine.  Some weekends will lead you to other communities across the state, nation or world.  In our family we have made the point to find a place of worship where we are going to be.  It is good to be at your home church, and it is also good to experience something different from time to time.  Even in touristy places like Hawaii there are churches where you can keep your weekly discipline of worship.  If you need help planning where to worship, I am glad to help you.  If you are comfortable using the internet, there in plenty of information available to help you.


The Declaration of Independence

Another opportunity you have this weekend is to actually read or listen to the reading of our nation’s founding document.

Here is a link to read the document at the National Archives of the United States of America.

Here is a link to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence by then Senator John F. Kennedy.  It is presented as a video  on YouTube.


Aluminum Cans for Camping

Aluminum Cans making a Positive Difference for Youth

For several years the Men in Mission of MLLC have been collecting aluminum beverage cans for a special purpose.  They are working to help make sure young people from MLLC get some help to attend Lutheran Church Bible Camp at Lutherhill.  In recent years this men’s ministry group has quietly collected these cans to raise money from selling these through recycling.  This past year the Men in Mission were able to provide $50.00 per youth member for their participation a summer camping program at Lutherhill.

The Men in Mission have not been alone in this. They have had significant support from many people who donate enough cans each year to provide this encouragement and assistance to many youth.   They don’t really know all who those who make the donations. This is because the donation center is outside in a quiet corner of the church facilities.  Every week kind, and generally anonymous, individuals drop off bag upon bag of empty aluminum beverage cans to help our youth.

You can be part of this happy cause as well.  Simply set aside your used aluminum beverage cans. Then, when you are on your way to worship, or heading to or through town, simply grab your bags of cans and leave these at the donation station.

The donation station is on the north side of the building – the side facing US 290.  This is under the covered part of the drive through, drop off entrance to the fellowship hall.  These photos show the can receptacles in the context of the north entrance.  The station is open 24 hours a day. If the collection bins are full, feel free to leave your bags of cans next to the bins.  We welcome all aluminum can donations.

Thank you all for your partnership in ministry at MLLC.  Together we are making disciples of Jesus Christ and sharing God’s love to the ends of the earth.

New Bible Study Class

Bible with bookmark

New Bible Study Opportunity

No Experience Necessary

By Pastor David Tinker

You are invited to participate in a new Bible Study.  This will take place at Martin Luther Lutheran Church (MLLC), 211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932.


It will run for six weeks in June and July. No experience necessary to participate. You are accepted where you are with what you know or don’t know. You are not expected to be an expert in the Bible.
You can simply come and listen, if that is what you are comfortable doing.

The class will be providing a broad view of the story of scripture. This time of learning will be
centered on two tools.
1 – The Holy Bible

2 – the Biblical Time-Line created by Pastor Harry Wendt of Crossways International.

This tool takes the whole of scripture and shows the connections between various

times, places, people, and books of the Bible.
You will get to see the whole sweep of
God’s Word and Work for the world.
You will eventually see how you are part of this
great work of God.  This photo shows both sides of the Crossways Bible Timeline. 

Each student will  receive a copy of this excellent resource.


There will also be the joy of fellowship with fellow learners.

Here are the dates, times, and location for the class.

Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m.

In the Parlor – area by church offices – at MLLC.

June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27

If you have a Bible, you are invited to bring it.
If you do not have a Bible, come
anyway.  We will have Bibles for your use.

This class was offered about 8-10 years ago at MLLC.
It is also part of the Bible Year of our
Confirmation program. Previous participants are welcome to attend.
All are welcome.
Friends and neighbors and people from other congregations are welcome as well.

Let me know if you are planning to attend.

Pastor David Tinker

office: 979-278-3388