Worship on July 3 and 4, 2021

Declaration of Independence sign

Worship on Independence Day Weekend

By Pastor David Tinker


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

Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

The Waldeck church will also offer their regular 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship service.


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. 

I know that many make a point of participating in the Independence Day Parade in Round Top.  It is an important part of our local culture and a positive celebration of our nation.  Please do participate, if that is important to you.  Also, if at all possible, plan ahead to be at worship on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. Some may find that the 8:00 a.m. service at Waldeck will be their preferred option. 

I also know that not every person in our community will be at the parade. Each person makes choices which suit his or her situation.  For those who will not be at the parade or other holiday activity on Sunday, plan now to be at worship on Sunday, or Saturday if that is your preference.

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.

July 4th is not the only Sunday 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.  I have made the point to find a place of worship where I am 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.


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.





Remembering Garry Sanders

Garry Sanders Obit photo

Garry Sanders Obituary

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Garry Dale Sanders.  He died in his home on June 26.  Garry was a longtime member of MLLC, especially  during his early and later years of his life.

The visitation/viewing will be at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings on Wednesday, June 30, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., with family present 5-8 p.m.
The funeral will be at MLLC on Thursday, July 1, at 10 a.m.
Garry’s funeral will be shown on streaming video on Facebook Live.  Go to our Facebook Page to to find this video at the time of the funeral.

Memorials are requested to: Martin Luther Lutheran Church

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, or give through the secure giving page of our web site.  Here is a link to that page:  click link.  On the page where you select where to give and how much, note there is a line for “Memorial Gifts”. Included is a memo box.  Note in that box “Garry Sanders”, and the gift will be passed along to the right account.  Church office telephone: 979-278-3388

The church address:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

211 Luther Lane

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Memorials are requested to: Hospice Brazos Valley

1048 N. Jefferson St.

La Grange, Texas 78945




Garry Dale Sanders

June 3, 1947 – June 26, 2021

Garry Dale Sanders was born June 3, 1947 in Burton, Texas to Henry Alfred and Sylvia (Jacob) Sanders.  He was baptized August 24, 1947 by Pastor Leo H. Simon and confirmed May 21, 1961 by Pastor August M. Hannemann both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Texas.  His confirmation verse was Matthew 10:32-33:  “32 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

A graduate of Round Top-Carmine High School in 1965, he was passionate about sports, lettering in Baseball, Track and Tennis.

On August 19, 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Leonita Citzler of La Grange and settled in Giddings, Texas.  After the birth of their first-born son, Randy in 1969, Garry was drafted, and the new family moved to Ft. Bliss where he was stationed for two years.  He was discharged honorably as a Specialist IV in 1971 and the family moved back to Giddings and Garry began working in the family refrigeration business.

After working with the Texas Highway Department and Giddings State School, he began his twenty-six year career with GTE / Verizon where he retired as a Network Analyst.   Garry and Leonita’s family grew to three during this time with Timothy born in 1973 and Vickie in 1981.   He then began his second career as a Long Haul Truck Driver for Blue Bell Creamery retiring in 2012.

Garry loved family, sports, travel, vintage cars, hot rods, and aircraft.  He supported all three of his kids’ sports interests and hobbies whether it was football, baseball, or volleyball.  He was a huge Dallas Cowboys and Rice Owls fan.  Garry took his family on numerous trips to such destinations as St Louis, Disney World, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, California, England, and Hawaii and rafted down the Colorado, Arkansas, and Ocoee Rivers.  He also attended many Texas Aggie Football road games with Randy, Tim, and Jason as well as numerous NASCAR, Indy Car, and Red Bull Air races.  Garry loved Air Shows, especially US Navy Blue Angels and the USAF Thunderbirds and once flew in a B-17 Bomber from WW II.

When his grandchildren were born, they became his love.  Always a phone call away it was nothing for Garry to be on the road to Corpus Christi to cuddle Viviana and Lauren when they were home from school or shuttle them to and from school.  The time they spent together was precious and always included a home cooked spaghetti dinner and trip to Luby’s.  Years later when Kyle, Andrew, and Spence were born he had another opportunity to cuddle with little ones.  Whether it was reading quietly inside or watching the boys run and play outdoors, Garry always looked forward to their time together.

His civic activism included membership in American Legion Post 276, as well as the Carmine Chamber Commerce, Carmine Volunteer Fire Department, Carmine Hall – Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein and his favorite – volunteering at the Carmine Chamber of Commerce Museum.

Garry passed away the evening of Saturday, June 26, 2021 at his home in Carmine.

Garry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sanders and Sylvia Sanders, and by a very special aunt and uncle, Marilyn and Kyle Spence; brothers-in-law, Milton Bage, Edrol Wagner, John Smidovec, and Johnny Dunham, and sister-in-law, Alice Loehr.

Survivors include his wife, Leonita; children, Randy and his wife Dika, Tim and his wife Stephanie, and Vickie and her husband Jason; grandchildren, Viviana, Lauren, Kyle, Andrew, and Spence; sister, Becky Dunham; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Leroy Bennetsen, Albert Loehr, Marjorie and EJ Stibora, Marilyn Wagner, Gene and Doris Citzler, and Annie and Allen Mueller.

Pallbearers will be Greg Bage, Mark Bage, Baron Bennetsen, Bradley Loehr, Kevin Stibora, Shane Stibora, Jerrell Smidovec, Jonathan Dunham, Gaschen Geissen, Scott Neumann.

Remembering Keadron Ellis

Keadron Ellis

Keadron Ellis Obituary

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Keadron Ellis.  She was a longtime member of MLLC, and continued a connection as an associate member after returning to her previous community in north Texas.  Below is the obituary which was published for Keadron.

Keadron Nelson Ellis

December 14, 1925 – June 10, 2021

Keadron Nelson Ellis was born on December 14, 1925, in O’Donnell, Texas to Cecil C. and Agnes Wyatt Nelson. She was the youngest of 5 children.  Keadron married the love of her life, Robert A. Ellis on February 17, 1946 in Ft. Worth and raised 4 children.

Keadron will be remembered for her devotion to her family – A true Proverbs 31 wife and mother. She taught her children unconditional love, forgiveness, patience, and perseverance. Her children remember a house filled with love and laughter, resourcefulness, and positivity, even in tough times. She moved around Texas, blooming wherever she was planted, primarily in Ft Worth, Houston, Dallas, Plano, and, in retirement years, found her true home in a little 1930’s farmhouse in the country near Carmine, Texas.

Keadron was faith filled. She and Robert spent time traveling and witnessing at churches across the country in the mid to late sixties. They were founding members of Christ Church Plano, where she sang in the choir. She loved prayer and fellowship with a true servant’s heart. Keadron made friends and cuddled babies everywhere she went. She was blessed with many dear friends, all of whom have an endearing or funny story to tell.

Even in her traditional life, Keadron had a sense of adventure – traveling across Europe with Loyce and Jean, touring Scotland and Ireland in her later years, drinking single-malt scotch, driving her bright blue Mini Cooper, and laughing often. She never looked or acted her age.

She was equally at home by herself – taking on a home project, reading books or sitting on the porch enjoying her garden. She loved flowers, the color pink, pretty shoes, big band music, tea, and time with family. Even at the very end, she never lost her thoughtfulness, her sense of humor, or her grace.

In death Keadron will be reunited with her parents Cecil and Agnes Nelson, her siblings- Loyce Marshall, Audra, Jack and Leslie Nelson and her husband of 50 years, Robert Ellis.

She is survived by her children and children by marriage- Keadron (Debbie) and Lawrence Finn, Robert (Corky) and Kay Ellis, Jean Gardner, William (Bill) and Kay Ellis and Bob Salmi, as well as her grandchildren- Keadron Friar, Scott Finn, Amanda MacWithey, Kristin Jewell,

Jennifer Cravatt, Stephen Salmi , and great- grandchildren -Ethan, Davis and Noah Jewell, Aiden Garcia, and Robert and Amara Friar.

A funeral service was held to honor Keadron’s life Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Christ Church Plano, 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano, Texas with The Rev. Jeff Rawn officiating.

Keadron was laid to rest on Thursday, June 17, in Isaac Hill Cemetery in Round Top, Texas with her late husband and her parents.  Pastor David Tinker of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine led the committal service.

If desired, contributions may be made in Keadron’s name to:

Paralyzed Veterans of America at https://secure.pva.org/pva/donate-online,

or to Christ Church Anglican Outreach, 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano, Texas 75024

or American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org

Remembering Johnny Dunham

Johnny Dunham photo

Remembering Johnny Dunham

We give thanks as well as grieve upon the death of MLLC member, Johnny Dunham.  After a battle with cancer, Johnny died on May 18, 2021.  A funeral and memorial service was held on Saturday, May 22, at MLLC.

Johnny’s family designated the church to receive memorial gifts.

You can send these by mail to the church, deliver in person, or give through the secure giving page of our web site.  Here is a link to that page:  click link.  You will find the final link on that page for the giving site.  On the page where you select where to give and how much, note there is a line for “Memorial Gifts”. Included is a memo box.  Note in that box “Johnny Dunham”, and the gift will be passed along to the right account.  Thank you for remembering Johnny and his church with your gifts.

The church address:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362.

Telephone: 979-278-3388


Johnny Dewayne Dunham was born August 18, 1951 in Ada Oklahoma to Orval and Lillie Siebel Dunham. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church, Ada, Oklahoma, on November 4, 1951, by Pastor Elmer Sedory. Their family moved to Baytown, Texas when Johnny was two years old. He was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Baytown, Texas on April 11, 1965, by Pastor Glenn Kollmeyer. Johnny was a 1969 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown. He continued his education at Blinn College and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also took graduate courses at University of Houston at Clear Lake. On July 15, 1972, Johnny married the love of his life, Becky Gale Sanders at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas, with Pastor Ronald Dybvig presiding.

Johnny worked as Vice President of Operations for Affiliated Rice Milling for 35 years and was General Manager of Consolidated Warehousing. He worked in the same office for 47 years. He valued each of their employees.

He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, President of Alvin Noon Lions Club, President of Alvin Chamber of Commerce, and member of Carmine Cedar Creek Schuetzin Verein.

Johnny enjoyed deer hunting with Mark, Chase, Eldon, Mason, Jimmy, Jonathan and Jeff. He loved spending time in Carmine and visiting with his friends. He enjoyed helping the community by contributing his time cooking for fund raising events.

Johnny’s huge heart belonged to his family, especially his four precious grandchildren. He was lovingly known to them as Pops or Popsie. There was never a conversation between he and his grandchildren where “I love you.” wasn’t exchanged and Tripp would add, “You’re my best friend, Popsie.” Johnny loved these precious blessings with all of his heart and soul.

In 2013, Johnny was diagnosed with melanoma. Facing this foe with determination, courage, dignity and strength, he spent the last seven and a half years fighting this relentless disease.

Johnny LOVED the signs of spring arriving. He would start looking for Indian paint brushes (Indian Blankets) in January. It seemed to be a family competition as to who would see the first Indian blankets. With the unusual amount of rain in the spring of 2019, a second blooming of the paint brushes in July was a welcome sight, almost as if God was giving him one last look while on his earthly journey.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, God took Johnny by the hand to guide him to his heavenly home.

Those gone before him are grandparents, parents, and two of his dearest friends Elvis Hinze and Mark Jacob.

God has Johnny in his keeping, but Johnny remains in the hearts of: his wife Becky Dunham; daughter Shanna Geissen and her husband Gaschen; son Jonathan Dunham; grandchildren Ayden Geissen, Peyton Geissen, Judd Dunham, Tripp Dunham; brother Jim Dunham and wife Cyndi; sisters Cynthia Comley and husband Rick, Barbara Ashby and husband Kent; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Treude, Tony Dooley, Berrie Etzel, Javier Orozco, Robbie Stork, Darrel Neutzler, Eldon Mikeska, Ryan Hinze, James Dunham, and Alan Jacob, Chase Jacob.

Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Etzel, Gary Hahn, Terry Wilson, Clint Ganze, and Richard Peterson, Jr.

Memorials are requested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.

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

Empty Tomb

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.



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


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.

First Holy Communion Prep 2

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.