Harvest Festival Reminder


Harvest Festival is Coming Very Soon

Sunday, October 17, 2021

All Events at the Carmine Hall – Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein – 300 N. Hauptstrasse, Carmine, TX 78932 – Click Here for Map

We will not be offering the Confirmation Homecoming this year due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Worship Starting at 9:30 a.m.

Our praise team will lead our singing.  The music will be Country & Western style worship songs.

Meal – Fried Pork Steak and sides.

Meal served 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00  We will be serving delicious fried pork steak with side dishes.  Contact the church office for tickets.  979-278-3388


Tickets are $20/each, or 3 for $50.  Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the festival.

Grand Prize:  $1000 Visa Gift Card.  21 total prizes, with a value of at least $100.

Obituary for Bernice Mueller

Bernice Mueller Photo cover

Remembering Bernice Mueller

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Bernice Mueller.  For a few years leading up to her death, Bernice was the oldest, living member of MLLC.

The visitation will be at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, on Wednesday, September 29, 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be at MLLC on Thursday, September 30, 2 p.m., with viewing from 12-2 p.m. at MLLC. Memorial gifts are suggested to MLLC.

The family has designated memorial gifts to MLLC:

You can send bring these to the church,  211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932 or send these by mail:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O Box 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Or through our web site:  click this link.

Remember to make note of this gift being in memory of Bernice Mueller.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Bernice Mueller.


Bernice Leona (Stork) Mueller

December 15, 1924 – September 25, 2021

Bernice Leona (Stork) Mueller was born on December 15, 1924 in Brenham, Texas, the daughter of Willie and Annie (Bage) Stork.  She was baptized on May 17, 1925 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings by Rev. William Mueller and confirmed on April 2, 1937 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Rev. Henry Brunotte.  Her confirmation verse was 1 John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”  She was raised on the Stork farm in Ledbetter, Texas and received her education in the little one room Prospect School.  Bernice began working at the telephone company in Carmine before going to work at the IGA Store in Giddings.  After her true love returned home from serving for two years in the Philippines during World War II, Bernice was united in marriage to Elwood Adolph Mueller on November 22, 1947 at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Parsonage in Giddings by Rev. S.T. Schroeder.  After their marriage, they went into the ranching business raising chickens, hogs, and cattle throughout the next 51 years until Elwood’s death on March 9, 1999.  Following his death, Bernice continued the business with her two sons.  She was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine where she had taught Sunday school and was a longtime member of the Ladies Aid.  She enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially loved playing dominoes and 42 with her friends in the Carmine 42 Club.

Bernice passed away suddenly the evening of Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie & Annie Stork; her husband of 51 years, Elwood A. Mueller; her brother and sister-in-law, Bill & Virginia Stork; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice & Delfeal Mueller and Erna & Frank Els; her brother-in-law, Ardell Muske; two nieces, Peggy Simmang and Shirley Hart, and four nephews, Bobby Els, David Els, Billy Els, and Allen Mueller.

Bernice is survived by her two sons, Gary & Bo Mueller of Ledbetter and Gaylon Mueller & Rhonda Craigen of Ledbetter; three grandchildren, Kaci Mueller of Carmine, Cliff Mueller of Houston, and Brandon & Sarah Mueller of Brenham; three great grandchildren, Braxton, Bexley & Brinley Mueller of Brenham; one sister-in-law, Nadine Muske of Brenham, as well as several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Pallbearers will be Mark Mueller, Kevin Mueller, Nathan Mendoza, Bradley Muske, Colt Els, and Chad Proske. Honorary pallbearers will be her domino playing friends in the Carmine “42” Club.

Memorials may be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine or to the charity of one’s choice.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932-0362

Online Giving

Obituary for Jesse McDaniel

Jesse and Wendy McDaniel

Image from the congregational photo directory. 



Remembering Jesse McDaniel

The MLLC community joins with the family of Jesse McDaniel upon his sudden death due to heart health issues on August 28.  Jesse and Wendy have been involved in the ministries of MLLC for several years.  They official joined the church in 2018, and were received at worship in 2019.  Most frequently they attended the Saturday evening, 6 p.m., worship service. Here is a photo of Jesse, along with his wife Wendy, and another new member that day, Sheryl.


The family has designated two different memorial requests:

For memorial gifts to MLLC:

You can send bring these to the church or send these by mail:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O Box 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Or through our web site:  click this link.

Remember to make note of this gift being in memory of Jesse McDaniel.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Jesse  McDaniel.


They have also designated

Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter

240 Svboda Lane

La Grange TX 78945

Here is the web page link for the animal shelter:  click this link


Jesse Lee McDaniel, Jr.

February 4, 1967 – August 28, 2021

Jesse McDaniel, Jr. of Carmine, passed away at home on August 28, 2021. He was born on February 4, 1967 to Jesse Lee McDaniel and Frances Ann Burton in Jacinto City, Texas.  Jesse was baptized as a teenager at the First Baptist Church of Jacinto City.  He transferred his membership to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine by Affirmation of Baptism and Faith on March 9, 2019. Jesse joined the United States Navy serving on aircraft carriers Kitty Hawk and Nimitz.  Jesse met the love of his life, Wendy Ullrich, while they worked at Continental Airlines McDaniel, then married on August 20, 1991.

Jesse was a founder and member of Fayette County Bee Keepers and a member of the Fayette County Fair Association, assisting with the poultry exhibit for several years.  He got his passion for bees and gardening from his grandfather.  Jesse especially loved taking his two rescue dogs, Gabby and Peanut for a ride in his truck.  (Jesse swears he doesn’t have any dogs!)  Jesse was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his five granddaughters.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Wendy McDaniel; parents, Jesse Lee McDaniel Sr. and wife Debbie of Crockett, his mother Frances Ann Ezell and step-father Travis of Hunstville, two daughters, Cassie McDaniel and Erryn Havard and husband Sean, both of Lufkin; brother Shannon McDaniel; and five granddaughters, Lily, Ella, Olivia, Audry, and Emory.

Jesse McDaniel Photo

Education Wing Work Day – August 29

MLLC Church Sketch drawing copy

You are Invited to Help

Sunday, August 29, 11 a.m. and following.

The Christian Education Committee is sponsoring a work day this Sunday, August 29.  The goal is to clean up and prepare the Education Wing of the building for the coming Sunday School year.   There will be cleaning, sorting, moving of furniture, etc. to get the spaces ready.  Some of these spaces need extra work to transform the rooms from former day school rooms into Sunday School rooms.  We want to make the spaces more inviting and joyful for our numerous Sunday School students and their families.

The committee is providing lunch for volunteers.  Plan on joining the other volunteers for lunch and active service this Sunday, August 29, after the 10:00 a.m. worship service.   This work day will begin around 11:00 a.m.

Labor Day Sunday 2021

people working

Giving Thanks on Labor Day Sunday

Worship on Labor Day Weekend – September 5 – Food Changes

By Pastor David Tinker

Mark your calendars now.   Sunday, September 5.  Labor Day Sunday worship and meal.

Worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall.  Box lunch meal to follow.  Chicken spaghetti, salad, and drinks. provided. Out of caution due to increased COVID cases the area, the Worship Committee has decided to do this as a box lunch rather than a buffet line pot-luck.  This is change from previous announcements regarding the food.

Also note, we will have our regular Saturday worship service in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. on September 4.

Wear your Work Clothes to worship on September 5. 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 or per-retirement vocation. Younger folks are encouraged to dress in the manner of those in your aspired for vocation.  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 this special Sunday we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.



Reflecting with Martin Luther about our Labor

Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day Weekend), is a Holy Day of sorts for all of us.  We know that Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate the opportunity for work and the contribution of the Labor movement to life in our nation.  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.

Several years ago, I discovered a concise statement written by a fellow Lutheran pastor regarding the Lutheran Christian understanding of vocation.  Here is an excerpt of what Pastor Samuel Schuldheisz, now of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Milton, WA, writes, “… our earthly vocations or “stations in life” as Luther called them are fruits of our heavenly calling as God’s children in baptism. The purpose of vocation is to love and serve the neighbor in the particular stations in life that God has called us to whether we are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, teacher, student, etc. We don’t live life hidden in a corner. This was the danger of many priests and monks in the Reformation era. Many taught that the highest form of Christian living was to become a monk and live in a monastery. Luther wrote extensively against this false teaching as he re-discovered the doctrine of vocation and began to teach and preach about its necessity in the Christian life. Luther taught that on one level, there is no difference between monk and magistrate or priest and plumber. Each Christian is called according to God’s Word and Spirit, regardless of what their status in society is. This means that God’s calling of a Roadkill Collector is just as holy as God’s calling to be a pastor.

The difference is the office and duties that are unique to each vocation. For example, the pastoral office is not the office of schoolteacher, just as the office of father is not the same as the office of mother. Each vocation, or calling from God, has particular and unique duties attached to it. This is how God works in, with, and under the ordinary means of this life to accomplish His good and gracious will, physically and spiritually.”

Raffle Items Needed by September 1

Harvest Festival Food

Raffle Items for Harvest Festival Needed

The Annual Harvest  Festival and Homecoming is on Sunday, October 17.  As part of this we are having a raffle as part of this annual fundraising event.  The Stewardship Committee is inviting you to provide donations toward this.  There are two main options:

1 – Donate money to help pay for one or two larger items for the grand prize.  Donations of any amount are welcome.

2 – Donate an item or gift card valued at $100 or more.

For both of these options, please contact the church office.  979-278-3388

After September 1 the raffle tickets listing the donated items will be for sale.  Ticket prices are to be determined.

Meal tickets and details are also coming soon.

Lutherhill Weekend 2021 – August 21-22

Welcome to our Friends from Lutherhill Ministries


We are very excited about Lutherhill Weekend 2021.  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 Weekend:


6:00 p.m. 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.


9:00 a.m.   Sunday School hour – Lutherhill staff will lead fun, singing, and learning with the children. Bring your student to the fellowship hall so he or she can participate in this special time together.

10:00 a.m.    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.


Blessing of Students and Backpacks

This weekend will also include the blessing of students and backpacks.  Students of all ages and types of schools are encouraged to be at either of the two weekend worship services for this blessing as they begin a new school year.


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.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Singing

This Sunday: Backpack and Student Blessing

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Students

Blessing of Students and their Backpacks – August 21 & 22

Mark your calendars now to plan to attend worship on this special Sunday.  We invite students of all ages to attend worship on Satuday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m., or Sunday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m.  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 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 adults years.

Worship will be at our usual times of 6:00 p.m.  on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Remember to bring your backpack, if you use one.  Most important is that we gather together in prayer and thanksgiving as we begin our new school year.

Blessing of Backpacks


Special note: This will also be our weekend to celebrate our partnership with Lutherhill Ministries.  Our guest preacher for Saturday and Sunday will be Matt Kindsvatter, executive director of Lutherhill Ministries.

Lutherhill Sunday 2015 Matt

Obituary for Ed Eargle

Remembering Ed Eargle

We grieve and give thanks for Ed Eargle.  He was a joyful and active part of our life together at MLLC.  His sudden, accidental death has been a shock many in the congregation and the broader community. 

The funeral for Ed will be on Monday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, Sunday, August 8.  Family present 5-8 p.m., with chapel open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. for viewing and signing the condolence book.

The family has designated two different memorial requests:

For memorial gifts to MLLC:

You can send bring these to the church or send these by mail:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O Box 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Or through our web site:  click this link.

Remember to make note of this gift being in memory of Ed Eargle.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Ed Eargle.


The other memorial designation is:  The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association, 800 East Wendt Street, Bellville, Texas 77418-1521.



March 5, 1941 – August 3, 2021


Edwin “Ed” Eargle Jr., 80, of LaGrange, Texas, passed away on August 3, 2021. He was a longtime resident of Lee and Fayette Counties.


Edwin was born in Alvin, Texas on March 5, 1941. He graduated from Alvin High School. Ed was in the Marine reserves for three years and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Phillips University and Master’s Degree in Education from Prairie View A & M. He was a teacher for many years with the Texas Youth Commission. He loved history, gardening and John Wayne. He never met a stranger. He was president of the Bluebonnet Master Gardeners for many years. He was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Texas where he was active in the Men in Mission group. Ed was baptized in April 1970 at First Baptist Church of Hardin, Texas.  He affirmed his baptism and faith as he joined Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas on June 12, 2011.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Lee Eargle Sr. and Evelyn Colston Robertson.


Ed is survived by his companion for the past 25 years, Carol Carmean of La Grange, Texas; his brother, Mike Hoff and wife Donna of Laurel, Maryland; his son, Gary Eargle and wife Essi of Kyle, Texas; his daughter, Sheila Guzman and husband Roger of Brenham, Texas; his grandson, Micah Eargle and wife Jessica, and two great granddaughters, Nayeli and Sofia all of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also survived by Carol’s sons and their families, Troy Carmean and wife Beth of Round Top, Texas and Chris Carmean and wife Stacia of Carmine, Texas.


Memorials may be made to the Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, Texas 78932-0362


The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association, 800 East Wendt Street, Bellville, Texas 77418-1521.




Ed (and Joe) wrapping the Christmas boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  This is an annual project of the Men in Mission of MLLC.  Ed was an active part of this organization for many years.


August 2021 Newsletter Published

Newsletter Image

Monthly Newsletters on our Web Site

The August 2021 Newsletter has been published.  The link is on the main newsletter page, which you will find noted below.

Here is the link to that page:  Click Link

Every month we publish a newsletter for the members and friends of MLLC.  This is typically distributed by email and postal mail.  If you wish to be on the email distribution list, please contact the church office at 979-278-3388 or send a message to pastordjt@industryinet.com

The newsletters are also posted on the mllccarmine web site.  Here is the link to that page:  Click Link

We look forward to seeing you at worship in the coming weeks.  Remember that we gather every Saturday at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship with Holy Communion.  Sunday school is at 9 a.m.