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 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.
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.
We celebrated God’s love for the world and we celebrated our partnership with Lutherhill Ministries on the weekend of August 22-23, 2015. Our guest speaker from Lutherhill was Matt Kindsvatter. He serves as the Executive Director of Lutherhill Ministries. Matt is a familiar face at MLLC, since he has been a guest preacher several times over the years. Matt was the preacher at both the Saturday evening and Sunday morning services.
MLLC Kids Get in on the Act
Several of the youth from the congregation participated in the service. The Lutherhill staff members worked with the youth to prepare a skit for use in worship on Sunday. The skit reminded the congregation to share God’s love with others. Here is a photo of the MLLC Thespians in action.
Making a Joyful Noise
Lutherhill staff members lead the music on Sunday. All of the songs were ones which were sung at camp during the summer 2015. This gave us a taste of the joyful songs which the youth sang while at camp this year.
Blessing of Backpacks and Students
We continued our annual tradition of blessing our students and their backpacks. This Sunday was the weekend just before most of our students returned to school. We invite students of all ages to come forward. From year to year the age range varies depending upon who is present on the day. Some years the grade level ranges from nursery school to graduate school.
We are very thankful for the wonderful ministry we do with Lutherhill Ministries. About 15 youth from MLLC attended Summer Camp at Lutherhill this year. We look forward to an even better year in 2016. Here is a photo of three of our youth working on dining hall clean up at Lutherhill in August 2015.
We invite you all to a very special event here at MLLC. On the weekend of August 22-23 we will welcome Matt Kindsvatter, the executive director of Lutherhill Ministries. He is familiar to many people in MLLC. We know him from his previous visits to MLLC, and because many of our youth have attended summer camp at Lutherhill over the years.
Matt will be our preacher at both of our weekend services. Invite your family and friends for these special times together. Let’s give Matt and the Lutherhill staff members a great MLLC Carmine Welcome!
Saturday, August 22 at 6 p.m. – Matt will preach at a typical MLLC Saturday evening service.
Sunday, August 23 – three special events in one day
8:30 a.m. – children and youth invited to arrive early to prepare a skit for use in worship. These young people will meet with Lutherhill staff in the new Mission & Ministry building to prepare a brief skit which will be presented in the 9:00 a.m. worship service. There is no reservation needed, simply arrive at 8:30 and join in the fun.
9:00 a.m. – worship in the Sanctuary. Matt and some Lutherhill staff members will lead all of our music this day. They will teach us and lead us in singing camp style songs. Matt will also preach at this service. Our youth will present the skit which they have prepared. This skit will take the place of the children’s sermon for this day.
10:15 a.m. – Sunday School – Lutherhill staff will lead a children’s Sunday School lesson in the Mission & Ministry building. We have enjoyed their leadership in the past as they have come to do this over the years.
This summer we had a large group of MLLC youth attend camp at Lutherhill. This special weekend is a way to celebrate the great summer experience we had at Lutherhill.
Here is a photo of Matt Kindsvatter and Pastor David Tinker after a recent meeting to plan for this special Sunday.
The kids from MLLC and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top have had a great week together at Lutherhill. Lutherhill Ministries is the area ELCA Lutheran Camp. It is within the territory of and supported by our own Gulf Coast Synod.
There were learning and fun events.
Meals and visiting with Pastor David Tinker and Pastor John David Nedbalek. And some clean up time.
And some experience with wildlife.
Thank you to the people of both congregations who made this wonderful week of adventure, fun, learning, service and worship happen. Also thank you to the families of our youth who worked to make it possible for these young people to have this experience in their faith.
This is a busy week at Lutherhill Ministries in La Grange, TX. Along with youth from a wide variety of communities there is a combined contingent of campers from MLLC and our neighbor ELCA congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. Five youth from MLLC were joined by several others of our friends in Round Top. They have been spending the week at this excellent camp. See the photo above with all the kids from these congregations – and an extra friend or two.
Several of the youth have attended camp at Lutherhill several times. One of the youth has lost count, for he has gone to Lutherhill maybe 4, 5 or 6 years in a row. Some are having their first experience at this camp, and are hoping for many more summers.
We at MLLC are big supporters of Lutherhill and Lutheran/Christian Camping programs. We also offer a partial “campership” for MLLC members who would like to participate in the summer camp programs at Lutherhill or other Lutheran summer camping programs.
We will post more photos from this week at camp in the next couple of days. Remember to keep these youth in your prayers as they grow in Christ through the camping programs of Lutherhill Ministries.