Remembering Melissa Wickel

Melissa Wickel

We grieve and also give thanks for the life and ministry of MLLC member Melissa Wickel.

 

Melissa Ann Wickel

November 15, 1963 – May 23, 2018

Melissa Ann Wickel, 54, of Carmine, died May 23, 2018, in Carmine.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 1st at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The memorial service will be on Saturday, June 2nd at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, at 10am.  The Church is located at 211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932

Melissa was born November 15th 1963 to Melvin and Ora Lee Rohde Wickel. She was baptized on December 29, 1963 and confirmed on May 14, 1978 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church. Melissa graduated Round Top Carmine High School in 1982. She graduated from Blinn College in 1984 and Sam Houston State University in 1986. She worked at Shepard Crane Engineering in Stafford, TX for 7 years. Her current employment was with Bluebonnet Electric in Giddings for almost 25 years.

She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She served on the Round Top Carmine Education Foundation Board. She was on the stewardship committee and the church council at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. She was a member of Round Top Hermann Sons Life Lodge #151. She was a member of SPJST Lodge #179 where she served as secretary/treasurer. She enjoyed photography, quilting, traveling, fishing, her annual cousin’s weekend and spending time with close friends.

She is survived by mother, Ora Lee Wickel Levien; sister and brother in law, Melba and Randy Zingelmann; nieces, Brandy Zingelmann and Bridgette Ingram and husband J.P.; as well as great-nephews, Benjamin Swisher, Jaxton Ingram; and great-nieces, Bailey Swisher, Jolee Ingram; and many cousins and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Melvin Wickel; her stepdad, Leroy Levien; and grandparents, uncles and aunts.

The family is thankful for all the prayers and the love and support throughout her illness.

Memorials are suggested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Round Top Carmine Education Foundation or Brazos Valley Hospice. In lieu of flowers Melissa asked that you plant something on your property to enjoy daily and remember her.

The mailing address for the church is:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

 

You can also give a memorial gift to MLLC through our web site.  Follow this link to our secure giving page.  Simply use the “General Operating” section, and note “Melissa Wickel” in the memo box to the right of box noting your gift amount.  Thank you for remembering Melissa with a memorial gift to her church.

Carmine Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

The Carmine Community is offering its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, March 31.

Carmine Area Organizations and Businesses are sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Carmine City Park for children ages 1 through 9.  The Easter Bunny arrives at 11:00 a.m. You are welcome to take photos of your child or family with the Easter Bunny with your own camera.

See this flier for more details.

Thank you to the volunteers and businesses who worked to put this together.  Eggs and treat bags were prepared at homes and at MLLC during the week so the children will have plenty of treats.  Also, many of the eggs include a Golden Dollar, the official US dollar coin.

 

This event is open to all children, both from Carmine and from other communities.  Come one and all for a fun at the Carmine City Park.

Reformation 500 Festival in Brenham

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Area Lutheran Churches are working together in various ways to help celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  This is when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church Door in Wittenberg, Germany.

This photo shows the door as it is today.  The original door was destroyed long ago in a war.

Wittenberg Door

Here I Stand…

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The ELCA churches of the Brazos Valley have united to host a celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

 

Workshops on the Reformation and Justice                    

Saturday, Oct. 28th, 9am-12pm       

Come learn more about how the Reformation connects with matters of justice in our world today, and how we as Christians are called to stand for God’s justice. (hosted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brenham)

See the details of each workshop listed later in this article.

 

Reformation Worship at the Brenham High School Auditorium                      

Sunday, Oct. 29th, 10:30am

Several ELCA churches in the Brenham area are gathering for one huge, Spirit-filled worship, at the Brenham High School Auditorium.

Lunch to follow at 12pm in the BHS Cafeteria, $10 tickets can be purchased at any participating ELCA church.

MLLC will have its regularly scheduled services this weekend (Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.)

 

 

Workshops on Justice and the Reformation

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Saturday, October 28th, 9am-12pm

Hosted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brenham

 

This will be a morning of workshops with guest presenters that tie themes from Matthew 25.31-46 with the famous words of Martin Luther: “Here I Stand.” The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the needs of our local communities and ways to live out God’s justice.

Here I Stand… with the Thirsty: Sam Brannon will speak on “The Future of Water in Texas.” Texas is slated to double its population in 50 years. In a state prone to lengthy droughts, planning for the supply, usage, and conservation of the public water supply is foundational to a healthy future.

Here I Stand… with the Stranger: Join Bishop Michael Rinehart of the ELCA Gulf Coast Synod as he discusses the work of the Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service (LIRS) and the response of the Christian church to the needs and challenges of immigrants in our world today.  Explore ways in which congregations and individuals can minister to immigrants in different settings and situations.

Here I Stand… with the Naked: Dr. Phebe Simmons, Ed.D, Program Director for Family Promise, Bryan/College Station. Family Promise is an area-wide, volunteer-based, non-profit organization that supports homeless families with children by providing shelter, meals and support services as they work toward self-sufficiency to provide a home for themselves. Dr. Phebe Simmons has been serving as the director of this program since June, 2010.

Here I Stand… with the Sick: “When was it that we saw you sick?” The Rev Carol E. Peterson is an ordained Episcopal Deacon and Faith Community Nurse with many years of experience bridging issues related to health and spirituality. She will first review the historical role of the universal church in ministering to the sick. Participants will then explore the ways faith communities of today provide a wide range of ministries related to health, healing and wholeness.  The group will then identify a variety of practical ways that each one of us can minister to the person in front of us who is dealing with health challenges.

Here I Stand… with the Prisoner: with Daniel Lund, a Synodically Authorized Worship Leader (SAWL) from The Church of the Damascus Road. Daniel Lund will share his experiences in prison ministry as both a lay volunteer in prison ministry, and now as the SAWL & Director of Church of the Damascus Road, a prison ministry in Weatherford, TX. He will also offer ways anyone can become involved in serving in jails and prisons for the Kingdom of God.

Here I Stand… with the Hungry: Mike Bell with Rise Against Hunger will be doing a presentation on issues surrounding hunger and then lead participants in packing send-home meals that will be distributed in local communities. This will be an interactive, service-based workshop.

 

Sponsored by: the Brenham Mission Society and ELCA churches of the Brazos Valley

 

Bernice Pratt Funeral Information

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Remembering Bernice Pratt

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Bernice Pratt.  For more than a year Bernice had been the oldest member of MLLC.  She celebrated her 94th birthday with her church family on Mothers Day Weekend – May 14, 2017.  The photo above was taken on that day.

Visitation at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham – Tuesday, June 13 – 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Funeral at MLLC on Wednesday, June 14 – 10:00 a.m., with a meal to follow.

More will be posted here as information becomes available.

Please remember to keep her family in your prayers.

 

Vacation Bible School is coming Soon 2017

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We are very excited about our upcoming Vacation Bible School here at MLLC.  We invite you to gather with us for the learning and fun and joy of this special time of year.

Here is a link to our main page about VBS 2017.  This includes information about registration and more.

VBS 2017 will be held Sunday through Thursday, June 11-14.  The evening learning time will be held 5:30-7:45 p.m., with a meal served for all participants.

 

Questions – contact the church office at 979-278-3388 or Pastor David Tinker by email:  pastordjt at industryinet dot com

Invite your friends, relatives and neighbors for this week of joy and learning about God’s goodness for us.

Here are some photos of previous VBS events at MLLC.

Thank You Kelli Meinholdt

Kelli Meinholdt Farewell Office

On Sunday, September 18, we will recognize the faithful service of Kelli Meinholdt.  At the end of July this year Kelli stepped down as the director of our Martin Luther Lutheran School.  She served in this role for 14 years, almost since the school was founded.

Special Thank  You Event

We invite you to show your thanks to Kelli with a special recognition on Sunday, September 18.

This will include several elements:

At worship (9:45 a.m.) we will have a commemoration for her ministry among us.

After worship (about 10:55/11:00 a.m.) we will have a reception in her honor.

 

You are invited to add to the day of thanks in one or more of these ways:

  • Attend the worship service and reception
  • Make a financial gift to the Martin Luther Lutheran School in honor of Kelli. Please include a note that you are doing this in her honor.  You can make checks payable to:  MLLS, making note of this gift being in honor of Kelli Meinholdt.
  • Provide a monetary gift for Kelli through the church office. Cash or checks, payable to MLLC.  It would be helpful to have these by noon on September 14 so we can write one check to Kelli.
  • Bring or send a card or letter to express your gratitude
  • Include a gift of your choice with your note

If you cannot attend on September 18, know that we can receive these personal notes and gifts at the church office to pass these along to Kelli.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Pastor David Tinker at the church office – 979-278-3388.

 

Newsletter Page Updated July 2016

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The Newsletter Page has been updated.

One of our many forms of communication we use at MLLC is our monthly newsletter.  These are sent through regular mail to many members and friends of MLLC.  It is also sent via email by our church office for those who request it.   You can request this service by sending an email to pastordjt at industryinet dot com or by contacting the church office at 979-278-3388.

Here is the link to the page about the newsletters.

Worship on Firemen’s Feast Sunday

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Celebrating God’s Love in our Community

The people of Carmine pull together in service to their neighbors throughout the year.  One of the main events of the year in Carmine is the annual Firemen’s Feast (Click link for more information).  This fundraising event helps cover the cost of providing a fire department for this community.

There are large numbers of people who give of their time, energy and resources to make this event happen each year.  In order to provide a time of worship on Sunday morning for these faithful servants MLLC brings church to them.

A brief worship service with Holy Communion will be offered this Sunday, July 17, at about 7:30 a.m. at the Carmine VFD fire house. (We will also gather at MLLC for our usual time of worship at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday.)  All people who will be serving at the Firemen’s Feast Sunday morning are especially invited to participate in this time of prayer, Word and Sacrament.  We are expecting 50+ participants this year.  Most of the people at this service are the cooks for the chicken, but the service is not limited to those at the firehouse.  If you are going to be working at the dinner at Carmine Hall, please feel free to attend this 7:30 a.m. service at the Fire Station before you head over to prepare the hall for serving. The photo above is from a previous year’s service.

Harvest Festival Update

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Harvest Festival and Homecoming 2016

The Annual MLLC Harvest Festival and Homecoming is coming soon.  This annual event is a joy for all ages.  Join us on Sunday, October 16, at the Carmine Hall.

Auction Update:

The Stewardship Committee is inviting you to donate items for the 2016 Auction on October 16.  They are asking for new items, along with gift certificates/cards, artistic items, and baked goods.  These may be brought to the church office.  For fresh baked goods you can let office know, and bring your item on the morning of the auction.

 

More information:

The main page for the 2016 Harvest Festival and Homecoming has been updated.  Click this link to see that page.

 

 

 

 

Vacation Bible School Registration Open

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You can register now for Vacation Bible School 2016

We are looking forward to this special event.  The MLLC Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be offered June 12-16, Sunday-Thursday evenings.  The program will run each night:  5:30 – 7:45 p.m.  Friends and neighbors are all invited.

Click this link for more about VBS 2016.

Click this link for a printable Registration Form.

Contact the church office to volunteer.  979-278-3388