Vacation Bible School is very soon

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We are just days away for Vacation Bible School 2018.  This fun and learning program begins this Sunday, June 10.  Classes and activities are offered each night, Sunday – Thursday, June 10-14, 5:30-7:45 p.m.

Click this link for our full VBS 2018 information page.

The children, as well as the youth and adult volunteers, always have a great time at VBS at MLLC.  We invite you to participate in this wonderful week together.

We are also in need of volunteers to help with providing meals each night.  Some of these spots are still open.  Contact the church office – 979-278-3388 – to volunteer for meals or for any other volunteer opportunity.

Come to Vacation Bible School 2018

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We invite you to Vacation Bible School 2018 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  Our Theme is:  Shipwrecked:  Rescued by Jesus.

Sunday, June 10 – Thursday, June 14; 5:30-7:45 p.m. even evening.

The closing program is on Sunday, June 17, at our 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Click this link to visit our registration and information page.

Classes for children age 3 through finishing grade 6.

Remember to invite your friends, family and neighbors.

Lutherhill Sunday – August 13

 

 

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We are very excited about Lutherhill Sunday 2017.  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 Sunday:

9:00 a.m.   Sunday School hour – Lutherhill staff will lead singing and learning with the children.  They will also work with the children to prepare and present a skit at worship later that morning. Bring your student to the fellowship hall so he or she can participate in this special time together.

10:00 a.m.    Worship with Lutherhill staff leading music with Camp Style songs.  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.

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.

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Theme Verse for Lutherhill 2017

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”  Romans 5: 1-2

What does this mean?

Guided by Romans 5, Martin Luther reimagined what living as followers of Christ meant. Luther sought to reform the practices of the church so that the Christians might rejoice more fully in the grace-filled love of God.

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will explore how we are called to continually Reform, Reimagine, and Rejoice!

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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.

First Holy Communion Class 2017

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First Holy Communion Class begins this month

By Pastor David Tinker

pastordjt@industryinet.com     979-278-3388

 

The First Holy Communion Class will be held over three Sundays in late March and early April.  Each class will be held in the Mission & Ministry Building (New Building behind Parsonage).  See the photo above which shows the 2016 class group with the bread they baked for their First Communion.

Class Dates:  March 26, April 2 and 9 – after worship – starting about 11:00 a.m.

 

First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to students in 5th grade.  There are numerous cases in which there are exceptions to this.  If you and your student, who is not yet in 5th grade, wish to participate in this class please speak with me to make arrangements.  The 5th grade tradition does not prevent younger students from attending the class and receiving Holy Communion.

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 13 – for his or her personal study and for use in Sunday School, Confirmation and Worship.  Parents/Grandparents are welcome and encouraged to be present at this class time.  We will meet at a table in the Mission and Ministry Building, but will also move to other places in the church facilities for parts of the lessons.

The class will include instruction, discussion, videos, mini-field trips in the building, etc.

We are working to avoid Spring Break weekends for this class, therefore all sessions are after Spring Break.  Please consult with me if you have special needs about family schedules, vacations, parental custody issues, etc.  which could conflict with the posted schedule. I want this opportunity to work for your student.

Notes that one of the Sunday classes will include bread baking by the students.  This bread will be used at their First Communion service.

We will Celebrate our First Holy Communion on:

Thursday, April 13        7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day

Presentation of Bible to students during worship – the Church gives to Parent/Grandparent, and then the parent/grandparent presents Bible to student. We will go over this before 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, and 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”.

 

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 needs please feel free to contact me.  Please see the article below about discerning your child’s interest and readiness to receive the sacrament.

 

 

 

How do I know my child is ready to attend First Communion Class?

He or 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.

 

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.

 

Other questions to consider:

*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?

 

 

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. Use the others 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.

Children’s Christmas Program 2016

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The children and youth of MLLC presented a wonderful Christmas Program on Sunday, December 11.  This took place as part of our regular worship service – Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

The play this year was entitled “Simply Christmas”.  This combined God’s Word with songs, stories, humor and action in telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thank you to the families, children, teens, musicians and adult leaders who put in a great amount of time to prepare and present this excellent program.

After worship the congregation gathered in the Fellowship Hall for a soup lunch and a Happy Birthday Jesus cake for dessert.

New Member Page Updated

 

 

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We celebrated New Member Sunday at MLLC on November 6.  This was also All Saints Sunday.  We welcomed 6 new members to the congregation on that day.  Three of those are pictured above.

We also updated the New Member Page with information about the newest members of the congregation.  Click this link to see more about those who have recently joined MLLC.

 

Thank You Kelli Meinholdt

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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.

 

Labor Day Weekend at MLLC

 

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by Pastor David Tinker

New Sunday Schedule

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship at 9:45 a.m.

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

Sunday, September 4 (Labor Day Weekend) will be the first day of our new schedule for Shared Ministry with Waldeck Lutheran Church.  Including September 4, worship at Waldeck will be at 8:00 a.m. each week, and worship at MLLC will be at 9:45 each week.  We will continue our 2nd and 4th Saturday services each month at 6:00 p.m. at MLLC.

 

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 the opportunity for work.  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.

 

Luther and Christian Vocation

A few 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, Redeemer Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Huntington Beach, CA, 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 school teacher, 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.”

 

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, pre-retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students 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 sloppy-Joe sandwiches and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.  Think of this as a Labor Day picnic event.

 

We look forward to seeing you September 4 and on other Sundays in the weeks to come.

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