Decorate the Christmas Tree – November 27

Join the Fun and Joy

We will gather after worship on Sunday, November 27, to decorate the MLLC Sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas Seasons.  This will take place about 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.  We need plenty of volunteer workers of all ages to help with this fun and joyful event.

As always, we gather for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday.  This is the beginning of Advent, and it is a special and meaningful time to gather with fellow Christians. Come for worship.  Then stay to decorate.

We also offer worship every Saturday at 6 p.m.

One of the joys of our decorating is the use of Chrismons.  As part of our decorating we will hang the Chrismons for the tree.  These were made following patterns suggested and offered by the originators of Chrismons (click this link for more information from the official web site of Chrismons).

Here are some of the Chrismons which were carefully wrapped for storage since last year.

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Here are some photos of our crew setting up the tree and preparing the lights in previous years.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up lights on tree

Christmas Tree 2014 set up tree top

Our Olive Wood Nativity Set will be ready for set up as well.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood box

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood inside

Our pulpit will be moved to a back corner to make room for the tree and Nativity scene.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up pulpit

Welcome New Members March 2019


New Member Saturday was held at MLLC on March 9, 2019.

We welcomed three new members to the congregation. Seated left to right: Jesse McDaniel, Wendy McDaniel, and Sheryl Pratt. After worship a reception was held to celebrate God’s love and our life together. Welcome Jesse & Wendy, and Sheryl. Jesse and Wendy transferred to MLLC from a Lutheran Church in Friendswood, TX. Sheryl transferred from Martin Luther Lutheran in Giddings, TX. Thanks to the Care/Outreach Committee for hosting the reception.

We look forward to our years ahead in mission and ministry as God’s people together in Carmine.

2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming

Harvest Festival Food

You are Invited

The 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming is just around the corner.  We are working together to make sure we have another great year of worship, food, fun and fellowship.

Click this link for the main page about the 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming.

Sunday, October 21, at the Carmine Hall

Worship at 9:30 a.m.

The Famous Carmine Fried Chicken meal will be served 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10/meal and are available now at the church office during the week, and at the church before and after worship each weekend.  Call the church office – 979-278-3388 – to reserve your tickets.

The Live and Silent Auctions begin around 11:30 a.m.  Donations for the auction are invited.  Bring items to the church office.

Fundraiser Meal for Our School – February 7

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We have a fantastic Nursery School and Daycare ministry at MLLC.  We continually give thanks to God for his provision of this ministry in our community.  This year we are renewing our Fundraiser and Celebration meal.  We invite you to get your tickets now.  Details below.

The Martin Luther Lutheran School (MLLS) Fundraiser Dinner is on Sunday, February 7, at Carmine Hall, with pick up from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The deadline for ticket purchase is Sunday, January 31.  Tickets for the to-go-only meal are $10.00 and available in the church office, on Sunday at worship, and from MLLS students. The meal will consist of 6-oz. chicken-fried steak, German potatoes, green beans, and cream gravy.

A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex to provide cookies/cupcakes/other desserts (either packaged separately in zip-lock bags or on plates to be easily picked up), and the MLLS students will make Valentine’s cards to place with each meal.

Donations to MLLS will be accepted for the desserts as you pick up your items.

Photo Directory: More Appointment Times Available

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More Appointment Times Have Been Made Available

New Photography Dates:  September 15-19, Tuesday through Saturday

Click here for more information

We have had such a great response to the photo directory that we have been able to add more appointment times for your photography session. For those who have not yet set a time, please set your appointment soon.  For those who have your appointment set, thank you very much for participating.  For all, thank you very much for your enthusiastic interest in this program.  Together we will have an excellent directory for the congregation.

We have added appointment openings on Tuesday.  There are also a few later appointments on Wednesday and Thursday evenings which have been added.

Here are the ways you can make an appointment:

Three Ways to Make an Photography Appointment:
1 – by visiting the sign up table in the Narthex/Lobby before and after worship on Saturdays or Sundays
2 – by calling or stopping by the church office during office hours – M-F, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3 – by visiting the church web site and then clicking on the link to the sign up web site for our photography days.  Here is that same link graphic or use the same one above:

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Visit of Glen and Cathy Bengson

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We welcomed a face from the past of MLLC.  Rev. Glen and Cathy Bengson joined us for worship and fellowship on Sunday, May 10.  They were part of our life together nearly 40 years ago.  Glen and Cathy were in residence in Carmine when Glen was serving as our Vicar (Seminary Intern) during the 1975-1976 school year.  A Vicar is a student pastor who has the opportunity to serve in a local congregation for hands on learning.  This time as a vicar is an important time for the pastor in training.  It give the student the time to learn about the real life, day to day work in a congregation.  The student has a supervising pastor.  In most cases it is the called pastor of the congregation hosting the vicar.  In Glen’s case it was our own Pastor Hilmer Krause.

Glen has recently retired from called pastoral ministry.  Now he is serving congregations in times of pastoral transitions as an interim minister.

There is a secondary connection back to MLLC as well.  Cathy Bengson has served on the board of the Lutheran Deaconess Association (LDA).  This is the organization which trains and consecrates Lutheran Deaconesses at Valparaiso University.  Our own Deaconess Jennifer Tinker was trained and consecrated which Cathy was on the board of the LDA.

Glen and Cathy joined us for fellowship for our Mothers Day Reception.  It was a great joy to have them with us this past Sunday.

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