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

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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

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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 http://mllccarmine.com 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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Worship and Picnic on Labor Day Weekend

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Special Worship and Sunday School Times for Sunday, August 31, on Labor Day Weekend

Also, remember our Fellowship Pot-Luck after worship this Sunday.

See reflections on Labor Day after these notes about the time changes.


These are times for Sunday, August 31, 2014 only. We will resume our regular schedule on September 7.

*Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
All regular classes will be in session for the new Sunday School Year

*Worship at 10:15 a.m.
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall. Worship will be “in the round”. This is a change from the original plan which was noted in the newsletter. After looking at the forecast for the weekend (very hot and/or very wet) the Worship Committee chose to move worship into the Fellowship Hall.

*Fellowship Meal – Pot Luck at ~11:30 a.m.
We will reconfigure some of the Fellowship Hall space for our meal together.

*The Plan for Food: The church committees are providing BBQ meat and buns, along with basic drinks. You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share with others.

*What to Wear: You are invited to wear to worship the typical garb or uniform of your daily work. This could be your current work, your work before retirement, or the vocation you have chosen for the future following school.


Reflections on Labor Day and our Faith in Christ

Thoughts about Labor Day and the blessings of Work and Vocation

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. Labor Day 2014 is on September 1. We will observe this special day at worship on Sunday, August 31.

I share with you 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 road kill 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.”


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. You are invited to wear the clothes or uniform of your current or per-retirement vocation or the vocation/job you would like to do in the future. I know not everybody is able to do this. 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, August 31, we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do. At the end of worship we will have a brief “Affirmation of Christian Vocation” liturgy.

We look forward to seeing you August 31 and on other Sundays in the weeks to come.