Remembering Clarence Jaster

Clarence Jaster obit photo

Clarence H. Jaster

We give thanks for the life and ministry of God’s faithful servant, and MLLC member, Clarence Jaster.

The funeral will take place at MLLC at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 25, 2017.  A meal will follow in the MLLC Fellowship Hall.

 

Obituary

Clarence Helmuth Jaster of Round Top, Texas went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 19, 2017.

Clarence was born on January 2, 1932 to Erich and Annie (Oevermann) Jaster of Klump, Texas and is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jenell of Round Top, Texas.  Clarence married Jenell Braun on April 5, 1952 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. He is survived also by his three daughters, Cheryl Johanson and husband Mac of Three Rivers, Texas, Bonnie Sassman and husband Mark of Pflugerville, Texas, and Jane Greinert and husband Stephen of Austin, Texas, four grandchildren Joshua Johanson, Jamie Braune, Chris Greinert and Michael Greinert; two step-grandchildren Matthew Sassman and Maggie Sassman; and five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Johanson, Dale Johanson, Barrett Braune, Claire Braune and Hector Garcia Jr., brother Elwood and his wife Carol of Brenham; sisters-in-law Pauline Jaster and Ruth Jaster.  He was preceded in death by his parents Erich and Annie, brothers Erich and Melvin, sister Olivia and brother-in-law Erwin Gaskamp.

He was baptized on February 28, 1932 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Greenvine, Texas.  He was confirmed on November 25, 1945, also at Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Clarence attended Washington County schools and, at the age of sixteen, was employed by Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham.  He advanced from an entry level position to the Assistant Division Manager in Austin.  Retiring in 1994 with over 40 years of service, he was honored to be a part of the Blue Bell family.

Clarence, known to many as “Big C”, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family, friends and beloved dog “Lady”.  He continuously looked for outdoor projects on which to work.  Whether it was landscaping the yard with his mowers and tractor, mending fences or repairing and painting his workshop and barns, Clarence worked tirelessly.  He will always be remembered for the family favorite barbeque chicken that he cooked for decades on the pit he built himself.

Serving as pallbearers are Joshua Johanson, Colby Braune, Chris Greinert, Michael Greinert, David Jaster, and Justin Jaster.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice, the staff at Bel Air at Teravista, and the doctors and nurses at St. David’s Round Rock Hospital

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Carmine, Texas.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

 

 

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.

 

Remembering LeVerne Hinze

LaVerne Hinze photo obit

 

A longtime and faithful member of the congregation has died.  LeVerne Hinze entered her rest in the Lord on April 14, 2016.  We give thanks for her life and ministry as one of God’s beloved children.

 

Here is the obituary which her family prepared:

LeVerne Lucille (Jaeger) Hinze

Born: December 14, 1926
Died: April 14, 2016

LeVerne Lucille (Jaeger) Hinze, 89, of Burton, died April 14, 2016, at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation with the family will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Foehner Funeral Home in Burton. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 18, 2016 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, with Rev. David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow in Carmine Cemetery.

LeVerne Hinze was born Dec. 14, 1926 in Carmine to Gustav and Ella Dickmann Jaeger. She was baptized June 12, 1927 by Pastor H. Brunotte, and confirmed by Pastor Brunotte on April 6, 1941 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, where she was also married to Roger Hinze on June 4, 1950.

Mrs. Hinze attended the Carmine school and was a 1944 graduate of La Grange High School. As an active life-long member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, she was a member of the Ladies Aid for 65 years, was on the Stewardship Committee, and taught Sunday School. She also served as officer for the La Bahia Cemetery Association, Burton I.S.D. Mothers’ Club, and was a charter member of the Burton Band Boosters. Other memberships included the Burton Heritage Society, Carmine Senior Citizens, Washington Co. Farm Bureau, and La Bahia Turn Verein.

LeVerne was employed at Siebel’s Cotton Gin in Carmine, Brenham Broom and Mop, and later as a bookkeeper for A. H. Ullrich Chevrolet in Carmine, and Max Zuehlke Chevrolet in Burton. She retired as postmaster from Burton, where she served many customers in the community. She provided help for her family and friends.

Dancing, gardening, baking bread and attending celebrations were favorite pastimes. She treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom brought her great joy.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Joyce Hinze of Giddings; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Wade Eilers of Carmine; grandchildren: Clint and Stacy Eilers, Christy and Matt Kelley, Nicholas and Karla Hinze, John and Carrie Hinze, and Mary Hinze; great-grandchildren: Kate, Jill and Tess Eilers, Seth Kelley and expected baby boy Kelley, and Reagan and Cooper Hinze. Other surviving relatives are cousin Sarita Mutscher, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

LeVerne was preceded in death by her parents; husband on April 29, 2001; twin sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and J. R. Loewe, and Berdie and Max Siegmund; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Elfon and L Dee Hinze; cousin, Barbara Ann Wagner.

Serving as pallbearers are Clint Eilers, Nicholas Hinze, John Hinze, Matt Kelley, Jimmy Loewe, John Siegmund, Charles Siegmund, Glenwood Hinze, and Darrell Kieke. Honorary pallbearers are Cooper Hinze and Seth Kelley.

Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 362, Carmine, Texas 78932, or to Hospice Brazos Valley.

Funeral arrangements for LeVerne Lucille Jaeger Hinze are entrusted to Foehner Funeral Home in Burton. For more information visit http://www.memorialoakschapel.com.

 

The Presentation of our Lord: Candlemas – February 2, 2014

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An Icon of the Presentation of our Lord

By Pastor David Tinker

This coming Sunday will be very special and a little bit different this year.  We will be celebrating what is called the feast of the Presentation of our Lord.  On February 2 each year the church celebrated the presentation of Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem. Ancient Jewish law required that, following the birth of a firstborn male child, the mother must come to the temple after 40 days for purification and for presentation of the child to the Lord.  February 2 is the 40th day of Christmas.  Christmas Day being day 1; February 2nd being day 40.

The presentation of Mary’s child, however, was different from most. This was the Christ Child, Jesus, the Savior, the Messiah who had been promised. And he was recognized as such by the old prophet Simeon, who knew that this child was “a light for revelation to all nations.” Thus the image of light carries an important part in this day’s liturgy and links itself with the Christmas season and its lights of the Advent wreath, the decorative tree lights, and the many candles of the Nativity celebration.

To mark this particular feast, the ancient tradition calls for 1) the blessing of candles and burning oils to be used during the year and 2) a procession “to meet the Lord,” just as Simeon and Anna went to the Temple and found the Christ there. The liturgy is called “Candlemas” (the Candle Mass).

At the beginning of our liturgy, our children will gather in the chancel for a special children’s sermon to hear about the significance of this day. After the blessing of the candles, they will represent the congregation in procession around the church as we all come into God’s temple “to meet the Lord,” who is the Light of the world.

Check out the readings for this day, especially the Gospel reading from Luke which tells of Jesus’ visit to the Temple.

Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

Here is another special note about this day.  In the reading from Luke we have the Canticle of Simeon, often called the “Nunc Dimittis”.  This is Latin phrase which begins this Canticle of Simeon.  Many churches use this Canticle of Simeon during funerals.  Since my arrival as pastor at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine we have been using this statement as well.  Here is what we use in the funerals:

“Lord, now you let your servant go in peace:

your Word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.   (Luke 2:29-32)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.”

This Canticle of Simeon is used because of the context of its original use in Luke chapter 2.  Simeon was promised by God that he would not die until he had met the Lord’s Messiah.  He was likely a bit older, possibly around the age of Anna (noted in Luke 2:36-38). She was 84 years old.  Upon meeting the Messiah, Jesus, Simeon could rest in peace.  When a Christian, who is a person who has met the Messiah, has died, we remember his or her relationship with God and the fulfillment of God’s promises when we share this Canticle of Simeon.

Original Text by Pr. Thomas L. Weitzel, adapted and added to for use at MLLC and mllccarmine.com by Pr. David J. Tinker