First Holy Communion 2020



Update – March 26

This class has been postponed until a new date can be determined.  This is due to the suspension of activities due to the COVID19 pandemic situation.  Contact the church office or see this page for future updates.





First Holy Communion Class begins this month

By Pastor David Tinker       979-278-3388


The First Holy Communion class will be offered March 22 and 29, and April 5on Sunday mornings, starting at about 11:15 a.m. in the Mission & Ministry Building.


First Holy Communion at MLLC is most often offered to elementary age students, in 5th grade and younger.  Our goal is to make sure youth who are part of MLLC have begun communing by the end of 5th grade.  The 5th grade tradition does not prevent younger students from attending the class and receiving Holy Communion.  Each year for the past several years we have had youth in younger grades participating in the class.  It is likely that most of the youth participating in the class will be younger.


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

First Communion Group 2017

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

Due to the late date of Resurrection Sunday/Easter Sunday this year (April 12), there should be little or no problem with Spring Break from school for the students.


Also, one of the classes will include bread baking by the students.  This bread will be used at their First Communion service.

First Holy Communion Prep 1

Here is the schedule:

Sundays, March 22 and 29, April 5

11:15 a.m. – about 12:30 p.m.

If one or more of these dates is/are not workable for your family, I am very glad to work out make up lessons for your student.  That way he or she will not miss out of the learning and special service this year.


If you are unsure if your child is ready to participate in this class, please read through this article which was published on our church web site a few years ago.

Thursday, April 9        7:30 p.m.             Maundy Thursday Service, First Holy Communion Day

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


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 special needs, please feel free to contact me. See email and phone number above.

Worship on Harvest Festival Weekend


Harvest Festival and Homecoming Weekend Worship

The Harvest Festival and Homecoming is this weekend, October 20.  We actually have 4 worship opportunities for you.  We encourage you to plan to gather with God’s people for worship.  You are especially invited to attend one of the alternative time services in the event that your volunteering for the Harvest Festival and Homecoming would conflict with your participation in the 9:30 a.m. service.  Planning ahead is a good thing.


Here are times and locations of the four services:

Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at MLLC

Sunday at ~7:00/7:15 a.m. at the Carmine Hall – lower level by kitchen

Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church – our partner church,

The Waldeck Church is located at 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter at the intersection of FM 2145 and FM 1291

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Carmine Hall – upper level – featuring Polka style worship songs

All of these services listed above will offer Holy Communion.


Note that there will be no 10:00 a.m. service at the church this Sunday (October 20).  We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of October 26-27.



Here is the schedule for other part of the 2019 Harvest Festival and Homecoming:

All of these events are at the Carmine Hall

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Chicken Dinner – tickets are $10/each – some are still available – call office at 979-278-3388 or at the door on Sunday


11 a.m. and following – children’s activities

Around 12 noon – Live and Silent Auctions


We look forward to seeing you at worship and at the festival this weekend.


God’s Work, Our Hands Day 2015

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Join Hands–God’s Work Our Hands report (from Dianne Sager):
In April, Ted and I attended the Synodical Convention in Houston. At the convention, we became interested in the Join Hands–God’s Work, Our Hands program. I became convinced that we could make that happen at MLLC. Nancy Eilers and myself each applied for monies from Thrivent Financial– Action Teams and were approved. Nancy applied for funds for School Kits and I applied for funds for Personal Care Kits. Each team received $250.00. In September, we choose a date to take items out of original packaging and pack for the upcoming shipment to LWR, that will happen the Monday after Easter. We packed 120 School Kits and 50 Personal Care Kits. We still lack about 150 pens for the School Kits.

Here are our volunteers for this event: Dianne Sager, Nancy Eilers, Thelma Hinze, Carol Carmean, Donna Mueller, Karen Dooley, Beverly Cucuzza, Diana Wunderlich, Ann O’Hara, and Dianna Gerland.

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New Bible Study Class



A vivid journey through God’s Word.

We are beginning a new short Bible Study class at MLLC.  The Bible’s Big Story – Our Story, with materials from Crossways International (click the link to find out more).  Above is a photo of the two sides of the Telltale Time-line which will be the heart of this class.  You are also encouraged to bring your Bible.  If you do not have a Bible, we have Bibles you can use.

The photo of the timeline is used with permission of Crossways International, and is copyright H. N. Wendt.

You do not need to know much about the Bible to attend.  Simply come to listen if that is all you wish to do.  Or, come to discuss and interact as much as you feel comfortable.

Wednesdays – January 7, 14, 21, February 4 and 11 – come to as many as you are able, even if you miss the first one, or another one.  We will review what has been done in previous weeks.

The class will meet each week:  7-8 p.m.

In the Parlor – the room between the sanctuary and the church offices.

The class will be taught by Pastor David Tinker.  He has more than a decade of experience teaching this class and using this time-line.  You can contact him for more information:  office phone:  979-278-3388, email:

There have already been requests to offer this class at another time of day or another day of the week.  We will offer this class again as the year goes along.  Keep watch of this web site and other MLLC announcements for future dates.


Here are reviews of these materials and classes by people from other congregations who have used this series either as teachers or students:

“People are amazed at how much they learn about the Bible in (a few) hours! The Bible’s Big Story, Our Story provides this opportunity. Rev. Paul Jagoe, St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Orlando, FL

“After eight years of trying to get adult education beyond the small Sunday morning class, The Bible’s Big Story provided the breakthrough! We now have over one-third of our worshipping congregation involved in two Crossways classes and one The Divine Drama®. What a thrill to see this kind of interest! This material provides a way to build interest in the Word which changes lives and congregations.”
Rev. Thomas McCurdy, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Castle, PA

“Participants were excited and thrilled with the wealth of information in The Bible’s Big Story: Our Story and the Biblical Tell Tale Time Line. [The CI visuals] are very easy to follow, but most profound in content.”
Ms. Rose Stegman, Faith Formation Office, St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church & School, Glenshaw, PA

“I have taught this terrific material since 1979! It is like a breath of fresh air; it gives interpretation and perspective of the total Bible. TBBS is one of the best things I’ve used. I have taught it to busy people in today’s busy world who appreciate the overview of the biblical narrative in a concise and Bible-focused manner.”
Rev. Walter Steinbach, Bethany Lutheran Church, Kaukauna, WI

“Crossways International has made a tremendous impact in my outreach in the community. Due to my position, I have many people who stop and inquire about the Bible. Here is where the CI material has been most helpful. The Biblical Tell-Tale Time-Line has become a standard instrument to present the Gospel Message. With it’s detailed graphics and easy-to-identify and remember icons, I lead people through the entire time line and offer them a panoramic view of God’s divine plan that was fulfilled in Jesus, the Christ.”
Raymond Rossell, Bible Teacher – Baptist, Flushing, MI

“It is an exciting way to teach and share the Bible’s big picture. I use this study to whet the appetites of high school students and adults in a study of God’s Word – with hopes of them signing up for the next class that digs even deeper into Scripture.”

Pastor Jan Campbell, Peace Lutheran Church, Rockdale, TX