Souper Bowl of Caring for the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry
Wow! Thank you all very much. Thanks be to God, the provider of all.
The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of Martin Luther Lutheran Church (MLLC) had a great year ever for the Souper Bowl of Caring. After a final accounting of all gifts given our grand total is $822.50. That means we will be giving $822.50 to A.M.E.N. (Area Ministries for Emergency Needs) Food Pantry in La Grange, the county seat of our own Fayette County, Texas.
With these donations we can help this hunger relief agency purchase food items to alleviate hunger in our community.
MLLC is in Carmine, Texas, which is at the Northeast corner of Fayette County. Our ongoing support of A.M.E.N. is in line with the mission of the national Souper Bowl of Caring. The mission statement is: “Using the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.”
This is a growing ministry of MLLC. In 2022 we gave $775.00 through the Souper Bowl of Caring to our local A.M.E.N. Food Pantry.
Thank you to all who made gifts of any amount to this special project.
Thank you to the numerous youth who gave of their time to receive the donations.
The National Souper Bowl of Caring web site is: https://tacklehunger.org/
God’s Care for the Hard Times at Holidays
While taking part in our preparations for all the joyous special services and events of the Christmas season, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who struggle with grief, difficult feelings, and sad memories at this time of years. The feelings these persons are experiencing is hard to bear at any time. At Christmas, it is likely to be even more difficult. These are normal feelings. Our friends at Shared Lutheran Ministry of Fayette County are offering a Longest Night Service. This is an opportunity to connect with God and one another as we experience struggles and grief in this time.
Longest Night Service
Wednesday, December 21 at 6 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
5743 State Hwy 159 in Rutersville
This service is for all community members who struggle with the merriment of this season. We hope this worship service will create a safe and sacred space for people who need to feel the presence of our God who is with us even in the darkest times and to remember the hope brought into the world through Jesus Christ. For more information, please call Shared Ministry at 979-249-3155 or Phyllis Fritsch at 979-966-7154.
Give Blood at MLLC on May 22
As part of our love for our neighbors, we are again hosting a blood drive at MLLC. See the flier for information about signing up for a donation time.
The Blood Drive will take place in the Fellowship Hall. This is the older, white building on the north side of our church campus. There is an entrance on the west/street side of the building, just next to the playground.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Martin Luther Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932
To set up an appointment, contact Kelly Hardin at 832-212-2799 or email@example.com
Beirut Explosion: How We Can Help
On the evening of August 4, 2020, a ship full of approximately 2,700 tons of agricultural fertilizer exploded at the port of Beirut, Lebanon. This explosion killed over 200 people and injured over 4,000 people. Thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed. Various other ships at the port were damaged or destroyed, and their cargoes ruined.
One of the ships destroyed was one carrying items brought to Lebanon by Lutheran World Relief. Approximately $624,000 worth of relief supplies were destroyed. Items in the destroyed shipment included 22,000 quilts, along with numerous school kits and health kits. These quilts and kits are the sort which are made by our quilting group and the Women of the ELCA at MLLC. The loss of these supplies will make the relief efforts more challenging for our ministry partners at Lutheran World Relief.
Here is an article about this disaster as it relates to Lutheran World Relief supplies. Click Link.
Thankfully there are ways to help those who have lost so much due to this industrial disaster. The quickest way to help is through financial giving. You can give online at: Click this link.
You can mail a check to:
Lutheran World Relief
PO Box 17061
Baltimore, MD 21297-1061
You can call to give at: 800.597.5972
Another way to help is to work on the projects to make quilts, health kits and school kits for Lutheran World Relief. Contact the church office about work days, project requirements, and other ways you can participate in these works of love for our neighbors around the world.
Blood Donations Needed
You are invited to participate in the blood drive for the Round Top – Carmine area on Sunday, August 23, at the MLLC Fellowship Hall (the older white building on the north side of the MLLC campus). 211 Luther Lane, Carmine, TX 78932. The blood center will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required, as this helps the team be ready for the donors in a timely manner. It also helps with keeping everybody safe during the COVID19 health crisis. When donors make an appointment nobody will need to wait for a long time until his or her turn. This reduces unnecessary congregating of people in the waiting areas.
We encourage you to use this link to register directly with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Click this link.
During this challenging time donations are down. Let’s work together to help solve this concern.
For other questions, contact the Primary Blood Drive Coordinator:
Phone: (979) 249-5116
May is Food Pantry Month
MLLC has a strong commitment to serving our neighbors in need through food assistance ministry. Our primary focus is continued support of the A.M.E.N. (Area Ministries for Emergency Needs) Food Pantry. Every other month we work together to give non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help feed our hungry neighbors. With many out of work or who are struggling with reduced income, this is an even more important ministry than before.
There are two main ways you can give to A.M.E.N. through MLLC.
- You can make a monetary donation. This can be done by two main avenues. One is to mail or drop by a monetary gift designated to AMEN. You can make the check out to MLLC, and we will send all of it to AMEN. You can use your regular offering envelope to do so. Another option is to use our secure giving site. Click this link to go there. About halfway down the page you will see noted, “Food Pantry – AMEN.” That is where you will note the amount of your gift.
- You can also bring your non-perishable food items to the church office. A large donation box has been placed just inside the main entrance to the sanctuary and office area. See the sign by the box with the big A.M.E.N. on it.
Together we are fighting hunger and loving our neighbors. Prayerfully consider giving to our county food relief ministry this month and in the future.
Important Notice about COVID 19
The Church Council of MLLC has made the decision to suspend worship services and other church activities from now (March 18, 2020) through at least April 3, 2020. This is due to the significant, worldwide health crisis of the COVID 19 Pandemic. The council did not take this decision lightly, as this is a new and dramatic step for the congregation. They consulted with area congregations, our Gulf Coast Synod, as well as government health officials. We will send out updates as these become available.
Please read the notice here: Click Link
The Daily Bible Readings through April 3 are here: Click Link
The church staff and leadership are still here for you in these trying times. We will have devotional items and other items available through this web site.
Loving Our Seafaring Neighbors
Every year at this time we gather items to pack and give to seafarers at the Port of Houston. We have done this for several years in a row, and we have great joy in doing it. Last year we packed 84 boxes. This year our goal is 100 boxes.
The packing and wrapping of these boxes will be on Monday, November 25, at 6:00 p.m. All are invited to help with this joyful time of service. This even is sponsored by the Men in Mission of MLLC.
For this year, please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the time leading up to the packing day, and drop these off at any time. These need to be brought to the church no later than 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019. If you can’t get the items to the church by that time, please donate them for the 2020 project.
There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office. Here is the list:
We do not need boxes, for we have received sufficient plastic shoe boxes donated for this project
Flashlight and batteries
Kleenex – small packs
Gold Bond cream
Gold Bond powder
Hot Chocolate (individual serving size)
Needles and thread
Gum and hard candy
Microwave popcorn (individual packages)
USB flash drives
Word search books
Thank You to all who Donated
We had a successful collection of donations for the 2019 Souper Bowl of Caring and Food Drive in February. The LYO made the goal of $700.00 to give to the A.M.E.N. Food Pantry in La Grange (our county seat). With the final donations in the past week we were able to meet that goal. Here is a link to the office Souper Bowl of Caring web site.
Added to that were the in kind donations of food and other needed items for the food pantry. Approximately 60 items were also collected at MLLC in February and then brought to the food Pantry. We are very thankful for the wonderful partnership we have in the congregation as we seek to love our neighbors.
Here is the report on the Souper Bowl of Caring official web site: click link.
Again, thank you for your partnership and support of this annual event at MLLC.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Collection Date: February 10
The Souper Bowl of Caring is an Annual Fund Raiser for the local food pantries. All proceeds will directly and exclusively support our local Fayette County food pantry: the A.M.E.N. Pantry. The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of Martin Luther Lutheran Church has led this effort for many years.
How to Participate
*Look for the LYO members holding the large soup pots after worship on the 2nd weekend of February.
*Bring in monetary gifts for A.M.E.N.. Place these in the “Soup Pots” at the sanctuary entrances. For gifts placed in the Soup Pots, Cash or check accepted. Make checks payable to: MLLC LYO; memo line: Souper Bowl. No amount is too small or too large.
*You may give using a designation on your regular offering envelope – note: Souper Bowl.
*You can give through the mllccarmine.com web site. Here is the link to our giving page. This will provide a link to our official, secure, online giving page. At the bottom of the list of funds you will find “Souper Bowl of Caring”. That is the fund line you will use to choose your amount of giving.
*All gifts will be processed by the LYO and forwarded to the two recipient groups.
*If you will not be able to attend worship on the designated dates, or you simply forget to bring something to give on those dates, feel free to mail your Souper Bowl of Caring gifts to the church office by February 25.
The LYO has Big Plans to help our neighbors in need:
*Our goal is to collect at least $500 for our local food pantry.
*We have been generous here at Martin Luther over the years. Let’s work together to make 2019 our best year ever as we serve our neighbors in need.
*This is a nationwide effort. In recent years about $8-10 million was generated by 8,000-10,000 groups across the USA each year.
*The official web site is: www.souperbowl.org