Labor Day 2019

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by Pastor David Tinker

Sunday Schedule for September 1

Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Children’s Activities and Meal at 11:10 a.m.

Worship on September 1 will be in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.  This is the older, white building on the north side of the church campus.  On future weeks we will resume gathering for worship in the sanctuary – the brick building on the south side of the church campus.

We will resume our normal schedule on the weekend of September 7 and 8:

Saturday Worship at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. beginning in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

 

A National Holiday

The beginning of September brings a Holy Day of sorts for all of us.  Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate at least two things: 1 – the opportunity for work; and 2 – the American Labor Movement.  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.

 

Luther and Christian Vocation

A few years ago I discovered 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 Roadkill 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.”

 

Dressing the Part

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.  To enhance our time together you are invited to wear the clothes or uniform of your current, pre-retirement, or planned for vocation (such as students seeking to enter a certain career).  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, September 1, we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do.

 

Food and Fellowship

As part of this we will have a pot-luck lunch following worship.  The committee in charge of this event will provide barbecue sandwiches and condiments, along with beverages.  You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.

After worship we will also offer a bounce house and other activities for children.  Bring your kids and grand-kids and neighbors.

 

 

Fundraiser for Robert Vaughn

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Helping our Neighbor in Need

In April of this year Robert Vaughn, husband of Shelby Markwardt Vaughn (MLLC Church Council Member), was in a single vehicle accident.  He sustained significant injuries, including brain injuries.  He still has months of recovery to go, yet we are thankful for the good progress he has been able to make.

With such a traumatic set of injuries the care needs are significant.  Out of love for Robert and his family the MLLC council has organized a fundraiser to offset some of the costs which Robert’s family has for his care.

Here is the main page at our web site for further updates:  click link.

Ways to help:

1 – Make a donation to the fundraiser.

Give by check or cash

Financial gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated.  Here are some ways to do this.

You can drop off your donation during office hours at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine

M-F, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – at the church office

At worship on Saturdays 6 p.m.

At worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Cash, or Check made out to MLLC, Memo line:  Vaughn

Offering

Give Online

Another option is to give through our secure giving site:  Click this link to visit our giving page.

This will give you a page with a link to our giving site.

Once on the secure giving site, there is a section where you can choose to give to the Robert Vaughn Fundraiser.  This site accepts credit cards, debit cards, and direct bank drafts.

 

2 – Volunteer to help on that day

Contact the church office at 979-278-3388 to let us know of your willingness to help.

 

3 – Buy a ticket for the fundraising dinner

Tickets are available at the church office, th Carmine State Bank, and the Round Top State Bank.

Here are the details:

Meal:  Fried chicken, Buttered noodles, Green beans

Sunday, August 18

Serving at the Carmine Hall:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to go only

You can also choose to buy a ticket for pick up in Brenham near the Bluebell Visitors Entrance for that same day.

Tickets are “Free Will Offering”, and pre-purchase is encouraged.

(It is estimated that $10 per ticket is a minimum, but please give more as you are able. )

All proceeds will go to help Robert’s family pay for his medical expenses.

Only a few tickets will be available on the day of the event.

Please give generously to help Robert and his family.

 

 

More information will be available in the church office, the church web site, in bulletins, and in the August newsletter.

 

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019 Report

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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 2019

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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

 

Carmine Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

The Carmine Community is offering its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, March 31.

Carmine Area Organizations and Businesses are sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Carmine City Park for children ages 1 through 9.  The Easter Bunny arrives at 11:00 a.m. You are welcome to take photos of your child or family with the Easter Bunny with your own camera.

See this flier for more details.

Thank you to the volunteers and businesses who worked to put this together.  Eggs and treat bags were prepared at homes and at MLLC during the week so the children will have plenty of treats.  Also, many of the eggs include a Golden Dollar, the official US dollar coin.

 

This event is open to all children, both from Carmine and from other communities.  Come one and all for a fun at the Carmine City Park.

Dedication of Quilts, Blankets and Kits

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Our Palm Sunday Tradition

Each year at this time we gather up the items we have prepared to send to Lutheran World Relief.  We dedicate these during worship on Palm Sunday.  Then, during Holy Week we pack up these items and then ship these off to Lutheran World Relief.  This partner organization then distributes these items around the world to people in need.

We will gather in the Mission & Ministry Building on Wednesday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. to pack these quilts and blankets.  Please come and help as you are able.  With extra help this important task will go quickly.  This Mission & Ministry building is located across the street from the main church building, and behind the Parsonage.  The building address is 250 Augsburg Ave, Carmine, TX 78932.

Throughout the year dedicated volunteers give of their time, energy and resources to prepare these items for those in need.  Out of love for God and neighbor, these adults and youth put in the time and effort to make all this possible.

With the loving service of so many we have set a record for quilts and blankets for our congregation to give to Lutheran World Relief.  There are 49 quilts and 13 fleece blankets this year.

We have prepared the quilts for Lutheran World Relief for many years now.  Our dedicated volunteers use donated cloth, and they purchase the batting for the inside of the quilts.  Here is an example of one of the quilts.

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We even have a quilting room set up in our Mission & Ministry Building.  This building was added to our church facilities in 2015.

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The Fleece Blankets are a newer addition to our work for Lutheran World Relief.  These are also prepared in the Mission & Ministry building.  Here is an example of one of these new blankets.

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Seafarers Boxes Report 2017

 

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Photo:  Boxes being unloaded at the Houston Seafarers Center.

 

Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers 2017

We had a fantastic year of preparing, packing and delivering the Christmas Boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  Thank you to the numerous people who donated items, sorted items, packed boxes, wrapped the shoe boxes, and brought the items to the Houston Seafarers Center.  Thank you to the Men in Mission of MLLC for sponsoring this program each year.

Here is a bit of history of our preparation and sending of boxes:

In 2014 there were 34 boxes assembled.

In 2015 there were 50 boxes assembled.

In 2016 there were 49 boxes assembled.

In 2017 there were 63 boxes assembled.  This is a record high since we revived our participation in this ministry.

 

The Port of Houston Chaplains are our ambassadors to these seafarers. They visit the ships and bring the boxes to the crews. On their web site the chaplains tell us: “Crew sizes vary between 8 and 30, with an average number of 22 seafarers to gift per ship. In 2015, we placed 12,278 gifts on board 538 ships which had seafarers from 65 different countries! These gifts had been donated to the seafarers by 246 churches and organizations! The Christmas boxes are personally carried to each ship by your staff of Port Chaplains.” Their web site is here – Click Link.

Here are some photos of the work of assembling the boxes in November 2017.

 

Here are some photos of the new Houston Seafarers Center and the delivery of the boxes on November 28.

 

 

Getting Ready for the Next Time

For this year (2018), please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the year and drop these off at any time. We will be assembling the boxes on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office.  Here is the list:
Empty shoe boxes or purchased plastic shoe boxes to pack the items.
Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps
2019 Calendars
Comb
Dental Floss
Antiperspirant/deodorant
Disposable razors
Flashlight and batteries
Kleenex – small packs
Lip balm
Lotion
Nail clippers
Gold Bond cream
Gold Bond powder
Hot Chocolate (individual serving size)
Needles and thread
Q-tips
Shaving cream
Soap
Shampoo
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Gum and hard candy
Key chains
Pocket-sized notebooks
Mechanical pencils
Pens
Playing cards
Microwave popcorn (individual packages)
Socks
Sudoku books
Texas souvenirs
T-shirts
USB flash drives
Word search books

 

Hurricane Relief Grants

Hurricane Harvey

 

Our Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA, has posted information about how to apply for grants for Hurricane and Flood Relief.  Here is what they have to say about this:

Dear Gulf Coast Synod Leaders,

In the weeks since Hurricane Harvey, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from God’s people around the world.  Many gifts were shared with us on your behalf.  In an effort to assess needs to distribute these gifts, we invite you to participate in our disaster grant process.  Although the funds cannot replace all that you have lost, we pray that the grants disbursed will be of help in a significant way.

This link will direct you to the page on our website that was prepared for this unique purpose: gulfcoastsynod.org/congregations/disaster/grant

You can also find this page by clicking the yellow “Disaster Grant” link, on the Disaster Prep & Recovery page of the synod website (gulfcoastsynod.org).

 

Our timeline for distribution is:

Application deadline: December 31, 2017.

Notification of grant status: January 31, 2018.

 

We will take into consideration critical needs and respond appropriately to the requests identified in that manner.

Please note that the phrase “disaster recovery needs” includes damage done to the location of your special community outreach ministries, such as food pantry, book pantry/collection, and so forth, as well as the ability to continue these ministries following the disaster that may or may not have flooded your congregation’s facilities. We can discuss any questions you have about what can be represented in your request.

 

Amount of Your Request Range

We ask that you request a dollar range (e.g. $2K to $5K), rather than a specific dollar amount. This allows us some flexibility as we determine how best to stretch the dollars in the fund.

 

Designated Contact Person

Please clearly identify the person who will be accountable to corresponding with the synod about this grant request. We ask that the contact person provide an update to the synod 3-6 months following distribution, as to how the money was actually used.  Before-&-after photos of your project, along with a couple of sentences on how the grant supported your recovery efforts, will be used in synod communications about funding, recruiting volunteers, and especially to those who want to support this recovery effort with their prayers.

 

About Additional Documents

Please attach any documents that will assist in decision-making regarding this request. This may be a document you already have distributed to your church council or congregation outlining the status of the damage and the related repair/rebuild costs. If the document is accessible by link to your Web site, please indicate that by providing the link in your response to us.

 

Sample Documents

Thanks to Salem Evangelical, Houston, and St James/Santiago Apostόl for allowing their own status statements to be used as samples. These documents are an example of the questions we will ask about your current status.

 

Thank you for your commitment to fulfilling God’s call to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod for holistic ministry in this region.

We look forward to hearing from you through this means and in continuing conversations about our service together in the Gulf Coast.

 

Blessings,

Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Recovery Team

Seafarers Boxes Packing – November 27

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We are looking forward to our packing day for the Christmas Boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  This time of collecting items, packing, and then delivering the boxes has become a very positive part of our love for our neighbors.

The Packing Day is Monday, November 27.

We will gather in the Parlor – the room between the church offices and the sanctuary – at 7:00 p.m. with the Men in Mission to pack and wrap the boxes.  Every year friends of the Men in Mission participate.  That means that anybody who wants to gather for the fun, service and fellowship on this night are welcome.

You are also invited to gather items for the boxes.  Here is a link to our page about these items:  click this link.

Together we are sharing God’s goodness and love with others.  We look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m.

2017 Christmas Boxes for Seafarers

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Photo:  The packing crew for the 2016 Christmas Boxes for Seafarers.

 

Christmas Boxes for Port of Houston Seafarers 2017

We are looking forward to another generous and joyful year of preparing and sending the Christmas Boxes for the Seafarers at the Port of Houston.  A few years ago we revived this ministry and it has gone quite well.  The Men in Mission organization of MLLC organizes this each year.  They are thankful for the congregational partnership in this caring ministry.

Here is a link to our special page about this project.  It will have the information from this page, plus updates as these become available.

Here is a bit of history of our preparation and sending of boxes:

In 2014 there were 34 boxes assembled.

In 2015 there were 50 boxes assembled.

In 2016 there were 49 boxes assembled.

 

The Port of Houston Chaplains are our ambassadors to these seafarers. They visit the ships and bring the boxes to the crews. On their web site the chaplains tell us: “Crew sizes vary between 8 and 30, with an average number of 22 seafarers to gift per ship. In 2015, we placed 12,278 gifts on board 538 ships which had seafarers from 65 different countries! These gifts had been donated to the seafarers by 246 churches and organizations! The Christmas boxes are personally carried to each ship by your staff of Port Chaplains.” Their web site is: http://houstonseafarers.com/

With our work together at MLLC we can help reach even more with the love of Jesus Christ.

Here is the official notice about this program from the Port of Houston Chaplains.  Click this link.

For this year (2017), please gather items such as these for the men on the ships – you can buy things throughout the year and drop these off at any time.  There is a large blue storage bin for this purpose in the room directly across from the church office:
Empty shoe boxes or purchased plastic shoe boxes to pack the items.
Address books
Band-aids (fabric)
Baseball caps
2018 Calendars
Comb
Dental Floss
Antiperspirant/deodorant
Disposable razors
Flashlight and batteries
Kleenex – small packs
Lip balm
Lotion
Nail clippers
Gold Bond cream
Gold Bond powder
Hot Chocolate (individual serving size)
Needles and thread
Q-tips
Shaving cream
Soap
Shampoo
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Gum and hard candy
Key chains
Pocket-sized notebooks
Mechanical pencils
Pens
Playing cards
Microwave popcorn (individual packages)
Socks
Sudoku books
Texas souvenirs
T-shirts
USB flash drives
Word search books

 

Here are some of the crew working, and some photos from when our boxes were delivered to the Houston International Seafarers Center.