Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson Obituary

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We remember Patsy (Blackburn) Simpson

Patsy Simpson was raised in the Carmine area and was confirmed at MLLC in 1946.  When she was confirmed at MLLC, her Confirmation Bible Verse was Luke 10:42, which reads:  “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  This verse from Luke’s Gospel is in the context of the visit of Jesus to the home of Mary and Martha.  During that visit, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus as he taught those present.

For most of her adult life she lived out of the Carmine area.  For her funeral and burial she is returning to Carmine.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas. All are welcome.  Pastor David Tinker will be officiating.  Patsy’s niece and MLLC member, Cherrie Wines, made the arrangements for the service in Carmine.

 

Obituary

Life Dates:  December 16, 1929 – October 18, 2019

Patsy Ruth Simpson, 89, of Antlers, Oklahoma passed from this life October 18, 2019.  Patsy was born in Carmine, Texas on December 16, 1929 to Wayne Bishop Blackburn & Dorothy Sydell (Weyand) Blackburn Pate.  Patsy was a very compassionate and caring person, so it was only fitting that she attended nursing school and worked all of her life as an RN.  She enjoyed life every day and found pleasure in the little things like rose bushes, old trucks and antiques.  She loved gardening and animals of all kinds, she even raised show chickens and show pigeons and took them to the show every year.  Patsy worked at the Pushmataha County Health Department from 1972-1992 an she would always do her best to put a smile on the face of everyone that she came in contact with.

Patsy is preceded in death by her Parents, and a sister Nancy Lee Kartous.

She leaves behind a loving family that includes her sister, Nina Dean Robison of Georgetown, Texas, and half-siblings Ella Fay Carlile of Canton, Texas, Waynell Anderson of Canton, Texas, Wayne Blackburn, Jr. of Clayton, Oklahoma, and Jerry Blackburn of Clayton, Oklahoma, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Family Night visitation will be held from 6-8p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Burkhart Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.  Graveside services will be held at 2p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Carmine Cemetery in Carmine, Texas.

Worship on Harvest Festival Weekend

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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.

 

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

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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

 

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

 

New: Online Giving

 

Offering

The Online Giving system at mllccarmine.com is now up and running.  This is a supplement to our longstanding system of giving offerings through the offering plate at worship each weekend.

Through a cooperative agreement with Thrivent Financial and Vanco Payment Solutions we are now able to provide a number of connection points for both ongoing and one time giving to God and his ministries through MLLC.  Note that these are purely voluntary and no one will be required to use these services.  Also, this service is not intended to be the limit of how you make your offerings to God through MLLC.  Many people have made the choice to use automated and online payments for a wide variety of charities, business and services.  It makes sense that those individuals would like the opportunity to do the same with their offerings to the Lord.

Use this link to set up your one time or periodic, ongoing offering.  You will have an option of setting up a user name and account while at this official Vanco Payment Solutions site for Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

If you prefer to use  a printed form these are available at the church office or at this link.

 

Here are some of the opportunities you have to use this service:

*The program will enable you to set up transfers from your bank account or card account to the MLLC bank account.  These transfers can be made from your bank account (checking or savings), debit card or credit card.

*These scheduled giving times can be a single gift, or weekly, twice monthly, monthly, etc.

*This will provide you with the ability to keep up with your offerings even when you can’t be at worship due to travel, work, health, etc.

*You can set a standard amount for these regular times.

*You can set up any number of special schedules for regular giving.

*There will be a mobile friendly version of the web site so you can use your mobile device to make offering.

*One time gifts will always be an option through the web site.

*All offerings will be credited to your name, just as when you use your offering envelope or write a check.

 

Look for further announcements regarding the expansion of this program in weekly bulletins, upcoming newsletters, the mllccarmine.com website, and our Facebook page.

 

You can sign up for the regular giving through paper forms at the church office or on the mllccarmine.com web site.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Mixed Feelings on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is a day which brings with it a variety of feelings.  Some celebrate motherhood, mothers, children and so much more on this day.  Others avoid any mention of it.  Others recognize it as important, but don’t always know what to do with it.

Here is a blog post by MLLC member Jennifer Clark Tinker regarding her mixed feelings about Mother’s Day. Click this link.

At MLLC we know that both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are difficult for some people.  There are many and various reasons for this.  Here are a few significant examples:

*Loss of a child, or children, through death of any circumstance, such as infant death, murder, accident, disease, abortion, stillbirth, miscarriage, etc.

*Death of a parent at any age.

*Desire for children, but circumstances prevent conceiving a child, such as singleness, divorce, widowhood, relationship difficulties, financial hardship, infertility struggles, etc.

*Struggles with one’s relationship with God and/or others.

*Broken relationship with a parent or a child.

*Abandonment by a parent.

 

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are special for many, yet difficult for many others.  This Mother’s Day we will recognize Mother’s Day in a few ways.  One is with a reception for all after worship this Sunday, May 11.  Worship is at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday, the reception will be at 10:00 a.m. Come for the fellowship and food.  We will also remember in prayer mothers and women of all ages.  Part of our prayers at worship will also remember those who have struggles and mixed feelings about this day.  Here are examples of the prayers being prepared for this day:

“On this Mother’s Day we pray for those who struggle with grief related to motherhood. Comfort those who mourn for deceased loved ones or who are estranged from either mother or child. Give strength to women who have lost a child or whose circumstances have prevented motherhood. Help us as a community of faith to care for one another in our grief.   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
We give thanks for all mothers, grandmothers, along with all faithful girls and women in this congregation. Help them to love, serve and lead in ways which are honoring to you. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

Some congregations around the country have a banquet around the time of Mother’s Day.  One congregation I served as pastor years ago got it right.  They understood the various feelings people have around that time of year.  What they had was a banquet called, “Daughters of All Ages”.  This event was for all women and girls, no matter what their relationship or parenthood circumstances were.  All the women and girls present at that event are the daughters of somebody.  Most importantly, by the Grace of God, they are daughters of God.  While this event didn’t solve all the struggles of each woman, the event opened the door for healing and support.

Mother’s Day is not a bad thing, but it is not always easy for each person.  We have good reason to be thankful for Mothers on Mother’s Day.  We also have good reason to love one another and to love God at this time of year.  Part of our love for God, one another, and our neighbors, is in how we show sensitivity to those who don’t always have good feelings regarding Mother’s Day.

No matter what your feelings are about Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, know that what matters most is what Jesus Christ has first done for us.  Because of his abundant mercy, forgiveness, and gift of life-giving hope, we have our most important identity in Christ.  The photo at the top of this article is of men and women, boys and girls, all gathered around the cross.  People are loved by God, and called to follow the way of Jesus, no matter what they have struggled with in this life.  By the stirring of the Holy Spirit and the power of God’s Word, Jesus draws all people to himself.  Through Christ Jesus we have healing, hope and restoration for this life and in eternity with our Lord.