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.
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.
We even have a quilting room set up in our Mission & Ministry Building. This building was added to our church facilities in 2015.
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.
As always we celebrated a joyful Palm Sunday at MLLC. It was great to have a wonderful crowd for our Saturday evening and Sunday morning worship services. Together we remembered the work of Jesus Christ as he entered Jerusalem on a donkey. This entry began the week of dramatic events which provided for the salvation from the final power of sin, death and evil for all who would believe in him.
Our young people were joyful leaders in the Palm Procession. The group circled the sanctuary while we sang the traditional “All Glory, Laud and Honor”. The Palms were then placed before the altar to remember that the people covered the road with palms over which Jesus rode the donkey.
Some of the children also gathered up front for the Children’s Time. As part of this time the youth learned about the quilts and where these are sent around the world.
Later during worship we dedicated the quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief.
Our numbers are not quite final, but here is a general tally:
2 Fabric Kits
70 School Kits
7 Baby Care Kits
and we are in the process of completing a great number of Personal Care Kits
Here are how the quilts were displayed. Note the palms before the altar.
There is a wonderful article on the Lutheran World Relief web page about the Mission Quilts. You are encouraged to click over to this page to read more about this wonderful ministry.
The quilts displayed in the sanctuary on Palm Sunday were the ones for Lutheran World Relief. Many more are prepared and sent to two other ministries. Several are made for Camp for All in Burton. A set are also made for Krause Children’s Center in Katy.
We are looking forward to a joyful Palm Sunday 2015. There is always much to do to get ready for this special event. This is the beginning of Holy Week – click here for our schedule.
Some things of note regarding worship this weekend:
1. We will dedicate the quilts for Lutheran World Relief. See the photo above which was taken right after our quilts were placed for this dedication. Photo Credit: Melissa Wickel.
2. We invite children to participate in the Procession of Palms on Sunday. We gather in the Narthex for this joyful celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Plan now to participate.
3. We will have worship on both Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., on Palm Sunday weekend.
Palm Sunday 2015 is this weekend. We will have worship on both Saturday night at 6 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. Plan your weekend around making sure you are at worship this week for the beginning of Holy Week.
At both services we will do the following things:
*Remember the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We will wave palm branches as they did nearly 2000 years ago. We will give thanks to God for the fulfillment of his prophecy about the coming Messiah and eternal King of Israel.
*We will begin our Holy Week observance. Click here for the full schedule.
*We will dedicate the Lutheran World Relief quilts and kits. See the photo above for an image of what we did last year at this time.
You are invited to make this the beginning of a very special week as we relive and experience the joys and sorrows of this most important week in human history.
The centerpiece of the church year is the season of Lent and the events of Holy Week. We invite you to be part of our revisiting of these core events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Click over to our Lent & Holy Week Schedule to find out more. It is all listed on our recently updated main church page: Here is the Link.
The official count for the Vacation Bible School Bar Soap Challenge has been revised.
After a careful recount of all the packages of individually wrapped bar soap we have a new and higher total.
The Vacation Bible School Students collected 246 bars.
The adults in the congregation collected 233 bars.
That is a grand total of 479 individually wrapped bar soap.
We need only 21 more bars to make it 500! New donations are always welcome.
Check out the previous notice regarding this special project. Click here.
Thank you to the generous children and adults who have given so much so far.
The results are in for the Vacation Bible School (VBS) Bar Soap Challenge.
The students of the 2014 VBS at MLLC collected 246 individually wrapped bar soaps. These were collected during the week of VBS: August 21-27.
During the 2 weeks following that the congregation was challenged to meet this total. The congregation collected 198 bars of soap.
VBS students: 246
Grand Total: 444
For the sake of those in need around the world we will continue to collect these individually wrapped bar soaps through Resurrection Sunday 2015 – April 5, 2015. We will also receive monetary donations to cover the cost of shipping these items. Most importantly, please remember to pray for the ministry of Lutheran World Relief, and for those individuals who will eventually receive these items.
The real winners in this challenge are our neighbors around the world who will get to use the soap for personal hygiene. The soap will be passed along to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to people in need around the world.
Thank you to everybody who participated in this special project. We look forward to the continued collecting of bar soap for the months to come.
At Vacation Bible School (VBS) here at MLLC our students collected individually wrapped bars of soap to give to Lutheran World Relief (LWR). During the week at VBS (July 21-25) there were 246 bars of soap collected. Note that this is a revised total from what you see in the photo above.
The VBS students and staff have put a challenge out to the congregation. They want to see if the people of MLLC can gather together at least 246 bars of soap for LWR by Sunday, August 10. Quite a bit has come in already. Together in ministry we would be very happy if the congregation could match this challenge.
Between now and this Sunday, August 10, you still have time to look around your home or to go shopping to get some individually wrapped bar soap to meet this challenge. When you come to worship on Saturday (6 p.m.) or Sunday (9 a.m.) you can drop your soap by at the church in the Narthex.
After this date we will still collect individually wrapped bar soap. These can be individual or multi-pacs. In early April 2015 we will bring these to the Brenham area LWR collection site and send these off for LWR to use to help people around the world.
What you can do:
1. Pray for this charitable work for our neighbors and for the ongoing ministry of LWR.
2. Give money to help cover the cost of shipping such items.
3. Bring individually wrapped bar soap (single or multi-pacs) to MLLC.
4. Give thanks for our ministry together.
The foundation has been poured for the new Mission and Ministry Building at MLLC. We are so thankful to God that the work is moving along well. Thank you also to all who have prayed, given, encouraged and supported this new addition to our ministry facilities. Our partnership matters more than we can all express. We look forward to using this facility to enhance our ministries with people of all ages. We look forward to doing ministry here which touches the lives of humanity to the ends of the earth.
Here are some more angles on the construction work:
An “archaeological” discovery. This appears to be an old well which was on the lot near the new building.