Vacation Bible School Starts Today

VBS front 1We invite you to gather with us this week for Vacation Bible School.  Come any or all nights this week for “Wilderness Escape”!  Monday through Friday, July 21-25, 5:30-7:45 p.m. each night.  Dinner served.  Ages 3 through 5th grade.

 

We are excited about the fantastic sets which our caring volunteers have put together.  See the photos below.

 

 

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Construction Update May 5, 2014

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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:

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An “archaeological” discovery.  This appears to be an old well which was on the lot near the new building.

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First Communion is on Maundy Thursday at MLLC

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As part of our Holy Week observance we celebrate the First Holy Communion for our youth.  This year we have one youth who will begin participating in this wonderful Sacrament of the Church.  He has participated in First Holy Communion classes during Lent this year.  This included Bible Study, discussions, a “field trip” to the Sacristy (the room where the communion is prepared, and the communion vessels are stored), decorating a chalice for receiving his First Communion, videos and bread making.

The Junior High Sunday School class helped the student with the bread making.  Much of the bread used for Holy Communion at MLLC is made by our youth, as well as other church members.  Above is a photo of the students and their teacher preparing the bread on Palm Sunday 2014.  This recipe makes a flat bread, and it is cooked almost like a pancake.  Thank you Esther for teaching our youth how to make this bread for this special day.  Very tasty and important ministry.

 

Here are the youth and the First Holy Communion student after they have sampled the finished product.  Our candidate for First Holy Communion is in the red/white plaid shirt, 2nd from the right.

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As part of worship on this Maundy Thursday the student will also receive a Bible from the congregation.  This he will use for personal reading, Sunday School, Confirmation Class, and the like.  We partner with parents in helping them to fulfill the vows they made at their children’s baptism.  There is a line in the liturgy of Holy Baptism which reads, “place in their hands the holy scriptures…” At the Maundy Thursday service a Bible will be given to the parent, and then that Bible will be placed in the hands of the student.  It is a loving ritual form of fulfilling this promise.  Here is a photo of the Bible, next to the Baptismal Font, and  with our Holy Communion banner in the background.

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Click here to read more about First Holy Communion at MLLC.

Click here to see our Holy Week Schedule for 2014.

Groundbreaking for New Building

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“With faith in Jesus Christ, this work is begun and this ground is broken in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

With these words on a cold, wet and windy Sunday morning on March 9, 2014, we broke ground on our new Mission and Ministry Building.  The weather could not dampen the spirits of the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church as we took the next step in our building project.  Construction is starting very soon.

We are building this additional facility to house ministries both for the community and the congregation.  Our hope and plan is that what goes on in this building will be a blessing to the ends of the earth.  Much of what will go on in this building will be the various ministries which have been occurring in the parsonage.  Since that building will be converted back to housing for the pastor, those ministries needed a new home.  Other ministries will also use the building.

Those ministries which will use the new building include:

*Quilting for:  Lutheran World Relief, Camp for All, Lutheran Social Services of the South, Krause Center

*Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

*Lutheran Youth Organization events

*Combined Community Action – County Senior Citizens meals and programming

*Church events

*Family parties and receptions

*Storage

*New Ideas which the Lord will call us to enact for the glory of God.

We look forward to the great things God will continue to do through the ministries of MLLC.

If you would like to donate to the cost of construction or furnishing of the building, contact the church office (979-278-3388), email: mluther@industryinet.com

Or you can mail a check to:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362   Note in the memo line: New Building

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

This is Souper!!!

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Wow! All we can say is, “Wow!” Thanks be to God and to the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine. In 2 short weeks we have easily overtaken our goal for the 2014 Souper Bowl of Caring. And we are not done yet. Week 1 we collected $223.00. Week 2 we collected $505.00. That is a grand total of $728.00 so far for local hunger relief. 100% of the donations will go to our two local food pantries: A.M.E.N. and Fishes & Loaves.

You can still donate to this campaign this week. Please mail in or drop by your donations to the church office.

Cash or checks; payable to MLLC LYO
211 Luther Ln
P O BOX 362
Carmine, TX 78932-0362
If you need to call, the office number is: 979-278-3388

We are very thankful for our wonderful youth who sponsor this each year. It has been great to see them holding the ‘Soup Pots’ after worship to receive these donations to help our neighbors in need.

Souper Bowl of Caring Update

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Great news! 

We are well on our way to our goal for the Souper Bowl of Caring in 2014. As of Sunday, January 26, 2014, we have collected $223.00 for local hunger relief.  The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of Martin Luther Lutheran Church thanks you for your generosity so far.

Our goal is to meet or exceed last year’s total.  In 2013 we collected $637.74.  We are only $415.75 away from exceeding last year’s very successful year.  Together we can help alleviate hunger in our community.

If you will not be able to attend worship this Sunday, or you simply forget to bring something to give on those dates, feel free to drop by or mail your Souper Bowl of Caring gifts to the church office by February 9. 

Church address:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

 

Here is the official web site of the Souper Bowl of Caring:  http://www.souperbowl.org/

Here is the Mission and Vision of the national Souper Bowl of Caring ministry:

Mission / Vision Statement

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

Transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.

We believe:

  • The idea for Souper Bowl of Caring is a gift from God
  • Young people have the ability to serve and should be given opportunities to lead their communities in helping others
  • Every dollar collected through Souper Bowl of Caring should be donated directly to a charity selected by each participating group
  • People of all backgrounds and beliefs can work together
  • Hunger and poverty have a negative impact on individuals and the communities in which they live, yet there is joy in serving and giving to those in need
  • The excitement and energy surrounding the Super Bowl can be used to engage young people in service while producing lasting hope for all people