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.

Construction - Old Well May 5 14

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.

Souper Bowl of Caring Final Total

ImageWow!  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 the greatest year ever for the Souper Bowl of Caring. After a final accounting of all gifts given our grand total is $907.00.  That means we will be giving $453.50 to each of our chosen local hunger relief charities.

$453.50 will be given to Fishes & Loaves in western Washington County, Texas.

$453.50 will be given to A.M.E.N. (Area Ministries for Emergency Needs) in La Grange, the county seat of our own Fayette County, Texas.

With these donations we can help these hunger relief agencies purchase food items to alleviate hunger in our community.

MLLC is in Carmine, Texas, which is at the Northeast corner of Fayette County. Fishes & Loaves and A.M.E.N. serve the areas closest to Carmine. Our ongoing support of these two agencies 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.  Here is the growth of the giving over the past few years:

In 2010 we collected $156.17.

In 2011 we collected $176.35

In 2012 we collected $233.00

In 2013 we collected $637.74

In 2014 we collected $907.00

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:  http://www.souperbowl.org/

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

Souper Bowl of Caring is Here

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Souper Bowl of Caring

Super Bowl Weekend February 2

Remaining Collection Dates:  January 26 and February 2

The Souper Bowl of Caring is an Annual Fund Raiser for the local food pantries.  All proceeds will directly and exclusively support our local food pantries: Fishes and Loaves and A.M.E.N.   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 last weekend of January and the first weekend of February.
  • Bring in monetary gifts for A.M.E.N. and Fishes and Loaves.  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.
  • 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 9.

The LYO has Big Plans to help our neighbors in need:

  • Our goal is to meet or exceed last year’s total.
  • We have been generous here at Martin Luther over the years.  This is our recent history:

In 2013 we collected $637.74

In 2012 we collected $233.00

In 2011 we collected $176.35

In 2010 we collected $156.17.

  • This is a nationwide effort.  In 2013, $7,481,495 was generated by 8,118 groups across the USA!
  • The official web site is:  http://www.souperbowl.org

LYO Christmas Play – Sunday, December 22, 9:00 a.m. at MLLC

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The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of Martin Luther Lutheran Church will present their annual Christmas Play on Sunday, December 22, at the 9 a.m. worship service. They have been working hard for several weeks to prepare this annual treat for the congregation. In the past this play has been presented on Christmas Eve at our Candlelight Service. We changed the time and day for this play this year so more of our youth could participate. We look forward to your presence at worship on Sunday as we hear the Word of God through this play, and as we receive the love, forgiveness and holy presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Communion. Come on out and support our youth this Sunday, December 22 at 9 a.m.