Jacob Fundraiser Event

Jacob Family

The Community of Carmine pulled together to support MLLC members Lane and Robyn Jacob, and their family, on Saturday, May 9. The event was a fundraiser to support this family in their time of difficulty.  This event was noted previously in this article:  click link.  It is a wonderful thing when people work together and serve one another.

Back in March 2015 their family home burned to the ground.  We are thankful that nobody was hurt.  The family was away at the time to support daughter Taylor at a rodeo event.

Following the fire the Carmine Community pulled together to support this family in their time of need.  Thanks to all who gave of their time, energy, materials and love to support this family.  It was a great way to show our love for our neighbors and to show love for one another in the community of faith.

The people of MLLC worked side by side with community members and friends, as well as various community organizations, to bring about a day of love and support for the Jacob family.

This day of support was one of a number of various ways people worked together to support this family.  As with anybody in such a situation the long term care, support, prayers and friendship which we offer will make a world of difference.
Here are some photos from the event:

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More on Palm Sunday

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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.

 

 

Christmas Eve Was Wonderful

Christmas Eve 2014 Candles

A large crowd gathered to sing, pray, hear God’s Word, and to enjoy the annual Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Christmas Play.  It was truly a beautiful night as these dedicated young people presented the message of Christmas for all to hear.

Remember, we gather for Holy Communion on Christmas Morning at 10:00 a.m.  We invite you to gather with God’s people on this very holy festival day.

 

Candle Lighting and the Gospel of the Incarnation

As part of the MLLC Tradition we have the annual Candlelight Service and reading of the Gospel of the Incarnation from John, chapter 1, verses 1-14.

Here is the text of that important message about Jesus, who he is, and what he has done for the world.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2He was in the beginning with God.  3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being  4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.                  

             6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.  9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

             10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.  11He came to what

was his own, and his own people did not accept him.  12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,  13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

             14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

 

The youth presented their play:  “Christmas Eve Live”

Here are some photos of the youth, and an adult or two, who were in the play.  Thank you to Mia Williams for directing the play this year. Thank you to all the youth and adults who made this wonderful production happen.

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Setting Up the Christmas Tree Part 1

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On Sunday, November 30, after worship a team of volunteers set up our Christmas Tree. We are very thankful for their dedicated service.   This was part 1 of a two part process.  We invite you to participate in part 2 of this process.  On Monday, December 1, starting at 6 p.m., we will hang the Chrismons for the tree.  These were made following patterns suggested and offered by the originators of Chrismons (click this link for more information from the official web site of Chrismons).

Refreshments and food for all will be provided by the Mary Group Circle.  Please plan on staying to enjoy the fellowship.

 

Here are some of the Chrismons which were carefully wrapped for storage since last year.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up Crismon detail

 

Here are some photos of our crew setting up the tree and preparing the lights.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up lights on tree

Christmas Tree 2014 set up ladders

Christmas Tree 2014 set up tree top

Our Olive Wood Nativity Set will be ready for set up as well.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood box

Christmas Tree 2014 set up olive wood inside

Our pulpit is moved to a back corner to make room for the tree and Nativity scene.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up pulpit

Here is the finished product of the work on Sunday.  Remember, we will complete the work on Monday, December 1, starting at 6:00 p.m.  You are invited to come and participate.  Food and refreshments will be provided by the Mary Group Circle.

Christmas Tree 2014 set up lights turned on

 

Thank you again to all who gave of their time to get this tree prepared for decorating.

 

 

 

VBS Bar Soap Challenge Report

 

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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

Congregation:  198

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.

Wilderness Escape – Day 2

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We had a wonderful night at Wilderness Escape on Tuesday.  We are thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ for providing the opportunity for children in the community of Carmine, and surrounding areas, to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your support and prayers during this very exciting week.

 

At Wilderness Escape VBS on Tuesday:

*The children prayed together.  See above.

*The children praised the Lord with joyful, active songs.

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*They visited with Moses – Guess who?

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*Moses told them about the Lord’s gift of “quail” in the evening.  (Peeps filled in for the “quail”)

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*They even cooked the “quail” over an open “fire”.

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*They saw how the Lord provided “manna” in the morning.  (Frosted Flakes cereal filled in for “manna”)  What is it?

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*As we head through the week, remember to bring new, wrapped soap for Lutheran World Relief.  This is our outreach and charity project for VBS 2014.

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We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at Wilderness Escape VBS!

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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Happy Anniversary

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We are celebrating our congregational  anniversary today.  On May 19, 1902, Martin Luther Lutheran Church was founded.  That was 112 years ago.  While it is not a commonly celebrated milestone, we still celebrate.  Each and every day, week, month and year is a blessing from our Heavenly Father.

The photo above is from our MLLC History Display.

Today we give thanks to God for the continued ministry which we offer together.  We are a congregation of people from age 0 to well into our 90’s.  We learn, serve, worship and reach out together.  We seek to be a blessing to others both through congregational ministries and through ministry in daily life.  We strive to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ through Word and deed.  We enjoy spending time together.  We love one another in the midst of both joys and sorrows.  We love our neighbors as ourselves.  We live our faith as we have for 112 years.  We look forward to the years to come as we serve together to the glory of God and for the benefit of others.

We invite you to be part of the great things God is doing among us and through us.

Palm Sunday Quilts

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Palm Sunday is this weekend, April 13, 2014.  On this day we remember Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.  It is is the beginning of our Holy Week observance.  Click Here for our Holy Week Schedule.  Worship begins on Palm Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  We look forward to seeing you at worship on Palm Sunday, and/or during Holy Week.

On Palm Sunday every year we dedicate the quilts which have been made during the past year.  The photo above shows the abundant production of quilts for this past year.  These are ready for dedication in our sanctuary on Sunday morning.  We will also dedicated baby care kits, school kits and personal health kits at this worship service.  Click on this link to see a previous post about the preparation for this special Sunday.

We Have Power

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Electric Power, that is.  The electric power lines for the new Mission and Ministry Building are being installed today, April 1, 2014.  Our friends at Bluebonnet Electric Coop were on church grounds today installing the new pole and lines for our facilities.  Their work is just one of many steps in constructing the new building.

 

Three things are needed for this project to be a wonderful success.

1 – Your prayers to our loving God for our mission and outreach efforts.  Together, under God’s loving leadership, we will be able to reach others with the Word of God and the loving kindness of God.

2 – Your encouragement, support and positive words regarding this new direction in ministry.

3 – Your financial gifts to pay off this project and to provide for furnishings.

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

Feel free to give through your Sunday offering, 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.