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.
Work continues to progress on the new Mission and Ministry Building. Thank you to God for providing this facility. Thank you to the faithful members of MLLC who have contributed time, labor, prayer, money, materials and helpful feedback on this project. We are looking forward to this project being completed in the coming months.
A few weeks ago the doors were installed.
Last week the HVAC was installed.
The drywall pieces were delivered today.
The plumber began working to install the kitchen pipes.
During this time of construction the Housing/New Building Committee has been doing some brainstorming regarding the parsonage renovations. The plans in this photo are simply one stage in the brainstorming process, and do not reflect any final decisions. Remember to keep these faithful servants in your prayers as they work through the ideas of what will be done with these renovations and the work of completing the new Mission and Ministry building.
To view previous articles about this building project click this link.
After a short hiatus, building work is moving forward. The framing up of the walls is progressing well.
There have been numerous, generous donations toward this project. With recent gifts the total amount which we expect to be needed for general construction has been given by . Further donations will go toward furnishings and finishing out the building.
Work on the new Mission and Ministry Building continues at MLLC.
Each week there are new things happening. Pretty soon the walls and roof will be going up. Then we will move into completion of the inside.
We are continually thankful to God and to the congregation for our work together on this project. This will be be a facility which all generations will use. This is a facility which will be used to bless the community of Carmine, and will help extend our reach to the ends of the earth.
Thank you for your continued partnership in ministry. Remember to keep MLLC in your prayers during the construction and completion of the Mission and Ministry Building.
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.
Martin Luther Lutheran Church has been a very busy place in recent weeks. In addition to the Lent and Holy Week services, many dedicated volunteers have been assembling and packaging various items for Lutheran World Relief. Check out these previous articles about this work: 1 2
We had 7 volunteers working on this packing and shipping. They prepared for shipping: 36 quilts, 18 Baby Care Kits, 16 Personal Care Kits, 28 School Kits, and 3 Fabric Kits. These will be sent to Lutheran World Relief. This is in addition to the many other quilts which have been given to Camp for All and the Krause Children’s Center during this past year.
We are very thankful for the opportunity to share the goodness, love and mercy of God with others. Here are some more photos from our work together. There were 21 boxes packed.
We have be preparing all year for this. Each year on Palm Sunday the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church (MLLC) dedicate the quilts, baby care kits, school kits and health kits which have assembled in the past year. In recent weeks, and especially in the past few days, there has been a flurry of activity around the facility. People have been assembling kits and finalizing work on quilts. A crew of people were bringing the items over the sanctuary. Some more folks will be placing these items for display in the sanctuary. On this weekend at worship we will offer thanks and praise to God as these items are dedicated for use and sent to the ends of the earth. The photo above shows some of our quilts being made ready for presentation on Sunday. Below is a photo of some of our dedicated volunteers preparing the baby care kits and health kits.
Most of these kits and quilts will be given to Lutheran World Relief. This faithful organization distributes these items around the world. We are thankful for our partnership with fellow Lutheran Christians as we work to bring compassion and care to people in need across the world.
We plan to have more information about the dedication service after the weekend.
To learn more about the fantastic ministry of Lutheran World Relief, click this link: http://lwr.org/