Turkey and Dressing Dinner – November 14

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Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner is Coming Soon

You are invited to participate in the Turkey and Dressing Dinner on Sunday, November 14.  This is sponsored by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) of MLLC.  This year the meal will be served to go only by drive through.  The drive through will be set up in the parking lot across the street from the church and near the Mission and Ministry Building, located at 250 Augsburg Ave, Carmine, TX 78932.  This is to the west of the main church building.

Tickets are sold in advance only and cost $12/each.  See flier above for full details on buying tickets.

This fund raiser supports the general work of the Women of the ELCA through MLLC and beyond.

On this same day will be the annual WELCA Thankoffering Service.  Worship at 10 a.m.  This is a service led by the women of MLLC.  The devotion will be led by Colette Wunderlich and the Praise Team of MLLC.   All are welcome.

Turkey and Dressing Dinner


Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner

Tickets are available now for the Annual Turkey and Dressing Dinner.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Women of the ELCA of MLLC.  You are encouraged to get your tickets before Sunday, November 10. That way you can be sure to get a ticket.  Tickets are $10/each, and may be purchased through the people and locations noted in the flier above. There may be some tickets available at the door, but it is best to plan ahead.

In the event that you can’t get to the noted locations when open, know that you can call the church office – 979-278-3388 – and request that tickets be reserved in your name.  Then you can pay for the tickets when you arrive.


Thankoffering Sunday

Also on November 10 we will celebrate our annual Thankoffering Sunday.  This is our annual celebration of women in ministry and our partnership with the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).  This will take place on Sunday, November 10 at our 10 a.m. worship service.  Our guest presenters will be the Hilltop Ramblers from Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Burton, TX).

Here is a brief history of Thankoffering Sunday:

As we collect the Thankoffering today, we share in a tradition dating back to the 1800s, when Christian women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to fund mission. When others in the church said there was not enough money to carry out these projects, the women believed otherwise. In cent societies, each woman collected offerings at home. They would gather as we do today to worship and combine their offerings and offer them up with thanks and praise, dedicating the funds to mission. When Women of the ELCA was formed more than 25 years ago, we committed to continue this tradition of giving in gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ELCA. Together, we do more than we could ever do apart. In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with hope for all that is to come, we celebrate Thankoffering.





WELCA Banquet June 3 at 7 p.m.

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The Annual Banquet of the MLLC Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be tonight at 7:00 p.m.   All women and girls are invited to participate.  All ladies are encouraged to bring guests to this wonderful annual tradition at MLLC.  There will be ladies present from elementary ages through 90+.  There are typically 60-90 women in attendance at this event.

“Branded for Christ” is the theme for the WELCA Banquet.  We will have a duo, a trio, and a quartet of singers.  There will also be two different girl groups singing western songs.

You will not want to miss it!  Dust off your boots and come explore through readings and songs about how some of the items from the Old West relate to Christ in our lives.

All MLLC ladies are asked to bring a salad, either main dish, side dish or dessert.

The decorations are delightful.  Here are a couple of the table decorations.

WELCA 2015 Saddle

WELCA 2015 Boots

Three Generations at WELCA Convention 2014

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We had three generations of women in one family attend the 2014 Triennial Gathering of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).

Here is a report of this special event from Colette Wunderlich, who attended with her daughter Cindy and her granddaughter (and Cindy’s daughter) Janette.  See the photo above of these three generations at the airport on their way to Charlotte, NC, for the gathering.

Thank you to Colette, Cindy and Janette for representing MLLC at this special event.


Notes about the Triennial Convention:

Cindy, Janette, and I are thankful for the opportunity to attend the Triennial Women of the ELCA Convention in North Carolina in July. We would like to thank Martin Luther Women of the ELCA for their financial and prayerful support. The theme was “of many generations” and we three generations were proud to represent MLLC. Several babies were in attendance and at least six ladies over 90 years of age.

We attended Bible studies, workshops, worship, communion, and servant events. There were guest speakers, offering opportunities, and singing with no inhibition in English, Spanish, and Swahili. They put the words up and everyone sang, 2400 of us! Many of the 50 states were represented and the Virgin Islands. Our Companion Synod sister from The Central African Republic was unable to leave her country.

The workshops I attended were Streets to Live On: A WELCA Model about organizing or renewing units, Generations: The Quilt of Our Lives with great stories by Mrs. Alex Haley, Better Understand Mental Illness, and Story Matters which encouraged continual growth in faith love, and obedience in the will of God. I attended the WELCA unit workshop on Friday and wrote down many ideas from others but didn’t think any were just right for our younger women. Cindy attended that same workshop on Saturday and I was so excited when she came out and said, “Mom, I think I’ve got it, an idea for our younger women!” I’ll let her tell you about it sometime. We were told any group that does things in the name of WELCA, like our quilting group, whether there is Bible study or not, can be counted as a WELCA group. During our workshops, Janette attended the group events for about 20 girls including quilting.

Of course there was time for food and drink. We walked several blocks one night to eat at Emeril’s Charlotte, NC restaurant and I managed to sample some North Carolina beers.

The next Triennial Convention will be in Minneapolis, MN in July 2017. I’m going to start saving now.



Janette shown with many of the other girls at the Triennial Convention.

Janette with girls WELCA

Janette back home in Carmine quilting with a mentor/friend Jenell.

Janette Janell Quilting WELCA

Celebrating 100 Years of Service: Ladies Aid

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Celebrating 100 Years of Service

Martin Luther Lutheran Church Ladies Aid

1914 – 2014

This past Sunday, June 1, 2014, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the MLLC Ladies Aid.  Here is the history which was prepared as part of the celebration.  Note the photo above of the members of Ladies Aid who were available to for the celebration at worship this past weekend.


History of the Ladies Aid of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas.

On June 1, 1914, Pentecost Monday, seventeen ladies met at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine to organize a Ladies Aid.  Pastor John Harder, the MLLC pastor at the time, helped to adopt a constitution and elect officers.  The first officers were: President, Bertha Eisenhauer Umland; Secretary, Selma Hackemack Hoppe; and Treasurer, Leonie Rummel Weyand.


Other charter members were: Mary Brau, Alma Weyand Doerr, Agnes Umland Hoppe, Antonio Weyand Kollatt, Nannie Koehler Knoche, Louise Koehler Brau, Emma Goerdel Menke, Leonie Menke Neese, Emilie Kollatt Stuermer, Lena Drawe Sump, Kathleen Etzel Weyand, Ida Weber Weyand, Lula Coleman Weyand, and Louise Marburger Winnisderfer.


Many of the earlier members of Martin Luther were descendants of German immigrants.  They, and their descendants, still spoke the German language in the home and in most of their daily affairs.  The church records were handwritten in the German script.  The Ladies Aid records were also written in the German language in the earlier days.  The Ladies Aid was known as the Frauenverein [Women’s Organization].  In the early years of the organization, meetings were conducted in German.  Tradition was that women of the Ladies Aid would sing a song in German at the funeral of a member.


As a way of contributing to the projects of the church, the first Bazaar was held in March of 1936.  The purpose was to raise money for the church and Sunday School.  The women made beautiful articles of linens, aprons, bonnets, hand-crocheted doilies, and embroidered scarves for sale at the Bazaar.  Plenty of cakes, pies, sandwiches, etc. were donated by the members of the Ladies Aid.  The food was not sold, but one could make a donation in a glass placed on the tables.  Ladies from local and surrounding churches came for an afternoon of fellowship.  This was an annual event at Martin Luther for over twenty years.   Today, the Ladies Aid continues to support the different projects of MLLC as well as local and other projects of the ELCA.


The Ladies Aid has observed the 25th in 1939, the 50th in 1964, the 60th in 1974, the 80th in 1994 and the 90th in 2004.  Members were recognized at each anniversary for their years of membership.  Today, on our 100th anniversary of the Ladies Aid we recognize three ladies who have been members for 60 years or longer:  LeVerne Hinze (63 yrs.); Elvira Dallmeyer (62 yrs.); and Ora Lee Levien (60 yrs) – see photo below.  The two oldest living members today are Bernice Loewe (92) and Elvira Dallmeyer (90).

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Throughout the years the church organizations have changed, but the Ladies Aid has always maintained its basic structure and name.  Today, the women’s groups are called “Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America”. Martin Luther Lutheran has two bible study groups: the Ladies Aid and the Mary Group.  Today, the Ladies Aid has 23 members.  The present officers are: Susan Ray, president; Shirley Mueller, vice-president; Carol Carmean, secretary; Nancy Eilers, treasurer; Mission officers: Nancy Eilers, community; and Dianne Sager, Action.


On this day in 2014, the Ladies Aid asks God to increase in them the spirit of faith and love to help make them worthy of their heritage.  “Wir Beten an unseren Vater den Herrn, durch Jesua Christus, sein Sohn.”  Translation:  We pray this through your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Other historical photos of the Ladies Aid anniversaries:

These photos are on permanent display in the Fellowship Hall at MLLC.

Founding Members


25th Anniversary 1939


80th Anniversary 1994


90th Anniversary 2004