WELCOME TO MANDARIN LUTHERAN CHURCH

The First Ten Years of Mandarin Lutheran Church

Incorporated in 1985, Mandarin Lutheran Church has been a part of the Mandarin Community for 37 years. From our humble beginnings, worshipping at the Catholic Center in Mandarin, to our current 3.6 acre property on San Jose Boulevard, MLC has grown and continues to be a church who welcomes all.

 

brochure announcing the formation of a new church in Mandarin, Jacksonville, Florida

Invitation to join Mandarin Lutheran Church

In the early 1980s, the American Lutheran Church sent a young pastor, Lee Magneson, to begin a new Lutheran church in Mandarin. Joining Pastor Lee were his wife, Julie, and their young children, Robbie and Missy. Pastor Lee immediately began calling on virtually every household in Mandarin to introduce himself and Mandarin’s new church, known then as the Lutheran Ministry of Mandarin.

 

 

 

 

 

First worship service at MLC

The first worship service of the young congregation was held January 6, 1985, at the Catholic Center at the northeast corner of Old. St. Augustine and Greenland Roads. The Diocese of St. Augustine generously allowed the congregation to meet there until they had a building of their own. Marilyn Whitford’s family was among those who attended services at the Catholic Center.

 

 

 

 

 

The future site of Mandarin Lutheran

In December 1985, the church was incorporated as Mandarin Lutheran Church and 11 months later it closed on 3.6 acres at the present location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellowship Hall Groundbreaking- 1987

Those shown in this photo include Pastor Lee Magneson (far left) and Pastor Dave Winter (second from right). In 1987, construction was completed on the current Fellowship Hall. It served as a multi-purpose facility for MLC and was also rented out to Merry Pat’s Preschool during the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday service at MLC

Holding two Sunday services (8:00 and 11:00), with Sunday School in between, presented logistical challenges. Each Sunday morning the space had to be changed from the preschool arrangement to church seating, to Sunday School configuration, back to church seating and, finally back to the preschool setup. With many willing hands, the transformation could be accomplished in surprisingly short order.

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary Groundbreaking

It was a happy day when construction began on the new sanctuary and an even happier one when it was ready for worship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedication service for Mandarin Lutheran

The dedication service was attended by the Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, local Lutheran pastors and Protestant and Jewish clergy from Mandarin. The stained-glass windows had not been installed yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early services at MLC

Initially there were no pews, and the chairs were arranged in a semi-circular pattern facing the altar. Pews were later acquired from a Baptist church in the Southside Estates area that was, ironically, replacing them with chairs.

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You won’t want to miss the Mandarin Lutheran Easter Egg Hunt for the children of Jacksonville on Easter Sunday, April 17th, 2022. This event is open to the entire community and ALL are invited to attend.

We invite you to worship with us at 9 a.m., and/or join in the Easter festivities following worship at 10:30 a.m.

Children will be divided into age groups for the hunt, treats will be aplenty, and there is fun to be had by all. No need to bring anything but a basket and a smile.

There is no need to RSVP, but if you would like to let us know you are coming (or share with your friends!) you can see our Mandarin Lutheran Easter Egg Hunt Facebook event here.

If you would like to learn more about Mandarin Lutheran Church, and who we are, what we do, and what we believe, click here.

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We are excited to reveal a beautiful new mural in the welcome center of our church.  The mural, hand painted by local artist Kimberly Miller, is a unique touch with a special message for all who enter. The mural begins with a rainbow, representing God’s work and his promise to us.  Out of the rainbow come hearts, signifying God’s love for us. The hearts transition into butterflies, signifying the life changing power of Christ, which then transform into birds, representing the Holy Spirit sending us out into the world to. Finally, the mural ends with our new MLC logo which reminds us “God’s Work, Our Hands” as we leave church each time to spread the message of Christ and do God’s work in the world.

The rainbow has also come to symbolize LGBTQ community pride and conveys that all are welcome to worship and fellowship with us.

The welcome center serves a very important role on Sundays as the place where we greet visitors, share information and make everyone who enters feel welcome. This is an important ministry and sign ups for volunteers at this desk will be added to the Sign Up Genius we use for all Sunday Service positions.  Training will be provided to anyone who would like to support this ministry.

Our mural artist, Kim Miller, holds a degree in fine arts from UNF and is the Executive Director and Founder of FemArt Gallery, Inc. (A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to promoting and supporting women artists.)  The organization will be opening a gallery in Riverside soon, and we invite everyone to check out the artists’ work!

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One day, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life on this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought
about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.
His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him. He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had, that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment, and frustration.
Standing there, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the One he knew would always be there. And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:
“Lord, You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed. Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot, I don’t know how. It is not fair Lord, I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn’t have to forgive. As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive. My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray you teach me to do the one thing I cannot do: Teach me to forgive.”
As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes. Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.
He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them. He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head. Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.
“Have you ever told a lie?” He asked?
The man answered, “Yes, Lord.”
“Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?”
The man answered, “Yes. Lord.” And the man sobbed more and more.
“Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours?” Jesus asked?
And the man answered, “Yes, Lord.”
“Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain?”
The man, crying now, answered, “Yes, Lord.”
As Jesus asked many more times, “Have you ever”? The man’s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer – “Yes, Lord”.
Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.
Jesus said, “I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you.”
As we enter into the season of Lent and as we reflect again on what separates us from a full relationship with God, remember what Jesus has done for you. Remember that God loves you so much that he gave Jesus to die for you and Jesus did it willingly.
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Anna
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“Coming together is the beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

One last reminder!!  This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday and Team Day at MLC! 

Grab your favorite sports team gear (any sport, any team) and show your MLC spirit by signing up for Dream Teams! The ministry areas are Council/Administration, Education, Fellowship/Discipleship, Finance, Outreach, Property, Worship/Music, Youth, Talents for Jesus. This is the last week we are highlighting different areas of ministry to help familiarize you with the teams available to join. If you aren’t able to join us for Team Day, you will also have access to a Sign-Up Genius tool to choose the ways in which you’d like to get involved and share your talents and abilities.

This week we’ll feature Fellowship/Discipleship, Worship and Music and Talents for Jesus.

Fellowship/Discipleship teams plan and execute various events intended to bring the congregation together. Celebrations include coffee hour each Sunday following service, Easter breakfast and special receptions.

Worship and Music teams are responsible for all aspects of the worship experience including worship assistants, altar guild and musical performance.

Talents for Jesus – this ministry covers everything that the prior teams haven’t yet captured.  What skills, talents, abilities and special gifts do you have that you are called to share?  Gardening? Photography? Social Media?  Art? Creativity?  Share with us where you love to shine!

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“Teamwork divides the task and multiples the success.” – Unknown

February 13 is Super Bowl Sunday and Team Day at MLC!  

Plan to wear your favorite team gear and show your MLC spirit by signing up for Dream Teams!  The ministry areas are:  Council/Administration, Education, Fellowship/Discipleship, Finance, Outreach, Property, Worship/Music, Youth, Talents for Jesus.

Each week leading up to the 13th, we will feature areas of ministry to help familiarize you with the teams available to join.   If you aren’t able to join us for Team Day, you will also have access to a Sign-Up Genius tool to choose the ways in which you’d like to get involved and share your talents and abilities.

 

This week we’re featuring Council/Administration, Property and Finance.

Council/Administration teams help oversee the administrative work of the church including communications, safety and security and financial oversight.

Property teams maintain the physical facility, both indoors and outdoors. This includes repairs, workdays, improvements, vendor selection and oversight.

Finance teams lead the stewardship effort and scholarships/camperships.

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MLC- The First Ten Years

Stories

The First Ten Years of Mandarin Lutheran Church Incorporated in 1985, Mandarin Lutheran Church has been a part of the Mandarin Community for 37 years. From our humble beginnings, worshipping at the Catholic Center in Mandarin, to our current 3.6 acre property on San Jose Boulevard, MLC has grown and continues to be a church […]

Mandarin Lutheran Easter Egg Hunt

Upcoming Events

You won’t want to miss the Mandarin Lutheran Easter Egg Hunt for the children of Jacksonville on Easter Sunday, April 17th, 2022. This event is open to the entire community and ALL are invited to attend. We invite you to worship with us at 9 a.m., and/or join in the Easter festivities following worship at […]

The Welcome Center Has a New Look

News

We are excited to reveal a beautiful new mural in the welcome center of our church.  The mural, hand painted by local artist Kimberly Miller, is a unique touch with a special message for all who enter. The mural begins with a rainbow, representing God’s work and his promise to us.  Out of the rainbow […]

Learning to Forgive

Grow

One day, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life on this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job. His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things […]

Dream Team Opportunities- Week 3

News

“Coming together is the beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.” – Henry Ford One last reminder!!  This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday and Team Day at MLC!  Grab your favorite sports team gear (any sport, any team) and show your MLC spirit by signing up for Dream Teams! The ministry areas are Council/Administration, […]

Dream Team Opportunities- Week 2

News

“Teamwork divides the task and multiples the success.” – Unknown February 13 is Super Bowl Sunday and Team Day at MLC!   Plan to wear your favorite team gear and show your MLC spirit by signing up for Dream Teams!  The ministry areas are:  Council/Administration, Education, Fellowship/Discipleship, Finance, Outreach, Property, Worship/Music, Youth, Talents for Jesus. Each […]

Dream Team Opportunities- Week 1

News

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller   February 13 is Super Bowl Sunday and Team Day at MLC!   Plan to wear your favorite team gear and show your MLC spirit by signing up for Dream Teams!  The ministry areas are:  Council/Administration, Education, Fellowship/Discipleship, Finance, Outreach, Property, […]

Food in the Wilderness! Or Change?

Blog

Change is not something we necessarily like or want, but it happens all the same. Life is constantly changing; the world is constantly changing.  And sometimes that is a good thing whether we like it or not.   This was as true for the Israelites coming out of exile from Egypt as it is for […]

ELCA Youth Gathering Preparations Have Begun!

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ELCA Youth Gathering preparations are starting back up! Here are a couple of facts for where we are at:   What is the Youth Gathering? Its purpose is to create faith formation in our youth who have just graduated from the 8-12th grade at the time of the Gathering. This is accomplished through community service, Bible study and discussion […]

OneCOP Initiative

Act, Care

Some weeks ago, the council approved an initiative from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to be involved with OneCOP. We are now moving forward as we have been assigned an officer who will partner with us in trying to decrease violence in our communities and increase a better understanding of the tensions in our communities. The One […]

A New Look for Changing Times

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In keeping up with the ever-changing times, it was decided to give Mandarin Lutheran Church a new look! Looking back over the last 35 years of Mandarin Lutheran Church history, no logo could be found. In recent years we began using the one seen today on our online presence and electronic communication. In the world […]

Anxious and Stressed?

Serve

Last Sunday we heard David start out his sermon with a question, “Who of you have had the following in the last 18 months…anxiety, depression, a feeling of being overwhelmed…?” All of us raised a hand. The last 18 months have been hard on us all.  Some of us have found ways to cope with […]

Who Said Girls Can’t?

Stories

“When was the first time you heard a woman preach? For some pastors, the first female voice they heard in the pulpit was their own. “Proclaiming, Reforming, Celebrating: Stories of 50|40|10″ shares stories from over 100 women who have served as pastors over the past 50 years. Each story illuminates how God has called and […]

Covid-19 Updates and Guidelines- August 2021

News

Dear Mandarin Disciples, Your church council met on August 1st to discuss what changes we should make in response to the increase in COVID infections in our part of Florida. We decided to continue with indoor worship. One big factor in making this decision was seeing the behavior of the congregation on Sunday morning. Everyone was […]

MLC’s Annual School Supply Drive

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Mandarin Lutheran Church is holding our annual school supply collection to support local students in need. A donation box is set up in the Fellowship Hall. If you are able to participate, please drop off donations at the church on Sunday mornings or during regular office hours, Monday – Thursday 9:00AM – 2:00PM. *Backpacks with […]

Logo and Tagline Contest

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The Communications Team is pleased to announce an opportunity to create a new logo and tagline for Mandarin Lutheran Church. The winning submissions will be used on the church’s website, bulletins and other publications, media and outreach and should present a refreshed and up to date look and feel. We invite congregation members to submit […]

Support MLC Through Amazon Smile

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You can now support Mandarin Lutheran Church each time you shop on Amazon! Simply click the link at the bottom to select MLC as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase price directly to us. This is an easy way to support MLC and our missions, at no cost to […]

Sandy Mitten: Our Woman of Valor

Stories

Last Friday, one of our family travelled to our Nation’s Capital to receive an award. As a retired Naval Officer, I am one of several veterans we have in our MLC family. We all tease each other about the branch of the military we served in but that is in jest and we all deeply […]

Tracking the Storms

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Hurricane/tornado season has officially begun. Last week we prayed in the Litany:               As we enter upon this season of vigilance, we ask that you watch over us. Keep us alert and watchful in our days.            Protect us from all harm. Keep us from devastation.            Deepen our faith, that our fears disappear […]

COVID-19 Updates and Guidelines

News

Dear Mandarin Disciples, Your church council met on May 16 and discussed the implications of the new CDC COVID guidelines on our church life. You may view the updated CDC guidelines here. We made the following decisions: We will continue to have two services every Sunday. Those not vaccinated should continue to wear masks and socially distance. Two services will […]

Ascension of Our Lord

Written Articles

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a […]

Gleaning with the Society of St. Andrews (SoSA)

Activities

Last week, Chris and Missy Paul went to Hastings for a gleaning opportunity with the Society of Saint Andrews (SoSA).They bagged tons of potatoes to be delivered to multiple agencies in Ocala and Orlando.   The field was owned by the University of Florida and their agriculture department. They are unable to sell this produce […]

In-Person Services Have Resumed

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We are excited to announce that after careful consideration, Mandarin Lutheran Church has moved back to in-person worship services. While we are meeting in-person once again, strict social distancing and other COVID precautionary measures will be in place to insure the safety of all. Join us for a 9 a.m. informal service, or a more […]

Outreach Opportunities

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FOOD BANK – We will be collecting food donations to benefit the Mandarin Food Bank during Lent. POP TOPS – Please save and donate pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House.  Collected pop tabs are recycled, generating much-needed funds to support the House and the nearly 5,000 families served each year. BOX TOPS – Please clip […]

Ash Wednesday Service

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Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m., drive in worship service will include the imposition of ashes.

Join Us For Lenten Services

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To help us continue to gather safely, we will have drive-in worship services every Sunday in Lent (weather permitting).  Join us at 9:30 AM on February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 and Palm Sunday on March 28. To protect all participants during this pandemic, masks and social distancing is strictly observed during the […]

Drive-In Worship Services

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We are safely gathering outdoors during to worship together.  Drive-in service will take place at 9:30 a.m. in our parking area the second and fourth Sunday of the month beginning on January 10. Attendees can either participate from their cars and tune into FM band 90.1 to hear the service or bring camp chairs and […]

Our Doors May Be Closed, But The Church Remains Active!

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God continues to work in and through us: Filling Thanksgiving Food Baskets for those in need Making Project Linus blankets Blessing of the backpacks, students and teachers Welcoming new members Collecting back to school supplies for children in need Supporting Spirit of Life’s community food pantry distribution We invite you to join us for worship […]