• Who: The Disciples of Mandarin Lutheran Church
  • What: A fundraiser garage sale to support the efforts of St. Johns Lutheran Church to accomplish much-needed repairs on their building so that their Ministry may continue.
  • When: Saturday, September 11th, from 8am-2pm
  • Where: Mandarin Lutheran Church campus
  • How: Please drop off gently used items at the church during office hours, Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-2 pm, or on Sunday. Bagged or boxed, the items may be placed against the wall under the screen in the Fellowship Hall. Donated new items would be most appreciated. Please spread the word to neighbors and friends.
     “Many hands make light work!”
If you can spare some time to help with this ministry please contact Marilyn Whitford at 904-742-6088.
Our brothers and sisters at St Johns need our help…many thanks!
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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 wheels are not permitted in most schools.

Last day for the school supply collection is August 9th!

Click the image for a list of supplies needed.

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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 a logo to represent MLC and a tagline (such as God’s Work, Our Hands).

Please follow the guidelines below:
  • Submissions must be designed and created by congregation members.
  • No more than two submissions (two logos and taglines) per member.
  • Taglines should be no more than four words.
  • Members can submit either logos, or taglines, or both.
  • Logo submissions should be simple and easy to reproduce.
  • The church will retain rights to the final, selected submissions.
  • The communications team reserves the right to make minor edits or alterations to the selected submission or to combine submissions to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Submissions are due to the church office by October 15, 2021.
Please contact a member of the communications team with any questions.
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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 you. See below to get started.

Option 1: Turn on Amazon Smile in your Amazon shopping app.

Option 2: Create a bookmark in your internet browser or use the link smile.amazon.com.

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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 respect the service to our great Nation.

On Saturday, June 12th at the Military Women’s Memorial at the entrance to the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, United States Coast Guard Port Security Chief Petty Officer Sandy Mitten, was honored as a “Woman of Valor” and presented with a specially designed brooch.

The brooch features a hand-painted enamel “forget-me-not” flower with purple petals. Purple is a composite of all the military branch colors and symbolizes joint service. At its center, the white pearl represents not only the power of women, but also loyalty and integrity. The gold-plated center star and letter “V” on the tips of the leaves represent valor.

Chief Petty Officer Sandy Mitten was the first Coast Guard woman to serve overseas in a combat role. Her combat service was with the newly formed Port Security Units (PSUs). Sandy was a reservist who earned the nickname “Grandma Gunner” in the Persian Gulf after she manned the aft .50-caliber machine gun while on a PSU Raider boat during a routine patrol and she was also lovingly called “Gulf War Granny.” Sandy was one of ten women who received the “Woman of Valor” award yesterday. After that ceremony, Chief Petty Officer Mitten and her daughter were escorted by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis Wilson, President of the Women’s Memorial to a new display in the museum where Sandy’s Coast Guard utility uniform is on display and where she was presented with a special award as a “Woman of Significance.”

Below is a video of the “Women of Valor” Brooch presentation. You can see Sandy get her award at the 01:00:22 time mark in the Video.

When we heard about the upcoming presentation and realized that none of us could be there to share this incredibly special moment with Sandy and her daughter, one of our Congregation members arranged for a dear friend, a retired Full Colonel to represent us. His email reporting on the event and the program are attached below.

Please join me in congratulating our very own Sandy Mitten on this outstanding life achievement.

 

Yours in Christ,

Troy Borema

MLC Council President

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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 in our trust in you.
 
Physical storms are not all that we face. We also face other storms: challenges that are thrown at us as fast as a tornado can whip up debris and sling it our way. How do we deal with the storms or challenges that we face? What are the storms in our lives?
 
One storm is the storm of change. We have had so many coming at us lately that we may be developing “storm” fatigue. And yet, here we find ourselves at yet another moment in the life of the church, where things are different, and change is needed.
 
This week, I had the privilege of having lunch with Law Enforcement Agencies and other faith leaders of Jacksonville, talking about another kind of storm, the storm of violence, that seems to be rocking our nation. All the mass shootings, the hatred, the increase in crime in our communities, have community leaders reeling, looking for real answers which are long overdue.
 
Retired Sheriff of Jacksonville, Nat Glover, said at the luncheon, “We have been here before. We have had [many and big challenges], but we got through them. Each time we got through them, we got better. We will get through this challenge, and we will be better!”
 
Change, in and of itself, creates an atmosphere of fear. We lose control of how we do things, we become uncertain in the new way, not knowing what to expect or even what to do. This could easily lead to increased stress levels, and as we have seen in our country, that leads to violence, or perhaps I should say, violent outbreaks.
 
We, the Church, the Body of Christ, can and will get through this time of uncertainty and we will be better at the other end. As we put our trust in God, as we allow love to fill our hearts, minds, and lives, we put away fear and find the path forward that God has intended for us walk.
 
On June 12, your leadership will be entering into a time of discernment and planning for our future. We ask that you keep us in your prayers that we may remain vigilant to the voice of the Holy Spirit, that our faith will be certain, and that we will be bold enough to step out on the path that God sets before us.
 
I pray this for the council, for myself, and also for each of you as we move out of the isolation brought on by the pandemic and find our way back to fullness of life.
 
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Anna
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Yard Sale to Benefit St. John’s Lutheran

Care, Serve

Who: The Disciples of Mandarin Lutheran Church What: A fundraiser garage sale to support the efforts of St. Johns Lutheran Church to accomplish much-needed repairs on their building so that their Ministry may continue. When: Saturday, September 11th, from 8am-2pm Where: Mandarin Lutheran Church campus How: Please drop off gently used items at the church during office hours, Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-2 pm, or on […]

MLC’s Annual School Supply Drive

Serve, Uncategorized

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

Grow

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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Join Us For Lenten Services

Blog

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 […]