Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
11 October 2013
Pastor Travels to Latin America
As most members are aware, Pastor Murray has to travel a fair amount to fulfill his duties as a Vice-President of the LCMS. This month, he will travel to Guatemala where he will represent the Luther Academy and the LCMS at a mission summit for Latin America 21-24 October. The Luther Academy is an organization committed to raising the confessional Lutheran awareness of Lutheran clergy around the world. Great things are starting to happen in Latin America. Please pray for his safe travel and a successful meeting.
From the Pastor
Sharing the Word
"Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
The last few weeks of the Memorial Moment have been dedicated to prayer. Paul's encouragement to continue praying comes from the attitude of Jesus Himself, who was continually in prayer. He sought to shape His will according to that of His Father. So too we pray that the Lord's will would be done among us, as it is in heaven. About that we should never stop praying.
Who's New?
The Rebber family moved from Austin where they attended Trinity Lutheran Church and after a short stay north of The Woodlands, they now live in Camp Logan near Memorial Park. Andy is a Regional Manager for the Verdin Bell Company and helped MLC with the acquisition of our carillon. Jamie is the Librarian at Memorial Lutheran School where Drew and Victoria attend fourth and second grades. They enjoy biking around Houston and also in the Texas State Parks. Drew plays baseball and golf, Victoria ice skates and they both play basketball for the school. Jamie likes to spend time riding her Andalusian horse, and Andy enjoys sailing and collecting books. 
The Rebbers may be new but they certainly have made MLCS their home. Welcome!
Call Committee Makes Progress
The call committee of Memorial Lutheran Church is making remarkably swift progress toward offering a candidate to the congregation for election to the office of Associate Pastor. The committee has reduced the list of candidates to four men. They will be interviewed by phone on 16 October. After sorting out the results of those interviews, the committee will advise the congregation of its next steps. Pray the Lord of the harvest for workers in His harvest field.
Update Your Photo Directory Photos

Member photos will be taken between services

13 & 20 October in the commons. Come have your family's photos and individual photos taken for our photo directory and church database.  If you don't like your past photo or have never taken a member photo before, this is your chance!


It's quick and convenient.  Look for the photo backdrop in the commons and smile for the camera.

Rummage Sale Donations Needed!

LWIM is accepting gently used items from 13 - 18 October. The following items can be left on the stage in the school gym:

  • Clothing: free from stains, tears, and fading
  • Electronics in good working order
  • Unused writing and office materials
  • Toys in good working order and not missing any pieces
  • Furniture and household items that function properly
  • This sale is LWIM's biggest fundraiser of the year, and the monies raised go directly to the following missions- Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Higher Things, and sponsorship of a St. Louis Seminarian.


    If you have any questions about your donation please email:

    Hilda Kunz hilda.kunz@sbcglobal.net or

    Kim Bohot kim.bohot@sbcglobal.net


    Support our LWIM and shop the Rummage Sale.

    When: Saturday 19 October 2013, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Where: Memorial Lutheran School Gym

    If you have suggestions about things that should be in the Memorial Messenger, please let the office staff know. We would love to hear from you.

    Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
    Senior Pastor
    Memorial Lutheran Church and School
    In This Issue
    Let Us Pray
    Marvin Kluttz, who is gravely ill
    Diane Garner, who is recovering at home

    Leonard Jones, in hospital 

    Joyce Backs, heart issues

    Mark Porter, recovering from hip replacement surgery 
    Men's Retreat 
    The 2013 MLC Men's Retreat is set for next weekend, 18-20 October, at Camp Lone Star in Lagrange, Texas. Our guest speaker is Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. The theme for the weekend is What Is Lutheran Preaching? It's not too late! Sign up online  or for more information email Robert Burmeister.

    MLC Youth Food Drive

    MLC Youth is preparing for the annual food drive benefitting West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM).

    If you have any non-perishable food items to donate to WHAM, please bring them to church, this Sunday, 13 October. Between services, our MLC Youth will carry the items from your car to their collection area. If you have any questions concerning the food drive email Vicar Smith:



    CEN Meals

     The Fellowship meals that we share before CEN classes are available thanks to volunteers like you. 


    You don't have to tackle this alone. Many hands make easy and fun work. Sign up with a friend or family member to prepare a meal.


    If you think you might be interested in helping with either one of the following Wednesday evenings: 

    30 October or 13 November, contact 



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    Houston, TX 77057

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