Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
8 November 2013
Not a Pastor Driven Church

I just hadn't thought about it before, but when one of our members said, "This is not a pastor driven church," at the Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, I was so delighted to hear it said. Oh, yes, we expect our pastors to be about the Word and Sacraments ministry. However, our members are more than capable of driving the outreach, stewardship, youth, missions, and other programs of our congregation. That's possible because they are well catechized. That's something the pastors do. It is such a joy to work together as pastors and lay people toward one goal. This means we're really a Jesus led church. There is nothing better.

From the Pastor
All Saints (Again)
"Salvation belongs to our God and to the Lamb" (Revelation 7:10). Last Sunday for All Saints we sang the great Norwegian hymn, "Behold a Host, Arrayed in White" at the end of the communion at late service. About that time our dear sister in Christ, Diane Garner, lay dying. While she was entering the heavenly kingdom where what we were singing was experienced by her with all the saints in heaven: "Now God has wiped away their tears, Transformed their strife to heav'nly life, And freed from all their fears." It was the right time to "Lift up one voice; Let heav'n rejoice In our Redeemer's song." (LSB: 676) It's a God thing.
Who's New?

 Anna Bockin comes from the central Texas area, specifically Harker Heights, Texas. She graduated from Texas State University in May 2008 with a degree in Exercise Sports and Science and a minor in History. Anna stays active in her alumni sorority, Chi-Omgea with the University of Houston chapter. She is hopeful that in a few years, she can go back to coach club soccer for the state. Anna works for HBC International, Inc. in the Galleria area as the HR Director and Head Recruiter. Anna first visited Memorial Lutheran in January of 2013 and after meeting with Pastor Murray and attending Adult Instruction courses, she knew that she was meant to be a member at MLC. Anna joined the church in May.


If you see Anna, please be sure to welcome her to the MLC family.
Giving to the Less Fortunate

During our 5th annual Thanksgiving meal for the less fortunate, we will be distributing much needed items to the attendees.  If you can help with any of the following items, please drop them off in the church office by Wednesday 27 November at Noon. Thank you!


Items we are in need of:

Tooth brushes & paste



Disposable razors

Shaving Cream








Adult sized jeans and clothing

Small bags of chips, cookies, snacks (individually packaged and sealed) 

Holiday Worship Services
The holidays are almost upon us. Please join us for our upcoming worship services: 
Thursday 28 November 9:00 AM
Thanksgiving Service
Sunday 1 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Advent
Wednesday 4 December 7:00 PM
Advent 1
Sunday 8 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Second Sunday in Advent
Wednesday 11 December 7:00 PM
Advent 2
Sunday 15 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Third Sunday in Advent
Wednesday 18 December 7:00 PM
Advent 3 (MLS Service)
Sunday 22 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Tuesday 24 December Christmas Eve
Children's Service - 5:00 PM
Lessons and Carols - 7:00 PM
Candlelight Mass - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service
Sunday 29 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Christmas
Tuesday 31 December 7:00 PM
New Year's Eve Service
If you have suggestions about things that you'd like to see 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
Jackie Benton, recovering from surgery
Herb Michael, who suffered a stroke

Joyce Backs, heart issues

Maryann Murray, undergoing testing

Gerald Tackett, recovering from knee surgery

Family of Diane Garner, who went to be with Jesus

MLS Book Fair

22 & 24 November

Memorial Lutheran School will be holding their book fair in conjunction with Grandparents Day, 22 November, and also on Sunday 24 November in between church services. Come by and do your Christmas shopping for someone special, or grab a cookbook for some holiday treat ideas.  All proceeds will benefit the Memorial Lutheran School Library. 

Altar Linen
We need to replace the fair linen that covers the altar each week. We have waited for all the renovations in the sanctuary to be complete in order to look into replacing these linens. Presently, we have three and all are beginning to show their age in the form of holes, wear, and stains. Each of the linens cost approximately $500 to replace. When we think of the altar and the importance it plays in our weekly worship services, we want to present the finest linens. If you are willing and able to contribute to the replacement of our fair linen, please let Martha Fredenburg know by email at: mfredenburg@


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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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