Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
15 November 2013
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From the Vicar
Strength in Persecution

This weeks Gospel isn't uplifting;  Jesus says, "they will lay their hands on you and persecute you" (Luke 21:12). His words are heavy and burdensome for any believer.  Yet, Jesus gives great comfort, "But not a hair of your head will perish" (Luke 21:18).  When we face persecution, we cannot look to our own strength.  Instead, the strength to bear the trials comes from the cross.  It is in the cross that we see the devil defeated.  As we sing "He can harm us none.  He's judged; the deed is done; One little word can fell him" (LSB: 656).

Who's New?

The Hibbard family moved here in June 2013 from Charlotte, NC when Joel took a job as an attorney at Latham and Watkins.

Melissa is a stay-at-home mom for their son, Sam, who is 21 months old.  The pastor at their former church home in Charlotte recommended MLC to the Hibbards. Joel and Melissa even chose to live in Bellaire based on the proximity to MLC, as they are glad to have found a church home in Houston and are eager to be involved in church life. 


Be sure to welcome Joel, Melissa, and Sam if you see them in church or at CEN. 

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

Gerald Tackett, recovering from knee surgery

Family of Diane Garner, who went to be with Jesus

Honorary Grandparents Needed!

Grandparents Day at MLS will be held Friday 22 November. 

Some of our students will be without a grandparent on this day.  The morning starts with Chapel at 8:30 AM,  followed by a visit to the classroom, and then a special performance by the children.  The Book Fair will be open, and breakfast treats will be available in the Commons for our Grandparents.  If you are able to serve as a grandparent for a student at MLS, please let the school office know by Wednesday 20 November at

713 782 4022.

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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