Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
22 November 2013
Thanksgiving at MLC

Thanksgiving Service at MLS will be held Thursday 28 November, at 9:00 AM.

Join us to thank the Lord for our blessings.

      After the service, please consider joining us as we serve the less fortunate in our community at our annual Thanksgiving meal. We welcome any and all volunteers as more hands make light work.


"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, 

for his steadfast love endures for ever!" Psalm 107 
From the Vicar
Dwelling with God

"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Lk 23:43).  Jesus absolves the penitent criminal with these words.  This absolution shows the nature of Christ's crucifixion: forgiveness of sins and a welcome into Paradise.  Due to the fall into sin, humanity was thrown out of the presence of God and out of Paradise.  Through Jesus' death, our Lord has opened the gates of heaven to all believers.  The criminal received a great promise: "you will be with me."  Through Jesus overcoming the sharpness of death, we are now able to dwell with God.  What greater thing can we be thankful for?

Who's New?

Chester and Glenda Hermes were members of Memorial Lutheran Church many years ago when Pastor Oesch was the senior pastor. The Hermes say it feels wonderful to be back at this beautiful, warm and welcoming House of Worship.  Both Glenda and Chester are retired now, he a mechanical engineer with Chevron Texaco and she an Operating Room Registered Nurse.

      The Hermes have enjoyed traveling in recent years, but find that nothing beats visiting their daughter, Johanna, in Denver and hanging out with their son, Derek, and his family here in Houston.  This year they were blessed with their first grandchild.

      Chester and Glenda look forward to many years at MLC as they feel this is truly is the perfect church for their family. Welcome!

Thanksgiving Meal 

We want to thank the members of Memorial for their great response in providing the essentials for our Thanksgiving Day dinner.  

 We are still in need of the following items:

Pies & Cakes                       Green Beans

Casseroles                           Corn

Sweet Potatoes                  Dressing

We also need volunteers for set up, serving and clean up.

      Donations can be dropped off in the kitchen next to the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday 27 November, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Thursday morning before 9:00 AM. If you wish to volunteer, make a donation or want more information, please contact Wayne or Arlene Murray at 281 240 9644 or by email at wamurray9@hotmail.com.

 Thanks again for all your support!

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) 

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
Joyce Backs, heart issues

Gerald Tackett, recovering from knee surgery

Pastor Sagar Pilli and the Telugu Mission 

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 of the proceeds will benefit the Memorial Lutheran School Library. 

Sing and Give Joy With MLC Carolers!

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us after late service on 8 December as we go caroling to our shut-ins. All are welcome!

Please meet in the narthex by 12:30 PM. We will go for a quick lunch at Jason's Deli and then meet back at the church to begin the route. Music and Maps will be provided. The MLS bus will transport most carolers.

RSVP to the Church Office so we can plan for music and transportation at 713 782 6079 or by email.

Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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