Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
6 December 2013
Pastor Pacey Projecting a 15 December Announcement

Pastor Ian Pacey, whom we called at a voters assembly on 24 November, is projecting that he will have a decision to announce on 15 December.
Please pray the Lord of the harvest that He would give wisdom and His Spirit to Pastor Pacey as he wrestles over and prays about the call to be Associate Pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church. Send us a man after Your own heart, O Lord!
From the Pastor
Advent End-stop

Advent reminds us that there is an end to all things. Christ promised to return to bring the world to a conclusion, completely defeating evil and bringing us sinners into the home which ascended to prepare for us. When we are caught up with Him in the air, things will no longer be "in the air." What I mean is that the indeterminacy and uncertainty of life that cause us to feel incomplete and uneasy will have have been brought to an end by Christ. That's one reason to look forward to Christ's return in judgment. Come, Lord Jesus!

Who's New?


Meet the Skinner family. They transferred to MLC this year after visiting for several months, prompted by a move across town.  Stephen is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and came to Texas twelve years ago for work.  He works in the pharmaceutical industry. Nina grew up in Houston and spent many childhood summers in Mexico. She is a corporate transactional attorney.  Their house is very active with three little ones (Matthew - 5, Rebecca - 4 and Madeleine - 1) who keep them on the move.  You can often find the Skinners in Port O'Connor on the beach and fishing with the kids or just relaxing at home and grilling.


Welcome to the Skinner family!
Sing and Give Joy with MLC Carolers! 

Please join us after second service this Sunday 8 December as we go caroling to our shut-ins. All are welcome!

Please meet in the narthex directly after second service. 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 before 5:00 PM today so we can plan for music and transportation at 713 782 6079 or email.

Holiday Worship Services

 Please join us for our upcoming services:

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
Brenda Stancik, recovering from surgery

Gerald Tackett, recovering from knee surgery

Order Your Poinsettia Today!


Call the church office by noon, Friday 20 December

713 782 6079


Plants are $8 each. Order one in memory/honor of a loved one, as a gift for your secret pal, or even for yourself.


We are asking for the plants to remain in the church until after late service on 5 January 2014.

Altar Linen

We need to replace the fair linen that covers the altar each week. 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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