Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
10 January 2014
Pastor Ian S. Pacey to be Installed 19 January
Pastor Ian S. Pacey of Tucson, AZ is arriving in Houston on 13 January with his wife, Clarissa and children, Rachel and Kirk. Rachel and Kirk will be starting school that day. Pastor Pacey will be installed in a Vespers service on 19 January at 4:00 PM. A Texas barbecue dinner will follow in the fellowship hall to welcome Pr. Pacey and his family. Congregation members may also express their welcome by contributing a gift card to their favorite restaurant or Houston retail outlet to be collected by the Lutheran Women in Mission. Te Deum Laudamus!
From the Pastor
Gentile Christmas!

Epiphany is sometimes called the Gentile Christmas. It celebrates the disclosure of the Christmas gift through the preaching of the Gospel to the Gentiles. This makes it our Christmas because the birth of Christ would have been useless if God had not made provision for us to know it. The proclamation of the condescension of God to us in the person of Christ is what saves. God is willing not only to send His Son, but ever after to give Him to us along with His benefits in the proclamation of the divine Word. Christ has come. He has come for us.

Who's New?

Emanuel Kiyola was born and raised in a strong Christian family in Tanzania, East Africa. His dream to come to the United States came true after he won a Green Card Lottery in 2006. Emanuel moved to Houston, Texas shortly after and began the long process of immigration to bring his family to Houston. In 2011, the entire Kiyola family arrived in the United States.


Emanuel and his wife, Eva have been blessed with 5 children: Boys: Noel (college), William (12th Grade) and Nimrod (4th grade); and Girls: Angelina (college) and Lydia (8th

grade). The family enjoys movies, eating out, and watching sports. Angelina and Lydia volunteer and sing here at MLC.


In Tanzania, Emanuel's family worshipped at the Lutheran church in Dar es Salaam and after visiting Memorial a few times, became a member in May 2009. The Kiyola family are happy to be members of MLC and Emanuel thanks the congregation for their prayers and the warm welcome he and his family have received. 


Please give a warm hello to and get to know the lovely Kiyola family. We are glad they are here!

Luke George Update

One of our young members, Luke George has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. The George family has provided an update concerning his treatment.


Luke has clinic visits every Friday that include blood work and a chemo infusion line into his arm as well as a spinal tap. Sometimes this means he is at the hospital for much of the day. Luke is doing well most days and is such a little trooper, according to his mother, Dana. He is reacting well to the treatments and chemo, though he does have some nausea. When he is feeling well, Luke is enjoying the company of his siblings who are very sweet with their brother. The family hopes to have an update in late January on how his cancer is responding to the treatment.


Your prayers for Luke and the George family are greatly appreciated. 

CEN Begins Next Week!

Christian Education Night


15 January - 26 February


5:15 Dinner

6:00 Classes


Pastor Murray will be teaching a series about 1 Peter


Pastor Pacey will be teaching Liturgical Structures, an Overview of the Divine Service. 


We need your help! If you are able to help provide a meal, please contact Tessa in the church office. 713 782 6079 

Spring Adult Instruction Class Begins Soon!

19 January 2014 - 

13 April 2014


12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Church Library


Why should you come to this class?

1.  To learn more about the basic teachings of the Christian religion

2. To reaffirm your faith

3. To join Memorial Lutheran Church as a member

4. To learn what your children are taught at Memorial Lutheran School

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
For the family of Lee Burrows

For the Pacey Family, Pastor, Clarissa, Rachel, and Kirk, as they prepare their move

For Pastor V. Atsinger, who will undergo surgery on his carotid artery on Monday

For Molly Salazar, who is recovering from a broken wrist

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia

For John Meyer, who is recovering from foot surgery

Come and Pick Up Your Poinsettia!


If you have purchased or received a gifted poinsettia, please pick up your poinsettia in the Commons at your nearest convenience.


The list of poinsettias will be in Sunday's bulletin.

Pacey Welcome BBQ 19 January
Please join us for a welcome BBQ on 19 January after Pastor Pacey's installation. Delicious Texas BBQ will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share with your fellow members.
We are also looking for a few good Lutherans to help with set-up and clean up on the evening of 19 January after the BBQ.  If you can help, contact Tessa in the church office at 713 782 6079.

Nicaragua Bound?

MLC is sending a mission team to Nicaragua 3-13 June 2014. The total cost for the trip will be $1,200. A $400 deposit will be due by 31 January 2014 to ensure your spot on the trip. Checks can be made out to MLC with the notation "Nicaragua General Fund". Please let John Coulter know as soon as possible if you are planning to go so that he can purchase airline tickets and verify your personal information. You can contact him at 832-264-4017 or at



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