Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
17 January 2014
Pastor Ian S. Pacey to be Installed 19 January
Pastor Ian S. Pacey of Tucson, AZ arrived in Houston on 13 January with his wife, Clarissa and children, Rachel and Kirk. Rachel and Kirk are settling into Memorial Lutheran School. Upon meeting Kirk in the school hall, he told Pastor Murray, "My dad will be preaching with you." 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
Exciting Time!
Epiphany focuses the church on the mission of proclaiming the gospel to all the world. We are doing that at Memorial Lutheran Church; through our foreign missionaries, Pastor St-Onge (East Asia) and Pastor Wokoma (Nigeria), through our domestic missionaries, Pastor Pilli (Telugu), Pastor Heine (MLS), and Pastor Pacey and Pastor Murray (English). It is exciting to be involved in so many ministries! Our ministry centered here in Houston is growing in every way. This year our average weekly worship attendance grew from 430 to 441 per week. Our Epiphany mission is to proclaim the Light in the darkness and bring those whom the Light has claimed to our church. A young guest told me about you, "Everyone made me feel very welcome!" Keep sharing the Light and welcoming those whom He brings (2Co 4:4-6).
Who's New?

Kristen Granzow came to Memorial from Hubbard, Iowa after she decided to transfer her job offer to Houston in order to live in a bigger city and warmer climate.  Upon hearing of her transfer, the vicar at her home congregation recommended MLC to her and she attended services once she moved to Houston.


Kristen is a new graduate working as an auditor for PriceWaterhouseCooper. In her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, and traveling.   She is currently exploring all there is in Houston and Texas.


Kristen has been attending our young adult Bible study and Adult Instruction. She will be joining MLC officially on New Member Sunday. Please say hello to Kristen if you see her around MLC.

Join us for CEN

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 Sunday!

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 Pacey Family, Pastor, Clarissa, Rachel, and Kirk, as they settle into a new home and church

For Pastor V. Atsinger, who underwent 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
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. You can contact him at 832 264 4017 or at



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