Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
19 June 2015
VBS Update
Vacation Bible School took place 15-19 June at MLC. 125 students enrolled for the week. Approximately 75 of these students were from our school's summer program. The others were friends or members of MLC.

The theme for this year's VBS was the Lord's Prayer. Each day we opened and closed with hymns and prayers in the sanctuary. Between the hymns and prayers, our time was divided between instruction, music, games, and snacks.

VBS is a great opportunity for our congregation to teach the Faith. It is also a great opportunity to serve. Special thanks to both David and Hilda Kunz, who directed this year's program; to the Parish Education board; and to all the other teachers and helpers (especially MLC Youth and Young adults), who helped supply our needs. Your combined efforts made for a great week!
From the Vicar
Amazement and Surprise
It is amazing that we as humans, sinners, and creatures of God can be surprised by any of the His miraculous actions. He has knit us together in the womb, worked all of creation out of nothing, condescended himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ, suffered all humiliation by putting the sin of the world to death on the cross, raised himself from the dead, and saved all of humanity from its sin caused death, and we still have trouble accepting the fact that he has no limitations.
In our reading from Mark we can see the disciples battling the shock of seeing a glimpse of the true divine power of Jesus. He calms a storm, but this is as nothing compared to the true miracle that Jesus has accomplished: to rescue the entire human race, past, present, and future from death. Who is this that even the wind and sea obey him? This is the God of all creation. He is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Nothing he does should ever surprise us, but always amaze us.
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Mark 4:35-41


Hymns: 395, 726, 659, 621, 717

What's New Telugu?

The MLC Telugu community is very happy to be part of the church family. Telugu people are actively worshipping at Memorial and receiving God's precious gifts of Word and Sacraments. Our group is steadily growing and more are becoming involved in church activities. Recently, the MLC Telugu community launched its Facebook page. This page is attracting new people and becoming a great tool for communication. The Facebook page is under "Telugu Association of Houston." Please feel free to like us on Facebook. The Telugu people  are eager to build and grow a healthy confessional community of God's people and are thankful to all the saints at Memorial who make this possible! Please don't forget to read the Telugu financial updates on the back of church bulletins. Currently, our goal is to raise $2,869.00 through June for our immediate needs.  We also continue to appreciate your prayers, support, and encouragement.

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 Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
For Paul Lodholz, asking for strength as he recovers

For Walter Friend as he continues treatment

Join us for good food 
and company as we bid
a fond farewell to long-time MLCS members/faculty Jess and Angie Thacker and Vicar Stebbins next week, Sunday,28 June, 12:30 PM. The MLC BBQ team will be providing the main course. We'd like to show the Thackers and vicar how much we appreciated their service to MLC, so please bring a side dish or dessert to share with your fellow 
members. We will have a sign up table in the Commons on Sunday between services or if you have access to the Internet, please sign up here.  
See you there!!
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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