Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
21 October 2016
MLS
Nominations for Headmaster
Memorial Lutheran School (MLS) is working to fill our vacant headmaster position. If you would like to submit a name for consideration, please click here or submit a written nomination to the church office, complete with your name and contact information. Nominations will be received until 31 October 2016.
From the Pastor
Fight the Good Fight
How easily the faith is lost. Visiting Germany this month reinforced this truth for me. The home of the Lutheran Reformation is hardly Lutheran. Less than ten percent of the people of Wittenberg consider themselves Lutheran! There are no earthly guarantees, not even for those who live in the birthplace of the Reformation. What does this mean? It means that our faith has to be appropriated in every generation. It is not some automatic thing that if we are Lutherans our children will be Lutherans, or even Christians. It is pretty simple. If you want well-mannered children, you teach your children good manners (and exhibit them). If you want Lutheran children, teach them the catechism (and live like you, too, believe it). We must keep on confessing. Paul encourages us, "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses" (1Timothy 6:12).
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: LSB  566, 581 (10-12), 518 (1,27,3), 797, 696, 531, 728
LWIM Gift Sale
Just in time for Christmas giving.  Come shop with us!
 
Saturday
5 November 
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
   
Items for purchase are new
            -  donations from the sample sale sold at half                       price of the lowest markdown
            -  donations from the congregation
 
Proceeds - 100% support our Lutheran missions.
            -  Seminary Student support
            -  Nigerian Mission and Pastor Wokoma
            -  Puerto Rico Mission and Pastor StOnge
 
Contributions
            - New, unused gifts or new Christmas                                 decorations.  for example the Nativity set you                     never opened  for example a box of Christmas                   cards you never used
            -  Donations gladly received starting 30 October                  in the Commons
 
Questions
            -  Call or text Heather Coulter  832 687 6465
Cantor Stays!
After considering a call to a congregation in Missouri, we are happy to announce Cantor Muth will be staying with us! If you see her, please thank her for the wonderful music program here at Memorial Lutheran Church and 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.

Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For Bobbi Phelps as she undergoes therapy

For Gerald Tackett as he undergoes therapy

For Julie Krueger, as she continues to heal

For Olivia Taylor, who is recovering from orthopedic surgery

For Marcheta Beasley as she seeks treatment

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
Memorial Lutheran Church Planning Meeting

Please hold open the date of Saturday 12 November starting at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall for a special Church Planning Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the ministry opportunities in MLC's future. This meeting will be open to all members of the congregation and will last approximately three hours.  So bring your ideas and let's imagine together the work that can be done in the future.

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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057