Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
19 August 2016
Mark Your Calendars
Sundays 9:45 AM-10:45 AM
21 August 2016 - 22 January 2017
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 are interested in taking this class, please contact Pastor Murray. Come and join us!
From the Pastor
Life Itself      
  
Simplicity, convenience, ease-of-use-these are the values held in high esteem by consumers today. We tend to want the short version, the quick tutorial, the easy and painless path to progress. We like our religion that way, too. "Just give me the essentials, not all that doctrine or exegesis or history. Oh, novelty is okay; at least it's interesting. And 'positive thinking' is good, too; it helps get me through the day. But I've got my own work and interests and TV shows to keep up with, so don't expect me to study or memorize or dig deeply."
"And someone said to [Jesus], 'Lord, will those who are saved be few?' And he said to them, 'Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.'" Christ's words and ways are not the "spice of life" or "a part of life," they are life itself; they are Spirit; they are truth. They are worthy of more than our attention; they are worthy of our devotion, and through them, through Him, "people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the Kingdom of God." Lord, give us ears to hear. Amen.
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 66:18-23                                       

Hymns: LSB 791, 510, 540, 621, 832
Telugu Ministry Update
Dear Members of Memorial:
It is my joy and privilege to inform you that the Telugu Ministry is progressing well at Memorial. Our Telugu community is steadily growing and currently I have the opportunity to interact with many Telugu people, Indian Christians, Hindus, and people from other nationalities. A couple of weeks ago, we baptized three by the power of the Spirit. Baptisms and conversions are the ongoing work of our Telugu mission.  As our community is growing, our needs are also growing in many areas.  Our financial needs increased this year when compared to last year. Currently we are seeking ways to meet the budget for 2016. To meet the budget in 2016, Telugu Ministry needs $45,000. I encourage all our members to contribute generously toward this vital mission at Memorial, so that we may continue this work among the Telugu people in Houston. I also want to seek different ways to raise money for Telugu Ministry. If you have any potential ideas for funding and resources, please share your ideas with me and the other pastors. I really appreciate your prayers and continue to request your prayers and support for this vital mission among Telugu people. I look forward to hearing from you soo n.
Rich blessing on you and your families!
Pastor Sagar Pilli 
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 Martha Fredenburg, who is recovering from orthopedic surgery

For Olivia Taylor, who is recovering from orthopedic surgery

For Mary Lewis as she regains her strength

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
MLS "FORE THE KIDS" GOLF TOURNAMENT
Saturday, 8 October 2016  at  Battleground Golf Course. Shotgun start at 8:00 AM.
We are looking for golfers, hole sponsors,
and prize sponsors.
This year's proceeds will benefit the Little Lambs Scholarship fund. For more information please c ontact LouAnn Webber  in the school office at 713 782 4022. 
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057