Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
5 September 2014
Adult Instruction: It's Not Too Late To Join
It's not too late to join the Adult Instruction Class. Pastor Murray will be teaching the Adult Instruction Class from 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM in the church library. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Murray at smurray@mlchouston.org. You're welcome to join!
From the Pastor
Promotion Sunday
The summer is over and the school year is now in full swing!  Our students at Memorial Lutheran School have been on campus for more than two weeks. On Sunday, 7 September, we begin the new Sunday school year.  Instructing young people in the Faith is both a great privilege and responsibility.   It is one of the most important things we are about as a congregation.  Many, many thanks to all the teachers and staff who serve at Memorial Lutheran School and Memorial Lutheran Church's Sunday school.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated! 
Sunday's Scripture Lessons

Old Testament: Ezekiel 33:7-9

Epistle: Romans 13:1-10

Gospel: Matthew 18:1-20

Replacement of Paraments
We are seeking to replace all of our paraments starting with our Advent Paraments this fall. Our paraments are starting to show their age. In particular, our Advent paraments are currently blue and we are replacing them with the more traditional violet paraments. We hope to order the Advent paraments by the end of September 2014 as they require about 8 weeks to be made and Advent will be here before we know it. Our goal is $8,000 to replace the full Advent set of chasuble, stoles, altar paraments, the veil, the burse, and 2 banners. If you can help with reaching our goal, please write your checks to MLC with the memo line "Advent Paraments" or if you have any questions, please contact Martha Fredenburg at: 
Pastor Jan Bygstad of Norway and Pastor Murray
Because You Asked

Nina Skinner also asked why I (Pr. Murray) went to Sweden 4-11 August. As chair of the Luther Academy USA, an organization committed to spreading confessional Lutheran teaching worldwide, I was invited to deliver a paper to a conference of the North European Luther Academy (NELA) in Gothenburg, Sweden 4-7 August. The topic of the conference was "Lutheranism: Between Pietism and Orthodoxy." The conference was well attended and my paper was politely received. I also spent time encouraging Lutheran pastors who are being persecuted for being faithful. Many people expressed appreciation for the work that Luther Academy USA and that Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston are doing. They are glad to know that there are faithful Lutheran partners here in the United States. Sweden was beautiful and I enjoyed my time with my host, Pastor Fredrik Sidenvall of Gothenburg.
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 Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
 
For the family of Bud Obert, that they would be comforted by Christ in their mourning
 
For Kim Cheng, who has undergone cancer surgery

For Jeff and Tessa Pernoud, whose child, Hugh Travis, will be baptized on Sunday

Christian Education Night

 

Wednesdays

10 September - 

19 November

 

5:15 Dinner

6:00 Classes

 

2 Peter 

by Pastor Murray

 

The Biblical Foundations of the Lutheran Confession

by Pastor Pacey

 

Members of the Fellowship Committee will be in the Commons after the Sunday School hour and after Late Service for the next few weeks if you would like to sign up to provide a meal for C.E.N.

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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057



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