Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
1 July 2016
 Vicar Matthew Bless
Vicar Matthew Bless' father, Larry Bless, has been called to his heavenly home. Vicar Matthew has flown home to be with his family. Please pray for peace and confidence in the gracious care of Christ for him and his family.
From the Pastor
Reflections on Nicaragua
Nicaragua mission trip was a great learning experience in my missionary journey! Under the able guidance of Mr. John Coulter, we were able to lead a group of young people to work with the Lutheran Christian mission in Nicaragua. Our ten day stay resulted in renovating a church, visiting the surrounding communities, and providing clothes and other goods to the children who were in need. While the Lord helped us to survive an earthquake, His Word continuously strengthened us and enabled us to visit the earthquake affected areas. Mr. John Coulter did an exceptional job in documenting the damage. Although I was able to connect with the people and culture immediately because of my Indian background, there were many things which I tried to learn. There is one specific thing that really fascinated me. Although people were poor, their faith was very rich which they were manifesting publicly. The major difference between India and Nicaragua was that I did not see any paganism or idols in public places.  It was like a fresh breeze! This trip is especially beneficial because I may be able to implement some specific mission strategies in India which I leaned in Nicaragua. I am sure our young people also learned a lot from this trip. On the whole, the entire trip was Perfecto! Thank you for sending me. Amen. 
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 66:10-14                                           
If you have small children (and even if you don't), you can learn the hymns we will be singing in preparation for Sunday. My daughter, Hilary, noticed small children singing hymns from memory in the church she attends in St. Louis and concluded that families were teaching the hymns to them so they could sing them, although they could not read. "Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise" (Ps 84:4)! 

Hymns: LSB 830, 533, 427, 823, 601
Organ Repair
This spring, after receiving significant gifts for such a project, we have arranged for Visser Organ Company to repair and augment our present pipe organ. This will include maintenance and replacement of worn parts. Visser will also install a state trumpet and a Zimbelstern, which are both festive additions to the instrument. When we replaced the organ console 15 years ago we included drawn knobs for both additions. Unfortunately, the tallest rank of pipes, the 16-foot reed, is also in need of replacement, because its original metal composition was too soft. Those pipes are bending. Our builder, Michael Visser, is prepared to replace the rank as part of this project. However, we probably need to raise about $12,000 more to accomplish it. The renovations to the instrument will probably begin in late summer 2016 and be finished no later than Christmas.
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Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For the family of Larry Bless who was called to his heavenly home

For Leslie Roch as she receives treatment

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