Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
8 January 2016
Join us for a Friendship BBQ honoring our new members Sunday 24 January, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM.

Delicious Texas BBQ will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share with your fellow members and guests. Sign-up  Online or visit the table in the Commons next Sunday to sign-up. You may drop it off in the church kitchen on the 24th before or after the services. 

We are also looking for a few good Lutherans to help with clean-up afterward. If you can help call the church office and speak to  Wayne or  Tessa at 713 782 6079. Remember many hands make for light work! We need your help!
From the Pastor
The Baptism of Our Lord
Dear Children of God whom sojourn with me in this mission field, Happy New Year and a blessed Epiphany, in the name of the Root of Jesse, who the Wise Men from the East, following the star to Bethlehem of Judea, visited and worshiped with gifts. Amen.

As the hen gathers her brood under her wings in times of danger, so shall the Lord God Almighty who hath made it possible for you to see this new year guard you using not only the blood shed in the circumcision of our Lord, but more importantly that of His crucifixion, as a covenant of peace and a fortress to cover you this new year and forevermore.

May this Root of Jesse, Jesse's Lord, repay you always. Amen.

Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 43:1-7                        
Hymns: 398, 766, 406, 594, 601, 405
The 2016 Flower Calendar is now in the narthex. It's a perfect way to share and acknowledge an anniversary, birthday, or a special family occasion.  The flowers are arranged for by the church office, all you have to do is tell us what you want written in the Sunday bulletin. The cost is $43.  The Flower Calendar is located in the narthex on the wall just to the east of the main doors.  Please contact Wayne in the church office if you have any questions.
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 peace for the Lodholz family

For Leslie Roch as she finishes treatment

For Diva Pilli as she seeks treatment
 
For Paul Lodholz, asking for strength as he recovers

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
poinsettias
Come and Pick Up Your Poinsettia!
 
We want to thank all of you who purchased
poinsettias for this Christmas season.  You may
pick up your plant in the Commons area.
2016 Offering Envelopes are Available!
Please pick up your offering envelopes for the 2016 year. They are located in the Narthex- you can't miss them!
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057