Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
6 January 2017
Adult Instruction Class
10 January 2017 - 11 April 2017
Tuesday Nights 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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 at smurray@mlchouston.org.
Come and join us!
From the Pastor
The Pleasure of Baptism  Matthew 3:13-17
  Jesus did not need a baptism unlike the rest of humanity because He had no sin. However, He gladly took it for our sake so that we might have the pleasure of receiving great spiritual benefits in our baptisms.  In this respect, John's question was correct. The answer from our Lord was also correct because we desperately needed all those spiritual benefits that flowed from the righteousness of Christ. The baptismal liturgy correctly says that Christ sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood and a lavish washing away of sin. In our baptisms, God sends a blessed flood so that we may be drowned in spiritual pleasure. God is pleased when our families are baptized. When God is pleased, we are too. Amen. 
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 42:1-9                                          

Hymns: LSB  398, 766, 406, 594, 601, 405
New Member Sunday BBQ
Join us for a New Member Sunday BBQ honoring our new members Sunday 15 January, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM.

Delicious Texas BBQ will be provided. Please bring a dessert to share with your fellow members and guests. You may drop it off in the church kitchen on the 15th before or after the services. 

We are also looking for a few good Lutherans to help with clean-up afterward. If you can help email Mike Jeffers or 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!
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 Kirstyn Harvey as she undergoes surgery

For the family of Rev. Bill Heine

For the family of John Meyer

For the family of Gerald Tackett

For Ellen Brda as she seeks therapy

For Bobbi Phelps as she undergoes therapy

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
CEN Returns!

Christian Education Night
Returns Wednesdays
11 January- 22 February
 
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Classes
 
If you would like to help provide a meal, please contact our friendly fellowship chair Mike Jeffers or the  church office 713 782 6079.  

Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057