Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                  Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
27 September 2013
Debut Issue
Welcome to the debut issue of the Memorial Messenger the weekly newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas. Every Friday the Messenger will be emailed to you to highlight the work our Lord Jesus is doing among His people. We look forward to sharing regular features with you. Every issue will include a short devotion and a prayer request for a current need. X
From the Pastor
Sharing the Word
"Jesus has done all things well" (Mark 7:37).
The internet is an incredible tool for the good of the church and her proclamation of the Word of God. This week we had a guest in the young adults' Bible class who found us by searching the internet for a Bible study in Houston. This email newsletter would have been impossible just a few years ago. We now can communicate with God's people using the internet, while saving considerable sums on postage, copying, and paper. We look forward to your input on features and articles you would like to see. X
Who's New?
Our Lord Jesus has brought a growing community of believers together here at Memorial Lutheran Church. Pastor Murray is teaching a library full of participants in Adult Instruction. We will provide a regular feature of new members with a little biographical information. Today, we will feature a family most of you know, Pastor Sagar and Malini Pilli, and their daughter Michelle. Sagar and Malini Pilli were born and raised in India. While Malini is a pharmacy professional, Sagar is passionate about confessional Lutheranism and currently involved in starting a Telugu ministry at Memorial. Their only daughter Michelle Alika is three years old and attending Memorial Lutheran School. Pastor Pilli is an ordained minister of the LCMS, graduating from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis with an M.Div. X
Capital Campaign
Capital Campaign
We are now half way through the capital campaign, A Memorial for the People. Your gifts continue to come in. Because of your generosity, we are close to having our construction loan paid off. Once we do your contributions will start to reduce the principle owed on the mortgage. Don't forget to attend the Campaign Celebration event on 6 October, when a celebratory lunch will be offered after late service. You can hear about the campaign then. Everyone is welcome, even if they haven't made a pledge! X
Call Committee Making Progress
Your call committee gathered for the third face-to-face meeting on Monday 23 September. They were able to sort through the candidates for the office of Associate Pastor, reducing a large slate to four candidates. The committee is arranging phone interviews with the candidates. Please pray that the committee is shaped by the will of our heavenly Father, so that the man he wants us to have is presented to God's people for election. X
Thank you for your gracious support of the ministry of Memorial Lutheran Church and School. The Lord Jesus has been overwhelmingly gracious to us in these days. Pray for His continued blessings that His gospel would continue to be preached among us.

If you have suggestions about things that should be 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
Marvin Kluttz, who is gravely ill
 
Diane Garner, who is recovering at home

Pastor Charles St-Onge, for strength 

Joyce Backs, infection

Jordan and Taylor Listi, military life
Men's Retreat Set
The 2013 MLC Men's Retreat is set for the weekend of 18-20 October at Camp Lone Star in Lagrange, Texas. Our guest speaker is Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. The theme for the weekend is What Is Lutheran Preaching? For more information email Robert BurmeisterX








Wokoma Appointed
Rev. Charles Wokoma has been appointed a career missionary to the Global Seminary Initiative. This makes more permanent Pr. Wokoma's teaching position at the seminary of the Lutheran Church of Nigeria in Obot Idim. We will be able to support him just as we have been in the past, through MLC to the Office of International Mission of the LCMS. X
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