Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                                                                               Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
5 July 2019
A Very Vicar Welcome
We will give Vicar Hill a gift basket when he arrives to welcome him to Memorial. Donations of restaurant gift cards, grocery store gift cards, pantry items, or cash will be accepted for the next few weeks.  Please see or give donations to Vonda Tackett or Tessa Pernoud on Sunday or contact
Vonda or Tessa  to coordinate another time. The gift basket will be assembled and given to him the Sunday of his installation (14 July).
From the Pastor
How Does the Kingdom Come?

By the standards of some, the Kingdom of God is a matter of strategies, demographic studies, good marketing and technology.  Had St. Paul only had a smartphone!  What Luther could have done with an I-pad!  But in answer to how His kingdom comes Jesus just speaks a couple of parables.  It's a clever way to teach. Jesus used parables when people stopped listening to Him.  His parables to us this morning are everyday stories about seed and soil and grain and mustard plants that are little analogies for the very big topics of God's kingdom, grace, and judgment. His parables require "ears to hear," which is another way of saying "faith." They invite us to trust in our Lord and to act on that trust. So, Sunday morning, we get a couple of growth-of-the-kingdom parables for our consideration and learn...  the Kingdom of God
will come!
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: 793, 533, 426, 673, 830
Full-Time Membership Secretary Position Available at Memorial Lutheran Church
The Membership Secretary position primarily maintains an accurate database of church members and visitors, provides letters of transfer, tracks baptism records, inputs weekly church attendance and uploads the memorial Moment and Newsletter. The position handles phone calls in a professional manner, greets visitors to the church, and assists the pastoral staff as requested. Candidates must be a Christian (preferably LCMS member), with a love for the details, as well as editing, spelling, and grammatical skills. Prefer experience with Publisher or other graphic design software, Word, and Excel, as well as a willingness to work with and troubleshoot technology and equipment. Please submit your resume and cover letter to smurray@mlchouston.org.
MLS Library Seeks Volunteers

The Memorial Lutheran School Library is in need of summer volunteers who can contribute an hour of their time to alphabetize books, during the first annual Memorial Lutheran School Library Work Week!  Even volunteering one hour this summer would be greatly appreciated. No library experience is necessary. Just go to this Sign-Up Genius link and sign up for a slot.  For each hour volunteered, the volunteer's name will be entered into a raffle to win a beautiful, hardback copy of the winner's choice of one of the following books: 
The Hobbit  - J.R.R. Tolkien; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis; All Things Bright and Beautiful - James Herriot; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle; A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens; Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson; Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Please direct any questions to Shaye Reavis , and thank you for contributing to our MLS Library! 
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 Michael Koutsodontis as he continues treatment

For LouAnn Webber as she continues treatment

For Robert Brimberry as he continues treatment

For the family of Javad Kabiri, may they find peace

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
Guest Preacher 7 July

Charles Cortright and his wife, Connie, will be visiting MLC Sunday. Rev. Dr. Cortright, who is teaching at the Lutheran Seminary in St. Petersburg, Russia, will be preaching at both services and leading Bible class in the Fellowship Hall. He and Connie, wish to share with you God's Work that is occurring in Russia. You can read more about Rev. Dr. Cortright and Connie at their LCMS page here.
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057