Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
13 February 2015
Lenten Service Times

Noon (with lunch following) and 7:00 PM

18 February - Ash Wednesday

25 February - Lent 1 Midweek

4 March - Lent 2 Midweek

11 March - Lent 3 Midweek

18 March - Lent 4 Midweek 

25 March - Lent 5 Midweek 

From the Vicar
Mark 9:2-9
Why is it that man tries so desperately to contain God within a box? "I cannot believe or understand why God would allow [insert event]!" So our solution is to fit God into smaller confines for our brains to comprehend.
Peter does this quite literally in our gospel reading this week by asking Jesus if he would like for them to build him a tent. The Israelites used to tent or "tabernacle" the Ark of the Covenant. They would have a place of separation from God. Well the very miracle of Jesus is that in him there is no separation between God and his creation anymore. In Jesus' humanity there is no physical separation, and in his perfect atonement there is no eternal separation. We are now and forever with God again.
The only thing left to do is trust in that promise and that reality. So as we enter into Lent and prepare for Easter, let's not attempt to fit God into the confines of human comfort and logic. Instead, let us celebrate his incomprehensible perfection and love.
Sunday's Scripture Readings

2 Kings 2:1-12                                  

Who's New?
Ramesh and Sridevi Muvva hail from Hyderabad, Telangana, in India.  Telugu is their mother-tongue.  Ramesh holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a diploma in special education (hearing and impaired). Sridevi is an IT software engineer.  She is currently working for AIG. Ramesh and Sridevi have two sons. Nikhil (7)  and Karthik (3).  Karthik is still in India with the family members and will  join his parents soon. Ramesh and Sridevi believe in Jesus alone as their Lord and Savior and are currently in Adult Instruction.  They have plans to join MLC and raise their children in the Christian church.  They are currently active in the MLC Telugu community. Welcome Ramesh and Sridevi! We are very glad that you are here with us. 
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.

Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
For Paul Lodholz, asking for strength as he recovers

For the St-Onge family as they prepare for their new call

Support Our Youth

Our Annual St. Valentine's Fellowship Dinner, sponsoring our Youth will take place TOMORROW, Saturday, 14 February from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A suggested donation of $10 per person will be taken at the door. Proceeds benefit MLC youth traveling to Higher Things national youth event and other youth activities. Babysitting will also be provided with donations accepted. Hope to see you there!

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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057