Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
22 February 2019
It's BBQ Time!
Please join us for good food and company as we celebrate our new members in a few weeks on Sunday 3 March from 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM.  
Delicious Texas BBQ and bread will be provided. Please bring a side to share with new members and guests. If you know you will be attending, sign-up Online here. You may drop it off in the church kitchen on Sunday before or after the services.   
We are also looking for a few good Lutherans to help with set-up and clean-up on Sunday.  If you can help, please reply to this email or call the church office and speak to Tessa at 713 782 6079 or show up, particularly after the BBQ! Remember many hands make for light work! We need your help!  
If you'd like to bring some of that good brisket home, respond to this email or see Jonathan Braun or Mike Jeffers on Sunday. We have whole and half briskets available for $80 and $45, respectively. Funds raised go towards future Fellowship needs.
From the Pastor
Laying Out the Law
Jesus' sermon on the plain lays out the Law in all its clarity.  We hear our Lord's words in this sermon and we immediately have a sense of fear because we know that we do not keep these commands as required.  Perhaps we believe we keep them in some sense and to some degree, but not perfectly which is the divine standard. 
Preaching like this reveals to us several important truths.  First, it reveals the reality of our sin.   Second, it reveals what Jesus has done in his life and in his death.  Finally, it reveals the reality of what life will be like when the people of God are finally delivered on the Last Day from their sinful nature.
While preaching like this is hard or even painful to hear, we must hear it and we must appreciate what God is teaching us through the preaching of Jesus Christ.   
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Lenten Lunches
Could you be our next host or hostess for our annual Lenten Lunches on any of the following dates: 13, 27 March or 3 April?Lunch is served out of our Fellowship Hall after the Wednesday noon services (1:00-ish on Ash Wednesday and 12:45 on subsequent Wednesdays). If you could help 
facilitate one of the meals, please contact  Tessa  in the  church office
 713 782 6079.
Every One His Witness

Began 10 February, 9:45 AM- 10:45 AM 
Fellowship Hall
Pastor Murray is leading Sunday morning Bible class through the new LCMS evangelism education program. This program called "Every One His Witness" prepares you to share the faith of Jesus Christ with the people around you. The program is designed to equip us Christians to share the gospel in their everyday lives with the people whom God has placed into relationships with them. We will address the reasons why we witness through a theological foundation for witnessing and explore how to witness by introducing the LASSIE approach for witnessing.
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 Michael Koutsodontis as he continues treatment

For LouAnn Webber as she continues treatment

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
Midweek Lenten Services

Join us at Noon (with lunch following) 
and 7:00 PM on these upcoming Wednesdays:

6 March- Ash Wednesday
13 March - Lent 1 
20 March - Lent 2 
27 March - Lent 3 
3 April - Lent 4
10 April - Lent 5 

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