Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
31 July 2015
Mark Your Calendars!

Sundays 9:45 AM-10:45 AM

13 September 2015 - 31 January 2016

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 MurrayCome and join us!

From the Pastor
Not For Sale!
It's a futile effort on the part of human beings to set up their works against God's grace. "Work-righteousness" is a major problem not only in many false religions but also in many Christian denominations. The people in our gospel text quickly fall into the false premise of earning eternal bread with their works! With their blinders on, they were even prepared to do the works of God! They wanted to trust their senses so that they could see and believe. Jesus carefully but patiently changes the perspective of His listeners. He teaches them that giving eternal bread is the work of God. The correct direction is from above to below (from God to man). Not from below to above (from man to God). After all, who can dare to earn a tiny morsel of eternal bread from the table of God's grace? The emphatic statement of Jesus that He was the bread of life explains it all. The eternal bread had to be given away freely to all people without cost. The Bread of life is not for sale, but completely free! Not by works, but by grace alone! Amen. 
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

John 6:22-35


Hymns: 613, 918, 642, 821, 644

Who's New?
Brian Albrecht is originally from Homewood, IL and made it down here as soon as he could! He has both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and an Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana. After Graduating in 2013, he decided to move to Houston for a job with Bechtel, a large construction and engineering company. Memorial Lutheran has been a true blessing for him as it often reminds him of his boyhood LCMS church in Chicago Heights, IL.  He is focused on his architectural career but he enjoys spending time with his parents in Homewood, his cousin in Austin, his brother in San Francisco, and his sister in Washington DC. In his free time he enjoys reading books, cycling, and lately playing a bit of golf.  Welcome, Brian. We are happy to have you here at MLC! 
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 Walter Friend as he continues treatment

Join us for a Friendship BBQ honoring the new members we have gained and welcome our teachers and school families back to school. Sunday, 23 August, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM.

Delicious Texas BBQ will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share with your fellow members and guests. Sign-up Online or visit the table in the Commons between services on 9 and 16 August to sign-up. 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 clean-up afterward. If you can help, contact Bryan Janhsen (our Fellowship Chairman) 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!
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057