Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
1 November 2013
Power to the Members!

This past year, the church office has been working diligently to set up a new database system called Elexio to help our growing congregation improve reporting and communications.  Elexio allows you to edit your own personal and contact information, contact other members and groups directly, view the church calendar, and check your giving statement all from your home computer or smart phone. If you are interested in gaining access to your Elexio profile, click here for instructions on how to create a login and password.

From the Pastor
All Saints
"Another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne" (Rev. 8:3). This Sunday is All Saints, when we solemnly intone the names of those who have fallen asleep in the arms of the Lord this year. We remember them with thanksgiving to God for the gifts which He has granted them. We know thay are with the saints who surround the throne of the Lamb in heaven. They are interceding for us there. What a comfort to know that our fellow believers are crying out to the Lord for us!
Don't Forget!

Town Hall Meeting 

3 November 

Fellowship Hall 
9:45 AM
Learn more about what is going on at MLC and voice your thoughts and concerns.
Who's New?

Adam R. Dekkapaty hails from a Lutheran Christian family in India.  After holding various positions in the Indian National Congress, Adam migrated to Texas. He intends to become a member of Memorial Lutheran and has been attending Adult Instruction courses. Adam is a native Telegu speaker and a supporter of Lutheran ministry. Adam believes that the Telugu community in Houston will benefit from a ministry located at MLC.

 

Welcome Adam! We look forward to seeing you around MLC.
Thanksgiving Meal

Once again, we are asking for your help in serving our less fortunate brothers and sisters, in our greater Houston area this Thanksgiving Day.  We will need the help of the entire congregation in order to make this a success.  At Memorial, we have been abundantly blessed, and this is one small way of sharing God's many blessings.  If you wish to volunteer in any capacity, make a donation, or want more information please see Wayne Murray at the table in the commons between worship services.  You may also contact Wayne or Arlene at home,

281 240 9644, or by email at wamurray9@hotmail.com 

Giving to the Less Fortunate

During our 5th annual Thanksgiving meal for the less fortunate, we will also be distributing much needed items to the attendees.  If you can help with any of the following items, please drop them off in the church office by Wednesday 27 November at Noon. Thank you!

 

Items we are in need of:

Tooth brushes & paste

Combs

Deodorant

Disposable razors

Shaving Cream

Soap

Shampoo

Blankets

Hats

Gloves

Mittens

Socks

Adult sized jeans and clothing

Small bags of chips, cookies, snacks (individually packaged and sealed) 

Holiday Worship Services
The holidays are almost upon us. Please join us for any of our upcoming worship services: 
Thursday 28 November 9:00 AM
Thanksgiving Service
Sunday 1 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Advent
Wednesday 4 December 7:00 PM
Advent 1
Sunday 8 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Advent
Wednesday 11 December 7:00 PM
Advent 2
Sunday 15 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Second Sunday in Advent
Wednesday 18 December 7:00 PM
Advent 3 (MLS Service)
Sunday 22 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Third Sunday in Advent
Tuesday 24 December Christmas Eve
Children's Service - 5:00 PM
Lessons and Carols - 7:00 PM
Candlelight Mass - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service
Sunday 29 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Christmas
Tuesday 31 December 7:00 PM
New Year's Eve Service
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
Diane Garner, who is gravely ill

Herb Michael, who suffered a stroke

Joyce Backs, heart issues

Gerald Tackett, recovering from knee surgery

Family of Barbara Meek, who passed away

MLS Book Fair

22 & 24 November

Memorial Lutheran School will be holding their book fair in conjunction with Grandparents Day, 22 November, and also on Sunday 24 November in between church services. Come by and do your Christmas shopping for someone special, or grab a cookbook for some holiday treat ideas.  All of the proceeds will benefit the Memorial Lutheran School Library. 


Communion Ware
Update

The new communion ware is close to completion.  The new set will include two chalices, two patens, a ciborium, and a flagon. Ken Schmidt is hand forging the pieces out of Argentium silver, which is more tarnish resistant and stronger than other silvers.     

Baptismal Font News

The Ecclesiastical Arts committee has been meeting to plan the bowl for the baptismal font.  They have been talking to Jim Bowman, a glass artist from Dallas.  Mr. Bowman is designing a glass bowl that will become part of our font and will have continuously flowing water in the font. This is "living water." 

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Houston, TX 77057

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