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Memorial Messenger
25 April 2014
Nicaragua Clothing Donations
The Nicaragua mission team is seeking donations of children's clothing to take to Nicaragua this summer.  Many of the children we work with have only one set of clothing and no shoes.  Your used children's clothing will be an incredible blessing to these children.  Please bring your donation to the church on any Sunday during May.  These can be given directly to John Coulter.  Please contact John at 832 264 4017 or at John.S.Coulter@gmail.com with any questions you have regarding the Nicaragua mission.
From the Pastor

Peace be with You

On the evening of our Lord's resurrection from the grave, Jesus appeared to his disciples who were hiding in fear. 

 

The disciples saw what had happened to Jesus and they did not want to suffer such an end.  Just a few days prior, they had all pledged their lives to him, to die with him if necessary.  When the time and the opportunity came to fulfill that pledge, the disciples did not follow through.  They abandoned Jesus.

 

On the evening of the resurrection, Jesus seeks out the disciples in their hiding places.  What are his first words to these wayward disciples?  Were they words of rebuke for their faithlessness?  No! Jesus' first words to the disciples are: 
"Peace be with you!" 

 

They did not deserve this blessing.  Nevertheless, the Lord still blesses them.  He brings peace to them.  Why would Jesus do such a thing?  Jesus does it not because of who they were, but because of who he is. His whole purpose in taking on human flesh was to secure our forgiveness and restore us to God.   Jesus died.  Jesus rose.  It is now our Lord's greatest pleasure to share His gifts with those who so desperately need them.   He shares his peace with the disciples.  He shares it with you. 

 

Christ is risen!

Who's New? 

Thomas Kakkerla hails from Hyderabad, India.  Thomas served in Indian Army for sometime. Thomas was born as a Hindu, but converted to Christianity on September 6, 1998. After his conversion, the Lord nourished his faith and Thomas developed a deep interest in the Bible and Christianity. Thomas's wife is no more and all his three children are settled in India. Thomas affirmed the Lutheran faith and intends to be a member of Memorial. He also has a deep interest to be involved in MLC Telugu Ministry.  He is currently involved in Telugu Bible study and receiving adult instruction.  Thomas strongly believes that Telugu community in Houston will be greatly benefited by MLC Telugu Ministry.

This Week's Scriptural Lessons
Friends of Westfield House Dinner

Dr. Cynthia Lumley, Principal of Westfield House, Cambridge, the Lutheran Seminary in the United Kingdom, will be visiting Houston in May. The Friends of Westfield House invite you to a Texas BBQ in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday May 10th, 6:00 PM, presentation following, to welcome Cyndy and learn more about the Seminary. RSVP to Jim and Sherry Kitchell 713 785 6898 or kitch22@sbcglobal.net.

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 the family and friends of B. J. Hall that the Lord would grant strength in this time of sorrow
 
For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
 
For Bud Obert, that he would be blessed by God with strength and confidence
 
For Ron Lavoie, who is undergoing therapy for a brain tumor

Spring CEN Begins

Wednesday Evenings

April 23- May 21 2014

Food and Fellowship 5:15 PM

Classes 6:00 PM

Pastor Murray

continues his series on 1 Peter

Pastor Pacey

will be teaching an Introduction to Apologetics

Compline

follows at 7:00 PM

  

If you can help with any of the meals, please contact Tessa in the church office at 713 782 6079.

Trustee Work Day Reschedule
The Trustee work day has been rescheduled to 10 May from 8:00 AM until we are done with the work. Breakfast and lunch provided ( if we work past lunch).  Contact Jess Thacker if you are intersted in helping out.  
 

 

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