Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
16 December 2016
Last Call for Poinsettias!

Plants are $8.50 each. Order one in memory/honor of a loved one, as a gift for your secret pal, or even for yourself. 

Call the church office by noon TODAY, Friday 16 December 713 782 6079 or email Tessa.
We are asking for the plants to remain in the church until after late service on 1 January 2017.
From the Vicar
Jesus or Immanuel?
When the angel of the Lord comes to Joseph in the book of Matthew (1:18-25), he tells Joseph that Mary will bear a son called Jesus. We are then told that this is to fulfill a prophecy that says this child will be called Immanuel. So, you may be asking yourself, which is it? Is this child Jesus or Immanuel? The answer to that question is both! Jesus Christ is Immanuel, God with us. Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh, comes to live among us so that He can save God's people and give us forgiveness and life.   
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: LSB 350, 357, 954, 352, 900, 512
Sing and Give Joy With MLC Carolers!
Please join us  after second service THIS Sunday on 18 December as we go caroling to our shut-ins.  
                      All are welcome! 
We will meet in the narthex directly after second service. We will go for a quick lunch at Jason's Deli and then meet back at the church to begin the route. Music and Maps will be provided. We hope to make 2 stops.
Holiday Service Times

Sunday 18 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday in Advent

Saturday 24 December Christmas Eve
Children's Service - 5:00 PM
Lessons and Carols - 7:00 PM
Candlelight Mass - 10:00 PM

Sunday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service

Saturday 31 December 7:00 PM
New Year's Eve Service

Sunday 1 January 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM, Hymn Sing between the services
First Sunday in Christmas
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 the family of John Meyer

For the family of Gerald Tackett

For Ellen Brda as she recovers

For Bobbi Phelps as she undergoes therapy

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
The Quempas Carol is a beautiful tradition dating back to Medieval times. The choir is stationed at the four corners of the sanctuary, symbolizing the proclamation of the Good News of Christ's birth to the four corners of the world. Part of the choir also sings the story of Christ's birth from the balcony. This is a simple, beautiful way to sing with the choir. If you are interested in singing the Quempas Carol at the 10:00 PM candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, or would like more information, please contact Cantor MuthOlder children and adults are encouraged to participate!
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Houston, TX 77057

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