Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
20 April 2018
Give Life
MLC will be holding a blood drive SUNDAY 6 May 2018 in our gymnasium. 

Please consider donating blood before, during or after the services.

You can schedule through 4:00 PM Friday 4 May (Call 713 782 6079 or email Tessa) or see her between the services on the next 2 Sundays!
From the Pastor
This coming Sunday we celebrate what is called "Good Shepherd" Sunday.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd.   He shows his goodness for the sheep in that he loves, cares, and provides for them. 
 
The Good Shepherd knows his sheep, but how do the sheep know their shepherd?  The sheep have come to know and recognize their shepherd by his call.  His call to the sheep, to us, through his holy Word and his blessed Sacraments.  Through this call we have come to know Jesus as our own Good Shepherd. 
 
In addition to celebrating Good Shepherd Sunday, we bid farewell and God speed to our own shepherd/pastor (emeritus), Rev. Victor Atsinger, as well as his wife Sylvia.  The Atsinger's will be moving to Ballwin, MO next week.  The Lord be with you both during this time of transition.  You will be greatly missed!
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Hymns: LSB 524, 709, 625, 740, 666
Confessional Room 
The resource of our confessional room is being used and appreciated by our members. How blessed we are to have the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ in His Easter evening appearance: "Jesus said to [the Apostles] again, "'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.' And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld'" (Jn 20:21-23). The image of the stained glass tells us that story. Jesus says away our sin in holy absolution. The room is available to you when you would like to pray. An Elder can give you access between services. You can check with church office at other times and our staff will give you access. You can use the room for confession by appointment with one of the pastors.
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 Michael Koutsodontis as he continues treatment

For LouAnn Webber as she recovers

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
Christian Education Night  (CEN)
A Lutheran Understanding of the Church and the Ministry
Wednesdays 11 April- 23 May
5:15 Dinner, 6:00 Classes
 
We need your help! If you or you and a friend or two are able to help provide a meal, please contact Mike Jeffers, Fellowship chair via email or the church office 713 782 6079.

Proposed Bylaws
MLCS has proposed 
updates to the 
constitution bylaws. 
These updates will be 
voted on at the next 
Voter's Assembly. If you
would like to review 
the proposed bylaws, 
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