Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
21 December 2018
Advent and Christmas Worship Services
Advent is almost upon us. Please join us for our upcoming worship services:

Sunday 23 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday in Advent 

Monday 24 December Christmas Eve
Children's Service/ Lessons and Carols - 5:00 PM
Candlelight Mass - 9:00 PM

Tuesday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service

Sunday 30 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Christmas

Monday 31 December
New Year's Eve Service - 7:00 PM
From the Pastor
An Advent Pregnancy
This coming Sunday is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent.  Advent serves as a kind of pregnancy, a time of growth and preparation for our faith, before the celebration of the birth of our Lord.  During Advent we think about those things which occur prior to the birth.  We think about John, and Mary, and even Joseph.  We think about the conception of Jesus in his mother's womb and what it means for God to take on human flesh and dwell among us in this way.  On this last Sunday in Advent, we implore God through his means of grace to focus our hearts and our minds on the meaning and purpose of this child, who, prior to his birth, is already the fullness of the divinity dwelling in that yet-to-be-born human body.
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: 814, 357, 954, 361, 356, 933
Take a Break
The following groups will take a break and resume on the listed date:

  • Handbell Choir Practice (3 January)
  • Adult Choir Practice (3 January)
  • Adult Instruction (6 January)
  • Bagels & Bible Study (8 January)
  • Tuesday Morning Bible Class (8 January)
  • Young Adults Bible Study (8 January)

See you in the new year!
Don't Forget Me!
2018 Offering Envelopes are available in the Narthex. Come pick yours up today!

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 Michael Koutsodontis as he continues treatment

For LouAnn Webber as she continues treatment

For Paul Kehrer as he recovers

For Florence Brimberry as she heals

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
2019 Flower Calendar
The 2019 Flower Calendar is now available. It's a perfect way to share and acknowledge an anniversary, birthday, or a special family occasion. The flowers are arranged for by the church office, all you have to do is tell us what you want written in the Sunday bulletin. The cost is $43 an arrangement. The Flower Calendar is located in the narthex on the wall just to the east of the main doors. Please contact Tiffanie in the church office (713 782 6079) if you have any questions.

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Houston, TX 77057

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