Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
26 April 2019
Please Join LWIM for an Afternoon Tea!
Sunday 5 May 2019, 12:45 pm-2:45 pm
Memorial Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

Extraordinarily Ordinary:
The Proverbs 31 Woman and Missionary Wife Life

Often we see the Proverbs 31 woman's attributes and skill list as absolutely extraordinary, but in truth, the tasks listed in Proverbs 31:10-31 would have been fairly typical ones for a roughly upper middle class woman of the time. There is something else that elevates these ordinary, every day tasks. Although many people may view missionary life as something exotic or extraordinary, often for missionary families, the reality is that most of life is taken up with normal everyday tasks, just in different circumstances. Elizabeth Ahlman will share anecdotes from missionary life as a wife and mom doing pretty ordinary things as we explore what more the Prov. 31 Woman has to say to us about the way in which God is at work in the lives of Christians in our vocations, and how He values and makes sacred the ordinary.      
From the Pastor
We Have It All
The ministry of the Word is God's gift to the church. The church holds in common this gift from God. If she is a communion of saints, part of her community property is the ministry of the Word. She holds this possession not in such a way that she is queen and mistress ruling over the ministry, any more than she is queen and mistress over Christ the Lord who gives the ministry of the Word to her. She may never presume upon the ministry or take it for granted. Her members must never grasp or take possession of that which is a common gift to the whole community. Jesus has given these precious gifts to her in the words of this Sunday's Gospel lesson: "Jesus breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them'" (John 20:22-23). We have it all, because we have the Spirit.
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: 487, 471, 467, 481, 472, 482
Spring CEN Started THIS Week
Christian Education Night
Wednesdays 24 April- 22 May

5:15 Dinner
6:00 Classes

Pastor Murray and Vicar are leading a class on Ephesians.

We could use your help providing a meal, if you would like to show off your culinary or hosting skills, please contact the church office at 713 782 6079.
Mark Your Calendars for VBS!

MLC will hold Vacation Bible School the week of 24-28 June 2019. We hope to see your children there!
Volunteers are needed-- please see Pastor Pacey or Reverend Gaub for more information.
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 Robert Brimberry as he heals

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
MLS Online Auction- Help Us Soar Into Spring!
Look for information soon about the MLS online auction coming in late April! LouAnn Webber is looking for more great silent auction items such as: tickets to sporting events, concerts, or the theatre; a weekend stay at a beach house or vacation home, restaurant gift cards or certificates, hosting a party, special business services, jewelry, children's items, artwork, or sports memorabilia. The list is endless when it comes to auction items. Contact LouAnn for any questions.
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Houston, TX 77057

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