Welcome toMemorial Drive Lutheran Church!12211 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024
(At the corner of Memorial Dr. and Gessner)
Pastor Will Storm, Senior Pastor
We serve the Houston community and beyond in spreading the Good News and love of Christ by serving others and examining and living by the Word with faith, hope, love and enthusiasm.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. I was blind, but now I see, declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God's beloved sons and daughters. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.
Prayer of the Day
Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Jesus says, I am the light | of the world;* whoever follows me will have the | light of life.
1 Samuel 16:1-13
David is chosen and anointed
Baptismal image: the man born blind
HYMNS FOR WORSHIP
Create in Me
Song of Response
You Are Mine
Hymn of the Day
Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
Be Thou My Vision
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
God Whose Almighty Word
Pastor Will’s Class:
Join us for Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:15 in the Office Building. Come with your questions and curiosity!
Midweek with Martin — The Apostles' Creed
Join us Wednesday, March 22nd at 6pm as we dive into Martin Luther's Small Catechism. More than just a primer on the faith, this tiny treatise is a thoroughly useful devotional tool for living a Christian life, guiding us through the daily baptismal journey of dying to our old selves and rising to new life. This week we look at the Apostles' Creed which proclaims our faith in a God whose overwhelming love creates, redeems, and sustains us. Bring a sandwich or main course for yourself—sides and beverages are provided.
Special Congregational Meeting May 7
There will be a special congregational meeting on May 7 immediately following worship service. The meeting has been called by the Council to allow the congregation to consider adoption of amendments to the MDLC constitution, which may be accessed HERE. The amendments would conform the MDLC constitution to the recently enacted ELCA model constitution, which was approved by the Church-wide Assembly in August 2016. This recently enacted model constitution makes certain minor editing enhancements, but the primary changes are (1) to reflect the ELCA's participation in the global Lutheran World Federation and its resolve to seek greater Christian unity, and (2) incorporation of several provisions on the rostering, calling and serving of "ministers of word and service". "Ministers of word and service", or what the ELCA now refers to as "deacons", include several previous categories of positions and roles, including associates in ministry. Pam Tamburello's title will no longer be "associate in ministry" , but rather "deacon". The Council has considered the proposed amendments to the MDLC constitution and recommends their adoption. While reviewing the constitutional amendments, the Council also reviewed the MDLC bylaws to see if any conforming changes would be needed. No conforming changes are required, but the Council also is recommending adoption of limited amendments to the bylaws, which may be accessed HERE, including (1) incorporation of a statement regarding participation in communion that much more closely tracks and reflects the current congregational practice, and (2) making the Pastor and the Council President ex officio, rather than advisory, members of the Nominating Committee and Call Committee, respectively. A limited number of paper copies of the track change drafts (showing all changes proposed to be made) are also available in the Narthex. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the proposed changes, please talk with Pastor Will, Karen Carter, or Mike Riggs.
MDLC Announces Lutheran Personal Care Bank partnership with Eastside Spring Branch Food Pantry
MDLC now has a Toiletry Bank which supports local food panties so that their clients have a constant supply of needed hygiene product to assure healthy lives. Our first partner is Eastside Spring Branch Food Pantry which services between 550 to 700 families per month. If you are interested in conducting a Toiletry drive call 713-409-6411 or email me at Service@MDLC.org For more information on ESBFP go to: http://eastspringbranchfoodpantry.com/
Pictures Needed: MDLC on Instagram
MDLC now has an Instagram account under the name memdrluth. What's do we need next? Pictures of church-related activities, images, etc. If you have items, please send them to Carolyn White at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the church's Facebook page with an indication that they can be used on Instagram.
Instagram is a popular social networking site that primarily uses photos. Its audience is usually younger than Facebook. We hope to make church news and happenings more accessible to a wider audience by expanding to Instagram.
Throughout Lent we will be doing different dramatic presentations of the gospel. All youth are very welcome to participate. I am especially interested in involving the youth at the Easter Vigil service (which is the Saturday night before Easter Sunday).
We have Elizabeth England, who works for Theater under the Stars, helping out with putting the readings together. I am including a link to a doodle poll with all the dates for the services when we plan on having dramatic readings.
If your youth would like to participate, please indicate which services they would be available for at: http://doodle.com/poll/debsfatiw9ibqkqu
FOR SALE: NEW MDLC T-SHIRTS
For just $13, you can take home a new MDLC t-shirt! These short-sleeved shirts proclaim our support of LOVE over everything and feature the church's logo with a dove on the back. If you're detail-minded, you'll see Luther's seal in there as well.
Why should you buy this shirt? You'll be donating $2 per purchase to our youth ministry as well as helping spread the word about our congregation's radical hospitality.
Get yours before and after worship in the narthex
MDLC is exploring the opportunity to participate in a summer softball league at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1515 Hillendahl, if you are interested in playing either sign up in the Narthex or click HERE to sign up on line.
Community Garden Plots are available for Spring planting
All plots are organic you get to keep all produce you grow. You provide the seeds and plants plus trellises if needed. Please consider a donation for garden shed to store supplies.
Here is a link to the form to sign up:
Service Opportunity Survey
We want your input on Service Projects. Print out and turn in this form or contact Service@MDLC.org for how to volunteer or suggest new opportunities you would like to see.
Acolytes play an important role in worship. The word acolyte means "one who helps," and MDLC Acolytes do just that! These volunteers light and extinguish candles, collect the offering, and assist with communion and baptisms. Students in elementary school are encouraged to participate. Training is provided. To sign up for a specific worship service click HERE
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To sign up to get on the MDLC mailing list click HERE!
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Memorial Drive Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.
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