Welcome to
Memorial Drive Lutheran Church!

12211 Memorial Drive

(At the corner of Memorial and Gessner)

Houston, TX 77024


Pastor Steve Kelly, Interim 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.




7:00 PM

All Are invited

Communion will be celebrated

ash wednesday





Meet Will and Erin Storm
The Call Committee and Council unanimously have recommended that the congregation call Will Storm to be our new senior pastor.

Will and his wife, Erin, will be in Houston on Saturday, February 20, and MDLC will have the opportunity to "meet and greet" them that afternoon. Please plan on joining us in the sanctuary starting at 3 pm that day, when Will and Erin will introduce themselves, he will lead us in a devotion, and then he will make himself available for questions from the congregation.


The Service and Fellowship Committee will provide their usual wonderful goodies and refreshments. Please mark your calendars and come prepared to welcome Will and Erin and get to know them!


Special Congregational Meeting
There will be a special congregational meeting on Sunday, February 21, immediately after worship.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider and vote on issuing a call to Will Storm to be MDLC's next senior pastor.

Please plan on worshiping with us that day and staying after service to participate in this important meeting.




Pastor Kelly's Corner


Dear Members and Friends,

The big event this week is, of course, Ash Wednesday with two services: one at 12:00 noon, and the other at 7:00 pm. Holy Communion will be at both services.


The purpose of Ash Wednesday is to begin what we call the journey of Lent. If you have been a part of any mainline church in your life, you know the story and the journey of 40 days leading up to Good Friday, and Easter. Some larger churches have what we call "Easter Vigil" on Saturday which was traditionally the first service of Easter, baptizing all who prepared for that sacrament.

It is not that we don't know the story of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. We use this time to retell the old, old, story and more importantly walk the walk. So, on Ash Wednesday we begin. We get ashes on our head to remind us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. This is God's world and we are in it. Some people like to believe that this is our world and maybe God is in it. Ash Wednesday takes care of that heresy in a very nice way.


I hope to see many of you on Ash Wednesday walking the walk that starts with ashes and ends with resurrection!


Blessings to all,

Pastor Kelly, Interim

Adult Bible Study at MDLC 

Every Sunday, the pastor's bible study will be in full session! Pastor Stephen Kelly, MDLC's interim pastor, begins a new class every Sunday at 9:15 am in the Luther Room in the Office Building.

It will be a great class as Pastor Kelly (PK) approaches bible studies as a teacher of scripture. See you on Sunday!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ash Wednesday






Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. As we hear in today’s readings, now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord. During Lent the people of God will reflect on the meaning of their baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the springtime Easter feast to come.






Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.







Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Return to the Lord, your God

Psalm 51:1-17

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. (Ps. 51:1)

2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10

Now is the day of salvation

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

The practice of faith


Hymn of the Day 

Lord Jesus, Think on Me

Communion Hymn

Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling


Bless Now, O God, the Journey


Sunday, February 14, 2016
First Sunday in Lent



These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God’s grace; to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth the wonder of God’s love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn. This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew. It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water and word, will uphold and sustain us.

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, you led your people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide us now, so that, following your Son, we may walk safely through the wilderness of this world toward the life you alone can give, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Readings and Psalm

Deuteronomy 26:1-11

The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

God will give the angels charge over you, to guard you in all your ways. (Ps. 91:11)

Romans 10:8b-13

If you confess that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved

Luke 4:1-13

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days

Hymns for Worship


Bless Now, O God, the Journey


Hymn of the Day

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Abide with Me
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

The Glory of These Forty Days



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


Request for information to be placed on
MDLC's Electronic Sign

I would like to place infomation about my MDLC event on the electronic sign in front of church. Click HERE and fill out the form and your request will be reviewed and someone from the communications ministry will get back with you.


Community Garden

Click HERE request a plot and information on the MDLC Community Garden

General Guidelines:

  • Memorial Drive Lutheran Church will provide plots of 4 X 4. LIMIT OF TWO per person
  • No monies or fees are required for using our facilities that imply any business transactions, due to City of Bunker Hill laws. However, free-will offerings are accepted to defray utility costs and plot construction.
  • Special clean-up or repairs required as a result of the use, these additional costs will be passed along to the user.
  • Participants must enter and exit parking lot as specified for their own safety.
  • Participants can only grow organic produce in the plots.
  • Participants are required to provide own soil, gardening tools and supplies. No chemical or herbicides allowed.
  • Reasonable amounts of water will be provided for watering
  • No pets in the garden. Children must be supervised by an adult.
  • Participants need to weed and upkeep the allocated garden on a regular basis. If they do not, the allocated plots will revert back to the Community garden.
  • Harvest promptly!
  • Participants will only work and harvest plots allocated to them unless authorized by recipient of another plot.
  • Memorial Drive Lutheran Church is not responsible for any accidents, losses, or damages which may occur to persons or property involved/associated with your group.

Fairbees Square Dance Club
Meets at MDLC every Thursday evening in the Fellowship Hall

at 7:30 pm. As memeber of MDLC you can get FREE square

dance lessons starting at 6:45 pm. So there is no excuse for

you come out and have some fun with this lively group.

For more informaiton click HERE.

Karate Club at MDLC

Karate Friday
After School 3:30
Karate Kids Tues/Wed 5:30
Try 2 Free!

Click HERE for more Information

Yoga at Memorial Drive

Adult Yoga Tuesday
9:30am & Thurs 6:00pm

Teen Yoga Saturday 12:30 
Try 2 Free!


Click HERE for more information




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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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February 12, 2016

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