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What has the church believed, taught, and confessed about what's happening when we receive this sacrament? We'll walk a little through history and let the wisdom of other moments in the church inform how we think about what we do today. On Reformation Sunday, October 30th, we will give our class over to Martin Luther 101. Come if you need a refresher on the basics of what happened that has us still remembering 499 years later. From November 6th-20th, we will be having our annual stewardship campaign in the church. During these weeks, Adult Education will be given over to three "open forums" where I will ask for feedback and conversation on various aspects of our church life. Look for details to come in the bulletin and November Contact.
During Advent, November 27th-December 18th, we will talk about our church calendar. Come find out what all the color changes mean, why we celebrate Christmas on December 25th, and what rhythms guide our yearly life as a church. I hope you'll consider dropping in and learning with us!
Sunday, October 23, 2016
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Genuine repentance and pretentious piety stand in stark contrast in the gospel and all around us. All creation stands in need of God's forgiveness. Keep the faith. God's people—"all who have longed for his appearing"—shall be accounted righteous for Jesus' sake. Our God is merciful to sinners. For all this the assembly glorifies God forever.
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, our righteous judge, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness. Strengthen our hope in you, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Readings and Psalm
God is impartial in justice and hears the powerless
Psalm 84:1-7 (Haas setting)
Happy are the people whose strength is in you. (Ps. 84:5)
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
The good fight of faith
A Pharisee and tax collector pray together
HYMNS FOR WORSHIP
Before You Lord, We Bow
Hymn of the Day
Lord Jesus, Think on Me
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Change My Heart, O God
You Are the Way
There will be a special congregational meeting held immediately after worship service on Sunday, October 16. At the meeting the congregation will consider amendments to the MDLC constitution and bylaws that would:
(1) reduce the term of Council members from three years to two (starting with elections in 2017), and
The regular October annual meeting will be held immediately upon the conclusion of the special meeting. At the regular meeting, the only items of business will be the elections of new Council members and next year's Nominating Committee.
The theme of this year's giving campaign is Let's Celebrate. Let us celebrate all that the Lord has done for us and what we can do for Him at MDLC. Starting November 6th and ending with Celebration Sunday on November 20th, you will have the opportunity to hear some of our newest members give temple talks on why they became members of Memorial Drive. You will also get to hear from Pastor about the exciting opportunities at MDLC for growth and how you can be involved, not only with your generous support but by being a part of programs designed for us to grow in the Lord.
On each of these three Sundays you will also have the opportunity to speak with the leaders of the different ministries at MDLC as they will be available to answer any questions about what these ministries do and how you can get involved. Our stewardship focus will conclude on Celebration Sunday, when you will bring your pledges forward to be placed on the altar for the next year so we can plan on what we can do as a congregation for 2017. Then we will culminate with a celebration luncheon on November 20th with surprises and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall after worship.
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Help Feed the Homeless by giving to the
Food Pantry at Augustana Lutheran
When shopping for this food pantry, look for nutritious food packaged and ready to eat in containers not requiring a can opener such as pop-top cans or plastic/cardboard containers, for example "lunchables" . Foods to be considered include tuna, pasta, lunches-to-go not requiring refrigeration, fruits and vegetables and meats with pop top cans. Peanut butter is still helpful.
Augustana will transport our donations to their location when we have the donation drawer full and ready for them. They need our help every month to feed our Houston homeless. Please remember our goal of every member making a pantry donation once per month!
MDLC Now offers Online Giving
MDLC now gives you the option of giving your offering or special gifts using the online services provided by Thrivent's Simple giving. Click the link below to register and set up either a one time gift or set up automatic giving either using a credit card or your checking account. If you have any questions or need help contact Gary Tamburello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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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