Welcome to
Memorial Drive Lutheran Church!

12211 Memorial Drive

(At the corner of Memorial and Gessner)

Houston, TX 77024


The Rev. J. Jeffrey Zetto, Th.D., 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.



A Message from the President of MDLC
As you know, we are experiencing a humanitarian crisis at our Texas border.  All people of faith are encouraged to respond in prayer.

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Bible Studies at MDLC



Sunday Bible Study



From the beginning of Christian worship, sermons were primarily preached on the Gospel readings. The Gospels were written to be foundations and vehicles for preaching. But the Old Testament and Second (New Testament) Lessons of the Liturgy often contain material at least as interesting and important as the Gospel.

Each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. we look at the “Non-preached Readings” to ascertain their application for our personal lives and for the life of our congregation, community, and the world. Join us in the Youth Room of the Fellowship Hall after stoking up on coffee, carbohydrates, and conversation at the kitchen.



This Week in Worship

Sunday, August 24, 2014
St. Bartholomew, Apostle


The gospel of Matthew, Mark, and Luke include Bartholomew in their lists of the Twelve. Partly due to his connection with Philip, many scholars believe Bartholomew is probably the same person as Nathanael in John’s Gospel.  Nathanael is one of the first disciples called to “come and see” (John’s version of “follow me”), and he is present on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius when the risen Christ invites his friends to “come and have breakfast” (John 21:12). 


Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and courageously to preach your word.  Grant that your church may proclaim the good news to the ends of the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation (ELW)

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation.  (Isaiah 52:7)



Exodus 19:1-6
Psalm 12
1 Corinthians 12:27-31a
John 1:43-51


“Take a Closer Look” (John 1:46)


Gathering:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Hymn of the Day:  By All Your Saints

Communion:  Listen, God Is Calling, Let Us Go Now to the Banquet

Sending:  Arise, your Light Has Come!


Rally Day
ELCA "God's Work, Our Hands"
Sunday, September 7

MDLC with hold it Rally Day in conjunction with the ELCA "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday! This is beginning our annual Children's Sunday School classes for the school year, we will be entwining this event with the ELCA " God's Work, Our Hands" and have a campus beautification event for the day. Join us - it should be a great fun filled day at MDLC! More details to follow!


Better Side of Fifty

After a summer hiatus, the Harris county bus will be rolling out the MDLC driveway on September 22nd at 9 AM for a very interesting and special trip to see Houston's hidden treasures narrated by the extremely knowledgeable city guid, Keith Rosen. We will return at 5:30 PM. The sign-up sheet will be in the narthex in August with all the details. This is one trip that you will not want to miss as even those born and brought up in Houston will discover places unkown to them without the hassle of parking and traffic. Just sit back and enjoy. Sign up Today!!


Do you like to sing?

All singers are welcome to be part of MDLC's Parish Choir! This group meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM in the choir loft. Rehearsals will resume on Thursday, August 28th.

This group is open to all singers who are 14-94 years of age. While this group does rehearse on Thursday nights, it does not meet every week. Once a month, the ensemble does get a "night off." If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Tamburello, at 713.557.7244 or aimpam@mdlc.org.

divider1Chrismon Tree

Worship and Music Ministry is soliciting for volunteers to help write script, take pictures of the Chrismons, and voices to produce the script! This is a very challenging project and W&M needs help. If you have talent that you would like to share with MDLC and the MDLC website audience, it would be greatly appreciated if you volunteered! We would like to post it on the website prior to Advent beginning. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

As we all know that the Chrismons tell a beautiful story as well, with each depicting a season in the church year or an aspect of Christ. MDLC would like to share the MDLC Chrismon tree with everyone who can go to the website and listen and see the video! We need your help to complete the project - please sign up today to help!


Memorial Assistance Ministry needs your Help!

We are getting ready to send our check to MAM for the Back to School Program. If you have not yet donated and would like to do so, please do so now. MAM's goal this year is to provide clothing and supplies for 5,900 students. A $50 donation will provide necessary clothing and shoes for a student, but donations of any amount are very much appreciated.



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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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August 27, 2014

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