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.


Bible Studies at MDLC



Sunday Bible Study

9:15 am Youth Room of Fellowship Hall


What does it mean to be in fellowship around Word-and-Sacrament?  Holy Communion defined a congregation in the first century.  How do we live as members of God’s Family....around the Family Meal in in the community?  How does that family grow?  What is the difference between a Country Club, a Corporation, and a Congregation?  How might all this shape you as you live in Christ?

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.


Wednesday Morning Bible Study -
10:00 am in the Luther Room

What was it like to live in a first century Christian congregation?  How did people become Christians and members in a congregation before most of the New Testament was written?  Dr. Howard Jones opens a window to the life and times of the earliest Christians through the pages and paragraphs of The Didaché, a document about the size of Mark’s Gospel) written before the New Testament Gospels and all the writings of John.  And how did The Didaché manage to quote Matthew before there was a Matthew?  (There is an easy answer to that Question.)



This Week in Worship

Sunday, November 2, 2014
All Saints Sunday

All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord's table we gather with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. They are before the | throne of God,*
and the one who is seated on the throne will | shelter them. Alleluia. (Rev. 7:15)


Revelation 7:9–17
Psalm 34:1–10, 22
1 John 3:1–3
Matthew 5:1–12


Who are these Saints? (Matthew 5:1)


Gathering               For All the Saints

Hymn of the Day    By All Your Saints

           Behold, a Host Arrayed in White,

                             Shall We Gather at the River

                 For All the Saints


All Saints Sunday

This year we celebrate All Saints Sunday on November 2nd (All Saints Day is November 1st, so we observe this lesser festival on the nearest Sunday to the actual date). This year we remember the following saints in our midst who have gone on before us in the last year.

M.H. Beaver

Larry Pecht

 Gertrud Jacob  Vijay Mekala

As done in the last two years, we will have a portion of the liturgy devoted to remembering the saints.

As part of that liturgy, the names will be spoken as a bell is tolled. In addition, there will be a table set up with pillar candles and votive candles. The large pillar candles are for the departed saints, one candle for each saint. The smaller votive candles are for those gathered in worship to light in memory of a departed loved one (or ones) in their lives.

As the assembly comes forward to receive Holy Communion, all are welcome to stop at the table to light a votive candle. For all the saints who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, they name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia! (ELW Hymn 422, stanza 1). 


Thanksgiving for Baptism

On Sunday, November 2nd, we will celebrate Thanksgiving for Baptism during worship.  All those who are celebrating November baptismal birthdays will be invited to come forward and receive a baptismal candle.  Anyone who still has their baptismal candle is welcome to bring it, but candles will be available for all who need it.  According to the church’s records, the following people have baptismal birthdays in November.  If you have any corrections to this list, please contact Pamela Tamburello, Director of Church Music at aimpam@mdlc.org">aimpam@mdlc.org. 

divider12014 Crop Walk

It is again that time of the year when fields are being harvested, thanks are being offered to God, and CROP Walks are being held. This year's Houston CROP Walk is Sunday, November 2.

MDLC has long supported Church World Service and local assistance ministries by walking in the annual CROP Walk and donating thousands of dollars, to be used around the world and right here locally for food banks, water well development, seeds, farming equipment, and more. Please pray and then offer what you can for this year's walk: monetary contributions, a commit-ment to walk on November 2, or prayers that the money raised will be used to serve both God and our neighbors.

This year there is even more incentive to dig deep with our contributions. Our confirmation students—Brandon Escamilla, Ashyln Whitefield, Dillon Carter and Kennedy Havens—have taken up the mantle and will lead MDLC's efforts for this year's walk. The youth will be giving a short Temple Talk on why we support the Crop Walk, they will be manning the contribution table in the Narthex throughout October, and they will be leading those who walk on November 2. These young people are putting their faith into action, being the hands and voice of our Lord. Let's support them as they support CROP!


MDLC’s Stewardship Sunday 

MDLC will hold it’s annual Stewardship Sunday on November 9, 2014.  The theme this year will be the ELCA’s theme “Make it Simple”.  Prior to Stewardship Sunday, we will have two Temple Talks.  Pledge cards and Time and Talent sheets will be passed out prior to the designated Sunday.  Stewardship Sunday will be followed by a catered turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  A sign up sheet will be in the narthex for reservations and payment of dinner.  The cost of the dinner will be $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Please give lots of prayer when filling out the Time and Talent sheets and Pledge Cards! Thank you so much for supporting MDLC! 


Christmas Luncheon
All adult members of MDLC are invited to a festive Christmas Luncheon at the Junior League of Houston (JLH) on Tuesday, December 2, at 11:30 am. Reservations may be made on the sign-up sheet in the narthex, available in early November; a sample menu will be included. We will dine in the center Garden Room B in the Tearoom, so we can accommodate 40 guests. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring a guest(s) for a special pre-holiday treat or Christmas gift.

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.

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.


Chrismon 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!



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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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