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, October 26, 2014
Reformation Sunday

Jesus' summary of the law in today's gospel echoes our first reading from Leviticus. We are called not only to love God with heart, soul, and mind, but also to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is out of such deep care that Paul shares the gospel with the Thessalonian community. In the confession of sins, we acknowledge that we have not loved God, neighbor, and self; yet we gather to hear the word of forgiveness and to be strengthened by word and meal to be signs of God's love and mercy in the world.

Prayer of the Day (ELW)
O Lord God, you are the holy lawgiver, you are the salvation of your people.

By your Spirit renew us in your covenant of love,and train us to care tenderly for all our neighbors, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18
Psalm 46
1 Thessalonians 2:1–8
Matthew 22:34–46


Hanging Tight (Matthew 22:40)


Gathering                       Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Hymn of the Day              We Are Called

Communion                     The Church’s One Foundation

Sending                          A Mighty Fortress Is Our God


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.


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!  


2014 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!  


Thanksgiving for Baptism
On Sunday, October 12th, we will celebrate Thanksgiving for Baptism during worship.  All those who are celebrating October 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.



On Saturday, October 25, the Better Side of Fifty adventure will be going to Galveston, for fun and merriment as we journey to the 33rd annual “Island Oktoberfest”, hostedby First Lutheran Church, Galveston.  The county bus will board at 1:15 pm in our church parking lot and will return around 9:15 pm, giving us several hours to enjoy all that is offered:  German sausage dinner, libations (including German Biers and Texan Craft Biers), a variety of booths featuring handcrafted gifts, arts and crafts, live auction, Cake Wheel, Sweets booths (including strudel and apple cake) and two Texas well-known German bands, both of which we will enjoy.

We will collect $2.00 per person for the driver’s dinner/tip; all personal expenses will be at each person’s cost.  Arrangements to/from MDLC will be made for those who don’t drive at night; please indicate on the sign-up sheet in the narthex, or call Nancy McMurray (713-465-3133) or Nancy Morgan (281-497-6909). Contact Nancy or Nancy for more information!


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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