WORSHIP TIME IS 10:15
We will be having in-person worship at 10:15 every Sunday. We will strive to make every effort to protect everyone's health by requiring masks & social distancing, taking temperatures, and providing hand sanitizer as you enter.
We are now broadcasting worship services via Vimeo. There is no cost to watch online. Just log on to Vimeo.com/MemOne and select the video for that day.
What we do know is:
-All on site events, and meetings are cancelled/postponed for the foreseeable future
-The church offices are open. Please limit your presence in the offices to official church business.
- Larry's Adult Sunday School Class will meet via ZOOM on Sunday morning at 9:15. Contact Larry if you need more details.
-Further information will be posted as it becomes available
We are excited to announce that Pr. Chon Pugh has accepted the call to be our new settled pastor! She comes to us from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ and will begin her ministry here in Texas City on September 16. Thanks be to God!
From Pastor Chon Pugh,
My road to becoming a pastor began in Little Rock, Arkansas at Second Presbyterian Church. My grand parents were instrumental in my faith journey. My parents later joined the Episcopal church where I was confirmed. I met my husband Danny in high-school and we were married in Little Rock in the Catholic church. Our daughter Tally was baptized Catholic. Our youngest daughter, Traeci was baptized in the Methodist church.
Danny and I and the girls moved to Houston and our boys, Daniel and Luke, were born and baptized in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. It was at this time Danny and I fell in love with the Lutheran Church. The fact we could ask questions and read the Bible having it explained to us really sold us on Lutheranism. I began teaching and directing at Lutheran Preschools.
We continued to become even more involved with the Lutheran Church when we moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. It was there that I felt called to become a Lutheran Deaconess Association deaconess and was consecrated in 1998. I then served a Missouri Synod Church in Cary, North Carolina as a deaconess. I also was approved as an Associate in Ministry through the ELCA 1998. It was while serving as a deaconess I felt called to ordination. Being unable to become ordained in the Missouri Synod since I was female, I enrolled in Trinity Seminary, ELCA seminary, in Columbus, Ohio. I was ordained in 2005.
I served congregations in Arizona since ordination until returning to Texas in 2020 to serve Memorial First in Texas City. Danny and I have been married for 44 years. Our four children are all married and we are blessed with 17 grandchildren. We also have a German Shepherd puppy named Stetson.
My favorite bible verse is Luke 10:27:
He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 3:1-10[11-20]
PSALM: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
GOSPEL: John 1:43-51
You are invited to attend in-person worship at 10:15 this Sunday, January 17th, Second Sunday of Epiphany. The worship service will be led by Pastor Chon Pugh. The gospel passage for the day is John 1:43-51,
In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”
We will make every effort to protect your health by requiring masks & social distancing, taking temperatures, and providing hand sanitizer as you enter.
The service will be broadcast via Vimeo at Vimeo.com/MemOne .
All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just pastors and deacons but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to Jacob, who had a vision in a place he called “the house of God, and . . . the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.
Adult Sunday School topic via ZOOM at 9:00 on December 20:Two Planets Align December 21: The Christmas Star?
The planets Jupiter and Saturn are projected to align so closely (cosmically speaking) on December 21 that they will appear to the naked eye as one bright star. This news has caused some people to consider whether the Bethlehem Star, seen and followed by the Magi, might have been something similar. This upcoming event in the sky gives us a chance to think about the meaning of the star in the birth narrative of Jesus, and of the ways in which God beckons us. So those will be the topics of our next class.
While we are all busy trying to find "activities" to fill the hours during these uncertain times, let's not forget who we are and whose we are. Follow the link below for family devotionals geared to the Covid Crisis.
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