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
FIRST READING: Exodus 20:1-17
PSALM: Psalm 19
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
GOSPEL: John 2:13-22
You are invited to attend in-person worship at 10:15 this Sunday, March 7th, Third Sunday in Lent. The worship service will be led by Pastor Chon Pugh. The gospel passage for the day is John 2:13-22.
The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The commandments begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods. The Ten Commandments are essential to our baptismal call: centered first in God’s liberating love, we strive to live out justice and mercy in our communities and the world.
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 .
Adult Sunday School Topic via ZOOM at 9:00 on March 7: Defendants in Capitol Invasion Case Make Statements About Actions
Participants in the January 6 invasion of the Capitol are now facing judges and making statements about their actions. Some are seeking to shift the blame to others or to play down the seriousness of their actions. Because these court cases are in the news, our next class will focus on admitting guilt, taking responsibility and showing true repentance.
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.'"
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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