On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. If that hammer could have announced the seismic changes to come in Europe and the Christian Church, its echoes would have shaken the world. Today, however, it is hardly more than a whisper.
For many Protestant churches, it has been like the “telephone” game, where a little was added here, a little changed there, a little taken away somewhere else. The general population has now moved into a post-Christian era, where differences in Christian theological tenets matter less than choices on the restaurant menu.
So is the Reformation still relevant today?
- Published: 27 September 2018 27 September 2018
- Last Updated: 27 September 2018 27 September 2018
Pacific Hills Lutheran Church Welcomes New Director of Music
Dr. Jeffrey Blersch
First Sunday August 26, 2018
Jeffrey Blersch is Professor of Music at Concordia University, Nebraska, where he teaches organ, music theory, and is the conductor of the Cantamus Women’s Choir. Blersch is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he received degrees in organ performance and music education, and of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance. His principal teachers have included Roberta Gary, Garth Peacock, and Marilyn Mason. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Dr. Blersch served as Cantor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, Illinois, Associate Professor of Music at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as an elementary music specialist in the Brunswick City Schools, Brunswick, Ohio.
Blersch has been an active church musician since being appointed organist of Peace Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, at age eight. Best known for his creative hymn interpretations, he regularly performs recitals and hymn festivals across the United States. Recent performances have included The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, as well as conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Blersch is also an active composer; over one hundred of his compositions and collections are published exclusively with Concordia Publishing House and four of his original hymn tunes are included in Lutheran Service Book. He has produced two compact disc recordings of his original works: Resounding Alleluias and On Christmas Night.
Blersch and his wife Carla, also an organist, have three children, Aaron, Ryan, and Jenna.
Plan now to join us on the 26th as we welcome Dr. Blersch to Pacific Hills Lutheran Church.
- Published: 26 September 2018 26 September 2018
- Last Updated: 06 October 2018 06 October 2018
Thank you to all who were able to attend the August 12 Pacific Hills’ Children, Youth and Family ministry Cookout and Courtyard Jazz concert. About 100 members and guests enjoyed a grilled dinner to benefit the Pacific Hills’ Children, Youth and Family ministry, and music by the Danny Mattran Quartet. Visitors from North Circuit churches, the general community, and Pacific Hills were blessed with beautiful evening weather and good fellowship. PHLC is happy to have sponsored this venue for three concerts this year, thanks to donors, members and friends.
- Published: 12 August 2018 12 August 2018
- Last Updated: 21 October 2018 21 October 2018