As we enter into October we are mindful, as Lutherans, that Reformation Sunday is just around the corner. We are no longer celebrating milestone Reformation years, but perhaps in 2030 our church body will once again celebrate with gusto the 500th Anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. The Augsburg Confession, also known as the Augustan Confession or the Augustana from its Latin name, Confessio Augustana, is the primary confession of faith of the Lutheran Church and one of the most important documents of the Protestant Reformation. June 25, 1530 is the date when the Augsburg Confession was presented to Emperor Charles V by the German Princes. Many Reformations will pass between now and then, so, we’ll see what happens.
- Published: 10 October 2019 10 October 2019
- Last Updated: 10 October 2019 10 October 2019
September 29 is the date on the church’s calendar where it celebrates the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. This year, September 29 happens to fall on a Sunday, so we will join in that celebration next Sunday. Michael is one of the archangels, along with Gabriel and Raphael, that are referenced each week in our liturgy as we sing with “angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven.” St. Michael is referenced first in the book of Daniel as being in battle against Satan and the fallen angels, thus protecting God’s people. As we will sing next week in “Christ, the Lord of Hosts, Unshaken” (LSB 521):
“Michael fought the heavenly battle,
Godly angels by his side;
Warred against the ancient serpent,
Foiled the beast, so full of pride,
Cast him earth-bound with his angels;
Now he prowls, unsatisfied.
- Published: 21 September 2019 21 September 2019
- Last Updated: 21 September 2019 21 September 2019
Lamb of God Preschool
We had a wonderful first week of school! At Lamb of God Preschool there are 10 children in our three-year-old Tuesday/ Thursday class. There are 13 children in our four- year-old Monday/Wednesday/Friday class (some go home at noon and some stay until 3:00 pm). This is our highest enrollment in three years! We have been busy playing, doing art, reading stories, spending lots of time outside, and getting to know each other. Thank you to all of you who have kept us in your prayers as our school year has gotten underway. Over half of our preschool families do not have a church home, so we have an important mission field in our own building. Check out pictures from our first week of school at the Lamb of God display in the narthex!
- Published: 14 September 2019 14 September 2019
- Last Updated: 14 September 2019 14 September 2019
Thank you to all who were able to attend the August 18 Cookout and Courtyard Jazz concert. August's performance was the Michael Lyon Quartet.
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.
Photos from the Michael Lyon Quartet performance.
- Published: 02 September 2019 02 September 2019
- Last Updated: 02 September 2019 02 September 2019
Rally Day Kickoff is Sunday, September 8
Rally Day at Pacific Hills signals to us that the summer has ended and the fall program is underway.
Sunday school classes will begin their new program on September 8.
All Sunday school teachers, and adult Bible Class facilitators, will be installed at the 10:30 am service and, as in the past, there will be a pot- luck breakfast between the services which the congregation is encouraged to attend. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex to sign-up to bring a potluck breakfast item to share, or you may send Sandra Glissmann an email and inform her what you would like to bring.
- Published: 31 August 2019 31 August 2019
- Last Updated: 31 August 2019 31 August 2019
Thank you Rev. John Welge for visiting us Sunday, August 18, 2019. Rev. John Welge spoke at both services about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Pastor Welge shared personal witness about Food For The Poor’s mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another.
Pastor Welge was born and raised in Illinois and served as a LCMS pastor for almost 43 years. He graduated from Concordia Senior College in I968 with a BA in Music and later in 1972 earned an M.Div. degree from Concordia Seminary in Illinois. He is married to Susan with two married children. He has led and participated in many mission trips within Central America. Now that he is retired, he speaks on behalf of the poor through Food For The Poor.
- Published: 25 August 2019 25 August 2019
- Last Updated: 25 August 2019 25 August 2019
Pacific Hills Lutheran Church Foundation will host a “Legacy” lunch-and-learn event on Sunday, October 20, 2019. This session and will present information on how to include the Foundation in your estate. The Foundation supports, among other things, Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha, and the people, ministries and missions you care about. Come and learn about the Foundation! Craig Stirtz from the LCMS Foundation will lead the session. The event will immediately follow the second service. Lunch will be provided. While your RSVP is not required, please consider signing up so there is a more accurate count for lunch. The sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex. For questions, contact Kevin Warneke at (402) 612-9151.
- Published: 23 August 2019 23 August 2019
- Last Updated: 24 August 2019 24 August 2019
Pacific Hills Lutheran Church thanks Pastor JP Cima for sharing with us his mission in Cambodia. We celebrated with an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 17th. PHLC has helped Pastor Cima and his family with Mission dollars, while they are serving in Southeast Asia, where they have been for 12 years. Pastor Cima travels throughout Cambodia to equip and empower the leaders of the Cambodia Lutheran Church with mentorship and formal theological education, that they might boldly announce and demonstrate the Gospel to the people of Cambodia. Pastor Cima's wife, Aimee, serves as the Mercy Manager for the Asia region. You can learn more about Pastor JP Cima's mission work at these websites
- The LCMS Website
- Mission Central
- The LCMS article Sharing the Gospel in the Waters of Cambodia
- The Cima Family Website
- Published: 15 August 2019 15 August 2019
- Last Updated: 15 August 2019 15 August 2019
A small active of kindness can go a long way to make someone’s day. Those smiles belong to Pacific Hills Lutheran Church members who participated in some recent acts of kindness.
Smiles at the Laundromat
Members offered to pay for loads of washers and dryers at a local laundromat and were met with appreciation. Why did we do this? Because Jesus loves you and so do the members of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church.
Drinks for Travelers
Church members handed out refreshing water and Cokes for travelers on their way home from work. In all they handed out 115 bottles of Coke/Diet Coke and about 180 bottles of water Tuesday afternoon, August 13th, at the intersection in front of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church (90th & Pacific). Commuters appreciated the act of kindness.
In Galatians 5:22-23 Paul writes, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” One fruit that Paul mentions specifically is – kindness. There are many ways one can express kindness, but essentially kindness is love in action.
- Published: 14 August 2019 14 August 2019
- Last Updated: 14 August 2019 14 August 2019
Change. No one likes change, especially not Lutherans. August is a month of change. Many children are ready to head back to school this next week. The laid back days of summer are re- placed with the more structured school day schedule. Children are starting in new schools or moving up to a different grade or classroom. The seasons are changing. Soon the temperatures will drop along with the leaves on the trees. Life at Pacific Hills is changing as we prepare to start our building projects. We can be grateful that as we go through changes in our lives we have a God who never changes. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” He is always there for us and blesses us and is a constant in our lives.
Our own Lamb of God Preschool starts the new school year on September 3. We have many new families in our midst. This year we start with about 20 children. Thanks be to God for this amazing mission field and these precious little ones and their
families! These children will spend this school year playing, learning, growing, and hearing about the love of Jesus every day. We are grateful for the support of Pacific Hills, and we ask you to keep our preschool and its families in your prayers.
Lamb of God Preschool
- Published: 11 August 2019 11 August 2019
- Last Updated: 11 August 2019 11 August 2019