The Gideons International visited Pacific Hills Lutheran Church recently and presented their mission of sharing God's Word. We thank the Gideons for their visit and sharing God's Word through distributing the Bible.
Millions of people are living their lives with no access to the Scriptures. The Gideons, with your help and prayers, can get God's Word into their hands.
Once such story is from prisoner-to-pastor John Krainer
I left home at 16, and by 21, I was out of control. I shot into a car and was arrested. I had no hope, no friends, and no family. However, there in my jail cell, I saw a Gideon-placed Bible. I had never read a Bible before. I learned about Jesus and His love. I prayed for the first time, and I was forever changed in one instant. I vowed to follow God and give my life to Him.
After my release, I became a pastor. My life has been transformed from pain and suffering to joy and service to the King. Daily, I thank God for his unrelenting love in that jail cell - as he spoke to we through His Word.
-Pastor John Krainer, Colorado, February 2015
- Published: 20 October 2019 20 October 2019
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In a greater effort to encourage the congregation to be involved with our Board of Missions and Social Ministry, we are introducing the concept of “Mission of the Month” to the congregation. The way this will work, is that the default on the envelope for “Missions” will go to the Mission of the Month.
There are 12 months and so there will be 12 “Missions” of the Month. Some, however, may repeat like Mission Central and Gary Thies and our support of missionaries in the LCMS. What this does is allow you, as an individual member, to know exactly where your mission dollars are going every month and allows you to participate in a general way every month; or you can pick and choose months based on the ministries presented that are important to you. During October, which is National Pastor Appreciation Month, the Board of Missions and Social Ministry is sending $6,000 to Mission Central to sponsor the mission work of Pastor Walter Steele who will be serving in Kenya; Pastor Becker teaching at the LCMS Seminary in Ethiopia; and Pastor Steven Oliver, a friend of Pastor Drebes, teaching at the Chinese Lutheran Seminary in Taiwan. Additional Mission dollars, collected this month, will be sent to Concordia Seminary, St Louis for scholarships for the education of future pastors.
- Published: 20 October 2019 20 October 2019
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Pacific Hills Lutheran Church was blessed to have the Laudamus Choir visit us for our Sunday, October 13th, 2019, 10:30 am service, as part of their Fall 2019 tour. Laudamus is a select choir of pastoral ministry students at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, under the direction of Dr. James Marriott. The choir sang a capella and accompanied hymns, beautifying our worship. The Worship and Music Committee was happy to host the choir and provide a hearty lunch for them before they continued their tour.
- Published: 14 October 2019 14 October 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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