We are off to a great start with fall music at Pacific Hills! The organ concert featuring Simon Pick was fantastic and had a wonderful selection of music! We had a decent attendance with 43 attendees.Our music ensembles started this last weekend and resumed seamlessly. We are looking for additional members to join the choir and the bell choir, no previous experience is required, just a great attitude! The choir generally meets at 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and the bell choir meets 11:45 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. If you are interested in joining, or even just trying one of the ensembles, feel free to show up at one of the rehearsals, we would be glad to have you!
As I write this Messenger article, it’s another anniversary of 9/11, a horrific day in our nation’s history. Many of us remember where we were and what we were doing. I had just started my first Call as the new Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church. I woke up to a day of joy, that quickly turned to sadness. Many today were not even born, or were very young when the towers fell and countless lives were lost; but for those of us who remember, we remember the dust and the smoke, the despair, and the grief. We remember that sense of vulnerability and shock. We remember the numbness that overwhelmed us as we watched our screens for hours and hours, waiting for an explanation and understanding that never came. We remember the heroes, those who rushed to help, who guided the wounded down innumerable flights of stairs, who rose to overwhelm those who held death in their hands. We remember the hours and the days of binding wounds and healing hurts, giving comfort, drying tears. We remember words of support and compassion from nations far and wide.
Please join us for our first concert in our 2023-2024 Concert Series at Pacific Hills! This concert will feature the Simon Pick, Organist from Church of the Assumption in Saint Paul, MN. The concert will be September 10, 2023 at 3:00PM. This event is free-will offering and open to the public, so be sure to share this event with others throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs communities! There are printed posters available in the church office and on Sunday mornings that you can share at your workplace, coffee shops, schools, etc.
PHLC's Youth Group has gotten off to a great start! The current plan is to alternate between meeting on Sunday nights at the Aulner house (7749 Davis Cir.) and on Wednesday nights at the church, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. A full dinner will be provided on Aulner nights, and snacks will be provided on church nights.
The first regular meeting -- discussing the all-important question, "What Is the Bible?" -- is planned for Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the church. A full schedule through December is listed below. For more updates, visit the youth group website, or call or text Andrew Aulner (402-657-8952) or Samantha Aulner (402-360-2812).
September 10th is Rally Day Kickoff Sunday! 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 10th. Our youth confirmation classes will have started up a few days earlier on September 6th.
We invite all teachers to participate in teacher installation, whether you are a Sunday School teacher or a small group leader. The Installation Service will take place at both services. Rally Day festivities will take place during the Sunday School hour in Acker Hall and will include refreshments. Pastor will discuss our Milestone Ministry, the Four Keys to Nurturing Faith and our Enduring Faith Curriculum. After this opening, the students will be dismissed to their classrooms for abbreviated instruction. Parents, please respond to Pam Hafsaas
Our youth had a wonderful time this past Wednesday evening as we launched our new youth ministry. Andrew and Samantha Aulner have agreed to lead this endeavor and the kickoff was a success with 8 PHLC youth and 2 visiting youth participating in the food, fellowship, and games. Stay tuned for further events, activities, and studies. We look forward to the great things God has in store for PHLC youth and their friends
The Pacific Hills congregation enjoyed a special Divine Service on Sunday, July 23, at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. The outdoor worship service was held at 10:00 am to take advantage of the beautiful sunny and breezy weather.
This special service was held to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church. Watch the service.
Join us in Acker Hall Wednesday July 12 at 6:30pm to meet missionary Jonathan Clausing and enjoy an ice cream sundae! Build your own sun- dae and learn about the missionary work being done by the Clausings in Tanzania! A great way to spend a midweek evening, see you there!
What will you do to celebrate the Fourth of July? Maybe you will have a picnic and set off some fireworks or maybe you will just spend the day with friends and family and enjoy a long-awaited day off.
This week, on the 4th of July, we will celebrate our nation’s 245th birthday. On this day we celebrate the precious gift of freedom because of the price others have paid. The ideal of freedom is one that our founding fathers believed valuable enough to risk everything on. They risked their fortunes, their families, their reputations and their sacred honor. They risked their very lives and many of them paid for our freedom with their blood and the blood of their children.
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