Advent is the first season in the “Time of Christmas.” The calendar of the Church begins with Advent (from the Latin, adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival”), a period of preparation before Christmas. The Savior’s Birth is second in importance only to His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Advent encompasses a time of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ at Christmas. This year, during Advent, we will begin exploring the Great “O” Antiphons and finish them during the Christmas Season. “An antiphon is a term we see in worship regularly. An antiphon is a refrain that is sung before (and sometimes after and during) a Psalm or other song, and it’s typically a Bible verse or a historic liturgical text. A common example is in Matins, when the pastor and congregation sing, “Blessed be God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; O come, let us worship him,” both before and after the Venite, “O come, let us sing to the Lord” (Lutheran Service Book, 220-221).
It's hard to believe we're almost a week away from Reformation Sunday! We have some exciting things coming up over the next couple months to look forward to! Reformation Sunday, October 30th, will have lots of music! The 9:00 a.m. service will feature The Brass Pack, a brass quintet from UNO, the choir, and the bell choir! Directly after the service we will be introduced to the architects and contractors followed by a time of fellowship.
There will be an organ concert featuring Brent Shaw on Sunday, October 30th at 3 p.m. at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church.
Please join us for our first concert in our 2022-2023 Concert Series at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church. Our first concert will feature Brent
Shaw, organist and carillonneur, on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 at 3 p.m.
It has been 21 years since that horrific day. I was a new pastor on 9/11. I just began my ministry, having been ordained just two days before. Those of us who can remember 9/11, probably remember where we were, and what we were doing, just like the people of the WWII generation remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news that Pearl Harbor had been attacked, or years later that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Some days are just etched in our memory and 9/11 is one of them.
September 11th 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 11th. Our youth confirmation classes will have started up a few days earlier on September 7th.
Rally Day festivities will take place during the Sunday School hour in Acker Hall and will include breakfast items and other 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.
We had a great Church Picnic last Sunday 07/31/2022. After the combined 9:00 worship service there was an extended hymn sing. In Acker Hall, we enjoyed a presentation about our representatives at the LCMS Youth Gathering, held earlier in July in Houston, TX, with the theme "In All Things." The picnic featured brats, sauerkraut and plenty of fixings as well as delicious ice cream sundaes. We enjoyed fellowship and games outside in the afternoon.
We have some exciting music opportunities this Sunday!
Plan now to join us this summer, July 11-15 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM for Rocky Railway VBS. Come for dinner and let's power our way through some exciting Bible adventures and learn about how Jesus' power pulls us through. Bible study, games, crafts, dinner provide each night. Contact Pam Hafsaas (
As most of you know by now Jim Mueller has been commissioned as our Lay Minister. Some people have asked, “Pastor, what’s a lay minister?” That’s a good question. Though a church has at least one pastor, some churches also rely on lay ministers to support the ministry of the church.
The term “lay minister” is used here in the Nebraska District but in my former district, the Kansas District, lay ministers were called “deacons.” A Lay Minister, or deacon, in many ways is like an Elder, only with more extensive training through the district. Men, who have gone through this training, and have been certified through the district, are able to serve in a congregation under the supervision of an ordained pastor.
It is hard to believe Summer is already approaching on us! There are many things going on for each of us, whether it is Confirmation, End of School, Graduation Parties, Vacation Planning, or just your regular busy lives, it is important to remember to take a breath and enjoy the moment! Here are some musical items and information you have to look forward to this Summer at PHLC!
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