Thursday Thoughts

During this unique season, a weekly encouragement email will be sent to the congregation on Thursdays and then posted here. We’ll try to keep it short and also to provide some announcements about our shared life and mission.

October 8

https://mailchi.mp/4ec0e84077f9/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4897856


October 1

https://mailchi.mp/96adbea21c63/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4893576


September 24

https://mailchi.mp/1f1cae38db05/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4889160


September 17

https://mailchi.mp/ba19c0f02fcb/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4886772


September 10

https://mailchi.mp/95de49aa99ce/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4880892


September 3

https://mailchi.mp/ee56794b7f13/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4878340


August 27

https://mailchi.mp/95de889756fd/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4872820


August 20

https://mailchi.mp/41c19f92dfe3/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4870100


August 13

https://mailchi.mp/d16704b0c9f9/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4867356


August 6

https://mailchi.mp/32200b4ef55a/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4864256


July 30

https://mailchi.mp/fea53eb30e15/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4858952


July 23

https://mailchi.mp/bfeaf5827293/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4856640


July 16

https://mailchi.mp/b220fe8be5c1/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4852636


July 2

https://mailchi.mp/e68d0a848c3d/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4841832


June 25

https://mailchi.mp/5af84e3034fe/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4836344


June 18

https://mailchi.mp/414ae324cc8e/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4834752


June 11

 https://mailchi.mp/8699dddde22e/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4828480


June 4

https://mailchi.mp/66cc0177ba3a/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4824880


May 28

https://mailchi.mp/bafdb34f96c7/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4820292


May 21

https://mailchi.mp/b40757e3d69c/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4811052


May 14

https://mailchi.mp/064ce0ea7764/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4810340


May 7

 https://mailchi.mp/30c74c863060/thursday-thoughts-west-hills-4804300


April 30

A new format! https://mailchi.mp/18307f55727f/thursday-thoughts-west-hills


April 23

From Andy…I recently saw pictures of people weaving old plastic bags into rugs and clothing. The finished products looked, well, like rugs and clothing. Who first thought this up? Imagine seeing an empty lot choked with weeds and plastic bags. Then imagine thinking, “I could make some good out of this mess.” I wonder how many times God has had that exact thought. A thousand? A billion?

Have you noticed this kind of thinking in recent weeks? Even in the midst of disruption and fear, people find glimmers of hope. Surely, we wouldn’t have chosen the Coronavirus as a teacher of life’s lessons. But the Coronavirus is here. What good can come out of this mess? To name a few I’ve heard recently, we now have greater:

  • Appreciation for underappreciated workers
  • Comfort with new forms of technology
  • Sense of community spirit
  • Awareness of those living at the fringes of our society
  • Enjoyment of the outdoors - Spring is here!
  • Understanding of how fast-paced some of our schedules were
  • Engagement with neighbors. In the last few weeks, I’ve waved to more people than in the rest of my life combined. I think I may be developing an acute case of neighbor wrist.

If you and I are able to catch these glimpses of redemption, how much more does God see? “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,” (Romans 8:28). Our God is the original recycler, the strange weaver. What good is God weaving out of your mess these days?

WORSHIP
New Series – Resurrection Realities

4/26/20

Luke 24:13-25

Slow Hearts, Shuffling Feet      Worship Guide Here!

5/3/20

Luke 24:25-35

Burning Hearts, Hustling Feet

5/10/20

John 20:19-23

Grief to Joy

5/17/20

John 20:24-29

Believer's Doubt

5/24/20

John 21:1-14

Breakfast by the Sea

5/31/20

Acts 2:1-13

Born of Water and Wind

Please join us online at either of these two links to view our worship services. The prerecorded services will be available as the date shown above to watch at your convenience.

www.whcomaha.org/worship-online      www.vimeo.com/whcomaha  

To experience all of our video messages and worship services, please visit our Vimeo page anytime by going to the link below. Also, if you have a Vimeo account, you now have the option to leave a comment or ask a question on the videos posted there. www.vimeo.com/whcomaha

NURSERY, CHILDREN’S & YOUTH

Crosswalk and Youth Sunday School take place every Sunday morning at 9:30 on Zoom. Check your email for the link and password, and jump into some fun Bible learning with your friends and leaders! Questions? Contact 

Youth Internship Job Description and Application Available Now!

Are you looking for an opportunity this summer to lead our youth into a deeper relationship with God?  Have you ever been interested in working in ministry and seeing the day to day operations of a church?  We are excited to announce that West Hills Church is looking for two Youth Interns this summer!  These positions will be part time and include opportunities to use your God given gifts and talents in ministry.  Please take a moment to check out the Youth Intern job description and application links above.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Luke Burns at

ALL CHURCH
Pass It On! 

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, friend, mentor, or teacher, you are uniquely positioned to help the young people in your life develop a vibrant and connected relationship with God! Join Theresa Hamer and Jessica Scheopner for an eight-week video-based course and group discussion of some practical, real-life ways to share our faith in ways that feel natural to each of us. We’ll watch the video ahead of time and enjoy conversation to help us each gain new tools for passing on our faith to the children and teens in our lives. Online meet-ups on Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. beginning April 19. Email   to get the video and Zoom links.  Pass It On! Video trailer

Mark Your Calendar – Next Online Bingo Night Is May 8!

That’s right, we’re playing online BINGO again! On Friday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. join us for a game via ZOOM! Crazy hats, silly glasses, fluffy scarves and feather boas are encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for creativity. The gossip around the office is they’ve lined up quite a bingo caller…hope you can attend to see for yourself! Email   to get registered and for the bingo card links. 

Get Ready to Reboot a Favorite VBS in a New Way!  

Coming this summer to your own backyard, this year’s VBS will be packaged as a just-add-kids kit for you to use in a fun and flexible way with the kids in your life. More information and registration for kits coming soon!  

Heartland Hope Mission:

We are collecting food items for our mission partner, Heartland Hope until April 29. They need to restock their pantry shelves with the following items: pasta, canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, mac & cheese, and canned soups. We will have a collection bin outside the entrance of the north drive on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please feel free to drive up during these hours and drop off food in the bin and we will be sure to get it to Heartland Hope. If you have a little more free time on your hands, they are looking for volunteers to prepare and work the pantry, please contact their volunteer coordinator directly at:   . Have questions about the safety of volunteering or need someone to pick up your food items? Contact Peg Shirley at 402-980-2650.

The 410 Bridge:

There are a couple ways you can support our mission partner, 410 Bridge, in Haiti. You can pray for the health and safety of the Haitian people and the staff of 410 Bridge. You may also choose to share your financial resources with the people of Jeanton to be used for food and education while the schools are shut down. To give, you can either mail a check to West Hills with “410 Bridge” in the memo line or go online to whcomaha.org and select “Give Online” at the top of the page and select “410 Bridge” from the drop down menu to designate your funds to this project.  Thank you!

Our new virtual online meeting tool, ZOOM, is available for your Bible study or small group!

The church has accounts with Zoom for groups to use that would normally meet in homes or at the church. Contact Heather to help you schedule your online meeting. She can be reached by email   or phone 402-391-8662 x 1006. Thanks! Find a short and helpful tutorial here on how to use Zoom: Zoom Tutorial

Happy 95th Birthday to Peg Ziegler on April 25!! 

If you feel led to send Peg a special birthday greeting, her mailing address is 3030 S. 80 Street, Rm # 223 Omaha, 68124


April 16, 2020

From Andy…Ok. We can do this. But how long will it last? Several times this week I’ve been asked questions about our return to ‘normal’. I get it. The ‘quarantine swing’ is starting to wear on me also. We may, however, need to change our perspective from ‘sprint’ to ‘marathon’.

Experts tell us that current social distancing measures in Nebraska should allow COVID-19 to peak sometime in early May. Restrictions will continue beyond the peak, so we may not taste normalcy until mid-June. Even then, we may be prohibited from large gatherings like Sunday worship. Without a vaccine or drug therapy, ongoing social distancing is the only way to keep our medical establishment from being overrun by Covid-19 infections. Through the summer and beyond, we can anticipate mandatory restrictions to relax and then tighten-up again as the number of infections rises.

Friends, we are in this for the long haul. As we each come to grips with this, we need to work toward a new normal. This includes more than adjustments to work/school schedules, grocery shopping, and hoarding toilet paper. If this disruption will continue for months, our spiritual and mental health demand that we take action. We’ve got to find new rhythms of spiritual devotion, community care, and basic human contact.

So, it’s time for a little self-inventory. Are you worshiping online? Have you ironed-out a pattern for your devotional practices? Are you lonely, depressed, or tempted by addiction? If so, does anybody know it? How many phone hours are you logging these days? Do you zoom (even by phone)? Anybody ‘visited’ a loved one through a window? Have you perfected socially distanced yard conversations with neighbors? Do you even know your neighbors? When is the last time you saw your friends from church? What about your small group, ministry team, classes, accountability partners, etc.?

West Hills is here to help with any of the above. We can run this marathon together, but each of us needs to decide to take a first step. “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

WORSHIP
New Series – Resurrection Realities

4/19/20

John 20:11-18

First to See

Worship Guide Here!

4/26/20

Luke 24:13-25

Slow Hearts, Shuffling Feet

5/3/20

Luke 24:25-35

Burning Hearts, Hustling Feet

5/10/20

John 20:19-23

Grief to Joy

5/17/20

John 20:24-29

Believer's Doubt

5/24/20

John 21:1-14

Breakfast by the Sea

5/31/20

Acts 2:1-13

Born of Water and Wind

Please join us online at either of these two links to view our worship services. The prerecorded services will be available as the date shown above to watch at your convenience. www.whcomaha.org/worship-online    www.vimeo.com/whcomaha  

To experience all of our video messages and worship services, please visit our Vimeo page anytime by going to the link below. Also, if you have a Vimeo account, you now have the ability to comment or ask questions of the videos posted there.   www.vimeo.com/whcomaha

NURSERY, CHILDREN’S & YOUTH

Crosswalk and Youth Sunday School take place every Sunday morning at 9:30 on Zoom. Check your email for the link and password, and jump into some fun Bible learning with your friends and leaders!

Youth Internship Job Description and Application Available Now!  Are you looking for an opportunity this summer to lead our youth into a deeper relationship with God?  Have you ever been interested in working in ministry and seeing the day to day operations of a church?  We are excited to announce that West Hills Church is looking for two Youth Interns this summer!  These positions will be part time and include opportunities to use your God given gifts and talents in ministry.  Please take a moment to check out the Youth Intern job description and application links above.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Luke Burns at

ALL CHURCH
Online Bingo For All Ages!  

Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. join us for a zany game of online BINGO via ZOOM! Crazy hats, glasses, scarves and feather boas are encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for creativity. Email to get registered and for the bingo card links. 

Pass It On! 

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, friend, mentor, or teacher, you are uniquely positioned to help the young people in your life develop a vibrant and connected relationship with God! Join Theresa Hamer and Jessica Scheopner for an eight-week video-based course and group discussion of some practical, real-life ways to share our faith in ways that feel natural to each of us. We’ll watch the video ahead of time and enjoy conversation to help us each gain new tools for passing on our faith to the children and teens in our lives. Online meet-ups on Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. beginning April 19. Email   to get the video and Zoom links.  Pass It On! Video trailer

Heartland Hope Mission:  

We have begun to collect food items for our mission partner, Heartland Hope. They need to restock their pantry shelves and are requesting the following items: pasta, canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, mac & cheese, and canned soups. If you’d like to donate items, we will have a collection bin outside the entrance of the north drive on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please feel free to drive up at any time during these hours and drop off food in the bin and we will be sure to get it to Heartland Hope. If you have a little more free time on your hands, they are looking for volunteers to prepare and work the pantry, please contact volunteer coordinator, Amanda DeVries directly at: . Have questions about the safety of volunteering or need someone to pick up your food items? Contact Peg Shirley at 402-980-2650.

The 410 Bridge: 

As follow up to the announcement from Chris Neil, there are a couple ways we can support our mission partner, 410 Bridge, in Haiti. You can pray for the health and safety of the Haitian people and the staff of 410 Bridge. You may also choose to share your financial resources with the people of Jeanton to be used for food and education while the schools are shut down. To give, you can either mail a check to West Hills with “410 Bridge” in the memo line or go online to whcomaha.org and select “Give Online” at the top of the page and select “410 Bridge” from the drop down menu to designate your funds to this project.  Thank you!

Our new virtual online meeting tool, ZOOM, is available for your bible study or small group!

The church has accounts with Zoom for groups to use that would normally meet in homes or at the church. Contact Heather to help you schedule your online meeting. She can be reached by email or phone 402-391-8662 x 1006. Thanks! Find a short and helpful tutorial here on how to use Zoom: Zoom Tutorial

Thank you to those that participated in the Sloppy Joe ministry today! Many of you dropped off sloppy joe fixings to feed folks at an Omaha shelter! 

 


April 9, 2020

From Andy…On this Maundy Thursday we have passed through over a month of disruptions caused by the Coronavirus. Some of us feel a bit uprooted by the stress of isolation, fear, and loss. At least our Savior can identify. Holy Week marks the end of Jesus’ usual pattern of ministry, and a turn toward the increasingly volatile situations that lead to his death. In the midst of this turmoil Jesus shares an intimate experience with his followers. He exchanges his master’s robe for a servant’s towel and washes his disciples’ feet – including the feet of the man Jesus knew would betray him later that evening. The foot washing is an object lesson in love given in midst of deep physical and emotional disruption.

The challenge of Jesus’ admonition to do likewise can feel foreign to us in these difficult times. Even menial tasks sometimes feel monumental; how much more sacrificial service for those we love. And forget about serving our enemies! How did Jesus do it? John the evangelist has wisely helped us understand Jesus’ heartset as he approached this love lesson (John 13:3). Jesus held his heart to three anchors. As we find ourselves unmoored perhaps these anchors will help to center us as well. Jesus knew:

  1. God had given him power over all things. Jesus is the unshakable force at the center of existence. “In him all things hold together,” (Colossians 1:17). Even Jesus’ own suffering and death didn’t change this. Certainly our own current circumstances do not limit Jesus power.
  2. He had come from God. Jesus’ deep union with the Father was the source of his power, and we are invited into this relationship. “So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir,” (Galatians 4:7).
  3. He was going back to God. Nothing would break Jesus from his life-giving union with the Father, and this extends to us as well. God knew us in our mother’s womb and not even the difficulties of death will separate us from God’s love, (Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 8:38).

On this Maundy Thursday, as we are pulled by disorienting currents, we remember what anchored Jesus. In the moments we feel ourselves adrift, we secure our hearts to God’s unchanging power and love.

WORSHIP
Holy Week Worship Online Schedule:

Good Friday – April 10 (after 2:00 p.m.)

Our service includes a moving interpretation of the Passion of Jesus with an artist painting live, along with vocal and instrumental music, and the reading of the Passion narrative account from the gospel of Matthew.  Worship Guide - Good Friday

Easter – April 12

Hallelujah, He has Risen! Join us as we celebrate the glory of our risen King!

Scripture: John 20:1-10 Sermon title: “Emptiness and Belief”    Worship Guide - Easter

Please join us online at either of these two links to view our Holy Week worship services. The prerecorded services will be available as the date shown above to watch at your convenience.  www.whcomaha.org/worship-online  

www.vimeo.com/whcomaha

To experience all of our video messages and worship services, please visit our Vimeo page anytime by going to the link: www.vimeo.com/whcomaha

NURSERY, CHILDREN’S & YOUTH

Crosswalk and Youth Sunday School take place every Sunday morning at 9:30 on Zoom. Check your email for the link and password, and jump into some fun Bible learning with your friends and leaders! Yes, we will meet on Easter Sunday!

ALL CHURCH
Journey to the Cross – An Intergenerational Holy Week Art Gallery

Please take a few minutes to enjoy this special art project from the many talented folks of West Hills. May you be blessed by the message of Jesus’ boundless love and hope that is carried in this art collection as we remember and celebrate Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. https://vimeo.com/405969743

Heartland Hope Mission:

We will begin collecting food items for our mission partner, Heartland Hope, on Monday, April 13. They need to stock their pantry shelves and are in need of: pasta, canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, mac & cheese, and canned soups. If you’d like to donate items, we will have a collection bin outside the entrance of the north drive on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please feel free to drive up at any time during these hours and drop off food in the bin and we will be sure to get it to Heartland Hope. If you have a little more free time on your hands, they are looking for volunteers to prepare and work the pantry, please contact volunteer coordinator, Amanda DeVries directly at: . Have questions about the safety of volunteering or need someone to pick up your food items? Contact Peg Shirley at 402-980-2650.

The 410 Bridge:

As follow up to the announcement from Chris Neil last week, there are a couple ways we can support our mission partner, 410 Bridge, in Haiti. You can pray for the health and safety of the Haitian people and the staff of 410 Bridge. You may also choose to share your financial resources with the people of Jeanton to be used for food and education while the schools are shut down. To give, you can either mail a check to West Hills with “410 Bridge” in the memo line or go online to whcomaha.org and select “Give Online” at the top of the page and select “410 Bridge” from the drop down menu to designate your funds to this project.  Thank you!

Thank you for your faithful giving to West Hills during these unusual times. If you weren’t aware there are several options available to complete your gift for God’s work at West Hills Church.

  1. Simply mail your gift via the USPS to the church Attn: Mike Alfieri / 3015 S 82nd Ave / Omaha, NE 68124
  2. Online at the West Hills Church website, log in at whcomaha.org/giving/  You may set up a one-time or recurring gift using a credit card or bank account (preferred) number.
  3. Utilize your bank’s automated bill pay service to have gifts sent directly to the church. Most services allow a “memo” note to include your envelope number, and/or instructions such as “capital” fund.
  4. Allow West Hills Church to automatically pull the funds from your bank account on, or around, the 15th of each month.

Please contact Mike Alfieri for more information about any of these options at | (402) 391-8662 x1008 

Mark Your Calendar Now for Online Bingo!

Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. join us for a zany game of online BINGO via ZOOM! Crazy hats, glasses, scarves and feather boas are encouraged! Stay tuned for more information next week!

Our new virtual online meeting tool, ZOOM, is available for your bible study or small group!

The church has accounts with Zoom for groups to use that would normally meet in homes or at the church. Contact Heather to help you schedule your online meeting. She can be reached by email or phone 402-391-8662 x 1006. Thanks! Find a short and helpful tutorial here on how to use Zoom: Zoom Tutorial

The Parenting for Faith course is for you!

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, friend, or ministry leader, you can help the young people in your life develop a vibrant and connected relationship with God – whatever their age! Join Theresa Hamer and Jessica Scheopner for a come-as-you-are online community for an eight-week video-based course and group discussion of some practical, real-life ways to share our faith in ways that feel natural to each of us – and gain new tools to do it easily in everyday life. Sunday evenings at 8:30 beginning April 19. Email to get the links.

“These Days” Devotional Guide for April to June has arrived!

If you would normally pick one of these up at the church on Sunday, we will mail it to your home. Let us know by sending an email to Rosa at or by calling the church office at 402-391-8788.

Reminder: The church office will be closed Friday, April 10 for Good Friday.


April 2, 2020

From Andy… In chaotic times we all have ways of coping. Some of our diversions are life-giving and others, less so. Each of us is a bit different, but my biggest diversions are books and movies. Like any forms of art, literature and film can do wonders for us, but they have their limits. When I find myself up late for the third night in a row (watching a movie I’ve already seen), I have to ask myself, “Why”.  Surely, I’m trying to fill some other void.

Johnny Cash, who was no stranger to unhelpful coping mechanisms, wrote the song, “I Came to Believe” while he was working through a rehabilitation program. It begins with the lyrics:

I couldn't manage the problems I laid on myself
And it just made it worse when I laid them on somebody else
So I finally surrendered it all, brought down in despair
I cried out for help and I felt a warm comforter there

I don’t think that Johnny would want us to give up all the things that bring us comfort or joy. Perhaps the encouragement is to be a bit more apt to turn to Jesus. If I’m spending hours each day with my nose in a novel, I’d like to know that my reading doesn’t come at the expense of some greater shalom. Especially as we cope with all of today’s disruptions, I hope we can understand Jesus as he is. Imagine Him, our oldest friend, waiting patiently beside us. He knows us well enough to be perfectly comfortable – whether we sit quietly with him or feel the need to share even the most jagged edges of our emotions. What insight might he we be waiting to shine onto our jumbled thoughts? What ‘warm comfort’ might he be holding for us?

WORSHIP
Holy Week Worship Online Schedule:

Palm Sunday – April 5  “Which King?” -  Scripture: Luke 19:36-44

Good Friday – April 10   Our service includes a moving interpretation of the Passion of Jesus with an artist painting live, along with vocal and instrumental music, and the reading of the Passion narrative account from the gospel of Matthew.

Easter – April 12   Hallelujah, He has Risen! Join us as we celebrate the glory of our risen King!

Please join us online at either of these two links to view our Holy Week worship services. The prerecorded services will be available as the date shown above to watch at your convenience.

www.whcomaha.org/worship-online        www.vimeo.com/whcomaha

To experience all of our video messages and worship services, please visit our Vimeo page anytime by going to the link below.   www.vimeo.com/whcomaha

Worship Guide for Sunday, April 5 :   Worship Guide

NURSERY, CHILDREN’S & YOUTH

Palm Procession Video Clip:  If you haven’t yet sent in a short video clip of your family waving a paper palm branch or a clipping from your own shrubs, there’s still time to be part of the virtual palm procession! Email  for directions to get yours in !

Crosswalk and Youth Sunday School take place every Sunday morning at 9:30 on Zoom. Check your email for the link and password, and jump into some fun Bible learning with your friends and leaders!

ALL CHURCH

Communion this Sunday, April 5:  We will be celebrating Communion ‘together’ during our online worship this Sunday. Hopefully this gives you enough notice to gather some type of bread or cracker and wine or juice!

West Hills Holy Week Devotional Guide!  An electronic copy of this year’s Holy Week Devotional Guide was sent by email. If you’d like a paper copy, we would be happy to mail it to your home. Let us know by sending an email to Rosa at or by calling the church office at 402-391-8788. Thank you to those that contributed written pieces in the creation of it; what a blessing!

Our Parenting Community is in Two Places:  The West Hills Parents Facebook Group welcomes parents with children in all stages of life from pregnancy and infancy through young adulthood. We want to help one another live out our faith individually, in and through our families and together as a community. We are parenting with life transformation as the goal - for us and our kids or grandkids- and we want to do it together.

Our Parenting Community is Moving Online:  We hope you will join Theresa Hamer and Jessica Scheopner for the Just-As-You-Are community on Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. We will meet via Zoom to share some affirmation, hope and fellowship among parents of babies, children, youth and young adults, and we’d love to see you there! https://zoom.us/j/516249432

Thank you for your faithful giving to West Hills during these unusual times. If you weren’t aware there are several options available to complete your gift for God’s work at West Hills Church.

  1. Simply mail your gift via the USPS to the church - Attn: Mike Alfieri / 3015 S 82nd Ave / Omaha, NE 68124
  2. Online at the West Hills Church website, log in at whcomaha.org/giving/  You may set up a one-time or recurring gift using a credit card or bank account (preferred) number.
  3.  Utilize your bank’s automated bill pay service to have gifts sent directly to the church. Most services allow a “memo” note to include your envelope number, and/or instructions such as “capital” fund.
  4.  Allow West Hills Church to automatically pull the funds from your bank account on, or around, the 15th of each month.

Please contact Mike Alfieri for more information about any of these options at | (402) 391-8662 x1008 

Our new virtual online meeting tool, ZOOM, is available for your bible study or small group!  The church has accounts with Zoom for groups to use that would normally meet in homes or at the church. Contact Heather to help you schedule your online meeting. She can be reached by email or phone 402-391-8662 x 1006. Thanks!

Find a short and helpful tutorial here on how to use Zoom:  Zoom Tutorial

“These Days” Devotional Guide for April to June has arrived!  If you would normally pick one of these up at the church on Sunday, we will mail it to your home. Let us know by sending an email to Rosa at or by calling the church office at 402-391-8788.

Youth Commitment Update:  We are so blessed by your generosity! We are $9,753 toward the goal of $11,825 to help provide opportunities for camp, mission trips and weekly fun activities for our youth this summer. Thank you West Hills for your love and faithfulness!


March 26, 2020  

From Andy...As I talk to people this week, I’m hearing a lot about anxiety. Things are new. The information we’re getting changes, and we never seem to get enough of it. Will there be enough food? What about toilet paper! How will the virus affect me? What about those closest to me? Do they have it already? Do I?

 Jesus’ teaching from the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ speaks to real life issues like anxiety. He teaches about the broken aspects of our humanity that we regularly trip over. He addresses our relationships with God and one another, but also money, food, and clothing. With each issue he takes up, Jesus dives under the surface – literally, to the heart of the issue. Here’s his teaching on anxiety.

 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-33

I know that we can’t just switch off our anxiety like water from a faucet. It can feel more like trying to use our hands to stop water from spilling over a dam. Conversely, Jesus points not to the unstoppable flow of our emotions, but to God’s power. It’s not about the size of our hands, it’s about the size of God’s.

I’ve been watching the lilies come up in my garden. I’m struck by how little control I have over their beauty. I can fertilize them or do a few other simple actions, but my worries about the lilies will do nothing for them. The magic of their beauty lies in the hands of their Creator. My King has other things he wants me to be doing with my hands and my heart.

Yours in the strong name of Jesus,

Andy 


WORSHIP

Watch worship online anytime! The worship service will be available to watch anytime beginning Sunday morning by going to either of these websites:

www.whcomaha.org/worship-online

www.vimeo.com/whcomaha

Worship Guide for Sunday, March 29

Worship Guide

NURSERY & CHILDREN’S

This year’s Holy Week art project will be in an online gallery. This creative exploration of scripture allows people of all ages to reflect on and respond to a selection of scripture from Jesus’ journey to the cross. This project is open to children, teens, and adults. Please email by Sunday, 3/29, to receive your passage of scripture and other details.  

Our Parenting Community is moving online. We hope you will join Theresa Hamer and Jessica Scheopner  for the Just-As-You-Are community on Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. beginning this weekend, 3/29. We will meet via Zoom to share some affirmation, hope and fellowship among parents of babies, children, youth and young adults! This week’s topic: https://relevantmagazine.com/life5/6-things-to-remember-when-youre-struggling-with-anxiety/ Join us via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/516249432

ALL CHURCH

Thank you for your faithful giving to West Hills during these unusual times. If you weren’t aware there are several options available to complete your gift for God’s work at West Hills Church…

1. Simply mail your gift via the USPS to the church…Attn: Mike Alfieri / 3015 S 82nd Ave / Omaha, NE 68124

2. Online at the West Hills Church website, logging in at…whcomaha.org/giving/  You may set up a one-time or recurring gift using a credit card or bank account (preferred) number.

3. Utilize your bank’s automated bill pay service to have gifts sent directly to the church. Most services allow a “memo” note to include your envelope number, and/or instructions such as “capital” fund.

4. Allow West Hills Church to automatically pull the funds from your bank account on, or around, the 15th of each month.

Please contact Mike Alfieri for more information about any of these options at | (402) 391-8662 x1008 

InGathering Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. – Yes, you read that correctly. InGathering is this Tuesday and we will be meeting via ZOOM. More information about the meeting will be sent to those that normally attend a team meeting. Please see below for a tutorial on how to use ZOOM if this is all new to you (like it is for most of us).

Our new virtual online meeting tool, ZOOM, is available for your bible study or small group! The church has accounts with Zoom for groups to use that would normally meet in homes or at the church. Contact Heather to help you schedule your online meeting. She can be reached by email or phone 402-391-8662 x 1006. Thanks!

Find a short and helpful tutorial here on how to use Zoom: Zoom Tutorial

A note from Kathy Leach… Warm greetings to you, my church family.  Ed and I are well and keeping safe @ home as I know many of you are.  Because we fall into that "more vulnerable" category of corona virus exposure for our age and pre-existing health conditions, I have made the very difficult decision to not be a physical part of the Worship Team videos that Kevin has arranged making the weekly video worship services, at least, for the next few weeks. There is just too much of a risk that the virus could be passed on to me and then, through me to Ed.  He quite often gets VERY ill during a normal flu season anyway, when I tend to be a "carrier" from my students!  

I will readdress this decision as time passes and we see where this viral journey takes us.  It is my great-anticipated intention to return to my normal accompanying duties as soon as I feel that the environment is more safe for Ed and I.  I continue to practice daily @ home to keep my spirits uplifted.  I hope you and your families continue to be safe and well.  These are challenging times to our mind, spirit and soul!  But, God is faithful and will lead us through. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.


 March 19, 2020 

From Andy...I hope this letter finds you well. I want to provide a few more updates about our congregational life in the coming weeks. Only a few days have passed since our last church wide communication, but we’ve got important new information to add. You may be growing tired of the phrase, “This is a rapidly evolving situation,” but it’s true for our church as well. You’ll find below an updated version of our Coronavirus Response Plan. Please take note of the new information in the Addendum.

In light of recent guidance from local and federal authorities, our Session has asked that all West Hills events be adapted to virtual gatherings or canceled. Our church building is usually a bustling center of shared life and mission. It has been so strange this week to walk the dark and silent hallways. As much as I miss your presence here, I stand with Session in asking you to avoid the building. We feel this is the best way to help slow the spread of the virus and to care for the high-risk individuals in our congregation. Until further notice, only designated persons will be allowed in the church building (see Addendum for more information).

The building is closed, but ministry will continue! We all know that a church is the people and not a building. Moreover, I do not believe that Jesus has revoked our call to servant love, discipleship, and mission. With that in mind, our ministry teams are already working on ways for us to be engaged in ministry together during the coming weeks. This will mean everything from phone calls to Facebook posts. Our website (https://www.whcomaha.org/), will be a hub for information as well as our platform for Online Worship. That’s right, worship will continue this Sunday (3/22) and will include music, preaching, offering, and prayer.

What about our other gatherings? Almost all of our regular events can be adapted to ‘virtual meetings’. The leaders of our regular events will be encouraged to partner with staff or volunteers to set up meetings with the Zoom software. We’ll help groups get started; you just need to be willing to give it a shot! Most folks find it simple enough after one experience. Even those with no access to computers etc., can take part in a Zoom meeting. All you need is a phone – even a ‘land line’ will work!

So, what will ministry look like in the coming weeks? Lots more phone and online communication. With that in mind, our ministry teams may want to make connections with different members of your household – do we have their contact info? We’re thinking especially of youth, young adults, and spouses that might appreciate the opportunity to be engaged directly. Contact information can be sent to , or call 402-391-8662.

Even as we navigate these disruptions to our daily lives, I have every confidence that our God will guide call us into ministry and community. West Hills is truly a relational church, and we will continue our journey together with the living Christ.

I hope to be seeing and hearing from you soon!

Yours in the strong name of Jesus,

Andy