Open Doors

Our vision is to build a community for Christ within the greater Omaha area in which all are welcome - a place where all individuals and families can grow and flourish in faith and discover God’s plan for their lives.

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FLC’s Annual Voter’s Meeting

Join us Sunday, January 20 for 10 am Worship followed by a soup luncheon and the Annual Voter’s Meeting. Budgets and nomination ballots are available now in the Narthex.

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FLC’s Food Pantry Needs You

Is it time for you to clean out your cupboards? Are you looking for a wonderful volunteer opportunity to give back to the community? Please consider helping in our Food Pantry. We strive to provide food for anyone who walks through our doors where they are welcomed with a smile and treated with dignity and respect. (more…)

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Music for the Fun of it!

Contemporary Music Jam Session and Bilingual Worship Service Join us Mondays, January 14 & 28, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm (schedule coming soon) (more…)

Ash Wednesday

Lent Begins ~ Ash Wednesday Service ~ 7 pm    

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Thank You!

Thank you Jackson Elementary School students and faculty for your 724+ donations of canned food to our food pantry!

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FLC Clothes Closet

Out with the old, in with the new!  Get your winter housecleaning done.  FLC  is rotating their Clothes Closet to make room for winter clothing and accessories.  Items needed include men’s shirts, pants, children’s clothing, coats, hats, mittens, etc.  We also are in need of plastic and brown paper bags.  Bring in what you can to help those in need.

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Dial-a-Meditation

If you are in need of a sense of peace or guidance in your rushed life and our office is not open, please know we are here for you through our Dial-a-Meditation service at 402-345-1555.

Staff

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Staff

Judith Rainforth - Senior Pastor
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Pastor Judith accepted the call to First Lutheran Church in the fall of 2003. Prior to serving at FLC, Pastor Judith served as a Therapist, Chaplain and Administrator in health related industries in Nebraska and California. She is a native of Nebraska, born in Wood River.  She completed her first two years of Seminary work at Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley, California, and her third year at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  Pastor Rainforth has a BS and MS degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a Masters degree in Hospital Administration from University of Minnesota.  Her MS of Divinity Degree is from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in CA.
Pastor Judith has three grown sons who all live in Nebraska.  Her hobbies and interests include  horseback riding, walking, reading, traveling, biking, and playing with her six grandchildren. She is the human companion of her quarter horse, Jake; her dog, Paco, who is registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc.; and her rescued cat, Chico.
The driving force behind Pastor Judith’s passion for ministry is her desire to be involved in Word and Sacrament, while serving all children of God in various outreach efforts.


Simone Weber – Director of Music Ministries
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Simone Weber was called to First Lutheran Church in September of 2005 as the Director of Music Ministries. She grew up attending church and participating in church music as well as performing with her family band in South Dakota, and Axtell, Nebraska. Her father is a Lutheran pastor and her mother is an organist and pianist. Simone attended UNL and received her Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental and Vocal) as well as an ELL endorsement before moving with her husband, Matt Weber, to New York City in 2002. While in NY, Simone experienced a variety of professional opportunities in vocal performance ranging from solo singing, performing original music at assorted venues, and ensemble singing. Simone has directed choirs and led worship in various churches, taught music and English in a variety of settings, and has continued to expand her song writing and performing skills. For a taste of Simone’s music go to www.simonegweber.com
Simone and Matt work through Table Grace Ministries www.tablegraceministries.org in partnership with FLC on a variety of outreach opportunities including music concert tours, local food outreach to single parent working families, and pantry support through First Lutheran Church. They enjoy life with their daughter, Hope Elizabeth Weber and the newest addition to their family, Alexandra Rose Weber.


David Schack – Organist/Liturgical Choir Director
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David Schack has been involved with the music at First Lutheran from 1977 to 2005 and is currently organist and Director of the Liturgical Choir. David received a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Valparaiso University and continued his music study at Indiana University and the University of Illinois.  Before moving to Omaha, David was Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia College (now Concordia University) in Seward, Nebraska teaching organ and other music courses.  David is active as an organist and composer and has had organ and choral works published. Among his liturgical compositions is the setting of Psalm 141 for the Evening Prayer service found in numerous Lutheran worship books, including Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and he  enjoys writing new settings that can be used at the 8:30 Lutheran Liturgical Service at First Lutheran.  David was featured as organist/composer for several hymn festivals held by Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM);  a CD of one of these hymn festivals held in the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas was released by ALCM.



Jeff Hagelstein – Building Supervisor

Jeff began serving First Lutheran ten years ago.  He started part time and soon became an invaluable full-time addition to FLC.  His duties are not limited to cleaning the building, but an assortment of responsibilities that he does with dedication and fervor. Many first-time visitors to FLC are amazed that he does such a remarkable job of keeping the large facility in such excellent condition. It sparkles.
Jeff also drives the church van, ensuring that those who would otherwise be unable to attend are able to share in the weekly worship and fellowship opportunities.
Jeff was born in Omaha and is a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe.  He has a passion for the dance and tradition of his people and his favorite vacations are trips to the Black Hills to participate in tribal ceremonies.  He also loves the mountains of Colorado Springs as much as he loves breathing.  His hobbies include fishing, hunting, repairing vehicles for every person who needs his help, and driving to nowhere in particular.
Jeff attended high school in Columbus and has also lived in Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, and a brief time in Alaska. Jeff considers his service to FLC a blessing.

Michele Herrick - Administrative Assistant
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Michele joined the First Lutheran team in November 2011. She is the part-time Administrative Assistant. Before working at FLC, Michele worked as a Human Resources Manager and as an Elementary School Teacher. She has a BSBA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she majored in Marketing. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking her two Beagles (Pickles and LuLu), reading mysteries and researching family histories. She volunteers with the Omaha Public Library in their Genealogy Department.