Robert Keefer joined PCM on June 1, 2013.  "Pastor Bob" received his BA degree from Dartmouth College on June 10, 1979, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  His major course of study was Spanish Language and Literature.  He received his Master of Divinity on June 2, 1982 from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Union Ins...titute and University on July 31, 2006.  Bob enjoys singing, acting, and running as some of his main recreational activities. More
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Office closed, Seekers canceled

The office is closed Wednesday, February 20. We will not have Seekers this evening. Watch for the possibility of scheduling tonight's speaker at a different time. 
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For Steve

On Sunday, we had one prayer request we were asked to share here. Andy Zidon is grateful that his dad's heart surgery went well, but Steve (his dad) had to go to the hospital early this week. Please pray for Steve. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer. 
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Thank you

The offering from our "Christmas Card" this year went to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. Follow this link for a message of thanks: http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/thanks/church.html  
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Sermon from February 10: The Soul of Jonathan

The Soul of Jonathan Epiphany V; February 10, 2019 I Samuel 18:1-9 I'm going to tell you the story of the biblical character of Jonathan and I have struggled with the conclusion to draw from it. As usual, I prefer to tell the story and encourage you to draw your own conclusions. But I need to put it in context for us; that is, why this story and wh...
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Ordo Virtutum February 22

 On February 22 our Music Director, Christopher Krampe, will direct a performance of Hildegard of Bingen's "Ordo Virtutum." You can learn more and register here: http://www.csm.edu/events/cosmos-creation-ordo-motion
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Sermon for February 3: Hagar's Way

Hagar's Way Epiphany IV; February 3, 2019 Genesis 21:8-21 I don't know if Hagar's story really figures into this series on sexuality and gender as much as I want it to, but her story is an important one and I want you to know it. Like Abishag's story, her story is of a woman who is used as a tool, and it is certainly instructive. But what I admire ...
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Reminder: Policy on Closing

It is the policy of our Session to determine weather-related closings by the actions of Omaha Public Schools. When OPS is closed because of potentially hazardous travel conditions (snow, ice, etc.) then our office is closed and all events of that day are canceled. If, however, OPS closes because it's too cold for kids to wait for the bus, then...
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Sermon for January 27 - Abishag: #MeToo

Abishag: #MeToo Epiphany III; January 27, 2019 I Kings 1:1-4 I'm going to tell you the story of Abishag the Shunammite, but first I'll give you my commentary. As I mentioned last week, I'm going to do a few sermons on topics related to questions of gender and sexuality. But I also realize that the most memorable sermons are the stories of people. S...
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Sermon for January 20 - Marriage & Jesus' Glory

Marriage and Jesus' Glory Epiphany II; January 20, 2019 John 2:1-11 Our Session appointed a group of folks who are exploring the question of whether we, as a Church, ought to become part of the More Light movement in the Presbyterian Church. More Light Presbyterians are Christians who are committed to inclusiveness, particularly (but not exclusivel...
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Men's Retreat March 8-10

Guys: Here is something worth looking into! - Pastor Bob    Download PDF File Here
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Sermon for January 13: The Facade of the Passion



The Façade of the Passion The Baptism of the Lord; January 13, 2019 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Last Sunday we went to the International Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Family (Sagrada Família) in Barcelona. It was a Roman Catholic Mass, but it was international in the sense that the liturgy was in Latin (the international language), and the readings, pra...
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The Bible and Gender

 I will lead conversations on Bible passages related to our questions about same-sex relationships on Wednesday evenings in January: the 16th, 23rd, and 30th. We'll meet at 6:30 pm in the Chapel - unless we need to move to a larger room. These passages are sometimes called "clobber" passages, because people use them to clobber each other. - Pa...
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Sermons for Christmas Eve

A People in Training The Nativity of the Lord; December 24, 2018 Titus 2:11-14 5:00 pm service Paul to Titus: Christ has come to show us how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life and take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. What quality do we most need for a God-filled, God-honoring life? I have an answer for that; let's see if you have th...
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Sermon for Advent III: Always?

Always? Advent III; December 16, 2018 Philippians 4:4-7 The children of the Church did their musical program at the 10:30 service, so this sermon was only for the 8:00 service. Why is there a pink candle in the Advent wreath? Somebody said it was because Mary and Joseph were hoping for a girl. Actually, it's a little more complicated and a lot less...
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Christmas Eve services

 Christmas Eve we will have two services. At 5:00 pm we celebrate a Jazz Christmas, led by the choir and a jazz combo. At 11:00 we will have our traditional service of candlelight. At both services we will celebrate the Lord's Supper.
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Longest Night Service

Friday, December 21, 6:30 pm: Longest Night Service is for any who are sad, grieving, dealing with loss, lonely, or simply wish a quiet break from the enforced merriment. This is a simple service of Scripture, song, and silence. The Grief Ministry hosts a supper beforehand at 5:30.
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Sermon from Advent II: John to the Church

  John to the Church Advent II; December 9, 2018 Luke 3:1-6 To the reader: The "new reality" referred to at the beginning is the letter we all received this week from our Associate Pastor that she has decided to move on. Please pray for her as she discerns God's call to her. On the Second Sunday of Advent we almost always look at John the Bapt...
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Sermon for Advent I - December 2

Hard Talk About the End Advent I; December 2, 2018 Luke 21:25-36 I don't know how much you folks are into popular Christianity, what connections these words of Jesus make for you. Fans of the "Left Behind" series of books and movies will have a preconception of what this is about. The makers of the (in my opinion) really awful movie This is the End...
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Sermon for November 25: Thankful for the King

Thankful for the King Christ the King; November 25, 2018 Revelation 1:4b-8 "…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth." Pretty strong words about an executed carpenter, don't you think? Still, today is Christ the King, a day to look at that executed carpenter and call him King, ...
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Sermon from November 25 - Hebrews 10:19-25



"Since we… Let us…" Pentecost XXVI (O. T. 33); November 18, 2018 Hebrews 10:19-25 One sermon that I heard as a young adult still sticks in my head because it annoyed me so much. It consisted of about twenty minutes of "We must" statements. That was forty years ago, so I don't remember what any of them were, but I just remember our Pastor saying "We...
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