Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 19, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I’m Thankful!

This is actually my favorite time of year. It’s not just because fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s because it leads up to my two favorite holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas!

I must clarify a bit – I don’t especially enjoy the commercialization of Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Thanksgiving is just a slight pause in some of the biggest shopping days of the year.

And, It feels way too early to be seeing Christmas displays and listening to Christmas music as we shop stores full of invitations to purchase things to make this the “most spectacular Christmas ever!” It’s troubling that one of the most sacred events in this earth’s history – the birth of Jesus – is used for commercial gain.

But, one does not need to focus on that part. I choose to focus on what these two holidays mean to me as a Christian.

I have a lot to be thankful for.

    • I have a wonderful family, full of love
    • I have relatively good health with outstanding health care available for those times my health falters
    • I live in a house with heat and AC and have more than enough food each day – something the vast majority of people in this world do not have.
    • I have a vehicle that works and the resources to put fuel in it allowing me to go wherever I need to or want to
    • I have a church family that supports and loves us and is filled with volunteers:
      • Who keep the church clean and in good repair
      • Who give of their time to help our children and young people meet Jesus
      • Who participate in our worship experience
      • Who plan social events that bring about enjoyable fellowship
      • And, much more
    • I have a dog who thinks I’m the greatest person in the world

And most of all, I have a Savior who knows all about me – including every sinful thought and action; Who said:

 For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, the Voice)

I am thankful I can substitute my name in there for “the world” – your name goes there too!

Mathew, writing about Jesus’ birth, said:

Years and years ago, Isaiah, a prophet of Israel, foretold the story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus: A virgin will conceive and bear a Son, and His name will be Immanuel (which is a Hebrew name that means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:22-23, the Voice)

I am thankful that God become one of us through Jesus, and that He promised:

… “I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” Because of this promise, we may boldly say, “The Lord is my help – I won’t be afraid of anything. How can anyone harm me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, the Voice)

And I am especially thankful that Jesus has eternal plans for us to be with Him in a recreated world: Jesus said:

“Don’t get lost in despair; believe in God, and keep on believing in Me. My Father’s home is designed to accommodate all of you. If there were not room for everyone, I would have told you that. I am going to make arrangements for your arrival. I will be there to greet you personally and welcome you home, where we will be together. (John 14:1-3, the Voice)

The apostle John wrote this near the end of his life when he saw Heaven in vision:

I looked again and could hardly believe my eyes. Everything above me was new. Everything below me was new. Everything around me was new because the heaven and earth that had been passed away, and the sea was gone, completely. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride on her wedding day, adorned for her husband and for His eyes only. And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.

See, the home of God is with His people. He will live among them; They will be His people, And God Himself will be with them. The prophecies are fulfilled: He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; Mourning no more, crying no more, pain no more …” (Revelation 21:1-4, the Voice)

As we move towards the Holiday Season, let’s do what we can to keep the focus where it belongs – on Jesus!

Online Bible Study with Laura Story

Join the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Laura Story: You're invited to join the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Bible teacher Laura Story to discover the peace and joy that can be found in living a surrendered life. You'll get FREE access to Laura's five study videos, FREE downloads of the first chapters of the book, I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life and study guide, printable Scriptures and affirmations, and other goodies! (Click here to read more.)

Save the Date – Christmas Cookie Exchange

Plan now to participate in the Christmas Cookie Exchange to take place on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm. Watch for more information about it as we get closer.

Calendar Events

Pathfinders are participating in an area-wide camp-out this weekend. Let’s pray for their safety and that they draw closer to Jesus through their activities.

Sunset this Friday – 6:38 pm

Healthy for a Lifetime, this Sabbath (Oct. 19), 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7. Pastor T’s sermon is titled “When You Pray …”. The book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled You Have Heard … (Concluded), click here.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Oct. 21). For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 22) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Oct. 22) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

Daylight Savings Time Ends, November 3 – turn your clocks back one hour.

Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 8 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Watch for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The New Testament in Seven Sentences: Do you explore individual passages of Scripture but neglect to examine where they fit in to the whole of the Bible? Do you find a verse to be inspiring and easy to grasp, but its sweeping context difficult, requiring persistence in studying the full tapestry of Scripture? Bible Gateway interviewed Gary M. Burge, author of The New Testament in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic. (Click here to read more.)

If an Organization Was a Person: Jeff Henderson, author of Know What You’re FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life, says, "Whether it's a business, organization, church, or relationship, every person is asking the question: 'Do they care about me?' Applying the Golden Rule is crucial." (Click here to read more.)

Hallowed Be God’s Name: Justin McRoberts, author of May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer, says, "At the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer, we're invited to call ourselves a child of God and a member of God’s family. Praying 'hallowed be your name' takes us further. The power in a gift is that it changes the recipient."  (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store.(Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Bev McNeal and her children as they mourn the loss of Ron.
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have serious health. Donna is at Nebraska Med Center and Gary is at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

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This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 12, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, October 09, 2019

The Broken Church

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Broken Church. This a thoughtful reflection on what someone should experience at church.

If your church is not ministering to the broken, you are in a broken church.

Is that too strident? I don’t think so. As we’ve discussed before in this space, In every pew sits a broken heart. Even those who look good and smell good. Even those who answer all the questions correctly and can sing the morning hymn without even looking at the Hymnal. The enemy is clever and tenacious. And all of us come to worship fresh from the battlefield. All of us.

And then there are those who do not come at all because they feel the sting of defeat. The way seems long and weary and their bleeding feet are sore. Sometimes church makes them feel even more judged and guilty. Why bother? To sit, unmoved, and listen to a listless lecture that makes their personal to-do list even more onerous…who needs it?

Ruthie and I were in a little chapel at a conference center not long ago. We were scheduled to speak there later in the day so we were just kind of scoping out the space. As we were leaving we saw a small poster at the back that said, “If you did not find what you came for today please speak to someone so we can pray with you.” I thought, Now they get it! They understand the battle is real and victories are gained only with spiritual weapons.

I remember thinking, Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that message was on the wall or maybe in the bulletin in every one of our churches. Every week. When the people in your community think of your church, wouldn’t it be marvelous if they thought, “I’m going to go there today because I know I’ll find hope. And courage. I know they care about me; I know someone will pray for me … It’s been a rough week and I need that right now.”

What if, after the closing song, instead of just being dismissed by the deacons and silently sauntering out of the church, what if everyone was invited to turn and speak to someone they hadn’t come with and ask simply, “How can I pray for you today?” I know, not everyone is going to feel comfortable with that, but I think most will, and some may even acknowledge, “No one has ever asked me that question before. I really felt like I was ministered to here today.”

Broken people ministering to broken people. Good definition of church. (Click here to read it online.)

Click here to sign up to receive the HOPE Heals weekly messages. Click here to go to their website, Hope-Heals.org.

Member Update – Ron & Bev McNeal

Ron McNeal passed away a few days ago. His funeral will take place this Friday (Oct. 11) at 11:00 am at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church (840 N 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68114). Please pray for Bev and their two children as they go through this difficult time.

Oct. 1-31 | Participate in The Altar Project!

Family worship, as simple and old-school as it sounds, is one of the most effective hedges around our families against the devil's hacks – challenges we face on a daily basis. You are invited to join The Altar Project, a call to restore family worship, from October 1-31. It's a call to 31 days of revival and reformation that begins simply with gathering the family at least once a day to pray and worship God together. Join us on a spiritual journey to "Alter the Altar" with your family! You may sign up for daily email encouragement by clicking here. Click here to watch the introductory video.

Reserve the Date – Christmas Cookie Exchange

Plan now to participate in the Christmas Cookie Exchange to take place on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm. Watch for more information about it as we get closer.

Calendar Events

Ron McNeal Funeral, Friday at 11:00 am at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (840 N 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68114).

Sunset this Friday – 6:49 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 - 9:50 AM
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – As Christians, we find ourselves in the need of God's forgiveness in our lives. This Sabbath, John Stroman will explore experiencing and accepting that forgiveness for ourselves in a sermon titled Hola! Hola! Hola!
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Church Hayrack Ride & Bonfire this Saturday Night (Oct. 12), 7:00 pm at Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008). See below for more information.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 14) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 8 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Watch for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Hear the Holy Spirit's Whispers When You Read Your Bible: Anne Graham Lotz, author of Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion, says, "I have always loved reading the Bible, but I didn’t always “hear” God speaking to me. That changed when I started applying a simple form of meditation to my Bible reading." (Click here to read more.)

SNEAK PEEK – How the Bible Prepared This Airline Pilot to Have Nerves of Steel: Minutes into a routine domestic airline flight, a catastrophic engine failure severely damaged Captain Tammie Jo Shults's passenger airliner. Read and hear this exclusive excerpt from her forthcoming book, Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings and Landed the Plane. (Click here to read more.)

Gaining a Heavenly Perspective on Life’s Trials: Joni Eareckson Tada, author of Heaven: Your Real Home … from a Higher Perspective, says, "Looking down on my problems from heaven’s perspective, trials look extraordinarily different. When viewed from its own level, my paralysis seems like a huge, impassable wall, but when viewed from above, the wall appears as a thin line, something that could be overcome." (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

Hayrack Ride & Bonfire

Come to Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008) this Saturday night (Oct. 12) at 7:00 pm! The church will be having a bonfire and hay-rack ride. The hay-rack ride will be at 9 pm. S'mores, hot drinks, and condiments will be provided. Please bring your own hot dogs, buns, and skewers. Adults cost $9, kids ages 5-12 cost $6, and kids 5 and under are free. Please pay in cash to Hannah Eitel that night. If you want to come and just enjoy the fire and the fellowship without the ride, there is no charge. We hope to see you there!

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store.(Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Bev McNeal and her children as they mourn the loss of Ron.
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have serious health. Donna is at Nebraska Med Center and Gary is at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 5, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, October 02, 2019

A Judgement Nightmare

It’s been a hard day. You come home discouraged – bordering on despair, really. You are hurt, frustrated, and angry. And, feeling some guilt – both from what you have done and said and what you have not done.

After supper, you sit down and turn on the TV. It comes on to the Animal Planet and Treehouse Masters is on. You always dreamed of having a treehouse so you check it out.

It’s a bit weird watching Pete hug the trees and talk to them, but the design is intriguing. Not too far into the episode you realize you will never be able to afford a treehouse like this – another bummer, but you keep watching.

The furniture and decorations are just arriving as you drift off into troubled sleep; the day’s events pushing themselves into your mind.

Suddenly, you feel wide awake. You even pinch yourself.

There is a beautiful city a couple of miles away set against a majestic mountain. The light seems to come from inside the city itself.

There is a clear, lazy river flowing right out from the city meandering through the meadows. It passes by just in front of you. There was a charming bridge spanning the river and a path following the river’s edge right up to an impressive gate, which looks like a pearl, leading into the city.

Along the path are hundreds – maybe thousand – of bright-colored flowers. There are trees of all types; their leaves reflecting rainbows of color that change with the breeze.

Across the river to the south, you see a bountiful orchard, full of fruit. And between the orchard and the city is the most beautiful vineyard you have ever seen – the grapes look like small plums.

As you look around, you realize you’re in a line. Behind you, the line stretches several hundred feet and then disappears down the hill.

In front of you a few yards, you see a regal, older gentleman standing by the bridge. His hair and beard are white, his face is full of smile lines, and his skin is olive toned. As you inch closer you can see that he is full of wisdom, like he has lived for a long time but he appears to carry himself with the vigor of a man in his prime. He almost seems ageless.

He talks with each person as they come to the head of the line and then directs them either across the bridge towards the city or to the path that stays on this side of the river and appears to head down into a canyon.

As your eyes follow that path it appears to get darker the further down it goes until it disappears over a ledge that appears dark and foreboding. 

And then you find yourself at the head of the line facing the man. As his hand comes up to your shoulder, you see the scars – and suddenly you realize, this man is Jesus.

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Oct. 1-31 | Participate in The Altar Project!

Family worship, as simple and old-school as it sounds, is one of the most effective hedges around our families against the devil's hacks – challenges we face on a daily basis. You are invited to join The Altar Project, a call to restore family worship, from October 1-31. It's a call to 31 days of revival and reformation that begins simply with gathering the family at least once a day to pray and worship God together. Join us on a spiritual journey to "Alter the Altar" with your family! You may sign up for daily email encouragement by clicking here. Click here to watch the introductory video.

Calendar Events

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church this Thursday, (Oct. 3). To download a brochure you can print or share, click here. See below for more information.

Sunset this Friday – 7:01 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Pathfinder & Adventurer will present our Worship Service and hold their Induction Service. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled God Loves You! Yes, You!, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 7) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 8) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Oct. 8) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Church Hayrack Ride one week from this Saturday Night (Oct. 12) at Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008). See below for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Lead in a World of Distraction: As a leader, how do you learn to tune-out distractions – busyness, the numbing nature of entertainment and social media, the urgency of ministry itself – without growing deaf to the inner desires and issues that you need to listen to? What are the common white noises in leadership and ministry that you use to mask your unpleasant emotions and ignore the desires deep inside of you? Bible Gateway interviewed Clay Scroggins about his book, How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Maximizing Your Influence by Turning Down the Noise. (Click here to read more.)

How Happiness Happens: What does it mean to have lasting happiness in an uncertain world filled with discord and turmoil, and that, for all its promises, delivers a fragile joy: here one day, tomorrow scattered by the winds of comparison, disappointment, or unmet expectations? What instruction does the Bible give for a person to be satisfyingly happy? In this Q&A, Max Lucado talks about his book, How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations. (Click here to read more.)

How Quiet Makes the World a Better Place: Rebekah Lyons, author of Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose, says, "Carving out space for quiet in your life helps you to better connect with the people in your life and become a closer friend to them...." (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church this Thursday, (Oct. 3). Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here.

Hayrack Ride

Come to Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008) on October 12th at 7:00 pm! The church will be having a bonfire and hay-rack ride. The hay-rack ride will be at 9 pm. S'mores, hot drinks, and condiments will be provided. Please bring your own hot dogs, buns, and skewers. Adults cost $9, kids ages 5-12 cost $6, and kids 5 and under are free. Please pay in cash to Hannah Eitel that night. If you want to come and just enjoy the fire and the fellowship without the ride, there is no charge. We hope to see you there!

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store.(Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled God Loves You! Yes, You!, click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have serious health. Donna is at Nebraska Med Center and Gary is at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 28, 2019

Web Master - Thursday, September 26, 2019

A New Frame

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled A New Frame. This a thoughtful reflection on the purpose of prayer.

Truth be told, the only compelling reason we pray is for the glory of God. Interesting thought to ponder. He knows what we need before we ask so we don’t pray to inform Him. We ask to concede our need and He is glorified.

We pray to acknowledge our helplessness. Jesus said, Without Him we can do nothing, and when we pray we are indicating that we have learned that lesson, and He is thereby glorified.

When an insurmountable obstacle blocks our way we pray, remembering the rhetorical question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?,” we recall that the answer to that question is an unqualified No, and God is glorified.

When our needs are greater than our supply we pray to the God who calls Himself Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our Provider, and from His infinite abundance He pours resources on us, and He is glorified.

When we are made downcast by our persistent violation of His will, we recall that He is the one – the only one – who can deal with both our sins and our fallen natures. And when we ask for cleansing He rejoices and He is glorified.

When we struggle through the dark places we discover the promise that He is the Light of the world, and when the Son rises He is glorified.

Even His children are sometimes derailed by addictions – of all kinds – and we lay them eagerly before Him. To our amazement He shows Himself to be our Strong Deliverer. And He is glorified.

When relationships are strained, in the family and out, we pray for healing and He does His work of restoration. Love returns and He is glorified.

Fear arises at times in every heart. Sometimes petty, sometimes paralyzing. But in His Word is the exhortation, Don’t be afraid … 365 times, enough for every day. And when the peace He promises beyond understanding finally absorbs into our hearts our whole countenance changes and He is glorified.

I notice that when I put this new frame around my prayer time I begin to see an entirely new picture. We are not asking so that He will meet our needs, but rather, whatever the outcome, that He will be glorified. That’s why, as His child, I love to pray. (Click here to read it online.)

Click here to sign up to receive the HOPE Heals weekly messages. Click here to go to their website, Hope-Heals.org.

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church in the next couple of months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:12 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we’re going to take a break from our Sermon Series to consider some important questions: Does God really love me? Does He even like me? Why do the voices in my head always tell me I am not enough? Pastor T’s sermon is titled God Loves You – Yes, You!
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled You Have Heard … (Concluded), click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Sept. 30) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 1) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church next Thursday, (Oct. 3). To download a brochure you can print or share, click here. See below for more information.

Pathfinder & Adventurer Sabbath will be one week from Sabbath (Oct. 5) during our worship service. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (Oct. 5) in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Church Hayrack Ride on Saturday Night, October 12 at Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008). See below for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How Your Work Affects Your Relationship with God: How do we invite God into our practical living? How should we incorporate spiritual disciplines into the ordinary rhythms of everyday experience? How can we be transformed into Christ’s likeness through our jobs and daily work? Bible Gateway interviewed Denise Daniels and Shannon Vandewarker about their book, Working in the Presence of God: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Work. (Click here to read more.)

NIV Quest Study Bible – Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen? This is the fourth post in the NIV Quest Study Bible series on the Bible Gateway Blog in which a popular question about the Bible is asked and answered. (Click here to read more.)

Why We Kissed Date Night Goodbye: Cherie and Brian Lowe, authors of Your Money, Your Marriage: The Secrets to Smart Finance, Spicy Romance, and Their Intimate Connection, say, "Managing time and money well requires thinking differently. Sometimes the cherished ideals of others seep into what we think our finances and romance should look like. We need a new lens on old expectations and conventional wisdom.” (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

On-Line Church Directory Information

Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    • Go to your device’s App Store.(Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    • Search for Instant Church Directory.
    • Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    • Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

Scam Information

There is a scam going around that looks like this: You receive an email or text message from the pastor or from the church asking you to make a contribution through a gift card.

This is against IRS guidelines for churches or non-profit organizations. We will never ask for donations or funds in this way. If you receive a request from the pastor or the church like this, do NOT respond or act.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church next Thursday, (Oct. 3). Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here.

Hayrack Ride

Come to Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008) on October 12th at 7:00 pm! The church will be having a bonfire and hay-rack ride. The hay-rack ride will be at 9 pm. S'mores, hot drinks, and condiments will be provided. Please bring your own hot dogs, buns, and skewers. Adults cost $9, kids ages 5-12 cost $6, and kids 5 and under are free. Please pay in cash to Hannah Eitel that night. If you want to come and just enjoy the fire and the fellowship without the ride, there is no charge. We hope to see you there!

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled You Have Heard … (Concluded), click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have health issues and are both at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue (click here for a map).
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 21, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Do Our Prayers Really Limit Satan?

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Do Our Prayers Really Limit Satan?. This, at least, is one time when it did.

My sister-in-law, Hazel, believes they do. Her phone rang about 2:30 one morning. A call at that hour is seldom good news and this one certainly wasn’t. It was Jan, a teen who had called often before, desperate. Usually Hazel could reason with the girl and convince her to go home from wherever she was. But this time she was calling from a bar and was in no mood for a discussion.

Hazel told her to wait there, dressed and drove downtown to pick her up.

Seeing that Jan was in no condition to be left alone, Hazel brought her to her own home. Jan lay down on the floor in the family room and passed out. Hazel sat beside her for two hours, praying. For the teen’s deliverance, for her salvation, and that she might discover how much Jesus loves her.

Suddenly Jan roused, stood up, and lunged at Hazel with an evil, angry look on her face. She grabbed Hazel around the neck and began to choke her with a strength that seemed superhuman. Desperate under the attack, Hazel called out, “In the name of Jesus take your hands off my neck now!” Instantly Jan released her grip and collapsed on the floor. Hazel sat by her side the rest of the night.

Hazel would learn that Jan had been using alcohol since she was in the seventh grade. One Saturday night she and some friends were attending a party where they were introduced to Satan worship. Although the details were hazy in Jan’s mind she remembered that that night she had committed her life to Satan.

The next couple of years Jan lived in hell. She seemed incapable of escaping Satan’s harassment. Everywhere she turned she seemed to meet him there. The friends she had chosen only helped to pull her down.

Jan’s mom and Hazel were part of a prayer group and they all covenanted to surround Jan with fervent, unceasing intercession. They held up before her promises from God’s Word of victory and cleansing. They built in her a realization of how much God loves her. They helped her discover that God had a plan and purpose for her life and that the enemy who hated her was no match for the God who loved her, that “… greater is He who lives in me than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4)

You know how this story ends: the enemy’s strongholds were broken! Jan discovered that Jesus is who He claims to be. God got His child back. Jan’s mom got her daughter back. The enemy was repelled and it was reinforced in his mind that he is the loser – now and forever. (Click here to read this on line.)

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On-Line Church Directory Information

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    1. Go to your device’s App Store.(Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

Scam Information

There is a scam going around that looks like this: You receive an email or text message from the pastor or from the church asking you to make a contribution through a gift card.

This is against IRS guidelines for churches or non-profit organizations. We will never ask for donations or funds in this way. If you receive a request from the pastor or the church like this, do NOT respond or act.

Calendar Events

Union College: Join us this weekend for a special Preview Day event (Sept. 19-22). To register, visit ucollege.edu/visit or text/call 402.419.1122. See below for more information.

Sunset this Friday – 7:24 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7. Pastor T’s sermon is titled You Have Heard … (Concluded). The book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled “You Have Heard …”, click here.

Women’s Bible Study, this Sunday (Sept. 22) at the home of Lori Knutson (3316 N 47th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  We study what the Bible teaches us about Eve as we continue our series Women of the Bible. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call / text (402) 980-5018.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Sept. 23) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Sept. 24) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Sept. 24) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here. See below for more information

Pathfinder & Adventurer Sabbath will be October 5 during our worship service. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Church Hayrack Ride on Saturday Night, October 12 at Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008). See below for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Gospel Applies to Motherhood: As a mom, do you assume Scripture doesn’t have much to say about the food you make for breakfast, how you view your postpartum body, or what school choice you make for your children? How should you apply the gospel to common issues you face every day so you can connect your Sunday morning faith to the Monday morning tantrum? Bible Gateway interviewed Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler about their book, Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments. (Click here to read more.)

What if What I Fear Most Happens? Jess Connolly, author of You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You, asks, "What if the circumstances we fear the most are the ones that will afford us the most abundance?" (Click here to read more.)

Bible Reflections – Unity Among Believers: We see little but disunity these days. But it’s faith that precedes obedience, just as obedience precedes understanding in the Christian’s life. With God, unity is possible among believers. (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Union College

Looking for the right college? Come see why Union College may be the perfect fit. Join us this weekend for a special Preview Day event (Sept. 19-22) and explore an educational community committed to helping you discover and prepare for your God-given calling. You’ll visit classes, meet with professors and financial advisors, and spend the weekend living, worshipping and making friends on our campus in Lincoln, Nebraska. Plus, its free! And we’ll even help pay for the trip. To register, visit ucollege.edu/visit or text/call 402.419.1122.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here.

Hayrack Ride

Come to Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008) on October 12th at 7:00 pm! The church will be having a bonfire and hay-rack ride. The hay-rack ride will be at 9 pm. S'mores, hot drinks, and condiments will be provided. Please bring your own hot dogs, buns, and skewers. Adults cost $9, kids ages 5-12 cost $6, and kids 5 and under are free. Please pay in cash to Hannah Eitel that night. If you want to come and just enjoy the fire and the fellowship without the ride, there is no charge. We hope to see you there!

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have health issues and are both at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue (click here for a map).
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

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This Week at Golden Hills: Sept.. 14, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

“Holding Your Hand …”

Three of my all-time favorite Bible promises are found in two chapters of Isaiah. The first one is in Isaiah 40:

Look at the evening sky! Who created the stars? Who gave them each a name? Who leads them like an army? The Lord is so powerful that none of the stars are ever missing.

You people of Israel, say, “God pays no attention to us! He doesn’t care if we are treated unjustly.”

But how can you say that? Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the eternal God, Creator of the earth. He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured.

The Lord gives strength to those who are weary. Even young people get tired, then stumble and fall. But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired. (Isaiah 40:26-31, CEV)

I love this promise because it points to God’s strength and power. If He had the smarts and the power to create our universe, He can certainly do what needs to be done in my life to prepare me for an eternity with Him.

But strength and power alone, can be a bit cold – not very personal. These two promises in Isaiah 41 speak to that:

“Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.” (Isaiah 41:10, CEV)

And then:

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, CEV)

In these promises I see a personal God who cares enough about me to not only be strong, but tender as well – as tender as a loving Father holding His child’s hand to comfort him or her through the storms of life.

This is a God I can trust and rely on. I can trust Him to keep me and my loved ones from being damaged beyond repair; to use His power to remake my life into all He wants me to be, and to love and support me in the process!

On-Line Church Directory Information

Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store.(Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

Hayrack Ride

Come to Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008) on October 12th at 7:00 pm! The church will be having a bonfire and hay-rack ride. The hay-rack ride will be at 9 pm. S'mores, hot drinks, and condiments will be provided. Please bring your own hot dogs, buns, and skewers. Adults cost $9, kids ages 5-12 cost $6, and kids 5 and under are free. Please pay in cash to Hannah Eitel that night. If you want to come and just enjoy the fire and the fellowship without the ride, there is no charge. We hope to see you there!

Women’s Bible Study

On the 4th Sunday of each month at the home of Lori Knutson from 9:30 – 11:00 am.  We are currently studying Women of the Bible. The next meeting will be September 22nd when we study about what the Bible teaches us about Eve. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call / text (402) 980-5018.

Calendar Events

Our Pathfinder Club will be on their first campout this weekend. Let’s pray for them to have a safe and meaningful time. For information contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671).

Sunset this Friday – 7:36 pm

Omaha Memorial Church would like to extend an invitation for our annual Women's Day, September 14, 2019. Our theme is "Christian Service in our Community". We are asking that everyone wear any shade of purple: plum, lavender, lilac, etc. Men, we look forward to seeing you in your purple ties, shirts, etc. There will be a fellowship meal following the service.

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, our sermon will be presented by David Soriano.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, titled “You Have Heard …”, click here.
    • Children’s Church: (11:15 am) in the Junior Room

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Sept. 16). For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Sept. 17) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Union College: Join us for a special Preview Day event September 19-22. To register, visit ucollege.edu/visit or text/call 402.419.1122. See below for more information.

Women’s Bible Study, One week from Sunday (Sept. 22) at the home of Lori Knutson (3316 N 47th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  We are currently studying Women of the Bible. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call / text (402) 980-5018.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here. See below for more information

Church Hayrack Ride on Saturday Night, October 12 at Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008). See above for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Does the Bible Say About Atonement? The Bible presents the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ in several images. What if those separate images were fit together to comprise one grand impression of Christ's saving work while also allowing each piece to retain its recognizable particularity? Bible Gateway interviewed Joshua M. McNall about his book, The Mosaic of Atonement: An Integrated Approach to Christ's Work. (Click here to read more.)

God’s Will and Your Life: Have we compartmentalized "God's will for us" so much that we exclude its true meaning? Are we so fixated on wanting to know specific divine plans for life that we become paralyzed by fear and crushed by self-induced stress? Is God's purpose and plan for our lives the shell game we all too often make it out to be? Bible Gateway interviewed Mike Donehey (of Tenth Avenue North) about his book, Finding God's Life for My Will: His Presence is the Plan. (Click here to read more.)

NIV Quest Study Bible: Is There Any “Secular” Evidence to Support the Bible’s Claims? This is the second post in the NIV Quest Study Bible series on the Bible Gateway Blog in which a popular question about the Bible is asked and answered. (Click here to read more.)

The Miracle of the 9/11 World Trade Center Bible: In the rubble of the 9/11 attacks a burnt Bible was discovered fused to a piece of steel. The barely legible top page is open to the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5. (Click here to read more.)

Now Happening – The FREE It's Not Supposed to Be This Way Online Bible Study: Join this free 6-session online video Bible study running through September 29. Lysa TerKeurst, author of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered, offers fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity. (Click here to join the free Bible Study.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Union College

Looking for the right college? Come see why Union College may be the perfect fit. Join us for a special Preview Day event September 19-22 and explore an educational community committed to helping you discover and prepare for your God-given calling. You’ll visit classes, meet with professors and financial advisors, and spend the weekend living, worshipping and making friends on our campus in Lincoln, Nebraska. Plus, its free! And we’ll even help pay for the trip. To register, visit ucollege.edu/visit or text/call 402.419.1122.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, titled “You Have Heard …”, click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have health issues.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 7, 2019

Web Master - Thursday, September 05, 2019

Do Unto Others …

“Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12, CEV)

Jesus says that this statement, summarized the Law and the Prophets – it reflects everything God wants from us.

There is only one other place where He made a similar claim of something being the Law and Prophets in a nutshell – that was when He was answering the question “What is the most important commandment?” There, Jesus said:

“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NLT)

So, what is Jesus telling us here?

First, He is telling us that He values people more than anything else. When Jesus talks about judgment and eternal life, it is most often in the context of either knowing Him or how we treat people. The Bible makes it clear that our love for God is expressed by our love of people (see 1 John 3:11-19 & 1 John 4:7-21).

And then it tells us that our love for people must be demonstrated through loving actions. It is not enough to just keep from treating people badly, we must be looking for ways to treat them the way we would like to be treated – the way God has treated us. Love, to be real, must be active.

We will talk more about this on Sabbath in a sermon titled “You have heard …” If you are unable to be at church, check this blog out next week to download and read a copy of it.

My prayer is that we will become a church known for its active love for others.

Wanted: Kids Ages 3 - 18

Wanted: Kids Ages 3 – 18 for the Adventurer Club!!  Registration for the Adventurer Club for 2019-2020 is now open. Those who are at least 3 years old through age 9 are welcome to join. Our first meeting will be held Monday, September 9, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the church. For a registration packet, please see Lori Knutson after church, send a text to (402) 980-5018 or send her an e-mail (llknutson@yahoo.com). Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Wanted: Kids Ages 10 – 18 for the Pathfinder Club!! Our first meeting will be held Monday, September 9, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the church. Please contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671) about registration for Pathfinder Club. Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.

Union College

Looking for the right college? Come see why Union College may be the perfect fit.  Join us for a special Preview Day event September 19-22 and explore an educational community committed to helping you discover and prepare for your God-given calling. You’ll visit classes, meet with professors and financial advisors, and spend the weekend living, worshipping and making friends on our campus in Lincoln, Nebraska. Plus, its free! And we’ll even help pay for the trip. To register, visit ucollege.edu/visit or text/call 402.419.1122.

Women’s Bible Study

On the 4th Sunday of each month at the home of Lori Knutson from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  We are currently studying Women of the Bible. The next meeting will be September 22nd when we study about what the Bible teaches us about Eve. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call / text (402) 980-5018.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:48 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7. Pastor T’s sermon is titled “You Have Heard …”. The book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled Salty Light, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinders & Adventurers first meeting is this Monday (Sept. 9) at 6:30 p.m. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.

Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting begins this Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Church Board Meeting this Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (402-708-2730).

Omaha Memorial Church would like to extend an invitation for our annual Women's Day, September 14, 2019. Our theme is "Christian Service in our Community". We are asking that everyone wear any shade of purple: plum, lavender, lilac, etc. Men, we look forward to seeing you in your purple ties, shirts, etc. There will be a fellowship meal following the service.

Women’s Bible Study – Sept. 22nd at the home of Lori Knutson from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  We are currently studying Women of the Bible. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call / text (402) 980-5018.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here or see below for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here.

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Devotional Insights from Little House on the Prairie: What are the devotional lessons about loyalty; hard work; faith; family; and love of God, neighbor, and country that can be drawn from the popular TV series Little House on the Prairie? Bible Gateway interviewed Wendi Lou Lee, the child actor who played Baby Grace on Little House on the Prairie, about her book, A Prairie Devotional: Inspired by the Beloved TV Series. (Click here to read more.)

All About Thessalonians: When and why were the ancient biblical letters to the Thessalonian church written and why are they important for us to read and apply in the 21st century? What were the social and sociopolitical dimensions of life in the Roman world back then and how were Christians treated? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Nijay K. Gupta, author of 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Zondervan Critical Introductions to the New Testament Series. (Click here to read more.)

Why the Apostle Paul Is One of My Heroes: One of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Choco De Jesús, author of Move Into More: The Limitless Surprises of a Faithful God, says, "To experience God's 'more,' we must focus less on ourselves and more on God …” (Click here to read more.)

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Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have health issues.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

Pastor T – E-Mail: martinsent@gmail.com, Cell Phone: (402) 517-5333

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This Week at Golden Hills: August 31, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Noble Queue

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Noble Queue. It has some great thoughts about crossing the street.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39 NIV)

Years ago I had the privilege of kneeling at the grave of Abram LaRue in a cemetery in Hong Kong. (To give you an idea of how long ago it was, I took a picture – a slide – on Kodachrome film.) I felt like taking off my shoes … holy ground. LaRue was the first American missionary from my faith group to China.

When he wrote to mission headquarters in 1886 and asked for permission to go, he was denied. After all, he was 65, and everyone knows that’s too old. When he disputed their decision, they replied by telling him they didn’t have any money to pay him, anyway. So he decided to go as a self-supporting missionary, jumped on a ship where he earned his own passage and beginning in 1888 spent the next 14 years selling books from his little mission and to sailors who docked in the harbor, to pay for his support.

Stories like LaRue’s are multitudinous … men (and women) who sensed a call from the heart of God. With no visible means of support, fragile contact with home, superhuman language barriers, primitive medical care, not even a strategy manual, driven only by the needs of a group of people who needed to know Jesus. I stand before them in awe.

Even today. We have some dear friends serving in really scary places. Perhaps you do, too. Their creature comforts may be more predictable, but their future may not be. I salute them and I pray for them. In my mind, their decision places them in a noble queue.

And while we’re on the subject of noble assignments let me mention the street that runs in front of your house. For some of us, crossing it to share a hug may be as formidable as the South Pacific. Yet that’s as much a mandate for us as China was for LaRue.

“But, brother Don, I just find it really hard to show love to other people. Especially folks I don’t know. Especially creepy ones.” But Jesus sought out and hung out with the kind of people I tend to ignore. Something about that admission makes me uncomfortable. You and I will probably not spend the rest of our lives walking the streets of a strange city across the seas where we don’t understand the language, but we could start with a pie and a prayer across the street. That would be noble, too. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Wanted: Kids Ages 3 - 18

Wanted: Kids Ages 3 – 18 for the Adventurer Club!!  Registration for the Adventurer Club for 2019-2020 is now open. Those who are at least 3 years old through age 9 are welcome to join. Our first meeting will be held Monday, September 9, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the church. For a registration packet, please see Lori Knutson after church, send a text to (402) 980-5018 or send her an e-mail (llknutson@yahoo.com)Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Wanted: Kids Ages 10 – 18 for the Pathfinder Club!! Our first meeting will be held Monday, September 9, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the church. Please contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671) about registration for Pathfinder Club. Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in September (9/5, 9/9, 9/10) and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:00 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 a.m.) – This Sabbath, our sermon will be presented by Nicholas St. Onge and is titled The Protagonist.

Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (Sept. 7) in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinders & Adventurers first meeting will be one week from Monday (Sept. 9) at 6:30 p.m. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will begin again one week from Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Church Board meets one week from Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (402-708-2730).

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here or see below for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Healthy for a Lifetime: October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding around 5:00 p.m. at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What is the Bible? What is the history of the Bible from its beginnings to the present day? How was the Bible written and its various books chosen? How reliable is it? How were the Old Testament and New Testament formed? Bible Gateway interviewed Ryan M. Reeves and Charles Hill about their book, Know How We Got Our Bible. (Click here to read more.)

Trusting the Vinegrower: In this guest Blog post, Tom Lin, president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, says, "The Bible tells us Jesus is the true vine, the Father is the vinegrower, and we're the branches. We must learn how to abound and abide as branches in Christ …" (Click here to read more.)

Do I Have a Right to Die? Joni Eareckson Tada, author of When Is It Right to Die? A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying says, "When we clamor about the sanctity of our individual rights, we may be reinforcing an all-too-human failing, namely, the tendency to place ourselves at the center of the moral universe …” (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Salty Light, click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna Parker is in Hillcrest Health & Rehab Center in Bellevue. She will be there until after Gary’s surgery on August 30. Please remember them in your prayers. They do enjoy visitors.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

  • Pastor T – E-Mail: martinsent@gmail.com, Cell Phone: (402) 517-5333

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This Week at Golden Hills: August 24, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

People

When I was a teacher, one of the darker jokes going around among many of the staff was - this would be a great job if there were no students around. Of course, they were mostly joking because if there were no students … well, you know what I mean.

The point is that every once in a while, students could be extremely frustrating. On the other side, there were many who were a joy to work with.

Sometimes we feel the same about people. It would be a great life if there weren’t so many frustrating people around.

As Christians, it often seems like we deal with more broken, seemingly hopeless people than others have to put up with. We fail to realize, that in Jesus’ view, this is why we are here.

As I am re-reading the Gospels, I have been struck with how little Jesus has to say about the sins we seem to like speaking about – sexual immorality, abusing our bodies with alcohol and drugs, dishonesty at work, etc.

The sins He addresses most often are those that stand in the way of people coming to Him – pride; feelings of superiority; failing to help and interact with broken, hopeless people; and focusing on ourselves at the expense of others.

The only people He really rebuked were the religious folk who thought they knew it all, were better than others, and used others for personal gain – in the name of religion. (See Matthew 23:1-39 and Luke 11:37-52.)

When Jesus describes His followers, it is almost always in terms of helping and loving others.

During the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7), Jesus said:

“… You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, NLT)

And, He described this perfection in terms of how God treated people, especially people who considered Him an enemy.

The main time He speaks of judgement, those who are saved are people who regularly help others, especially the homeless, the hungry, the prisoners, the sick, and the poor. (See Matthew 25:31-46.)

The one command He spoke of on the final night He was with His disciples prior to His arrest and death was in regards to how we treat others.

“So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.” (John 13:34-35, the Voice)

Jesus knows this type of love is not possible for sinful people. It only can happen as a result of His supernatural work in our lives. However, it is the sure sign of our allegiance to Him.

Jesus’ solution to our need is this invitation:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

His invitation is to come to Him and stay with Him – His promise is He will teach us, and empower us, to love like He loves.

This is the part we play in salvation and growth – coming to and staying with Jesus. As long as we do this, we will become more and more like Him.

We will reflect the perfect love of God. We will find love in our hearts for people God wants us to care for. And as His disciples, our lives will give people glimpses of His love.

This is what’s important to Jesus. When we embrace Him, it will also become important to us!

Take Time to Pray, from 24-7 Prayer

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God's kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him”
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Matthew 6:33, Passion Translation -

Today, wherever you are, take time to acknowledge God and trust in Him again.

    1. Give God your worries: Life can often feel overwhelming and it's easy to forget to pray about the things that worry us the most. Take a moment to give each thing you're worrying about back to God.
    2. Give God your praise: Give thanks for the good things you're experiencing and practice gratitude for everything God's given you at this present moment.
    3. Give God your time: Commit to taking time today or tomorrow to be in God's presence - whether it's 10 minutes or a whole hour. Devote a period of time to simply sitting and resting with Him.

Have a wonderful week! To visit their website, click here.
For more about prayer,
click here.

Lippincott Family Update

Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:11 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 a.m.) – This Sabbath, we will hear a report from the Pathfinders who went to Oshkosh. We will then continue our sermon series titled The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7, what we commonly refer to as the Sermon on the Mount. This week’s sermon by Pastor T is titled Salty Light. The book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled Blessed, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (August 27) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here or see below for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Healthy for a Lifetime: October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Response Worship Summit October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in September (9/5, 9/9, 9/10) and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding around 5:00 p.m. at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Be a Peacemaker: What does it mean to be not only a peacekeeper, but a peacemaker? How can peace be achieved when conflict is inevitable? How do we find peace without ignoring our problems? How do we pursue unity without compromising on our principles? Bible Gateway interviewed P. Brian Noble about his book, The Path of a Peacemaker: Your Biblical Guide to Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, and a Life of Peace. (Click here to read more.)

The Significance of Shepherds and Sheep in the Bible: Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild, says, "Shepherds and sheep are not merely token characters in a handful of stories in the Bible. They're integral to the stories of God …" (Click here to read more.)

Devotional Insights on Risk by Bear Grylls: Adventurer Bear Grylls, author of Soul Fuel: A Daily Devotional, says, "Life is so inherently full of risk that if we never train to deal with it we become woefully ill-prepared to deal with life …” (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna Parker is in Hillcrest Health & Rehab Center in Bellevue. She will be there until after Gary’s surgery on August 30. Please remember them in your prayers. They do enjoy visitors.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor's Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: August 17, 2019

Web Master - Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Family Alter

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Family Alter. It has some great thoughts about praying together as a family that are worth considering, especially if you have kids living at home with you.

You probably noticed that I spelled the title incorrectly. You knew it should be family altar. Actually, I did that on purpose to make a point: When families pray together, it alters them.

A recent report by the National Association of Marriage Enhancement tells us that when couples regularly pray together it almost divorce-proofs their marriage. Although nearly half of US marriages end in divorce, among those who pray together daily the rate is only 1 out of 1,156. Amazing but not surprising. Although it may be trite, it’s basically true: The family that prays together stays together. (You can read the article here by Dr. David Stoop.)

With that much encouragement you’d think the practice of daily prayer among Christian couples would be nigh universal. But some studies show the percentage is actually about 4%. Pastoral couples lead the way – barely – with about 6% reporting daily prayer with their spouse. I am often suspicious of statistics, as I am of these, but if the reports are anywhere near accurate, it helps us understand why the percentage of divorces inside the Christian church in America is nearly as high as outside.

It might be enlightening to see some studies about the effect on kids of praying parents. I’m sure there are such studies available, I just don’t have access to them as I’m writing this. And my goal is not to chide families for what might have been, but rather to raise a question …

What is happening in your church to urge your families to take advantage of every tool God makes available? There may never have been a time in the history of our planet when the enemy has had an arsenal of distractions as clever as those he uses today. But God has promised that “those who are with us are greater than those who are with them.” Have you built into your church’s discipling strategy some intentional steps to train and motivate your families on the essentials and the delights of praying together as a family?

Personal praying is basic, but there is something about hearing those who love you pray a hedge of protection around you on a regular basis that readies you and steadies you for the hand-to-hand battle with the powers of darkness you will encounter as you begin your day.

Is it too much to assume that that kind of intercession will alter the outcome of the battles we face? Is your church helping build family alters? (Click here to read this on line.)

Click here to sign up to receive the HOPE Heals weekly messages. Click here to go to their website, Hope-Heals.org.

Calendar Events

Pathfinders are at Oshkosh. They will return home late this Sunday (Aug. 18). Let’s pray for their safety and for a good time of spiritual growth for them. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Sunset this Friday – 8:21 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 a.m.) – This Sabbath, we will celebrate the beginning of a new school year and be reminded of Jesus’ love and sacrifice through our annual late-summer Communion Service.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here or see below for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Healthy for a Lifetime: October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Response Worship Summit October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in September (9/5, 9/9, 9/10) and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding around 5:00 p.m. at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Spiritual Lessons from the Human Body: The marvelous human body holds endlessly fascinating secrets. The resilience of skin, the strength and structure of the bones, the dynamic balance of the muscles—our physical being is knit according to a pattern of stunning purpose. Consider how the human body is a window into biblical teaching. Bible Gateway interviewed Philip Yancey, who, along with the late Dr. Paul Brand, wrote Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God's Image. (Click here to read more.)

From KKK Terrorist to Follower of Jesus Christ: How does reading the Bible change a man from a convicted KKK terrorist to a devoted follower of Jesus Christ? How does the dramatic power of Scripture bring liberation from the grip of racial hatred and violence and cause a man to become co-pastor of a racially mixed church and the president of the C.S. Lewis Institute? Bible Gateway interviewed Thomas A. Tarrants about his book, Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love: How a Violent Klansman Became a Champion of Racial Reconciliation. (Click here to read more.)

Hope Despite Evil: Mass casualties in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio caused by the personification of evil remind us of sin’s devastating and wicked consequences by gunmen bent on extreme violence. And we cry out to God … (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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