Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: April 27, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Any EGR’s in Your Church?

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a great reminder of how Jesus get shared most effectively. It’s titled Any EGR's in Your Church. Please read this prayerfully with an eye on how you could make this work in your life.

Any EGR’s In Your Church?

You know what an EGR is, right? That’s a person for whom Extra Grace is Required. Some people are easy to love. With some folks you have to work just a little harder at it. But then there are those for whom, if you’re going to be real about showing them God’s love, you know extra grace is going to be required. That’s an EGR.

I’m convinced God sends us EGR’s. Because they need us. They need someone who will accept them for who they are. They need a place where they can go and find acceptance. They need an atmosphere where they don’t have to pass any kind of test to get into the club. They need a group where, no matter what they say or do they still feel included, welcome.

But I’m even more convinced that God sends us EGR’s because we need them. Our natural, carnal inclination is to be selective. We feel more comfortable if a visitor shows up at church who looks like us. Who talks like us. They fit right in. I talked with a man not long ago (true story) who complained about the high percentage of “trailer park folks” who live in their town. His comment was, “they’re just not our kind of people.” Really? I’m thankful Jesus didn’t reason that way when He was deciding to leave the ecstasy of heaven and take up residence among us? I’m thankful the thought, “they’re just not our kind of people” never crossed His mind.

Will they receive the same enthusiastic embrace if they arrive in a rusty, dusty pickup as if they arrive in a Jaguar? Or a single mom with four noisy kids under five. A young couple, obviously not married, who carry the unmistakable smell of marijuana. A scruffy, unkempt man who looks like he slept under a bridge. For a week. Two provocatively-dressed young women who arrive at eight minutes to twelve.

Did you seek them out? Did you speak to them warmly? Could they sense the genuineness of your welcome? Did you breathe a prayer of thanks that they were here? Did you ask them before they left how you could pray for them in the week ahead? Or if they needed anything? One thing is certain; they needed to be here. This is the place for them to find what they are seeking. Or maybe to find something they didn’t even know they were seeking.

May I offer another impertinent question: Did they come back? As they walked to the parking lot did they look at each other and say, “This is where we belong”? A very wise Teacher once said something about, “This is how everyone can tell – and you can tell – that you are a follower of mine, if you have genuine love for everyone you meet.” Especially the EGR’s. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Newsletter Delivery

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Camp Meeting, May 29 – June 1

Camp Meeting is coming up May 29 – June 1, 2019: It will take place at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). This year’s theme is Following Jesus with speakers Mike Tucker (Faith for Today), Bonita Shields (NAD), Gary Thurber (MAUC), and music by Charles Haugabrooks. Send all reservations for Free Lodging to: Kansas-Nebraska Conference, 3440 SW Urish Ro., Topeka, KS 66614 or contact Sue Sweigart (ssweigart@ks-ne.org or 785-478-4726).

VBS Leader

The youth are planning to do a VBS this summer (a 3-day event on Friday, Sabbath, and Sunday – exact date has not been set) and need an adult sponsor or two to work with them. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:15 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Mary Grace, a pianist with only a stump where her right hand should be, will present a concert of piano music along with her personal testimony. You can read more about her by clicking here. To watch a video that includes an interview and some samples of her music, click here.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Thoughts on the Passion, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 29) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Apr. 30) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 30) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Pathfinder’s Conference Camporee will take place May 3 – 5. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (May 4) 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!

Camp Meeting is coming up May 29 – June 1, 2019: It will take place at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). This year’s theme is Following Jesus with speakers Mike Tucker (Faith for Today), Bonita Shields (NAD), Gary Thurber (MAUC), and music by Charles Haugabrooks. Send all reservations for Free Lodging to: Kansas-Nebraska Conference, 3440 SW Urish Ro., Topeka, KS 66614 or contact Sue Sweigart (ssweigart@ks-ne.org or 785-478-4726).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Notre Dame Fire – Civilization Burning: The Notre Dame cathedral depicts civilization in the West. We've now learned that our symbols of civilization are fragile. They can go up in flames at any time. And so can civilization itself … (Click here to read more.)

How Billy Graham Overcame His Doubts about the Bible: Evangelist Matt Brown, author of Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence, says, "In a day when people feel like they can believe whatever they want, and no one is allowed to tell them otherwise, we need truth plus love more than ever …" (Click here to read more.)

Rahab: Desperate Enough to Change: When we first meet Rahab in the book of Joshua, she has no idea that she is about to go down in history as one of the most faithful women in the entire biblical narrative. She knows only two things – she is desperate and she is greatly in need of deliverance. (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

    • Volunteer Your Time: The Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team has turned the warehouse for flood relief supplies over to the Salvation Army. The warehouse is located at 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 
    • Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Thoughts on the Passion, 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. (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 back in the hospital (Bergan Mercy) with Pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure.
    • 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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This Week at Golden Hills: April 20, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Infinite Sacrifice!

I just started reading the book Steps to Christ again as part of my morning devotional time.

The first chapter, titled God’s love for Man, has reminded me again of the depth of Jesus’ love for me. Here are a couple of my favorite paragraphs from this chapter:

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” He gave Him not only to live among men, to bear their sins, and die their sacrifice. He gave Him to the fallen race. Christ was to identify Himself with the interests and needs of humanity … He is our Sacrifice, our Advocate, our Brother, bearing our human form before the Father's throne, and through eternal ages one with the race He has redeemed – the Son of man. And all this that man might be uplifted from the ruin and degradation of sin that he might reflect the love of God and share the joy of holiness.

The price paid for our redemption, the infinite sacrifice of our heavenly Father in giving His Son to die for us, should give us exalted conceptions of what we may become through Christ … What a value this places upon man! Through transgression the sons of man become subjects of Satan. Through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ the sons of Adam may become the sons of God. By assuming human nature, Christ elevates humanity. Fallen men are placed where, through connection with Christ, they may indeed become worthy of the name “sons of God.”

Such love is without a parallel. Children of the heavenly King! Precious promise! Theme for the most profound meditation! The matchless love of God for a world that did not love Him! The thought has a subduing power upon the soul and brings the mind into captivity to the will of God. The more we study the divine character in the light of the cross … the more clearly we discern innumerable evidences of a love that is infinite and a tender pity surpassing a mother's yearning sympathy for her wayward child. (Steps to Christ, pages 14-15)

Friday Evening Communion Service/Agape Feast

This Friday evening we will celebrate our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast. The Footwashing Service will begin in the church lobby at 6:45 pm and the rest of the service will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

VBS Leader

The youth are planning to do a VBS this summer (a 3-day event on Friday, Sabbath, and Sunday – exact date has not been set) and need an adult sponsor or two to work with them. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From 24-7 Prayer

"Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure." D. L. Moody.

Want to grow in your prayer life as individuals or as a community? We've got 3 different things you can do, right now. Check them out, below.

    • Thy Kingdom Come 2019: Our International Prayer Director, Brian Heasley, shares 5 ways you can join with a global week of prayer leading to Pentecost. Learn more about Thy Kingdom Come 2019.
    • Download the Inner Room app: Our prayer app enables you to create prayer lists, and has a list of creative ideas for your prayer life. Learn more about Inner Room.
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Have a wonderful week! To visit their website, click here.
For more about prayer,
click here.

Calendar Events

This Friday evening we will celebrate our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast. The Footwashing Service will begin in the church lobby at 6:45 pm and the rest of the service will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunset this Friday – 8:07 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will focus on the Passion of Jesus – His death & Resurrection – through both music and the spoken word.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 22) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Apr. 23) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 23) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Mary Grace, April 27: Mary Grace, a pianist with only a stump where her right hand should be, will present a concert of piano music along with her personal testimony. You can read more about her by clicking here. To watch a video that includes an interview and some samples of her music, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Beauty to Comfort the Grieving: When someone is grieving, what should we say? How can we help? How do we comfort without offering shallow platitudes? What does the Bible mean when it says our help comes from the Lord? Scripture deals plainly and honestly with suffering and simultaneously points people to the rich hope we find in God. Bible Gateway interviewed Kaitlin Wernet, who, along with Caleb Faires, Rebecca Faires, and Cymone Wilder, wrote and designed The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times. (Click here to read more.)

Finding Friendship with God in the Midst of Pain, Grief, and Loss: “On the morning of December 31, 2000, I watched a white, cardboard coffin travel up a conveyor belt into the belly of a Boeing 757, along with the other baggage. The body in that coffin had belonged to my son. But he had gambled with it once too often.” Thus opens the memoir of bestselling author, pastor, and professor Jack Deere, in which he confronts the question of where is God when your life falls apart. Bible Gateway interviewed Jack Deere about his book, Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life. (Click here to read more.)

Learn More About Passover and Why It’s Celebrated: Passover is a great time to reflect upon God’s power and love. Bible Gateway has a new free email devotional where you can learn about it. (Click here to read more.)

Is Easter Based on a Pagan Holiday? (One Christian Perspective): Is the word “Easter” derived from the name of a pagan goddess? Is it appropriate to use that term to refer to the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ – and is the entire Lent season and Easter holiday tainted by association with ancient pagan religion? (Click here to read more.)

Infographic – What Happened During Holy Week Day-By-Day: “Holy Week” in the Christian church calendar commemorates the chronology of Jesus’ triumphal entry, last supper, betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

    • Volunteer Your Time: The Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team has turned the warehouse for flood relief supplies over to the Salvation Army. The warehouse is located at 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 
    • Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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.)
    • Steve Wilhelmsen as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
    • Betty Cushman has asked that we pray especially for Dennis as the effects of Parkinson’s disease continues to impact his life.
    • Gary & Donna Parker ask that we specially lift up their daughter Melody who is recovering from surgery.
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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This Week at Golden Hills: April 13, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Spring; Finally!

As I write this, we are about four weeks past the moment that winter gave up by flooding our rivers and displacing numerous people in one of the worst natural disasters we have seen in this area of the country.

Since then, the rivers have gone down, the temperatures have risen, the lawns are turning green and the trees seem reading to blossom into spring.

This year illustrates an important truth in our lives. It often seems like things get worse before they get better.

This can be true in mundane things such as lawn and yard care – in order to make some things better, you have do some pruning, power raking, aerating, and trimming that can make things appear worse before it starts looking better.

It often happens in our relationship – I noticed it most with my kids as they were growing up. There were some incredibly difficult times when I wondered if we would all live through their teenage years. We survived and my teenagers grew up to be responsible, decent adults – that I am proud of!

And this year, it happened with our weather. We were all wondering if spring would ever arrive – and it finally did, in a way that produced a lot of damage that many people have not yet recovered from.

The point is, spring finally has arrived. And as the weather improves it has allowed the process of healing to begin. It has brought with it the promise of new life and a fruitful summer.

As Christians, we have been looking forward to Jesus’ coming for as long as I can remember – I never believed I would get this old before He came. But, here I am.

While many people have been working around the world to improve things for people, the world continues to deteriorate – both in terms of our physical environment and in our culture’s morality.

This is exactly what we would expect, based on Bible prophecy. In fact, if we are reading it right, things will get much worse – more disasters, uncontrolled disease, an increase in hate … and the list could go on.

What we can learn from spring is that the better life that God has promised is coming. There will come a day when we experience what we read about in Revelation 21:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone … I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:1-4, NLT)

Until then, we simply need to hang on to Jesus as He leads us through the troubled times ahead.

VBS Leader

The youth are planning to do a VBS this summer (a 3-day event on Friday, Sabbath, and Sunday – exact date has not been set) and need an adult sponsor or two to work with them. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Ballots

Last Sabbath and this next one we casting ballots to select our new MLT (Ministry Leadership Team). If you turned one in last Sabbath, you’re all set and don’t need to do a thing. If you did not, look for the ballots this Sabbath at church. If you’re not going to be at church this Sabbath, you can access a ballot by clicking here. Print it, fill it out, then take a picture of it and text or email it to either John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or to Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Challenge Your Assumptions

Don Jacobsen's blog last week has some great questions for us as a church to consider as we examine our mission. It’s titled Challenge Your Assumptions. You can read the entire selection by clicking here or on the link following the next couple paragraphs.

I have a question for you: How recently have you attended a Muslim mosque? When was the last time you worshiped in a Jewish synagogue? How long since you slipped into the back row of a Buddhist service? Unless you're a member of one of those faith groups it has probably been quite a while.

A follow-up question: If you did attend, what time of day did you plan to arrive? Would you leave your shoes at the door? Would you feel comfortable to participate? Would you know when to sit, stand, kneel? (click here to read more)

Calendar Events

Pathfinder/Adventurer Family Campout this weekend! This Weekend, the annual Pathfinder/Adventurer Family Campout will take place at Woodland Acres. For more information contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend takes place this weekend (Apr. 12-13) at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Sunset this Friday – 8:00 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Roney, our Student Pastor from Union College, will present our sermon.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, click here.
    • Due to the Pathfinder/Adventurer Campout there will be no Children’s Church this Sabbath.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Apr. 15). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Apr. 16) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place one week from Friday (Apr. 19) on the first day of Passover. The Footwashing Service will begin in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. Registration closes this Thursday (Apr. 11). For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

Mary Grace, April 27: Mary Grace, a pianist with only a stump where her right hand should be, will present a concert of piano music along with her personal testimony. You can read more about her by clicking here. To watch a video that includes an interview and some samples of her music, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Why Is It Important to Be Present Here and Now? Does life seem to be passing you by? Are you so busy that you’ve become disconnected from your actual life? The one you're living right here, right now? How can we stop neglecting the lives we’re living today and instead intentionally walk in the peace and fullness God offers moment to moment? Bible Gateway interviewed Kate Merrick about her book, Here, Now: Unearthing Peace and Presence in an Overconnected World. (Click here to read more.)

Can We Trust the Gospels? Why does the Bible have four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – that each tell about the life of Jesus? How reliable are they? How were the accounts handed down throughout history? What are the answers to skeptics who say the Gospels are merely historical fiction and were simply created to fit existing messianic prophecies? Bible Gateway interviewed Peter J. Williams about his book, Can We Trust the Gospels? (Click here to read more.)

When Trusting Jesus Means Stepping Out into Unknown Waters: Singer-songwriter, worship leader, and founding member of the global worship movement Jesus Culture, Kim Walker Smith, author of Brave Surrender: Let God’s Love Rewrite Your Story, says, "I saw others in my circle of friends who felt they were supposed to do something different but allowed fear to keep them standing still. As I talked to Jesus about it, I began to hear his still small voice whispering to my heart, 'Step out. You can trust me' …" (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

    • Volunteer Your Time: The Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team has turned the warehouse for flood relief supplies over to the Salvation Army. The warehouse is located at 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 
    • Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, 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. (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.)
    • Steve Wilhelmsen as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
    • Betty Cushman has asked that we pray especially for Dennis as the effects of Parkinson’s disease continues to impact his life.
    • Gary & Donna Parker ask that we specially lift up their daughter Melody who has had some complications from surgery and had another surgery today (Wednesday) to fix them.
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

Pastors Contact Information

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

John Roney – E-Mail: john.roney@ucollege.edu, Cell Phone: (573) 982-9385

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This Week at Golden Hills: April 6, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The Wonderful Promise!

This Sabbath I will preach on Romans 8, one of the most powerful chapters in Scripture. Below, I have listed a few selections from this chapter that really stand out to me. I urge you to spend a few quiet, prayerful moments considering these before Sabbath.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:1-2, NLT)

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs … (Romans 8:15-17, NLT)

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. (Romans 8:18-19, NLT)

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:26-28, NLT)

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one – for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. (Romans 8:31-34, NLT)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrownot even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, NLT)

Click here to read Romans 8 through in the Christian Standard Bible or The Voice (hint: it is meant to be read out loud).

Take Time to Pray, from 24-7 Prayer

"Our praying needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage that never fails."
- E M Bounds -

Persist in courageous prayer. Take time to pause and pray: 

    1. Pray the Promises of God: Remind yourself of God's character and power by finding a promise in the Bible that speaks to you. Reflect and pray on it today.
    2. Try the Inner Room Challenge: Get hold of our Inner Room prayer app (click here), and join in with our challenge to pray every day until Easter, increasing your prayer time by a minute each day.
    3. Spend time with those who encourage you: Join with other Christians and share stories of how God is at work in your lives. It's an incredible way to be encouraged and reminded of the power of prayer.

Have a wonderful week! To visit their website, click here.
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Romans, Our Sermon Series

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, based on Romans 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 1, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. Paul uses the imagery of Adoption to illustrate our relationship with God. What point do you think he is making through this picture of family?
    2. What promises do you see in this chapter? Why are they important to you?

Calendar Events

Men’s Retreat this Weekend at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Sunset this Friday – 7:52 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, based on Romans 8.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 1, 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 (Apr. 8) at 6:30 pm here at the church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Apr. 9) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Apr. 9) 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).

Pathfinder/Adventurer Family Campout (Apr. 12-14): On the weekend of April 12-14 the annual Pathfinder/Adventurer Family Campout will take place at Woodland Acres. For more information contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend: Alumni Weekend this year will take place April 12-13 at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place on the first day of Passover, Friday, April 19 and will begin with Footwashing in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. Registration has been re-opened until April 11. For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

Mary Grace, April 27: Mary Grace, a pianist with only a stump where her right hand should be, will present a concert of piano music along with her personal testimony. You can read more about her by clicking here. To watch a video that includes an interview and some samples of her music, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Mere Discipleship: How should Christian discipleship affect the way you think, imagine, and act? How can you best hold on to hope while journeying through darkness and live meaningfully in a world in which things don't always seem to make sense? Bible Gateway interviewed Oxford professor Dr. Alister McGrath about his book, Mere Discipleship: Growing in Wisdom and Hope. (Click here to read more.)

God Uses Grace in Surprising Ways: This article from the new English Standard Version (ESV) edition of The Jesus Bible, says grace turns the natural order of things on its head. Time and again throughout the book of Genesis, the headlines to these narratives seemed shocking to their original audience. God seeks to restore worshipers to himself by graciously pouring out his favor upon them. (Click here to read more.)

Why Satan’s Temptation of Jesus Failed: When Satan confronted Jesus with temptation in the desert, he had to appeal to Jesus and then wait for Jesus’ response. Rather than speak on his own behalf, Jesus used the Scriptures to respond to Satan. Read more about this from Dallas Willard, author of Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23. (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

    • Volunteer Your Time: he Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team, under the leadership of Rick Young from Union College, is now in charge of manning the warehouse where supplies will be stored and distributed to flood victims. The warehouse location is 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 
    • Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 1, 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. (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.)
    • Betty Cushman has asked that we pray especially for Dennis as the effects of Parkinson’s disease continues to impact his life.
    • Gary & Donna Parker ask that we specially lift up their daughter Melody who has had some complications from surgery and is facing another surgery to fix them
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 30, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mingle 101

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a great reminder of how Jesus get shared most effectively. It’s titled Mingle 101. Please read this prayerfully with an eye on how you could make this work in your life.

Fifty years ago or more I came across a 4-sentence quote that changed how I do ministry. I'd already been a pastor for a dozen years, but somehow in my training I had never picked up on this irrefutable principle. So to make sure I would never forget it I wrote it on a small piece of paper, folded it, and put it in my wallet. I still carry it. It has outlived several wallets. That is one high-mileage piece of paper.

If you follow this column for any length of time you have often read the principle expressed...it's one of my favorites. It goes: "The Kingdom advances among friends." I know it's true. I've observed it too often to question it.

Here's the quotation from half century ago that gave it birth:

"Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. (I really want that so I read on ...) The Saviour mingled with [people] as one who desired their good. He showed sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them 'Follow Me."

Look at the steps, the process. It's solid gold. Sharing your faith in Jesus isn't like throwing gospel gum at the wall hoping some of it sticks. Rather it's intentionally making an expensive, authentic investment in another person.

What would that look like in your journey? In a high percentage of congregations, "church" consists of a scad of people looking at the back of each other's heads for an hour one day a week. A bit like theater where a group of folks pay to sit and watch a handful of specialists exercise their talents. Not God's idea of church, I think.

But in the quote above, what does "mingle" mean? Mix? Blend? Unite? I get the sense of life lived together. Given the mix of gifts in your church there is hardly a situation to which your church family cannot bring rescue. Strength. Healing. Wisdom. Matt Brown says, "We can't just speak the truth louder, we've got to love louder." I think that's what Jesus modeled.

And here's the part that fascinates me most: As we bear one another's burdens, it shapes us and matures us and helps knead the selfishness out of us. One Christian leader I know said, "We begin to grow when we take responsibility for the growth of another person." Starts with our prayer list. Builds as we take time to listen to peoples' stories. Strengthens as we engage them in finding people to bless in surprising ways as God nudges us. Mingle writ large. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Wondering How to Pray Today?

How to Pray for Breaking News: News stories can feel overwhelming and difficult to pray for. We've put together a one-page guide on praying for the news. Download the Breaking News Prayer Resource from 24-7 Prayer by clicking here.

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

Volunteer Your Time: he Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team, under the leadership of Rick Young from Union College, is now in charge of manning the warehouse where supplies will be stored and distributed to flood victims. The warehouse location is 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 

Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

Romans, Our Sermon Series

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. How does Paul describe the human condition in Romans 7?
    2. Paul uses the imagery of Adoption to illustrate our relationship with God. What point do you think he is making through this picture of family?
    3. What promises do you see in these chapters? Why are they important to you?

Calendar Events

Biblical Archaeology Presentations this Weekend: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church this weekend. For more information, click here.

Sunset this Friday – 7:45 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. God is committed to bringing us to Heaven to live with Him forever!  
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 1) at 6:30 pm here at the church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Apr. 2) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Leadership Team Supper & Visioning Session, one week from Friday (Apr. 5) at 6:00 pm at the Martinsen home.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend: Alumni Weekend this year will take place April 12-13 at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place on the first day of Passover, Friday, April 19 and will begin with Footwashing in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. Registration has been re-opened until April 11. For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Settle My Soul: Need to hit the pause button and embrace tranquility? What is a good way to invest quiet moments in Scripture, thought, and prayer to help you center your mind and heart on the Source of peace? Bible Gateway interviewed Ruth Schwenk, who, along with Karen Ehman, wrote the devotional book, Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus. (Click here to read more.)

I Can’t Handle Everything and Neither Can You: Nate Pyle, author of More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overwhelming Grace, says, "None of us can really handle life; its' paralyzingly large. Implying that we can handle whatever threatens us is not biblical. If anything, it's the exact opposite ..." (Click here to read more.)

Purim and the Bible: In this Bible Gateway Blog post learn about the Jewish holiday of Purim this past week, based on the Bible’s book of Esther, commemorating the saving of the Jewish people from genocide at the direction of the Persian official Haman. (Click here to read more.)

Why You Can Trust the New Testament Even Though There Are So Many Textual Variants: There isn’t one, single, original, preserved copy of the New Testament. So how can you trust the text of the New Testament? (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, 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. (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.)
    • Gary & Donna Parker ask that we specially lift up their daughter Melody who has had some complications from surgery and is facing another surgery to fix them
    • Elizabeth Knutson reports that her sister Tanya, after a two year remission, has cancer again and it is located in the bones of her shoulder and rated as stage 4. Also, both her parents, Cindy and Bob, have fallen and it will take them both some weeks to recover. Let’s remember them all in our prayers.
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 23, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do Something!

It’s wonderful to be seeing that spring is on its way - finally!

However, the transition has happened so quickly, that our local rivers have flooded and caused monumental destruction. Road and bridges damaged, homes and businesses lost, people displaced – all to the point of a declared national emergency.

We sit here in the middle of all this, lamenting the loss around us. But, we need to do more. We have an opportunity to become the hands and feet of Jesus. It is within our ability and power to be a part of bringing relief and healing to our community.

The question is – are we?

There are numerous opportunities to help – two ways are listed below. Many of us may have neighbors or friends suffering from loss. There are numerous agencies at work – all needing funds and many needing volunteer man (or woman) power.

Let’s not just lament the loss, let’s be a part of the healing and rebuilding. Let’s do what we can do to make an impact on our community in this time of need!

Funds for Disaster Relief

At the present time, one of the greatest needs in helping local flood victims is money. The hardest hit areas of our state are north of us where many, including SDA Church members, have lost their homes with everything in them. If you would like to donate to help in this effort, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community.

Volunteer for Disaster Relief

Volunteers are needed! The Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team, under the leadership of Rick Young from Union College, is now in charge of manning the warehouse where supplies will be stored and distributed to flood victims. The warehouse location is 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions. 

Temporary Housing Needed

A young man from Union College needs temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. He is in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here. He needs housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place he could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:38 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we are having a special emphasis on safety, along with a devotional thought by Pastor T.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 25) at 6:30 pm here at the church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Mar. 26) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday Mar. 26) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

Romans, Our Sermon Series: One week from Sabbath (Mar. 30) we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend: Alumni Weekend this year will take place April 12-13 at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place on the first day of Passover, Friday, April 19 and will begin with Footwashing in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. Registration is now officially closed. For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

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From Outlook Magazine

What Expression are You Creating on God’s Face? Someone once eloquently said, “Christians are the expression on the face of God.” We are called to be Christ’s presence in the world until He comes again. We are also granted the enormous privilege of participating with Him in reconciling the world (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Paul even goes so far as to say that “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” If we represent Him, we must represent Him as He himself would live and act were He still here with us … How well are we doing at our assigned task? … (Click here to read more)

Church; Museum or Hospital? When one of our leaders said these words, it was paradigm shift for me: “Lee Lee, the church should be a hospital, not an art museum.” The implications of this shot sparks in my brain and a click happened. God’s church isn’t where we put on a display to try to impress others; it’s where we gather – sick with sin – at the feet of the Great Healer … (Click here to read more)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Bible Explained with Infographics: For centuries, visual imagery has been used to communicate the textual stories and teachings of the Bible. Hand-painted illumination, illustrations, fine art have all helped make Scripture more quickly accessible to the common person. In today's world, infographics are one more way to share that message. Bible Gateway interviewed Karen Sawrey about The Infographic Bible: Visualising the Drama of God’s Word. (Click here to read more.)

How to Practice Peace When You Need It Most: You know that something you’ve been looking for in the empty stress of your mad-dash days? The Psalms call it selah: a chance to stop, re-center and resync yourself with the story and song of God. It is hope for the dissonance you feel. Bible Gateway interviewed Kristen Kill about her book, Finding Selah: The Simple Practice of Peace When You Need It Most. (Click here to read more.)

Finding Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Suffering: Christina Meredith, author of CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope says, "Suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience. I encourage you to embrace the idea of suffering, because it is coming—with or without your permission. It is a gift in disguise that unlocks the hero within us ..." (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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.)
    • Elizabeth Knutson reports that her sister Tanya, after a two year remission, has cancer again and it is located in the bones of her shoulder and rated as stage 4. Also, both her parents, Cindy and Bob, have fallen and it will take them both some weeks to recover. Let’s remember them all in our prayers.
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 16, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Heart Surgeon

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a follow up on one we share about three weeks ago. It gives a practical example of what can happen when we listen to and respond to the whisper of the Holy Spirit. It’s titled Heart Surgeon. It sounds as if this will be a continuing story!

Recently we talked in this space about listening for the whisper of God as He seeks to coach us on His errands. I think you'll love this current, true story.

Our friend, Jim, living in the continental US, wanted to phone a colleague in Hawaii. He punched in the number, the phone rang a couple of times, and a lady answered. "Hello, is this Michelle?" he asked. "No, this is Jeannie," the answer came back. "You must have the wrong number."

They agreed he had misdialed one digit so they both chuckled and moved to hang up. "Just a minute, before we hang up ..." Jim urged. (Watch for the whisper here ...) "I'm a pastor ... is there anything I can pray about for you?"

Intrigued now by this unusual phone call, Jeannie thought a minute, then replied, "Well, actually, I'm trying awfully hard to stop smoking. If you want to pray about that, maybe God will help me." There were follow-up phone calls when they talked – and prayed – about other things as well.

Jeannie was ever-so-slowly making her way toward God. Jim learned that she had been a prominent business executive in Beverly Hills, with all the perks – the cars, the Gucci shoes, and all the emptiness that comes with too much. One day she decided that, although she was climbing the corporate ladder, it seemed to be learning against the wrong wall. She quit her job and moved to a little rental house in Hawaii. One of the specialties of the little house was that the foyer had a glass ceiling. She loved to turn off the lights and watch the night sky circle overhead. She sensed in a fresh way, the presence of God.

Late one afternoon she saw a man pulling weeds in the yard. Then he sat down on a bench nearby. It happened other days, too. "If he's the gardener he is sure sitting down a lot," she assumed to herself. She finally decided to confront him.

"If you're really the gardener," she chuckled, "I don't think my landlord is getting his money's worth." "Actually, I'm not the gardener," he replied. "I am chief of surgery at the hospital nearby. Your landlord is my friend and he lets me come up a couple of times a week and just sit here and regroup in the beauty of the place."

Next time she and Pastor Jim spoke she told him the story. He said, "Do you realize how God has honored you? When Mary met Jesus on the morning of the resurrection she mistook Him for the gardener. Later she would know Him also as the great Heart Surgeon. I think God was reaching out to tell you what a treasure you are to Him."

Stay tuned; the story is on-going ...

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Temporary Housing Needed

A young man from Union College needs temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. He is in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here. He needs housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place he could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:30 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • No Breakfast this week
    • 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will have a special program for our Worship Service titled: What Does Jesus Mean to You? If you have something you would like to share as part of this program, please text Andria (402-949-0006) or Rita (402-215-2015).
    • 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!

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration this Sabbath afternoon (Mar. 16) at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (March 18) at 6:30 pm here at the church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (March 19) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

Wildwood Lifestyle Center

For over 75 years, Wildwood Lifestyle Center has helped people not only stop disease progression, but also naturally reverse it. The 11-day and 25-day programs provide patients with the life they were always meant to live, both physically, mentally and spiritually. Call them for your healing not only for your illnesses, but also for your soul 1-800-634-9355 or visit their website at wildwoodhealth.com.

From Outlook Magazine

What Expression are You Creating on God’s Face? Someone once eloquently said, “Christians are the expression on the face of God.” We are called to be Christ’s presence in the world until He comes again. We are also granted the enormous privilege of participating with Him in reconciling the world (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Paul even goes so far as to say that “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” If we represent Him, we must represent Him as He himself would live and act were He still here with us … How well are we doing at our assigned task? … (Click here to read more)

Church; Museum or Hospital? When one of our leaders said these words, it was paradigm shift for me: “Lee Lee, the church should be a hospital, not an art museum.” The implications of this shot sparks in my brain and a click happened. God’s church isn’t where we put on a display to try to impress others; it’s where we gather – sick with sin – at the feet of the Great Healer … (Click here to read more)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Parent Your Kids to Become Passionate Jesus Followers: How can parents be intentional in raising their kids to be steadfast followers of Jesus? How should the home be a holy place for children? Bible Gateway interviewed Phil and Diane Comer about their book, Raising Passionate Jesus Followers: The Power of Intentional Parenting. (Click here to read more.)

The Drama Surrounding Paul: Have you considered how radical the apostle Paul was in his life and teaching and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved? He was a fervent Jewish leader and yet he is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity. His effective legacy and intellectual influence cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Bible Gateway interviewed N.T. Wright about his book, Paul: A Biography. (Click here to read more.)

Finding Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Suffering: Christina Meredith, author of CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope says, "Suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience. I encourage you to embrace the idea of suffering, because it is coming—with or without your permission. It is a gift in disguise that unlocks the hero within us ..." (Click here to read more.)

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Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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.)
    • Judy Carroll shared this information regarding her sister-in-law, Brenda Carroll, who we have been praying for: Her cancer markers are down and her red and white blood cells are within normal. She is feeling more energy and is praising God for His goodness. Thank you for your past intercession and please keep praying for her as she continues chemotherapy.
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 9, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

White as Snow

This is the 8th winter we have been here in the Omaha area. One of the things we had been looking forward to when we moved here was to experience winter again – where we previously lived in Florida winter seemed more like fall or spring (depending if it was early winter or late winter.

We have been disappointed so far in that we have not had what we would categorize as a real winter. But here we are now experiencing a real winter. And I will add that I know feel it’s a bit over rated.

However, one thing that I consistently enjoy, is the beauty of a pure white blanket that covers all the ugliness underneath. Everything looks so clean and refreshing. And every new snow storm has added to that beauty.

It reminds me of what we have been learning in the first few chapters of Romans summarized by this passage from Romans 4:4-8:

When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” (Romans 4:4-8, NLT – quoting Psalm 32:1-2)

God, speaking through the prophet Isaiah said:

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool …” (Isaiah 1:18, NLT)

And in the little devotional best-seller, Steps to Christ is says:

If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. Christ's character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned.
(
Steps to Christ, page 62)

When we accept Jesus, His righteousness and perfection covers our sinfulness like a beautiful, white blanket of snow. And we stand before God as clean and pure.

And then, just as the snow melts and brings forth fresh, beautiful, new life in the spring, Jesus will nourish our lives so that we become what He had planned for us to become. He paints His love in our lives so people looking at us will see His work!

Paul puts it this way in His letter to the Ephesians:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8-10, NLT)

The good news about winter is that it will give way to spring and new life!

The great news about Jesus is that His perfect life covers our sinful life and – as long as we stay with Him – He will bring His character to life in us. And this will bring great joy and glory to Him! And we will get to live with Him forever!!

Romans, Our Sermon Series

In three weeks (Mar. 30) we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.

Temporary Housing Needed

Two young people from Union College need temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. A young man in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here and a young woman in the nursing program do a NICU Rotation at Creighton Medical Center, Bergan Mercy. They need housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place they could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:22 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Brenda Eitel will share a sermon titled: What are You Afraid of?
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.
    • Chili Cookoff has been postponed due to the weather forecast.

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: This Sabbath (March 9) at the Great Bend SDA Church (7 SW 30 Avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 4. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Daylight Savings Time beings early Sunday morning. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (March 11) at 6:30 pm here at the church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (March 12) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Mar. 12) 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).

One week from Sabbath we will have a special program for our Worship Service titled: What Does Jesus Mean to You? It will be followed with Potluck in the Fellowship Hall. If you have something you would like to share as part of this program, please text Andria (402-949-0006) or Rita (402-215-2015).

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration one week from Sabbath (Mar. 16) at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org).

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration end this next Monday (Mar. 11). For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

Wildwood Lifestyle Center

For over 75 years, Wildwood Lifestyle Center has helped people not only stop disease progression, but also naturally reverse it. The 11-day and 25-day programs provide patients with the life they were always meant to live, both physically, mentally and spiritually. Call us for your healing not only for your illnesses, but also for your soul 1-800-634-9355 or visit our website at wildwoodhealth.com.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Living Life the Supernatural Way: How should you rely more fully on the power of the Holy Spirit for growth and satisfaction in your life? How can you avoid getting swept up in the routine of life and missing out on supernatural joy, contentment, and peace? Bible Gateway interviewed Jared C. Wilson about his book, Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God's Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life. (Click here to read more.)

Who Were the 72 Disciples Jesus Sent Out? They were not professionals. They were not celebrities. We don't even know their names. We know very little about them, except that they were ordinary people who were drawn to Jesus. When Jesus asked them to join him in his mission, they stepped up, answered the call, and went out in his name. And amazing things happened as a result. They were the 72. Bible Gateway interviewed John Teter about his book, The Power of the 72: Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism. (Click here to read more.)

STARTS MARCH 18 – You're Invited to the Six Hours One Friday Online Bible Study: In the new Six Hours One Friday Online Bible Study, Max Lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus' last hours on the cross. Through his death, your life has purpose and meaning. And the empty tomb proclaims that death does not have the final word. Sign up for the study now and get free access to 4 teaching videos with Max, free access to two Facebook Live Community events with Max, free downloads of the first 2 chapters of Six Hours One Friday: Living in the Power of the Cross to get started, and free beautiful printable art of John 3:16. (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 to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, 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. (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.)
    • Pathfinder’s Winter Campout this weekend
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 2, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

When You Hear the Whisper

I know I shared one of Don Jacobsen's blogs last week, but this one was too good to pass up. It puts Christian living and loving into some practical terms. It is titled When You Hear the Whisper. It’s worth reading.

Some call it a whisper. Some call it a nudge. You may have sensed it as a prompt. Whatever the definition, I'm sure you have felt it, too. It's not an audible sound, but it's as real as though it were. A familiar Scripture term is "a still, small voice."

There's no predictable pattern; it may go like this: You're rushing around the house getting ready for the day, when a name comes to mind. It's a friend you haven't talked to for a while. Nothing to suggest there is any trouble, it's just the name – or the face – you can't shake. Is that God's whisper, saying, "Why don't you give Sally a call?" Why not assume it is and call her. Something simple ... "I was combing my hair this morning and your name came to mind so I thought I'd just call and tell you I prayed for you today." Three minutes.

But what if Sally didn't need a call? OK, but what if she did? You may never know the answer to that question. Or Sally may tell you. Either way, you've been faithful to respond to the whisper you sensed from the heart of God. He loves that.

You're sitting in a worship service as the saints are assembling. A couple comes in and sits across the aisle from you. You don't recognize them but they kinda look like they could use a friend. You think to yourself, "I probably should speak to them after service." Then the nudge seems to suggest, "Maybe they need it now?" Have you just created a minor disruption during the prelude, or have you just responded to a nudge from the throne room of the universe? Have you embarrassed the guests or have you honored them by showing love that was spontaneous and genuine? I believe God smiles when we err on the side of showing we care.

"But brother Don, I'm too shy to do that." This isn't about you. This is about people God loves and how He searches for those who will deliver that message for Him. So you and I seek to live in a way that is sensitive to His nudge, to His whisper. It can happen often and our goal is to walk with Him so that we sense the prompt and have the grace to respond to it. He loves that.

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Romans

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Incredible Solution, part 2. We are still looking at Romans 3:21 - 6:23. Here are some questions to think about as you read this passage this week. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

    1. In Romans 5:1-11, what is Paul telling us about God’s love and the effect it will have on our lives?
    2. In Romans 6, Paul is making a transition from salvation (justification) to how that salvation will affect the way we live (sanctification). He has repeatedly made the point that we are saved by grace aside from our works and that we will not be saved by keeping the law.
      • What is the symbolism in the act of getting baptized? What does this indicate in our lives?
      • What will start happening as we stay with Jesus?
      • How does Romans 6:23 sum all this up? Why is this important to you?

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:14 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • No Breakfast or Potluck today – Potluck has been moved to March 16.
      • 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Incredible Solution, Part 2, based on Romans 3:21 – 6:23. This is some of the best news in the Bible! See the section titled Romans above for a few questions to consider as you read this passage.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

Diabetes Undone concludes this Sabbath afternoon at Omaha Memorial SDA Church, 4:00 pm. Call 402-639-8996 or email (diabetes@healthreturns.org) to register or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (March 4) at 6:30 pm here at the church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (March 5) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: Sabbath, March 9 at the Great Bend SDA Church (7 SW 30 Avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 4. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration: Sabbath, March 16 at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org).

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline has been moved to March 11. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Interpret the Book of Genesis: What does it mean to be a good reader of Genesis 1-11? What does it mean to take these ancient stories seriously and how does that relate to taking them literally? Can we even take any of this material seriously? How can we have a responsible conversation regarding science and biblical faith? Bible Gateway interviewed C. John Collins about his book, Reading Genesis Well: Navigating History, Poetry, Science, and Truth in Genesis 1-11. (Click here to read more.)

The Bible Shows How God Overcomes Chaos: When God created the world, he brought perfect order out of what was “without form and void.” But with human rebellion against God, disorder (chaos) was introduced into creation which God continues to redeem (cosmos). How is this "chaos to cosmos" theme interwoven through the Bible from Genesis through Revelation? Bible Gateway interviewed Sidney Greidanus about his book, From Chaos to Cosmos: Creation to New Creation. (Click here to read more.)

How to Love a Spouse Who Drives You Crazy: Karen Ehman, author of Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy offers 7 ways to help you love like Jesus as you embrace the grit and grace of living with your spouse who drives you crazy. (Click here to read more.)

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Church Positions Open

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 23, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I Think I Found Our Why 

I have shared a number of blogs through the past couple of years from the website, Hope-Heals.org. They are written by Don Jacobsen, a leader in Prayer Ministries for our church. The one I received over the weekend has some interesting thoughts on why we exist as a church – it’s titled I Think I Found Our Why. It’s worth reading.

In the time of Noah the invitation was to leave the streets and come join the club ...  it's the only place that's safe. But the church Jesus birthed had an entirely different template: Go out from the club and do church in the streets. Of all the miracles performed during His earthly ministry, only two were done in church. All the others were done "in the streets," by the road, by the pool, in a home, near a market. Maybe a football huddle paints an acceptable parallel. The team gathers for a brief time to get directions from the coach but the game is played on the field, not in the huddle. Team members need a huddle but only because of what they're going to be doing when it's over.

In what we have come to call the Great Commandment Jesus told us to love God and love others. That's elegant in its clarity. And it really defines our Why. Our communities deserve to see in us both sides of the gospel – truth and proof. We trust every promise God has made. And as evidence of that, we don't just go hunker down in the club house, we unselfishly invest in those God brings to us.

Our passion becomes to connect to people through acts of amazing love while connecting them to a God of amazing grace.

God defined His wishes for His people early on ... in the time of father Abraham. He said, "... I will bless you ... and you will be a blessing." (Genesis 12) There it is: He blesses us; we bless others. That's our Why.

A man I know walked in to a sporting goods store and soon discovered that the manager was distraught. The store was about to go under, he was working 60-hours per week, and his marriage was in deep trouble. The customer immediately asked himself, "How can I bless this man?" so he said, "Sir, I believe God sent me here to bless you. Can I pray for you right now?" Early the next week the customer returned and the manager sought him out. "I sold the store," he said, "and did well on it. My wife and I have worked out a deal to see a counselor and my world is entirely different than when you were in here last week." Exhibit A.

A building full of blessers, eager to get out where life happens. That's how God designed it – earning the right to tell His story because of their acts of reckless love. Truth and proof. That's our Why.

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Romans

One week from Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon title The Incredible Solution, part 2. We are still looking at Romans 3:21 - 6:23. Here are some questions to think about as you read this passage this week and next. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

    • In Romans 5:1-11, what is Paul telling us about God’s love and the effect it will have on our lives?
    • In Romans 6, Paul is making a transition from salvation (justification) to how that salvation will affect the way we live (sanctification). He has repeatedly made the point that we are saved by grace aside from our works and that we will not be saved by keeping the law.
      1. What is the symbolism in the act of getting baptized? What does this indicate in our lives?
      2. What will start happening as we stay with Jesus?
      3. How does Romans 6:23 sum all this up? Why is this important to you?

Calendar Events

Pathfinders will be on their annual Winter Campout this weekend. Let’s pray for them and their leaders as they enjoy this unique experience. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370)

Sunset this Friday – 6:06 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Sweigart, the Vice-President for Administration of the Kansas – Nebraska Conference, will present a sermon titled Real Love, based on Romans 12:9-10.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

Diabetes Undone continues this Sabbath afternoon at Omaha Memorial SDA Church, 4:00 pm. Call 402-639-8996 or email (diabetes@healthreturns.org) to register or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Feb. 25). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: Sabbath, March 9 at the Great Bend SDA Church (7 SW 30 Avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 4. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration: Sabbath, March 16 at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org).

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline has been moved to March 11. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Inexpressible Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness: Scripture uses one particular word to describe the distinctiveness of God's character: the Hebrew word hesed; a concept so rich in meaning that it doesn't translate well into any single English word or phrase. The many dimensions of hesed are often expressed as lovingkindness, covenant faithfulness, steadfast love; an everlasting love beyond words. Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Card about his book, Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God's Lovingkindness. (Click here to read more.)

When I Discovered My Dream Had Become an Idol: Tiffini Kilgore, author of Misfit Table: Let Your Hunger Lead You to Where You Belong says, "Since I said yes to God, I’ve been journaling my thoughts, my questions, and God’s responses. But this morning, I sit at the table and read, you have 'relied on oppression and depended on deceit' (Isa. 30:12). The words pull my face to them and say, 'Sweet one, pay attention. You are shaping your life on lies.'” (Click here to read more.)

14 Most Popular Bible Verses About Love: Love is the universal language everyone understands. Whether in English or Spanish, the most-popular keyword searches conducted on Bible Gateway year after year is for the word “love” (“amor” in Spanish). Here are 14 popular Bible verses that emphasize love. (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 Available

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, 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. (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.)
    • Lori Knutson’s mom, Carolyn, has been admitted to the hospital
    • Pathfinder’s Winter Campout this weekend
    • 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), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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