Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: June 22, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Living Sacrifice

Romans 12 begins with these verses:

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2, NLT)

The ”And so …” points back to everything Paul has said about sin and God’s plan to free us from the penalty, power, and presence of sin. And, it refers directly to the praise he expressed in Romans 11:33-36.

Paul has spent 11 chapters building up the case that God loves you and I more than His own live, as demonstrated through Jesus’ life and death. Jesus was the victor in the intense battle between God and Satan, ensuring the ultimate end of sin. He offers to cover our sinfulness with His righteousness as He works to break the power of sin in our lives.

Because of all this, Paul tells us to offer ourselves as a “Living Sacrifice” by allowing God to transform our lives from the inside out. And then, we will know what God’s will is for us.

Most every sacrifice around Paul’s time ended up dead. So, what does it mean to give yourself as a living sacrifice? And what would our lives look like, after making this commitment?

Much of the rest of Romans 12 tells us what our lives will look like after we have become a living sacrifice. Take a look at these verses and consider:

    1. What do we give up when we take this step?
    2. What do we gain when we take this step?
    3. What do you do when you find that your life does not measure up to Paul’s description?

We will try to answer these questions as we continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans this Sabbath with a sermon titled A Living Sacrifice.

To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled People of the Promise, click here. It also contains links to all the previous sermons in this series on Romans.

Vacation Bible School

This year’s VBS begins this Friday at 6:00 pm here at the church. It’s title is Moose on the Loose and will be three fun-filled days with Biblical activities. It will begin at 6:00 pm and last until 8:00 pm this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Be sure to bring your kids and their friends!

Calendar Events

Vacation Bible School, Friday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at church

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 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 A Living Sacrifice, based on Romans 12. See the lead story, A Living Sacrifice, for some questions to consider.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled People of the Promise, click here.

Vacation Bible School, Saturday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at church

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) this Sunday (June 23) at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Vacation Bible School, Sunday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at church

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. 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 (June 25) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (June 25) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Forgiving the Killer of the Charleston Church Shooting: While the murder of his wife June 17, 2015 devastated Rev. Anthony Thompson, he and three other relatives of victims chose to privately and publicly forgive the shooter. Years later, the church and community still struggle to understand the family members' deliberate choice to forgive the racist murderer. But as Charlestonians have witnessed these incredible acts of forgiveness, something significant has happened to the community—black and white leaders and residents have united, coming together peaceably and even showing acts of selfless love. Bible Gateway interviewed Rev. Anthony Thompson about his book, Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim's Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace. (Click here to read more.)

Does the Bible Make You Squeamish, Skeptical, and Uncertain? Do you see the Bible as intolerant, outdated, out of step with societal norms at best, and a tool of oppression at worst? What if you cleared the deck on your preconceptions of this book and encountered it anew? What if you came with the understanding that your questions are welcome? And what if you approached the Bible as less of a system to figure out and more of a story to step into; a story with more surprising plot twists than you might think? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael and Lauren McAfee about their book, Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need. (Click here to read more.)

How the Story of the Bible is Incredibly Unfair: Michael and Lauren McAfee, authors of Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need, say, "The story of the gospel, the story of Jesus, is incredibly unfair. God takes this unfairness on himself, suffering the punishment that we deserve …" (Click here to read more.)

Bible Reflections – A Sudden Second Arrival: What if we lived our day-to-day lives under the constant assumption that Christ could come at this exact moment (as in, while you're reading this)? How might we live differently? (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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 People of the Promise, 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.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, 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 Weed at Golden Hills: June 15, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Now That the Football Season Is Over ...

Don Jacobsen's blog last week was titled Love is Like That  It is a great call to action!

When Ruthie and I were dating I was pastoring a church in central Ohio; Ruthie was working in Nursing Administration in a large hospital nearby. It was a time of high intensity for both of us. But we worked hard at staying in touch. As often as I could I’d stop by the hospital cafeteria and we’d have lunch together. Sometimes I’d stop by her place for supper or she’d stop by mine. Or sometimes a friend would invite us both.

With early morning duties, we’d head for home before it got late. But inevitably, we’d hardly be inside the door before one of us would phone the other. We might talk for an hour. She was busy; I was busy. I was a single dad with two teenage boys. Yet we made time to stay connected. Looking back on it I can understand the reason: We were very much in love. We took every opportunity to talk. We wanted to get better acquainted. I wanted to know her, she wanted to know me. We both wanted to know us. Love is like that.

Not long ago, nearly a half century later, we made the decision to sell our second car. Not only was it an expense, it made it convenient for us to do a lot of things separately. I could run errands in one direction and she in another. Now I understand there are seasons in every family’s journey where this is not a practical idea, but for us it was. So with one car we run our errands together. It takes twice as long and it’s twice as much fun. Love is like that.

Our new strategy has also given me a more measured response to the inquiry I sometimes hear, “Pastor, it just seems like I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend in my quiet time. We’ve got jobs and kids and deadlines and chores and … I’m just really busy.” But love makes a way. Love measures priorities. Love sets boundaries. Love is driven to keep in touch.

Please know that I’m not attempting to shame anyone here. I only want to give you permission to be honest about priorities.

Think about how this re-shapes our prayer vocabulary. Who of us hasn’t said something like, “Wow, I pray through my needs and wants and before you know it I’m out of things to pray about.”

But what about if our driving motive is to get acquainted with this amazing God? To ask Him questions and wait for His answers. Have you ever prayed, “God, what’s on Your heart tonight? What do You want me to pray about? Who has a special target on their back that You want me to pray for? What is there in me that You want to clean up, that maybe I don’t even see yet?”

We’re going to need a bit more time than just the generic “bless the missionaries and colporteurs in the foreign fields” prayers that are so easy. Praying isn’t really about getting things from God, it’s about getting better acquainted. Love is like that. (Click here to read this on-line)

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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 People of the Promise, based on Romans 9 - 11. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. What is Paul’s main point in these chapters? Why would that be important to anyone?
    2. How do you think you would feel reading these chapters if you were Jewish? How about if you are not Jewish?
    3. Romans 11:25-36 gives us the summary of this section. What are these verses saying to you?

Baby Shower

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Calendar Events

Flag Day this Friday

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 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 People of the Promise, based on Romans 9 - 11.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. 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 (June 18) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Vacation Bible School will take place at our church June 21-23. Talk to anyone in our Youth Class to get more details.

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Job at Christian Record

Christian Record Services for the Blind seeks a skilled communication director to work closely with administration to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level audiences, including the media, public officials, donors, and key influencers. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of denominational experience in corporate communication and be skilled in electronic communications and essential software. We want to talk with you if you are energetic, work collaboratively and independently, and embrace the mission of the Church and this organization. The complete job description and application can be found online by clicking here. Send completed resume and application to info@christianrecord.org by June 14. 

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything: What does the phrase "kingdom of God" really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything. (Click here to read more.)

Pentecost – The Holy Spirit Advancing the Church: At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in might and power and established the church that will prevail over the gates of Hades for all time. Read this excerpt from The Jesus Bible, available in NIV, ESV, and (Spanish) NVI Bible translations. (Click here to read more.)

How a Biblical View of Money Changed Our Marriage: Aaron and Jennifer Smith, authors of Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together, say, "A healthy, biblical view of finances and being willing to embrace God’s perspective on debt and money is a significant part of pursuing a marriage after God …" (Click here to read more.)

D-Day June 6, 1944 – The Bible and Prayer of WWII: During World War II, troops were given a pocket Bible in which was included a letter from US President Franklin Roosevelt encouraging them to read it. The letter reads … (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • 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.

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 8, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Now That the Football Season Is Over ...

Don Jacobsen's blog last week was titled Now That the Football Season Is Over ...  It is a great call to action!

Since the football season is over, I feel like I can talk about it. (If you're uncomfortable with my reference to sports in a Christian setting, remember the Apostle Paul did that, too.)

For the record, I don't care that much for football. There's more violence than I am comfortable with, but that's a personal view. However, I have seen enough to know there are some strong take-aways. For instance, earlier today I saw a piece on the web about the current standings of the major university football teams. The pundit was attempting to evaluate how viable he thought the major teams were going to be next season.

I saw a pattern I had not noticed before. Consistently, a team might be evaluated for its strengths, but then there was often a comment about one of the players who might not be returning next year so the team's chances of being a championship contender were diminished. Might be a quarterback, a key running back, or maybe a linebacker. Sometimes it was a coach, or even an assistant coach. The point I couldn't miss was that, while this is a team sport and games are won by teams rather than by individuals, there is often a key figure in the team's success. A highly motivated, deeply committed, all-in player who provides spark and motivation for those around him. Even in down-times the team knows they will hear his, "Come on, guys, we can do this!"

He may not be the biggest or the strongest or the fastest, but there is something about his focus and his passion that inspires his team. If he is gone, something is missing from the team.

As I've watched through a good many years I've discovered that same dynamic is true in many of our churches. I don't intend to minimize the Holy Spirit who is the true energizing influence. But it is common for God to place in a church a man or a woman whose influence He uses to keep the team focused and on mission.

When a difficulty arises, he or she can be counted on to say, "You know, this is serious, but I believe God can get us through it." A sensitive issue arises in the Church Board and we hear that voice, "I know our hearts are saddened by this news, but we serve a God who loves to fix broken things; let's not discuss it outside of this Board, let's just lay it before Him." Or, "God is not surprised by this; let's ask for His wisdom."

My appeal today is that you determine to be available for that assignment. You be God's go-to person when the team falters. That you be the one listening to the Coach if/when the game strays from the Playbook. Humbly. Gently. Focused. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:53 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 Stroman, one of our Elders, will present a sermon titled “Who are You?”.

Operation Christmas Child Special Event – June 9: You're Invited! The Omaha, Nebraska Area Team is hosting a Celebration Event for Operation Christmas Child, with Shoebox Recipient Desire Nana. Come hear how a simple shoebox gift impacted his life. For more information, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. 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 (June 11) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 11) 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).

Job at Christian Record

Christian Record Services for the Blind seeks a skilled communication director to work closely with administration to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level audiences, including the media, public officials, donors, and key influencers. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of denominational experience in corporate communication and be skilled in electronic communications and essential software. We want to talk with you if you are energetic, work collaboratively and independently, and embrace the mission of the Church and this organization. The complete job description and application can be found online by clicking here. Send completed resume and application to info@christianrecord.org by June 14. 

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

A Week in the Life of Ancient Rome: What do you know about the every-day living conditions of first-century Rome? How did that ancient culture impose a tremendous social cost on the followers of Jesus? What were the daily struggles of the church in Rome and how does an awareness of that time period influence readers of the New Testament in the 21st century? Bible Gateway interviewed James L. Papandrea about his book, A Week in the Life of Rome. (Click here to read more.)

Walk With God on the Path of Life: The path of life is similar to natural paths: it leads to a destination, someone has gone before to create it, and it's time-tested and established. What does it mean to find God's path for you? Bible Gateway interviewed Lisa Robertson about her book, The Path of Life: Walking in the Loving Presence of God. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • 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: May 25, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fast-Moving Pilgrims

Julian Archer, the author of Help, I’ve Been Blessed, sent out these thoughts in his latest email, The Bruised Camel.  

Author C.S. Lewis wrote, “Our father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but He will not encourage us to mistake them for home.”

We can be so focused on the material blessings that God gives us, that we forget whose they are and what they are for. ‘Our’ assets are not actually ours. Money, houses, investments, clothes, sports equipment, furniture, decorations, tools and even talents are entrusted to us to be enjoyed, yes, but also to test us – to see whether we will use them for eternal interests or for selfish purposes.

We are called, trained, resourced and empowered to be fast-moving pilgrims. We have a simple but crucial mission – to help people to fix their eyes on Jesus Christ. God supports and funds this mission with the talents and possessions He entrusts to us. What a privilege!

Let’s use God’s resources to encourage people to fix their eyes on Jesus. In doing so we will also be empowered to keep our eyes on Him. 

As Helen Lemmel penned, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

Blessings, Julian

Click here to sign up to receive Julian’s email newsletter, The Bruised Camel. Click here to go to his website.

Take Time To Pray: from 24-7 Prayer

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where
does my help come from? My help comes from
the Lord, The Maker of Heaven and Earth."

– Psalm 121:1-2 –

When life gets busy, it's easy to lose focus. So right now, wherever you are, take time to re-focus on God by following these three simple steps:  

    1. Invite the Holy Spirit to help you stop and pause: Keep it simple by saying, "Come, Holy Spirit". 
    2. Be still, and be alert to what God might be saying: Reflect on the verse above by reading it through a couple of times.
    3. Ask for help where you need it: Be open and honest with the Lord today.

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

No Services at Golden Hills on June 1

One week from Sabbath (June 1), there will not be any services here at our church due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. They are held at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln – click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure. Services from the Sanctuary will be live streamed, you can view that by clicking here at the service times.

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:41 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 hold our annual Memorial Day Service coordinated by Steve Wilhelmsen.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. 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).

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (May 28). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

No Services at Golden Hills Church one week from Sabbath, on June 1, due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. They are held at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln – click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure. Services from the Sanctuary will be live streamed, you can view that by clicking here at the service times.

Camp Meeting, May 29 – June 1, 2019, 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). Click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Operation Christmas Child Special Event – June 9: You're Invited! The Omaha, Nebraska Area Team is hosting a Celebration Event for Operation Christmas Child, with Shoebox Recipient Desire Nana. Come hear how a simple shoebox gift impacted his life. For more information, click here.

Newsletter Delivery

If you have chosen to receive the Church Newsletter delivered to your email address, please watch your email for delivery. If you are expecting delivery by this method and do not receive it, please check your spam box to see if it was sent by error. If this happens, you will need to add Judy Carroll’s email address (judylcarr@aol.com) to your contacts and that should fix the problem. If you do not receive your newsletter, please check with Judy Carroll (e-mail) to see if your email address is correctly entered.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Overcome Anxiety and Depression: Nearly 20% of Americans suffer from mental illness – including anxiety and depressionaccording to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and people in church pews are not immune. Because prominent philosopher, author, and professor J.P. Moreland experienced it himself, he has now explored the spiritual and physical aspects of mental illness, and has discovered sound sources of information, treatment, and recovery. Bible Gateway interviewed J.P. Moreland about his book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace. (Click here to read more.)

Braving the Storms of Life: From a working-class background in North Carolina to being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel music. This seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral in 2009: his marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012. Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive. Bible Gateway interviewed Randy Travis about his book, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • 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: May 18, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Do You Remember Andrew?

Don Jacobsen's blog last week was titled Do You Remember Andrew?. I found it exceptionally inspiring so I am sharing it with you.

You perhaps remember Andrew. You may have prayed for him. Andrew Brunson is the 50-year old American pastor who was arrested in Turkey on the charge of “membership in an armed terrorist organization.” His real crime was serving as pastor of a 25-member Presbyterian church in Ankara, Turkey. He and his family had served there for 23 years.

Ruthie and I had the privilege a few days ago of hearing him personally tell his story. It was an amazing 40-minutes. On October 7, 2016, Brunson went to a government office in Turkey to update some paperwork. He and his wife, Norine, had fallen deeply in love with the Turkish people and were making application for permanent residence there. But this day he was arrested and put in prison – h e was told it would be a life-sentence – for allegedly being part of a recent coup against the government.

Conditions instantly became nearly unbearable. He was housed with 21 others in a cell that was initially built to house eight. In the next 24 months he would lose 50 pounds. The food would barely maintain life, the water was vile, and he had nothing except the clothes he was wearing the day he was arrested. He was allowed out of the cell one hour per week for “exercise.”

During one seven week stretch he was held in solitary confinement and had no contact with any other human. It was here in his story that he spoke emotionally about what the treatment had done to him. Prayer was his only lifeline. He knew he was not guilty, but the government had found “witnesses” who said he was. He wrestled with his trust in God. Nearly a quarter of a century he and Norine had invested in helping these people learn about the true God, and now feelings of abandonment frequently swept over him. Knowing that countless people around the world were praying gave him hope.

But as the dark interminable days passed, Brunson began to sense a new closeness to God. No sound, no conversation, no music, no idea of what was happening in the Turkish government. He began to develop a new sense of the presence of God. They spoke often and intimately. He learned new meaning for the word trust. As Jonah praised God from the belly of the fish, Brunson learned that God is trustworthy even when the events of the next day are uncertain.

After two years, in the autumn of 2018, Brunson stood trial. The Prosecutor was determined to find him guilty. And he did. And then inexplicably released him. On October 12 a million Christians around the world breathed a sigh of relief and hallelujah. Brunson told the group of about 600 of us that evening that it was the most painful and precious time of his life. But the prayers of others and of his own in a difficult time built in him a love for God greater than he had ever known.

It's true: learning to trust Him in the valleys makes us strong. (Click here to read this on line.)

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No Services at Golden Hills on June 1

Two weeks from Sabbath, on June 1, there will not be any services here at our church due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. They are held at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln – click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:34 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 our worship service will be presented by our Pathfinder/Adventurer Clubs for their annual Investiture Service. John Roney will present the sermon.

Following Sabbath’s Worship Service, Pathfinders & Adventurers will be on summer break until the fall. 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 (May 21) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (May 21) 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).

Prayer Meeting will not meet one week from Tuesday, on May 28, due to Camp Meeting.

No Services at Golden Hills Church two weeks from Sabbath, on June 1, due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. They are held at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln – click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Camp Meeting, May 29 – June 1, 2019, 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). Click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Newsletter Delivery

If you have chosen to receive the Church Newsletter delivered to your email address, please watch your email for delivery. If you are expecting delivery by this method and do not receive it, please check your spam box to see if it was sent by error. If this happens, you will need to add Judy Carroll’s email address (judylcarr@aol.com) to your contacts and that should fix the problem. If you do not receive your newsletter, please check with Judy Carroll (e-mail) to see if your email address is correctly entered.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What is True Manhood? How does the biblical concept of heroism contrast with what's depicted in comic books and movies? Why is heroism important to a man’s identity? What is the biblical model for being heroic? Bible Gateway interviewed Bill Delvaux about his book, Heroic: The Surprising Path to True Manhood. (Click here to read more.)

When You Feel Like You’re Not Enough: Jamie C. Martin, author of Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy, says, "If God’s power works best in weakness, it’s better to have weaknesses! Better to be 'not enough,' because then he can work without me getting in the way. Suddenly I saw this verse as an equation that literally adds up to enough for those in my home …" (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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.)
    • James Clingan’s mother died this week. Let’s remember him and his family in our prayers.
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • 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.

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 11, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Change Anyone?

Change is an interesting thing: we can love it or hate it – we can embrace it or fight it. We often feel we need a change, but are afraid of what it might bring.

Change often takes us into the unknown. Many people are afraid of the future, because they fear there will be unwanted changes.

Change is not inherently good or bad, but it is inevitable. And how we relate to it does more to determine whether it is good or bad, than the change itself.

As we mature, we change. Some of these changes feel good:

    • We do more to determine the direction of our life.
    • We finish school and begin a career.
    • We find someone we love and begin a family.

But, some of these changes don’t feel so good:

    • We don’t move as much as we used to and our bodies grow in directions that are not helpful.
    • Our health can become more difficult to maintain.
    • Our children grow up and move away.
    • Close friends die or move away
    • The job we were counting on to provide a good retirement unexpectedly ends.

These changes can destroy us or we can use them to open a new chapter in our lives.

Change is also a big part of your spiritual life. For instance, when you sincerely accept Jesus into your life, you will change. Because of His influence, you will approach life differently and, over time, the change can be incredible.

This change can also be scary because it’s easy to feel I may have to give up something I really don’t want to give up. It often feels easier to trust my feelings and instincts rather than God’s wisdom and love.

If I let God lead me and control my life, He will take me to a place where “giving up” something that stands in the way of my relationship with Him seems like a good idea.

A complicating factor in all this is our enemy, Satan. He tries to make us afraid of good change and to embrace change that will draw us away from God. And then he throws drastic, and often tragic, changes at us with the intent to destroy us.

Through all this, we have the constant presence of Jesus and the assurance that He will have the ultimate victory. He said:

“… I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NLT)

And then there is this promise, where God promises to take everything Satan may throw at us, intending to destroy us, and turn it into something that brings about something good.

We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. (Romans 8:28, the Voice)

Let’s not fret about change. Let’s just leave our lives in the care of God, Who knows how to bring good out of bad change and will lead us home.

Calendar Events

Leadership Team Supper & Visioning Session, this Friday (May 10) at 6:00 pm at the Martinsen home.

Sunset this Friday – 8:29 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, David Soriano will share his mission experience in Africa with us.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (May 13) 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).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (May 14) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (May 14) 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).

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).

Part-Time Job Available at Christian Record Services

The Member Services Liaison is an important part of a team that helps the blind members of Christian Record Services, Inc. We provide reading materials in the form of Braille, audio cartridges, large print, and an online database that members can access at any time from the convenience of their home. This team member will provide a vital service in helping us keep up with the many requests for materials, updates to addresses in the databases, and members’ requests for help in the database. We are also in need of assistance with Spanish translation in both written and spoken forms and will be counting on this team member to help coordinate the recording of our Spanish programs and resources. If you are energetic, able to stay on task, eager to help and yet patient in explaining processes, then we want to hear from you! This is a regular year-round part-time position ideal for someone who is fluent verbally and in writing in both English and Spanish. This is not a student position. The complete job description and application can be found online. Send completed resume and application to info@christianrecord.org by May 17. All applicants will be contacted.

Newsletter Delivery

If you have chosen to receive the Church Newsletter delivered to your email address, please watch your email for delivery. If you are expecting delivery by this method and do not receive it, please check your spam box to see if it was sent by error. If this happens, you will need to add Judy Carroll’s email address (judylcarr@aol.com) to your contacts and that should fix the problem. If you do not receive your newsletter, please check with Judy Carroll (e-mail) to see if your email address is correctly entered.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Steps Toward Wholeness and Healing: Christine Caine, author of Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do, says, "God cherishes us in our brokenness, but he’ll never leave us there. He sends people to notice us and show us his unconditional love. And then, as he heals us, he uses us to touch others …" (Click here to read more.)

Video – The Joy of Spring Renewal: God's steadfast faithfulness is seen year after year – since time began – when the earth is renewed from its winter dormancy and springs forth with bluer skies and greener fields. Watch this beautiful spring video on the Bible Gateway Blog. (Click here to read more & watch the video.)

5 Compelling Prayers in the Bible: In his book Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, bestselling author Philip Yancey says, “The main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to know God.” When you don’t know what to say to God, look to Scripture for prayerful insight, such as these verses. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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 3, 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.)
    • 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: May 4, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 01, 2019

My Favorite Bible Promises

There are many Bible Promises that have made a difference in my life through the years. Below, you will find a few of my all-time favorites.

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:8-12, NLT)

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31, NLT)

Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories … I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. (Isaiah 41:10 & 13, CEV)

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6-7, the Message)

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 3, based on Romans 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    • What is your favorite promise from this chapter? Why is it important to you?
    • Do you live like you believe Romans 8:31-39 is true? Why or why not?

Take Time To Pray: from 24-7 Prayer

"Look to the Lord and his strength.
Seek his face always"
- Psalm 105:4 -

Focus on God by taking time to seek His face today. Try one of these simple prompts:

    • Where is God working in my life? Take time to identify a place, area or relationship where you can see God's presence at work.
    • What is God saying to me at the moment? Take time to listen, or to read through your journal for themes and promptings from the Holy Spirit.
    • How can I show God to those around me? Ask for guidance, or pray for an opportunity to share your relationship with God with the world, today.

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

Part-Time Job Available at Christian Record Services

The Member Services Liaison is an important part of a team that helps the blind members of Christian Record Services, Inc. We provide reading materials in the form of Braille, audio cartridges, large print, and an online database that members can access at any time from the convenience of their home. This team member will provide a vital service in helping us keep up with the many requests for materials, updates to addresses in the databases, and members’ requests for help in the database. We are also in need of assistance with Spanish translation in both written and spoken forms and will be counting on this team member to help coordinate the recording of our Spanish programs and resources. If you are energetic, able to stay on task, eager to help and yet patient in explaining processes, then we want to hear from you! This is a regular year-round part-time position ideal for someone who is fluent verbally and in writing in both English and Spanish. This is not a student position. The complete job description and application can be found online. Send completed resume and application to info@christianrecord.org by May 17. All applicants will be contacted.

Calendar Events

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

Sunset this Friday – 8:22 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 3, based on Romans 8.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, 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!

No Pathfinders or Adventurers Monday (May 6). 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 (May 7) 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 (May 10) at 6:00 pm at the Martinsen home.

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).

Newsletter Delivery

If you have chosen to receive the Church Newsletter delivered to your email address, please watch your email for delivery. If you are expecting delivery by this method and do not receive it, please check your spam box to see if it was sent by error. If this happens, you will need to add Judy Carroll’s email address (judylcarr@aol.com) to your contacts and that should fix the problem. If you do not receive your newsletter, please check with Judy Carroll (e-mail) to see if your email address is correctly entered.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Grace Beautifies the Broken Road: Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and author of Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakable Hope, says, "Grace covers you. It carries you. It helps heal you when you’ve fallen. Grace beautifies the broken road. You and I – we’re flawed, broken, and screwed up, but it doesn’t matter. Once you accept Jesus as your Savior, you’re sealed with his blood. And there’s nothing on this earth that can separate you from his love …" (Click here to read more.)

God’s Creation Is Marvelous! Stop and ponder the wonder of creation that surrounds you today. Read the Genesis creation account, watch this video, and remember that stewardship of God’s creation is an important part of our lives as Christ-followers. (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.)
    • 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 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.)

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

Newsletter Delivery

If you have chosen to receive the Church Newsletter delivered to your email address, please watch your email for delivery. If you are expecting delivery by this method and do not receive it, please check your spam box to see if it was sent by error. If this happens, you will need to add Judy Carroll’s email address (judylcarr@aol.com) to your contacts and that should fix the problem. If you do not receive your newsletter, please check with Judy Carroll (e-mail) to see if your email address is correctly entered.

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.
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    • Catch the Vision: Back in the early days of 24-7 Prayer, Pete Greig wrote the words of The Vision Poem. Now, you can watch them as a film. Learn more about the Vision Film.

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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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