Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills, September 7, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Low on Spiritual Energy?

This morning when I went for a walk – before breakfast – I was reminded that I need a little snack of some sort; I ate a banana. Some days ago I had not eaten anything prior to walking in the morning and found myself running out of energy before I made it home.

I noticed it a little more than half way through my walk. It started getting hard to put one foot in front of the other and was slowing down. Bandol, our dog, kept looking back at me as if to say: “Come on slow-poke, let’s get going!” As we got closer to home I was moving pretty slow and contemplating sitting down somewhere for a bit.

By the time I made it home, my hands were trembling and I felt very week. I immediately fixed myself something that would give me fast energy and then ate something that would last a little longer. After a bit the shaking went away and I got my energy back; feeling much better.

This morning, following my banana snack, I had no problem. My energy remained high for my entire walk, even having to drag Bandol along sometimes.

The last few days, I have felt a bit down, discouraged, tired, wondering what I can do different to make a real difference here (but when opportunities present themselves not wanting to act), wondering about … – you know the feelings. I have not even realized how I was feeling until I took a bit longer than usual this morning to think things through.

As I walked, and prayed, a little light flickered in my mind. When I run out of physical energy, I eat some good quality food. The same is true spiritually. I have discovered that there is a direct relationship between the quality of my time alone with Jesus every morning and my ability to deal with life.

Very much like eating, spiritual strength and energy come from “eating” Jesus words and connecting with Him! (See John 6). I read this promise today in my devotional time:

Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Eternal, the Everlasting God, the Creator of the whole world, never gets tired or weary. His wisdom is beyond understanding. God strengthens the weary and gives vitality to those worn down by age and care. Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31, the Voice)

The solution for everything is found here – “trusting in the Eternal One” and trusting comes from developing a relationship of love with Him by spending time with Him. I am finding that if I skimp on my time alone with Jesus (connecting with Him and letting His Spirit fill and control me); it doesn’t matter what else I do during the day, it’s pretty useless and ineffective.

When I do spend that time with God, I think less of myself and more about others. It’s not that the day is necessarily easier, it just makes more of a difference – it’s more meaningful and filled with purpose.

I’m not sure why this is a lesson I have to learn over and over again, I forget easily. I am glad God is patient and keeps bringing me around to the important stuff. My job is to stay connected to God; His job is to use that connection to make my life into whatever He needs me to be!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (September 4) we will explore Psalm 78. Next Wednesday (September 11) we will explore Psalm 79. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath my sermon title is “An Eye for an Eye” and will explore Jesus comments related to this Jewish Civil law instituted by Moses soon after the Israelites left Egypt. A few passages you might consider this week are Exodus 21:22-25; Leviticus 19:17-18 & 24:17-22; Deuteronomy 19:15-21; Matthew 5:38-48; and Romans 13:1-10. The Desire of Ages, pages 350-351 & 478-483 also has some great thoughts.

Potluck after Church this Sabbath

This Sabbath we will host a Potluck after Church in the Fellowship Hall. If you are 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! For more information contact Hope by phone at 402-292-8280 or by email by clicking here.

Sound System Training Session after Potluck Sabbath

This Sabbath (Sept. 7) following our church potluck there will be a sound system training session take place in our Sanctuary. Who should attend?

  • Anyone who would like to help run the sound system in the future
  • Praise Team leaders who would like to be able to set up for a practice session
  • Anyone who is currently helping with the sound system

Contact Brandon Knutson, the head of our Audio Visual Team, for more information (email: click here; phone 402-740-5875).      

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. This week they will be discussing chapter 5, “Lonely Hearts” in the book, Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. To order a book or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (to email click here; to phone 402-215-1693).

Church Board Meeting

Church Board will meet this coming Tuesday, September 10, at 7:00 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered there, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (email: click here, phone: 402-708-2730) or contact me (email: click here, phone: 402-517-5333).

Festival of the Laity is Next Week!

Beginning one week from today, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists will be hosting a special live, on-line training program (September 11-14, 2013).There are three ministry tracks available: Personal Ministries, Prison Ministries, and Sabbath School Ministries. These Internet-driven ministry development broadcasts can go directly to your computers, smartphones, androids, or iPhones. For more information click here or call 301-680-6430.

Just Walk Across the Room

There will be a few copies of the book Just Walk Across the Room, by Bill Hybels, available in the lobby for you to look through and borrow for a week – please be sure to bring them back. Our sermon series based on this book will begin in October. We encourage everyone to get a copy of this book and read it. It is available at most Christian Bookstores (Parables, Divine Truth), online, or we will provide you a copy for just $5. To order your copy contact Calvin Millet (email: click here; phone: 402-740-3242).

Elders Want to Serve You

The Elders of our church want to serve you. If you need someone to visit with you and to pray with you, call us. If you are unable to participate in a Communion Service and would like someone to stop by your home and have Communion with you, call us. If you (or someone you love and know) are in the hospital, let us know so we can visit. If you want someone to study with you and help you come closer to God, call us. Here is a list of our Church Elders along with a contact phone number – don’t hesitate to call us!

  • Steve Wilhelmsen (Head Elder): 402-733-7651
  • Arvid Barr: 402-624-2424
  • Carol Fennessy: 402-292-1333
  • Calvin Millet: 402-740-3242
  • Jeanette Sanders: 402-575-1708
  • John Stroman: 402-871-9764
  • Kalvin Tuel: 402-201-6370
  • Karen Yingst: 402-215-1693

Lippincott Family Updates from China

I received a new update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott last week about their experiences living in China. To access a PDF copy to read or download, click here.

Shield the Vulnerable – Protecting Our Children         

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Shield the Vulnerable to provide background checks and on-line education for all of us who work with our children. This helps to ensure that all who interact closely with our young people and are responsible for their safety have some training to help them recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. We are asking that all who work with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and Church Officers go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). The process will take about an hour of your time. Our goal is to have these finished by October 1, 2013. To access the instructions and information about this process, click here. For more information or for materials, contact Brittanie Lehman (email: click here; phone: 402-560-1424, please call after 5:00 pm)

Last Week’s Sermon Available

If you would like to download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, “To Be Like Jesus” click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of finishing taking photos and updating information for our updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

    • Pastor T’s Sermon Sabbath
    • The Mission of our Church
    • The Holy Spirit to fill and guide us

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This Week at Golden Hills, August 31, 2013

Web Master - Thursday, August 29, 2013

Death Again

This week has me thinking about death again. Not that I have a morbid fascination with death, it just keeps knocking on the door of people I know and love. By now, many of you know that Evelyn Mitchell died yesterday morning (for information about the memorial service see below). Evelyn is RoLayne’s and Sheralie’s mom.

As I have spent several hours together with the family these past few days the conversation, as it usually does at times like this, turned to memories. I did not know Evelyn well, and I don’t think she ever really figured out who I was – by the time I arrived here she was well along in the stages of Alzheimer’s.

But as I listened to her family share about her life it became obvious that she loved Jesus and committed her life to serving Him. She lived a full and adventurous life – making the best of many trials and challenges. She has a wonderful legacy in her family and beyond. While she will be sorely missed, she will live on in the lives she has helped mold – she has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people in many communities around the world.

Her death this week has really caused me to contemplate my life. I want my life to count for Jesus. I want other’s lives to be richer because they have rubbed shoulders with me. I want people to see Jesus in me – and be attracted to Him.

Last Sabbath my sermon was about eternity (if you want a printed copy of it, click here). Eternity is a long time – a gazillion, billion years is just like one grain of sand on all the sea shores of the world. The few years we live here can either help others get there or obscure it so they may miss out.

My life here should be less about being comfortable and happy and more about loving people in Jesus name. When Jesus came here, we had nothing to offer Him except the sinful mess we have made of our lives. He didn’t come here to get something from us, but to give us the chance to be with Him for eternity.

And as His people, He commands us to make that our mission as well. He said that if we are really following Him and loving Him we will follow in His footsteps. He made this point clear in the upper room on His last night with His disciples prior to His arrest and death.

 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35, NIV)

This was the legacy that Evelyn left. This is what I want to be known for. This is what I pray that our church will be known for. This is the only thing that will really make a difference in people’s lives for eternity.

Health Education Weekend

This coming weekend (Aug. 30 – Sept. 1) Health Educators from Gardens of Eden Valley (near Loveland, Colorado) will present a weekend seminar at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church. They will share information on Immune Boosters, Natural Remedies, and Vegetarian Cooking. The seminar sessions are:

  • Friday Evening at 7:00 pm (Aug. 30)
  • Sabbath at 11:00 am & 2:30 pm (Aug. 31)
  • Sunday at 9:00 am (Sept. 1)

Elders’ Meet and Pray Time

This Sabbath morning at 9:00 am in the Hearth Room, the Elders will meet to share and to pray. If there is something that you wish for us to pray about, please contact me (or any of the Elders).

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath my sermon title is “To Be Like Jesus”. A few passages you might consider this week are: John 13:34-35, John 14:10-21, 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:22-25, Philippians 2:1-13, and 1 John 4:7-21. The Desire of Ages, pages 667-668 also has some great thoughts.

Evelyn Mitchell’s Memorial Service

Many of you know by now that Evelyn Mitchell (RoLayne Wilhelmsen’s mother) died Tuesday morning around 4:45 am. There will be a memorial service for her at our church Sunday afternoon (Sept. 1) at 2:00 pm. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship and food in our Fellowship Hall. You are all invited.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. This week they will be discussing chapter 4, “The Green Eyed Monster” in the book, Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. To order a book or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (to email click here; to phone 402-215-1693).

Prayer Meeting Information

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of haystacks is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Next Wednesday (Sept. 4) we will explore Psalm 78. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Sound System Training Session

One week from Sabbath (Sept. 7) following our church potluck there will be a sound system training session take place in our Sanctuary. Who should attend?

  • Anyone who would like to help run the sound system in the future
  • Praise Team leaders who would like to be able to set up for a practice session
  • Anyone who is currently helping with the sound system

Contact Brandon Knutson, the head of our Audio Visual Team, for more information (email: click here; phone 402-740-5875).      

Festival of the Laity

The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists will be hosting a special live, on-line training program September 11-14, 2013.There are three ministry tracks available: Personal Ministries, Prison Ministries, and Sabbath School Ministries. Participate in these Internet-driven ministry development broadcasts going directly to your computers, smartphones, androids, iPhones, and Windows. For more information click here or call 301-680-6430.

Elders Want to Serve You

The Elders of our church want to serve you. If you need someone to visit with you and to pray with you, call us. If you are unable to participate in a Communion Service and would like someone to stop by your home and have Communion with you, call us. If you (or someone you love and know) are in the hospital, let us know so we can visit. If you want someone to study with you and help you come closer to God, call us. Here is a list of our Church Elders along with a contact phone number – don’t hesitate to call us!

  • Steve Wilhelmsen (Head Elder): 402-733-7651
  • Arvid Barr: 402-624-2424
  • Carol Fennessy: 402-292-1333
  • Calvin Millet: 402-740-3242
  • Jeanette Sanders: 402-575-1708
  • John Stroman: 402-871-9764
  • Kalvin Tuel: 402-201-6370
  • Karen Yingst: 402-215-1693

New Sermon Series Coming

We will soon be beginning a sermon series based on thoughts from the book Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels. We encourage everyone to get a copy of this book and read it as we prepare for this. It is available at most Christian Bookstores (Parables, Divine Truth), online, or we will provide you a copy for just $5. To order your copy contact Calvin Millet (email: click here; phone: 402-740-3242).

Lippincott Family Updates from China

I received a new update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott this past weekend about their experiences living in China. To access a PDF copy to read or download, click here.

Shield the Vulnerable – Protecting Our Children         

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Shield the Vulnerable to provide background checks and on-line education for all of us who work a with our children. This helps to ensure that all who interact closely with our young people and are responsible for their safety have some training to help them recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. We are asking that all who work with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and Church Officers go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). The process will take about an hour of your time. Our goal is to have these finished by October 1, 2013. To access the instructions and information about this process, click here.

Last Week’s Sermon Available

If you would like to download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, “A Gazillion Billions” click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of finishing taking photos and updating information for our updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Wilhelmsen Family
  • Amy Newman
  • Melody Burrows
  • Jeanette & Dave Wade
  • Andria Bethelmie & Family
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel
  • Filling of the Holy Spirit for our Church
    • Sabbath as we worship together
    • As we look for ways to make a difference in our community

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This Week at Golden Hills, August 24, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Ten Commandments are so Negative!

One of the things I hear occasionally is a complaint about the commandments – the Ten Commandments that is. They are so negative, so limiting. Why couldn’t God put them into a more positive framework?

Let’s think about that for a minute – what is more limiting; a negative command or a positive command? Which gives you more freedom? Don’t be hasty with your answer; think this through for a moment.

If I tell you that you cannot wear a white shirt, what does that imply about any other color? You’re right; you can wear any color shirt other than white. A negative command lets you know the specific thing you should not do. If I tell you that you must wear a white shirt, how many options do you have? That’s right, only a white shirt, or rebellion. So which gives you more freedom?

When the commandments say don’t do this, and don’t do that; rather than fencing you into a limited space, they are only keeping you out of certain pitfalls – picture a huge field with eight little areas fenced off to protect you from hurting yourself or others by falling into those holes.

Eight, yes I did say eight because only eight of the ten are written as negative commands; two of them are positive commands. These commands give us two important things that we must do. The first is commandment number four, “Remember the Sabbath …” and the other is commandment number five, “Honor your mother and your father …”

At first glance these may seem unrelated. But where is it that we first understand love? Where is it that we first learn to relate to authority? Where are our ideas of God first shaped? The answer to all these questions is in our home, by our parents. The command to honor our parents is teaching us to honor and submit to our loving Heavenly Father. The trust that we have in our parents transfers to our relationship to God, good or bad. This make being a parent pretty important as we realize that we stand in place of God for our young children and our love (or lack of it) will influence how they will relate to God as they grow older.

And “Remember the Sabbath …” – at first glance this seems so arbitrary. Why would God ask us to set aside our interests and take off work on the seventh-day and spend it with Him? Do you remember how Jesus answered when He was asked about the greatest commandment? He answered by quoting this Scripture:

“Love the Eternal One your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. “This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is nearly as important, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The rest of the law, and all the teachings of the prophets, are but variations on these themes. (Matthew 22:37-40, The Voice)

The Sabbath is the place where we stop and focus our attention on God; it is the place where we connect with God. Without this connection, it is impossible to love and honor God. The Sabbath is God’s gift of time to us so that we can have a weekly reminder of who He is (the Creator of the Universe and our Savior) and how much He loves us. And it is out of this connection that we receive the grace and power to love others as much as ourselves.

While it is true that we need to connect with God every day; it is also true that real depth in our relationship only comes as we spend regular, extended time with Jesus – and this is what the Sabbath gives us. Both of these “positive” commandments give us the path to connect with Jesus in a way that will really make a difference in our lives. It is showing us the way to success as a Christian, not by the work that we do, but by the connection with God that grows as we spend time with Him, allowing Him to put His agenda into our lives.

According to the Bible, the chief attraction of eternity is being with God. If we don’t enjoy spending time with Him now, what makes us think we will enjoy an eternity with Him? Get to know Him, use the time He has provided to spend time with Him – getting close to Him. You won’t regret it!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (August 21) we will explore Psalm 76. Next Wednesday (August 28) we will explore Psalm 77. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath my sermon title is “A Gazillion Billions!” and will focus on eternity – which is a long, long time! A few passages you might consider this week are: Psalm 23 & 103:8-18, Isaiah 11:1-9 & 65:17-25, John 3:16 & 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 5:1-15, 2 Peter 3:3-18, & Revelation 21:1 – 22:5.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. Their studies are based on the book, Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. To order a book or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (to email click here; to phone 402-215-1693).

MLT Meeting Tuesday Evening

MLT will meet this coming Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00 pm in the Hearth Room.

Health Education Weekend

Health Educators from Gardens of Eden Valley (near Loveland, Colorado) will present a weekend seminar at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church, August 30 – September 1. They will share information on Immune Boosters, Natural Remedies, and Vegetarian Cooking. The seminar sessions are

  • Friday Evening at 7:00 pm (Aug. 30)
  • Sabbath at 11:00 am & 2:30 pm (Aug. 31)
  • Sunday at 9:00 am (Sept. 1)

New Sermon Series Coming

We will soon be beginning a sermon series based on thoughts from the book “Just Walk Across the Room” by Bill Hybels. We encourage everyone to get a copy of this book and read it as we prepare for this. It is available at most Christian Bookstores (Parables, Divine Truth), online, or we will provide you a copy for just $5. To order your copy contact Calvin Millet (email: click here; phone: 402-740-3242).

Festival of the Laity

The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists will be hosting a special live, on-line training program September 11-14, 2013.There are three ministry tracks available: Personal Ministries, Prison Ministries, and Sabbath School Ministries. Participate in these Internet-driven ministry development broadcasts going directly to your computers, smartphones, androids, iPhones, and Windows. For more information click here or call 301-680-6430.

Church Directory

We are in the process of finishing taking photos and updating information for our updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Jeanette & Dave Wade
  • Andria Bethelmie & Family
  • Pastor T’s daughter’s friend, Dain, who fell and sustained an injury to his neck that has paralyzed him
  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel

This Week at Golden Hills, August 17, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Communion Sabbath

This Sabbath we will be celebrating the Communion Service at church – yes, the whole deal with foot washing and everything. I know, I probably should keep it a secret and just spring it on you when you get there – it seems there are many who stay away if they know about it in advance.

Perhaps it is uncomfortable to be reminded that we need God’s cleansing. Maybe we don’t like to be reminded that we are as dependent on Jesus for success as we are on food for life and energy. And this whole taking the position of a servant as we relate to others just like He did when He washed the disciples’ fee is an affront to our ego.

Maybe it is just that the service often tends to go a little bit (ok sometimes even a lot) longer than usual. And, it’s just so inconvenient to move to another room, take our shoes off and have someone else wash our feet. I understand, I don’t like people handling my feet and its embarrassing when sock lint sticks to my toenails and floats in the water. Peter didn’t like it either and told Jesus so.

Maybe we have been focusing on the wrong place. Perhaps we should look at Jesus and what He did for us rather than how it makes us feel. This service presents the entire gospel message in a simple, easy to understand package. It shows our need for cleansing along with Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and grace. It shows our purpose in living and tells us how we can live that way!

Don’t stay away just because it is a bit uncomfortable – join us and focus on all Jesus has to give you!

You might find it more meaningful if you spend a few minutes considering the original story found in Matthew 26:17-35; Mark 14:12-31; Luke 22:7-38; John 13; with some additional information found in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (August 14) we will explore Psalm 75. Next Wednesday (August 21) we will explore Psalm 76. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath we will celebrate Communion together. It is a beautiful service that reminds us of our purpose as Christians and the gift we have received that secures our salvation! You may want to review the story recorded in Matthew 26:17-35; Mark 14:12-31; Luke 22:7-38; John 13; with some additional information found in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

Pathfinders and Adventurers Begin Again!

This coming Monday evening, August 19, is Pathfinder Registration beginning at 6:30 pm at the Church. We appreciate those who give so much of their time to minister to our young people!  Pathfinders and Adventurers is a great program for our children up through elementary school. It is also a great place to bring their non-Adventist friends! For more information contact Kalvin Tuel (email: click here; phone 402-201-6370)

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. Currently their studies are based on the book, Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. To order a book or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (email: click here; phone 402-215-1693).

Church Board Meeting Tuesday Evening

Church Board will meet this coming Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 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 (email: click here, phone: 402-708-2730) or me (email: click here, phone: 402-517-5333).

Omaha Memorial Adventist School has Begun!

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is still accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year. Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information. For more information, click here.

Health Education Weekend

Health Educators from Gardens of Eden Valley (near Loveland, Colorado) will present a weekend seminar at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church, August 30 – September 1. They will share information on Immune Boosters, Natural Remedies, and Vegetarian Cooking. The seminar sessions are

  • Friday Evening at 7:00 pm (Aug. 30)
  • Sabbath at 11:00 am & 2:30 pm (Aug. 31)
  • Sunday at 9:00 am (Sept. 1)

Sabbath Sermon Series – “Can! Can Not!!”

To download or print a PDF copy of Part 1 (presented on July 20), click here; Part 2 (presented on August 3), click here, Biblical passages used to study this topic, click here, activities prohibited on the Sabbath by Jewish Rabbinical Law, click here.

Church Directory

We will soon finish the process of taking photos and updating information for our new Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Jerry (Mary Vogt’s Nephew) – He is having heart surgery today (Aug. 14)
  • Barbara Miller – from our Website Prayer Request Form
  • Filling of the Holy Spirit for our Church
    • Sabbath as we as we celebrate communion
    • Pathfinder/Adventurer Clubs as they get started again
    • Next Tuesday as our board meets
    • A week from Tuesday as the MLT meets

This Week at Golden Hills, August 10, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, August 07, 2013

“A Rocky Mountain High is Nothing Compared to …”

These thoughts were written last week as Pat and I enjoyed some vacation time with Pat’s brother’s family at their family cabin high in the mountains of Colorado.

As I write this, Pat and I are enjoying some time at her family's cabin near Leadville, Colorado. The elevation here is 10,127 feet. The oxygen is precious and sometime seems hard to find.

There are seven lakes here, some natural and some man-made, connected with little streams. Up above the first lake is a series of beaver dams. In every direction are beautiful evergreen forests.

When we walk down the road from the cabin a few hundred feet we come to the shore of Morton Lake. Looking west we can see the Continental Divide with some of the tallest mountains in Colorado – the tallest mountains in the lower 48. Early in the morning when the lake is still, we can see an almost perfect reflection of the mountains and their forested slopes in the lake. In the evening we often see the reflection of a spectacular mountain sunset.

I can hardly imagine a more beautiful place. I have seen places of equal beauty in the San Juan Islands of Washington, the coast of Maine, the jungles of Central America, and the fjords of Norway - just to mention a few.

Even considering the effects of several thousand years of sin, there are places on this earth that just take your breath away! Imagine what it was like back when it was perfect – before sin started ruining it. And what it will be again when God restores things to how it really should be.

We are told that:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT)

As good as we can imagine it, we aren’t even getting close. And the best part – we will get to enjoy it with our friend, Jesus, forever!

No Prayer Meeting Tonight

We will not have supper or Prayer Meeting tonight (August 7). Next Wednesday (August 14) we will explore Psalm 75.

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath Arvid Barr will present our Sermon and shares a personal experience and some thoughts titled “Regrets”. The Scripture passages he will be referencing are: 2 Corinthians 7:10; Genesis 6:6-7; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 7:15; Philippians 4:7; Psalms 86:5 & 103:3; & Luke 6:36.

Church Picnic

This Sabbath evening we will host a picnic here at the church. It begins at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will provide hamburgers and hotdogs. Please join us with your family and bring your favorite side dish to share.

Sermon Series Copies - "Can! Can Not!!"

Some have asked to have copies of my sermons on the Sabbath titled “Can! Can Not!!” – To download or print a PDF copy of:  

  • Part 1 (presented on July 20), click here
  • Part 2 (presented on August 3), click here
  • Biblical Passages used to study this topic, click here
  • Activities prohibited on the Sabbath by Jewish Rabbinical Law, click here

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. This coming Tuesday (August 13) they will begin a new series based on the book, Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. To order a book or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (to email click here; to phone 402-215-1693).

Church Board Meeting Postponed

Church Board has been postponed a week. It will meet one week from this coming Tuesday (August 20) at 7:00 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 (email: click here, phone: 402-708-2730) or me (email: click here, phone: 402-517-5333).

Thank You from the Klesh Family

Thank you to everyone at the Golden Hills Church for their faithfulness during the past two years. We will never forget your love, your prayers, and your support. – Gus, Judy, & Kevin Klesh

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

School starts soon! Omaha Memorial Adventist School is still accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Arvid Barr – as he finishes preparing his sermon for Sabbath
  • Jerry (Mary Vogt’s Nephew) – He will be having heart surgery on August 14
  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • Klesh Family – Judy’s broken hand and Kevin’s shoulder surgery
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel

This Week at Golden Hills, August 3, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Gateway to the Kingdom

Several days ago (July 21), I was reading the daily selection from the little book My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. I have gone back to this reading several times. I was so moved and blessed by it that I want to share it with you. It is titled “The Gateway to the Kingdom” and is based on Matthew 5:3 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

Beware of placing Our Lord as a Teacher first. If Jesus Christ is a Teacher only, then all He can do is to tantalize me by erecting a standard I cannot attain. What is the use of presenting me with an ideal I cannot possibly come near? I am happier without knowing it. What is the good of telling me to be what I never can be—to be pure in heart, to do more than my duty, to be perfectly devoted to God? I must know Jesus Christ as Saviour before His teaching has any meaning for me other than that of an ideal which leads to despair. But when I am born again of the Spirit of God, I know that Jesus Christ did not come to teach only: He came to make me what He teaches I should be. The Redemption means that Jesus Christ can put into any man the disposition that ruled His own life, and all the standards God gives are based on that disposition.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount produces despair in the natural man—the very thing Jesus means it to do. As long as we have a self-righteous, conceited notion that we can carry out Our Lord’s teaching, God will allow us to go on until we break our ignorance over some obstacle, then we are willing to come to Him as paupers and receive from Him. “Blessed are the paupers in spirit,” that is the first principle in the kingdom of God. The bedrock in Jesus Christ’s kingdom is poverty, not possession; not decisions for Jesus Christ, but a sense of absolute futility—“I cannot begin to do it.” Then Jesus says—“Blessed are you.” That is the entrance, and it does take us a long while to believe we are poor! The knowledge of our own poverty brings us on to the moral frontier where Jesus Christ works.

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 31) we will explore Psalm 74. Next Wednesday (August 7) we will not meet. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath I will conclude my thoughts on the Sabbath in a sermon titled “Can! Can Not!! – Part 2”.  We will focus on keeping the Sabbath in such a way that we honor and connect with God. The main Scriptures we will explore are Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Isaiah 58; Matthew 11:28-30; and Mark 2:27-28.

To download or print a PDF copy of “Can, Can Not!! – Part 1” that was presented July 20, click here. To access the website referred to regarding the activities prohibited on the Sabbath by Jewish Rabbinical Law, click here.

Potluck after Church this Sabbath

This Sabbath we will host a Potluck after Church in the Fellowship Hall. If you are 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! For more information contact Hope by phone at 402-292-8280 or by email by clicking here.

Pat and I at Minister’s Meetings

Pat and I will be out of town at Minister’s Meetings next week leaving Monday (August 5) and returning Thursday evening (August 8). For any church business or personal emergencies don’t hesitate to contact Steve Wilhelmsen, our Head Elder. You may reach him by email (click here) or phone (402-708-2730).

No Tuesday Evening Ladies Group This Week

Our ladies group will not meet this next Tuesday (August 6), most everyone is gone for some reason – vacations, etc. Next Tuesday evening (August 13) they will be beginning a new series based on the book Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. Books are $8 each. To order one for you or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (email click here; phone 402-215-1693).

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • The Lippincott Family – as they minister in China
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel
  • Kevin Klesh

This Week at Golden Hills, July 27, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Benevolence Funds

You may or may not know that we as a church get numerous requests for assistance – these are hard times financially. While we do have some regular funds that are set aside for this work, the needs almost always exceed the money we have available and we often times have to say “no” due to the lack of funds.  

Helping those around us is an important part of what we as Christians are called to do. It was what Jesus did –many times He met the physical needs before approaching the spiritual ones. The early Christian Church was known for the loving way they cared for the poor and disadvantaged among them.

It has been that way through the centuries. The church has been most effective in spreading the gospel when it has been accompanied by the attitude of generously loving and caring for their neighbors.

This past week, a family in our church donated an extra $400 to meet some specific needs for two families that we, as a church, have been helping. They wondered if sharing the information might be an inspiration to others to share as well.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of us as we are able gave even an extra $5, $10, $25, or even more a month to our church’s benevolence funds for us to use in helping others? (I say extra, because we would not want you to stop giving to the things you are already generously supporting, it is all important!)  And then, look for ways to get personally involved helping others.

God calls us as His people to love those around us the same way He loves us (John 13:34-35). And, He tells us that this love is what will identify us as His people. He has set the standard of love high! Wouldn’t it be great if we, as a church, were known all throughout the Omaha area as the church who loves like Jesus did?

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 24) we will explore Psalm 73. Next Wednesday (July 31) we will explore Psalm 74. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Pat and I on Vacation

Pat and I will be on vacation for a week beginning tomorrow (July 25). We will be back in town and available on Thursday, August 1. For any church business or personal emergencies don’t hesitate to contact Steve Wilhelmsen, our Head Elder. You may reach him by email (click here) or phone (402-708-2730).

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

Elders’ Meet and Pray Time

This Sabbath morning at 9:00 am in the Hearth Room, the Elders will meet to share and to pray. If there is something that you wish for us to pray about, please contact me (or any of the Elders).

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

John Stroman will present our sermon this Sabbath. He shares this: "When our spiritual life starts to become a little dry and lifeless, we can begin to find answers by asking ourselves the question found in the message title for this Sabbath:  What Do You Do With A Norwegian Blue?  As we explore this question, we will begin to see the importance in our lives of Ezekiel 37 (gotta' love 'dem bones!).

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They will be beginning a new series in a couple of weeks (August 13) based on the book Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. Books are $8 each. To order one for you or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (email click here; phone 402-215-1693).

Activities Prohibited on the Sabbath by Jewish Rabbinical Law

Here is a link to the article that I referenced last week explaining the Jewish Rabbinical Laws regarding what activities are prohibited on the Sabbath. As you read this, please keep in mind that Jesus deliberately and publically broke many of these in an effort to help them understand the true nature of Sabbath. I do not present this in any way as something we as Seventh-day Adventist Christians should follow, only to help us understand a bit better the culture that Jesus was dealing with and where legalistic Sabbath keeping originated. To access the link, click here.

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Sympathy Cards for Chris Klesh’s Family

To view or download a PDF copy of the Life Sketch read at Chris’ Memorial Service, click here. It’s not too late if you still would like to send a sympathy card or letter to Chris Klesh’s folks, Judy and Gus Klesh. Their address is 6056 330th Lane, Rushville, NE 69360. Judy’s cell phone number is 402-540-0705 if you would prefer to give her a call. 

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in service to our community
  • Arcelia Gomez – as she heads to Florida to be the assistant girl’s dean for this coming school year
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel
  • Kevin Klesh

This Week at Golden Hills, July 20, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Promise of Sabbath

It is interesting to me that the Bible does not give very many rules as to what we should do or not do on the Sabbath. The commandment tells us that we should not work (Exodus 20:8-11). Isaiah 58 tells us it is not for our own pleasure but for God’s glory. Lots of passages tell us to honor the Sabbath and that it is sign between us and our God – of our allegiance to Him. But there are very few specifics on how to keep it. Why is that?

If you know that someone loves you unconditionally it is not hard to spend time in their presence. As we learn to love them back, it is natural to incorporate them into every part of our lives. Relationships thrive in freedom, within certain boundaries of course – those boundaries we call the Ten Commandments. If God is important to us, accepting His invitation into His day of special fellowship, setting aside our everyday concerns and enterprises to focus on Him, will be natural and enjoyable. It will not need a list of acceptable and non-acceptable things for us to do.

If God doesn’t mean anything to us, it doesn’t really matter what we do with the Sabbath. It would be like going on a date with someone you don’t like – you would be counting down the minutes till it is over.

Here the beautiful thing about the Sabbath. As we spend time connecting with God, we shall start to reflect Him. God’s says this about those people who come to Him, those who connect with Him:

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:19-20, TNIV)

About those people, God also says:

“… I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people … I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34, TNIV)

This is what Sabbath is all about. This is what makes it a delight. It is about connecting with a God:

  • Who loves us more than His own life and comfort
  • Who is the best Friend anyone could ever have.
  • Who knows how badly we have failed at loving others, how selfish we are, how poorly we have worshiped – and still loves us!
  • Who is willing to forgive us and has the power to make us into the people He wants us to be.

Consider this promise about making the Sabbath a delight found in Isaiah 58:

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words Then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”  For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 58:13-14, TNIV)

These are words you can count on!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 17) we will explore Psalm 72. Next Wednesday (July 24) we will explore Psalm 73. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath my sermon will be titled “Can! Can Not!!” and will focus on how God wants us to keep the Sabbath. If you want to read ahead and give this some personal study, consider these verses: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Exodus 23:12; Isaiah 56:1-8; Isaiah 58; Isaiah 66:22-23; Mark 2:27-28; and Romans 14:1-10.

Joe Melashenko's Memorial Service

Elder Joseph Melashenko passed away June 23 at the age of 91.  His five sons (Lonnie, Joedy, Dallas, Eugene and Rudy) will gather with their families and grand-children for a highly spiritual "Time to Remember" featuring lots of music and inspiration this Sunday (July 21) at 6:00 pm (CDT). To access the web site for streaming video click here. Or, you may go to Lonnie's web site for additional information by clicking here.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Lippincott Family Updates from China

I have received a couple of updates from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their experiences living in China. To access a PDF copy to read or download, click here.

Sympathy Cards for Chris Klesh’s Family

Chris’ Memorial Service was held last Sunday. If you would like to send a sympathy card or letter to his folks, Judy and Gus Klesh, their address is 6056 330th Lane, Rushville, NE 69360. Judy’s cell phone number is 402-540-0705 if you would like to give her a call.  

Writers Wanted

This is an invitation from The North American Division Department of Family Ministries to take part in a first-ever parenting devotional focusing on parenting issues concerning children aged 0 - 7 years.  A special emphasis is being placed on the development of parenting resources and this is an additional piece that you may be a part of. There are plans to make it the devotional book of the year for 2015. Obviously, a great deal of work needs to be done beforehand in order to make that a reality.

You may view and download a PDF copy of the writer’s guidelines by clicking here. If you have questions email Karen Pearson (the editor) or Pamela Consuegra (Associate Director for Family Ministries at the NAD). They need to collect 365 devotionals, therefore, they are accepting multiple submissions from each individual willing to participate and the deadline for submissions is August 30, 2013.

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year. Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel

This Week at Golden Hills, July 13, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On Death and Dying

Here I am writing about death and dying again. It’s on my mind this week. Mike Newman died recently, John Stroman’s mom and uncle died in the past couple of weeks. Last Sunday Jerine Deemers died. And yesterday Chris Klesh died.

Dying is as much a part of our life here as anything. Living on this planet has a mortality rate that essentially hovers right at 100% (Enoch and Elijah escaped this world not having experienced death so it is a slight fraction less than 100% - a mere technicality I know).

As my parents get older and since I have broken into the 60s, the reality of it comes closer. Of course we never know when our time is up; it could be later today for me for all I know.

All these thoughts of mortality could really get a person down, if it were not for the promises of the Bible. Jesus seems to look at death a bit differently than we do. To Him the death we experience here is just temporary – He called it sleeping. At His second coming, Jesus will “wake up” His people to an eternity of life as He originally designed it to be - free of fear, pain, suffering, and death!

This is why Jesus could say to Martha, as they were talking together before He raised Lazarus from the dead:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26, NIV)

Paul also talks about this in his first letter to the Thessalonians:

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NIV)

As we experience the death of those we love, and as we consider our own mortality we must remember that this life is not the end. What seems like the end to us here is in reality just the beginning! Death is just a brief “sleep” that we will wake up from as God calls us into eternity with Him! To me, one of the most beautiful promises is found in Jesus words recorded by the Apostle John:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14:1-3, NLT)

Every dark cloud has a bright side; it is always the side that faces the sun. For those of us who live our lives facing the Son, these promises of eternity are the bright side of the dark cloud we call death. I know that all these people who died will be greatly missed by those who loved them. But while we grieve for them and miss them, we have a great eternity to look forward to!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 10) we will explore Psalm 71. Next Wednesday (July 17) we will explore Psalm 72. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath Karen Yingst will present our sermon. It is titled “The Encounter” and shares some thoughts based on the story of the Woman at the Well found in John 4.

Mike Newman’s Memorial Service

There will be a Memorial Service for Mike Newman at our church this Sabbath afternoon (July 13) at 3:30 pm. There will be a light supper following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Christmas in July

This Sabbath evening (July 13) we will enjoy fellowship together as we celebrate Christmas in July. It will begin at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite Christmas dessert to share. For more information contact Hope by phone at 402-292-8280 or by email by clicking here.

Chris Klesh Memorial Service

Chris died yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) at around 1:00 pm. There will be a memorial service for him this coming Sunday morning (July 14) at 10:00 am in the Heritage Room of the College View SDA Church (4801 Prescott Ave. Lincoln, NE 68506). If you would like to send a card or letter to his folks, Judy and Gus, the best place to send it is their home (6056 330th Lane, Rushville, NE 69360). If you wish to call and talk to Judy her cell phone number is 402-540-0705.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Writers Wanted

This is an invitation from The North American Division Department of Family Ministries to take part in a first-ever parenting devotional focusing on parenting issues concerning children aged 0 - 7 years.  A special emphasis is being placed on the development of parenting resources and this is an additional piece that you may be a part of. There are plans to make it the devotional book of the year for 2015. Obviously, a great deal of work needs to be done beforehand in order to make that a reality.

You may view and download a copy of the writer’s guidelines by clicking here. If you have questions email Karen Pearson (the editor) or Pamela Consuegra (Associate Director for Family Ministries at the NAD). They need to collect 365 devotionals, therefore, they are accepting multiple submissions from each individual willing to participate and the deadline for submissions is August 30, 2013.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Amy Newman
  • Chris Klesh’s family – See note above
  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • The Panker Family – Housing and work arrangements (this is a family that Steve Hasse is working with)
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel

 

This Week at Golden Hills, July 6, 2013

Web Master - Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Cost of Freedom

Today is the 4th of July! In some ways it is a bit ironic that we celebrate an event that cost so many people their lives with things that reflect comfort, indulgence, and relative wealth. For most it is a day to have fun rather than a day for remembering and appreciating the costly sacrifices made in our behalf. It is so easy for most of us to take our freedom for granted. 

This is especially true in a spiritual sense. We take the gift if freedom from sin for granted. Because sin has become so familiar that we don’t realize how evil and destructive it is – and how much we need to be rescued; we often fail to consider what our freedom cost God and as a result don't really appreciate His sacrifice and gift. 

The Old Testament clearly presents the cost of our salvation in the prophecy of Jesus’ suffering found in Isaiah 53. By comparing the life and death of Jesus with this passage we find compelling evidence that Jesus was in fact the Messiah. Consider these selections (quoted from The Voice, a new Bible translation that uses our current English):

So he was despised and forsaken by men … it was our suffering he carried … he was hurt because of us … Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him … the injuries he suffered became our healing. We all have wandered off, like shepherdless sheep, scattered by our aimless striving and endless pursuits; The Eternal One laid on him, this silent sufferer, the sins of us all … They snuffed out his life.  And when he was dead, he was buried with the disgraced in borrowed space (among the rich), Even though he did no wrong by word or deed.

… God says, “My just servant will justify countless others by taking on their punishment and bearing it away … he took on himself the sin of many and acted on behalf of those who broke My law.” (Isaiah 53:1-12, The Voice)

Paul tells us that: 

At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:6-10, NIV)

Today, as we celebrate freedom, let us pause to remember the cost (countless lives sacrificed). And let us especially remember the Sacrifice of God. We must never forget what Jesus endured to provide us the gift of freedom from sin; for now, and forever!

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath’s my sermon is titled “The Cost of Freedom” and is based on Isaiah 53, John 8:31-36, John 14:5-7, Romans 5:1-11, and Romans 8:1-4.

Potluck after Church this Sabbath

This Sabbath we will host a Potluck after Church in the Fellowship Hall. If you are 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! For more information contact Hope by phone at 402-292-8280 or by email by clicking here.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Church Board Meeting

Church Board will meet this coming Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered there, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (email: click here, phone: 402-708-2730) or contact me (email: click here, phone: 402-517-5333).

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Next Wednesday (July 10) we will explore Psalm 71.

Mike Newman’s Memorial Service

There will be a Memorial Service for Mike Newman at our church in a week and a half some time on Sabbath Afternoon, July 13. There will be more details coming as we get closer.

Chris Klesh Update

Chris is in the hospital again and is expected to be there for a couple of months while they try to get his pressure sores to heal. He is in danger of losing his toes or feet also. He is a bit discouraged and I know would love to receive some encouraging communications. Mail is better than a phone call, but I have included the number to his hospital room in case you feel impressed by God’s Spirit to call. His mailing address is: Chris Klesh, Room 129, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, 555 So. 70th, Lincoln, NE 68510. The phone number there is 402-219-8129.  

Omaha Memorial Adventist School Information

The Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Amy Newman – As she continue to get things in order following Mike’s death (see above)
  • Chris Klesh and his family – See note above