GOLDEN HILLS SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

The history of Golden Hills SDA Church has its beginning in the late 1970’s when a group of 50 believers attending the Omaha Memorial Church, a congregation in north Omaha, who felt God leading them to plant a church to reach out to the Air Force population in Bellevue NE.

By 1977 they began a building program and the next year they purchased the property that the church is built on. Constriction of the building began in mid-April of 1979 and the Grand Opening was held on December 8, 1979. The mortgage was paid off in 1986 and the church was dedicated on October 25 of that year.

In 1996 a school building was constructed to house the budding church school that had been meeting in one of the classrooms in the church. Unfortunately in 2006, after the church faced some difficult challenges, the school ceased to operate; and in 2009 it was voted to officially close. However, we are still optimistic that as we grow we will be able to provide a place for Christian Education to flourish.

Today, Golden Hills is a growing congregation of over 100 active members, which allows us to maintain a small “family feel” while being big enough to offer significant opportunities for service. We hope to maintain this balance as God blesses us with new members. We have lots of young families as well as more “experienced” believers who participate in weekly worship services which blend both contemporary and traditional worship styles.

We seek to foster relationships through social activities, such as campouts and our annual Crazy Bowling night, as well as encouraging each other to take a community spirit with us when we leave 4 walls of the church so our ability to develop strong relationships isn’t dependant on church functions.

We also place an emphasis on community outreach through seminars and collections taken for organizations such as Open Door Mission, various food pantries, ADRA, and our local women’s shelter.

Above all else we strive to provide a friendly worship environment that seeks to introduce people to God and share His love with the world through preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and providing opportunities to serve Him and discover the plans He has for your life. We hope you will join us for worship Saturday mornings. View our service times



Church History 

Summarized from Bonnie Bodnar’s notes and clippings.

March 10, 1973 – Group of Omaha church members met about organizing a Bellevue SDA Church—Several SDA Air Force families and a number of older church members lived in the Bellevue area. Pastor A. C. Becker and Assistant Pastor Melvin Fisher

March 17, 1973 - First worship service in the Free Methodist Church on the corner of Lloyd and Betz Streets—All the Sabbath school departments were already functioning that first week.

March 24, 1973 – This new group approved a full slate of officers.

July 21, 1973 -     First Communion service was held.

August 4, 1973 – 50 charter members accepted by the Nebraska Conference as an organized church

                                    Pastors:  Dr. Leonard Westphal with Darrell Holtz, Jr., John Roeske,

                                    Interns:  Jim Chilson and Mike Preas

                                    Charter Members:


Armstrong, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford 
Hadfield, Mr. & Mrs. William 
Olson, Dawn 
Armstrong, Robert 
Iske, Gary 
Parker, Mr. & Mrs. Gary 
Bodnar, Mr. & Mrs. Louie   Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Victor 
Rowe, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne 
Brabec, Mrs. Florence 
Johnson, Duane 
Schwarz, Bryan  
Brandt, Mrs. Florence 
Kissel, Mr. & Mrs. David 
Schwarz, Douglas 
 
Brandt, Bernard 
Larkins, Jan 
Sutter, Mr. & Mrs. Earl 
 
Broeder, Mrs. Byron 
Lee, Homer 
Sutter, Mr. & Mrs. Jim 
 
Cosentino, Thomas 
McNeal, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald 
Swain, Mr. & Mrs. Tom 
Dennis, Mr. & Mrs. Julius   McNeal, Scott 
Warren, Mrs. Lois 
Edwards, Mrs. Charlene   McNeal, Rick 
Whitehill, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald 
Fisher, Pastor & Mrs. Melvin 
Olson, Mr. & Mrs. Dale 
Workman, Mr. & Mrs. Alva 


August, 1977 – Celebration of 4 years as an organized church.  Church membership nearly doubled and had already moved to the St. James Methodist Church on 1501 Franklin St. for the increased space it afforded.

Wayne Rowe, a charter member and Bellevue builder, was instrumental in the early building fund program with the building campaign carried out under Delmas Carter.

Two lots were purchased in Highland Estates at 60th and Highway 370. Bids for building on this site proved too costly & neighbors opposed a church. Barbara Lupton along with others began an intensive search for another location.

August 11, 1978 – Voted to purchase 2.64 acre plot at the corner of 30th & Golden Boulevard for $12,000 and to sell the original lots on 60th Street.

November 14, 1978 Ground breaking for the church building—designed by Mr. Ashley Meriwether, an architect who was now attending this church.  (He called it “the greatest work of his life.”)  Conference, union, and community dignitaries, as well as friends joined the 100-member congregation and friends for this ceremony.


Mid-April 1979 –

Construction began under the leadership of Pastor Murray Long, who had a background in construction.  Much of the work was volunteered by church members and Pastor Long.  

 


Notable were:

Cliff Armstrong—supervised foundation and block work as well as the fireplace in the Youth Room.  (Soon after the church was built, he succumbed to the cancer, which had been diagnosed during the church construction.)


A large 4th of July crew raised the trusses for the Sabbath School and Fellowship Hall wing with the help of a man with a crane who was also willing to work on the holiday.

                                    




Conference personnel helped one day to move & level dirt.

Louie Bodnar was always available for tractor work.


Byron Broeder, Louie Bodnar, Dale Olson, and G.R. Ernest did some of the carpentry work and put the plywood on the roof.


         

              

Enos Sandoval & son Mel from the Lexington, NE church volunteered to lay the brick—a six-week job.

                                    



Al Workman was always available for heavy work.

Carole Broeder with her committee of Patsy and Ron Whitehill and Florence Brabec planned the color schemes and interior decorating.

                                    


Dale Olson negotiated with Nebraska Furniture Mart for the carpeting.


                                    

Thelma Workman, Bonnie Bodnar, the Bodnar children at times, and Beulah Sutter along with other ladies did the clean-up as well as most of the staining, varnishing, and painting; often this also included providing meals for others working. 


Bonnie Bodner doing finishing work.


Jim, Earl and Beulah Sutter and Doub Schwarz in the youth room.

Emil Nath, not a member at the time, helped with painting and wherever needed.

Jim and Earl Sutter developed the public address system, including the construction of the console box for the controls as well as building the cabinets and shelves in the Youth Room.                        

Visitors, as well as members from the Omaha church also lent a hand.


July 18, 1979 -   Two other denominations in the Bellevue area were concurrently involved in construction—an addition was under way for the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit and the Immanuel Lutheran Church was being built.


October 27, 1979 – Moved into the 9,200 square-foot church with a seating capacity of 200, though some work still needed to be done.

Mrs. Rowe gave the baby grand piano to the new church.

December 8, 1979 – Grand opening service – six years after organizing.

Attendees included:  Nebraska Conference personnel:

H. H. Voss, president

N. K. Harvey, secretary-treasure

W. R. Howard, trust services director

Bellevue City Council president Russ Thompson

St. James Methodist church pastor, Al Smith

Cost:  approximately $300,000 (included the furnishings and equipment)

$100,000 borrowed from the Conference Revolving Fund

$200,000 raised during the previous six years 

(About 1/3 of this came from the Conference.)   

(One member sold a car and donated the money to the fund.)


August 24, 1981 – Church school opened with 9 children, using one of the Sabbath School rooms in the church for a classroom, refinished desks purchased from the public school system, and other items donated by parents and church members.

                                    


Mrs. Ruby Higby taught that first year.

Miss Cathy Hooten followed her for several years.

October 25, 1986 – Church dedication after the mortgage had been paid off earlier that month.

                                  Pastor Curtiss and Minnie Dale served our church until they retired in 1995.

                                  Five air force persons were baptized this year.

May 2, 1987 – Dedication of the church organ

1995                Voted to build a separate school because the enrollment had increased to 21 and then to 30.

                        Pastor Milton and Sherry Perry followed the Dales until 1999, when Rick and Cheryl New arrived.

1996                Separate 5,257 square-foot elementary school complex constructed and consecrated

2001                Major renovation of the church sanctuary—approximately 40 volunteers helped.


                                    Drywall and ceiling insulation needed to be replaced.

 Installing new insulation




Sound system was replaced with the wiring enclosed in the new ceiling.

First meeting back in the sanctuary. 


Thirty of the cottonwood trees on the hill east of the church were removed because many were dying.  These were replaced by 7 evergreens, which were  sponsored by a number of members in honor of people special to them.

September 22, 2001—Rededication of the sanctuary and an international fellowship dinner

2004                Branch Sabbath School established in the Millard area.

July 2004         Loan on the school building paid off.

April 2005      Celebration of 25th Church Anniversary

– Membership nearly 250;

Rick and Cheryl New left and Ben and Sylvia Orian took their place.

School mortgage burning celebrated at this time.


 Bellevue Mayor Jerry Ryan commended the congregation for its community service—the servicemen, the school, the food pantry, during tornadoes


Charter Members still attending:

         

        McNeal, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald        Sutter, Mr. & Mrs. Jim 

                                  Sutter, Mr. & Mrs. Earl   Bodnar, Mr. & Mrs. Louie 

                                                                    


April 2010       Jeff Eitel and Louie Bodnar with help from six additional volunteers replaced the deteriorating old brick and wooden church sign with a lighted one and lettering that can be changed weekly.

2011                Pastor Seth Pierce asked for the postponed remodeling project to move forward.

Anita St. Onge supervised the project that was accomplished in just under 3weeks—2 week-ends.  During that time the carpet was replaced throughout—wherever there had been carpeting previously.  The walls were painted or wallpaper put up.  We met in the fellowship hall as previously for the Sabbath services.

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 15, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Death of Death!

In our church family, we have seen our share of death and suffering.

We lost Ed Ziegler and Patsy Whitehill, both members of our congregation. Judy lost both her mom and dad. Danny lost his dad, Rita has lost cousins and uncles, Arvid lost his sister, Tammy lost her mom, and I lost my dad. And, it looks like Elma will soon lose her mom.

And this is just in the past year!

As we look beyond immediate family and to tragedies other than death, we have seen debilitating accidents, crippling disease, and crushing circumstances.

While suffering and death are a natural part of living here on this earth, it was never intended to be a part of our lives – it was not in God’s original plan.

Our life here is terminal. Until Jesus comes, death will continue to cause pain and sorrow.

But, it won’t be like this forever. When Jesus was taken back to Heaven following His death and resurrection, the disciples were told:

“Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:11, NLT)

And following His return, His promise is that:

“… 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 21:4, NLT)

The longer I live, the more I look forward to the death of death! (See Revelation 20:11-15)

I look forward to living with Jesus and the Father for eternity the way life was intended to be lived. Until then, I hang on to Jesus and His promises; especially where He said:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, NIV)

And when He said:

“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)

Member Update: Lars Martinsen

Lars Martinsen, Pastor T’s father, passed away peacefully at home last Sunday (Apr. 9). There will be a memorial service at the Golden Hills Church on Sabbath Afternoon (Apr. 15) at 4:00 pm. (Click here if you need a map.) There will be a light supper following the service. Y’all are invited.

“Which Bible Translation is Best?”—Part 2: Word-for-Word Bibles

Bible Gateway has many free online Bibles that lean toward word-for-word (formal equivalence) translation—those that hew as closely as possible to the wording and grammatical structure of the original biblical text. Here are a few prominent ones that would make a fine starting point for anyone looking for this kind of Bible reading experience … (to read more, click here.

Calendar Events

Our annual Easter/Passover Season Friday Evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will be held this Friday evening, beginning at 6:45 pm in the lobby of the church and then moving into the Fellowship Hall.

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend is this weekend (Apr. 15-15) at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. The theme this year is “Reconnect”.

Sunset this Friday – 8:02 pm

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Prayer Time: 9:15 am in the Pastor’s Study for anyone who would like to pray for our services and for the effectiveness of our church in loving people for Jesus!
    • Sabbath School:
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the Holy Spirit using the book The Coming Oil Crisis by Ivor Myers (Hearth Room, 10:00 am – There are books available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet, click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service – This Sabbath, we will enjoy our annual Easter Musical Program.

Lars Martinsen Memorial, 4:00 pm this Sabbath Afternoon here at the Church. A light supper will be served following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 17) 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 for a PDF copy of the 2016-2017 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here for a PDF copy of the 2016-2017 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 18) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We are studying the New Testament book of James. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Platte Valley Homecoming, 2017: All alumni, family and friends of Platte Valley Academy are invited to join us for Homecoming 2017 celebrations, April 21-23, in Lincoln at College View Academy. You are also invited to the Platte Valley Academy Homecoming Fellowship Lunch on Sabbath, April 22, in the College View Academy Gymnasium. Please help us welcome our out-of-town alumni by furnishing a variety of salads, desserts and sandwiches. For attending families of 1-3 members, please bring 1-3 large items. Families of 4 or more members, please bring 4 large items. Details regarding the weekend can be found at www.plattevalleyalumni.com/. Thank you.

Women’s Ministries Paint & Sip: You’re invited to Women’s Ministries “paint & sip” on Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 pm. Bring a coffee mug or tea cup as we’ll be sipping hot tea and trying to point out our favorite Bible verse. Please let Elizabeth know by April 22 if you are planning to attend. For more information, contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Supplies for Project Harmony & the Veterans’ Home: We have an on-going project to assist Project Harmony (provides help for children who have had to be removed from their homes under less than favorable circumstances) and residents of Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Their needs are attached on a list we will regularly update – click here to see the list. As you shop during the month we ask you to consider purchasing some of the items on this list to donate.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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  2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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.

Church App Available: We are testing out a phone app for our church. It is available for most Smart Phones and Tablets. Click here to download the app. One you have installed it on your device, type “Golden Hills Church” into the search feature and our app should appear. From the app you can access the church calendar, our weekly blogs, on-line giving, and more. Let us know what you think.

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.

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.

Eye Tip (Courtesy of Christian Record Services for the Blind)

Apply Now for the Anne Lowe Scholarship: Do you know a young adult who is preparing for college or is a returning college student? The Anne Lowe Scholarship, offered by Christian Record Services, Inc., is awarded for the purpose of furthering educational pursuits of people who are legally blind who meet the following criteria:

·         United States citizen

·         Undergraduate studies

·         Attending accredited college or university in the United States

·         Full-time student

·         Minimum 2.0 GPA

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, June 15, 2017. For more information and to apply online, visit the Anne Lowe Scholarship website by clicking 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.)
    • Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber & Gary Wilson (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family) – click here for updates and to contribute towards his medical expenses.
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Heather Boulais (UC Student), Melodie Burrows, Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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The Results

Web Master - Saturday, June 11, 2011










Installing new carpet

Web Master - Friday, June 03, 2011











Painting

Web Master - Wednesday, June 01, 2011

















Church in the Fellowship Hall

Web Master - Saturday, May 28, 2011










Day #3

Web Master - Tuesday, May 24, 2011






Day #1

Web Master - Sunday, May 22, 2011

Taking the front trim. 


Packing up the sound booth. 


Pews have to be unbolted for the movers to move them out of the sanctuary.

The Great 2011 Remodel!

Web Master - Sunday, May 22, 2011
Starting May 22 we will begin our remodel project and it will run through June 10 at the latest. Services will be held in the Fellowship Hall, so please plan accordingly! Contact Anita St. Onge if you need more details. 

July 30, 2011 - Pastor Seth Pierce and family (Angela, Madeline, and Chloe) had his final church service at Golden Hills, which included a baptism, before taking up his new pastoral position in Puyallup, Washington.

November 5, 2011 – Pastor Thure Martinsen with his wife, Pat, had their first Sabbath with us. 

This service also included a baptism.