Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 5, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, December 03, 2020

Everybody, Always

I just finished reading two inspiring and thought provoking books by Bob GoffLove Does and Everybody, Always (subtitled: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People).

The second was by far my favorite. And while it won’t make as much sense without reading the first, it can stand on its own.

Here’s why it really got to me.

It’s about a topic I have been recognizing more in Scripture for some time. I’m having a growing conviction about its importance. And, I feel like I struggle with it on a daily basis. It’s loving others the way Jesus loves me (see John 13:34-35).

Some people are easy to love. I recently had an appointment with my audiologist. She is a delightful young woman. We had a great conversation and I prayed with her before I left. She had tears in her eyes after the prayer. It was a bit unusual for a medical appointment, but not so hard.

But then there are those other people – you know the ones I’m talking about.

I have been convicted for some time that this love for others is the single most important characteristic of Jesus’ followers – because that’s what Jesus said (again see John 13:34-35). He said it’s what will identify us.

And I see so little of it in American Christianity. I don’t see so much of it in my life either.

Everybody, Always shares Bob’s struggle with this – his successes and his failures.

It gives me hope as it encourages me to stay focused on Jesus. It kept reminding me of what I often forget – He’s the only source of this kind of love.

This book also reminds me how – more than anything - God wants to be with me. He want to be with you just as much too!

This is also the message of Christmas. In fact, it’s one of the names Jesus took on when He was born – Immanuel, “God with Us!” (see Matthew 1:23 ).

And, crazy as it may sound, He wants to use you and me to be with the people we come in contact with.

He wants every day to be Christmas. He wants to be with your friend through you whenever you’re together. He wants to with the cashier at the grocery store through you as you encounter her there.

He just needs you and me to say yes.

How about we try an experiment? First thing when you wake up tomorrow, ask God who He wants to be with through you today. And then ask Him to be sure to point that person out to you in a way that you’ll recognize.

And later, when He does, take a deep breath, step in, and engage that person. Take a few minute to really be with them.

Let me know what happens – okay? (MartinsenT@gmail.com or 402-517-5333).

Oh, and you might want to read the book – I think you’ll be blessed by it..

Hope Vendors

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled Hope Vendors.

I love to be the rainbow in someone else’s storm, don’t you? I mean, what can be more satisfying than to find someone going through a really dark valley, and then sense that you are being used by God to help them discover they are not alone, that He is at their side to help them get through it. I just love when that happens.

I read a comment recently that said, “I’m going to stay up on New Year’s Eve, not just to see the new year arrive but so I can be sure the old one leaves.” It’s been a tough year for a lot of folks. Covid deaths alone are approaching 1.5 million globally. That’s a lot of tears.

Last weekend some dear friends of ours had their 11-year-old granddaughter abducted out of an upstairs bedroom window (Click here to read the rest of the story.)

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

COVID Response Update

We continue to meet online only. We are currently not hosting any in-person events at our facility. For a more complete statement see below or click here.

MLT Ballot

MLT stands for Ministry Leadership Team. They function as a standing nominating committee, being sure we have the people in place to lead our church as we grow closer to Jesus and learn to represent Him better in our community. They also look at ways we can improve our ministry to those around us. It is one of the most important planning groups in our church.

It generally has 10 members. The pastor is a standing member. There are eight adults – college aged through ancient – that serve staggering two year terms so each year four rotate off and four new ones come on. There is new youth member (7th – 12th grade) each year.

It is time to vote on a new group of MLT members. We have made a ballot on SurveyMonkey.Com and ask that if you are a member of our church you go there and submit your selections by clicking here.

Please check four names from the Adult list for a two-year term and select one name from the Youth Dropdown Box for a one-year term.

Be sure to click on the green [Done] button at the bottom to submit your vote.

The following members are not eligible to be elected this year:

    • Those currently serving on the MLT Committee (Andria Bethelmie, Brenda Eitel, Rita Swensen, Kalvin Tuel, and Pastor T.)
    • Those whose term is just now ending (MaryJane Agan, Bill Agan, Judy Carroll, Anita St. Onge, & Hannah Eitel)
    • Those who rotated off the committee last time (Trisha McGann & Trey Wisecup)

Click here to get started.

Wall of Love

During the months of December and January our Wall of Love Project will be the Bellevue Food Pantry. There are so many without work right now needing the extra help with food that the Food Pantry provides. You may give to the Wall of Love by marking it on your tithe envelope and mailing it to the Church (3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123) or going to our online giving portal (click here) and entering the amount under Wall of Love.

Communications/Social Media Director

We are looking for people to be a part of a Communications/Social Media Team for our Church. This team will be responsible for communicating our mission and activities to our members and our community. They will use a combination of methods to reach as many people as possible. This would include keeping our website and calendar useful and up to date. It would also include using text messaging, Facebook (and other online social media), and emails along with the more traditional methods of mail, newsprint, radio, and TV ads as appropriate. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to explore it further, contact either Kalvin Tuel (kalvin.tuel@gmail.com or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T (martinsent@gmail.com or 402-517-5333).

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 4:55 pm

Sabbath School and Church is not meeting in person at church right now due to the increase in COVID cases in our community. See below or click here for more information about this.

Sabbath School Resources:

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class meets online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath Online:

    • Our Worship Service begins online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, we continue celebrating Christmas with a message from Brenda Eitel, one of our Elders, focusing on Mary and Elizabeth – two mothers with miraculous births. To download the assignment for Sabbath, click here. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To watch last Sabbath’s Service on YouTube, with Kalvin Tuel sharing about Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers are not currently meeting. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Dec. 8) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of 1 John. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Church Board meets this Tuesday (Dec. 8) at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

COVID Response Update

If you have been following the news, you know we are still seeing a high rate of COVID infections and hospitalizations here in the Omaha area.

Because of this, our Church Board has voted to discontinue all in-person activities and only hold online services going forward. We will re-evaluate this at our board meeting each month and will return to our building as soon as it seems safe to do so.

This means there will be no in-person Worship Services, Sabbath School Classes, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, or MLT Meetings at our Church Facility.

We will continue to livestream our Worship Service each Sabbath beginning at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight and our Children’s Corner. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings will continue via our Church Zoom Channel. Click here for instructions on how to join one of these meetings.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

I know this is disappointing. It felt like we were just getting some momentum building back up – and however we may frame it, it feels like a step backward.

However, Jesus’ mandate to love each other (see John 13:34-35) means we will not expose others to unnecessary risks. We will not provide more opportunities for COVID to expand in our community.

It also means we will look out for one another. Please call and check in on people God brings to your mind. They may not need any specific help, but a thoughtful conversation can change the outlook of an otherwise bleak and lonely day.

Above all, keep your connection with God secure. Don’t neglect to spend time with Him in the Bible and talking with Him in Prayer. This is where your strength to survive, and even thrive will come from.

(To download and print a copy of this information – plus some additional COVID resources, click here.)

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or calling 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To watch last Sabbath’s Service on YouTube, with Kalvin Tuel sharing about Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The COVID-19 Virus Pandemic that is rising here and around the world
    • That God will bring healing to our country and will control the direction of our country and world. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 28, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving – I’m Thankful!

We had kind of crazy week.

Saturday night, right after sundown we heard a loud bang and our house suddenly went dark and silent.

I went outside, sure the power was off on our street, but all the houses had lights on and the street lights were blazing.

So, I went downstairs and checked our electric panel and was greeted by a bad smell and a blown main breaker.

As it turns out, after our dishwasher was repaired a couple of weeks ago, it leaked. It is directly above the electric panel (a great design feature) and the dripping water corroded the metal in the breaker and it blew up.

We’re fortunate there was not a fire.

They had to replace the entire breaker box because of the damage and it was completed on Monday afternoon. We have the dishwasher people coming back out to fix it, and we’ll have to do some misc. repair work here and there.

It was a bit of an adventure – cooking on a camp stove in the garage, extra blankets on the beds, heavy sweaters and jackets in the house. Wonderful friends and neighbors who reached out to help in numerous ways.

It made me realize how much I take for granted – things like simply turning up the heat, flipping a switch to turn on a light, pushing a button rather than wrestling the garage door.

It also made me realize the number of people who care deeply – good friends and even new neighbors who don’t know us all that well yet.

And, in addition to all of this, our daughter has been here enjoying the adventure with us!

We have a lot to be thankful for.

It also made me think of those people who deal with these conditions on a daily basis without a home, no bed with warm blankets to sleep in, no one-burner camp stove to make a warm meal, and often even lacking enough food.

What can we do to help these people? How can we as Christians continue to enjoy all we have when there are so many who are going without even the basic necessities of shelter and food?

It reminds me of the question the Apostle John asks:

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion – how can God’s love be in that person? (1 John 3:17 , NLT)

I’m praying about this, asking God to direct me as I move forward. I invite you to do the same.

This is an important part of loving like Jesus.

Is There a Pattern Here?

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled Is There a Pattern Here?. It’s about the power of praying for our children.

A couple of years ago Ruthie and I were travelling through Virginia, and as we entered the city of Fredericksburg we discovered it was the burial place of George Washington’s mother. Both of us are amateur history buffs so we searched till we found it. The site is not in a cemetery but in a single location dedicated to her life.

But nearby we found something of even greater interest. It’s a couple of large rocks called Meditation Rock. Here Mary, mother of George, spent what she described as “countless hours meditating and praying” for her son and for the struggling government over which he would soon preside. It was not hard to imagine the correlation between her incessant intercession and his success in leading the new nation.

In the first 20 years of their marriage, Samuel and Susanna Wesley had 19 children though not all would survive infancy. (Incidentally, Susanna was the first of 25 children in her own family growing up.) Without the benefit of packaged foods or even a washing machine, Susanna developed a plan to secure her daily prayer time for each of her children. She would sit in the kitchen and pull her apron over her head and pray. Anytime the children saw her in this pose they knew they were to interrupt only in case of fire or impending death(Click here to read the rest of the story.)

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

COVID Response Update

We continue to meet online only. We are currently not hosting any in-person events at our facility. For a more complete statement see below or click here.

Operation Christmas Child

To each of you who participated, Thank you! We completed 20 shoe boxes to share and donated an additional $300 towards this project!

Wall of Love

During the month of November our Wall of Love Project will be collecting for the Christmas Bells drive for Open Door Mission, an organization that provides emergency housing, meals, food, training and more for homeless and low income men, women, and families.

The Christmas Bells drive hopes to combine the efforts of many organizations to collect high need items for the people they serve. You are encouraged to donate to the Wall of Love by marking it on your tithe envelope or going to our online giving portal (by clicking here) and entering it the amount under Wall of Love.

Communications/Social Media Director

We are looking for a Communications/Social Media Director for our Church. This person will be responsible for communicating our mission and activities to our members and our community. They will use a combination of methods to reach as many people as possible. This would include keeping our website and calendar useful and up to date. It would also include using text messaging, Facebook (and other online social media), and emails along with the more traditional methods of mail, newsprint, radio, and TV ads as appropriate. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to explore it further, contact either Kalvin Tuel (kalvin.tuel@gmail.com or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T (martinsent@gmail.com or 402-517-5333).

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 4:57 pm

Sabbath School and Church is not meeting in person at church right now due to the increase in COVID cases in our community. See below or click here for more information about this.

Sabbath School Resources:

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class meets online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath Online:

    • Our Worship Service begins online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, we will begin the Christmas Season with a message from Kalvin Tuel, our Head Elder, focusing on Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. To download the assignment for Sabbath, click here. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To watch last Sabbath’s Communion Service on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers are not currently meeting. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Dec. 1) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of 1 John. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

MLT meets this Tuesday (Dec. 1) at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

COVID Response Update

If you have been following the news, you know we are seeing the highest rate of COVID infections and hospitalizations we have ever had here in the Omaha area since the beginning of the Pandemic.

Because of this, our Church Board this week voted to discontinue all in-person activities and only hold online services going forward. We will re-evaluate this at our board meeting each month and will return to our building as soon as it seems safe to do so.

This means there will be no in-person Worship Services, Sabbath School Classes, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, or MLT Meetings at our Church Facility.

We will continue to livestream our Worship Service each Sabbath beginning at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight and our Children’s Corner. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings will continue via our Church Zoom Channel. Click here for instructions on how to join one of these meetings.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

I know this is disappointing. It felt like we were just getting some momentum building back up – and however we may frame it, it feels like a step backward.

However, Jesus’ mandate to love each other (see John 13:34-35) means we will not expose others to unnecessary risks. We will not provide more opportunities for COVID to expand in our community.

It also means we will look out for one another. Please call and check in on people God brings to your mind. They may not need any specific help, but a thoughtful conversation can change the outlook of an otherwise bleak and lonely day.

Above all, keep your connection with God secure. Don’t neglect to spend time with Him in the Bible and talking with Him in Prayer. This is where your strength to survive, and even thrive will come from.

(To download and print a copy of this information – plus some additional COVID resources, click here.)

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or calling 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To watch last Sabbath’s Communion Service on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The COVID-19 Virus Pandemic that is rising here and around the world
    • That God will bring healing to our country and will control the direction of our country and world. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 21, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, November 19, 2020

Communion Sabbath

This Sabbath we will be celebrating Communion during our worship service.

I know, it’s a bit unusual due to the fact that most everyone will be watching from home. We’ve never done it this way before.

But it’s been so long since we have had one, and we have no idea how long it will be until it will be safe for us to celebrate it together in person, so we thought why not try this at home.

The main thing is it will take a little thought and preparation on your part. If you wish to participate, you will need to think ahead to have the ingredients to make it happen.

The good news is, it’s not complicated (To download some instructions and the assignment for Sabbath, click here.)

If you live close enough to stop by the church, you can pick up some communion cups from the church found in the Operation Christmas Child drop-off box outside the west lobby entrance (side facing the school building). Take as many as you need for your family to use. These have a communion wafer when you peel away the first layer of the top, and then you peel the second layer for the grape juice.

If you can’t get by the church you may pick up some unleavened crackers and grape juice rom the grocery store. Triscuits, most Water Crackers, and Wasa Crackers are all unleavened as are many of the gluten free options.

Most importantly, pray that God’s Spirit will give us a clear picture of God’s love as we celebrate this important occasion. See you Sabbath! You can view it and participate on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

God’s Got This

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled God's Got This. Some great facts and suggestions.

As I look around, may I list half a dozen indisputable learnings:

    1. We’ve learned that even in the midst of one of the most devastating global events in human history, we can still trust the God who made the stars. Even though we’re in a mess, God’s got this.
    2. It is confirmed that there’s an enemy loose in the universe and that he is still intent on destroying everything God ever made. Like the Book says, “An enemy has done this.” He is intentional, strategic, and relentless.
    3. We have been alerted that it’s gonna get worse – much worse – before it gets better … (Click here to read the rest of the story.)

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

COVID Response Update

We continue to meet online only. We are currently not hosting any in-person events at our facility. For a more complete statement see below or click here.

Operation Christmas Child

The deadline for turning in your shoebox for Operation Christmas Child is this Sabbath (Nov. 21) by noon. Remember the $9 for shipping. There is a drop-off box outside the west lobby entrance (side facing the school building). It is checked and emptied regularly. It also has materials in it (empty shoe boxes, labels, etc.). For more information, see below.

Wall of Love

During the month of November our Wall of Love Project will be collecting for the Christmas Bells drive for Open Door Mission, an organization that provides emergency housing, meals, food, training and more for homeless and low income men, women, and families.

The Christmas Bells drive hopes to combine the efforts of many organizations to collect high need items for the people they serve. You are encouraged to donate to the Wall of Love by marking it on your tithe envelope or going to our online giving portal (by clicking here) and entering it the amount under Wall of Love.

Communications/Social Media Director

We are looking for a Communications/Social Media Director for our Church. This person will be responsible for communicating our mission and activities to our members and our community. They will use a combination of methods to reach as many people as possible. This would include keeping our website and calendar useful and up to date. It would also include using text messaging, Facebook (and other online social media), and emails along with the more traditional methods of mail, newsprint, radio, and TV ads as appropriate. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to explore it further, contact either Kalvin Tuel (kalvin.tuel@gmail.com or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T (martinsent@gmail.com or 402-517-5333).

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 5:00 pm

Sabbath School and Church is not meeting in person at church right now due to the increase in COVID cases in our community. See below or click here for more information about this.

Sabbath School Resources:

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class meets online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath Online:

    • Our Worship Service begins online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, we will celebrate a Thanksgiving Communion Service. To download some instructions and the assignment for Sabbath, click here. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Fluff or Truth?, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers are not currently meeting. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting will not meet this next week. Our next meeting will be one week from Tuesday (Dec. 1) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of 1 John. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Thanksgiving is next Thursday (Nov. 27).

MLT will meet one week from Tuesday (Dec. 1) at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

Operation Christmas Child

The deadline for turning in your shoebox for Operation Christmas Child is this Sabbath (Nov. 21) by 2:00 pm.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies in the Drop Box by the west Lobby Door (door facing the school building). For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

COVID Response Update

If you have been following the news, you know we are seeing the highest rate of COVID infections and hospitalizations we have ever had here in the Omaha area since the beginning of the Pandemic.

Because of this, our Church Board this week voted to discontinue all in-person activities and only hold online services going forward. We will re-evaluate this at our board meeting each month and will return to our building as soon as it seems safe to do so.

This means there will be no in-person Worship Services, Sabbath School Classes, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, or MLT Meetings at our Church Facility.

We will continue to livestream our Worship Service each Sabbath beginning at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight and our Children’s Corner. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings will continue via our Church Zoom Channel. Click here for instructions on how to join one of these meetings.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

I know this is disappointing. It felt like we were just getting some momentum building back up – and however we may frame it, it feels like a step backward.

However, Jesus’ mandate to love each other (see John 13:34-35) means we will not expose others to unnecessary risks. We will not provide more opportunities for COVID to expand in our community.

It also means we will look out for one another. Please call and check in on people God brings to your mind. They may not need any specific help, but a thoughtful conversation can change the outlook of an otherwise bleak and lonely day.

Above all, keep your connection with God secure. Don’t neglect to spend time with Him in the Bible and talking with Him in Prayer. This is where your strength to survive, and even thrive will come from.

(To download and print a copy of this information – plus some additional COVID resources, click here.)

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or calling 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Fluff or Truth?, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The COVID-19 Virus Pandemic that is rising here and around the world
    • Diane Harrington’s nephew Luke who is fighting COVID
    • Gary Parker has COVID and several broken ribs from a fall.
    • That God will bring healing to our country and will control the direction of our country and world. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 14, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, November 12, 2020

Compassion Again

In Luke 10, one of the passages in this week’s assignment, we find the following conversation:

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ (Deut. 6:5) And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Lev. 19:18) 

“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied with a story: (Luke 10:25-30, NLT)

You remember the story, right? It’s the story of the good Samaritan. One important piece of background information – Jews hated Samaritans. The story went something like this:

This guy, traveling between Jerusalem and Jericho, got beat up, robbed, and left for dead.

A pastor came by and deliberately walked by on the other side of the road.

Then, an elder came by, took a close look, and continued on down the road.

And then a “despised” Samaritan came along, felt compassion for the guy, fixed him up a bit, loaded him up on his deluxe mule, took him to the nearest bed and breakfast where he took care of him through the night.

Next day, he paid the owner in advance to nurse the guy back to health promising to come back by and pay up if more was needed.

At this point Jesus asked:

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?”

The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (Luke 10:36-37, NLT)

God sure seems to value compassion that leads to loving action.

Where do you find yourself in this story?

COVID Response Update

If you have been following the news, you know we are seeing the highest rate of COVID infections and hospitalizations we have ever had here in the Omaha area since the beginning of the Pandemic.

Because of this, our Church Board this week voted to discontinue all in-person activities and only hold online services going forward. We will re-evaluate this at our board meeting each month and will return to our building as soon as it seems safe to do so.

This means there will be no in-person Worship Services, Sabbath School Classes, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, or MLT Meetings at our Church Facility.

We will continue to livestream our Worship Service each Sabbath beginning at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight and our Children’s Corner. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings will continue via our Church Zoom Channel. Click here for instructions on how to join one of these meetings.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

I know this is disappointing. It felt like we were just getting some momentum building back up – and however we may frame it, it feels like a step backward.

However, Jesus’ mandate to love each other (see John 13:34-35) means we will not expose others to unnecessary risks. We will not provide more opportunities for COVID to expand in our community.

It also means we will look out for one another. Please call and check in on people God brings to your mind. They may not need any specific help, but a thoughtful conversation can change the outlook of an otherwise bleak and lonely day.

Above all, keep your connection with God secure. Don’t neglect to spend time with Him in the Bible and talking with Him in Prayer. This is where your strength to survive, and even thrive will come from.

(To download and print a copy of this information – plus some additional COVID resources, click here.)

End It Now – Virtual Summit on Abuse

The 2020 Virtual Summit on Abuse begins TOMORROW, Friday, November 13 at 9:00 am EST. Watch LIVE on Facebook, and engage with us in the comment section. Or use #EndItNowNAD on Twitter or Instagram.

Abuse can happen anywhere, even in faith communities. You probably know someone who has suffered abuse. Pretending that abuse does not exist in "my church, school, community or home" only perpetuates its continuance. Learn what to do and how to help.

The 2020 Virtual Summit on Abuse (November 13) will provide valuable training that will equip and prepare you for when abuse occurs. You can make a difference. The 2020 keynote speaker will be Mary Demuth, author of “WeToo: How the Church can respond redemptively to the sexual abuse crisis." Click here to learn more about her.

Creating safe churches and communities starts with being informed. Together, we can keep the people in your church, school, camp, and community safe.

Special Offering – Nov. 14

The November 14 Annual Sacrifice Offering is a great time to make a special gift to support the work of Global Mission pioneers. If you want to help share Jesus with unreached people, write “Annual Sacrifice Offering” on your tithe envelope. For more information, or to donate online, click here.

Love Never Fails

This is Part 11 of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers’ website.

Murphy’s Law states that everything that can go wrong will. I don’t think it’s true, but the law seems to describe 2020 quite well. As if a global pandemic wasn’t enough, we’ve faced murder hornets, wildfires, political tension, and economic uncertainty. In the words of one witty meme: “I don’t know about y’all, but I could really use some precedented times.” 2020 has reminded us how quickly things can change.

The apostle Paul predicted that life as we know it simply wouldn’t last. … (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

Operation Christmas Child

The deadline for turning in your shoebox for Operation Christmas Child is one week from this Sabbath (Nov. 21 by noon). Remember the $9 for shipping. There is a drop-off box outside the west lobby entrance (side facing the school building). It is checked and emptied regularly. It also has materials in it (empty shoe boxes, labels, etc.). For more information, see below.

Wall of Love

During the month of November our Wall of Love Project will be collecting for the Christmas Bells drive for Open Door Mission, an organization that provides emergency housing, meals, food, training and more for homeless and low income men, women, and families.

The Christmas Bells drive hopes to combine the efforts of many organizations to collect high need items for the people they serve. You are encouraged to donate to the Wall of Love by marking it on your tithe envelope or going to our online giving portal (by clicking here) and entering it the amount under Wall of Love.

Communications/Social Media Director

We are looking for a Communications/Social Media Director for our Church. This person will be responsible for communicating our mission and activities to our members and our community. They will use a combination of methods to reach as many people as possible. This would include keeping our website and calendar useful and up to date. It would also include using text messaging, Facebook (and other online social media), and emails along with the more traditional methods of mail, newsprint, radio, and TV ads as appropriate. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to explore it further, contact either Kalvin Tuel (kalvin.tuel@gmail.com or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T (martinsent@gmail.com or 402-517-5333).

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 5:05 pm

Sabbath School and Church is not meeting in person at church right now due to the increase in COVID cases in our community. See above or click here for more information about this.

Sabbath School Resources:

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class meets online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath Online:

    • Our Worship Service begins online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T concludes our series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Fluff or Truth?. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To view last Sabbath’s Pathfinder/Adventurer Induction Service on YouTube, featuring Buell Fogg, click here. To download this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers are not currently meeting. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Nov. 15) at 6:00 pm. We will begin the book of 1 John. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Thanksgiving (Nov. 27)

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child . These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies in the Drop Box by the west Lobby Door (door facing the school building). For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or calling 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To view last Sabbath’s Pathfinder/Adventurer Induction Service on YouTube, featuring Buell Fogg, click here. To download this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The COVID-19 Virus Pandemic that is rising here and around the world
    • Diane Harrington’s nephew Luke who is fighting COVID
    • Gary Parker has COVID and several broken ribs from a fall.
    • That God will bring healing to our country and will control the direction of our country and world. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 7, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, November 05, 2020

Compassion

In Matthew 25, one of the passages in this week’s assignment we find the following exchange after separating the people into two groups at His Second Coming:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’” (Matthew 25:34-36, NLT)

Then they will ask when they did all these things.

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. (Matthew 25:40-41, NLT)

He tells them this will be true because they did do all those things for Him the others had.

And of course, they didn’t remember ever seeing Him to be able to respond by helping him.

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” ( Matthew 25:45-46, NLT)

The one group was lost simply because they were too engrossed in their own affairs to notice and respond to the needs of the people around them.

The other group was saved because they were focused outward with compassion and responded to the needs of people who crossed their paths.

God sure seems to value compassion that leads to loving action.

Where would you find yourself in these two groups?

Desperate Circumstances Often Create Serious Pray-ers

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled Desperate Circumstances Often Create Serious Pray-ers. I love the connection between trouble and prayer.

When I was an earliteen one of my heroes was a Christian medic by the name of Keith Argraves. A couple of reasons. First, he was sent to Europe during World War II, was captured by the Nazis and transported to an internment camp in a boxcar. The part of that story I liked was that he took his pocket knife and cut a hole in the end of the train car and escaped. I mean, he was one tough dude.

The other reason is that he had volunteered to become a paratrooper. That meant he would stand at the open door of a perfectly good airplane and jump out. That takes courage. I know that’s true because I did it. Different era; different circumstances. For reasons I don’t remember, we wanted to make a movie of someone jumping out of an airplane. The team chose me. For reasons I don’t remember, I accepted … (Click here to read the rest of the story.)

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

Operation Christmas Child

The deadline for turning in your shoebox for Operation Christmas Child is two weeks from this Sabbath (Nov. 21 by noon). Remember the $9 for shipping. There is a drop-off box outside the west lobby entrance (side facing the school building). It is checked and emptied regularly. For more information, see below.

Wall of Love

During the months of November and December, our Wall of Love Project will be collecting for the Christmas Bells drive for Open Door Mission. Open Door Mission is an organization that provides emergency housing, meals, food, training and more for homeless and low income men, women, and families.

The Christmas Bells drive hopes to combine the efforts of many organizations to collect high need items for the people they serve. These items include: body wash, make up sets, deodorant, tear-free shampoo for children, men’s underwear (size L, XL, XXL), tube socks, and $10 gift cards to Target and Walmart.

We will set up a tree in the foyer for those who can drop off contributions in person. You are encouraged to wrap your gift. Please write the contents of the gift on the gift tag.

Those who are watching from home and would still like to participate are encouraged to donate to the Wall of Love by using their tithe envelope or going to our online giving portal (by clicking here) and entering it the amount under Wall of Love. Funds collected by December 19 will be turned into gift cards.

Communications/Social Media Director

We are looking for a Communications/Social Media Director for our Church. This person will be responsible for communicating our mission and activities to our members and our community. They will use a combination of methods to reach as many people as possible. This would include keeping our website and calendar useful and up to date. It would also include using text messaging, Facebook (and other online social media), and emails along with the more traditional methods of mail, newsprint, radio, and TV ads as appropriate. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to explore it further, contact either Kalvin Tuel (kalvin.tuel@gmail.com or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T (martinsent@gmail.com or 402-517-5333).

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 5:12 pm

Sabbath School begins at 10:00 am: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will continue to meet online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight. This Sabbath, is our annual fall Pathfinder Adventurer Induction Service. Our speaker will be Buell Fogg, one of the Chaplains at Union College. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Lost or Saved?, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers meet this Monday (Nov. 9) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Nov. 10) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of Hosea. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Church Board meets this Tuesday (Nov. 10) at 7:15 pm. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have something we need to consider, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-0630).

Sabbath Services – Opening Update

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and online. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship. Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child . These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or calling 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Lost or Saved?, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • That God will control the results of the election and stay in control of the direction of our country and our world, and we will trust Him with the results. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 31, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, October 29, 2020

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

In the last couple of verses from this week’s assignment we find this thought:

… Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NLT)

This is the secret to staying on track on your Christian journey. When you focus on Jesus, learn about Him, study how He related to people, and apply the principles you learn to your life, you will start reflecting His love more to others on a daily basis.

This is the only cure for Sin. We continually apply this cure by praying this prayer:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
(
Psalm 139:23-24, NLT)

And then by following this advice:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 , NIV)

Don’t let anything pull your attention away from Jesus, your eternity certainly depends on it. And, it certainly can also make a big difference for those you love as well!

What I Learned from Dr. Williams

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled What I Learned from Dr. Williams . I love what it says about persistence.

I don’t know who originated the mantra, “Until God opens a door, praise Him in the hallway,” but it may have been Clara Belle Williams. She was born Clara Belle Drisdale into a devout Christian home in Plum, TX, in 1885, and graduated – the first Black student to enroll at New Mexico State University – cum laude, at the age of 51.

The unknown travesty in that short paragraph is the treatment she received enroute to her dream. Because of “Jim Crow laws,” many of the professors at NMSU would not allow her to sit in their classes, but she would not be deterred. She listened from the hallway and took notes often standing up. Her Christian values would not allow her to develop a vitriolic spirit in spite of the heinous treatment that era in American history permitted.

A crowning insult was that, in spite of her cum laude record, she was not allowed to march with her class at the graduation ceremony because she was a person of color … (Click here to read the rest of the story.)

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

Communications/Social Media Director

We are looking for a Communications/Social Media Director for our Church. This person will be responsible for communicating our mission and activities to our members and our community. They will use a combination of methods to reach as many people as possible. This would include keeping our website and calendar useful and up to date. It would also include using text messaging, Facebook (and other online social media), and emails along with the more traditional methods of mail, newsprint, radio, and TV ads as appropriate. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to explore it further, contact either Kalvin Tuel (kalvin.tuel@gmail.com or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T (martinsent@gmail.com or 402-517-5333).

Wall of Love

The focus for our Wall of Love for the month of October is Operation Christmas Child.  For those who have access to the church building or who join us in person for services, gift boxes are available in the foyer to fill and return by the middle of November. For those who would like to participate on line, the Wall of Love has been added to our Online Giving Link. Any money designated to Wall of Love in October will be given to Operation Christmas Child to assist with postage and other expenses.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 6:20 pm

Sabbath School begins at 10:00 am: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will continue to meet online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T continues the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Lost or Saved?. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Hated or Loved?, some thoughts on issues related to Women’s Ordination and the LBGT movement, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday (Nov. 1). Don’t forget to “fall back” by turning your clocks back one hour.

Pathfinders and Adventurers meet this Monday (Nov. 2) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Nov. 3) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of Hosea. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Sabbath Services – Opening Update

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and online. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship. Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child . These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or call 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Hated or Loved?, some thoughts on issues related to Women’s Ordination and the LBGT movement, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • That God will control the upcoming election and stay in control of the direction of our country and our world, and we will trust Him with the results. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 24, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, October 22, 2020

A Real Disciple

There are two principle messages Jesus gave near the end of His time here on earth. The first one, given just before His arrest and death, was:

“… Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:33-35 , NLT)

He repeated this message several times that evening. It is the thing identified as the mark of Jesus’ followers. Without this love, you can call yourself anything you want, but you’re not a true follower of Jesus.

The other message is the last thing Jesus said before being taken to Heaven – it’s related to the statement we just read:

“… Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 , NLT)

So, what was to be the identifying characteristic of a disciple?

It was loving like Jesus loved. This is the most important thing we can teach someone who is just coming to know Jesus.

While you could make a case for all the commandments, Jesus Himself summed them all up in love and in what we call the Golden Rule (see Matthew 7:12).

When Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations, He is really asking us to teach people to be real lovers.  He wants us to teach them how to live in the wonderful love of God and Jesus and then to share that love with others.

This love lived and shared will do more to advance the Gospel than any amount of condemnation, Revelation flow charts, or demonstrations demanding repealing laws regarding gay marriages or abortions.

This love can only be lived and shared if God has given us the new heart and put His Spirit in us as He promised to do in Ezekiel 36 – which we discussed a bit last week. Because He is a Gentleman, He will only do it with your permission.

Have you given Him permission to change out your heart and to put His Spirit in you?

Maybe now’s the time to do that!

The Hurdle

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled The Hurdle. I love what it says about struggles an failure.

Do you know the name Lolo Jones? She was a wiry youngster from Iowa, who early-on discovered she was born to run. Ever since she could remember she loved to run. As a teen she couldn’t remember a day in her life that she hadn’t. Sometimes only five miles; sometimes much more.

She didn’t walk anywhere; she ran. Out to get the mail, from the school bus to the school building, from her folks’ car in the church parking lot to the front door of the church. Others walked; Lolo ran. When there were races in her gym class at school no one else ever expected to win.

Growing up she had learned about the Olympic Games, and in her young heart she began to dream about becoming an Olympic athlete. No one who knew her doubted that she would one day compete with the best … (Click here to read the rest of the story.)

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

Take Time – Pause & Pray for a Sabbath Rest

"Sabbath affords a rest by which we are not so much restored as re-storied."
– John Koessler –

This Sabbath, as you rest, take time to P.R.A.Y:

    • Pause: Invite the Holy Spirit to be present as you spend a moment in silence
    • Rejoice and Reflect: Give thanks for one thing that you're grateful for right now, and use it to reflect on the goodness of God
    • Ask: Bring to God one thing that's on your mind right now, and lift it before Him
    • Yield: Devote the remainder of your day to Jesus

May this Sabbath bring rest to my heart and my home. May God's image in me be restored, and my imagination in God be re-storied. May the gravity of material things be lightened, and the relativity of time slow down. May I know grace to embrace my own finite smallness in the arms of God's infinite greatness. May God's word feed me and His Spirit lead me into the week and into the life to come."

Adapted from 24-7 Prayer.

Wall of Love

The focus for our Wall of Love for the month of October is Operation Christmas Child.  For those who have access to the church building or who join us in person for services, gift boxes are available in the foyer to fill and return by the middle of November. For those who would like to participate on line, the Wall of Love has been added to our Online Giving Link. Any money designated to Wall of Love in October will be given to Operation Christmas Child to assist with postage and other expenses.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 6:30 pm

Sabbath School begins at 10:00 am: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will continue to meet online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Hated or Loved? as we explore some issues related to Women’s Ordination and the LBGT movement. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Judge or Judged?, some thoughts on the 1844 movement, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here .
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 26) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 27) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of Hosea. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

MLT will meet take this Tuesday (Oct. 27) at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

Sabbath Services – Opening Update

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and online. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship. Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child . These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or call 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message Judge or Judged?, some thoughts on the 1844 movement, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • That God will control the upcoming election and stay in control of the direction of our country and our world, and we will trust Him with the results. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 17, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, October 15, 2020

A New Heart!

Our assignment for this week is Ezekiel 36. In the middle of a bunch of hard reading, we find this gem of a promise!

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27 , NLT)

If you read all around this, you understand clearly that God’s promise is not based on the fact that you this – in fact He emphatically states that you do not deserve it in any way.

He is doing this for you because this is simply Who He is!

And what really is He promising to do for you?

First, He cleans up the mess we have made of our lives because of the filth we have embraced and the idols we have worshiped.

Then He removes the heart that got us into trouble in the first place and replaces it with a new, clean one – a heart that is aligned with Him.

And then He gives us His Spirit to guide us and to keep us from messing it up again.

He takes care of the process from beginning to end.

In Jeremiah, God said it like this:

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “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 … For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34 , NIV)

God is not trying to make salvation difficult. Jesus did the really hard work on the cross. God does the hard work in your life – all He needs is your trust and cooperation.

Love Does Not Rejoice in the Failures of Others

This is Part 10 of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers’ website.

My best friend and I were trying to master a challenging skateboard maneuver. The goal was to dip down from the shallow end of an empty pool into the deep end, shoot up for a split second of air, grind along the top edge, and then dip back down the vertical wall. It was always difficult to detect who was better between the two of us. Our skill levels tended to track neck and neck. On this particular occasion I was getting nervous, because he was doing better than me – until he overcorrected, lost control, and came crashing down. In that moment, a sinister joy arose in me… (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

Wall of Love

The focus for our Wall of Love for the month of October is Operation Christmas Child.  For those who have access to the church building or who join us in person for services, gift boxes are available in the foyer to fill and return by the middle of November. For those who would like to participate on line, the Wall of Love has been added to our Online Giving Link. Any money designated to Wall of Love in October will be given to Operation Christmas Child to assist with postage and other expenses.

What’s Happening

Pathfinders will be camping this weekend at Woodland Acres. They will leave Friday afternoon and return on Sunday. Let’s pray for their safety. For more information contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048).

Sunset this Friday – 6:40 pm

Sabbath School begins at 10:00 am: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will continue to meet online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Judge or Judged? as we explore 1844 and the Investigative Judgement. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled No or Yes? – Part 3, some thoughts on Ellen White’s writings, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here .
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Oct. 19). For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 20) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of Hosea. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Sabbath Services – Opening Update

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and online. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship. Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child . These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or call 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled No or Yes? – Part 3, some thoughts on Ellen White’s writings, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 10, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, October 08, 2020

He Promised!

Our assignment for this week is Isaiah 43. As I have spent some time with it, I have been reminded again of the beautiful promise it contains. And this is not just the prophet’s summary, it is God’s words in quotation marks!

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior … you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:1-5, NLT)

Have you felt like you’re drowning in all that is going on around you? Do you feel like life and your burdens are consuming you?

You’re not alone. You’re precious and loved by God. He is with you!

Don’t let God’s lament, recorded in verse 22 be true about you.

“But, dear family …, you refuse to ask for my help.” (Isaiah 43:22, NLT)

Come to Him and pour out your heart to Him, tell Him what’s going on and ask for His presence and help.

And then, rest in His care.

Relentless Pursuit

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled Relentless Pursuit. I love the conclusion it comes to.

My hunch is that because you’re a reader you are already familiar with the name Philip Yancey. He has more than 15,000,000 books in print, translated into more than fifty languages, making him one of the most widely read Christian authors ever.

Yancey grew up in a Fundamentalist church in south Georgia and it was so toxic it nearly cost him his faith in Jesus. He would be a young adult before he came to peace with the meaning of grace.

Some of his books are classics, like “The Gift of Pain” and “Church, Why Bother?” Some of them are hyper-classics. Books like, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” and “Where Is God When It Hurts?” You likely won’t agree with everything he writes, but you’ll be challenged and blessed.

He is not easily intimidated. There are fifty-four mountain peaks in Colorado that are higher than 14,000 feet. Yancey has climbed all but three of them … (Click here to read the rest of the story.)

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

Children’s Sabbath Video

Children’s Sabbath video is here! It is available in English and Spanish. This is such a fun video! Stories, activities, fun songs with actions, scriptures and mission feature! You can download the emojis, the Rock Wall and coloring page ahead of time so you can participate along with the video.

To check out the video (in English or Spanish) along with all the pieces of the program, click here! For programs from previous years, click here. This video will primarily appeal to Kindergarten, Primary and Junior age children.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or call 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 6:51 pm

Sabbath School begins at 10:00 am: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will continue to meet online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled No or Yes? – Part 3 as we explore our relationship with Ellen White. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled No or Yes? – Part 2, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 12) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 13) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of Hosea. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Church Board meets this Tuesday (Oct. 13) at 7:15 pm. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have something we need to consider, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-0630).

Sabbath Services – Opening Update

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and on line. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship. Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled No or Yes? – Part 2, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 3, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, October 01, 2020

Back to Basics

This week I am sharing Don Jacobsen's blog titled Back to Basics. I love the questions it asks about prayer and our worship service.

It could be argued that nothing more important is going to happen in your town this week than when your church gathers to worship. God re-seen and His people re-made. What hour could outrank that one?

In the 1960/61 football season the Green Bay Packers had played well. They were ahead in the final quarter of the NFL Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but they got sloppy and blew the lead, losing the championship to Philadelphia. Green Bay was devastated and so was their head coach, Vince Lombardi.

Late the next summer Lombardi called the 38 professional athletes together to begin their training camp for a new season. He walked to the front of the room, held up a football and uttered what has become an iconic motivational 5-word sentence. “Gentlemen,” he said, “this is a football.” Everyone knew this preseason would be about basics.

They would be right. Six months later the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 37 – 0 to win the NFL championship. They would win five of the next seven seasons. Now, more than half a century later, the annual winner of the Super Bowl still receives the Lombardi trophy.

What might happen if, as leaders of God’s church, we were as committed to excellence?

What if the elders and the worship committee were to come together following mid-week prayer service and pray the worship plans into existence?

What if the morning hymn was chosen because of its majesty and not just because “we haven’t sung this one for a while”?

What if the participants were to think through what should be included in the morning prayer?

A time of praise and thanksgiving; a time of repentance; a time of supplication for the lost including those who at that moment are driving by outside; for the deep needs of our nation; that God would break our hearts with the things that break His …

What if we’d ask Him what He wants us to pray for?

Jesus desired that His church should be a house of prayer. What does that mean? Is that the most important part of the service? Should it be? If it is, how should we prepare for it?

Should it sound a lot like last week’s, or should it be built around this week’s needs and crises? Should there be a time for the congregation to voice its praises?

Should more than one person pray? Should there be a palpable intensity that this isn’t just a ritual, but an experience where the worshipers sense they have been invited into the throne room of the universe? Should we conclude with a hushed, “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord …” or an exultant line of worship, “All hail the power of Jesus’ name …”

Please know I am not attempting to script the worship service at your church, but rather to urge that we bathe it in prayer so He can create a truly life-transforming event every week. Back to basics with sanctified excellence. (Click here to read it online)

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

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

You may donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:02 pm

Sabbath School begins at 10:00 am: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will continue to meet online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:05 with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled No or Yes? – Part 2 as we continue to look at the topic of Prophets. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To watch last week’s message titled Loneliness, presented by Kalvin Tuel, click here. To download this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 5) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 6) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of Hosea. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Sabbath Services – Opening Update

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and on line. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship. Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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

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

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

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk.

In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To watch last week’s message titled Loneliness, presented by Kalvin Tuel, click here. To download this week’s assignment, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.