Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: July 20, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Credit, Climate Change & the Sabbath

Julian Archer, the author of Help, I’ve Been Blessed, sent out these thoughts in his latest email, The Bruised Camel. It is intriguing – I invite you to thoughtfully read it.

You try to pay for groceries but your credit card is denied and a message comes on the screen that reads, ‘Sabbath Breaker’. What a weird and seemingly impossible situation.

For more than 160 years, Seventh-day Adventists have been teaching that a time will come when national laws will require people to rest from work on Sunday, the day which, based on Catholic traditions, many Christians now call 'the Sabbath’. (Click here for more Information)

If people don’t obey this lawwhich will be created to do things like rest the environment (hooray) and encourage family time (excellent) – then they will not be able to buy or sell (ouch!). (See Daniel 7 and Revelation 13)

With this Adventist teaching in mind I wasn’t surprised to read this recent report: 

"Not all of us are called to be saints, but the pope [Francis] … insists that the planet now requires a similar kind of conversion from its inhabitants. We must take on a “less is more,” anti-consumerism approach to life that will lead us to transcend unhealthy anxieties caused by being trapped in consumer culture. We must also celebrate rest, especially from buying and selling, by returning to a focus on keeping the sabbath.” (Click here to read more)

Coincidence, or prophecy being fulfilled? Time will tell.

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

Take Time To Pray: from 24-7 Prayer

“It is only because he became like us
that we can become like him.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer –

Today, wherever you are, take a moment to stop, pause and take time with God.

    • Praise: Which characteristic of God do you need to hold onto today? Praise God for his love / faithfulness / sacrifice / grace / goodness.
    • Give Thanks: What are the blessings in your life that you want to thank God for? Pick three things in your life that you're grateful for, however small.
    • Pray for Others: Who can you pray for today? Choose one person you're thinking of and pray God's best for them.

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:52 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 a.m.) – This Sabbath, we will begin a sermon series title The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7, what we commonly refer to as the Sermon on the Mount. This week’s sermon by Pastor T is titled Seek Ye First. If you would like to begin thinking about this passage, read Matthew 5 – 7 through a couple of times. Also the book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the concluding sermon in our series on Romans titled Concluding Comments, click here. This includes links to copies of all the sermons in this series.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Camp Meeting at Camp Arrowhead: Camp Arrowhead, in Lexington, Nebraska, is sponsoring a weekend Camp Meeting July 26 – 28. The speaker will be Pastor Lawrence Francis. For information, or to make reservations call 308-324-1956 or email infocamparrowhead@gmail.com.

Managing God’s Gifts God’s Way: No matter what your job, whether you have a paying job or not, God has blessed you. What are you doing with what has been entrusted to you? What does the church do with the means you entrust to it? Come find out on August 3, 2019 following our Potluck lunch. This seminar will be presented by John Sweigart from our Conference Office. For more information, click here.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 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 and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

God’s Enormous Love Expressed in Tiny Truths: How can you help your young children understand that the stories in the Bible can be connected to each other as tiny truths to teach one grand lesson: the story of God's love for his children, starting with the magnificence of creation and including Moses parting the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by a giant fish, and ultimately the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the rescuing King? Bible Gateway interviewed Joanna Rivard and Tim Penner about their colorful storybook, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible (website). (Click here to read more.)

Video – God’s Wonderful Animals: Each one of the more than six million species of animals in the world is a masterpiece of divine biological design, engineering, and artistry. Reflect upon the glory and brilliance of God’s creative power in this video. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of the concluding sermon in our series on Romans titled Concluding Comments, click here. This includes links to copies of all the sermons in this series.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 13, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Profit

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Profit. It tells a story worth considering as we contemplate the future of our church here in Bellevue.

Marcus Lemonis is an unusual name. Sounds like it might have been someone who was assigned to assassinate one of the Roman emperors. Except he was born in Lebanon in 1973, adopted by a couple in Florida, and has become an American citizen – and a very wealthy one. Camping World is America’s largest seller of camping gear and RVs, and is just one of the 140 companies Lemonis owns. His special knack is seeking out companies that are struggling and turning them profitable.

In 2013 CNBC decided to tell his story, and “The Profit” was born. To date he has personally invested $50 million in a score of floundering companies and coaxed them back to health.

I have been intrigued the half dozen times I’ve watched his program. I spotted a fascinating pattern. No matter how desperate the company, no matter the debt load it carries, no matter that all of the sales graphs point down, the owner initially insists on saying No to the changes Marcus wants to make. The owner may already have cut staff, changed the logo, and begun to skimp on quality, the ultimate end of the little company is in view, but the owner is adamant: “This is the way we do it here; this is how it worked when my dad started the company, and we’re not going to make any changes.”

I’ve met with more than a few church leadership teams over the years who had rehearsed that song and could sing it with conviction. We’ve talked before in this space about the fact that the normal life-cycle of a church is approximately the same as the human life-cycle: Launch, growth, slowed-growth, plateau, gradual decline, steeper decline, shut the doors and sell the building. It’s not infallible but unless something happens to re-light the fire, it’s a pretty predictable seventy-year template.

I’ve also learned that anyone who enters the picture and makes suggestions is not always seen as a friend. The pioneers remember how it was before and “if we could just get back to that, we wouldn’t have all these empty seats and empty spaces in the parking lot. Besides, we like it here.” But we’ve watched this long enough to know the trajectory of the church is re-set when a group comes together to pray. I mean these are intercessors. They get it that yesterday’s answers aren’t sufficient for today’s questions.

They will not let go of the arm of God till He helps them understand that the story they have to tell must be fresh every morning and current as the sunrise. Unlike pottery, our message is not valuable because it is old but because God answers each new generation’s questions with exciting new discernment. So they seek for the gift to speak timeless truths in words their communities find compelling. (Click here to read this on line.)

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:56 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 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 and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Ride for Richard

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Say No and Not Feel Guilty: Are you overwhelmed with your to-do list? Do you feel guilty when you say "no" to anything? Were you taught that "no" is a dirty word? Do you think saying "no" is a sign of weakness? What does the Bible say about saying "no"? Bible Gateway interviewed Kevin G. Harney about his book, No Is a Beautiful Word: Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted. (Click here to read more.)

Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Trees: The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Have you missed the forest...and the trees? For example, the Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). What is the hidden language of trees that can help us better understand God? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Sleeth, MD about his book, Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us. (Click here to read more.)

When My Life Suffered a Dream-Crushing Blow: Chris Norton, who, along with his wife Emily, is the author of The Seven Longest Yards: Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits While Leaning on Each Other, says, "From the moment my body hit the ground after the tackle that put me in this mess, I had focused completely on what I could not do. I could not move; I could not feel; I could not breathe. The obstacles kept getting bigger and bigger until they completely overwhelmed me. Everything changed when I switched my focus to what I could do …" (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

  • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 6, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Freedom

This week we celebrate freedom. July 4, 1776 was the day our forefathers declared their freedom from England by signing the Declaration of Independence. We still celebrate these unique freedoms 243 years later – although it does seem like many of these freedoms are being challenged.

More than 1,980 years ago, another event took place that produced the greatest freedom we can ever experience. This freedom has been enjoyed by countless millions down through the centuries – far more than have enjoyed the freedoms of our country.

This kind of freedom can take place independent of your place of residence, your income, your health, your marital status, or your vocation. I have met people in prison who are experiencing this freedom. I have met people on their deathbeds who are experiencing this freedom. And, I have lived alongside many who are learning what this freedom means.

Just like the freedom of our country, which we enjoy freely – this freedom is free to everyone, but it cost the very best Heaven had to offer, the life and death of God’s only Son. (See 1 John 4:9-10)

What He has promised, and offers you and me is:

Freedom from the Penalty of Sin – a life free of guilt and regret, allowing you to live free from worry about your eternity. (See Romans 3:20-26; 1 John 5:11-13; Steps to Christ, page 62)

Freedom from the Power of Sin – a life that continues to be more and more free from the power of sin, freeing you to live the way God created you to live – trusting in Him and glorifying Him with your life and your words. (See Romans 5:20 – 6:8; Romans 6:20-23; Romans 8:1-4; Steps to Christ, page 62)

Freedom from the Presence of Sin – an eternal life free from the enticements and the consequences of sin. If you die before He comes, you will be resurrected as a perfect person. If you’re alive when He comes, you will be changed as you are taken to meet Him (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). And you will live with Him in a place free from the influences of sin – a place where God Himself will wipe every tear from your eyes … (See Revelation 21:1-4)

Even in our “land of the free” it is possible to live without real freedom – to be controlled by our sinful desires and consequences of poor choices. Don’t miss out on the best freedom there is to offer.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, NKJV)

I hope you have a great 4th. I pray that every day you may experience the freedom you can only find in Jesus!

We have spent several weeks looking at this freedom as expressed in the Book of Romans. Click here to download a PDF copy of the latest sermon in this series which has links to all of the sermons in this series listed in the Resource Section of the document.

Calendar Events

Celebrating Freedom, a free community event for the whole family, is happening this Evening (July 2) at 8:00 p.m. at the Lifespring Church (13904 S 36th Street, Bellevue, NE). It will included an indoor patriotic service (our own Carol Fennessy will be singing in the choir), snacks, door prizes, and a fireworks show provided by Wild Willy’s Fireworks.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 a.m.) – This Sabbath, Trey Wisecup, a member of our Youth Group, will present our sermon.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting Meets this Tuesday (July 9) at 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (July 9) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 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 and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Ride for Richard

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Made Jesus Mad? Christians love to focus on the gentle and tender heart of Jesus. But what about his righteous rage? In the Gospels, what, and who, ignited Jesus’ anger? How should we appropriately respond like Jesus when necessary? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Harlow about his book, What Made Jesus Mad?: Rediscover the Blunt, Sarcastic, Passionate Savior of the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

What Does the Bible Say about Wealth and Prosperity? Costi W. Hinn, author of God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies, asks, "Is God opposed to a Christian making a high salary? What’s wrong with an employer rewarding an employee for doing his job? Should Christians take a vow of poverty and purposely try to suffer? Is poverty God’s will for us? …" (Click here to read more.)

When Grief Forced Me to Start a Whole New Life from Scratch: "Extreme, soul-breaking grief took me apart. What was, was no longer. What would be, was unknown. I was brought face-to-face with my complete lack of control, my utter lack of understanding …" (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 29, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Thoughts on Death

I have been thinking about death this week. A long-time member of the Nebraska City Church, and personal friend, Ron Palmer, passed away this past Saturday night at 10:30 pm.

While it was not totally expected, it happened much quicker than expected. Last Thursday I sat with him in his room at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse and talked, laughed, and joked around – never imagining that this Thursday I would be conducting his memorial service.*

As I have become more mature (I’m almost 67 now) I have been thinking a bit more about life, and death. Living here on Planet Earth is terminal.

It has been said that there are two things we can count on – taxes and death. Taxes have been a pretty sure thing. Most people I know are still living; but, I would venture to guess that if the earth continues for another 100 years (which I think is unlikely) most everyone I know will be dead – including me.

As a Christian, I know that is not the end of things. The reason there is so much suffering and pain in our life here is that a power other than God has been embraced by so many. I also know God has promised to set things right again.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NLT)

The Apostle John, in vision, wrote this:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

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

While it is true that life on this earth is terminal, we are blessed to see beyond to a time when all those who have accepted the gift of salvation God freely offers, will live forever in a place free from the presence and influence of evil!

Knowing this takes the sting out of death. We will still grieve, because we miss their presence in our life. But we can also rejoice if we know they have accepted God's gift of eternal life. They are now beyond Satan’s reach and the pain and suffering of this life. And, we can know we will see them again!

What a comfort!

And, what an incentive to share Jesus’ love with those who do not know Him yet – so they too can have this comfort and assurance.

* Ron’s Memorial service will be held Thursday, June 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Chapel located at 644 Park Street, Syracuse, NE. The family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m. prior the service at the Funeral Chapel.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 9:00 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 a.m.) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, based on Romans 13:1 – 15:13.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Living Sacrifice, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting will Not Meet this Tuesday (July 2). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Celebrating Freedom, a free community event for the whole family, is happening this Tuesday (July 2) at 8:00 p.m. at the Lifespring Church (13904 S 36th Street, Bellevue, NE). It will included an indoor patriotic service (our own Carol Fennessy will be singing in the choir), snacks, door prizes, and a fireworks show provided by Wild Willy’s Fireworks.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 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 and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Ride for Richard

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Help for the Christian Man: What are the major issues facing Christian men and how should they be addressed from a biblical point of view? How should a Christian man avoid the pitfalls of life; lead a more balanced life; have a deeper walk with God; be an attentive husband; becoming a difference-making dad; overcome lust? Bible Gateway interviewed Patrick Morley about his book, The Christian Man: A Conversation About the 10 Issues Men Say Matter Most. (Click here to read more.)

How Do I Know When It Is Wise to Give? Dr. John Townsend, author of People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership, says, "Here is a simple matrix for determining whether you should care for someone or some organization, and to what extent, and whether you are supporting or enabling. It is five questions …" (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Living Sacrifice, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 22, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Living Sacrifice

Romans 12 begins with these verses:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacation Bible School

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

Calendar Events

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

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled A Living Sacrifice, based on Romans 12. See the lead story, A Living Sacrifice, for some questions to consider.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled People of the Promise, click here.

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

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

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

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (June 25) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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

Ride for Richard

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled People of the Promise, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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This Weed at Golden Hills: June 15, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Now That the Football Season Is Over ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Romans, Our Sermon Series

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

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

Baby Shower

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

Calendar Events

Flag Day this Friday

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled People of the Promise, based on Romans 9 - 11.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (June 18) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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

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

Job at Christian Record

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

Ride for Richard

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 8, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Now That the Football Season Is Over ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:53 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Stroman, one of our Elders, will present a sermon titled “Who are You?”.

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

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (June 11) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 11) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Job at Christian Record

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

Ride for Richard

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 25, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fast-Moving Pilgrims

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings, Julian

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Take Time To Pray: from 24-7 Prayer

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

– Psalm 121:1-2 –

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

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

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

No Services at Golden Hills on June 1

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

Ride for Richard

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:41 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath we will hold our annual Memorial Day Service coordinated by Steve Wilhelmsen.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

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

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

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

Newsletter Delivery

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 18, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Do You Remember Andrew?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No Services at Golden Hills on June 1

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

Ride for Richard

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:34 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath our worship service will be presented by our Pathfinder/Adventurer Clubs for their annual Investiture Service. John Roney will present the sermon.

Following Sabbath’s Worship Service, Pathfinders & Adventurers will be on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (May 21) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (May 21) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

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

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

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

Newsletter Delivery

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • James Clingan’s mother died this week. Let’s remember him and his family in our prayers.
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 11, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Change Anyone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar Events

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

Sunset this Friday – 8:29 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, David Soriano will share his mission experience in Africa with us.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (May 13) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

Church Board meets Tuesday (May 14) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

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

Part-Time Job Available at Christian Record Services

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

Newsletter Delivery

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

Pastors Contact Information

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