Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 22, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, February 20, 2020

Death, Yet Again – You Don’t Have to Do This Alone!

It seems that one of the challenges or growing older is the loss of friends and family through death happen more frequently. My guess is the longer you live, the more loss you will have to deal with.

This past Monday, Pat’s sister died unexpectedly. While she had been sick for quite some time, no one had any idea it would happen this soon.

Many of you, I know, have dealt with this or are dealing with it. For me, it is one of the least appealing consequences of sin and evil in this world.

The older I get, the more I long for something better than this world. God has made a number of promises regarding this. And while Scriptures do not tells much about what that will be like – I don’t think we would understand much of it anyway – it does highlight what will not be a part of Heaven and of life here on earth once it has been cleaned of sin and restored to it’s original splendor.

In Revelation 21, it tells what will be missing there:

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 21:3-4, NLT)

Did you catch that?

“… He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:3-4, NLT)

I’m not exactly sure what Heaven will be like, but anyplace where you will live forever that is missing death, sorrow, crying, and pain already sounds like a great place to be.

It is also the place where God resides. And as I’m getting to know Him better – spending an eternity with Him sounds pretty appealing!

We don’t have much control over death, sorrow, crying, and pain here. But we do have control of our destiny!

Jesus offers it to you as a gift. He also offers to walk with us here and now as we experience the inevitable results of sin – death, sorrow …

He invites you to come to Him and stay with Him. And even here in the midst of all the stuff going on, we can experience His peace and rest in our lives (see Matthew 11:28-30). The only condition is that we stay with Him.

If you have not experienced this, don’t put it off. Isaiah tells you how God feels about you and what He wants to do for you:

I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. (Isaiah 41:13, CEV)

You don’t have to do this alone!

Wall of Love

Our church is partnering with Restoring Dignity during the month of February. Restoring Dignity brings lasting change and hope to local refugees. They actively advocate for the human dignity of our refugee population by providing critical resources that both relieve suffering and enable displaced families to thrive in their new environments. One of the ways they do this is to teach families how to use specific cleaning supplies. Here are some needed cleaning supplies:

    • The Works Toilet Cleaner
    • Simple Green All Purpose Cleaning Spray
    • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
    • Dawn Dish Soap
    • Great Value Glass Cleaner
    • Comet Bathroom Cleaner
    • Toilet Brush

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:05 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 – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we continue our sermon series titled Take the Plunge with Pastor T.’s sermon titled Abide/P.R.A.Y. What do plants and our spiritual lives have in common?
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Loving the Law?, click here . You can watch it by clicking here .
    • There will be a Youth/Young Adult Bible Study this Sabbath afternoon at Pastor T’s home (3418 Scott Dr., Bellevue, NE 68123) beginning at 4:00 pm.
    • Chili Cook-Off this Saturday Evening beginning at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Hope you’ll join us!

Women’s Bible Study, this Sunday (Feb. 23) at the home of Lori Knutson (3316 N 47th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104) from 9:30 – 11:00 am. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call/text (402) 980-5018.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 24) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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 meets this Tuesday (Feb. 25) at 6:00 pm.

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

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.  See below for more details.

The Future of Our Church (Part 2) – Planning Meeting, on March 7 following Potluck.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, author of several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be a program for kids 6-10 years of age. For more information see below. To register, click here.

Church Leadership Retreat, April 24-26 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Think Different: What if the greatest spiritual battle of our generation is taking place in the space between our ears? Does how we think actually shape how we live? What are toxic thinking patterns and what does the Bible say about them? Bible Gateway interviewed Jennie Allen, author of Get Out of Your Head: The One Thought That Can Shift Our Chaotic Minds. (Click here to read more.)

Dare to Pray These Dangerous Prayers: Do you ever wonder, "Why doesn't God answer my prayers?" Do you wish you could see the evidence that prayer changes lives? Are you tired of playing it safe with your faith? Does prayer really move the heart of God? What does it mean to pray boldly and powerfully? What are dangerous prayers? In this Q&A, Craig Groeschel talks about his book, Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe. (Click here to read more.)

My Escape from Slavery: Rebecca Bender, author of In Pursuit of Love: One Woman’s Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant, says, "I knew I needed professional help if I wanted to get my life together and my little girl back. Bryan, my pimp, was furious … I called my mom and got a list of women’s rehabs in the Pacific Northwest that she’d compiled for me. Last on the list was Victory Outreach, a Christian women’s home.” (Click here to read more.)

66 Ways God Loves You: Jennifer Rothschild, author of 66 Ways God Loves You: Experiencing God's Love for You in Every Book of the Bible, summarizes each book of the Bible in light of God's love. For example, Genesis — God Fashions Me with His Hands; Exodus — God Delivers Me from Slavery; Leviticus — God Grants Me Access to Him. (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.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency , 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference

This years Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. Prayer, properly understood, is all about a living relationship with Jesus. The mission of the Prayer Conference is to inspire and empower people to renew their relationship with Jesus!

The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, a captivating storyteller and dynamic teacher. He has served as a professor of religion at Southern Adventist University and has authored several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be an amazing interactive children’s program for ages 6-10.

The price per person for a double occupancy room is just $165 per person for early-bird registration (which ends on March 10). This includes amazing meals, lodging at the Lied Lodge, and all the programming. For more information or to register, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726 or click here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Loving the Law?, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • 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. has 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, Bill Agan, 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 15, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Take the Plunge!

We will have our fourth sermon this Sabbath in our series Take the Plunge! This series looks at the heart of what it means to follow Jesus and how to do it.

So far we have spent most of our time looking at two passages. The first is a familiar where Jesus invites us to come to Him:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

We noted that the rest Jesus is offering is given on the condition that you stay with Him. It requires a lifestyle change that prioritizes getting to know Him by spending quality time with Him every day.

The second passage was not so familiar:

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4 , NLT)

We summarized the main points of this passage like this:

    1. God has given you everything you need to live the life He wants you to live.
    2. You receive this by getting to know Jesus better.
    3. God’s promises are the way you get to know Jesus better and are the keys that unlock His power to change your life.

This gives you a target in the time you spend getting to know Jesus better. You need to focus on God’s promises because they outline what God wants to do in your life along with what you need to cooperate in this process.

This Sabbath we will explore how God’s commands play a part in this.

In all of this, we are learning that you must be active in this process. There is an important part for you to play in order for God’s work to take root in your life.

Here are links to the three sermons we have already had in this series – just click on the title to download and print a PDF copy.

Wall of Love

Our church is partnering with Restoring Dignity during the month of February. Restoring Dignity brings lasting change and hope to local refugees. They actively advocate for the human dignity of our refugee population by providing critical resources that both relieve suffering and enable displaced families to thrive in their new environments. One of the ways they do this is to teach families how to use specific cleaning supplies. Here are some needed cleaning supplies:

    • The Works Toilet Cleaner
    • Simple Green All Purpose Cleaning Spray
    • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
    • Dawn Dish Soap
    • Great Value Glass Cleaner
    • Comet Bathroom Cleaner
    • Toilet Brush

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference

This years Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. Prayer, properly understood, is all about a living relationship with Jesus. The mission of the Prayer Conference is to inspire and empower people to renew their relationship with Jesus!

The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, a captivating storyteller and dynamic teacher. He has served as a professor of religion at Southern Adventist University and has authored several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be an amazing interactive children’s program for ages 6-10.

The price per person for a double occupancy room is just $165 per person for early-bird registration (which ends on March 10). This includes amazing meals, lodging at the Lied Lodge, and all the programming. For more information or to register, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726 or click here.

Calendar of Events

Valentine’s Day is this Friday!

Sunset this Friday – 5:56pm

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 – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we continue our sermon series titled Take the Plunge with Pastor T.’s sermon titled Loving the Law? How can you love something that seems so restrictive?
      • You may watch last Sabbath’s worship service by clicking here.
    • Valentines Dinner and a Movie sponsored by our Pathfinders will take place this Saturday night in our Fellowship Hall. Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and cost $6 per person. You can get tickets from any one of our Pathfinders or their leaders. The movie – titled Eight Below – is free and will begin around 7:00 pm.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 17) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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 meets this Tuesday (Feb. 18) at 6:00 pm.

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587. See below for more details.

The Future of Our Church (Part 2) – Planning Meeting, on March 7 following Potluck.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, author of several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be a program for kids 6-10 years of age. For more information see above. To register, click here.

Church Leadership Retreat, April 24-26 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Relationships are Purpose Partners: What relational model did Jesus use when he selected the 12 disciples? What are the biblical principles that teach how to assess your relationships, define them, discern them, align them, and activate them to unlock their greatest potential? Bible Gateway interviewed Dharius Daniels about his book, Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want. (Click here to read more.)

How My Loss and a Good God Can Coexist: Katherine Wolf is co-author with her husband Jay of Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything. At the age of 26, she suffered a near-fatal brainstem stroke that robbed her of her ability to walk, talk, and even eat. Her recovery has been long and hard. She says, "Before we can truly redefine loss, we have to redefine goodness. They are inextricably linked. (Click here to read more.)

Why God Commands Us to Forgive: Cynthia Heald, author of Living Wisely: Believing the Truths of Scripture, says, "One of the most precious lessons I’ve learned from God is that he asks me to forgive because he loves me and wants me to be free from bitterness and free to love even when it is hard. (Click here to read more.)

“I Had to Be the Voice for Those Who Could No Longer Speak for Themselves” Dr. Bennet Omalu, author of Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery About the Danger of Contact Sports, says, "I was under attack. My career and the careers of those who had stood with me were all at stake. I knew what I had to do. I had to stand firm on the truth. Truth will not be moved or intimidated by those who seek to silence it.” (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.

Liberty Magazine Campaign

Our Religious Liberty Offerings sponsor Liberty Magazine subscriptions to high-level government official, federal, state, and provincial judges, and prominent social and religious leaders throughout North America. It is also used to support the North American Division litigation fund – resources needed to defend and preserve your religious liberty in court when necessary. And a portion of the offering is returned to the Mid-America Union to be used in our community as needed. To give you may choose any of the following options.

    • If you received a handout at church, put your offering into the envelope provided and turn it in with the offering.
    • You can put your donation into a tithe envelope and mark it Religious Liberty.
    • You can go directly to Liberty Magazine’s Website and give through their on-line portal.
    • You can also give via our on-line portal (click here), go to the World category and click More Offering Categories, search for Liberty Magazine, click on it and then put the amount into that line and follow the instructions for donating.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency , 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Wall of Love: Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

You may watch last Sabbath’s worship service by clicking here .

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna & Garry Parker are back at home.
    • Bill Agan has finished radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 8, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, February 06, 2020

The Future of our Church

This past Sabbath we held our first planning session looking towards the Future of our Church. There were 35 of us and we completed a SWOT Analysis by looking at our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. (Click here to download and view a one page summary; click here to download a copy to print.)

I was impressed by several things.

    • First, the number of people who participated tells me that we are interested in the future of our church and want a voice in its direction. The participants ranged in age from young to old and included a mix that represented well the diversity of our membership.
    • I was impressed by how engaged everyone was in the process. The discussion showed deep thinking and brought together a good picture of where we are right now – both the good and bad.
    • And, it was wonderful to see how we related to each other. Each person who presented ideas was supported and encouraged. People’s thoughts and words were taken seriously.

Thank you to each one who participated in this first step.

There are two things we must remember as we continue down this path.

    • First, any changes we try will not make any lasting difference if God is not directing it. The most important thing each of us can do right now is to spend time getting to know God better and learning to hear His voice. More than anything, we are looking for God’s leading in this process. Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads!
    • Second, this process will take time. It is not something to rush. We will take the time needed to evaluate all the information and to listen for God’s directions.

Our next meeting will take place on March 7, following potluck. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to be a part of the continuing process to plan for the Future of Our Church.

I am excited to see where God will take us these next few months and years!

The Splash Zone    

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Splash Zone and has some beautiful thoughts on prayer.

Chances are you recognize the name Shamu. He’s the 12,000 lb, 18-foot-long killer whale that has been trained to jump, roll, and somersault at the Sea World parks. You can debate if you wish the ethical issue of keeping a creature of the wild in confinement but the reality is that 20,000,000 people every year come to watch him perform. And it’s unforgettable.

Especially if you’re sitting in the splash zone … (Click here to read the entire article.)

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

Liberty Magazine Campaign

Our Religious Liberty Offerings sponsor Liberty Magazine subscriptions to high-level government official, federal, state, and provincial judges, and prominent social and religious leaders throughout North America. It is also used to support the North American Division litigation fund – resources needed to defend and preserve your religious liberty in court when necessary. And a portion of the offering is returned to the Mid-America Union to be used in our community as needed. To give you may choose any of the following options.

    • If you received a handout at church, put your offering into the envelope provided and turn it in with the offering.
    • You can put your donation into a tithe envelope and mark it Religious Liberty.
    • You can go directly to Liberty Magazine’s Website and give through their on-line portal.
    • You can also give via our on-line portal (click here), go to the World category and click More Offering Categories, search for Liberty Magazine, click on it and then put the amount into that line and follow the instructions for donating.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:48 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 – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we are in for a special treat as our worship service will be presented by our Sudanese group. This is a program you do not want to miss!

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 10) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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 meets this Tuesday (Feb. 11) at 6:00 pm.

Church Board meets this Tuesday (Feb. 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, Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

Valentines Dinner and a Movie sponsored by our Pathfinders will take place one week from this Saturday night (Feb. 15) in our Fellowship Hall. Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and cost $6 per person. You can get tickets from any one of our Pathfinders or their leaders. The movie – titled Eight Below – is free and will begin around 7:00 pm.

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.  See below for more details.

The Future of Our Church (Part 2) – Planning Meeting, on March 7 following Potluck. See above for more details.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Rest Is Not Disconnection: Do you worry a lot? Is it common for you to dread upcoming events? Does pressure or stress trigger outbursts of anger, isolation, depression, or feelings of failure?  Do you have a hard time finishing what you start? Do you find it impossible to work in the middle of chaos? Do you wonder if God is really going to come through for you in difficult times? Bible Gateway interviewed Jenny L. Donnelly about her book, Still: 7 Ways to Find Calm in the Chaos. (Click here to read more.)

Think of Yourself as a Saint: The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there's another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament—a word that's been mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process: saints. Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken you to the life you were meant to know. Bible Gateway interviewed Addison D. Bevere about his book, Saints: Becoming More Than "Christians". (Click here to read more.)

So You Want to Be Useful to God … Craig Groeschel, author of Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe, says, "My mentor, Gary, reminded me that God loved me. He always has my best interests in mind. But for me to be wholly useful to him, I’d have to be empty of myself. God would have to break me of pride, of self-confidence, of self-sufficiency. And God would also have to break me of things that I didn’t even know needed to be removed from my 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.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency , 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Wall of Love: Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Tale of Two Families, click here. You may watch it by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Les Swensen’s father is in the hospital dealing with some critical health issues
    • Donna & Garry Parker are at Life Care Center of Omaha (6032 Ville de Sante Dr., Omaha, NE 68104), room 603. They are expecting to be discharged this Friday to return home.
    • Bill Agan continues radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 1, 2020

Web Master - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

An Angel Story       

This was written by Mike Wells, a new member from Nebraska City, in response to a challenge from a sermon preached a couple of weeks ago. (You can read that sermon by clicking here or watch it by clicking here.) I was moved by the article and thought you might be encouraged by it as well.

At Golden Hills Church we were challenged to meditate on two verses, Isaiah 40:28-31 and Isaiah 41:13. The first was already on my radar but Isaiah 41:13 was something new for me to consider. It says:

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you”. (Isaiah 41:13, CEV)

As soon as I saw that verse I sensed that this promise was for me at that specific time and that I was headed for trouble that I could not yet anticipate. You see, God does not reveal a promise to us unless He knows we will be needing to claim it soon. I thought, if God is going to have to hold my hand, that means that I am going to be having trouble soon. I winced at the thought knowing that the next day I would be traveling to Cameroon, Africa. I wondered: “What experience is God about to take me through, and will I be willing to completely trust in Him?”

The next day I boarded the second leg of my flight to Africa. I was in Atlanta Georgia and my seat on the aircraft was in the middle column of seats on a wide body Bowing 777. As I stumbled over the gentlemen who was my seat mate I must have looked like on old man in need of help who was confused and trying to find his way. The man was very polite and though his English was not as good as mine, we had a short conversation. He found that I would have the same connecting flight as he at the Paris France airport. He then made it very clear that he was willing to be my guide and help me navigate the complexity of that difficult airport.

The flight was long from Atlanta Georgia to Paris France but we had no further conversation until we were about to land in Paris. I told him that I would gladly take him up on his offer to be my guide. Then I indicated to him that for some reason when I was given boarding passes in Kansas City I was not given a boarding pass for the final leg of the flight to Cameroon. He was concerned about that because he knew I would not be able to go through security and re-board in Paris unless I had a boarding pass.

The layover time at this airport was very short and my guide looked nervously at his watch. “We are really going to have to hurry on this one” he said as we were rushing through the corridors of the airport. Then he suddenly stopped because he saw an Air France service desk. While we waited in line for our turn my to get help, my guide was nervously watching his watch. Time was running out. It occurred to me that he was willing to risk missing his flight in order to make sure I was taken care of. It was almost as if he had been given a divine commission to be my personal assistant.

When it was finally our turn to approach the service desk I tried to explain my situation but language barriers were causing problems and burning precious time. So my guide took over in fluent French and got the results that were needed. Somewhere along the way I asked him if he was a Christian. His answer was rather vague but it seemed that perhaps he was. I told him that I thought he may be an angel sent from God to help me through the situation where I was obviously helpless. He said “no time for that discussion now, we got to run”.

From then on it was a frantic mad dash to find our next terminal, go through security and finely find our departure gate. By the time we got to the gate, the boarding process had already started. My heart was racing, I was out of breath and my adrenaline was running in high gear. I was boarding a different section of the aircraft then he so my angel left me off in the queue I needed to be in while he went to his.

I have heard these stories before, you know the ones where an angel holds your hand during time of crisis only to disappear at the last minute. Well, I have to say, I could no longer find him. I looked all over as I was boarding but saw no trace of him. I wondered, is it possible........?

I spent the next five hours marveling at Gods gracious care. It was more then obvious that if left alone I would not have been on that flight. I had pondered the promise given in Isaiah 41:13 that very morning but I was not claiming it for this problem because I was not aware that the problem even existed until I was in the thick of it. Then everything was happening so fast I could not really formulate a proper prayer. No problem, long before I even knew there was a problem God had provided the answer back on Atlanta by giving me a seat mate to be my guardian angel.

It did not really matter to me if this helper was a heavenly angel or if he was a human being that God called to take care of me. Either way he was an angel. I did finally find my angel towards the end of the flight as I was walking towards the back of the aircraft to use the restroom. Yes, God had used a human this time to be my angel.

In reflecting on these events I think of Gods call for each of us to be his human angels in the same way as this man was mine. God has called us to daily impact the lives of those around us as He daily empowers us by connecting His Spirit with our spirit. It is my daily prayer that I will live a life so connected with God that I will find myself being His guardian angel for someone else when they are in need.

This experience gives me courage to wait patiently on the Lord as I go through my daily life. The more I have these experiences the more I have become bold in letting go of the reins of life and waiting patiently on the Lord.

God says:

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13, CEV)

God gave me the privilege of experiencing this promise first hand so I could develop a stronger trust in Him.

To download or print a PDF version of this story written by Mike Wells, click here.

The Future of our Church

This Sabbath (Feb. 1), we will be holding a meeting following Potluck to evaluate where we are as a church and look at where we would like go in the future. Bring your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of church life: our worship service, the sermons, community service opportunities, evangelism, etc. Please write down your ideas and plan to be a part of this important event!

Liberty Magazine Campaign

Our Religious Liberty Offerings sponsor Liberty Magazine subscriptions to high-level government official, federal, state, and provincial judges, and prominent social and religious leaders throughout North America. It is also used to support the North American Division litigation fund – resources needed to defend and preserve your religious liberty in court when necessary. And a portion of the offering is returned to the Mid-America Union to be used in our community as needed. To give you may choose any of the following options.

    • If you received a handout at church last week, just put your offering into the envelope provided and turn it in with the offering.
    • You can bring your donation with you this Sabbath and put it into a tithe envelope marked Religious Liberty or use one of the Religious Liberty inserts and turn it in with the offering.
    • You can go directly to Liberty Magazine’s Website and give through their on-line portal.
    • You can also give via our on-line portal (click here), go to the World category and click More Offering Categories, search for Liberty Magazine, click on it and then put the amount into that line and follow the instructions for donating.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:39 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will take a break from our sermon series to explore what is God’s ideal for us as individuals and as a church in a sermon titled A Tale of Two Families. You may want to read 1 John 3 – 4 to get some idea of where we may be headed …
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dig In!, 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!
    • The Future of Our Church – Planning Meeting, this Sabbath following Potluck. We will begin at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. See above for more details.

We will be hosting a special social event this Sunday (Feb. 2), beginning around 5:00 pm to watch the Super Bowl. Bring your family and enough of your favorite snacks to share.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 3) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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 meets this Tuesday (Feb. 4) at 6:00 pm

MLT Meeting meets Tuesday (Feb. 4) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Breakfast at Church will begin again one week from Sabbath (Feb. 8).

Our February 8 Worship Service will be a special presentation by our Sudanese Group. You will not want to miss this service!

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.  See below for more details.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

Backfire (HOPE Heals)

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Backfire and has some powerful thoughts about prayer.

Virtually the whole world has been dazed to watch the wildfires ravaging the beautiful island nation of Australia. How do you attack a savage maelstrom that seeks to engulf an entire country? …

One of the words a friend alerted me to in this epic event is the word backfire. Firefighters courageously move ahead of the fire and burn the combustibles out of the way so that when the wildfire reaches that place there is nothing left to burn. Simple but strategic …

At the risk of over-dramatizing the parallel, may I suggest that in the global destructive carnage in process in the great controversy, God also has an effective backfire plan. It’s called a prayer group ….

For instance: A group of prayer warriors I know well became aware recently of a pastoral family in trouble. A former strong spiritual leader, he became ill, then other complications appeared. His wife and children were surprised, then frightened. Before becoming a believer he had dabbled seriously in the occult. Could this be a residual? Where to turn?

Click here to read the entire story.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Live God’s Presence and Change Your Life: How can the sentence "GOD is here" be the key to more happiness, less boredom, more rest, less rush, more love, less drama, more peace, less fear? How should you change your perspective from merely enjoying the good moments in your life to worshiping the God who is right here, right now? Bible Gateway interviewed Mike Novotny about his book, 3 Words That Will Change Your Life: The Secret to Experiencing the Joy of God's Presence. (Click here to read more.)

Let Bible Gateway Help You Read the Bible Every Day in 2020 in These Simple Ways: Bible Gateway has a variety of ways to make your decision to read the Bible this year manageable and fun. Here are 3 of them. (Click here to read more.)

You’re Never Beyond Repair: Nona Jones, author of Success from the Inside Out: Power to Rise from the Past to a Fulfilling Future, says, "We invite God’s grace into our lives when we surrender our wills to his Word and submit our pain to his purpose. (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.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency, 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Wall of Love: Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community.

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in February and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dig In!, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna & Garry Parker are at Life Care Center of Omaha (6032 Ville de Sante Dr., Omaha, NE 68104), room 603. They will be there at least through the weekend but may get to go home sometime next week.
    • Bill Agan continues radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 25, 2020

Web Master - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Our Future         

When I think about where I would like our church to be in five years, this is what I see – this is my dream!

I see a group of members who have committed their lives to following Jesus and who spend quality time every day getting to know Him better. As a result we are learning to love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. And, we are learning to care for others in the same way we care for themselves. (See Mark 12:29-30.)

I see a church that is becoming a force for good in our neighborhood. We have become acquainted with many of our neighbors and there are several things happening here at our church that benefit our community. Things like AA meetings, health seminars, parenting classes, finance seminars, exercise classes, community picnics, etc.

I see our members also becoming acquainted with folks in the neighborhoods where they live – developing friendships, helping out in the community, sponsoring block parties, etc. I see a number of community group Bible studies where they’re spending time in the Gospels  helping each other get better connected with Jesus.

I see our youth and young adults continuing to be active and taking key leadership positions as we learn to relate better to the culture around us without watering down the message of following Jesus.

I see our numbers growing because people know we care about them and they like being with us as we all journey closer to Jesus. I see us getting crowded enough that we need to go to two services, not because we’ve focused on growing, but because we’ve focused on loving people the way Jesus has loved us. (See John 13:33-35).

I see us becoming the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus as we demonstrate in our lives the truth expressed to Nicodemus, where He said:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 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 3:14-17, NKJV)

You might thinks this is an impossible dream, just a nice thought.

It isn’t. It’s possible!

It’s possible because Jesus said it was. (See Mark 10:17-27  & John 14:12-14.)

It was demonstrated by the early Christian Church.

It has happened over and over down through the ages as people have drawn close to Jesus and allowed Him to lead them.

It is still happening in many places in the world right now as you read this.

And, it can happen right here as together we commit ourselves to following Jesus however He may lead us.

Everything is in place for it. You and I are here. Jesus is here too, just knocking and waiting for us to give Him the go-ahead.

Let’s not put this off.

Let’s embark on the adventure of a lifetime following Jesus with all our mind, our soul, our heart, and our strength!

The Future of our Church

One week from Sabbath (Feb. 1), we will be holding a meeting following Potluck to evaluate where we are as a church and look at where we would like go in the future. Bring your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of church life: our worship service, the sermons, community service opportunities, evangelism, etc. Please write down your ideas and plan to be a part of this important event!

Calendar of Events

Pathfinder’s Honors Festival (Jan. 24-26) is this weekend. Let’s pray that they have a meaningful time and stay safe. For more information contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671).

Sunset this Friday – 5:30 pm

Wall of Love – Deadline for Project Harmony Leggings: All leggings for Project Harmony should be brought to church this Sabbath (Jan. 25). See below for more information.

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we continue our sermon series titled Take the Plunge with Pastor T.’s sermon titled Dig In! How important is getting to know Jesus? And, what is the role of God’s promises in your life?

Women’s Bible Study, this Sunday (Jan. 26) at the home of Lori Knutson (3316 N 47th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104) from 9:30 – 11:00 am. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call / text (402) 980-5018.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Jan. 27). For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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 meets this Tuesday (Jan. 28) at 6:00 pm.

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 28) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Church Planning Meeting, one week from Sabbath (Feb. 1) following Potluck. See above for more details.

Breakfast at Church will begin again on February 8.

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.  See below for more details.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Live God’s Presence and Change Your Life: How can the sentence "GOD is here" be the key to more happiness, less boredom, more rest, less rush, more love, less drama, more peace, less fear? How should you change your perspective from merely enjoying the good moments in your life to worshiping the God who is right here, right now? Bible Gateway interviewed Mike Novotny about his book, 3 Words That Will Change Your Life: The Secret to Experiencing the Joy of God's Presence. (Click here to read more.)

Let Bible Gateway Help You Read the Bible Every Day in 2020 in These Simple Ways: Bible Gateway has a variety of ways to make your decision to read the Bible this year manageable and fun. Here are 3 of them. (Click here to read more.)

You’re Never Beyond Repair: Nona Jones, author of Success from the Inside Out: Power to Rise from the Past to a Fulfilling Future, says, "We invite God’s grace into our lives when we surrender our wills to his Word and submit our pain to his purpose. (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.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency , 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Wall of Love: Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community. We’re focusing on Project Harmony during the month of January. They’re in critical need of leggings of all sizes for girls and women (they are in shortest supply of the larger sizes). These are available at Walmart and most other department stores for under $20. Please consider buying a pair or two and dropping them off here at church on or before January 25.

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in February and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence . Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in our series titled L, O, LOL?, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (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.)
    • Judy Carroll will be having surgery this Friday. She is not scheduled to spend time in the hospital following the surgery unless there are complications. Please pray that the surgery goes well.
    • Donna & Garry Parker are at Life Care Center of Omaha (6032 Ville de Sante Dr., Omaha, NE 68104), room 603. They will be there at least through the weekend but may get to go home sometime next week
    • Bill Agan continues radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 18, 2020 Update

Web Master - Friday, January 17, 2020

Church Activities Cancelled

Our Worship Services and the Chili Cook-Off scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 18) have been cancelled due to the weather forecast. We are planning to reschedule the Chili Cook-Off for sometime in February – stay tuned for more information.

On-Line Church Service Options

We hope and pray you have a safe and meaningful Sabbath!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Pastor’s Contact Information

Pastor T – E-Mail: martinsent@gmail.com, Cell Phone: (402) 517-5333

This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 18, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, January 16, 2020

Another Scam         

I wrote a couple of months ago on a scam that used my information.

The current scam going around is much more insidious.

It comes via an 800 number. Pat, Meme, and I have received dozens of calls in just the past few days. We can’t block it because it uses a different 800 number for every call.

Using a recorded message they tell you there is a problem with your Social Security benefits so they are being cut off. They close the message by saying if you believe this to be in error, select option 1 and you can speak to a “Social Security Agent” who will help you clear this up.

This takes you to a “Social Security Agent” – who is really a scam artist trying to rip you off. They ask for your name and your Social Security Number to verify your account and then tell you how much you need to pay to get this taken care. They will then take your credit card information and tell you you’re good to go.

Which of course is a lie because now they have your name, your phone number, your Social Security Number, and your credit card information – and you know the damage they can do with all that.

The best way to deal with this is to not answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number. If you do answer the phone, don’t select option 1. Rather hang up and call the real Social Security number (1-800-772-1213) or log onto your account on line.

I share this for two reasons. First of all, I don’t want any of you to fall for this scam.

Second, this scam illustrates how Satan, the original scammer, works.

He will feed you a lie that feels like truth, creating a false sense of emergency. He will then suggest a solution that will only hurt and destroy you. In fact, his only goal is to hurt and discredit God by destroying you. The Apostle Peter wrote:

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8, NLT)

In the two verse right before this one, he gives us the solution to Satan’s deceptions:

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:6-7, NLT)

The only way to not get deceived by Satan, is focus on God. When you perceive trouble, don’t try to deal with it yourself, instead:

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

Jesus died to expose Satan’s scam and to rescue you from his grasp.

Stay safe out there – keep your focus on Jesus!

From Outlook Magazine On-line

You are the Church! Is the local church still relevant in today's world? Can your congregation still believe it's able to make a difference? Ron Carlson, president of the Kansas-Nebraska Conference, shares four valuable actions congregations can take that will make a monumental difference. (Click here to read more.)

Church Structure A-Z: When you’re looking at an organization as large as the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it might be difficult to understand. Here is a general breakdown to help you out. (Click here to read more.)

Outlook Magazine is the office communication tool of the Mid-America Union Conference, of which we are a part. To go to their homepage, click here. To sign up for their weekly email newsletter go to their homepage and scroll to the bottom where you can enter your email address.

The Future of our Church

On the first Sabbath in February (Feb. 1), we will be holding a meeting following Potluck to evaluate where we are as a church and look at where we would like go in the future. Bring your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of church life: our worship service, the sermons, community service opportunities, evangelism, etc. Please write down your ideas and plan to be a part of this important event!

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:22 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we continue our sermon series titled Take the Plunge with Pastor T.’s sermon titled Dig In! How important is getting to know Jesus? And, what is the role of God’s promises in your life?
    • Chili Cook-Off will take place this Saturday night (Jan. 18) in our Fellowship Hall beginning at 5:30 pm.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 20) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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 meets this Tuesday (Jan. 21) at 6:00 pm.

Pathfinder’s Honors Festival (Jan. 24-26) is coming up in a week and a half. Be sure Holly or Marina know if you’re planning to participate or not. For more information contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671)

Wall of Love – Deadline for Project Harmony Leggings: All leggings for Project Harmony should be brought to church no later than Sabbath, Jan. 25. See below for more information.

Women’s Bible Study, one week from Sunday (Jan. 26) at the home of Lori Knutson (3316 N 47th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call / text (402) 980-5018.

MLT Meeting one week from Tuesday (Jan. 28) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Church Planning Meeting, two weeks from Sabbath (Feb. 1) following Potluck. See above for more details.

Breakfast at Church will begin again on February 8.

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.  See below for more details.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Be a Gardener and Ambassador for Christ: How do you have a conversation with someone who is intent on proving Christianity wrong and won't accept the Bible as a source of authority? How can you artfully regain control of discussions, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways, comfortably and graciously maneuvering through the minefields of a challenging dialogue to get people thinking about Jesus? Bible Gateway interviewed Gregory Koukl about his book, Tactics (2nd Edition): A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. (Click here to read more.)

How to Be the Kind of Christian People Can’t Resist: Jesus envisioned his followers would be hard to resist: a wildly diverse yet compellingly unified multitude of strangers that would penetrate the world with love. Over time this Jesus movement would become irresistible to people from every nation, tribe, and tongue. How does Christianity stack up to Jesus' expectations? Bible Gateway interviewed Scott Sauls about his book, Irresistible Faith: Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can't Resist. (Click here to read more.)

Preparing Yourself for Life’s Next Storm: Esther Fleece Allen, author of Your New Name: Saying Goodbye to the Labels That Limit, says, "Too often, our identity gets tangled up with our circumstances, and suddenly, the truth of who we are is colored by our relationship status, our job title, the shame of our past, or what others say about us. (Click here to read more.)

Idolatry – The One Great Sin that All Others Come From: Kyle Idleman, author of God’s at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart, says, "We may not have the god of commerce, the god of agriculture, the god of sex, or the god of the hunt. But we do have portfolios, automobiles, adult entertainment, and sports. If it walks like an idol, and quacks like an idol … You can call it a cough instead of calling it cancer, but that doesn’t make it any less deadly. (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.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency, 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Wall of Love: Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community. We’re focusing on Project Harmony during the month of January. They’re in critical need of leggings of all sizes for girls and women (they are in shortest supply of the larger sizes). These are available at Walmart and most other department stores for under $20. Please consider buying a pair or two and dropping them off here at church on or before January 25.

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in February and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled L, O, LOL?, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (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.)
    • Elma Johannessen has been discharged from the hospital is now at home.
    • Paul Lostaglia has been discharged from Rehab and is now at home.
    • Bill Agan continues radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 11, 2020

Web Master - Wednesday, January 08, 2020

When Martyrdom Doesn’t Matter

This week I’m sharing an article written by Ty Gibson, one of the founders of Light Bearers. This is the introduction to a series he will share over the course of the next 12 months based on 1 Corinthians 13. I will try to reference each one as it comes out.

The article spoke to my heart and gives perspective to what we are exploring in our current sermon series, Take the Plunge. I pray that you will be blessed by these thoughts.

Shortly after I became a follower of Jesus, somebody in a group Bible study said something that was kind of like theological shock therapy for me. “You know,” he said, “not all the martyrs in Christian history are going to be in heaven.”

I thought to myself, “Of course they will be. That’s a crazy idea. Why would you say such a thing?” At that point in my rather young faith, I couldn’t imagine a more absolute evidence of a person’s commitment to Christ than to allow themselves to be burned at the stake rather than deny Him. Then the fella with the aggravating idea quoted a line from the apostle Paul: “Though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

Oh my!

That’s when a sense of shock jolted through my theology and woke me up to a deeper sense of need for Jesus.

    …love is the one thing that gives meaning to everything else…

In that moment, a light flipped on in my mind: it is possible to do the right thing for the wrong reason, which means that the standard to which I’m called is far higher than I’ve imagined. I immediately remembered that Peter, in a fit of religious zeal, was willing to defend Jesus with violence and die for Him, but then turned around and denied Him when circumstances required that he live for Him (Matthew 26:51, 69-75). I have since realized, over and over again, that religion is probably the best place in the world to hide from God.

Apparently, this thing the Bible calls “love” is a really big deal. In fact, according to Paul, love is the one thing that gives meaning to everything else, and in the absence of which any given thing becomes meaningless. The standard is so high that we simply cannot meet it if left to ourselves. This is why we need a Savior.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

For the rest of this year, this monthly devotional will explore eleven attributes of genuine love in 1 Corinthians 13 . (Click here to read this article on-line.)

Click here go to their website – there’s a place on their home page to subscribe to their blog (right side about half-way down).

  The Future of our Church

On the first Sabbath in February (Feb. 1), we will be holding a meeting following Potluck to evaluate where we are as a church and look at where we would like go in the future. Bring your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of church life: our worship service, the sermons, community service opportunities, evangelism, etc. Please write down your ideas and plan to be a part of this important event!

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:14 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – Jesus words recorded in Matthew 11:28-30 is an invitation to rest in Jesus as we allow Him to change the direction of our life. This Sabbath, as we continue our series titled Take the Plunge with Pastor T.’s sermon titled L, O, or LOL, we will explore the three ways we can respond to His invitation.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled A Yoke?, click here . You can watch it by clicking here .
      • To watch John Roney’s sermon from last Sabbath on lessons we can learn from Rahab, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 13) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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 meets this Tuesday (Jan. 14) at 6:00 pm.

Church Board meets this Tuesday (Jan. 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, Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

Chili Cook-Off will take place One week from Saturday night (Jan. 18) in our Fellowship Hall beginning at 5:30 pm.

Wall of Love – Deadline for Project Harmony Leggings: All leggings for Project Harmony should be brought to church no later than Sabbath, Jan. 25. For more information, see below.

Church Planning Meeting, Sabbath, February 1 following Potluck. See above for more details.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

When You’re Disappointed, Disillusioned, and Wondering About the Reality of God’s Goodness: What happens when life doesn't turn out the way you expected? What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, his lack of intervention hurtful, and his promises doubtful? In this Bible Gateway Q&A, Lysa TerKeurst talks about her book, It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered. (Click here to read more.)

How Esther Shows God Has a Purpose for Your Life: Do you believe God has a purpose for your life, and every action or event that occurs within it has been used to make that purpose a reality? Do you read the story of Esther as a series of coincidences strung together to deliver the Jews from certain death? Or as God having a particular purpose at a particular time? In this Bible Gateway Q&A, Dr. Tony Evans talks about his book, Pathways: From Providence to Purpose. (Click here to read more.)

How Bad Communication Can Spoil a Good Relationship: Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of Love Talk: Speak Each Other’s Language Like You Never Have Before, say, "Love relationships maintain themselves linguistically. But a mere exchange of information – no matter how well it is communicated – is not enough to keep a love relationship alive. (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.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Wall of Love: Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community. We’re focusing on Project Harmony during the month of January. They’re in critical need of leggings of all sizes for girls and women (they are in shortest supply of the larger sizes). These are available at Walmart and most other department stores for under $20. Please consider buying a pair or two and dropping them off here at church on or before January 25.

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in February and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence . Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Breakfast at Church: We are no longer serving breakfast at Church on Sabbath mornings. If this is something you would like to see come back and would be willing to coordinate it, please let Kalvin Tuel or Pastor T. know.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To watch John Roney’s sermon from last Sabbath on lessons we can learn from Rahab, click here .

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Elma Johannessen has been discharged from the hospital is now at home.
    • Paul Lostaglia has been discharged from Rehab and is now at home.
    • Donna & Gary Parker are at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue.
    • Bill Agan continues radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 4, 2020

Web Master - Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Have a Wonderful New Year!       

Each year, we are given a new beginning. We call it New Year.

Of course we know that much of what happens is determined by the hundreds of little choices we have already made in our life, but it is a good time to reevaluate where you are headed.

Do you need to begin making healthier choices?

Do you need to approach things differently in your finances?

Are there areas in your relationships with your family you need change direction?

And of course, the most important consideration of all. Do you need to chart a new course of action related to your life with Jesus?

In all these areas, Jesus is ready to step in and lead. He is only waiting for your permission. He said:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

This is a wonderful promise. All it asks of you is that you step into life with Him and allow Him to lead. This will involve some changes. It is unreasonable to assume that you can just continue living the way you have and expect different results.

In order to experience the rest Jesus promises, you must follow where He leads you. This means saying “yes” to things He is asking for you to change.

But, He also promises He will walk with you and help you with any change He directs. He does not leave you to walk any part of this journey alone.

May this New Year be one filled with positive changes that will enable you to be healthier, more generous, closer to the people you love, and walking in the peace Jesus offers!

Wall of Love

Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community.

We are focusing on Project Harmony during the month of January.

Thanks to members and friends donating their empty bottles after enjoying their favorite flavor of Sparkling ICE, we have enough to make another batch of calming bottles for the kids at Project Harmony again. We will plan to do this following the Potluck this Sabbath (Jan. 4). Please plan to stay by for a little bit to help.

In addition to the calming bottles, they are in critical need of leggings of all sizes for girls and women (they are in shortest supply of the larger sizes). These are available at Walmart and most other department stores for under $20. Please consider buying a pair or two and dropping them off here at church on or before January 25.

The Future of our Church

On the first Sabbath in February (Feb. 1), we will be holding a meeting following Potluck to evaluate where we are as a church and look at where we would like go in the future. Bring your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of church life: our worship service, the sermons, community service opportunities, evangelism, etc. Please write down your ideas and plan to be a part of this important event!

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our 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!

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:07 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – The Haystacks Church: We will be starting a new study this Sabbath entitled The Haystacks Church. It will based on a book titled The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath our sermon will be presented by John Roney, our former student pastor.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last weeks sermon titled A Yoke?, click here . You can watch it by clicking 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!
    • Calming Bottle Assembly following Potluck – Please plan to stay after potluck for a little while to help prepare Calming Bottles for Project Harmony.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 6) at 6:30 PM. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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.

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 7). We will begin again one week from Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Church Board meets one week from Tuesday (Jan. 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, Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

Chili Cook-Off will take place two weeks from Saturday night (Jan. 18). It will take place in our Fellowship Hall beginning at 5:30 pm.

Deadline for Project Harmony Leggings: All leggings for Project Harmony should be brought to church no later than Sabbath, Jan. 25. For more information, see above.

Church Planning Meeting, Sabbath, February 1 following Potluck. See above for more information.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See above for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Bible Gateway 2019 on Parade: The year 2019 saw an American rapper infuse his latest album with references to biblical themes, a horror movie spark international interest in the Bible, a children’s TV host raise awareness of sacred ideas, and the commemoration of communion on the Moon. As all the news transpired, Bible Gateway helped you process it through a scriptural lens. (Click here to read more.)

Jesus is True Wisdom: Sharon Kaselonis, author of Jesus, Day by Day: A One-Year, Through-the-Bible Devotional to Help You See Him on Every Page, says, "As you read the Scriptures today, recognize Jesus as wisdom personified in the pages of Proverbs. (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.

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If you don’t have a smart phone, you will get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in February and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence . Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Breakfast at Church: We are no longer serving breakfast at Church on Sabbath mornings. If this is something you would like to see come back and would be willing to coordinate it, please let Kalvin Tuel or Pastor T. know.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

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

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

To 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last weeks sermon titled A Yoke?, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (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.)
    • Elma Johannessen is scheduled to be released from the hospital to a rehab center in the next few days. When we find out which rehab center she is at, we will ley you know. She is currently at Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue in Room 420. Please continue to pray for her.
    • Paul Lostaglia finished his rehab and is scheduled to be discharged to home today (Tuesday, 12/31).
    • Donna Parker is still in the hospital at CHI Health – Bergan Mercy. Gary is also in the hospital there following a fall which resulted in a couple of staples in his head and a concussion. Please continue to pray for them.
    • Bill Agan will begin radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat early in the new year. Please pray for his recovery.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 28, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas!   

It’s hard to believe we have made it around the calendar to Christmas again. In all the business of this season, take some time to remember that we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday (not yours or mine).

And take some time to reflect on what Jesus coming to this world means in terms of your life and eternity.

May you be blessed and be a blessing as you celebrate Jesus’ birth this year!

Where Else?

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Where Else?. He has some beautiful thoughts on Christmas, including a song to listen to (it was a song I had not heard before).

I love the whole season … the lights, the trees, the music, the re-reading of the story, the family gatherings … all of it. However, the real reason I enjoy it so much is because of what it represents. Without Christmas, I would have nothing to sing about, and how could I possibly even understand the word joy? The lights and “stuff” are just earthy symbols of the time of year when much of the whole world pauses and collectively considers the reality of the birth of Christ and what that birth actually means.

Without His birth He would not have fulfilled the hundreds of prophecies predicted about Him. Without His birth, He would not have been able to relate to us as “God in flesh”… Immanuel, God with us. God for us. The entire hope of the human family was wrapped in rags and laid in a feeding trough. (Click here to continue reading this online.)

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

Breakfast at Church

This will be the last Sabbath we will be serving breakfast at Church on Sabbaths other than Potluck Sabbath. If this is something you would like to see continue and would be willing to coordinate it, please let Kalvin Tuel or Pastor T. know.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:01 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 – The Haystacks Church: We will be starting a new study the first week of January, entitled The Haystacks Church. It will based on a book titled The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.

    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – How do you approach God’s will and salvation? This Sabbath Pastor T will explore this topic as he shares a message titled L, O, or LOL.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers (Dec. 30). We will begin again on January 6. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (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.

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Dec. 31). We will begin again following the holidays on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31.

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Blessed to Bless: What does it mean to flip the blessing by blessing others in the way God has blessed us? How can we turn giving into a game and experience an exponential joy in the process? What does the Bible say about blessings? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Batterson about his book, Double Blessing: How to Get It. How to Give It. (Click here to read more.)

Learning the Promises of God One Day at a Time: Times of change, trouble, or doubt can leave us looking for answers, wondering what God says about our situation. Millions have trusted Jack Countryman books based on the promises of God. His first 365-day devotional – God's Promises® Every Day – brings encouragement and assurance through Scripture and writings about the promises God has for your life. Bible Gateway interviewed Jack Countryman about his book, God's Promises Every Day: 365 Day Devotional. (Click here to read more.)

What Is the Purpose of My Pain? Seth Haines, author of  The Book of Waking Up: Experiencing the Divine Love That Reorders a Life, asks, "Is emotional pain a gift? Is it a signaler, an opportunity to invite the great God of healing and comfort to be with us?” (Click here to read more.)

Happy Hanukkah – Know Why It’s Important: The purpose and traditions of Hanukkah are so intriguing, that Christians should appreciate this festival more than a passing acknowledgment of the season. (Click here to read more.)

Learn More About the Genealogy of Jesus this Christmas: Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how miraculous Jesus’ birth was, even while we celebrate his arrival on Christmas. But the more closely you read into the genealogies in the Gospels, the more fully you can come to appreciate the fulfillment of God’s covenant. (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.

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If you don’t have a smart phone, you will get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in February and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence . Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

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

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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

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

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

To 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 (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. (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.)
    • Elma Johannessen is at Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue, room 420. She enjoys visitors. Please continue to pray for her.
    • Paul Lostaglia is currently in a rehab program as he recovers from his triple by-pass surgery He is at Hillcrest Millard (13225 Westwood Lane, Omaha, NE 68144). The phone number for his room is 531-365-3069. He enjoys visitors as well. Please continue to pray for him.
    • Donna Parker is back in the hospital at CHI Health – Bergan Mercy. Please continue to pray for her and Gary.
    • Bill Agan will begin radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat early in the new year. Please pray for his recovery.
    • 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. has 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, 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), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.