Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 29, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What's Your One Thing? 

I have shared a number of blogs through the past couple of years from the website, Hope-Heals.org. They are written by Don Jacobsen, a leader in the North American Division Prayer Ministries. The one I received about a week ago is especially relevant as we look towards the New Year. The question it asks, “What’s your one thing?” is important as we  each seek to live the best life we can in Jesus.

Chances are you've likely been to Yellowstone National Park. If so, I think you'll agree with me that it's one of the most fascinating places in America, covering more than 3,500 square miles.

A couple of decades ago scientists began to notice that the ecosystem of the park was changing. They sensed that the park was not as vibrant, not as verdant. The animal population seemed to be dwindling, there were more patches of brown vegetation, less robust flow in the streams.

So in 1995 they made a rather bizarre decision: They re-introduced a pack of 14 wolves into the park. Wolves. Almost before their eyes, Yellowstone began to change. Wolves are great hunters so predictably the deer population began to dwindle. With fewer deer now, their previous habitat began to change, plants grew. Aspen and willows began once more to flourish. Berries sprouted in the new underbrush. And bugs.

The new environment became a happy place for birds again, lots of them (including bald eagles). With more delectable young vegetation, beavers returned. And as they built their dams, otters and muskrats and reptiles found new homes.

Wolves are natural enemies of the coyote, and as the coyote population diminished, their natural prey ... rabbits and mice, returned. The new crop of vermin attracted red foxes, weasels, badgers, and hawks. Because the better balance between predator and prey caused vegetation to flourish and therefore erosion to subside, river banks stabilized, channels narrowed, more pools formed, ducks returned, rivers stayed in their banks.

In a relatively short time a single contagious act transformed the world's first national park again into a thing of beauty. If you visit there today you can't help but notice.

I heard it said once, and I believe it's true, that you never do just one thing. The right thing done in the right way nearly always causes ripples. More than once we've seen the leadership of a struggling congregation decide they would ask God to re-shape their agenda and help them become a prayer-force for the Kingdom. New life begins to appear. Those patches of Laodicean brown turn to luscious green. Life-giving water flows again. The beauty is restored.

What one thing has God laid on your heart? What one thing do you sense would honor Him and multiply the influence of your church in your city? What one decision would radicalize your church's presence to the folks you serve? I believe if you ask He'll let you know. (Click here to read this article on-line.)

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

From the Kansas Nebraska Conference

This Sabbath there will be a special offering collected for evangelism within our Conference. An additional $50,000 is needed to help cover the planned evangelism events in 2019. Please consider making a special offering this Sabbath by putting it in a tithe envelope and mark it for Conference Evangelism.

Hospice Volunteers are Needed

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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:02 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Pastor T will share a sermon titled “The Main Thing” based on Micah 6:8 and Matthew 7:12.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Immanuel, click here.

New Year’s Eve – this Monday, Dec. 31

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Until January 7, 2019). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

New Year’s Day – this Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday. We are taking a holiday break and will resume on January 15. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Diabetes Undone begins January 12  at 4:00 pm in the Omaha Memorial SDA Church. There will be eight session, all on Sabbath Afternoon concluding on March 2. For more information, click here. This seminar is sponsored by Health Returns. Registration is required. Call 402-639-8996 or email (diabetes@healthreturns.org) to register (by Dec. 29 to guarantee your participant kit) or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos: The heavens beckon us, telling us this wonderful, mind-boggling cosmic display is indeed the work of the creator. And now, using rovers and satellites, explorations venture further out into the vastness of space than ever before. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. David Bradstreet about his book, Star Struck: Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos. (Click here to read more.)

God of the Big Bang: Leslie Wickman PhD, is a former Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space corporate astronaut, rocket scientist, and engineer on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station programs. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Wickman about her book, God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator. (Click here to read more.)

Take the Bible Gateway Christmas Quiz: Think you know the facts about the birth of Jesus? Have fun taking this brief Christmas quiz to find out. Encourage your family, friends, and social media followers to try their hand at it, too. (Click here to read more and take the quiz.)

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.

Church Positions Available

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Jeane & Mike Guy are asking for special prayer for his mother, Irene, who just found out she has late stage Pancreatic Cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 22, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Camp Fire Lessons

Who doesn’t remember the pictures of the fire that swept through Paradise, California about a month ago. We know numerous people who lost their homes and everything in them because of the fire, which was referred to as the “Camp Fire.”

Dan Martella, the Administrative Pastor of the Paradise SDA Church, posted this report on November 21 which showed up in my email box last night via MyOutlook, the weekly email newsletter from Outlook Magazine.

I know this is not a feel-good Christmas thought – this is real life for lots of people; all around the world. There are literally millions of people who have suffered loss and are displaces because of natural disasters and war. This is one person, sharing his thoughts and perspective on loss. It’s worth reading and thinking about.

We went through fire … but you brought us to a place of abundance. (Psalm 66:12)

The last ten days are a blur. My head hurts. My emotions are numb. I live in a fairly high level of chaos. My future is uncertain. I am surrounded by people who love me. I am part of a ministry team that is on the front lines in making a difference for our displaced church family and community. I am a part of the Paradise Camp Fire story that is being played out here at home and around the world.

Thursday, November 8 dawned like any other morning. When I got up, there was a distinguishable trace of smoke in the air. By the time I had my breakfast and got into my devotional time, the skies were raining ash. My wife called from her office at Adventist Health/Feather River to let me know that the entire town was under evacuation orders.  While she drove home, my son, granddaughter, and I hastily ran through our homes collecting family pictures, electronics, important documents, and a few clothes.  Soon after Linda got home, we drove into the smoke and headed out of town.

On Friday afternoon we pulled into the Redding Home Town Buffet for lunch and Wi-Fi access.  It was then that I saw the first pictures of my large church campus – totally destroyed. The whole thing hit me like a sucker punch. Still, there was no word about our home. Sabbath afternoon we connected with a friend who had access to Paradise and asked him to check on our home. A few hours later we got the word and pictures:  Our home was a smoldering heap of ashes. Once again a tsunami of emotions swept over my soul. Forty years of home and comfort were suddenly snatched away. (Click here to read more.)

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:58 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Pastor T will share a sermon titled “Immanuel” based on Matthew 1:18-25 and Hebrews 4:14-16.

Christmas Eve – This Monday, Dec. 24

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Until January 7, 2019). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Christmas Day – This Tuesday, Dec. 25

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday. We are taking a holiday break and will resume on January 15. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

New Year’s Eve – One week from Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Day – One week from Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

A Fresh Foodie Bible Study Adventure: Author and speaker Margaret Feinberg believes the Bible is meant to be more than read – it’s meant to be tasted and savored and explored with holy chutzpah. She recently went on an extraordinary biblical quest to explore six different foods in the Bible. The result is a scrumptious 6-session DVD Bible study and book. Bible Gateway interviewed Margaret Feinberg about her DVD Bible study, Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers. (Click here to read more.)

How to Read the Bible in the Order of Events as They Transpired in Bible Times: When you read different books of the Bible, do you get confused about the order of events; for example, how the message of a prophet in one book fits into the timeline of activity recorded in another book? Or when and where the stories of Scripture took place and why it's important to understand these details? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Ron Rhodes about his book, A Chronological Tour Through the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

Take the Bible Gateway Christmas Hymns Quiz: Many hymns sung in the Christmas season have their roots in the Bible and the gospel message. How well do you know these carols? Have fun taking this brief quiz to find out. Encourage your family, friends, and social media followers to try their hand at it, too. (Click here to read more and take the quiz.)

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.

Church Positions Available

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Jeane & Mike Guy are asking for special prayer for his mother, Irene, who just found out she has late stage Pancreatic Cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 15, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Thank You Sabbath School Teachers!  

There is a group of courageous, committed, and talented people in our church we don’t talk about too much – unless something has gone wrong. That is our Children’s and Youth Sabbath School Teachers!

Week after week they spend an hour with our children, loving them, teaching them, singing with them, making them feel like they belong here in our church!

While it doesn’t sound too hard, any of us who have been a Sabbath School Teacher knows how much time and energy goes into preparing for that hour. We are blessed to have such a great team of volunteers!

    • In our Cradleroll department we have Pat, Haley, and Coleen – along with Rita and Hannah who help occasionally when Pat is gone.
    • Our Primary division is headed up by Mary Jane, with regular help from Marina and Elma.
    • Our Juniors have Lori with some help from Andria.
    • And our Youth Department is headed up by Anita, along with Kimberly and John – and a number of youth who plan and lead out in their studies and discussions.

To each of you, on behalf of our church, I say thank you!

We have a couple of great Adult classes too! Our Sanctuary class is led by Steve and Kalvin, and our Hearth Room class is taught by David, John, and Danny. This also takes time to prepare, they don’t just walk into class and lead a discussion, they each spend significant time preparing.

To them also I say thank you!

When you run into any of these people, don’t hesitate to thank them yourself, especially if they are teaching you or your children.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:55 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

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

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Dec. 17) at 6:30 pm for their Christmas Parties! Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday. We are taking a holiday break and will resume on January 15. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

As With Elijah, God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things: Who was the prophet Elijah and how is his ancient life exemplary for us in the 21st century? How did God use this ordinary man with many imperfections to accomplish extraordinary feats in the time of Old Testament kings? Bible Gateway interviewed R. T. Kendall about his book, These Are the Days of Elijah: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things. (Click here to read more.)

Scripture Read At President George H. W. Bush’s Funeral: President George H. W. Bush, 94, died Nov. 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas after suffering with vascular Parkinsonism. Here are the Scripture passages read at his funeral Dec. 5 at Washington National Cathedral and Dec. 6 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. (Click here to read more.)

Take the Bible Gateway Christmas Quiz: How well do you know all the facts about the birth of Jesus? Have fun taking this brief quiz to find out. Encourage your family, friends, and social media followers to try their hand at it, too. (Click here to read more and take the quiz.)

Are Verses Missing from Modern Bible Translations? Here's the very good reason why modern English Bible translations have fewer verses in them than vintage English Bible translations such as the King James Version (KJV) and Geneva Bible. (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.

Church Positions Available

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastors Contact Information

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

John Roney (Student Pastor) – E-Mail: john.roney@ucollege.edu, Cell Phone: (573) 982-9385

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This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 8, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

By the Grace of God!         

In the past couple of weeks there have been a couple of statements from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, that really caught my attention. They are listed below along with a link in case you would like to read the entire selection.

The Riches of the Destitute: The gospel of the grace of God awakens an intense longing in human souls and an equally intense resentment, because the truth that it reveals is not palatable or easy to swallow. There is a certain pride in people that causes them to give and give, but to come and accept a gift is another thing. I will give my life to martyrdom; I will dedicate my life to service – I will do anything. But do not humiliate me to the level of the most hell-deserving sinner and tell me that all I have to do is accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts. We must either receive it as a gift or do without it … (My Utmost for His Highest, Nov. 28)

By the Grace of God I Am What I Am: There is only one relationship that really matters, and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life. (My Utmost for His Highest, Nov. 30)

The Law and the Gospel: The moral law, ordained by God, does not make itself weak to the weak by excusing our shortcomings. It remains absolute for all time and eternity … The moment we realize this, the Spirit of God convicts us of sin. Until a person gets there and sees that there is no hope, the Cross of Christ remains absurd to him … I, a guilty sinner, can never work to get right with God – it is impossible. There is only one way by which I can get right with God, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. I must get rid of the underlying idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience. Who of us could ever obey God to absolute perfection! (My Utmost for His Highest, Dec. 1)

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Member Update – Flo Filkins

Flo’s surgery last Wednesday to remove a cyst that had been pushing against her spine was a great success. She was immediately free from the pain that had been debilitating and is able to walk again. She was discharged from the hospital last Friday and is finishing up her recovery at home. Thank you for your prayers.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:55 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

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

Pathfinder Lock In this Saturday night (Dec. 8). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Golden Hills Church Cookie Exchange this Sunday (Dec. 9) at 2pm, in the Fellowship hall. See below for more information.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Dec. 10). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

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

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

Our Annual Christmas Worship Service takes place one week from Sabbath (Dec. 15). For more information contact Trisha (e-mail or text 402-415-9015) or Rita (e-mail or text 402-215-2015).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Understand the Bible in 1 Month: When considering the Bible, do you confuse the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah? Or mix up Jericho with Jeroboam? Do you think Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife? Do you know how the Old Testament is different from the New Testament, but how they tell the same story? Do you get uncomfortably nervous when you're asked in a group to look up a verse in the book of Zephaniah? Bible Gateway interviewed Max Anders about his book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible: Unlock the Scriptures in 15 Minutes a Day. (Click here to read more.)

Scientists – ‘Superheated Blast from the Sky’ Destroyed Dead Sea Cities, Pointing to Sodom in Bible: Scientists have found that a "superheated blast from the skies" destroyed cities near the Dead Sea 3,700 years ago, which biblical analysts are saying echoes the destruction of Sodom (see Genesis 19). (Click here to read more.)

Help For You to Focus on Christ This Christmas: Advent is almost upon us. That means it’s time for Bible Gateway's free Advent and Christmas devotions. This year, we’re bringing back several favorite classic devotionals, and introducing a new one that will help you renew your focus on God’s Word this holiday season. (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.

Cookie Exchange, December 9

You’re invited to a Cookie Exchange this Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm here in our Fellowship Hall. The theme is Christmas Cookies. Your spouse/significant other is invited – along with your family.

The Rules of the Cookie Exchange are:

    • All cookies should be homemade or from a bakery (not from the cookie aisle at the grocery store)
    • Please bake and bring one to four dozen cookies of One Kind.
    • You may take home as many cookies as you bring.

No time to bake? Burnt your cookies? Still want to attend? Go to a bakery and pick up 1 to 4 dozen of the same kind of cookies and come join us!

Church Positions Available

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Service, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Flo Filkins’ surgery last Wednesday to remove a cyst that had been pushing against her spine was a great success. She was immediately free from the pain that had been debilitating and is able to walk again. She was discharged from the hospital last Friday and is finishing up her recovery at home. Thank you for your prayers.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), 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, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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