Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 2, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Killing Christians 

I recently finished reading a book titled Killing Christians. I found it more challenging and encouraging than anything else I have recently read outside of the Bible and Desire of Ages.

The book tells the story of several Muslim followers of Jesus. It tells how each one was converted and experiences they had as a result of living in a culture deeply antagonistic to those who leave the Muslim faith.

This book affected in several ways:

    • First, I was impressed how active God is in the Muslim Community.
    • I was inspired by the joy and peace these new followers of Jesus had.
    • I was moved by the deep commitment these followers made to Jesus. Nothing else in their life mattered more to them than staying connected to Him and sharing what they found in Him with others
    • I was motivated by their courage and by their trust in Jesus; even in a culture that routinely tortured and killed any person who turned their back on the Muslim faith – something so deeply ingrained that law enforcement would mostly ignore it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels a need for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Their stories will inspire and motivate you!

To purchase a copy of the book Killing Christians, by Tom Doyle, click here. To purchase a copy for iBooks, click here; for Kindle, click here; or for a Nook Book, click here.

Soaking Prayer

This is the beginning of a recent blog from the NAD Prayer Ministries Website. It was good enough that I wanted to make it available to you. To read the entire message, click on the link at the end of the 3rd paragraph.

Because we live in the South, a phrase like soakin' prayer isn't all that unusual. But let me explain how it became very real to us. 

A lady we know well began to notice that at times she was beginning to see double. It was a nuisance around the house, but when she ventured out on the highway, it would create some significant complications. At times it seemed there were two cars coming toward her but she couldn't tell for sure which one was real.

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 the entire article)

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Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat will be on Vacation from February 4 – 11 and will be unavailable during that time. In the case of an emergency, please feel free to contact any one of our Elders. click here for a list of elders with their contact information.

Romans

We are continuing our sermon series on the book of Romans. We are still looking at Romans 1:18 – 3:31 as we complete the topic we began last week. Here are some questions to think about as you continue reading this passage. You will have a chance to share what you learn or ask a question just before the sermon. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Big Problem – Part 1, click here.

    1. What part of Romans 1:18 – 3:20 do you find most discouraging? Why?
    2. What thought in Romans 3:21-31 do you find most comforting? Why?
    3. What do you personally need to do in order to participate in the Good News of Romans 3:21-31?

Operation Christmas Child Report

To view a report on this year’s Operation Christmas Child campaign, where more than 10.6 million shoeboxes were prepared and given away, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:40 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Big Problem – Part 2, based on Romans 1:18 – 3:31. There will still be a bit of pain this week, but it ends with wonderful news! See the section titled Romans above for a few questions to consider as you read this passage.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Big Problem – Part 1, 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!

Diabetes Undone continues this Sabbath afternoon at Omaha Memorial SDA Church, 4:00 pm. Call 402-639-8996 or email (diabetes@healthreturns.org) to register or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 4) at 6:30 pm at the Church. 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 (Feb. 5). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder’s Valentine Dinner, one week from Saturday night (Feb. 9) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. For more information or tickets, talk to any Pathfinder member or leader – Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: Sabbath, March 9 at the Great Bend SDA Church (7 SW 30 Avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 4. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration: Sabbath, March 16 at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org).

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference – New Date: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline is February 17. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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. They would lead the world in acts of love and justice and be the most life-giving bosses, employees, neighbors, and friends. 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.)

Why Is Spiritual Warfare a Continuing Struggle? Do you ask yourself, "Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?" How can you discern whether you’re dealing with battles within yourself, resistance from God, or genuine fights with the devil? What did Jesus say about our spiritual authority and the certainty we have in him? Bible Gateway interviewed Havilah Cunnington about her book, Stronger Than the Struggle: Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle. (Click here to read more.)

When Grief Forced Me to Start a Whole New Life from Scratch: Lisa Leonard, author of Brave Love: Making Space for You to Be You, says, “Extreme, soul-breaking grief took me apart. What was, was no longer. What would be, was unknown. I was brought face-to-face with my complete lack of control, my utter lack of understanding. There was no pretending I had it all together, no way to fake anything at all …” (Click here to read more.)

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

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Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now registered on Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the school. To get set up for your purchases to assist the school, start by clicking here. Please contact Rosa Perez if you questions (402-885-3731).

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.
    • Prayer Coordinator: This person would work with a prayer team from the church to coordinate special requests and prayer for our church’s outreach and events. They can choose to moderate the Church Prayer Team Facebook page as a tool to communicate with the prayer team and the church.
    • 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

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.

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Big Problem – Part 1, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (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: Jan. 26, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Because of Your Unfailing Love! 

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 51. This was written in response to Nathan’s message to David following his sin with Bathsheba.

What is refreshing to me is how David owns his sin. He doesn’t make excuses. He doesn’t blame it on anyone else, he admits it – along with his helplessness to make it right.

He does what we all need to do. He asks for forgiveness and cleansing, not because he deserves it, but because he needs it so badly – and because of God’s unfailing love and compassion. If you will take the time to read this prayerfully, perhaps it will help you connect better with God.

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit – with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar. (Psalm 51, NLT)

Romans

We are now in a sermon series on the book of Romans. Because of church being cancelled last week due to weather, we are still looking at Romans 1:18 – 3:31. Here are some questions to think about as you read this passage. Pastor T will give you a chance to share what you learn or ask a question about it at the beginning of his sermon. To download a PDF copy of the first sermon in this series titled Welcome to Rome, click here.

    1. How bad is the bad news of Romans 1:18 – 3:20?
    2. Where do you find yourself in the bad news of Romans 1:18 – 3:20? What part of it describes you the best? Why?
    3. What thought in Romans 3:21-31 do you find most comforting?
    4. What, to you, is the most important thing in this passage (Romans 1:18 – 3:31)?

Take Time – Rely on God: from 24-7 Prayer

"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day,
as if nothing had yet been done."

– C S Lewis –

Today, take time to stop, pause and rely on God again. Try one of these simple ideas:

    • Be inspired by Scripture: The Bible contains incredible stories of how God provides for His people. Over and over and over again. Take a moment to find your favorite passage or story and be encouraged by God's character.
    • Write a "trust list": Grab a piece of paper, and write down the different parts of your life where you want to rely on God more. Perhaps your work, time, money or relationships. Then pray through each one and invite God to be present.
    • Remind yourself each day: Encourage yourself to rely on God. You could write out the quote above and set it to repeat on your phone each day. Or stick a post-it on your fridge, mirror or somewhere you'll see it with words of encouragement.

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

Calendar Events

Pathfinders Honors Festival this weekend (Jan. 25-27) in Wichita, Kansas. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370). Click here for a schedule of events.

Sunset this Friday – 5:31 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Big Problem – Part 1, based on Romans 1:18 – 3:31. This passages is likely to hurt a bit, but it ends with great news! See the section titled Romans above for a few questions to consider as you read this passage.

Diabetes Undone continues this Sabbath afternoon at Omaha Memorial SDA Church, 4:00 pm. Call 402-639-8996 or email (diabetes@healthreturns.org) to register or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Pathfinders & Adventurers do not meet this Monday (Jan. 28). 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 this Tuesday (Jan. 29) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder’s Valentine Dinner, February 9 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. For more information or tickets, talk to any Pathfinder member or leader – Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: Sabbath, March 9 at the Great Bend SDA Church (7 SW 30 Avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 4.

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration: Sabbath, March 16 at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 11.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org).

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference, April 12-14, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline is January 31. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Why the Jewish Roots of Christianity are Important: The church was created by Jesus, who was born Jewish. His early followers were both Jewish and Gentile, and the church's early culture was rooted in Judaism and a Jewish understanding of God's relationship to his people. Over time, Christianity became increasingly more Roman than Jewish. How did this transformation affect the church's identity? Bible Gateway interviewed Rabbi Curt Landry about his book, Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage: How Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity Can Transform Your Faith. (Click here to read more.)

Persecution of Christians is Increasing Worldwide: Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, experiencing imprisonment, loss of home and assets, rape, torture, beheadings, and other forms of murder because of their identification with Jesus Christ, according to the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List. (Click here to read more.)

A Game Changer for the Selfishness Problem: “'What! Are you kidding me? The only jerk in this car is you!' This is always a great approach to building oneness in your marriage.” So says Dave & Ann Wilson, authors of Vertical Marriage: The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage. (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.
    • Prayer Coordinator: This person would work with a prayer team from the church to coordinate special requests and prayer for our church’s outreach and events. They can choose to moderate the Church Prayer Team Facebook page as a tool to communicate with the prayer team and the church.
    • 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

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.

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (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: Jan. 19, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Like Eagles! 

One of my favorite promises in Scripture is found in Isaiah 40:27-31.

O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:27-31, NLT)

This doesn’t promise we will be trouble free or even that the troubles will not feel overwhelming.

It simply says that if we will trust in God rather than rushing ahead in our own power, we will receive the strength to go the distance – maybe even with some energy to spare!

Don’t forget this promise made directly by God to you!

Romans

We are now in a sermon series on the book of Romans. This Sabbath we will be looking at Romans 1:18 – 3:31. Here are a couple questions to think about as you read this passage. Pastor T will give you a chance to share what you learn or ask a question about it at the beginning of his sermon. To download a PDF copy of the first sermon in this series titled Welcome to Rome, click here.

    1. How bad is the bad news of Romans 1:18 – 3:20?
    2. Where do you find yourself in the bad news of Romans 1:18 – 3:20? What part of it describes you the best? Why?
    3. What thought in Romans 3:21-31 do you find most comforting?
    4. What, to you, is the most important thing in this passage (Romans 1:18 – 3:31)?

Need Help with Your Prayer Time?

27/7 Prayer has put together some practical ideas to help keep your prayer time meaningful. Check them out by clicking here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:23 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Big Problem, based on Romans 1:18 – 3:31. This passages is likely to hurt a bit, but it ends with great news! See the section titled Romans above for a few questions to consider as you read this passage.

Diabetes Undone continues this Sabbath afternoon at Omaha Memorial SDA Church, 4:00 pm. Call 402-639-8996 or email (diabetes@healthreturns.org) to register or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 21) at 6:30 pm at the Church. 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 this Tuesday (Jan. 22) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 22) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Pathfinders Honors Festival coming up Jan. 25-27 in Wichita, Kansas. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370). Click here for a schedule of events.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference, April 12-14, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline is January 31. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726.

The Top 10 Things Pharisees Say Today

Chances are that if you’re a Christian, your desire is to be more like Christ.

That’s great. But are you? How would you know?

A Barna study done a few years ago owned me. The survey revealed that 51% of the North American Christians polled all possess attitudes and actions that are more like the Pharisees than they are like Christ.

In other words, the attitudes of most Christians were described as self-righteous and hypocritical.

According to the study, only 14% of Christians surveyed reflected attitudes and actions that better resembled the attitudes and actions of Christ. (To keep reading this article by Carey Nieuwhof to find out where you stand, click here)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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.)

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.)

Actor Chris Pratt to Follow Bible-Based 21-Day Diet of Prayer and Fasting: "Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink." That's what Old Testament prophet Daniel said to his Babylonian prison guard in the 7th century BC and now American actor Chris Pratt is modeling that diet thousands of years later. (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.
    • Prayer Coordinator: This person would work with a prayer team from the church to coordinate special requests and prayer for our church’s outreach and events. They can choose to moderate the Church Prayer Team Facebook page as a tool to communicate with the prayer team and the church.
    • 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

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.

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (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: Jan. 12, 2019

Web Master - Thursday, January 10, 2019

First … More than Anything Else! 

Well, here we are a week and a half into 2019. I wonder: How many resolutions have been broken already and given up on?

From past experience, I would say there have been many.

The most common resolution to be made and broken is to lose weight.

Now, if you made that resolution, I’m not here to discourage you, but I want to offer this encouragement. Every day is a new day, so if you blow it today, begin again tomorrow – don’t give up on it.

However, the reason I’m writing this is not so you’ll stick by your decision to lose weight, but to direct you to the one resolution that can power the rest of them.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke of priorities. After discussing the things He knows we need, He said:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matthew 6:33, CSB)

He laid out the one priority that it is critical to your life and to your eternity. He said if you will make God your highest priority, He will take care of you to be sure your needs are met.

So, how do you do this once you realize He is not really your highest priority?

You begin on your knees and confess that you have priorities higher than Him. Ask Him to forgive you. And, give Him permission to rearrange your priorities.

And then, seek to get to know Him. That’s right, don’t work on changing your priorities, work on getting to know God. 

    • Spend time reading about Him or listening to Scripture being read.
    • Contemplate the things you’re learning.
    • Ask Him about the things you’re finding hard to understand.
    • Respond to the directions He gives - choose to accept He knows what is best and act on them.
    • Continually ask Him to make Himself known to you.

And you know what will happen? As you come to better understand His love, you will respond to Him. You will actually fall deeply in love with God!  

This love will go way beyond just feelings. You will have a confidence in Him that will allow you to trust Him, even in the middle of the tough stuff that happens to us because we live in a world dominated by sin.

And because you love Him, you will want to please Him – which is the most powerful motivation for change there is!

Listen to these promises that are made to you by God Himself – in Scripture, they are recorded as direct quotations!

Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories … I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. (Isaiah 41:10 & 13, CEV)

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people … For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34, NIV)

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

Did you catch what God is promising us?

    • He will always be as close to you as a loving Father who is holding your hand!
    • He will put His laws of love into your mind and your heart!
    • He will forgive you and forget your sins – as if you had never sinned! (see Steps to Christ, pages 62-63)
    • He will clean you. He will give you a new, pure heart that responds to Him. And, He will put His Spirit in you so you will be able to follow His directions and keep His laws!

All of this as you get to know Him and stay with Him day after day! This is what will fuel any resolution God puts into your heart!

Don’t put this off. This is the most important decision you will ever make.

And if you blow it, remember, tomorrow is a new day, just come back to Him and stay with Him!

New Update from Lippincotts

To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:15 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) – Diversity. It can make us stronger or tear us apart. This week, we will be examining how Jesus' disciples had to deal with some of their own prejudices surrounding the diverse world they were trying to reach after His departure from their immediate presence in a message presented by John Stroman called "You say potato ..."  Let's NOT call the whole thing off.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Welcome to Rome, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Diabetes Undone begins this Sabbath afternoon at Omaha Memorial SDA Church, 4:00 pm. 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 or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 14) at 6:30 pm at the Church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 15) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference, April 12-14, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline is January 31. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726.

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on the progression of grieving (“How long does this take?”). The will also look at how to regain your motivation during the winter months and buck the blues. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich Hopkins. The sessions are listed below.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue/Sarpy Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins January 8 and ends February 12, 2019.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street,, Omaha), begins January 9 and ends February 13, 2019.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins January 10 and ends February 14, 2019.

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.)

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2018: On an almost daily basis, archaeological discoveries help us better understand the Bible and affirm its details about people, events, and culture. Here are the top excavation findings reported in 2018 which have increased our knowledge of the biblical world and the early history of Christianity. (Click here to read more.)

How Bad Communication Can Spoil a Good Relationship: According to Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of Love Talk: Speak Each Other’s Language Like You Never Have Before, "Whether a relationship sinks or swims depends on how well partners send and receive messages, and how well they use their conversations to understand and be understood. Communication, more than any other aspect of your relationship, can either buoy relational intimacy or lead to its demise." (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.
    • Prayer Coordinator: This person would work with a prayer team from the church to coordinate special requests and prayer for our church’s outreach and events. They can choose to moderate the Church Prayer Team Facebook page as a tool to communicate with the prayer team and the church.
    • 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

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.

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (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: Jan. 5, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Yesterday 

I wish you a wonderful New Year, where God is becoming more real to you and you are following His lead in your life. As I was reading from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, the last reading of the year caught my attention and spoke to my heart. It has some great thoughts for us as we head into 2019.

You shall not go out with haste … for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 52:12, NKJV)

Security from Yesterday. “… God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

Security for Tomorrow. “… the Lord will go before you …” This is a gracious revelation – that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste …” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him. (My Utmost for His Highest, Dec. 31)

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.

The Death of Dull

Here is the most recent blog post from the website, Hope-Heals.org. It was so good, I wanted to be sure you had the opportunity to read it.

It is my settled conviction that one of the most flagrant ways God's people can insult Him is to make the stuff of the gospel boring. You've sat through church services like that and so have I. The content of the message is heavy, just barely relevant. You're thinking the clock on the back wall must have stopped. But what happens in God's house must be more than informative, it must be transformative. Only then is it worthy to be called gospel.

Hear it again for the first time. I mean, hardly has the Book opened ... in the first three chapters ... before two of the central characters have forfeited every gift a perfect God had chosen to give them and the beautiful narrative goes drastically askew. Read the story again – as though for the first time. Instead of giving them what they deserve, the Author-King gives them Himself. The Star-hanger agrees to jostle 9-months in the womb of an unmarried teenage girl before He appears. As a Lamb. You'd think we'd have a parade or a coronation; instead, we killed Him. (Click here to read the rest of it)

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:08 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will begin a new sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled When in Rome based on Romans 1:1-17.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Main Thing, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 7) at 6:30 pm at the Church. 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.

Grief Education & Support Program begins Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 2:00 pm at John A Gentleman Mortuaries’ Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), see below for more information.

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).

Grief Education & Support Program begins Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2:00 pm at John A Gentleman Mortuaries’ 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street,, Omaha), see below for more information.

Grief Education & Support Program begins Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 pm at John A Gentleman Mortuaries’ Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), see below for more information.

Children’s Church one week from Sabbath (Jan. 12) at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Diabetes Undone begins one week from Sabbath (Jan. 12)  at 4:00 pm at 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 or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on the progression of grieving (“How long does this take?”). The will also look at how to regain your motivation during the winter months and buck the blues. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich Hopkins. The sessions are listed below.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue/Sarpy Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins January 8 and ends February 12, 2019.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street,, Omaha), begins January 9 and ends February 13, 2019.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins January 10 and ends February 14, 2019.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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. Just in time for 2019, 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.)

Kids Ask the Best Questions About God and the Bible: Children ask such questions as, "How do I know the Bible is true?" "What does it mean when the Bible talks about the kingdom of God?" "How can God be three persons at the same time?" "Why couldn't Jesus just stay on Earth forever?" "What is baptism?" "Who invented time?" Bible Gateway interviewed Kathryn Slattery about her book, 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids. (Click here to read more.)

Here’s One Strategy for Reading the Bible Without Distractions in 2019: When talking about distractions, many people – myself includedlike to partly blame technology. But technology can also be our key to beating distractions. (Click here to read more.)

This Year Select a Bible Reading Plan That’s Right for You: If you haven’t already determined to regularly and consistently read the Bible, RIGHT NOW is always the best time to make that decision. And you can always rely on Bible Gateway to provide you with a variety of resources to make it happen. (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.
    • Prayer Coordinator: This person would work with a prayer team from the church to coordinate special requests and prayer for our church’s outreach and events. They can choose to moderate the Church Prayer Team Facebook page as a tool to communicate with the prayer team and the church.
    • 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

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.

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 The Main Thing, 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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