Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 30, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s just amazing to me that we’ve come around again to the holiday season with Thanksgiving tomorrow, along with Christmas and New Years in just a month!

I think time must go faster the older you get – at least that has been my experience. Not saying I’m getting old, just older than I was last year at this season …

I hope this season is everything you hope it will be – a time of peace, love, and joy.

In the midst of all the food, the buying and receiving presents, and the beginning of another new year, don’t miss out on what is most important – connecting with God!

Take time to be thankful for everything you have already been given.

Take time to study more about the Baby who conquered evil through love.

And as we move into a new year, take quality time everyday to get better acquainted with the One who loves you more than He loved His own life!

The Rookery

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Rookery. This is a beautiful description of what our church ought to look like and how it should function.

Having lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, less than a hundred miles from the Arctic Circle, I have a lot of respect for outdoor creatures that can survive intense cold. One January morning I went outside to check the temperature and the little bulb at the bottom of the mercury column on the thermometer wasn’t quite full. The radio said it was officially -70°.

Emperor penguins live in the Antarctic and survive that kind of temperature, even though it may be driven by 100 mph winds. You probably know how they do it – they huddle tightly together. The word snuggle comes to mind.

Some great theology in that.

Dr Francois Blanchette, an applied mathematics prof at the University of California, Merced, discovered that while the cold environment is spread quite evenly over the group, the temperature at the center of the flock can reach near 70°. Another phenomenon he and his students discovered is that the pack keeps cycling the birds in the outer rings inward toward the middle. Those on the edges are moved intentionally toward a warmer, safer place.

I like that. It reminds me of a healthy church. The group survives best when it hangs together, and those who begin to falter from the unfriendly circumstances on the outside are rescued from certain disaster by the protective warmth of the flock. There’s something really churchy about that.

The Antarctic is not a user-friendly place to raise a family. The male and female penguins bond, often for life, and after the single egg is laid, mom waddles off for as far as 50 miles to find food while dad stays home and babysits – or actually, egg sits. He stands there for two months, his body heat keeping the egg warm in his “brood pouch” till mom gets back, then they trade jobs.

And there’s another parallel with the human situation: only about a third of the chicks survive childhood. There are sufficient natural predators that it demands constant vigilance from mom and dad – and the rest of the flock – to protect them. When an enemy appears the entire flock goes into protect mode. I’m sure you picked up on that parallel right away.

When the church was born, the world was a cold and inhospitable scene. The story is recorded: “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.” (Acts 2:1 NLT) That’s the template whenever the church has been healthy. Huddling together to draw warmth and courage from each other. Protecting the fragile. Making provision for those on the edge. Arms around the young. Among penguins it’s called a rookery. For the rest of us, it’s called church. (Click here to read this article online.)

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

Ride to Church Needed

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

Kansas Nebraska Conference Survey

The Conference is trying to collect some important information from us as members so they can make appropriate plans for the future – evangelism, strategies, staffing, etc. If you are a member of this Conference, please take a couple of minutes to answer this brief, 10-question survey. All answers are anonymous. Click here to begin.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:56 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • No Breakfast this week.
    • 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 – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will conclude our sermon series, The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Don’t Be Foolish. The book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31. Live Stream the service by clicking here.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled Bring it On!, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Dec. 2) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 6:00 pm. We are doing the I Give Up Bible Study Series – for more information, click here. This will be our last session of this study and during the holidays, we will take some time off. We will begin again on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (Dec. 7) 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!

Pathfinder Lock-In one week from Saturday Night (Dec. 7-8). For more information about contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671).

Christmas Cookie Exchange, one week from Sunday (Dec. 8) at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. See below for more information.

Prayer Meeting one week from Tuesday (Dec. 10) at 6:00 pm. We are doing the I Give Up Bible Study Series – for more information, click here. This will be our last session of this study. We will take some time off for the holidays, beginning again on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Church Board meets one week from Tuesday (Dec. 10) 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).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Bible’s Beautiful Story Line: Why is the Bible—the most popular and culture-shaping text in the world—still the least understood book of all time? What are the life-changing themes woven through the mosaic of the Bible's various stories? How can the Bible's collection of history, poetry, genealogy lists, and mystifying prophecies best be seen? Bible Gateway interviewed Steve Green about his book, This Beautiful Book: An Exploration of the Bible's Incredible Story Line and Why It Matters Today. (Click here to read more.)

The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers died in 2003 but his influence seems to be growing stronger each year. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool PBS television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), known for its slow pace and calm manner. What is the spiritual legacy Mr. Rogers left for all of us? Bible Gateway interviewed Amy Hollingsworth, author of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor. (Click here to read more.)

The Gift of Pain and How to Press Through It: Luke Lezon, author of Your Mess Matters: Trusting the God Who Creates from Dust and Redeems by Blood, says, "Comfort cannot be present where pain has been absent. Where there is suffering, there can be soothing. Where there is soothing, there is a Savior.” (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 8

You’re invited to a Cookie Exchange on Sunday, December 8, 2019 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:

    1. All cookies should be homemade or from a bakery (not from the cookie aisle at the grocery store)
    2. Please bake and bring one to three dozen cookies of One Kind.
    3. 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 3 dozen of the same kind of cookies and come join us!

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventist Screening Verification

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

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

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Elma Johannessen will be having surgery on December 10 at Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue. It will be a rather delicate surgery and she is requesting our prayers.
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have health problems. Donna is at Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue hoping to return to Hillcrest Heath and Rehab soon.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 23, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

My Dream    

One of the things I have imagined for a long time is that we experience real revival here in our church. That God’s Holy Spirit would take control of us and use us to make a real difference in our community.

I know real revival only comes through prayer. By that, I mean not just a one-time prayer that we hope will someday be answered, but prayer that keeps on asking – maybe for months. With prayer that changes who we are at the core of our being. And, prayer that stirs the hearts of others even though they may not know we are praying for them – we may not even know who we are praying for.

This seems elusive because it is easy to give up long before we see any meaningful results.

This weekend, when I opened my blog from Don Jacobsen, he shared a story that illustrates what I have been dreaming about. It is titled I Can Only Imagine.

Please read this prayerfully and imagine how you could put this into practice. Imagine how we, as a church, could put this into practice. Imagine what God could do here in our church and community as a result.

Then, let’s move this direction in actual practice. Let’s see what God will do here, in our piece of this world!

Have you heard the Christian song, “I Can Only Imagine”? Great message. In fact, they’ve made a motion picture now to tell the story of the writing of the song. Powerful.

But this piece is not about that. I need to tell you a story – a true story – as told to me recently by a colleague. There was this little church in a medium-sized town, and it appeared to be in a death spiral. A generation ago it had been vibrant but the membership had either died, grown discouraged, or moved away. There were still forty names on the books; average attendance, sixteen. Youngest: seventy.

The pastor’s first observation was that he apparently had been sent there to officiate at a corporate funeral. But the more he prayed the more convinced he became that God might still have a noble purpose for this struggling, aging congregation.

So he prayed. And he invited the entire congregation to meet with him to pray for their church every morning from 6:00am to 6:30. Six of them showed up. All ladies. After a few weeks a seventh one joined them.

Two, three months went by and there was no visible change. They pled for the people of their community, especially for the families, especially for the children. They didn’t go house-to-house. They spent no money on marketing. They just prayed. They pleaded. They interceded. Nothing changed. Except they couldn’t get all the praying done they wanted to do by 6:30 so they extended their daily prayer time from 6:00am to 7:00.

A couple of months later a new family showed up at church. No one could remember the last time that had happened. A year later the average weekly attendance was fifty four. Some of the new folks began to join them at 6:00 am. Three years later their regular worship attendance was near 300.

So that raises a question: Was the growth of the church the result of God’s supernatural work in the community, or the result of the renewed focus of the members? I suspect the answer is: both. People are only drawn as the Holy Spirit draws them. Jesus brings people to Jesus; we don’t. But when a passion for seeing the lost come to the cross saturates a group of believers, it changes the effectiveness of the church. It changes what God can do there.

So, what if every one of our congregations could catch that vision? Small town and large, small church, medium, large … sleepy or vibrant? Average age seventy or average age thirty-seven? What would happen? I can only imagine. (Click here to read this article online.)

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

Ride to Church Needed

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

Member Update

Elma Johannessen will be having surgery next Wednesday (Nov. 27) at Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue. It will be a rather delicate surgery and she is requesting our prayers.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Survey

The Conference is trying to collect some important information from us as members so they can make appropriate plans for the future – evangelism, strategies, staffing, etc. If you are a member of this Conference, please take a couple of minutes to answer this brief, 10-question survey. All answers are anonymous. Click here to begin.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are due this Sabbath (Nov. 23). See below for more information.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:00 pm

Communion Rehearsal this Friday at 7:00 pm. If are involved with this Sabbath’s Communion service, please plan to be there.

This Sabbath at Church

    • No Breakfast this week.
    • 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 – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath we will celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for us through our annual Thanksgiving Communion Service. Live Stream the service by clicking here.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Bring it On!, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Nov. 25) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Nov. 26) at 6:00 pm. We are doing the I Give Up Bible Study Series – for more information, click here. If you wish to participate and don’t have your book and study guide, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333). There is more information about this below.

Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 8 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. See below for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Prevailing as a Prisoner of War: How does love, honor, courage, and faith sustain a US Air Force pilot for eight years as a prisoner of war? And how does an old, long-unused World War II method of communicating by tapping on a common water pipe offer a lifeline, give strength, boost morale, and build unity among other POWs during their solitary internment? Bible Gateway interviewed Col. Carlyle "Smitty" Harris about his book, Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything. (Click here to read more.)

Trusting God Through Life’s Messes: Life has a way of becoming a tangled mess. All it takes is alarming health issues, job-related stress, parenting uncertainties, an emotional breakdown, and more. What if the mess of your life is where God is about to do his best work? Bible Gateway interviewed Luke Lezon about his book, Your Mess Matters: Trusting the God Who Creates from Dust and Redeems by Blood. (Click here to read more.)

26 Bible Verses of Comfort and Courage: When you need comfort and encouragement, the Bible is an excellent place to turn. Here are 26 Scripture verses that will bring you comfort in the midst of whatever trials life throws at you. (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.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes must be turned by this Sabbath (Nov. 23).

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things to include and what cannot be included, click here.

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

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

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

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

Online Bible Study with Laura Story

Join the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Laura Story: We will be going through this study at Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. If you have not yet gotten your book and study guide, contact Pastor T.

If you are unable to attend Prayer Meeting, but would like to go through the study, you may do so by joining the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Bible teacher Laura Story to discover the peace and joy that can be found in living a surrendered life. You'll get FREE access to Laura's five study videos, FREE downloads of the first chapters of the book, I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life and study guide, printable Scriptures and affirmations, and other goodies! (Click here to read more.)

Cookie Exchange, December 8

You’re invited to a Cookie Exchange on Sunday, December 8, 2019 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:

    1. All cookies should be homemade or from a bakery (not from the cookie aisle at the grocery store)
    2. Please bake and bring one to three dozen cookies of One Kind.
    3. 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 3 dozen of the same kind of cookies and come join us!

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventist Screening Verification

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

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

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Bring it On!, click here. You can view it by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Elma Johannessen will be having surgery next Wednesday (Nov. 27) at Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue.
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have health problems. Donna is at Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue hoping to return to Hillcrest Heath and Rehab soon.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 16, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Two Miracles On the Train

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Two Miracles On the Train. This a thoughtful reflection on a foundational principle of Christianity.

Following World War II a Jewish family named Yankel opened a family bakery in Brooklyn. The fact that the family had survived the hardships of the war in Europe was itself a miracle. But let the senior Yankel tell the story:

“You know why it is that I’m alive today? I was a kid, just a teenager at the time, 1939. We were on the train, in a boxcar, being taken to the internment camp at Auschwitz. Night came and it was freezing, deathly cold in that boxcar. Enroute, the Nazis would often leave the cars on the side of the tracks overnight, sometimes for days on end, without any food or sanitation, and of course no blankets to keep us warm.

“I found myself sitting next to an older Jewish man – a beloved elderly man whom I recognized from my hometown. Although I had seen him before, I had never seen him like this. He was shivering from head to toe, was thin as a stick and he looked terrible. I spoke to him but he could hardly reply. So I wrapped my arms around him and began rubbing him to warm him up. I rubbed his arms, his legs, his hands, his face, and his neck. I begged him to hang on.

“All night long, I kept the man warm this way. I was tired, I was freezing cold myself, and my fingers were numb, but I didn’t stop rubbing the heat onto this man’s body. Hours and hours went by. I was tempted to give up, but I could feel some warmth coming into his extremities.

“Finally, night passed, morning came, and the sun began to shine. There was a bit of warmth in the car and I looked around to see how some of the other Jews in the car had fared. To my horror, all I could see were frozen bodies. I listened but all I could hear was a deathly silence.

“Nobody else in that car made it through the night – they died from the cold – every one of them. Only two people survived: the old man and me. The old man survived because somebody kept him warm; I survived because I was warming him.”

God told us about that principle a long time ago. Through the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah, 700 years before the birth of Christ, He told His people that when we reach out to help those in need, we ourselves find healing. (Isa 58:7, 8) I’m sure you discover that each time you bless someone in your neighborhood or your workplace. Works every time. (Click here to read this online.)

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

Cookie Exchange, December 8

You’re invited to a Cookie Exchange on Sunday, December 8, 2019 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 three 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 3 dozen of the same kind of cookies and come join us!

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:05 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Bring it On!. The book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31. Live Stream the sermon by clicking here.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled When You Pray …, Part 3, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Making Greeting Cards: this Sunday (Nov. 17) at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, Brenda Ladig (Brittanie Lehman’s mom) from Lincoln will be teaching us how to make a variety of cards for different occasions.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Nov. 18) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Nov. 19) at 6:00 pm. We are doing the I Give Up Bible Study Series – for more information, click here. If you wish to participate and don’t have your book and study guide, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333). There is more information about this below.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are due one week from Sabbath (Nov. 23). See below for more information.

Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 8 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. See above for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How an Atheist Turned to Jesus Despite the Church: Critics ask, "Why would anyone become a Christian when there's so much hypocrisy in the church?" With de-conversion stories being reported, why is it that the church inadvertently produces atheists despite its life-giving message? Does atheism explain the human experience better than Christianity? How can the truth of Christianity matter when the behaviors of some Christians are reprehensible? Bible Gateway interviewed Mary Jo Sharp, author of Why I Still Believe: A Former Atheist's Reckoning with the Bad Reputation Christians Give a Good God. (Click here to read more.)

Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul: In a world surrounded by 24-hour news and reminders on social media of tragedy and heartache, it's easy to fall into the abyss of discouragement and anxiety. Even Jesus followers struggle to hold on to hope. What is the hopeful guidance from God's Word for times when you feel overwhelmed, defeated, and worthless? How can the Bible help you conquer despair when the past paralyzes, today disappoints, and the future is frightening? Bible Gateway interviewed Jason Meyer about his book, Don't Lose Heart: Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul. (Click here to read more.)

YOU'RE INVITED – Join the FREE Case for Christmas Online Bible Study: Sign up to discover the historical evidence of the true Christmas story! The Case for Christmas is a 4-week video Bible study (ending January 5) you can do on your own, with our online community, or with friends, family, and neighbors! Countdown to Christmas learning from Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. (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.

Online Bible Study with Laura Story

Join the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Laura Story: We will be going through this study at Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. If you have not yet gotten your book and study guide, contact Pastor T.

If you are unable to attend Prayer Meeting, but would like to go through the study, you may do so by joining the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Bible teacher Laura Story to discover the peace and joy that can be found in living a surrendered life. You'll get FREE access to Laura's five study videos, FREE downloads of the first chapters of the book, I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life and study guide, printable Scriptures and affirmations, and other goodies! (Click here to read more.)

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 23, 2019.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things to include and what cannot be included, click here.

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

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

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

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

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventist Screening Verification

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

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

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

You can view last week’s sermon by Steve Wilhelmsen by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor’s Contact Information

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

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This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 9, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The New Necessary          

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

Do you sometimes think of upgrading your car, house or holidays? I often do – it’s normal, but is it necessary?

I recently saw a Volkswagen car advertisement that read, “Every so often, you realize you’re worth a bit more, and the things you once found extravagant become altogether necessary. Because once we get a taste of a better life, there’s no going back.”

What an incredible insight into human nature. We continually want more and better and nicer things, even though it may cause others to have less, or distract us from our God-given mission.

Are the people who humbly follow Jesus of Nazareth, and believe that they have an incredible eternity awaiting them, called to upgrade their lifestyles at the same rate as people who don’t know God? Are we also to seek satisfaction and worth from the nice things we own?

The Bible clearly teaches that we are to be conservative in our living, so that we can be liberal in our giving. Maybe God allows us to be ‘worth a bit more’, so that we can upgrade our standard of giving, not just our standard of living.

Yes, it is time for me to upgrade – my giving.

Blessings,

Julian

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

Annual Sacrifice for Global Missions Offering

This Sabbath we’re collecting the Annual Sacrifice for Global Missions Offering. Your gift will support Global Mission pioneers as they sacrifice their time and energy to reach the unreached around the world and bid them to follow Jesus. Thank you for giving generously to help fulfil the gospel commission in Matthew 28:19! Click here for more information. To donate online, click here.

The Pathfinder Campout scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. For more information contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671).

Sunset this Friday – 5:11 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 – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Steve Wilhelmsen will lead out in our annual Veteran’s Day worship service.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled When You Pray …, Part 3, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.
    • Children’s Church, this Sabbath, 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.
    • Game Night this Saturday Night at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall hosted by the Pathfinder Club. All are welcome to attend.

The Media Mind: Reclaiming the Human Soul in the Digital Dark Age presented by author, speaker, and teacher Scott Ritsema at Omaha Memorial Church, this Saturday Night at 6:30 pm. Click here for a map to the church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers do not meet this Monday (Nov. 11). For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 6:00 pm. We are doing the I Give Up Bible Study Series – for more information, click here. If you wish to participate and don’t have your book and study guide, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333). There is more information about this below.

Church Board meets Tuesday (Nov. 12) 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).

Card Making Class: One week from Sunday (Nov. 17), at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, Brenda Ladig (Brittanie Lehman’s mom) from Lincoln will be teaching us how to make a variety of cards for different occasions.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are due no later than Sabbath, November 23 (2 weeks from this Sabbath). See below for more information.

Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 8 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Watch for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Staggering Picture of Christian Persecution: Is your perspective on the state of the church worldwide too comfortable? What do you think when you hear about the astonishing escalation in Christian persecution in the 21st century? What should you be doing about it? Bible Gateway interviewed Johnnie Moore about his book, The Martyr's Oath: Living for the Jesus They're Willing to Die For. (Click here to read more.)

Life Hidden in the Word: In her book Jesus, Day by Day: A One-Year, Through-the-Bible Devotional to Help You See Him on Every Page, Sharon Kaselonis says, "The Bible is all about Jesus. He is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). So if we want to be Jesus people, we have to be Bible people.” Consider Psalm 119 in this Bible Gateway Blog post. (Click here to read more.)

Why Are You Keeping Yourself So Busy? Melissa Camara Wilkins, author of Permission Granted: Be Who You Were Made to Be and Let Go of the Rest, says, "Keeping busy creates days that are full, not days that are necessarily fulfilling. That’s not a journey, that’s a carousel." (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.

Online Bible Study with Laura Story

Join the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Laura Story: We will be going through this study at Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. If you have not yet gotten your book and study guide, contact Pastor T.

If you are unable to attend Prayer Meeting, but would like to go through the study, you may do so by joining the I Give Up Online Bible Study with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Bible teacher Laura Story to discover the peace and joy that can be found in living a surrendered life. You'll get FREE access to Laura's five study videos, FREE downloads of the first chapters of the book, I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life and study guide, printable Scriptures and affirmations, and other goodies! (Click here to read more.)

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime up to November 23, 2019.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things to include and what cannot be included, click here.

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.
    • If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.

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

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventist Screening Verification

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

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

To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled When You Pray …, Part 3, click here. You can watch it by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor’s Contact Information

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

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