Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: March 30, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mingle 101

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a great reminder of how Jesus get shared most effectively. It’s titled Mingle 101. Please read this prayerfully with an eye on how you could make this work in your life.

Fifty years ago or more I came across a 4-sentence quote that changed how I do ministry. I'd already been a pastor for a dozen years, but somehow in my training I had never picked up on this irrefutable principle. So to make sure I would never forget it I wrote it on a small piece of paper, folded it, and put it in my wallet. I still carry it. It has outlived several wallets. That is one high-mileage piece of paper.

If you follow this column for any length of time you have often read the principle expressed...it's one of my favorites. It goes: "The Kingdom advances among friends." I know it's true. I've observed it too often to question it.

Here's the quotation from half century ago that gave it birth:

"Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. (I really want that so I read on ...) The Saviour mingled with [people] as one who desired their good. He showed sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them 'Follow Me."

Look at the steps, the process. It's solid gold. Sharing your faith in Jesus isn't like throwing gospel gum at the wall hoping some of it sticks. Rather it's intentionally making an expensive, authentic investment in another person.

What would that look like in your journey? In a high percentage of congregations, "church" consists of a scad of people looking at the back of each other's heads for an hour one day a week. A bit like theater where a group of folks pay to sit and watch a handful of specialists exercise their talents. Not God's idea of church, I think.

But in the quote above, what does "mingle" mean? Mix? Blend? Unite? I get the sense of life lived together. Given the mix of gifts in your church there is hardly a situation to which your church family cannot bring rescue. Strength. Healing. Wisdom. Matt Brown says, "We can't just speak the truth louder, we've got to love louder." I think that's what Jesus modeled.

And here's the part that fascinates me most: As we bear one another's burdens, it shapes us and matures us and helps knead the selfishness out of us. One Christian leader I know said, "We begin to grow when we take responsibility for the growth of another person." Starts with our prayer list. Builds as we take time to listen to peoples' stories. Strengthens as we engage them in finding people to bless in surprising ways as God nudges us. Mingle writ large. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Wondering How to Pray Today?

How to Pray for Breaking News: News stories can feel overwhelming and difficult to pray for. We've put together a one-page guide on praying for the news. Download the Breaking News Prayer Resource from 24-7 Prayer by clicking here.

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

Volunteer Your Time: he Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team, under the leadership of Rick Young from Union College, is now in charge of manning the warehouse where supplies will be stored and distributed to flood victims. The warehouse location is 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 

Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

Romans, Our Sermon Series

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. How does Paul describe the human condition in Romans 7?
    2. Paul uses the imagery of Adoption to illustrate our relationship with God. What point do you think he is making through this picture of family?
    3. What promises do you see in these chapters? Why are they important to you?

Calendar Events

Biblical Archaeology Presentations this Weekend: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church this weekend. For more information, click here.

Sunset this Friday – 7:45 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 Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. God is committed to bringing us to Heaven to live with Him forever!  
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 1) at 6:30 pm here 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 meets this Tuesday (Apr. 2) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Leadership Team Supper & Visioning Session, one week from Friday (Apr. 5) at 6:00 pm at the Martinsen home.

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). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend: Alumni Weekend this year will take place April 12-13 at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place on the first day of Passover, Friday, April 19 and will begin with Footwashing in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. Registration has been re-opened until April 11. For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Settle My Soul: Need to hit the pause button and embrace tranquility? What is a good way to invest quiet moments in Scripture, thought, and prayer to help you center your mind and heart on the Source of peace? Bible Gateway interviewed Ruth Schwenk, who, along with Karen Ehman, wrote the devotional book, Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus. (Click here to read more.)

I Can’t Handle Everything and Neither Can You: Nate Pyle, author of More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overwhelming Grace, says, "None of us can really handle life; its' paralyzingly large. Implying that we can handle whatever threatens us is not biblical. If anything, it's the exact opposite ..." (Click here to read more.)

Purim and the Bible: In this Bible Gateway Blog post learn about the Jewish holiday of Purim this past week, based on the Bible’s book of Esther, commemorating the saving of the Jewish people from genocide at the direction of the Persian official Haman. (Click here to read more.)

Why You Can Trust the New Testament Even Though There Are So Many Textual Variants: There isn’t one, single, original, preserved copy of the New Testament. So how can you trust the text of the New Testament? (Click here to read more.)

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Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

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).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 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 Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, 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.)
    • Gary & Donna Parker ask that we specially lift up their daughter Melody who has had some complications from surgery and is facing another surgery to fix them
    • Elizabeth Knutson reports that her sister Tanya, after a two year remission, has cancer again and it is located in the bones of her shoulder and rated as stage 4. Also, both her parents, Cindy and Bob, have fallen and it will take them both some weeks to recover. Let’s remember them all in our prayers.
    • 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), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 23, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do Something!

It’s wonderful to be seeing that spring is on its way - finally!

However, the transition has happened so quickly, that our local rivers have flooded and caused monumental destruction. Road and bridges damaged, homes and businesses lost, people displaced – all to the point of a declared national emergency.

We sit here in the middle of all this, lamenting the loss around us. But, we need to do more. We have an opportunity to become the hands and feet of Jesus. It is within our ability and power to be a part of bringing relief and healing to our community.

The question is – are we?

There are numerous opportunities to help – two ways are listed below. Many of us may have neighbors or friends suffering from loss. There are numerous agencies at work – all needing funds and many needing volunteer man (or woman) power.

Let’s not just lament the loss, let’s be a part of the healing and rebuilding. Let’s do what we can do to make an impact on our community in this time of need!

Funds for Disaster Relief

At the present time, one of the greatest needs in helping local flood victims is money. The hardest hit areas of our state are north of us where many, including SDA Church members, have lost their homes with everything in them. If you would like to donate to help in this effort, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community.

Volunteer for Disaster Relief

Volunteers are needed! The Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team, under the leadership of Rick Young from Union College, is now in charge of manning the warehouse where supplies will be stored and distributed to flood victims. The warehouse location is 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions. 

Temporary Housing Needed

A young man from Union College needs temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. He is in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here. He needs housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place he could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:38 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 are having a special emphasis on safety, along with a devotional thought by Pastor T.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 25) at 6:30 pm here 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 meets this Tuesday (Mar. 26) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday Mar. 26) 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).

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

Romans, Our Sermon Series: One week from Sabbath (Mar. 30) we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.

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). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend: Alumni Weekend this year will take place April 12-13 at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place on the first day of Passover, Friday, April 19 and will begin with Footwashing in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. Registration is now officially closed. For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

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From Outlook Magazine

What Expression are You Creating on God’s Face? Someone once eloquently said, “Christians are the expression on the face of God.” We are called to be Christ’s presence in the world until He comes again. We are also granted the enormous privilege of participating with Him in reconciling the world (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Paul even goes so far as to say that “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” If we represent Him, we must represent Him as He himself would live and act were He still here with us … How well are we doing at our assigned task? … (Click here to read more)

Church; Museum or Hospital? When one of our leaders said these words, it was paradigm shift for me: “Lee Lee, the church should be a hospital, not an art museum.” The implications of this shot sparks in my brain and a click happened. God’s church isn’t where we put on a display to try to impress others; it’s where we gather – sick with sin – at the feet of the Great Healer … (Click here to read more)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Bible Explained with Infographics: For centuries, visual imagery has been used to communicate the textual stories and teachings of the Bible. Hand-painted illumination, illustrations, fine art have all helped make Scripture more quickly accessible to the common person. In today's world, infographics are one more way to share that message. Bible Gateway interviewed Karen Sawrey about The Infographic Bible: Visualising the Drama of God’s Word. (Click here to read more.)

How to Practice Peace When You Need It Most: You know that something you’ve been looking for in the empty stress of your mad-dash days? The Psalms call it selah: a chance to stop, re-center and resync yourself with the story and song of God. It is hope for the dissonance you feel. Bible Gateway interviewed Kristen Kill about her book, Finding Selah: The Simple Practice of Peace When You Need It Most. (Click here to read more.)

Finding Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Suffering: Christina Meredith, author of CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope says, "Suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience. I encourage you to embrace the idea of suffering, because it is coming—with or without your permission. It is a gift in disguise that unlocks the hero within us ..." (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 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.)
    • Elizabeth Knutson reports that her sister Tanya, after a two year remission, has cancer again and it is located in the bones of her shoulder and rated as stage 4. Also, both her parents, Cindy and Bob, have fallen and it will take them both some weeks to recover. Let’s remember them all in our prayers.
    • 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), 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 & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 16, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Heart Surgeon

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a follow up on one we share about three weeks ago. It gives a practical example of what can happen when we listen to and respond to the whisper of the Holy Spirit. It’s titled Heart Surgeon. It sounds as if this will be a continuing story!

Recently we talked in this space about listening for the whisper of God as He seeks to coach us on His errands. I think you'll love this current, true story.

Our friend, Jim, living in the continental US, wanted to phone a colleague in Hawaii. He punched in the number, the phone rang a couple of times, and a lady answered. "Hello, is this Michelle?" he asked. "No, this is Jeannie," the answer came back. "You must have the wrong number."

They agreed he had misdialed one digit so they both chuckled and moved to hang up. "Just a minute, before we hang up ..." Jim urged. (Watch for the whisper here ...) "I'm a pastor ... is there anything I can pray about for you?"

Intrigued now by this unusual phone call, Jeannie thought a minute, then replied, "Well, actually, I'm trying awfully hard to stop smoking. If you want to pray about that, maybe God will help me." There were follow-up phone calls when they talked – and prayed – about other things as well.

Jeannie was ever-so-slowly making her way toward God. Jim learned that she had been a prominent business executive in Beverly Hills, with all the perks – the cars, the Gucci shoes, and all the emptiness that comes with too much. One day she decided that, although she was climbing the corporate ladder, it seemed to be learning against the wrong wall. She quit her job and moved to a little rental house in Hawaii. One of the specialties of the little house was that the foyer had a glass ceiling. She loved to turn off the lights and watch the night sky circle overhead. She sensed in a fresh way, the presence of God.

Late one afternoon she saw a man pulling weeds in the yard. Then he sat down on a bench nearby. It happened other days, too. "If he's the gardener he is sure sitting down a lot," she assumed to herself. She finally decided to confront him.

"If you're really the gardener," she chuckled, "I don't think my landlord is getting his money's worth." "Actually, I'm not the gardener," he replied. "I am chief of surgery at the hospital nearby. Your landlord is my friend and he lets me come up a couple of times a week and just sit here and regroup in the beauty of the place."

Next time she and Pastor Jim spoke she told him the story. He said, "Do you realize how God has honored you? When Mary met Jesus on the morning of the resurrection she mistook Him for the gardener. Later she would know Him also as the great Heart Surgeon. I think God was reaching out to tell you what a treasure you are to Him."

Stay tuned; the story is on-going ...

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Temporary Housing Needed

A young man from Union College needs temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. He is in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here. He needs housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place he could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:30 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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will have a special program for our Worship Service titled: What Does Jesus Mean to You? If you have something you would like to share as part of this program, please text Andria (402-949-0006) or Rita (402-215-2015).
    • 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!

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration this Sabbath afternoon (Mar. 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.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (March 18) at 6:30 pm here 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 meets this Tuesday (March 19) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

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). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

Wildwood Lifestyle Center

For over 75 years, Wildwood Lifestyle Center has helped people not only stop disease progression, but also naturally reverse it. The 11-day and 25-day programs provide patients with the life they were always meant to live, both physically, mentally and spiritually. Call them for your healing not only for your illnesses, but also for your soul 1-800-634-9355 or visit their website at wildwoodhealth.com.

From Outlook Magazine

What Expression are You Creating on God’s Face? Someone once eloquently said, “Christians are the expression on the face of God.” We are called to be Christ’s presence in the world until He comes again. We are also granted the enormous privilege of participating with Him in reconciling the world (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Paul even goes so far as to say that “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” If we represent Him, we must represent Him as He himself would live and act were He still here with us … How well are we doing at our assigned task? … (Click here to read more)

Church; Museum or Hospital? When one of our leaders said these words, it was paradigm shift for me: “Lee Lee, the church should be a hospital, not an art museum.” The implications of this shot sparks in my brain and a click happened. God’s church isn’t where we put on a display to try to impress others; it’s where we gather – sick with sin – at the feet of the Great Healer … (Click here to read more)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Parent Your Kids to Become Passionate Jesus Followers: How can parents be intentional in raising their kids to be steadfast followers of Jesus? How should the home be a holy place for children? Bible Gateway interviewed Phil and Diane Comer about their book, Raising Passionate Jesus Followers: The Power of Intentional Parenting. (Click here to read more.)

The Drama Surrounding Paul: Have you considered how radical the apostle Paul was in his life and teaching and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved? He was a fervent Jewish leader and yet he is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity. His effective legacy and intellectual influence cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Bible Gateway interviewed N.T. Wright about his book, Paul: A Biography. (Click here to read more.)

Finding Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Suffering: Christina Meredith, author of CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope says, "Suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience. I encourage you to embrace the idea of suffering, because it is coming—with or without your permission. It is a gift in disguise that unlocks the hero within us ..." (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 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.)
    • Judy Carroll shared this information regarding her sister-in-law, Brenda Carroll, who we have been praying for: Her cancer markers are down and her red and white blood cells are within normal. She is feeling more energy and is praising God for His goodness. Thank you for your past intercession and please keep praying for her as she continues chemotherapy.
    • 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), 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).

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 9, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

White as Snow

This is the 8th winter we have been here in the Omaha area. One of the things we had been looking forward to when we moved here was to experience winter again – where we previously lived in Florida winter seemed more like fall or spring (depending if it was early winter or late winter.

We have been disappointed so far in that we have not had what we would categorize as a real winter. But here we are now experiencing a real winter. And I will add that I know feel it’s a bit over rated.

However, one thing that I consistently enjoy, is the beauty of a pure white blanket that covers all the ugliness underneath. Everything looks so clean and refreshing. And every new snow storm has added to that beauty.

It reminds me of what we have been learning in the first few chapters of Romans summarized by this passage from Romans 4:4-8:

When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” (Romans 4:4-8, NLT – quoting Psalm 32:1-2)

God, speaking through the prophet Isaiah said:

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool …” (Isaiah 1:18, NLT)

And in the little devotional best-seller, Steps to Christ is says:

If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. Christ's character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned.
(
Steps to Christ, page 62)

When we accept Jesus, His righteousness and perfection covers our sinfulness like a beautiful, white blanket of snow. And we stand before God as clean and pure.

And then, just as the snow melts and brings forth fresh, beautiful, new life in the spring, Jesus will nourish our lives so that we become what He had planned for us to become. He paints His love in our lives so people looking at us will see His work!

Paul puts it this way in His letter to the Ephesians:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8-10, NLT)

The good news about winter is that it will give way to spring and new life!

The great news about Jesus is that His perfect life covers our sinful life and – as long as we stay with Him – He will bring His character to life in us. And this will bring great joy and glory to Him! And we will get to live with Him forever!!

Romans, Our Sermon Series

In three weeks (Mar. 30) we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.

Temporary Housing Needed

Two young people from Union College need temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. A young man in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here and a young woman in the nursing program do a NICU Rotation at Creighton Medical Center, Bergan Mercy. They need housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place they could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:22 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, Brenda Eitel will share a sermon titled: What are You Afraid of?
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.
    • Chili Cookoff has been postponed due to the weather forecast.

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: This 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.

Daylight Savings Time beings early Sunday morning. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (March 11) at 6:30 pm here 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 meets this Tuesday (March 12) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Mar. 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).

One week from Sabbath we will have a special program for our Worship Service titled: What Does Jesus Mean to You? It will be followed with Potluck in the Fellowship Hall. If you have something you would like to share as part of this program, please text Andria (402-949-0006) or Rita (402-215-2015).

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration one week from Sabbath (Mar. 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.

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

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 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 end this next Monday (Mar. 11). For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

Wildwood Lifestyle Center

For over 75 years, Wildwood Lifestyle Center has helped people not only stop disease progression, but also naturally reverse it. The 11-day and 25-day programs provide patients with the life they were always meant to live, both physically, mentally and spiritually. Call us for your healing not only for your illnesses, but also for your soul 1-800-634-9355 or visit our website at wildwoodhealth.com.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Living Life the Supernatural Way: How should you rely more fully on the power of the Holy Spirit for growth and satisfaction in your life? How can you avoid getting swept up in the routine of life and missing out on supernatural joy, contentment, and peace? Bible Gateway interviewed Jared C. Wilson about his book, Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God's Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life. (Click here to read more.)

Who Were the 72 Disciples Jesus Sent Out? They were not professionals. They were not celebrities. We don't even know their names. We know very little about them, except that they were ordinary people who were drawn to Jesus. When Jesus asked them to join him in his mission, they stepped up, answered the call, and went out in his name. And amazing things happened as a result. They were the 72. Bible Gateway interviewed John Teter about his book, The Power of the 72: Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism. (Click here to read more.)

STARTS MARCH 18 – You're Invited to the Six Hours One Friday Online Bible Study: In the new Six Hours One Friday Online Bible Study, Max Lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus' last hours on the cross. Through his death, your life has purpose and meaning. And the empty tomb proclaims that death does not have the final word. Sign up for the study now and get free access to 4 teaching videos with Max, free access to two Facebook Live Community events with Max, free downloads of the first 2 chapters of Six Hours One Friday: Living in the Power of the Cross to get started, and free beautiful printable art of John 3:16. (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 to Fill

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 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 Incredible Solution – Part 2, 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.)
    • Pathfinder’s Winter Campout this weekend
    • 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), 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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