Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 2, 2020

Web Master - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Reopening the Church

Our Governor has announced that our state will begin loosening restrictions on some businesses and churches allowing them to begin functioning again on a limited basis. (To learn more about this, check out the articles at the end of this section by clicking on their title.)

We have not yet decided when we will open the church doors to services again. It’s a process our church leadership is dealing with right now and will be finalized at our next Church Board meeting (May 12). Until then, we will not see any changes in the way we are conducting worship.

Even after that, we will be moving slowly, ensuring that we stay within the guidelines set by our State and the CDC. The last thing we want is to move ahead in such a way that our church becomes a vehicle for COVID-19 exposure.

Are we wanting to get back together again? More than we can express in words. But, we want to do it in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading the virus around and protects your health.

Please keep praying for us – and all our church members during this difficult time. And if you become aware of something happening with someone that we need to get especially involved with, please let us know (especially if that someone is you). We would rather be notified 10 times about a need than to miss it. You can contact either Pastor T (402-517-5333) or any one of our Elders (click here for a current list with contact information).

We are still having an Interactive Worship Service Online each Sabbath morning at 11:05 am. You can view it on our Facebook Page, our Homepage, or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page, and through Remind.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC , the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk ManagementAdventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Redemptive Conversations

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Redemptive Conversations and shares some interesting facts about the number of people attending our digital worship service here in the middle of COVID-19.

I like the term “redemptive conversations.” Sounds friendly. Sounds neighborly; spiritual. What sometimes slows me down is that I worry I might not get it just right and it would turn out to be awkward. We’ve all met members of the God Squad who come across like a 7:00 am marketing call. You’re not interested in what he is selling and he is not interested in hearing why you are not interested. Ruthie got a call like that yesterday morning.

Here’s the difference: A redemptive conversation doesn’t necessarily need words. Last week, still shackled by the corona virus lockdown, a pastor friend of ours in Canada, with his wife and kids, prayed for a strategy – and the Lord gave them an idea … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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

Questions for Sabbath

This coming Sabbath during our online Worship Service, Pastor T will be answering questions. He will start by looking at the COVID-19 pandemic in light of Jesus’ prophecies found in Matthew 24:1-14. The underlying question is this: Is this a sign of the end? How does it relate to Jesus’ second coming?

If there are other questions you would like him to address, please text him at (402) 517-5333 or click here. If there are more questions than can be dealt with this Sabbath, he will continue the following Sabbath as well. Please get the questions to him as soon as possible so he has some time to prepare a thoughtful, Bible-based answer.

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our Facebook Page. If you “Like” it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Wall of Love

We are extending our campaign to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of May

Due to the continued increase in unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis, food pantries have seen a large increase in traffic. This is true for the Bellevue Food Pantry, which serves the Bellevue zip codes 68005, 68123, 68147, 68157. People in need – living in these zip codes – can pick up food every 30 days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 am and 1-4:00 pm. Seniors can pick up food every 21 days. 

You can take food donations to their office on Wednesdays between the hours of 1-4 pm (1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue – phone number 402-292-2961).

You may give funds through our Online Giving Portal – designate your gift as Local Community Service. You may also mail a check to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Pantry in the memo line. 

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Make Big Decisions Wisely: Have you considered lately the importance of every decision you make every day? What does the Bible say about the proper way of making decisions? How can you be sure the choices you make are the best ones for your life? Bible Gateway interviewed Alan Ehler (@alanehler) about his book, How to Make Big Decisions Wisely: A Biblical and Scientific Guide to Healthier Habits, Less Stress, A Better Career, and Much More. (Click here to read more.)

No God but One – Allah or Jesus: How similar are the world’s two largest religions? What claims does each faith make upon believers’ intellects and lives? What is the evidence supporting each religion's distinctive beliefs? How does sharia contrast with the gospel? Readers of Nabeel Qureshi’s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianitywinner of the 2015 Christian Book Awards®already appreciate his careful and respectful comparison of Islam and Christianity. Bible Gateway interviewed Nabeel Qureshi, author of No God but One: Allah or Jesus? – A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity. (Click here to read more.)

VideoThe Joy of Spring Renewal: God’s steadfast faithfulness is seen year after yearsince time beganwhen the earth is renewed from its winter dormancy and springs forth with bluer skies and greener fields. This extraordinary season of renewal is also a powerful reminder of the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ! Meditate on God’s Word as you savor this colorful video. (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.

What’s Happening

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Friday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Sunset this Friday – 8:21 pm

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Sabbath at 10 am (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, we will look at the current COVID-19 Pandemic in light of Jesus’ prophecy found in Matthew 24:1-14. We will also answer your questions. If you have a question, please text it to Pastor T at (402) 517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Rinse & Repeat, the conclusion of our Sermon Series titled Take the Plunge, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Saturday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. 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 will take place online this Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Romans 8. Contact Pastor T for more information.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Tuesday (May 5) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Wednesday (May 6) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Friday (May 8) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine and Primary Treasure – along with Sabbath School Lesson Materials.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer resources – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach Conference personnel by leaving a voice mail on phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Websiteclick here, on our Facebook Pageclick here, or on YouTubeclick here.

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.

If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (judylcarr@aol.com or 402-290-3306).

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2020, click here; 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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Rinse & Repeat, the conclusion of our Sermon Series titled Take the Plunge, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).

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 COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), 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), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 25, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 23, 2020

What’s Your Legacy?

This past Friday I conducted a graveside service for Mary Givehand. She was the second of my church members to die during the last week of March and the first week of April. Neither were related to COVID-19.

Mary was 97 years old. She was born in Nebraska City and lived her whole life there except for the years she spent in college and grad school (she had a masters degree in education). Her current home is across the street from the home she was born at and grew up in.

She worked in Omaha as a first grade teacher for 30 years – making the drive from Nebraska City and back every day. She never missed a day of school.

She was dearly loved by both her students and other staff members. I’ve only known Mary for eight years, but during that time she would often share with me letters from former students or tell me one had stopped by to visit.

She raised three children. It seems like every person I have met that lived in Nebraska City for more than just a few years knows Mary or one of her children.

At a time when the church in Nebraska City was struggling – down to two people attending each week – Mary, and one other lady who passed away some years ago, would come to church, fellowship together, and bring enough food with them to feed anyone else who showed up.

The church has grown and shrunk several times in the past years and was finally closed at the end of 2019 – it broke Mary’s heart.

Why do I share all this?

Thinking about Mary’s life and seeing how much of a difference she made in her world – her legacy – makes me think about my life and influence.

What is it that makes up the legacy of a person like Mary?

In reality, it’s pretty simple. It’s just the way they lived their life day after day.

Mary live her life with an outward focus. She loved people and helped take care of them. She was active in the community.

She fed whoever showed up at home with her kids. She loved God and expressed it day after day.

A legacy is not about some great accomplishment that makes a big splash in the news. It is about how you touch people day after day.

Jesus tells us what our legacy should be when He said:

“… Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35, NLT)

As Christians, our legacy should be about loving others like Jesus loves us.

This is not necessarily about some big, noteworthy act – it is about our everyday interactions with our families and everyone we come in contact with. It’s about how we treat grocery clerks, annoying neighbors, the person we talk to at the Walmart Call Center when we call to complain, the waiter who can’t seem to get the order right, and so on.

Loving people like Jesus loves us is not natural. Developing into a person who can love unlovable people in everyday circumstances depends on another day by day practice – spending time with Jesus.

We can only love like Jesus if we have Jesus living in us. We can only have Jesus living in us if we invite Him to come in and take charge. All this happens when we take some quality time with Him each day.

One of my favorite promises is found in Psalm 32:

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. (Psalm 32:8, CSB)

This happens as we spend time with Him. Don’t sell yourself short – spend regular time with Jesus. Listen to His counsel. Follow His instructions. Build a legacy of loving like He does!.

Open Windows

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Open Windows and shares some interesting facts about the number of people attending our digital worship service here in the middle of COVID-19.

… Christian pollster, George Barna, just announced that according to his tally since the first of the new year 50% of the churches in North America have shown growth. And it’s true of small churches, medium-sized churches, and large.

Now, it’s not the same, I know. I’m a recovering hugger and I miss it. But here’s the up-side. A high percentage of those we reach digitally are not those who have worshiped with us before … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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

On-line Church Directory

If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (judylcarr@aol.com or 402-290-3306).

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our Facebook Page. If you “Like” it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Sabbath School Quarterlies

You can pick up a current Sabbath School Quarterly by stopping by the church. You will find them in a box just outside the lobby doors on the side of the Education Building (the west side). If you are unable to get to the church and you would like one, text Pastor T (402-517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com.  

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Pantry. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue. Click here for more information about the Bellevue Food Pantry.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Pantry, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue. Their phone number is 402-292-2961.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Unlikely Friendship from the Oklahoma City Bombing: How is it possible that two men destined to be enemies were able to forge an unexpected bond in the wake of abhorrent terrorism and tragedy? What transpired in the heart-stirring story of how the father of a young woman killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and the father of her killer (Timothy McVeigh) became friends and found forgiveness? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeanne Bishop, author of Grace from the Rubble: Two Fathers' Road to Reconciliation after the Oklahoma City Bombing. (Click here to read more.)

How to Respect Different Viewpoints While Keeping Your Own: How can Christians today interact with those around them in a way that shows respect to those whose beliefs are radically different but that also remains faithful to the gospel? Bestselling author Timothy Keller and legal scholar John Inazu bring together a range of artists, thinkers, and leaders—such as Lecrae, Tish Harrison Warren, Kristen Deede Johnson, Claude Richard Alexander, Shirley Hoogstra, Sara Groves, Rudy Carrasco, Trillia Newbell, Tom Lin, and Warren Kinghorn to provide a guide to biblical living in a pluralistic, fractured world. Bible Gateway interviewed Timothy Keller and John Inazu about their book, Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference. (Click here to read more.)

What Does the Book of Proverbs Say About Fools? The book of Proverbs was specifically written millennia ago to clearly contrast the dismantling ways of foolishness with the restorative properties of wisdom. Here, then, are several proverbs warning us not to be fool. (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.

What’s Happening

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Friday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Sunset this Friday – 8:14 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am with the Worship Service following right after. This Sabbath, we conclude our sermon series Taking the Plunge in a study titled Rinse & Repeat. Be sure to have your Bible, your cell phone, a P.R.A.Y. Guide, and the current page with this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment handy. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a copy of the P.R.A.Y. Guide, click here.
      • To download and print a copy of this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment, click here.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Yield, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Saturday (Apr. 25) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. 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 will take place online this Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 pm online. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Romans 8. Contact Pastor T for more information.

MLT Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, April 28 at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. For questions, contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Tuesday (Apr. 25) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Wednesday (Apr. 28) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Friday (May 1) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine and Primary Treasure – along with Sabbath School Lesson Materials.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer resources – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach Conference personnel by leaving a voice mail on phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having an Interactive Worship Service Online each Sabbath morning at 11:05 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page, our Homepage, or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page, and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Websiteclick here, on our Facebook Pageclick here, or on YouTubeclicking here.

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.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2020, click here; 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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Yield, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).

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 COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), 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), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 18, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 16, 2020

Love Does Not Parade Itself

This is part four of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers website. To read part 1, click here; part 2, click here; part 3, click here.

It’s easy to criticize the Pharisees, but I think we have more in common with them than we realize.

Pharisees built their sense of worth by trying to look “good.” Speaking of them, Jesus said, “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside…” (Matthew 23:5, NLT).

These guys were so desperate to look “good” that they literally wore supersized Bible verse boxes to show their respect for God’s law. Unfortunately, this habit of parading their “goodness” tricked them into missing out on Jesus. Who needs a Savior when you’re already so good?

But are hyper-religious people the only ones who struggle with self-righteousness? Martin Luther didn’t think so:

“Each one of us carries in our heart a horrible religious fanatic,” he said. “We would all like to be able to do something so spectacular that we could boast, ‘Look what I’ve done! With all my prayers and good works, I’ve done enough for God today that I can feel at peace …’ This joy is impure because it isn’t based on faith. It’s the kind of happiness that can make your conscience confused. Consciences are delicate. We need to guard them against the sin of arrogance… We should realize that we all carry in our hearts a horrible religious fanatic, who will destroy our faith with foolish delusions of good works” (Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional, March 1).

Self-righteousness is a virus that infects our very best ideas and efforts—our personal ideals, our good habits, our social activism, our generosity, our politics, our thoughts of what others or the church should do, etc. Like the Pharisees, we compare ourselves to others in countless ways, secretly hoping to end up ahead—secretly trying to be “good enough.”

God wants to protect us from these “foolish delusions of good works,” because He knows that self-righteousness damages our faith and our ability to love others. So what’s the solution to parading ourselves? Here’s what Martin Luther says:

“The Holy Spirit provides us with a way to counter this godless delusion. We need to hold tightly to what we have received through the grace of God. God’s approval doesn’t come to us by what we do. Rather, it comes through the holiness of Christ, who suffered for us.”

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church. If you Like it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Sabbath School Quarterlies

You can pick up a current Sabbath School Quarterly by stopping by the church. You will find them in a box just outside the lobby doors on the side of the Education Building (the west side). If you are unable to get to the church and you would like one, text Pastor T (402-517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com.

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Bank. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Bank, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Living a Life of Wisdom Is Similar to Becoming a Great Jazz Soloist: What is the Bible's blueprint for becoming the kind of person who can deal with all of life's challenges? What is wisdom and how does a person acquire it? What are the practical steps to pursue in becoming wise? And how is living a life of wisdom similar to becoming a great jazz soloist? Bible Gateway interviewed Daniel Grothe about his book, Chasing Wisdom: The Lifelong Pursuit of Living Well. (Click here to read more.)

How to Follow Jesus: Has following Jesus become unnecessarily complicated by modern Christian jargon and heavy systematic theology? Are new believers in Christ paralyzed by being overwhelmed trying to master complicated doctrines, frustrated by a large list of rules for policing their lives, and bewildered by a new (and strange) vocabulary? Bible Gateway interviewed Craig Springer, author of How to Follow Jesus: A Practical Guide to Growing Your Faith. (Click here to read more.)

Sneak Peek – My Name Is Tani: Here's a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the new book and audiobook of My Name Is Tani … and I Believe in Miracles: The Amazing True Story of One Boys Journey from Refugee to Chess Champion by Tanitoluwa Adewumi. It's the true story of a family escaping Boko Haram, sacrificing everything, living with nothing but hope. Eight-year-old Tani jumped into his new life with courage and perseverance – and an unusual mind for chess. In less than a year after he learned to play chess, Tani won the New York State chess championship. (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.

What’s Happening

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens begins this Friday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Sunset this Friday – 8:06 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:05 am) – This Sabbath, we begin a new online feature. Beginning at 11:05 am we will share a children’s corner. Then we will continue our sermon series Taking the Plunge in a study titled Yield. We will examine Philippians 2:1-11. Be sure to have your Bible, your cell phone, a P.R.A.Y. Guide, and the current page with this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment handy. You can view it on our website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a copy of the P.R.A.Y. Guide, click herewe will be looking especially at the Yield section.
      • To download and print a copy of this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment, click here.
      • You can watch last week’s sermon, He is Risen! by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown.
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Saturday (Apr. 18) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. 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 will take place online this Tuesday, April 21 at 6:00 pm online. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Psalm 139. Contact Pastor T for more information.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Tuesday (Apr. 21) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Wednesday (Apr. 22) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Friday (Apr. 24) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice mail on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service online each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page, and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Websiteclick here, on our Facebook Pageclick here, or on YouTubeclicking here.

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.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

You can watch last week’s sermon, He is Risen! by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown.

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 COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), 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), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 11, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 09, 2020

Love Does Not Envy

This is part three of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers website. To read part 1, click here; part 2, click here.

Kids believe weird stuff. For example, I have a friend who, when he was young, didn’t think girls pooped. I guess, for him, femininity and bodily functions couldn’t co-exist. (Little did he know.)

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love does not envy.” Envy is one of the biggest enemies of love, because it makes us believe weird stuff. In his book Living for God, theologian Frank Hasel defines envy as “a form of blindness in which I can no longer realistically see my own gifts, or the blessings God has given me. Instead, my perception is intensely focused on the achievements, possessions, or strengths of others.” 1 In other words, when we’re envious, we’re looking at others through a “girls don’t poop” lens. Envy tells us they sit on a throne of only blessings.

I used to be jealous of a friend. I thought she was funnier, more popular, and a better writer. She had struggles, but my focus was on the gifts and talents I wanted. If I could talk to my younger self, I’d explain an idea I read about in Frank’s book. Let’s call it the chocolate box fallacy.

When we envy, we act like a person’s blessings are arbitrarily put together, like a box of chocolates. We fantasize about how much better off we’d be if only we could insert whatever they have into our own life. But people aren’t like boxes of chocolate. Everything in our lives is connected to something else. Every blessing has a story. When we see people, we see only what we envy, but, Frank writes, when God looks at us, He sees “the liabilities that come along with each blessing” (ibid, pg. 49).

The question to ask is, if I want someone’s blessing, would I take their story too? Would I take the depression that forged a friend’s ability to make people laugh? Would I take the loneliness that often comes from always having something intelligent to say but never knowing how to listen and make lasting friends?

If you struggle with envy, practice being grateful that you’re you. When we begin to accept ourselves – the blessings and flaws – we can begin to accept and love others without resentment, because, well, they poop too. (Click here to read this online).

1. Frank Hasel, Living for God: Reclaiming the Joy of Christian Virtue, Pacific Press, March 2020, pp. 47 and 49.

Christian Record Services for the Blind

The emphasis for the World Budget offering this Sabbath is Christian Record Services for the Blind. This North American Division ministry has been serving the blind community for more than 120 years. When you give to Christian Record, you give hope to a marginalized community. Please mark your offering for Christian Record (give through our church by clicking here) or give directly at ChristianRecord.org/give. To view a video from Christian Record, click here. To read a letter for the Director of Christian Record, click here.

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service online each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page , and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church. If you Like It, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Sabbath School Quarterlies

You can pick up a current Sabbath School Quarterly by stopping by the church. You will find them in a box just outside the lobby doors on the side of the Education Building (the west side). If you are unable to get to the church and you would like one, text Pastor T (402-517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes

We received an update from Samaritan’s Purse regarding Operation Christmas Child’s 2019 season here in the Omaha area. Here are a couple of things they shared - to read the entire update, click here.

    • The Omaha area (includes five counties) sent 16,217 shoebox gifts in 2019
    • Most of our shoeboxes went to Mexico and Ukraine

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Bank. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Bank, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice mail on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Christian History Told Through 33 Objects: If you had to select 33 objects throughout history to represent the birth, growth, and effectiveness of Christianity, what would you choose to best reflect God's enduring grace through the centuries? And what narrative would you write that would weave them all together in telling the story of what God is accomplishing in the world? Tangible relics such as these offer rich links of understanding between Christians of the first and 21st centuries. Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Challies about his book, Epic: An Around-the-World Journey Through Christian History. (Click here to read more.)

Even Non-Believers Can Agree on Facts Concerning Jesus: Did you know that, even though they don't believe in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, scholars who are not Christians do agree with believers on some matters concerning Jesus? Surprisingly, there's a lot upon which everyone can agree. When surveying historical scholarship, Christians, agnostics, and skeptics have no other option but to affirm certain truths about Jesus. Bible Gateway interviewed Justin W. Bass about his book, The Bedrock of Christianity: The Unalterable Facts of Jesus' Death and Resurrection. (Click here to read more.)

How to Create Calm in the Midst of Chaos: Three-time Emmy award nominee actor Dondré Whitfield, author of Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World says, "I work in an industry where super-talented people go off the deep end and make decisions that damage their reputations. Most of this comes from feeling like they’re always in an environment of chaos, unable to feel calm or secure. But God is my measure of security …” (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.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:59 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will have special Passover/Easter season service. Be sure to have your Bible and your cell phone handy so you can participate.
      • You can watch last week’s sermon, Ask, by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown.
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. 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 will take place online this Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 pm on our Zoom Channel. For instructions on how to participate, click here . We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Psalm 32 . Contact Pastor T for more information.

Church Board Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, April 14 at 7:15 pm on our Zoom Channel. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens begins one week from Friday, (Apr. 17) at 8 pm (CDT). To sign up for it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well!

Life Line Screening has been cancelled for April 29, 2020.

Camp Meeting has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. You can also watch it on our Facebook Pageclick here to find it.

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.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

You can watch last week’s sermon, Ask, by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).

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 COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Donna Parker passed away this past Saturday morning. Please remember Gary and their daughter Melody in your prayers.
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), 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), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 4, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 02, 2020

Love Suffers Long

This is part two of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers website . To read part 1, click here .

I ran my first marathon at 23. The first half was a breeze. By mile 18, I felt sore. At mile 23, a young man ran up beside me and asked: “Sooo … what are you gonna do after the race?” If he was asking me out, I totally missed it. “I’m gonna cry” was all I could say.

I suffered long to run that race. Training included giant blood blisters, a 20-mile run including 90-degree weather, and many long hours of preparation. I suffered long because the joy of finishing a marathon was more valuable to me (at the time) than the comfort of avoiding pain.

Love is like a long-distance race. And Jesus is its ultra Athlete. This Iron Man of love was pierced with iron spikes. He didn’t just sweat; He sweated drops of blood. He cried with agony at the sense of separation He felt from His Father (Matthew 27:46 ). Jesus suffered long because He had the most noble goal and the most healthy, loving heart of anyone in the universe: “for the joy set before Him He endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2 , NIV).

What was the “joy” that motivated Jesus? It was you. It was His desire to reverse the damaging effects of the fall in your life, and to restore you to the connection and joy you were designed for. Christ’s love motivated Him to “go the extra mile” until there were no more miles left to go.

You can be an athlete of love, too. How? By tenaciously, stubbornly, and unconditionally reflecting Christ’s love to those around you, even when it’s difficult: “Love suffers long and is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 , NKJV). Thankfully, this type of suffering has a flip side. According to Paul, the suffering required to love others is actually something to celebrate: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope …”

Every opportunity to love well, no matter how difficult, has the potential to transform you into what C.S. Lewis calls “a creature of splendid glory.” The more you lean into this process, the more you will become like Jesus. And as you become more like Him, your capacity for joy will increase. Yes, love suffers long, but it always leads to joy. (Click here to read it online).

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service online each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel. We are having Prayer Meeting on our Zoom Channel each Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm (click here  for instructions on how to join the meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page , and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church. If you Like It, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Bank. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Bank, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue.

Special Passover/Easter Season Service

We will not have a program here at church focusing on Jesus’ death and resurrection as we usually do during this season since we are in isolation; but, we would like to do something special.

Perhaps there is some special thing you were hoping to do – read a poem, sing a song, share a thought about how much you love Jesus, or something else creative that focuses us on Him.

Practice it a bit, and record a video of it on your phone – make it the best you can! And, then share it with us by sending it to Pastor T at martinsent@gmail.com no later than Monday, April 6. We will share as many of these as we have time to share on April 11. Hope to see you on video!

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice mail on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here .

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Being Afraid Is the Best Time to Adore God: Do you long to experience God in the thick of life's demands? If you're honest with yourself, do you admit, "I barely know you, God"? Do you consider God to be a familiar stranger? Bible Gateway interviewed Sara Hagerty, author of Adore: A Simple Practice for Experiencing God in the Middle Minutes of Your Day. (Click here to read more.)

How to Intentionally Strengthen Your Faith: You won't lose weight unless you're deliberate about it. You won't gain muscle unless you intentionally exercise. You won't earn a college degree unless you plan to achieve it. What does it mean to intentionally seek a deeper relationship of faith with God? Bible Gateway interviewed Allen Jackson about his book, Intentional Faith: Aligning Your Life with the Heart of God. (Click here to read more.)

COVID-19 – Bible Reading Plan of Assurance: During these unusual days, we need to regularly remind ourselves of God’s providence, power, and love. To that end, Bible Gateway has created the following 14-day Bible Reading Plan to help you focus your attention on God’s grandeur and greatness by reading Bible stories of his miraculous accomplishments and showing his desire to be involved in our lives.  (Click here to read more.)

Stuck at Home with Your Kids? Bible Gateway Has Free Resources for Families: With extended school closures around the country, many families are now facing a new reality. If you’re looking for learning opportunities to keep you and your children occupied during this time, Bible Gateway has a number of useful, free resources … (Click here to read more.)

Sneak Peek – Jesus Over Everything: Here's a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the new book and audiobook Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First by Lisa Whittle, who says, "If you choose to put Jesus in his place of preeminence, he will bless your life. He will sort things out that you’ve never been able to sort out before…” (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.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:51 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will be experimenting with a video conferencing option for Sabbath School. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text John Stroman (402-871-9764) so he can send you an invitation to participate.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series, Take the Plunge, with an interactive, online study titled Ask. View it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel. Be sure to have your Bible, a copy of P.R.A.Y , and your cell phone handy.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. 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 will take place on-line this Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 pm on our Zoom Channel. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Psalm 91. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Video selections for our Annual Passover/Easter Season special program (via live stream) are due one week from Monday on April 6. See above for more information.

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

Camp Meeting has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. You can also watch it on our Facebook Pageclick here to find it.

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.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

You can download a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, Rejoice and Reflect, by clicking here. You can watch it online by clicking here (the service begins after about six and a half minutes of music).

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 COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Donna Parker is currently being transferred to Hospice care as her kidneys are no longer function and she is unable to undergo dialysis. Please remember Donna & Gary in your prayers. They are praying for a miracle.
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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