Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: August 10, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Remember Show & Tell?

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Remember Show & Tell. It tells a story worth considering as we contemplate the future of our church here in Bellevue.

I remember when “show and tell” was a big deal in the lower grades of our school. Your family went to the beach where you got sunburned, tracked sand into the car, and picked up some seashells. After the weekend the teacher had you come up front and tell your class about the adventure and show them the shells. Good practice in several different verbal skills. Show and tell.

That’s still good strategy – for your church. But before you can tell, it’s important that you show. We earn the right to tell what we want our neighbors to hear by showing that we genuinely care about them. So churches are always on the lookout for ways to demonstrate that they genuinely care for their neighbors, their community, etc.

Enter First Church, near Detroit, Michigan. Church leaders were pleading with God to help them find ways to demonstrate that they genuinely care about their neighbors. They would learn that there were hundreds of nearby families living on the edge of poverty and virtually buried in medical bills. Maybe there was a way the church could do more than pray and more than preach and more than a soup kitchen and more than giving away used clothes. As they prayed for wisdom, they were put in touch with an organization called RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit debt-purchasing entity.

What they discovered excited them. They discovered there were 1,899 families in their immediate area, living in poverty, who owed a total of $1,832,439 in back medical bills…bills they would likely never be able to repay. However, working through RIPMD, the church could pay off the entire debt package for $15,000. So Pastor Sam, lead pastor, stood before his congregation the next week and happily announced they had paid the entire debt in full. The church erupted in celebration.

RIPMD sent a letter to each of the families telling them the good news. Due to medical privacy laws the church will not know the identities of those it has blessed with its generous gift, but the members liked it that way. They were blessing others, but without a hook. Just as Jesus did. Oh, and the funds were taken from the church’s “mission” budget, so they didn’t even have to take up an extra offering!

How creative is your congregation with the “show” part of show and tell? Are you thinking big enough? Are you thinking outside your traditions? Have you proposed a strategy that scares you a bit? What part of your community have you schemed to change? What resources – including people – are you unselfishly investing in your neighborhood?

Show and tell; show usually comes first. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:30 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • 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 a.m.) – This Sabbath, our message will be presented by John Stroman, one of our Elders, and is titled The Rock. We will be examining the raising of Lazarus and looking for ways to see the glory of God in our own lives as we move The Rock. (See John 11:1-44.)

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder’s at Oshkosh, August 11-18. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Aug. 13) 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).

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here or see below for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Healthy for a Lifetime: October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Response Worship Summit October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit www.responsesummit.org.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in September (9/5, 9/9, 9/10) and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding around 5:00 p.m. at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

A Week in the Life of a Slave: The New Testament book of Philemon is the ancient brief letter by the apostle Paul concerning the welfare of Philemon's slave, Onesimus. What did the institution of slavery mean in the Roman Empire? How does the Bible handle the issue of slavery? And what does it mean when Christians are exhorted to be slaves of Christ? Bible Gateway interviewed John Byron about his book, A Week in the Life of a Slave. (Click here to read more.)

What Does Being a Servant Leader Really Mean? What did Jesus really mean when he said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, the servant of all” (Mark 9:35)? How radical is the "all" in that statement? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Ralph Enlow about his book, Servant of All: Reframing Greatness and Leadership through the Teachings of Jesus. (Click here to read more.)

Understanding the Bible’s Big Picture: Reading the Bible can be intimidating, no matter where you are in your faith walk. Made up of individual "books" ranging in subject matter from history to instruction, from poetry to prophecy, this all-time global bestseller is frequently considered confusing, by first-time—as well as seasoned—readers. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers about their book, The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book. (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.

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.

Adventist Screening Verification – Child Protection Screening

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

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

To 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.)
    • Donna Parker is back in the hospital and Gary Parker will be having surgery soon to clean out an artery in his neck. Please remember then in your prayers.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills August 3 2019

Web Master - Monday, July 29, 2019

No Blog This Week

Pastor T & Pat will be gone through Thursday of next week. They will be available again August 9. Pastor T will check his phone and email messages occasionally, but unless it is an emergency, will not get back to you until August 9 or after. Please feel free to contact any of our Elders should the need arise. Click here for a current list of Elders with their Contact Information.

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding around 5:00 p.m. at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:39 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

      • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • Worship Service (11:15 a.m.) – This Sabbath, our message will be presented by John Swiegart, the Vice President for Administration and Stewardship Director of the Kansas Nebraska Conference.
        • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Blessed, click here.
      • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!
      • Managing God’s Gifts God’s Way: No matter what your job, whether you have a paying job or not, God has blessed you. What are you doing with what has been entrusted to you? What does the church do with the means you entrust to it? Come find out this Sabbath following our Potluck lunch. This seminar will be presented by John Sweigart from our Conference Office. For more information, click here.
      • Going Away Party for the Lehman Family this Sabbath evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. They will be moving to the Minneapolis area of Minnesota in a couple of weeks.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here or see below for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Healthy for a Lifetime: October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See above for more information

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in September (9/5, 9/9, 9/10) and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Get to the Core of the Bible: Is there a way to strengthen your spiritual core in a similar manner to exercising your physical core which results in a strong and stable midsection, better balance, improved posture, and reduction in back pain? Can a few minutes a day tactically reading the Bible help you master the core of Scripture? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark E. Moore about his book, Core 52: A Fifteen-Minute Daily Guide to Build Your Bible IQ in a Year. (Click here to read more.)

How Jesus Modeled Change: Do you observe a need to instigate a change in your immediate environment but are unsure how to move beyond pity, helplessness, and outrage? Do you wonder what one person can really do to enact the profound change the world needs? Bible Gateway interviewed Hal Donaldson, who, along with Kirk Noonan and Linsay Donaldson, is the author of Disruptive Compassion: Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born to Be. (Click here to read more.)

The One Thing Christians Dare Not Abandon: John S. Dickerson, author of Hope of Nations: Standing Strong in a Post-Truth, Post-Christian World, says, "The foundational rupture in the tectonic plates of Western civilization is the breakage along the fault line of truth. The very concept of truth as we have known and inherited it is a Judeo-Christian concept rooted in the Bible …"  (Click here to read more.)

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

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

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 Blessed, 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.)
    • Donna Parker is back in the hospital and Gary Parker will be having surgery soon to clean out an artery in his neck. Please remember then in your prayers.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 27, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Revelation of Relational Integrity

James Rafferty, one of the founders of Lightbearers, recently wrote this blog looking at the first three chapters of Revelation. I found it enlightening and want to share it with you.

What is Relational Integrity?

Relational = “concerning the way in which two or more people or things are connected”

Integrity = “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness”

This last year and a half I have been fully immersed in discipleship ministry. We grew together, hurting, hugging, helping, and healing. We learned about the quality of being honest, moral, and connected – about relational integrity.

Relational integrity at its best is seen in Jesus Christ. Consider His honest words to us through the faithful aged disciples imprisoned on the isle of Patmos. Jesus says in part:

You don’t love Me as you didEphesus

Some among you say you are My people when you not – Smyrna, Philadelphia

You are allowing things into your life which I hate – Pergamos

You are allowing people to teach ideas that lead to faithless self-worship – Thyatira

You are believers in name but the relationship we once had is lifeless and dying—Sardis

You make Me want to throw up with all your knowledge minus practical love and faith Please let Me back into your life so that we can turn this around and make our relationship hot again – Laodicea

Pretty intense!

Jesus responds to our relational failures by turning up the heat on His unchanging love.

But that’s only part of the message. In the context of these failures (that not one of us are immune to), there is in God “no variableness neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Even in the prophetic book of Revelation Jesus responds to our relational failures by turning up the heat on His unchanging love.

First-God stays with us in spite of us, He is in our “midst” (Revelation 1:13).

Second-God affirms us and communicates to us from the perspective of acceptance and hope (Revelation 2:2).

Third-God is honest with us, He doesn’t gloss over our failures—it’s not always easy to be honest (Revelation 2:4).

Fourth-God makes promises to restore us (Revelation 2:7).

Fifth-God fulfills His promises to us and conquers sin and death in our behalf (Revelation1:5, 18).

Sixth-God exercises faith towards us by giving us time to respond to His goodness and turn around (Revelation 2:21).

Seventh-God exposes the true source of our dysfunctional relationship with Him and with each other (Revelation 2:24). And guess what? The source of our dysfunction is not Him.

God has all the relational integrity and we have all the need. He has promised to provide what we by nature fail to bring. His simple request – open the door and connect with Me. (Revelation 3:20). The reason? I love you (Revelation 3:19). Your answer … ?

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Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in September (9/5, 9/9, 9/10) and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

Calendar Events

Camp Meeting at Camp Arrowhead: Camp Arrowhead, in Lexington, Nebraska, is sponsoring a weekend Camp Meeting this Friday evening & Sabbath. The speaker will be Pastor Lawrence Francis. For information, or to make reservations call 308-324-1956 or email infocamparrowhead@gmail.com.

Sunset this Friday – 8:46 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Managing God’s Gifts God’s Way: No matter what your job, whether you have a paying job or not, God has blessed you. What are you doing with what has been entrusted to you? What does the church do with the means you entrust to it? Come find out one week from Sabbath (Aug. 3) following our Potluck lunch. This seminar will be presented by John Sweigart from our Conference Office. For more information, click here.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: What is the “prosperity gospel” and how did it originate? Why is it considered a dangerous theology? How does its teaching conflict with the concept of God’s sovereignty? How does prosperity theology abuse and exploit people? Bible Gateway interviewed Costi W. Hinn about his book, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies. (Click here to read more.)

What if God Has More for Your Marriage Than Happily Ever After? What if God has a unique purpose for your marriage? Is your marriage God-centered or us-centered? Are you and your spouse ambassadors of holy love to a hurting world? Is your marriage what God intends it to be: a life-saving, hope-inspiring, and transforming force of his love? Bible Gateway interviewed Aaron Smith, who, along with his wife Jennifer Smith, is the author of Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God's Purpose for Your Life Together. (Click here to read more.)

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

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.

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 Seek Ye First, 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.)
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 20, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Credit, Climate Change & the Sabbath

Julian Archer, the author of Help, I’ve Been Blessed, sent out these thoughts in his latest email, The Bruised Camel. It is intriguing – I invite you to thoughtfully read it.

You try to pay for groceries but your credit card is denied and a message comes on the screen that reads, ‘Sabbath Breaker’. What a weird and seemingly impossible situation.

For more than 160 years, Seventh-day Adventists have been teaching that a time will come when national laws will require people to rest from work on Sunday, the day which, based on Catholic traditions, many Christians now call 'the Sabbath’. (Click here for more Information)

If people don’t obey this lawwhich will be created to do things like rest the environment (hooray) and encourage family time (excellent) – then they will not be able to buy or sell (ouch!). (See Daniel 7 and Revelation 13)

With this Adventist teaching in mind I wasn’t surprised to read this recent report: 

"Not all of us are called to be saints, but the pope [Francis] … insists that the planet now requires a similar kind of conversion from its inhabitants. We must take on a “less is more,” anti-consumerism approach to life that will lead us to transcend unhealthy anxieties caused by being trapped in consumer culture. We must also celebrate rest, especially from buying and selling, by returning to a focus on keeping the sabbath.” (Click here to read more)

Coincidence, or prophecy being fulfilled? Time will tell.

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

Take Time To Pray: from 24-7 Prayer

“It is only because he became like us
that we can become like him.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer –

Today, wherever you are, take a moment to stop, pause and take time with God.

    • Praise: Which characteristic of God do you need to hold onto today? Praise God for his love / faithfulness / sacrifice / grace / goodness.
    • Give Thanks: What are the blessings in your life that you want to thank God for? Pick three things in your life that you're grateful for, however small.
    • Pray for Others: Who can you pray for today? Choose one person you're thinking of and pray God's best for them.

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:52 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • 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 a.m.) – This Sabbath, we will begin a sermon series title The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7, what we commonly refer to as the Sermon on the Mount. This week’s sermon by Pastor T is titled Seek Ye First. If you would like to begin thinking about this passage, read Matthew 5 – 7 through a couple of times. Also the book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the concluding sermon in our series on Romans titled Concluding Comments, click here. This includes links to copies of all the sermons in this series.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 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 is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Camp Meeting at Camp Arrowhead: Camp Arrowhead, in Lexington, Nebraska, is sponsoring a weekend Camp Meeting July 26 – 28. The speaker will be Pastor Lawrence Francis. For information, or to make reservations call 308-324-1956 or email infocamparrowhead@gmail.com.

Managing God’s Gifts God’s Way: No matter what your job, whether you have a paying job or not, God has blessed you. What are you doing with what has been entrusted to you? What does the church do with the means you entrust to it? Come find out on August 3, 2019 following our Potluck lunch. This seminar will be presented by John Sweigart from our Conference Office. For more information, click here.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

God’s Enormous Love Expressed in Tiny Truths: How can you help your young children understand that the stories in the Bible can be connected to each other as tiny truths to teach one grand lesson: the story of God's love for his children, starting with the magnificence of creation and including Moses parting the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by a giant fish, and ultimately the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the rescuing King? Bible Gateway interviewed Joanna Rivard and Tim Penner about their colorful storybook, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible (website). (Click here to read more.)

Video – God’s Wonderful Animals: Each one of the more than six million species of animals in the world is a masterpiece of divine biological design, engineering, and artistry. Reflect upon the glory and brilliance of God’s creative power in this video. (Click here to read more.)

How Billy Graham Overcame His Doubts about the Bible: Matt Brown, author of Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence, says, "In a day when people feel like they can believe whatever they want, and no one is allowed to tell them otherwise, we need truth plus love more than ever...." (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.

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 the concluding sermon in our series on Romans titled Concluding Comments, click here. This includes links to copies of all the sermons in this series.

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.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 13, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Profit

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Profit. It tells a story worth considering as we contemplate the future of our church here in Bellevue.

Marcus Lemonis is an unusual name. Sounds like it might have been someone who was assigned to assassinate one of the Roman emperors. Except he was born in Lebanon in 1973, adopted by a couple in Florida, and has become an American citizen – and a very wealthy one. Camping World is America’s largest seller of camping gear and RVs, and is just one of the 140 companies Lemonis owns. His special knack is seeking out companies that are struggling and turning them profitable.

In 2013 CNBC decided to tell his story, and “The Profit” was born. To date he has personally invested $50 million in a score of floundering companies and coaxed them back to health.

I have been intrigued the half dozen times I’ve watched his program. I spotted a fascinating pattern. No matter how desperate the company, no matter the debt load it carries, no matter that all of the sales graphs point down, the owner initially insists on saying No to the changes Marcus wants to make. The owner may already have cut staff, changed the logo, and begun to skimp on quality, the ultimate end of the little company is in view, but the owner is adamant: “This is the way we do it here; this is how it worked when my dad started the company, and we’re not going to make any changes.”

I’ve met with more than a few church leadership teams over the years who had rehearsed that song and could sing it with conviction. We’ve talked before in this space about the fact that the normal life-cycle of a church is approximately the same as the human life-cycle: Launch, growth, slowed-growth, plateau, gradual decline, steeper decline, shut the doors and sell the building. It’s not infallible but unless something happens to re-light the fire, it’s a pretty predictable seventy-year template.

I’ve also learned that anyone who enters the picture and makes suggestions is not always seen as a friend. The pioneers remember how it was before and “if we could just get back to that, we wouldn’t have all these empty seats and empty spaces in the parking lot. Besides, we like it here.” But we’ve watched this long enough to know the trajectory of the church is re-set when a group comes together to pray. I mean these are intercessors. They get it that yesterday’s answers aren’t sufficient for today’s questions.

They will not let go of the arm of God till He helps them understand that the story they have to tell must be fresh every morning and current as the sunrise. Unlike pottery, our message is not valuable because it is old but because God answers each new generation’s questions with exciting new discernment. So they seek for the gift to speak timeless truths in words their communities find compelling. (Click here to read this on line.)

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:56 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. He is willing to help with gas money. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Say No and Not Feel Guilty: Are you overwhelmed with your to-do list? Do you feel guilty when you say "no" to anything? Were you taught that "no" is a dirty word? Do you think saying "no" is a sign of weakness? What does the Bible say about saying "no"? Bible Gateway interviewed Kevin G. Harney about his book, No Is a Beautiful Word: Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted. (Click here to read more.)

Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Trees: The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Have you missed the forest...and the trees? For example, the Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). What is the hidden language of trees that can help us better understand God? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Sleeth, MD about his book, Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us. (Click here to read more.)

When My Life Suffered a Dream-Crushing Blow: Chris Norton, who, along with his wife Emily, is the author of The Seven Longest Yards: Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits While Leaning on Each Other, says, "From the moment my body hit the ground after the tackle that put me in this mess, I had focused completely on what I could not do. I could not move; I could not feel; I could not breathe. The obstacles kept getting bigger and bigger until they completely overwhelmed me. Everything changed when I switched my focus to what I could do …" (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.

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 the last sermon in this series titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, 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.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 6, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Freedom

This week we celebrate freedom. July 4, 1776 was the day our forefathers declared their freedom from England by signing the Declaration of Independence. We still celebrate these unique freedoms 243 years later – although it does seem like many of these freedoms are being challenged.

More than 1,980 years ago, another event took place that produced the greatest freedom we can ever experience. This freedom has been enjoyed by countless millions down through the centuries – far more than have enjoyed the freedoms of our country.

This kind of freedom can take place independent of your place of residence, your income, your health, your marital status, or your vocation. I have met people in prison who are experiencing this freedom. I have met people on their deathbeds who are experiencing this freedom. And, I have lived alongside many who are learning what this freedom means.

Just like the freedom of our country, which we enjoy freely – this freedom is free to everyone, but it cost the very best Heaven had to offer, the life and death of God’s only Son. (See 1 John 4:9-10)

What He has promised, and offers you and me is:

Freedom from the Penalty of Sin – a life free of guilt and regret, allowing you to live free from worry about your eternity. (See Romans 3:20-26; 1 John 5:11-13; Steps to Christ, page 62)

Freedom from the Power of Sin – a life that continues to be more and more free from the power of sin, freeing you to live the way God created you to live – trusting in Him and glorifying Him with your life and your words. (See Romans 5:20 – 6:8; Romans 6:20-23; Romans 8:1-4; Steps to Christ, page 62)

Freedom from the Presence of Sin – an eternal life free from the enticements and the consequences of sin. If you die before He comes, you will be resurrected as a perfect person. If you’re alive when He comes, you will be changed as you are taken to meet Him (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). And you will live with Him in a place free from the influences of sin – a place where God Himself will wipe every tear from your eyes … (See Revelation 21:1-4)

Even in our “land of the free” it is possible to live without real freedom – to be controlled by our sinful desires and consequences of poor choices. Don’t miss out on the best freedom there is to offer.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, NKJV)

I hope you have a great 4th. I pray that every day you may experience the freedom you can only find in Jesus!

We have spent several weeks looking at this freedom as expressed in the Book of Romans. Click here to download a PDF copy of the latest sermon in this series which has links to all of the sermons in this series listed in the Resource Section of the document.

Calendar Events

Celebrating Freedom, a free community event for the whole family, is happening this Evening (July 2) at 8:00 p.m. at the Lifespring Church (13904 S 36th Street, Bellevue, NE). It will included an indoor patriotic service (our own Carol Fennessy will be singing in the choir), snacks, door prizes, and a fireworks show provided by Wild Willy’s Fireworks.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • 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 a.m.) – This Sabbath, Trey Wisecup, a member of our Youth Group, will present our sermon.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting Meets this Tuesday (July 9) at 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (July 9) 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).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. He is willing to help with gas money. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Made Jesus Mad? Christians love to focus on the gentle and tender heart of Jesus. But what about his righteous rage? In the Gospels, what, and who, ignited Jesus’ anger? How should we appropriately respond like Jesus when necessary? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Harlow about his book, What Made Jesus Mad?: Rediscover the Blunt, Sarcastic, Passionate Savior of the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

What Does the Bible Say about Wealth and Prosperity? Costi W. Hinn, author of God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies, asks, "Is God opposed to a Christian making a high salary? What’s wrong with an employer rewarding an employee for doing his job? Should Christians take a vow of poverty and purposely try to suffer? Is poverty God’s will for us? …" (Click here to read more.)

When Grief Forced Me to Start a Whole New Life from Scratch: "Extreme, soul-breaking grief took me apart. What was, was no longer. What would be, was unknown. I was brought face-to-face with my complete lack of control, my utter lack of understanding …" (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.

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 A Living Sacrifice Defined, 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.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 29, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Thoughts on Death

I have been thinking about death this week. A long-time member of the Nebraska City Church, and personal friend, Ron Palmer, passed away this past Saturday night at 10:30 pm.

While it was not totally expected, it happened much quicker than expected. Last Thursday I sat with him in his room at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse and talked, laughed, and joked around – never imagining that this Thursday I would be conducting his memorial service.*

As I have become more mature (I’m almost 67 now) I have been thinking a bit more about life, and death. Living here on Planet Earth is terminal.

It has been said that there are two things we can count on – taxes and death. Taxes have been a pretty sure thing. Most people I know are still living; but, I would venture to guess that if the earth continues for another 100 years (which I think is unlikely) most everyone I know will be dead – including me.

As a Christian, I know that is not the end of things. The reason there is so much suffering and pain in our life here is that a power other than God has been embraced by so many. I also know God has promised to set things right again.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NLT)

The Apostle John, in vision, wrote this:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:1-4, NLT)

While it is true that life on this earth is terminal, we are blessed to see beyond to a time when all those who have accepted the gift of salvation God freely offers, will live forever in a place free from the presence and influence of evil!

Knowing this takes the sting out of death. We will still grieve, because we miss their presence in our life. But we can also rejoice if we know they have accepted God's gift of eternal life. They are now beyond Satan’s reach and the pain and suffering of this life. And, we can know we will see them again!

What a comfort!

And, what an incentive to share Jesus’ love with those who do not know Him yet – so they too can have this comfort and assurance.

* Ron’s Memorial service will be held Thursday, June 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Chapel located at 644 Park Street, Syracuse, NE. The family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m. prior the service at the Funeral Chapel.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 9:00 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 a.m.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • 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 a.m.) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, based on Romans 13:1 – 15:13.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Living Sacrifice, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting will Not Meet this Tuesday (July 2). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Celebrating Freedom, a free community event for the whole family, is happening this Tuesday (July 2) at 8:00 p.m. at the Lifespring Church (13904 S 36th Street, Bellevue, NE). It will included an indoor patriotic service (our own Carol Fennessy will be singing in the choir), snacks, door prizes, and a fireworks show provided by Wild Willy’s Fireworks.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. He is willing to help with gas money. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Help for the Christian Man: What are the major issues facing Christian men and how should they be addressed from a biblical point of view? How should a Christian man avoid the pitfalls of life; lead a more balanced life; have a deeper walk with God; be an attentive husband; becoming a difference-making dad; overcome lust? Bible Gateway interviewed Patrick Morley about his book, The Christian Man: A Conversation About the 10 Issues Men Say Matter Most. (Click here to read more.)

How Do I Know When It Is Wise to Give? Dr. John Townsend, author of People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership, says, "Here is a simple matrix for determining whether you should care for someone or some organization, and to what extent, and whether you are supporting or enabling. It is five questions …" (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.

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 A Living Sacrifice, 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.)
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 22, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Living Sacrifice

Romans 12 begins with these verses:

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2, NLT)

The ”And so …” points back to everything Paul has said about sin and God’s plan to free us from the penalty, power, and presence of sin. And, it refers directly to the praise he expressed in Romans 11:33-36.

Paul has spent 11 chapters building up the case that God loves you and I more than His own live, as demonstrated through Jesus’ life and death. Jesus was the victor in the intense battle between God and Satan, ensuring the ultimate end of sin. He offers to cover our sinfulness with His righteousness as He works to break the power of sin in our lives.

Because of all this, Paul tells us to offer ourselves as a “Living Sacrifice” by allowing God to transform our lives from the inside out. And then, we will know what God’s will is for us.

Most every sacrifice around Paul’s time ended up dead. So, what does it mean to give yourself as a living sacrifice? And what would our lives look like, after making this commitment?

Much of the rest of Romans 12 tells us what our lives will look like after we have become a living sacrifice. Take a look at these verses and consider:

    1. What do we give up when we take this step?
    2. What do we gain when we take this step?
    3. What do you do when you find that your life does not measure up to Paul’s description?

We will try to answer these questions as we continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans this Sabbath with a sermon titled A Living Sacrifice.

To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled People of the Promise, click here. It also contains links to all the previous sermons in this series on Romans.

Vacation Bible School

This year’s VBS begins this Friday at 6:00 pm here at the church. It’s title is Moose on the Loose and will be three fun-filled days with Biblical activities. It will begin at 6:00 pm and last until 8:00 pm this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Be sure to bring your kids and their friends!

Calendar Events

Vacation Bible School, Friday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at church

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 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 A Living Sacrifice, based on Romans 12. See the lead story, A Living Sacrifice, for some questions to consider.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled People of the Promise, click here.

Vacation Bible School, Saturday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at church

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) this Sunday (June 23) at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Vacation Bible School, Sunday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm here at church

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. 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 (June 25) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (June 25) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Forgiving the Killer of the Charleston Church Shooting: While the murder of his wife June 17, 2015 devastated Rev. Anthony Thompson, he and three other relatives of victims chose to privately and publicly forgive the shooter. Years later, the church and community still struggle to understand the family members' deliberate choice to forgive the racist murderer. But as Charlestonians have witnessed these incredible acts of forgiveness, something significant has happened to the community—black and white leaders and residents have united, coming together peaceably and even showing acts of selfless love. Bible Gateway interviewed Rev. Anthony Thompson about his book, Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim's Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace. (Click here to read more.)

Does the Bible Make You Squeamish, Skeptical, and Uncertain? Do you see the Bible as intolerant, outdated, out of step with societal norms at best, and a tool of oppression at worst? What if you cleared the deck on your preconceptions of this book and encountered it anew? What if you came with the understanding that your questions are welcome? And what if you approached the Bible as less of a system to figure out and more of a story to step into; a story with more surprising plot twists than you might think? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael and Lauren McAfee about their book, Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need. (Click here to read more.)

How the Story of the Bible is Incredibly Unfair: Michael and Lauren McAfee, authors of Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need, say, "The story of the gospel, the story of Jesus, is incredibly unfair. God takes this unfairness on himself, suffering the punishment that we deserve …" (Click here to read more.)

Bible Reflections – A Sudden Second Arrival: What if we lived our day-to-day lives under the constant assumption that Christ could come at this exact moment (as in, while you're reading this)? How might we live differently? (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.

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 People of the Promise, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), 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, 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, Paul Lostaglia, 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), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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This Weed at Golden Hills: June 15, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Now That the Football Season Is Over ...

Don Jacobsen's blog last week was titled Love is Like That  It is a great call to action!

When Ruthie and I were dating I was pastoring a church in central Ohio; Ruthie was working in Nursing Administration in a large hospital nearby. It was a time of high intensity for both of us. But we worked hard at staying in touch. As often as I could I’d stop by the hospital cafeteria and we’d have lunch together. Sometimes I’d stop by her place for supper or she’d stop by mine. Or sometimes a friend would invite us both.

With early morning duties, we’d head for home before it got late. But inevitably, we’d hardly be inside the door before one of us would phone the other. We might talk for an hour. She was busy; I was busy. I was a single dad with two teenage boys. Yet we made time to stay connected. Looking back on it I can understand the reason: We were very much in love. We took every opportunity to talk. We wanted to get better acquainted. I wanted to know her, she wanted to know me. We both wanted to know us. Love is like that.

Not long ago, nearly a half century later, we made the decision to sell our second car. Not only was it an expense, it made it convenient for us to do a lot of things separately. I could run errands in one direction and she in another. Now I understand there are seasons in every family’s journey where this is not a practical idea, but for us it was. So with one car we run our errands together. It takes twice as long and it’s twice as much fun. Love is like that.

Our new strategy has also given me a more measured response to the inquiry I sometimes hear, “Pastor, it just seems like I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend in my quiet time. We’ve got jobs and kids and deadlines and chores and … I’m just really busy.” But love makes a way. Love measures priorities. Love sets boundaries. Love is driven to keep in touch.

Please know that I’m not attempting to shame anyone here. I only want to give you permission to be honest about priorities.

Think about how this re-shapes our prayer vocabulary. Who of us hasn’t said something like, “Wow, I pray through my needs and wants and before you know it I’m out of things to pray about.”

But what about if our driving motive is to get acquainted with this amazing God? To ask Him questions and wait for His answers. Have you ever prayed, “God, what’s on Your heart tonight? What do You want me to pray about? Who has a special target on their back that You want me to pray for? What is there in me that You want to clean up, that maybe I don’t even see yet?”

We’re going to need a bit more time than just the generic “bless the missionaries and colporteurs in the foreign fields” prayers that are so easy. Praying isn’t really about getting things from God, it’s about getting better acquainted. Love is like that. (Click here to read this on-line)

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Romans, Our Sermon Series

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled People of the Promise, based on Romans 9 - 11. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. What is Paul’s main point in these chapters? Why would that be important to anyone?
    2. How do you think you would feel reading these chapters if you were Jewish? How about if you are not Jewish?
    3. Romans 11:25-36 gives us the summary of this section. What are these verses saying to you?

Baby Shower

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Calendar Events

Flag Day this Friday

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 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 People of the Promise, based on Romans 9 - 11.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. 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 (June 18) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Vacation Bible School will take place at our church June 21-23. Talk to anyone in our Youth Class to get more details.

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Job at Christian Record

Christian Record Services for the Blind seeks a skilled communication director to work closely with administration to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level audiences, including the media, public officials, donors, and key influencers. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of denominational experience in corporate communication and be skilled in electronic communications and essential software. We want to talk with you if you are energetic, work collaboratively and independently, and embrace the mission of the Church and this organization. The complete job description and application can be found online by clicking here. Send completed resume and application to info@christianrecord.org by June 14. 

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything: What does the phrase "kingdom of God" really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything. (Click here to read more.)

Pentecost – The Holy Spirit Advancing the Church: At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in might and power and established the church that will prevail over the gates of Hades for all time. Read this excerpt from The Jesus Bible, available in NIV, ESV, and (Spanish) NVI Bible translations. (Click here to read more.)

How a Biblical View of Money Changed Our Marriage: Aaron and Jennifer Smith, authors of Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together, say, "A healthy, biblical view of finances and being willing to embrace God’s perspective on debt and money is a significant part of pursuing a marriage after God …" (Click here to read more.)

D-Day June 6, 1944 – The Bible and Prayer of WWII: During World War II, troops were given a pocket Bible in which was included a letter from US President Franklin Roosevelt encouraging them to read it. The letter reads … (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.

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.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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), Steve Wilhelmsen.

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 8, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Now That the Football Season Is Over ...

Don Jacobsen's blog last week was titled Now That the Football Season Is Over ...  It is a great call to action!

Since the football season is over, I feel like I can talk about it. (If you're uncomfortable with my reference to sports in a Christian setting, remember the Apostle Paul did that, too.)

For the record, I don't care that much for football. There's more violence than I am comfortable with, but that's a personal view. However, I have seen enough to know there are some strong take-aways. For instance, earlier today I saw a piece on the web about the current standings of the major university football teams. The pundit was attempting to evaluate how viable he thought the major teams were going to be next season.

I saw a pattern I had not noticed before. Consistently, a team might be evaluated for its strengths, but then there was often a comment about one of the players who might not be returning next year so the team's chances of being a championship contender were diminished. Might be a quarterback, a key running back, or maybe a linebacker. Sometimes it was a coach, or even an assistant coach. The point I couldn't miss was that, while this is a team sport and games are won by teams rather than by individuals, there is often a key figure in the team's success. A highly motivated, deeply committed, all-in player who provides spark and motivation for those around him. Even in down-times the team knows they will hear his, "Come on, guys, we can do this!"

He may not be the biggest or the strongest or the fastest, but there is something about his focus and his passion that inspires his team. If he is gone, something is missing from the team.

As I've watched through a good many years I've discovered that same dynamic is true in many of our churches. I don't intend to minimize the Holy Spirit who is the true energizing influence. But it is common for God to place in a church a man or a woman whose influence He uses to keep the team focused and on mission.

When a difficulty arises, he or she can be counted on to say, "You know, this is serious, but I believe God can get us through it." A sensitive issue arises in the Church Board and we hear that voice, "I know our hearts are saddened by this news, but we serve a God who loves to fix broken things; let's not discuss it outside of this Board, let's just lay it before Him." Or, "God is not surprised by this; let's ask for His wisdom."

My appeal today is that you determine to be available for that assignment. You be God's go-to person when the team falters. That you be the one listening to the Coach if/when the game strays from the Playbook. Humbly. Gently. Focused. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:53 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, John Stroman, one of our Elders, will present a sermon titled “Who are You?”.

Operation Christmas Child Special Event – June 9: You're Invited! The Omaha, Nebraska Area Team is hosting a Celebration Event for Operation Christmas Child, with Shoebox Recipient Desire Nana. Come hear how a simple shoebox gift impacted his life. For more information, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. 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 (June 11) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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

Job at Christian Record

Christian Record Services for the Blind seeks a skilled communication director to work closely with administration to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level audiences, including the media, public officials, donors, and key influencers. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of denominational experience in corporate communication and be skilled in electronic communications and essential software. We want to talk with you if you are energetic, work collaboratively and independently, and embrace the mission of the Church and this organization. The complete job description and application can be found online by clicking here. Send completed resume and application to info@christianrecord.org by June 14. 

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

A Week in the Life of Ancient Rome: What do you know about the every-day living conditions of first-century Rome? How did that ancient culture impose a tremendous social cost on the followers of Jesus? What were the daily struggles of the church in Rome and how does an awareness of that time period influence readers of the New Testament in the 21st century? Bible Gateway interviewed James L. Papandrea about his book, A Week in the Life of Rome. (Click here to read more.)

Walk With God on the Path of Life: The path of life is similar to natural paths: it leads to a destination, someone has gone before to create it, and it's time-tested and established. What does it mean to find God's path for you? Bible Gateway interviewed Lisa Robertson about her book, The Path of Life: Walking in the Loving Presence of God. (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.

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.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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), Steve Wilhelmsen.

Pastors Contact Information

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