Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills, August 10, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, August 07, 2013

“A Rocky Mountain High is Nothing Compared to …”

These thoughts were written last week as Pat and I enjoyed some vacation time with Pat’s brother’s family at their family cabin high in the mountains of Colorado.

As I write this, Pat and I are enjoying some time at her family's cabin near Leadville, Colorado. The elevation here is 10,127 feet. The oxygen is precious and sometime seems hard to find.

There are seven lakes here, some natural and some man-made, connected with little streams. Up above the first lake is a series of beaver dams. In every direction are beautiful evergreen forests.

When we walk down the road from the cabin a few hundred feet we come to the shore of Morton Lake. Looking west we can see the Continental Divide with some of the tallest mountains in Colorado – the tallest mountains in the lower 48. Early in the morning when the lake is still, we can see an almost perfect reflection of the mountains and their forested slopes in the lake. In the evening we often see the reflection of a spectacular mountain sunset.

I can hardly imagine a more beautiful place. I have seen places of equal beauty in the San Juan Islands of Washington, the coast of Maine, the jungles of Central America, and the fjords of Norway - just to mention a few.

Even considering the effects of several thousand years of sin, there are places on this earth that just take your breath away! Imagine what it was like back when it was perfect – before sin started ruining it. And what it will be again when God restores things to how it really should be.

We are told that:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT)

As good as we can imagine it, we aren’t even getting close. And the best part – we will get to enjoy it with our friend, Jesus, forever!

No Prayer Meeting Tonight

We will not have supper or Prayer Meeting tonight (August 7). Next Wednesday (August 14) we will explore Psalm 75.

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath Arvid Barr will present our Sermon and shares a personal experience and some thoughts titled “Regrets”. The Scripture passages he will be referencing are: 2 Corinthians 7:10; Genesis 6:6-7; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 7:15; Philippians 4:7; Psalms 86:5 & 103:3; & Luke 6:36.

Church Picnic

This Sabbath evening we will host a picnic here at the church. It begins at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will provide hamburgers and hotdogs. Please join us with your family and bring your favorite side dish to share.

Sermon Series Copies - "Can! Can Not!!"

Some have asked to have copies of my sermons on the Sabbath titled “Can! Can Not!!” – To download or print a PDF copy of:  

  • Part 1 (presented on July 20), click here
  • Part 2 (presented on August 3), click here
  • Biblical Passages used to study this topic, click here
  • Activities prohibited on the Sabbath by Jewish Rabbinical Law, click here

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. This coming Tuesday (August 13) they will begin a new series based on the book, Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. To order a book or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (to email click here; to phone 402-215-1693).

Church Board Meeting Postponed

Church Board has been postponed a week. It will meet one week from this coming Tuesday (August 20) at 7:00 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 (email: click here, phone: 402-708-2730) or me (email: click here, phone: 402-517-5333).

Thank You from the Klesh Family

Thank you to everyone at the Golden Hills Church for their faithfulness during the past two years. We will never forget your love, your prayers, and your support. – Gus, Judy, & Kevin Klesh

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

School starts soon! Omaha Memorial Adventist School is still accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Arvid Barr – as he finishes preparing his sermon for Sabbath
  • Jerry (Mary Vogt’s Nephew) – He will be having heart surgery on August 14
  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • Klesh Family – Judy’s broken hand and Kevin’s shoulder surgery
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel

This Week at Golden Hills, August 3, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Gateway to the Kingdom

Several days ago (July 21), I was reading the daily selection from the little book My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. I have gone back to this reading several times. I was so moved and blessed by it that I want to share it with you. It is titled “The Gateway to the Kingdom” and is based on Matthew 5:3 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

Beware of placing Our Lord as a Teacher first. If Jesus Christ is a Teacher only, then all He can do is to tantalize me by erecting a standard I cannot attain. What is the use of presenting me with an ideal I cannot possibly come near? I am happier without knowing it. What is the good of telling me to be what I never can be—to be pure in heart, to do more than my duty, to be perfectly devoted to God? I must know Jesus Christ as Saviour before His teaching has any meaning for me other than that of an ideal which leads to despair. But when I am born again of the Spirit of God, I know that Jesus Christ did not come to teach only: He came to make me what He teaches I should be. The Redemption means that Jesus Christ can put into any man the disposition that ruled His own life, and all the standards God gives are based on that disposition.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount produces despair in the natural man—the very thing Jesus means it to do. As long as we have a self-righteous, conceited notion that we can carry out Our Lord’s teaching, God will allow us to go on until we break our ignorance over some obstacle, then we are willing to come to Him as paupers and receive from Him. “Blessed are the paupers in spirit,” that is the first principle in the kingdom of God. The bedrock in Jesus Christ’s kingdom is poverty, not possession; not decisions for Jesus Christ, but a sense of absolute futility—“I cannot begin to do it.” Then Jesus says—“Blessed are you.” That is the entrance, and it does take us a long while to believe we are poor! The knowledge of our own poverty brings us on to the moral frontier where Jesus Christ works.

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 31) we will explore Psalm 74. Next Wednesday (August 7) we will not meet. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath I will conclude my thoughts on the Sabbath in a sermon titled “Can! Can Not!! – Part 2”.  We will focus on keeping the Sabbath in such a way that we honor and connect with God. The main Scriptures we will explore are Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Isaiah 58; Matthew 11:28-30; and Mark 2:27-28.

To download or print a PDF copy of “Can, Can Not!! – Part 1” that was presented July 20, click here. To access the website referred to regarding the activities prohibited on the Sabbath by Jewish Rabbinical Law, click here.

Potluck after Church this Sabbath

This Sabbath we will host a Potluck after Church in the Fellowship Hall. If you are 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! For more information contact Hope by phone at 402-292-8280 or by email by clicking here.

Pat and I at Minister’s Meetings

Pat and I will be out of town at Minister’s Meetings next week leaving Monday (August 5) and returning Thursday evening (August 8). For any church business or personal emergencies don’t hesitate to contact Steve Wilhelmsen, our Head Elder. You may reach him by email (click here) or phone (402-708-2730).

No Tuesday Evening Ladies Group This Week

Our ladies group will not meet this next Tuesday (August 6), most everyone is gone for some reason – vacations, etc. Next Tuesday evening (August 13) they will be beginning a new series based on the book Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. Books are $8 each. To order one for you or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (email click here; phone 402-215-1693).

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • The Lippincott Family – as they minister in China
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel
  • Kevin Klesh

This Week at Golden Hills, July 27, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Benevolence Funds

You may or may not know that we as a church get numerous requests for assistance – these are hard times financially. While we do have some regular funds that are set aside for this work, the needs almost always exceed the money we have available and we often times have to say “no” due to the lack of funds.  

Helping those around us is an important part of what we as Christians are called to do. It was what Jesus did –many times He met the physical needs before approaching the spiritual ones. The early Christian Church was known for the loving way they cared for the poor and disadvantaged among them.

It has been that way through the centuries. The church has been most effective in spreading the gospel when it has been accompanied by the attitude of generously loving and caring for their neighbors.

This past week, a family in our church donated an extra $400 to meet some specific needs for two families that we, as a church, have been helping. They wondered if sharing the information might be an inspiration to others to share as well.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of us as we are able gave even an extra $5, $10, $25, or even more a month to our church’s benevolence funds for us to use in helping others? (I say extra, because we would not want you to stop giving to the things you are already generously supporting, it is all important!)  And then, look for ways to get personally involved helping others.

God calls us as His people to love those around us the same way He loves us (John 13:34-35). And, He tells us that this love is what will identify us as His people. He has set the standard of love high! Wouldn’t it be great if we, as a church, were known all throughout the Omaha area as the church who loves like Jesus did?

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 24) we will explore Psalm 73. Next Wednesday (July 31) we will explore Psalm 74. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Pat and I on Vacation

Pat and I will be on vacation for a week beginning tomorrow (July 25). We will be back in town and available on Thursday, August 1. For any church business or personal emergencies don’t hesitate to contact Steve Wilhelmsen, our Head Elder. You may reach him by email (click here) or phone (402-708-2730).

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

Elders’ Meet and Pray Time

This Sabbath morning at 9:00 am in the Hearth Room, the Elders will meet to share and to pray. If there is something that you wish for us to pray about, please contact me (or any of the Elders).

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

John Stroman will present our sermon this Sabbath. He shares this: "When our spiritual life starts to become a little dry and lifeless, we can begin to find answers by asking ourselves the question found in the message title for this Sabbath:  What Do You Do With A Norwegian Blue?  As we explore this question, we will begin to see the importance in our lives of Ezekiel 37 (gotta' love 'dem bones!).

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They will be beginning a new series in a couple of weeks (August 13) based on the book Managing Your Moods by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. Books are $8 each. To order one for you or for more information contact our Women’s Ministries Coordinator, Karen Yingst (email click here; phone 402-215-1693).

Activities Prohibited on the Sabbath by Jewish Rabbinical Law

Here is a link to the article that I referenced last week explaining the Jewish Rabbinical Laws regarding what activities are prohibited on the Sabbath. As you read this, please keep in mind that Jesus deliberately and publically broke many of these in an effort to help them understand the true nature of Sabbath. I do not present this in any way as something we as Seventh-day Adventist Christians should follow, only to help us understand a bit better the culture that Jesus was dealing with and where legalistic Sabbath keeping originated. To access the link, click here.

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Sympathy Cards for Chris Klesh’s Family

To view or download a PDF copy of the Life Sketch read at Chris’ Memorial Service, click here. It’s not too late if you still would like to send a sympathy card or letter to Chris Klesh’s folks, Judy and Gus Klesh. Their address is 6056 330th Lane, Rushville, NE 69360. Judy’s cell phone number is 402-540-0705 if you would prefer to give her a call. 

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in service to our community
  • Arcelia Gomez – as she heads to Florida to be the assistant girl’s dean for this coming school year
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel
  • Kevin Klesh

This Week at Golden Hills, July 20, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Promise of Sabbath

It is interesting to me that the Bible does not give very many rules as to what we should do or not do on the Sabbath. The commandment tells us that we should not work (Exodus 20:8-11). Isaiah 58 tells us it is not for our own pleasure but for God’s glory. Lots of passages tell us to honor the Sabbath and that it is sign between us and our God – of our allegiance to Him. But there are very few specifics on how to keep it. Why is that?

If you know that someone loves you unconditionally it is not hard to spend time in their presence. As we learn to love them back, it is natural to incorporate them into every part of our lives. Relationships thrive in freedom, within certain boundaries of course – those boundaries we call the Ten Commandments. If God is important to us, accepting His invitation into His day of special fellowship, setting aside our everyday concerns and enterprises to focus on Him, will be natural and enjoyable. It will not need a list of acceptable and non-acceptable things for us to do.

If God doesn’t mean anything to us, it doesn’t really matter what we do with the Sabbath. It would be like going on a date with someone you don’t like – you would be counting down the minutes till it is over.

Here the beautiful thing about the Sabbath. As we spend time connecting with God, we shall start to reflect Him. God’s says this about those people who come to Him, those who connect with Him:

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:19-20, TNIV)

About those people, God also says:

“… I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people … I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34, TNIV)

This is what Sabbath is all about. This is what makes it a delight. It is about connecting with a God:

  • Who loves us more than His own life and comfort
  • Who is the best Friend anyone could ever have.
  • Who knows how badly we have failed at loving others, how selfish we are, how poorly we have worshiped – and still loves us!
  • Who is willing to forgive us and has the power to make us into the people He wants us to be.

Consider this promise about making the Sabbath a delight found in Isaiah 58:

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words Then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”  For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 58:13-14, TNIV)

These are words you can count on!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 17) we will explore Psalm 72. Next Wednesday (July 24) we will explore Psalm 73. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath my sermon will be titled “Can! Can Not!!” and will focus on how God wants us to keep the Sabbath. If you want to read ahead and give this some personal study, consider these verses: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Exodus 23:12; Isaiah 56:1-8; Isaiah 58; Isaiah 66:22-23; Mark 2:27-28; and Romans 14:1-10.

Joe Melashenko's Memorial Service

Elder Joseph Melashenko passed away June 23 at the age of 91.  His five sons (Lonnie, Joedy, Dallas, Eugene and Rudy) will gather with their families and grand-children for a highly spiritual "Time to Remember" featuring lots of music and inspiration this Sunday (July 21) at 6:00 pm (CDT). To access the web site for streaming video click here. Or, you may go to Lonnie's web site for additional information by clicking here.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Lippincott Family Updates from China

I have received a couple of updates from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their experiences living in China. To access a PDF copy to read or download, click here.

Sympathy Cards for Chris Klesh’s Family

Chris’ Memorial Service was held last Sunday. If you would like to send a sympathy card or letter to his folks, Judy and Gus Klesh, their address is 6056 330th Lane, Rushville, NE 69360. Judy’s cell phone number is 402-540-0705 if you would like to give her a call.  

Writers Wanted

This is an invitation from The North American Division Department of Family Ministries to take part in a first-ever parenting devotional focusing on parenting issues concerning children aged 0 - 7 years.  A special emphasis is being placed on the development of parenting resources and this is an additional piece that you may be a part of. There are plans to make it the devotional book of the year for 2015. Obviously, a great deal of work needs to be done beforehand in order to make that a reality.

You may view and download a PDF copy of the writer’s guidelines by clicking here. If you have questions email Karen Pearson (the editor) or Pamela Consuegra (Associate Director for Family Ministries at the NAD). They need to collect 365 devotionals, therefore, they are accepting multiple submissions from each individual willing to participate and the deadline for submissions is August 30, 2013.

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year. Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information, click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel

This Week at Golden Hills, July 13, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On Death and Dying

Here I am writing about death and dying again. It’s on my mind this week. Mike Newman died recently, John Stroman’s mom and uncle died in the past couple of weeks. Last Sunday Jerine Deemers died. And yesterday Chris Klesh died.

Dying is as much a part of our life here as anything. Living on this planet has a mortality rate that essentially hovers right at 100% (Enoch and Elijah escaped this world not having experienced death so it is a slight fraction less than 100% - a mere technicality I know).

As my parents get older and since I have broken into the 60s, the reality of it comes closer. Of course we never know when our time is up; it could be later today for me for all I know.

All these thoughts of mortality could really get a person down, if it were not for the promises of the Bible. Jesus seems to look at death a bit differently than we do. To Him the death we experience here is just temporary – He called it sleeping. At His second coming, Jesus will “wake up” His people to an eternity of life as He originally designed it to be - free of fear, pain, suffering, and death!

This is why Jesus could say to Martha, as they were talking together before He raised Lazarus from the dead:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26, NIV)

Paul also talks about this in his first letter to the Thessalonians:

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NIV)

As we experience the death of those we love, and as we consider our own mortality we must remember that this life is not the end. What seems like the end to us here is in reality just the beginning! Death is just a brief “sleep” that we will wake up from as God calls us into eternity with Him! To me, one of the most beautiful promises is found in Jesus words recorded by the Apostle John:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14:1-3, NLT)

Every dark cloud has a bright side; it is always the side that faces the sun. For those of us who live our lives facing the Son, these promises of eternity are the bright side of the dark cloud we call death. I know that all these people who died will be greatly missed by those who loved them. But while we grieve for them and miss them, we have a great eternity to look forward to!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (July 10) we will explore Psalm 71. Next Wednesday (July 17) we will explore Psalm 72. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

Ride to Church Needed

Juanita Jones, a resident of Welcov Assisted Living located at 801 N. Adams Street in Papillion, needs a ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you can help her out, even for just a couple Sabbaths a month, please give her a call on her cell phone at 707-570-6395.

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath Karen Yingst will present our sermon. It is titled “The Encounter” and shares some thoughts based on the story of the Woman at the Well found in John 4.

Mike Newman’s Memorial Service

There will be a Memorial Service for Mike Newman at our church this Sabbath afternoon (July 13) at 3:30 pm. There will be a light supper following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Christmas in July

This Sabbath evening (July 13) we will enjoy fellowship together as we celebrate Christmas in July. It will begin at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite Christmas dessert to share. For more information contact Hope by phone at 402-292-8280 or by email by clicking here.

Chris Klesh Memorial Service

Chris died yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) at around 1:00 pm. There will be a memorial service for him this coming Sunday morning (July 14) at 10:00 am in the Heritage Room of the College View SDA Church (4801 Prescott Ave. Lincoln, NE 68506). If you would like to send a card or letter to his folks, Judy and Gus, the best place to send it is their home (6056 330th Lane, Rushville, NE 69360). If you wish to call and talk to Judy her cell phone number is 402-540-0705.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Writers Wanted

This is an invitation from The North American Division Department of Family Ministries to take part in a first-ever parenting devotional focusing on parenting issues concerning children aged 0 - 7 years.  A special emphasis is being placed on the development of parenting resources and this is an additional piece that you may be a part of. There are plans to make it the devotional book of the year for 2015. Obviously, a great deal of work needs to be done beforehand in order to make that a reality.

You may view and download a copy of the writer’s guidelines by clicking here. If you have questions email Karen Pearson (the editor) or Pamela Consuegra (Associate Director for Family Ministries at the NAD). They need to collect 365 devotionals, therefore, they are accepting multiple submissions from each individual willing to participate and the deadline for submissions is August 30, 2013.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Amy Newman
  • Chris Klesh’s family – See note above
  • Filling of the Holy Spirit – For our church as we seek to honor Christ in our community
  • The Panker Family – Housing and work arrangements (this is a family that Steve Hasse is working with)
  • Jerry and Janice Bothel

 

This Week at Golden Hills, July 6, 2013

Web Master - Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Cost of Freedom

Today is the 4th of July! In some ways it is a bit ironic that we celebrate an event that cost so many people their lives with things that reflect comfort, indulgence, and relative wealth. For most it is a day to have fun rather than a day for remembering and appreciating the costly sacrifices made in our behalf. It is so easy for most of us to take our freedom for granted. 

This is especially true in a spiritual sense. We take the gift if freedom from sin for granted. Because sin has become so familiar that we don’t realize how evil and destructive it is – and how much we need to be rescued; we often fail to consider what our freedom cost God and as a result don't really appreciate His sacrifice and gift. 

The Old Testament clearly presents the cost of our salvation in the prophecy of Jesus’ suffering found in Isaiah 53. By comparing the life and death of Jesus with this passage we find compelling evidence that Jesus was in fact the Messiah. Consider these selections (quoted from The Voice, a new Bible translation that uses our current English):

So he was despised and forsaken by men … it was our suffering he carried … he was hurt because of us … Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him … the injuries he suffered became our healing. We all have wandered off, like shepherdless sheep, scattered by our aimless striving and endless pursuits; The Eternal One laid on him, this silent sufferer, the sins of us all … They snuffed out his life.  And when he was dead, he was buried with the disgraced in borrowed space (among the rich), Even though he did no wrong by word or deed.

… God says, “My just servant will justify countless others by taking on their punishment and bearing it away … he took on himself the sin of many and acted on behalf of those who broke My law.” (Isaiah 53:1-12, The Voice)

Paul tells us that: 

At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:6-10, NIV)

Today, as we celebrate freedom, let us pause to remember the cost (countless lives sacrificed). And let us especially remember the Sacrifice of God. We must never forget what Jesus endured to provide us the gift of freedom from sin; for now, and forever!

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath’s my sermon is titled “The Cost of Freedom” and is based on Isaiah 53, John 8:31-36, John 14:5-7, Romans 5:1-11, and Romans 8:1-4.

Potluck after Church this Sabbath

This Sabbath we will host a Potluck after Church in the Fellowship Hall. If you are 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! For more information contact Hope by phone at 402-292-8280 or by email by clicking here.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Church Board Meeting

Church Board will meet this coming Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered there, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (email: click here, phone: 402-708-2730) or contact me (email: click here, phone: 402-517-5333).

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Next Wednesday (July 10) we will explore Psalm 71.

Mike Newman’s Memorial Service

There will be a Memorial Service for Mike Newman at our church in a week and a half some time on Sabbath Afternoon, July 13. There will be more details coming as we get closer.

Chris Klesh Update

Chris is in the hospital again and is expected to be there for a couple of months while they try to get his pressure sores to heal. He is in danger of losing his toes or feet also. He is a bit discouraged and I know would love to receive some encouraging communications. Mail is better than a phone call, but I have included the number to his hospital room in case you feel impressed by God’s Spirit to call. His mailing address is: Chris Klesh, Room 129, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, 555 So. 70th, Lincoln, NE 68510. The phone number there is 402-219-8129.  

Omaha Memorial Adventist School Information

The Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 School Year.  Please contact Debra Dehning at 402-571-9899 for enrollment information.  Plan now to reserve a place for your student's future! For more information click here.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Amy Newman – As she continue to get things in order following Mike’s death (see above)
  • Chris Klesh and his family – See note above

This Week at Golden Hills, June 29, 2013

Web Master - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Trouble

As I have been trying to write this today, I have been bombarded with bad news and a seemingly hopeless situation regarding a person I have grown to love and value since coming here to Nebraska. Due to my recent bout with illness, I have been unable to be personally involved other than phone calls and prayer.

I am being reminded again of the real battle going on for our allegiance and both the wickedness and cruelness of our enemy. The Bible tells us to:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9, NKJV)

There are times that I have no answers to suffering; I cannot make sense of it – except in the context of this passage. We have an enemy whose goal is to destroy us; and, he seems to enjoy making us suffer as much as possible in the process.

And, at this moment I have two choices. I can focus on the pain and suffering and allow it to fill my heart, pushing God out. Or, I can follow the words brought to me by James, the brother of Jesus – who was familiar with suffering himself:

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. … Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:7-10, NIV)

My only chance at victory is to submit myself to God. This doesn’t mean that I get to dictate the outcome or to exercise any control. It simply means that I will come to God, submitting myself to His heart of love leaving all the consequences in His capable hands. While I may not understand many things, I can understand and trust that He loves us and will always be at work for our God.

Jesus’ last words of teaching to His disciples before His arrest and crucifixion are found at the end of John 16:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 15:33, NIV)

Because of Jesus death and resurrection, this enemy will be destroyed; the world will be made new again. Days like today remind me of how much I am looking forward to that time!

 VBS is Going Great!

There have been more than 25 kids, along with several adults, attending VBS each night so far. There are still three more nights. I personally appreciate every one of the volunteers who is working to make this a great week for our children! It’s not too late to join us for the rest of the week!! If you have any questions, please contact Mereta (email click here: phone 402-657-2269).

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting will not meet tonight due to our on-going VBS program this week. Due to the holidays surrounding July 4 we will also not meet next Wednesday evening (July 3). We will pick up again on July 10 with Psalm 71.

Elders’ Meet and Pray Time

This Sabbath morning at 9:00 am in the Hearth Room, the Elders will meet to share and to pray. If there is something that you wish for us to pray about, please contact me (or any of the Elders).

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This Sabbath’s Pastor T’s message is titled “Compassionate and Gracious” and is based on the experience Moses had with God recorded in Exodus 33 and 34.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Andrews Study Bible Available

We are coming up on the last few days to order a copy of The Andrews Study Bible. It includes the complete text of the New King James Version along with comprehensive study guides. It is available to us in three styles, Hard Cover ($33.74 – discounted cost), Black Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost) or Burgundy Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost). If you would like to buy one send me an email (click here) letting me know which one you would like or give me a call (402-517-5333). The order deadline is July 1 which is this Monday.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

Camp Meeting CDs and DVDs

They are still making Camp Meeting available through CD or DVD; to view information, click here. If you are interested seeing the presentation by Rita Hoshino portraying Ellen White (which was very good) you need to order the Sabbath School DVD. The afternoon session was not recorded but you can watch a You Tube presentation of her work by clicking here. For more information about her click here, to contact her 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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Eirene: She is the daughter-in-law of Lori’s good friend and mother of two small girls. She had surgery and is still in a coma. They were able to remove 70% of the tumor.
  • Amy Newman – As most of you know, Amy’s husband, Mike, died last week. Amy needs our continuing prayers and support.
  • Chris Klesh and his family – He is in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln (402-219-8129) and will be there a couple of months. At the moment, he is feeling completely hopeless and wants to die.

This Week at Golden Hills, June 22, 2013

Web Master - Thursday, June 20, 2013

A New Place!

I have been thinking about being sick for a while – maybe because I have been. Don’t worry; I’m not going to try to make you feel sorry for me by giving you a list of all the things I am dealing with. I have been around enough people with real health problems to know that overall; I’m not in real bad shape.

When I am sick, what I really am thinking about is “How can I get well?” For those first couple of days after coming down with the flu I wonder if I will ever feel ok again – it’s easy to forget how bad you can really feel. And then as the days drag on and I just don’t have any energy I start thinking about all the healthy things I can do so that I won’t ever get sick again. After a few more days, when I’m feeling a lot better, I stop thinking about health again – I have other things on my mind.

I know many who suffer from chronic conditions and never really feel well. They are sick continually or in pain so often that it almost seems normal. They can hardly remember what it feels like to be well.

This is a lot like sin. It is a disease that works in every corner of our lives. We have become so accustomed to it that it often times seems normal. And only when something especially painful happens – broken relationships, sickness, disasters, death, etc. – are we reminded that things in this world are not right – we are not living life as God designed it to be lived.

It is at those moments, when we are longing for a better place that our thoughts often turn to God. These words in Revelation speak of a time, not far distant (actually no further away to you than your lifetime), when God will restore the earth and His people, wiping out the this disease that plagues us all, sin.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4, NIV)

I think what we experience here is the exception rather than the rule of the universe. This one small place is out of step with God. I am looking forward to experiencing life as God originally designed it. I am anxious to know Him now, to learn to trust Him enough so that as He applies His healing principles to my life, I embrace them.

I can hardly imagine what it will feel like to live with a different normal, where it is normal to physically be in God’s presence; where radiant health is normal, peace and self-sacrificing love are normal, and the disharmony of sin will never again raise its ugly head! But, I want to find out; I want to experience it – how about you?

King's Heralds Coming This Sabbath!

This Sabbath’s Worship Service (June 22) will be presented by the King’s Heralds Quartet. We look forward to a great service with good music, one that many of our friends, relatives, and neighbors may enjoy.

VBS is Next Week!

VBS begins this Monday evening and will go through Friday evening! Each session will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm. This year’s theme is Kingdom Rock. If your child is planning to attend but has not yet registered, please do so right away by clicking here.

There is still a lot of work to do in setting up for it. If you can help anytime on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 1:00 pm, or if you have any questions, contact Mereta (to email click here: to phone 402-657-2269).

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Our Tuesday Evening Ladies Group will not meet next week due to VBS. They will pick up again on July 2.

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting will not meet next week due to VBS or the following week due to the holidays surround July 4. We will pick up again on July 10 with Psalm 71.

Ride Needed to Church

Elma Johannessen's normal ride to church will not be available during the month of July.  Anyone who can drive by the apartment complex just east of the Chandler off-ramp from Kennedy Freeway (Hwy 75) is asked to consider giving her a ride - even if for only one or two of the Sabbath's. If you can help, call her at 402-619-9095.

Andrews Study Bible Available

The Andrews Study Bible is being made available to church members for a 25% discount (if enough of our members order one). It includes the complete text of the New King James Version along with comprehensive study guides. It will be available to us in three styles, Hard Cover ($33.74 – discounted cost), Black Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost) or Burgundy Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost). If you would like to buy one send me an email (click here) letting me know which one you would like or give me a call (402-517-5333). The order deadline is July 1.

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

Camp Meeting CDs and DVDs

 If you missed Camp Meeting and want to order some of the sessions on CD or DVD, click here. If you are interested seeing the presentation by Rita Hoshino portraying Ellen White (which was very good) you would need to order the Sabbath School DVD. The afternoon session was not recorded but you can watch a You Tube presentation of her work (at another Camp Meeting) by clicking here. For more information about her click here, to contact her 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. (email click here, phone 402-517-5333)

  • Eirene: She is the daughter-in-law of Lori’s good friend and mother of two small girls is undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor.
  • Amy Newman – Mike died Wednesday
  • Chris Klesh and his family – He is back in the hospital in Lincoln and will be having surgery on Thursday morning. He is expected to stay in the hospital for at least a couple of months. When I get his address there, I will let you know in case you would like to send him a note of encouragement.
  • The Panker Family – This is a family that Steve Hasse is working with and they are still in need of our prayers and support

This Week at Golden Hills, June 15, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Just Walk Across the Room

I just finished the book Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels a couple of days ago. I have been moved and inspired by this book in ways that few books, other than the Bible, have moved me. I will be preaching a sermon series on this before to long.

The basic premise of the book is this. God has put us all where we are for a reason (work, neighborhood, school, etc.). If we will ask God to open our hearts to the leading of His Spirit, He will show us how to love those people we meet on a daily basis and give us opportunities to point them to Him.

Just to get you thinking more about this, here are excerpts from a few paragraphs in the book (pages 178-180).

I am deeply moved each time I read the gospel accounts that show Jesus accepting, including, and deeply loving people. Wherever he went, whomever he met – despite age, race, gender, social standing, and moral failings – Jesus always exhibited “radical inclusiveness”. … “Come as you are!” he would say time and time again. “The door to the kingdom is open to you … yes, even you!”

Oh, if only my arms could be as wide open as his! If only I enfolded people with the care and compassion that he exhibited. Just imagine what would happen in our churches if every real estate broker, carpenter, airline pilot, lawyer, homemaker, business person among us said, “I love my job because I’m in the people business. Yeah my pay stub is from XYZ Corporation, but my mission is from Christ. Because of that, I try to show Christ’s care for people by throwing open my arms to the lost and the found. To the black and the white. To the rich and the poor. To the young and the old, all the while asking the Holy Spirit what he wants me to say and what he wants me to do. …

In his life and in his death, Jesus deftly and ruthlessly protected his people-priority. His every word and every action proclaimed, There is nothing better than pouring your life into the goal of welcoming home a wandering soul! In fact, in Luke 15:10 Jesus said in essence, “All the courts of heaven erupt in cosmic celebration when a single, sin-infested human being bends the knee in repentance and faith!” The Father’s heart explodes in joy, Jesus said, over every human reclamation. Every single one!

Think about this for a minute. Do you believe this about your own process of redemption? The day you chose to submit your life to the God of the universe who created you, the entire population of heaven rose to their feet in joyous, thundering applause. Just imagine what life would be like if you lived with this same exuberance for reclaiming God’s people for him!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of haystacks is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (June 12) we will explore Psalm 69. Next Wednesday (June 19) we will explore Psalm 70. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This week, in a sermon titled “The Breakfast of Champions” I will share some thoughts from my personal devotional life to give some ideas on what you can do to connect more personally with Jesus. Here is a list of the passage I will be referencing in case you would like read ahead: Joshua 1:5-9; Psalm 51:10-12; Isaiah 40:28-31, 41:10 & 13; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Matthew 11:28-30; John 13:34-35; Romans 5:6-10; Philippians 4:4-9; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 John 5:10-13; 2 Peter 3:3-15; and Revelation 21:1-8.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Church Board Meeting

Our Church Board was postponed last week and will meet this next Tuesday (June 18) evening in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 pm. We appreciate each one who gives of their time to help guide our church. If you have something you need the board to discuss, please get a hold of our Board Chairman, Steve Wilhelmsen (to email click here, to phone 402-708-2730).

King’s Heralds in Concert

One week from Sabbath (On June 22) we will host the King’s Heralds Quartet in concert for our worship service. It will be a great concert, one that many of our friends and relatives may enjoy.

Andrews Study Bible Available

The Andrews Study Bible is being made available to church members for a 25% discount (if enough of our members order one). It includes the complete text of the New King James Version along with comprehensive study guides. It will be available to us in three styles, Hard Cover ($33.74 – discounted cost), Black Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost) or Burgundy Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost). If you would like to buy one send me an email (click here) letting me know which one you would like or give me a call (402-517-5333). There will be an insert in this week’s bulletin with more information.

VBS Coming Soon

VBS begins in a week and a half – Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28. Each session will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm. This year’s theme is Kingdom Rock. It is important for us to know who will be attending so if your children plan to attend, please register them by clicking here. We are also in need of more volunteers. To volunteer or for more information contact Mereta Post (to email click here: to phone 402-657-2269).

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.

This Week at Golden Hills, June 8, 2013

Web Master - Wednesday, June 05, 2013

God says … But!

For the last couple of days my daily readings in the book My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers, have focused on Hebrews 13, verses five and six.

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, NIV)

I am ashamed to admit how many times I have actually lived my life as it this is not true. When something comes my way that is unexpected and hard to handle I am tempted to think that somehow God is absent, not watching over me like He promised He would – and I sometimes even find myself panicking.

It is easy for me to think that I have to figure it out, I have to take care of it, I have to handle it – and lots of times I don’t have a clue. I often borrow trouble by worrying about what I have to do tomorrow or what tomorrow might bring. In my mind I often see lots of possible outcomes – most of them bad – and through all of this I am in danger of worrying myself right out of God’s hand.

Am I alone in this? Do you struggle with this too? Am I the only one who often feels inadequate to the job I have today and many times focus on my lack of ability rather than on God’s presence and promise of help? One of my absolute favorite promises is found in Isaiah 41:

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, CEV)

Perhaps it is time to quit focusing on my limitations and look instead at God’s promises. If we believe that God means what He said (the only other option is to call Him a liar), our lives would be so much simpler. Not that our troubles would go away, just that we would focus on God and His solutions rather than spending lots of fruitless time worrying and running down dead-end paths.

Thank you Lord for promising to always be with me; please help me to trust in your heart of love!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

Prayer Meeting takes place every Wednesday evening. A light supper of soup and bread is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm. Tonight (June 5) we will explore Psalm 68. Next Wednesday (June 12) we will explore Psalm 69. We would love to have you come and fellowship with us!

This Sabbath’s Worship Service

This week, John Stroman will examine the idea of  a "Christian Special Olympics" as he does a character study of a man named Demas, in a message entitled "Don't Duplicate the Downhill Demise of  Demas".  If you want to read ahead, read the book of Philemon, Colossians 4, 2 Timothy 4, and Hebrews 12:1-3.

Ice Cream Social Saturday Night

This Sabbath evening, beginning at 7:00 pm we will have an ice cream social in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your family and friends (along with your favorite ice cream topping) and enjoy the fun. For more information contact Hope Harrison (email click here, phone 402-292-8280)

Tuesday Evening Ladies Group

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of ladies from our church meets together in the Hearth Room to share, pray, and study. They are going through the book, Adventurous Prayer by Women of Faith. All ladies are welcome to come and to bring friends. For more information contact Pat Martinsen (to email click here; to phone 402-517-8836).

Church Board Meeting

Our Church Board will meet next Tuesday evening in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 pm. We appreciate each one who gives of their time to help guide our church. If you have something you need the board to discuss, please get a hold of our Board Chairman, Steve Wilhelmsen (to email click here, to phone 402-708-2730).

Andrews Study Bible Available

The Andrews Study Bible is being made available to church members for a 25% discount (if enough of our members order one). It includes the complete text of the New King James Version along with comprehensive study guides. It will be available to us in three styles, Hard Cover ($33.74 – discounted cost), Black Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost) or Burgundy Leather ($67.49 – discounted cost). If you would like to buy one send me an email (click here) letting me know which one you would like or give me a call (402-517-5333). There will be an insert in this week’s bulletin with more information.

VBS Coming Soon

VBS begins in two and a half weeks – Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28. Each session will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm. This year’s theme is Kingdom Rock. It is important for us to know who will be attending so if your children plan to attend, please register them by clicking here. We are also in need of more volunteers. To volunteer or for more information contact Mereta Post (to email click here: to phone 402-657-2269).

Church Directory

We are in the process of taking photos and updating information for an updated Church Directory. Bill Maxey is taking pictures in the Fellowship Hall at various times Sabbath Morning. Please connect with him to get your picture done and your personal information updated.