Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: March 23, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do Something!

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

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

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

The question is – are we?

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

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

Funds for Disaster Relief

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

Volunteer for Disaster Relief

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

Temporary Housing Needed

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:38 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we are having a special emphasis on safety, along with a devotional thought by Pastor T.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 25) at 6:30 pm here at the church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Mar. 26) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday Mar. 26) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

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

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

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org). Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

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

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

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

Wildwood Lifestyle Center

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

From Outlook Magazine

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

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Elizabeth Knutson reports that her sister Tanya, after a two year remission, has cancer again and it is located in the bones of her shoulder and rated as stage 4. Also, both her parents, Cindy and Bob, have fallen and it will take them both some weeks to recover. Let’s remember them all in our prayers.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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