Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 26, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Unreasonable Faith?

Here is another selection that spoke to my heart this week from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, NIV)

When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard. “…seek first the kingdom of God….” Even the most spiritually-minded of us argue the exact opposite, saying, “But I must live; I must make a certain amount of money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.” The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God but how we are going to take care of ourselves to live. Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the primary concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.

“…do not worry about your life…” (Matthew 6:25). Our Lord pointed out that from His standpoint it is absolutely unreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Jesus did not say that the person who takes no thought for anything in his life is blessed— no, that person is a fool. But Jesus did teach that His disciple must make his relationship with God the dominating focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Don’t make food and drink the controlling factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God.” Some people are careless about what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they are careless about what they wear, having no business looking the way they do; they are careless with their earthly matters, and God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the greatest concern of life is to place our relationship with God first, and everything else second.

It is one of the most difficult, yet critical, disciplines of the Christian life to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into absolute harmony with the teaching of Jesus in these verses.. (Having God's Unreasonable Faith, May 21) ·Print

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Scott Michael Bennett Concert this Sabbath!

Scott Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service this Sabbath at 11:15 am. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

No Services at Golden Hills on June 2

One week from Sabbath, on June 2, there will not be any services here at our church due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. They are held at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln – click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Breakfast at Church

Come and Get It! Whether you would like it in a box, or you would like it with a fox, on a train or in the rain, or here or there, you can certainly get it in the fellowship hall.  It’s not green eggs and ham, but breakfast is now being served from 9:20-9:50 am in the Fellowship Hall each Sabbath Except the first week of the month. Join us!

You can also be part of a breakfast serving team, either by assisting or being in charge of breakfast for a week of the month. If that interests you, please contact Brenda Stroman.

Parenting Solo Retreat at BAR

This year, the Kansas Nebraska Conference Parenting Solo Retreat will take place at Broken Arrow Ranch June 7-10, 2018. The cost is $40 per parent and $15 per child.

This year they have added a Dad’s Track. If you are a father wanting to take part you must sign up by Monday, May 28. To view a schedule of events, click here. For questions, contact Sue Carlson (email or 785-478-4726).

Be Still | Stop to Pray | from 24-7 Prayer

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105, NKJV)

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    • Reflect on a promise from the Bible: Start simple, use the verse above.

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Esther is the Tale of Evil in a World Where God Seems Absent: How can Christians live without compromise in an increasingly hostile society? And what if Christians have already been shaped by their surrounding culture in harmful, soul-destroying ways? What are the parallels between the modern world and the biblical story of Esther? Bible Gateway interviewed Mike Cosper about his book, Faith Among the Faithless: Learning from Esther How to Live in a World Gone Mad. (Click here to read more.)

What Does It Mean to Live in Post-Truth? Increasingly, Western culture embraces confusion as a virtue and decries certainty as a sin. This cultural phenomenon led the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary to name "post-truth" their word of the year in 2016. How can Christians offer truth and clarity to a world that shuns both? Bible Gateway interviewed Abdu Murray about his book, Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. (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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:44 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Scott Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

Memorial Day this Monday (May 28).

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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).

NO Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (May 29) due to Camp Meeting.

No Services at Golden Hills one week from Sabbath, on June 2, due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. See below for Camp Meeting information.

Camp Meeting Begins next week, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away. Click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Parenting Solo Retreat at Broken Arrow Ranch June 7-10, 2018. The cost is $40 per parent and $15 per child. This year they have added a Dad’s Track. If you are a father wanting to take part you must sign up by Monday, May 28. To view a schedule of events, click here. For questions or to sign up, contact Sue Carlson (email or 785-478-4726).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends. Click here to download or print a PDF flyer for more information.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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.)
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 19, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Keeping a Clear Conscience

Here is a selection that spoke to my heart this week from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

… Strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. (Acts 24:16, NIV)

God’s commands to us are actually given to the life of His Son in us. Consequently, to our human nature in which God’s Son has been formed (see Galatians 4:19), His commands are difficult. But they become divinely easy once we obey.

Conscience is that ability within me that attaches itself to the highest standard I know, and then continually reminds me of what that standard demands that I do. It is the eye of the soul which looks out either toward God or toward what we regard as the highest standard. This explains why conscience is different in different people. If I am in the habit of continually holding God’s standard in front of me, my conscience will always direct me to God’s perfect law and indicate what I should do. The question is, will I obey? I have to make an effort to keep my conscience so sensitive that I can live without any offense toward anyone. I should be living in such perfect harmony with God’s Son that the spirit of my mind is being renewed through every circumstance of life, and that I may be able to quickly “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 – also see Ephesians 4:23).

God always instructs us down to the last detail. Is my ear sensitive enough to hear even the softest whisper of the Spirit, so that I know what I should do? “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God …” (Ephesians 4:30). He does not speak with a voice like thunder – His voice is so gentle that it is easy for us to ignore. And the only thing that keeps our conscience sensitive to Him is the habit of being open to God on the inside. When you begin to debate, stop immediately. Don’t ask, “Why can’t I do this?” You are on the wrong track. There is no debating possible once your conscience speaks. Whatever it is – drop it, and see that you keep your inner vision clear. (The Habit of Keeping a Clear Conscience, May 13) 

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

John Michael Bennett Concert One Week from Sabbath!

John Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service one week from Sabbath (May 26) at 11:15 am. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Bite-Sized Bible Knowledge: What if aspects of biblical scholarship could be distilled into understandable bite-sized insights you could read each in 60-seconds to unlock the Bible's individual sections and main teachings? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Heiser about the 60-Second Scholar Series. (Click here to read more.)

The Bright and Dark Sides of King David: The Bible describes King David as "a man after God's own heart," yet it recounts David's many indiscretions and sins. Do we really reckon with who he was? Have we reduced him to a shepherd boy with a slingshot? How do we come to terms with this flawed-but-mighty king in all his moral complexity? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Rutland about his book, David the Great: Deconstructing the Man After God's Own Heart. (Click here to read more.)

How to Find the Strength to Move Forward After a Crisis: In this guest Blog post, Tom Holladay, author of Putting It Together Again When It's All Fallen Apart: 7 Principles for Rebuilding Your Life, says, "Our greatest problem is not our problem; it is how we react to that problem. One of the keys to rebuilding is the way we look at problems. The optimist sees possibilities in the problems, and the pessimist sees problems in the possibilities." Check it out by clicking here.

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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:37 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

  • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
  • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am ( click here to read it on-line).
    • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
  • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will celebrate our Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs as they lead out in our worship service!

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 this Tuesday (May 22) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (May 22) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

John Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service one week from Sabbath (May 26) at 11:15 am. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

Memorial Day one week from Monday (May 28).

Camp Meeting Begins in Two Weeks, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away. Click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends. Click here to download or print a PDF flyer for more information.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 12, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

More Peace – Less Anxiety!

The other day I was reading through the little book of 1 John and a phrase jumped out at me that I had never noticed before. It’s in the first part of chapter 4, verse 16:

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. (1 John 4:16, NLT)

Most of us would say we know God loves us, although many times we act as though we think He doesn’t really like us all that much. But, how many of us can say that “we have put our trust in His love”?

I can only speak for myself, so I won’t project my thought process on you – God tends to be the first person I blame if something goes wrong. For much of my life, I haven’t trusted in His love, but have doubted it.

I’ve said things to Him like, “If you really loved me, you would not have let …” And, there are a whole bunch of things I could fill in there.

God generally doesn’t explain Himself but just lets things play out – and more often than not looking back on it I’ve had to admit it was the most loving thing He could have done at that moment.

How much simpler life would be if we would just trust in His love. We would find more peace and have less anxiety If we would follow the advice of Paul, where he wrote:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

And:

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT)

If we would go back to what it was like when we were children, it would be much easier. When we were hurt, or bad things happened to us then, if we had a loving home, the first place we would go was to our mom and dad for comfort and help.

We didn’t blame our parents for those bad things, we counted on them to help us through!

When you are in trouble now, or experience bad things, perhaps you should assume there is an enemy at work and run to God, who demonstrated His love for us through the life and death of Jesus, for comfort and strength.

Perhaps it is time that you and I decide to trust in His love – and experience more peace and less anxiety!

To read 1 John 4:16 in context or in other translations, click here.

MLT Ballots Coming this Sabbath!

MLT (Ministry Leadership Team) Ballots Coming this Sabbath! Our MLT coordinates the various ministries in our church, especially being sure that people are in place to keep these ministries active. It is a combination of a standing nominating committee and ministry visioning group that advises the board. Look for the ballots coming and if selected, please prayerfully consider the privilege of serving our church in this way. If you would like to download and print a copy of the Ballot to complete and turn in at church, click here. Please don’t turn in more than one ballot per member. Contact Pastor T. for more information (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Bite-Sized Bible Knowledge: What if aspects of biblical scholarship could be distilled into understandable bite-sized insights you could read each in 60-seconds to unlock the Bible's individual sections and main teachings? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Heiser about the 60-Second Scholar Series. (Click here to read more.)

The Bright and Dark Sides of King David: The Bible describes King David as "a man after God's own heart," yet it recounts David's many indiscretions and sins. Do we really reckon with who he was? Have we reduced him to a shepherd boy with a slingshot? How do we come to terms with this flawed-but-mighty king in all his moral complexity? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Rutland about his book, David the Great: Deconstructing the Man After God's Own Heart. (Click here to read more.)

How to Find the Strength to Move Forward After a Crisis: In this guest Blog post, Tom Holladay, author of Putting It Together Again When It's All Fallen Apart: 7 Principles for Rebuilding Your Life, says, "Our greatest problem is not our problem; it is how we react to that problem. One of the keys to rebuilding is the way we look at problems. The optimist sees possibilities in the problems, and the pessimist sees problems in the possibilities." Check it out by clicking here.

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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:30 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will celebrate mothers and, in anticipation of Memorial Day, those who have given their lives in the service of our country. Steve Wilhelmsen will lead out.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, titled Holy Martyr, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be our last Children’s Church of this school year. It will resume in the fall.
    • Game Night this Saturday Evening at the church beginning at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite game and your favorite Mexican food to share.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (May 14) at 6:30 pm. 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 this Tuesday (May 15) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders/Adventurers Sabbath, May 19 at 11:15 am. 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).

Camp Meeting Begins in Three Weeks, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Faith for Today

Faith for Today is a television ministry committed to sharing God's grace with the world through broadcast media. That’s been our vision since 1950, when Faith for Today launched its live inspirational television drama on ABC from New York City. That was more than 60 years ago, and we are now the oldest religious television broadcast in the world!

Lifestyle Magazine is a half hour television talk show focused on living a full, healthy and balanced life.  It is the second longest show on air after “Meet the Press.”  The show features panel discussions, interviews and demonstration segments focused on whole life health, which includes fitness, nutrition, relationships, outlook and more ways to promote overall health.  This multiple award-winning show reaches a wide age demographic and covers a wide variety of topics and was recently voted a Top 20 brand influencer for health & fitness on Twitter (above Shape Magazine, GQ and more) by analyst group Onalytica.

The award-winning Lifestyle Magazine can be seen on the NRB network on DirectTV on Tuesdays at 4:30pm EST on channel 378 and Sky Angel 1- (DISH-TV) Channel 262 on Saturday and Sundays at 3pm EST and on Thursdays at 2:30pm EST. Lifestyle Magazine is also carried on The Hope Channel and many other stations. For more information click here or call our office at 805-955-7681.

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

 “The Healthiest People on Earth”

A new book written by Ellen G. White's great-great-grandson is now in bookstores nationwide and available from Amazon.com.

"The Healthiest People on Earth," by John Howard Weeks, shares the secrets of how anyone, anywhere can create a "Blue Zone" of their own and live a longer, healthier life like Seventh-day Adventists. The book is full of exclusive family stories, tips, home remedies and plant-based recipes -- including some of Ellen G. White's favorite recipes, published for the first time anywhere.

Click here for early reviews, excerpts from the book, a chapter list, an author profile and more.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 Holy Martyr, 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.)
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 5, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Manure in My Wallet

Julian Archer, the founder of Faith vs Finance and the author of Help! I’ve Been Blessed!, writes a regular blog titled The Bruised Camel (based on Mark 10:25). I thought his blog entry from April 30 was good enough to share with you!

When I was about nine I had a sleepover at a friend's house. One of his before-school chores was to round up the family’s cow for milking. It was mid-winter and the icy frost was no invitation for my bare feet.

After what seemed like an eternity of running through frozen paddocks, my feet were aching, so my thoughtful friend let me in on a trick that I’ve never forgotten – nor repeated. He said, “Follow close behind the cow and when she lays a steaming warm pat, stand in it.”

I was so desperate that I took his advice. It worked perfectly. I just wished that she’d lay a pat every few feet so I could have heated stepping-stones all the way to the milking shed!

Cow manure has many great uses but the downside is obvious, when you get too much of it in one place, it stinks.

Clint Murchison Jr., founder of the Dallas Cowboys, is credited with saying, “Money is like manure. Pile it up and it stinks, but spread it around and it does a lot of good.”

So there you have it, we’ve got manure in our wallets!

Let’s spread it around, for good.

Blessings, Julian

To check out Julian Archer’s website, click here. To sign up for his blog, click here.

MLT Ballots Coming!

MLT (Ministry Leadership Team) Ballots Coming one week from Sabbath on May 12. Our MLT coordinates the various ministries in our church, especially being sure that people are in place to keep these ministries active. It is a combination of a standing nominating committee and ministry visioning group that advises the board. Look for the ballots coming and if selected, please prayerfully consider the privilege of serving our church in this way. If you would like to download and print a copy of the Ballot to complete and turn in at church, click here. Please don’t turn in more than one ballot per member. Contact Pastor T. for more information (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

Camp Meeting Coming …

Camp Meeting Begins in Four Weeks, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Whole Bible Speaks of Jesus: How does every part of Scripture's 66 books written over a period of 1500 years cohesively reveal the glory of Christ? How do the Bible’s many multi-layered stories, characters, events relate together and connect to Jesus? Bible Gateway interviewed Stephen Wellum about the book he co-authored with Trent Hunter, Christ from Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Full Glory of Christ. (Click here to read more.)

The Bible and the Spread of Christianity: Christianity started in Jerusalem and spread widely in the West, in Europe, and North America. In the past century, the church expanded rapidly across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Now Christianity’s geographic center of density is in the West African country of Mali – in Timbuktu. What led to the church’s vibrant growth throughout the Global South? Bible Gateway interviewed Brian Stiller about his book, From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: A World Tour of the Spread of Christianity. (Click here to read more.)

How to Compare Different Bibles Side-by-Side on Bible Gateway: Ever want to compare how two or more different Bibles translate the same passage? Bible Gateway makes it easy to compare Bibles! Check it out by clicking here.

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.

Calendar Events

Pathfinders and Adventurers will be camping this weekend. Let’s pray for them to have a meaningful time together and for their safety. 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).

Sunset this Friday – 8:23 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Martyr and is based on Acts 6 – 7. For some additional insights into this passage you might want to check out Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 9 and 10.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series, titled Holy Rescue, click here
    • No Potluck this Sabbath

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (May 7). 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 this Tuesday (May 8) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (May 8) 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).

MLT Ballots Coming one week from Sabbath on May 12. See the announcement above for more information or contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). If you would like to download and print a copy of the Ballot to complete and turn in at church, click here.

Children’s Church meets one week from Sabbath (May 12) at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be our last Children’s Church of this school year. It will resume again in the fall.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement above. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

“The Healthiest People on Earth”

A new book written by Ellen G. White's great-great-grandson is now in bookstores nationwide and available from Amazon.com.

"The Healthiest People on Earth," by John Howard Weeks, shares the secrets of how anyone, anywhere can create a "Blue Zone" of their own and live a longer, healthier life like Seventh-day Adventists. The book is full of exclusive family stories, tips, home remedies and plant-based recipes -- including some of Ellen G. White's favorite recipes, published for the first time anywhere.

Click here for early reviews, excerpts from the book, a chapter list, an author profile and more.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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.)
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: April 28, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Proverbs

Proverbs 14:12 (NIV): There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12, NIV – click here to read this in different translations)

Proverbs 3:5-15 (NIV): Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. (Proverbs 3:5-15, NIV – click here to read this in different translations)

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV): The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10, NIV – click here to read this in different translations)

Pathfinder PBE Team

Our Pathfinder PBE Team returned safely from their trip to Florida with third place in the North American Division event. We are proud of them and glad they had a good time there together!

Member Updates – Meme & RoLayne

Meme’s surgery to fix a Zenker’s diverticulum last Thursday went well. She came home on Friday and has been improving each day. She still has a bit of a sore throat but is already eating better without the choking sensation. Thank you for your thoughts and prayer! 

RoLayne had surgery to fix some issues with her shoulder this morning (Thursday). Surgery went well, but she will be laid up for a while. Please remember her in your prayers.

MLT Ballots Coming!

MLT (Ministry Leadership Team) Ballots Coming two weeks from Sabbath on May 12. Our MLT coordinates the various ministries in our church, especially being sure that people are in place to keep these ministries active. It is a combination of a standing nominating committee and ministry visioning group that advises the board. Look for the ballots coming and if selected, please prayerfully consider the privilege of serving our church in this way. Contact Pastor T. for more information (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Taming Your Child’s Tongue: Are you ever embarrassed or shocked by what comes out of your child’s mouth? Do you raise your voice, threaten, and coerce, but find yourself frustrated because nothing seems to work? Is there a simple, Bible-based plan that shows parents how to help their kids tame their tongues and walk in the transforming power of Christ? Bible Gateway interviewed Ginger Hubbard about her book, I Can't Believe You Just Said That! Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child's Tongue. (Click here to read more.)

The Old Testament Is Dying: The Old Testament constitutes the majority of the Christian Bible and provides much of the language of Christian faith. Are churches and Christians dangerously neglecting it? Bible Gateway interviewed Brent A. Strawn about his book, The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment. (Click here to read more.)

Two Scriptures I Rely On When Life Hurts – A Reflection from Jack Deere: Read how Lamentations 3:22-23 and 3:33 can speak to you in your hour of need by clicking here.

Spotlight: Hand Copying Scripture - This feature in Weekly Brief is intended to help you become aware of one of several practices explained in our Scripture Engagement section. This week read Hand Copying Scripture by clicking here.

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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:16 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast (9:20 – 9:50 am) in the Fellowship Hall.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath’s service will be presented by Campion Academy’s SWAT (Students with a Testimony) Team. We are looking forward to their participation in our worship service!
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last Sabbath’s sermon, titled Holy Rescue, click here
    • Haystack Dinner Following Church: This Sabbath after church our Social Committee will provide a Haystack Dinner for church and for our guests from Campion Academy. Plan now to stay and contribute to the fellowship and enjoy the food!

Sarpy County Earth Day coming up this Sunday (Apr. 29). Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306) – see below for more info.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Apr. 30) at 6:30 pm. 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).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (May 1) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Ballots Coming two weeks from Sabbath on May 12. See the announcement above for more information or 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 Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). 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. For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Volunteers Needed – Sarpy County Earth Day coming up this Sunday (Apr. 29). Our church is sending a team of volunteers to help with set-up and assist with the events that day between 9 am and 2 pm. You are invited to wear a t-shirt with a Bible text or church logo if you have one. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306).

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 Sabbath’s sermon, titled Holy Rescue, 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.)
    • RoLayne Wilhelmsen is recovering from shoulder surgery.
    • Mary Jane Agan has requested special prayer for her great-granddaughter, Emma, who has Craniosynostosis and will be having surgery towards the end of April; and for her daughter-in-law, Jane, who has been very ill, and they have not yet figured out what is causing it.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: April 21, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Teenagers

During the past week, two teenagers close to my circle of influence attempted suicide. Fortunately, neither were successful.

I have known too many young people who have committed suicide; and numerous others – including our daughter – who made unsuccessful attempts at it.

Did you know suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers? Accidents are the leading cause with murder being a close third. And, about twice as many males commit suicide as females, but females attempt it twice as often.

This speaks to the pain and hopelessness many of our teenagers are experiencing. This can come from all sorts of places: trouble at home, bullying, feeling like a failure, unrealistic expectations, prolonged chronic illness, broken relationships … and the list could go on.

If you have a teenager in your life, I know it can be a bit stressful – I lived through two of them. But please don’t fall into the deception that he or she is immune to depression and suicide. I’ve seen kids from all type of situations attempt it, even from apparently well balanced and loving homes.

From my experience – and I’m not an expert – what most teenagers crave is love and acceptance. He or she needs to know that – in spite of inevitable bad choices, dumb decisions, and critical mistakes – he or she is not a failure and is still loved and accepted.

So, what do you do? How do you find the balance between wholesome guidance and loving acceptance?

This advice from the book of James is a good place to start:

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19, NLT)

Few things say “I love and value you” more than taking the time to listen. Not listening for a break so you can put your two cents in; but really listening to understand their heart, their fears, and their dreams. Don’t offer advice or direction until you have heard and understood what they are trying to tell you.

Let them know you’re in this journey with them – they don’t have to face the world alone. You have their back! Solomon shared this wisdom:

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble … A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT)

And help them understand that Jesus provides real, trustworthy guidance and help. Live this in your life and point them to promises such as this one in Philippians:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

And then, if you see things that make you wonder if your teenager is okay, don’t just take a wait and see approach. Let them know your observations and concern. Don’t hesitate to ask for help and to go with them if you sense a professional is needed.

As you pray for your teenager, God will open your eyes and your heart. He will prompt you to act if it’s needed. He will give you words of love, even if you don’t feel it. And, He will give you strength to do whatever needs to be done.

Remember, God loves our teenagers even more than we do. Don’t hesitate to put them into His hands!

Be Still | Stop to Pray | from 24-7 Prayer

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest ..." (Matthew 11:28, NIV)

We live in a world which encourages us to be busy. Yet Jesus reminds us that He provides us with rest. So right now, take a moment to stop, rest and pray.

    1. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring rest to you, right now.
    2. Identify anything making you weary or burdened - and give it back to God. You might like to physically represent this by clenching your hands and then letting them go.
    3. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you an opportunity to rest. Write it down in your diary or your phone and spend that time with God.

For more prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

New Children’s Bible Includes 1,000 Bible Quiz Questions: Quizzing can be a fun way to learn unfamiliar topics. That concept is now applied in a Bible specifically designed for kids ages 8-12. On each page are quiz questions for readers to uncover answers in all the books of the Bible, such as, "What did God create on the third day?" "What were the first clothes in the Bible made from?" "Who committed the first murder in the Bible?" Bible Gateway interviewed editor Troy Schmidt about the NIV Kids' Quiz Bible. (Click here to read the interview and take the quiz.)

Why the Apostle Paul Is One of My Heroes: In this guest Blog post, one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Choco De Jesús, author of Move Into More: The Limitless Surprises of a Faithful God (Zondervan, 2018), says the reason he loves the apostle Paul so much is because he learned that to experience God's more, we must focus less on ourselves. (Click here to read more.)

Spotlight: Journaling Scripture - This feature in Weekly Brief is intended to help you become aware of one of several practices explained in our Scripture Engagement section. This week read Journaling Scripture by clicking here.

Quiz: Do You Know These Obscure Facts in the Bible? What’s the largest assembled army in the Bible? What’s the longest book in the Old Testament? Or, here’s a really challenging one: What’s the longest word 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.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Our Pathfinder PBE Team is in Florida this weekend competing with 189 other teams from all around the North American Division. Let’s pray for their safety and their success.

Sunset this Friday – 8:08 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Rescue and is based on Acts 5:12-42. For some additional insights into this passage you might want to check out Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 8.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series, titled Holy Response, click here

The Pathfinder Zoo Day scheduled for Sunday (Apr. 23) has been cancelled due to the PBE Team trip. Contact Kalvin Tuel if you have questions (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Apr. 23) at 6:30 pm. 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).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 24) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 24) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

The SWAT (Students with a Testimony) Team from Campion Academy will present our Worship Service on April 28. There will be an Haystack Lunch that day hosted by our Social Committee. It will be a great Sabbath.

Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306) – see below for more info.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). 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. For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Volunteers Needed – Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Our church is sending a team of volunteers to help with set-up and assist with the events that day between 9 am and 2 pm. You are invited to wear a t-shirt with a Bible text or church logo if you have one. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information email or text at 402-290-3306).

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 the Pastor’s series on Acts, titled Holy Response, 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.)
    • Our Pastor’s Mom, Dagny (known as Meme by most) is having surgery this Thursday to fix a Zenker’s diverticulum in her throat that makes eating and swallowing difficult. It is normally an outpatient procedure unless there are complications. Please pray for its success.
    • Mary Jane Agan has requested special prayer for her great-granddaughter, Emma, who has Craniosynostosis and will be having surgery towards the end of April; and for her daughter-in-law, Jane, who has been very ill, and they have not yet figured out what is causing it.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: April 14, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 has long been one of my favorite passages in Scripture. Read it slowly and prayerfully to get the most out of it. Enjoy!

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. 

His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” (Psalm 91, NLT – click here to read it in a different translation)

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Live with Hope – Continues Through Saturday Night

Live with Hope, an Evangelistic Series featuring John Lomacang, continues through this week ending on Saturday evening. Pastor Lomacang is 3ABN’s director of World Evangelism and is also a popular Christian singer and songwriter. For a map to the church, click here. The remaining meetings are listed below:

    • Session 7: Thursday (Apr. 12 at 7:00 pm) – Hope Beyond the Grave
    • Session 8: Friday (Apr. 13 at 7:00 pm) – Washing Away the Past
    • Session 9: Saturday (Apr. 14 at 7:00 pm) – The Glorious Return

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Move Past Your Disappointment: Are you disappointed with your life? Do you feel like you’ll never accomplish anything remarkable? How should you pay attention to what God has in store for your life? Bible Gateway interviewed Chad Veach about his book, Faith Forward Future: Moving Past Your Disappointments, Delays, and Destructive Thinking. (Click here to read more.)

Surprising Stories of People Rescued and Changed: What do a Wall Street broker, a party girl, a student, a homeless man, an addict, a teenage mom, and a drug enforcer have in common? All were in despair spiraling out of control until something unexpected happened to change their lives forever. Bible Gateway interviewed Jim Cymbala and Ann Spangler about their book, The Rescue: Seven People, Seven Amazing Stories. (Click here to read more.)

Where Did the Bible Come From? The Bible is a collection of 66 books believed to have been written by more than 40 divinely-inspired authors. It’s thousands of years old. What is its origin? How did we end up with these 66 books? (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.

Calendar Events

Pathfinder/Adventurer Campout has been cancelled for this weekend due to the weather forecast. There will be some special Pathfinder/Family events on Sabbath – contact your club leaders for more information. Kalvin Tuel for Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for Adventurers (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Sunset this Friday – 8:01 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast (9:20 – 9:50 am) in the Fellowship Hall.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, the message will be presented by David Soriano.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Response, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall at 11:15 am.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Apr. 16). 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).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 17) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder PBE happens April 21 in Gainesville, Florida. Our group will be spending a couple days in Orlando on either side of that. Let’s pray for their safety and their success!

Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306) – see below for more info.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). 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. For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Volunteers Needed – Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Our church is sending a team of volunteers to help with set-up and assist with the events that day between 9 am and 2 pm. You are invited to wear a t-shirt with a Bible text or church logo if you have one. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information email or text at 402-290-3306).

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 Holy Response, 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.)
    • Mary Jane Agan has requested special prayer for her great-granddaughter, Emma, who has Cranial Sintosis and will be having surgery towards the end of April; and for her daughter-in-law, Jane, who has been very ill, and they have not yet figured out what is causing it.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: April 7, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The Bannister Story

Yesterday morning I received an email note from HOPE Heals – I have shared items from them before, but it has been a while. It was especially inspiring to me, so I am sharing it with you. It was written by Don Jacobsen. Enjoy!

When I was in college the sporting world was a-buzz with the name Roger Bannister. Bannister was a medical student in the UK, but his passion was running. At 6'2" and 154 pounds he seemed to have the physical equipment for it, but more than that, he had the resolve.

Bannister's obsession was to run a mile in less than four minutes. Though runners had chased that goal for decades, the current world record was just over four minutes, set nine years earlier. Pundits assured the world that no one would ever run a sub-four-minute mile because the human body was not capable of sustaining that level of physical exertion for that period of time. Bannister believed they were wrong and set out to prove it.

Late on a cloudy afternoon, May 6, 1954, 25-year old Bannister and five other athletes readied at the starting blocks on the track at Oxford University. Three minutes and 59.4 seconds later, Roger Bannister collapsed, fully spent, into the arms of his handlers, the first person ever to run a mile in less than four minutes. The sports world went crazy. Later that summer he would race again and shave three seconds off his record.

Roger Bannister died March 8, 2018, at the age of 88. He had become a famed neurologist, but also the victim of advanced Parkinson's disease complicated by disabling injuries received in an automobile accident. However, that is not the end of the Bannister story.

When the athletic world discovered that the human body could run a mile in less than four minutes others began to attack that summit. Since then more than 17 seconds have been shaved off the record which now stands at 3:43:14. But here is the astonishing fact: a total of 4,518 runners have broken the four-minute mile since Bannister's record, including more than a dozen high school students.

Here is my take-away: Many victories are never claimed if we can't bring ourselves to believe they're achievable. What might happen if we trusted the Coach and His promise that “nothing is impossible”? Might He provide the infusion of Holy Spirit power to achieve a world-changing victory? Might His goal be that your church make a significant impact on your city? Might His goal be standing-room only when your congregation gathers? Might His goal be that your church become a force for the changing of lives ... scores, hundreds. Weekly. Daily.

What do you believe is possible for your church? Are you satisfied it matches His goal?

Click here to go to the HOPE Heals website. Don Jacobsen wrote a book, compiling his blogs from HOPE Heals – check it out by clicking here. To subscribe to HOPE Heals email messages, click here. To download and/or print a copy of all the messages I have received (in one PDF document), click here.

Lippincott Update

Click here to see the latest update we have received from Bryon and Lorilee Lippincott.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Live with Hope – Begins Friday

Live with Hope, an Evangelistic Series featuring John Lomacang, begins this Friday evening (Apr. 6) at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church. The first session begins at 7:00 pm and is titled It’s Coming, the Bible Prophecies how the world will end. Pastor Lomacang is 3ABN’s director of World Evangelism and is also a popular Christian singer and songwriter. For a map to the church, click here. This week’s meetings are listed below:

    • Session 2: Saturday (Apr. 7 at 7:00 pm) – Jesus, the Way Out
    • Session 3: Sunday (Apr. 8 at 7:00 pm) – The Agent of Change
    • Session 4: Monday (Apr. 9 at 7:00 pm) – God’s Perfect Law
    • Session 5: Tuesday (Apr. 10 at 7:00 pm) – God's Blessed Day
    • Session 6: Wednesday (Apr. 11 at 7:00 pm) – The Family Tree
    • Session 7: Thursday (Apr. 12 at 7:00 pm) – Hope Beyond the Grave
    • Session 8: Friday (Apr. 13 at 7:00 pm) – Washing Away the Past
    • Session 9: Saturday (Apr. 14 at 7:00 pm) – The Glorious Return

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Could These Bible Women Say #MeToo? Have Bible readers missed the point of some scriptural stories by assuming the women in them were "bad girls"? Did Bathsheba seduce King David or was she a #MeToo victim? Was Mary Magdalene really a reformed prostitute? Did the Samaritan woman really divorce five husbands in a world where women rarely divorced even one? Bible Gateway interviewed Sandra Glahn about her book, Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

Would You Believe a Healing Miracle Caught on Tape? Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural, says the flu virus destroyed the nerves of Duane Miller's vocal cords. After 3 years, the dramatic moment of his instantaneous recovery was captured on audiotape. Subsequent doctor exams showed his throat looks like it never had any problems; in fact, against all odds, even the scar tissue has disappeared. Miracle? (Click here to read it.)

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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:54 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Response and examines what responding to Jesus’ sacrifice of love might look like.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Gift, 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!

Pathfinder Fundraiser:  In an effort to raise funds for those pathfinders who have earned the PBE trip to FL, the Pathfinders will be having a fundraiser this Saturday evening (Apr. 7) at 6:00pm. We will be serving dinner of a baked potato bar as well as having a silent auction. The cost of the dinner will be $6.00 per person. Please come show your support to our PBE team!

Pathfinders and Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 9) at 6:30 pm. 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).

Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Pathfinder Calendar.

Click here to download a copy of the 2017-2018 Adventurer Calendar.

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (April 10). We will begin our next Prayer Meeting session one week from Tuesday on April 17. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Apr. 10) 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).

Pathfinder/Adventurer Campout has been moved to April 13-15. Please contact your club leaders for more information. Kalvin Tuel for Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for Adventurers (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Children’s Church, meets one week from Sabbath (Apr. 14) at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be our last Children’s Church of this school year. It will resume again in the fall.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). 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. For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Important Needs for Omaha Refugees: Omaha has a large number of refugees from several countries – many of them Adventist. Branden Watson, a student at Union College is heading up a program to help them find places to live and items to furnish their living spaces. They need gently used furniture (sofas, chairs, tables, shelves, lamps, beds. etc.). If you have some things to donate, please contact Branden at (314) 520-6039.

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 Holy Gift, 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.)
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 17, 2018

Web Master - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

No Blog for the Next 2 Weeks – Next Blog will post on April 4.

Audacity

Julian Archer, the founder of Faith vs Finance and the author of Help! I’ve Been Blessed!, writes a regular blog titled The Bruised Camel (based on Mark 10:25). His blog entry from last week made such an impression on me that I am sharing it here with you!

Jesus chose, in His mind, to give up Heavena massive sacrifice. The Apostle Paul tells us that the Son of God completely emptied Himself (Philippians 2:6-8).

All that He was, up until that point, was gone. Omnipresence, gone. Omnipotence, gone. Omniscience, gone. Why? To save me. To save anyone who will accept His gift of faith and believe in Him.

Then, after being born into the humblest earthly circumstances, Jesus mindfully decided to become a servant to others by again giving everything – His home, His job, His family, His reputation, even His dignity. And finally, hanging naked and beaten on a Roman cross, looking as though He had absolutely nothing left to give – other than the final gasps of a life of love – He gave again, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). Gone.

Jesus descended into our depths and gave everything.

And still today, in a consumer-centric age of dazzling worship concerts, comfortable churches and spiritual retreats aboard cruise ships, Paul has the audacity to tell us ‘Christians’ – people who openly claim to follow and imitate Christ – to “Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

Have you completely lost your mind Paul?! Yes.

Have I?

To check out Julian Archer’s website, click here. To sign up for his blog, click here.

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat are on vacation beginning Wednesday (Mar. 14) until March 28. During this time, they will be unavailable by phone. They will check messages and emails occasionally but will not return messages or calls until they return. If you have an emergency, don’t hesitate to call one of our elders – click here for a current list with contact information.

Friday Evening Communion Service and Agape Feast Coming

Friday Evening Communion Service and Agape Feast, two weeks from Friday (Mar. 30), at 7:00 pm beginning in the lobby of the church.

Be Still – Stop to Pray: from 24-7 Prayer

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV)

Irrespective of what's going on around us, giving thanks is one of the best ways to refocus our mind and heart on God. So right now, take a moment to stop and pray:

    • Be still and invite the Holy Spirit to help you be thankful
    • Identify three things that you're thankful for right now – It doesn't matter whether they're big or small.
    • Take a moment to give thanks and praise God for them – You might like to write them down to reflect on later, too. 

To visit their website, click here. For more about prayer, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Finding Friendship with God in the Midst of Pain, Grief, and Loss: “On the morning of December 31, 2000, I watched a white, cardboard coffin travel up a conveyor belt into the belly of a Boeing 757, along with the other baggage. The body in that coffin had belonged to my son. But he had gambled with it once too often.” Thus opens the memoir of bestselling author, pastor, and professor Jack Deere, in which he confronts the question of where is God when your life falls apart. Bible Gateway interviewed Jack Deere about his book, Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life. (Click here to read more.)

Read the Bible with the Jewish Eyes of Jesus: In the biblical world, the opposite of modern expectations are often true; such as, beauty was associated with gaining weight. Cultural differences large and small separate modern readers from how the Bible “thinks.” Bible Gateway interviewed Lois Tverberg about her book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. (Click here to read it.)

One Important Reason Why You Should Be Kind to Everyone: In this Bible Gateway Blog guest post, Candace Cameron Bure, author of Kind is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously (Zondervan, 2018), writes, “What kind of person lets a pregnant woman ride 40 blocks standing? Part of me wanted to yell at the other commuters, but I knew that wouldn’t help ...” (Click here to read more.)

Who Killed Jesus? The Historical Context of Jesus’ Crucifixion: Was Jesus crucified for political reasons or religious reasons? This article examines the motivations, tendencies, and actions of the Roman authorities and Jewish leaders. (Click here to read more.)

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

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Adventist Giving now has an App

Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process of giving your tithes and offerings easier. To download the iPhone App, click here; for the Android App, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:34 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Brenda Eitel will share a sermon titled Everything is Going to be Okay.

Pathfinder Zoo Trip happens this Sunday. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Financial Peace University continues Sunday (Mar. 18) at 3:00 pm. With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. This will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

No Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class this Monday (Mar. 19). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 19) at 6:30 pm. 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).

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Mar. 20). We will begin our next Prayer Meeting session April 17. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Friday Evening Communion Service and Agape Feast, two weeks from Friday (Mar. 30), at 7:00 pm beginning in the lobby of the church.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on gathering strength from our personal resources, our value systems, family, friends, and community. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). 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.

For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Important Needs for Omaha Refugees: Omaha has a large number of refugees from several countries – many of them Adventist. Branden Watson, a student at Union College is heading up a program to help them find places to live and items to furnish their living spaces. They need gently used furniture (sofas, chairs, tables, shelves, lamps, beds. etc.). If you have some things to donate, please contact Branden at (314) 520-6039.

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  2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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.

Eye Tip (Courtesy of Christian Record Services for the Blind)

Take the Right Vitamin: Last week we shared steps from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to take control of eye health. And a reader rightly asked for clarification on step number four which suggested that you "take the right vitamin." Only, what is the right vitamin?

This is a great question given that during any half hour of television viewing one might learn of several different types of vitamins, all at various price points. This was a question my husband and I had a week ago when we went to his ophthalmology appointment. Do these more expensive vitamins do a better job?

The current recommendation for vitamin supplements come from two studies conducted by the National Institute of Health. Links to their website are provided below. The first study in 2001 looked at a formulation that included daily high doses of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and the minerals zinc and copper. The second study added omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin. The researchers concluded that the beta-carotene actually complicated the study somewhat and they removed it from their formulary. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin, had mixed results and only then in certain circumstances.

The conclusion? The researchers determined that those who took the original formulation, minus the beta-carotene, were 25 to 30 percent less likely to develop advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Back to my husband's appointment. His doctor recommended a less expensive, yet quality multivitamin for men that he could find at the new Costco that had opened up in our community. Perhaps your doctor would have the same recommendation for you. As always though, seek the advice of your doctor before changing your own health regimen.

2017 Press Release: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/eye-conditions
2013 Press Release:
https://nei.nih.gov/news/pressreleases/050513

 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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 in the hospital again - Room 711 at Midlands if you would like to visit her
    • Judy Phelps and her family – for strength and comfort following Don’s death.
    • Charles Payne, a student at Andrews University is requesting prayer for a number of issues.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, 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, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 10, 2018

Web Master - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Adventist World Radio Touches Lives!

Adventist World Radio (AWR) is a ministry dedicated to proclaiming the good news of the gospel message to hard-to-reach people groups around the world. We have more than 1,000 radio stations that faithfully transmit Bible truth in more than 100 different languages.

Radio waves know no borders, no walls, and no limits. This method of transmission allows God’s truth to penetrate where missionaries can’t personally go and is still the most common means of communication worldwide.

Recently, an anonymous pastor in China wrote:

I work with North Koreans who have managed to escape into China. One day, a young woman I had never seen before arrived at our church service and stayed behind. She said her name was Kim.

“I have a request,” she said. This was not uncommon, as escapees always need help. But to my surprise she said, “Please baptize me! All I want is to be baptized!

I was amazed. How did she know about baptism? I tried to explain that baptism requires knowing Jesus and understanding His principles found in the Bible.

She said, “I’ve been hiding with a kind Chinese family, and on their radio, I discovered a Korean-language radio program called Adventist World Radio.” She explained that she had been faithfully listening to the program morning and evening. It had turned her fear and anxiety into hope and peace. She had given her heart to Jesus and all she wanted was to be baptized like Jesus and tell her friends about her newfound faith in Jesus.

It was my privilege to baptize her in a bathtub in a secret place. She came up out of the water crying, and I wept away her tears.

AWR is best known for our shortwave towers on Guam. They’re our church’s “steel preachers,” reaching the 10/40 window and beyond, penetrating countries like North Korea, China, and the Middle East. AWR is committed to guiding listeners from broadcast to baptism, using not only shortwave, but also AM/FM radio, podcasts, solar players, internet radio 24/7, cell phone evangelism, YouTube evangelism, and more.

Your generous gift to the annual offering this Sabbath will keep those programs traveling to the furthest corners of the globe. Thank you for your support. It will make a difference for people like Kim, changing lives for eternity.

Note: Check out a short video about AWR by clicking here. Click here to check out their website or to donate online.

Member Update – Judy & Don Phelps

Don passed away this past Sunday (Mar. 4) shortly after noon. At this point, no date has been set for a memorial service. We will keep you posted. Please remember Judy in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to send her a card or note of support, and don’t have her home address, please mail it to the church address at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. 

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat will be on vacation beginning March 14 and will return on March 28. During this time, they will be unavailable by phone. They will check messages and emails occasionally but will not return messages or calls until they return. If you have an emergency, don’t hesitate to call one of our elders – click here for a current list with contact information.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). 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.

For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

Purim and the Book of Esther: The Jewish holiday of Purim was from sunset Feb. 28 to sundown Mar. 1 this year. The commemoration is based on the biblical story that’s familiar to most churchgoers: the deliverance of the Jews from planned genocide at the hands of the Persian official Haman. The agent of that deliverance is Esther, one of the most famous heroines of the Old Testament. (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.

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on gathering strength from our personal resources, our value systems, family, friends, and community. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:23 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – Are you tired of winter?  Are you ready for spring?  Spring is that lovely time of year when the grass turns green, the flowers bloom, the birds start to sing, and the thoughts of a young man turns to ... BASEBALL!  Yes, it's time for Spring Training!  This Sabbath, John Stroman will help us look at the life of a growing church through the eyes of Spring Training – preparation for Getting in the Game as he presents a sermon titled Spring Training.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Unholy Deception click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Financial Peace University continues Sunday (Mar. 11) at 3:00 pm. With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. This will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class meets this Monday (Mar. 12) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 12) at 6:30 pm. 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. 13) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Mar. 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).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information or to register click here. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Important Needs for Omaha Refugees: Omaha has a large number of refugees from several countries – many of them Adventist. Branden Watson, a student at Union College is heading up a program to help them find places to live and items to furnish their living spaces. They need gently used furniture (sofas, chairs, tables, shelves, lamps, beds. etc.). If you have some things to donate, please contact Branden at (314) 520-6039.

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  2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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.

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.

Eye Tip (Courtesy of Christian Record Services for the Blind)

7 Steps to Protecting Your Eyesight: According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, about 2.1 million people over the age of 50 encounter age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in America. The Academy offers these steps to take control of eye health:

    1. Get regular, comprehensive eye exams. Start at age 40 have an eye exam every one to two years. AMD rarely has early warning signs.
    2. If you smoke, quit. Smoking increases the risk of developing AMD according to numerous studies.
    3. Eat a well-balanced diet. Studies show that eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-packed foods, may reduce the risk of AMD.
    4. Take the right vitamins. Some vitamins may delay the progression of advanced AMD, but a study found that some “top-selling products do not contain identical ingredient dosages to eye vitamin formulas proven effective in clinical trials,” the Academy warned.
    5. Exercise regularly. Physical activity may lower the risk of developing AMD some studies show.
    6. Monitor your sight with an Amsler Grid. If diagnosed with AMD, make this part of your daily routine as it can identify vision changes that are not even obvious to you yet.
    7. Know your family’s eye health history. Having a close family member with AMD increases your risk of developing the condition by 50 percent. If so, you may need more frequent eye exams.

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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 Unholy Deception 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.)
    • Judy Phelps and her family – for strength and comfort following Don’s death.
    • Charles Payne, a student at Andrews University is requesting prayer for a number of issues.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, 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, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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