Pastor Thure Martinsen

This week at Golden Hills: Nov. 18, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Death Again …

I know death is a dreary subject, but life here on this earth is terminal. And, there have been a number of deaths close to me again, as well as regular tragedies unfolding around the world reported in graphic detail on the news.

I won’t detail all of them for you here. My guess is you’re experiencing some of this as well – and if not, just be patient because it will come.

Thankfully, Jesus lived and died for us so that death need not be permanent. He has promised to return, to wake up those who have died trusting in Him, and – along with those alive when He returns who are living in Him – take us home to a place where death will no longer be the norm.

This promise in 1 Thessalonians is comforting to me when this kind of week comes along:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope …

We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.

First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, NLT)

The Apostle John continues this description in Revelation 21:

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

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

Paul, a little later in 1 Thessalonians tells us what we should do in response to all this:

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)

I am not thankful for death and the pain it causes – it is a perpetual reminder that we live in a broken, sinful world.

But, I am thankful that through Jesus, we can look beyond death to an eternity where we will never need to say goodbye again! And in the meantime, I am grateful for this promise found in Hebrews:

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, NIV)

Pathfinder’s Canned Food Drive

The Pathfinders did their first annual community canned food drive this week. They are accepting donations through this week. If you’re able to donate any non-perishable food items, please bring them to church this Sabbath. All donations will go to the Bellevue Food Bank.

Be Still: Stop to Pray – Right Now!

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him ... (Colossians 3:17, NIV)

It’s easy to get caught up in the busy nature of our day to day. Yet the incredible thing is that God’s presence is with us. So right now, take a moment to stop and pray:

    • Pray God’s presence into the place you’re in right nowwhether that's your home, university or your local community. 
    • Set a reminder on your phone or computer to stop and pray in a few hourstrain yourself to continue to welcome God's presence.
    • Take a moment to pray for one person on your mind – pray for your relationship with them; for their situation; for God to be near to them. (Click here for more ideas on prayer.)

Jesus, the Happiest Man Ever?

by Dr. Nick Howard | Nov 9, 2017

Recently I started to reengage with my book entitled “Enjoying More Happiness.” As the writing journey has unfolded, I found myself faced with an unexpected question: Could Jesus be the happiest man ever? (Click here to read more.)

Operation Christmas Child Deadline

The deadline to turn in our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child is this Sabbath – November 18. Let’s see how many kids we can touch with this project. For more information, see below.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Christian Faith and Mental Health – An Interview with Sheila Walsh: How can the spiritual disciplines of confession, prayer, and Scripture meditation form a daily connection to Jesus to help women in their mental health struggles? In the following question-and-answer, Sheila Walsh talks about her book, In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life. (Click here to read more.)

Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough – An Interview with Jack Alexander: Why do we fear scarcity when the Bible says God will provide? How can Christians experience true abundance, both spiritually and practically and not worry about not having enough? Bible Gateway interviewed Jack Alexander about his book, The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough. (Click here to read more.)

See more Bible-related articles in the Bible News Roundup by clicking here. To subscribe to anyone of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Offering for Adventist Community Services on Dec. 9

Your offering on December 9 will help Adventist Community Services to continue assisting people with their physical, social, mental, and spiritual needs. To learn more or to donate on-line, go to communityservices.org.

Calendar Events

Communion Service Rehearsal Friday Evening (Nov 17), 6:30 pm at the church for everyone who will be involved with the communion service on Sabbath.

Sunset this Friday – 5:03 pm                                                           

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, This Sabbath (Nov. 18) – see below for more information.

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 celebrate our annual Thanksgiving Communion Service. We hope you will make plans to attend this special service.

Baptismal Studies for Youth and Children will begin this Monday (Nov. 20) at 6:00 pm in the Pastor’s Study. We will spend 30 minutes each Monday evening that Pathfinders/Adventurers meet until we have completed the course (8-10 weeks). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Nov. 20) 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 (Nov. 21) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We will continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday (Nov. 23)

Finance Committee, Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9:00 am in the Board Room of the Education Annex. This includes all Department Heads, the Head Elder, the Treasurer, and the Pastor.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the NAD, will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27see below for more information.

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018 – see below for more information.

Operation Christmas Child

The deadline to turn in the shoe boxes is this Sabbath! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. It would be wonderful if we could contribute more than 50 boxes for children around the world! For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things not to include, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

For a coupon to purchase an item for your box
at Hobby Lobby for 40% off,
click here.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship – please take care of this in one of the following two ways.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.

If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it in using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child. You may also donate funds directly to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child by clicking here.

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.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs (NAD), will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27. 3,500 dental, medical, and non-medical volunteers are needed for potentially 10,000 patients. Bring the whole family and allow each to be the "Gift of Love" to those in need. Individuals 13 years and above may volunteer, and there will be a children's program for those younger. For more information and volunteer registration click here. If you have questions or would like help with registration, arranging lodging, airlines, etc., contact Michael or Debra Dehning (402-639-8996 or e-mail).

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica: This year’s Young Adult Mission Trip will go to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018. They will be joining Mission 517 to work in the Tamarindo area with a small Adventist School. The project will include some renovating work at the school as well as interacting with their students and providing a community VBS. The trip will include some time in the Arenal rainforest sightseeing and zip-lining. Click here to download a complete Mission Trip Information and Registration Package. For more information contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month – Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease:

    • Diabetic eye disease comprises a group of eye conditions that affect people with diabetes. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma.
    • All forms of diabetic eye disease have the potential to cause severe vision loss and blindness.
    • Controlling diabetes by taking medications as prescribed, staying physically active, and maintaining a healthy diet can prevent or delay vision loss.
    • Because diabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs, people with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
    • Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with several therapies, used alone or in combination.

Learn more about diabetic eye disease via the National Eye Institute by clicking here.

Bonus View – #IGiveConfidence on #GivingTuesday: Giving Tuesday is November 28, and we need your help to meet the $5,000 #IGiveConfidence Matching Fund. So far, nearly $1,000 has been raised toward the match! Library services client Romayne says, "Thanks for the inspirational and spiritual books. You are appreciated." Because of you, Christian Record clients receive free braille, large print, or audio reading materials and confidence-building adventures at summer and winter camp. Thank you! Please give now to help us meet this goal by clicking here. And, please share with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter.

  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 by October 1, 2017.

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.)
    • Our follow-up from A Pale Horse Rides
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Nov. 11, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Thankful in Everything?

For the past several weeks we have been looking at prayer through our sermon series, The Breath of Life*.

There are two passages of Scripture we have been following through much of this series; first:

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)

And:

The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7, CSB)

These share a common thought we have not yet spent much time with: Be thankful in all circumstances and in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Both passages stress being thankful in all circumstances and in everything!

Unless I am missing something here, God is telling us that being thankful should always be a part of our lives.

I don’t know about you, but this seems to be often lacking in my life. In some circumstances I tend to lash out, especially at God. And, there are definitely things going on that don’t make me well up in thankfulness.

Notice however; what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say be thankful for all circumstances and for everything. But rather, be thankful in all circumstances and in everything. There is a huge difference.

When I find myself in the middle of a rotten circumstance, I can choose to trust God and be thankful that I have someone like Him to pray to, someone who has promised to walk through it with me (see Hebrews 13:5-6).

We can be thankful that Jesus, who is smarter and stronger that even our enemy, will lead us through this – and we can know He has our best interest in mind since He actually choose to die instead of letting us be destroyed for eternity (see Romans 5:6-8 & Romans 6:23).

We can be thankful that Jesus has a place prepared for us to spend eternity, where we will be with Him and will no longer experience pain, suffering, and death (see John 14:1-3 & Revelation 21:1-4).

We could go on and on with this. The point is we can always be thankful for God’s involvement in our lives and the assurance that there will be a better place coming!

And, why is this so important? Why are we instructed to always be thankful, in every circumstance?

Because this places our primary focus on God. As we focus on Him, we will see His love, strength, and wisdom. And, our problems, rather than looming up larger and larger (as they would if we focused on them) will be put in their place. They will be viewed with an eternal perspective, rather than dominating our thinking and our emotions.

As is often the case, the Message translation of Philippians 4, especially verse 7, puts this all into perspective:

… Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:7, the Message)

This is something to be thankful for!
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*Below is a list of the sermons we have had in this series so far. To open one up, just click on the title.

      1. September 2, 2017: Prayerlessness
      2. October 7, 2017: Abiding
      3. October 21, 2017: All Night?
      4. November 4: Just Do It!

Special Update from the Lippincotts

We recently received a special 3-part update from the Lippincotts in Thailand. Click here to read it.

Operation Christmas Child Deadline

The deadline to turn in our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child is just one week from Sabbath – November 18. Let’s see how many kids we can touch with this project. For more information, see below.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Pilgrims May Not Be Who You Think They Were – An Interview with Jay Milbrandt: Do you see the Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats? The true story of the Pilgrims' great journey to America was one of courageous faith, daring escape, and tenuous survival. Theirs is the story of refugees who fled intense religious persecution. Bible Gateway interviewed Jay Milbrandt about his book, They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims. (Click here to read more.)

The Bible’s Most Outrageous Claims: Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, and his wife Jackie – founding family of Museum of the Bible and co-authors of This Dangerous Book: How the Bible Has Shaped Our World and Why It Still Matters Today – say, "Whether you love the Bible or hate it, it's worth your time to get to know it, as many great thinkers and leaders throughout history have done ..." (Click here to read more.)

See more Bible-related articles in the Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Calendar Events

Our Pathfinder Club is camping this weekend. Let’s pray that they have a great time while staying warm and safe!

The Kansas Nebraska Conference Youth Rally scheduled for this weekend at Broken Arrow Ranch has been cancelled.

Sunset this Friday – 5:09 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, Steve Wilhelmsen will share a special program honoring our veterans.

Pathfinders Meet this Monday (Nov. 13) at 6:30 pm to collect the bags from their Canned Food Drive. 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 (Nov. 14) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We will continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Nov. 14) 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).

Communion Service Rehearsal (Nov 17), 6:30 pm at the church for everyone who will be involved with the communion service on Nov. 18.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 18 – Just over one week away – see below for more information.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the NAD, will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27see below for more information.

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018 – see below for more information.

Operation Christmas Child

The deadline to turn in the shoe boxes is just over a week away! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 18, 2017.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. It would be wonderful if we could contribute more than 50 boxes for children around the world! For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things not to include, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

For a coupon to purchase an item for your box
at Hobby Lobby for 40% off,
click here.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.
    • If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.
    • You may also donate funds directly to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child by clicking here.

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.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs (NAD), will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27. 3,500 dental, medical, and non-medical volunteers are needed for potentially 10,000 patients. Bring the whole family and allow each to be the "Gift of Love" to those in need. Individuals 13 years and above may volunteer, and there will be a children's program for those younger. For more information and volunteer registration click here. If you have questions or would like help with registration, arranging lodging, airlines, etc., contact Michael or Debra Dehning (402-639-8996 or e-mail).

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica: This year’s Young Adult Mission Trip will go to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018. They will be joining Mission 517 to work in the Tamarindo area with a small Adventist School. The project will include some renovating work at the school as well as interacting with their students and providing a community VBS. The trip will include some time in the Arenal rainforest sightseeing and zip-lining. Click here to download a complete Mission Trip Information and Registration Package. For more information contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

What is Convergence Insufficiency? Convergence insufficiency is a condition in which your eyes are unable to work together when looking at nearby objects. This condition causes one eye to turn outward instead of inward, with the other eye creating double or blurred vision.

Convergence insufficiency is usually diagnosed in school-age children and adolescents. It can cause difficulty reading, for which parents or teachers might suspect the child has learning difficulties rather than an eye disorder. Treatments are usually effective for convergence insufficiency.

Click here to learn about symptoms, causes, complications of convergence insufficiency via the Mayo Clinic.

Bonus View: EYE RUN 2017 Photos: Thank you again to everyone who participated as a volunteer, walker, runner, or sponsor at the 2017 EYE RUN! Click here to view the official event photos. 

 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 by October 1, 2017.

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 Just Do It! 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 follow-up from A Pale Horse Rides
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Nov. 4, 2016

Web Master - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Justification by Faith

Those of you who follow my blog know that I read the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers as a part of my personal devotions – it helps remind me of Jesus’ faithfulness and my need for Him. Below is a reading that challenged and inspired me this past week.

If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5:10, NIV)

I am not saved by believing – I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me – repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It is never that! I am made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals, the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places me into a right relationship with God. And as a result of the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, or because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know that I am saved, even though I don’t know how it was accomplished.

The salvation that comes from God is not based on human logic, but on the sacrificial death of Jesus. We can be born again solely because of the atonement of our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creations, not through their repentance or their belief, but through the wonderful work of God in Christ Jesus which preceded all of our experience (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-19). The unconquerable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We do not have to accomplish these things ourselves – they have been accomplished through the atonement of the Cross of Christ. The supernatural becomes natural to us through the miracle of God, and there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done – “It is finished!” (John 19:30). (My Utmost for His Highest, October 28)ebook

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Kansas Nebraska Conference Youth Rally

Kansas Nebraska Conference Youth Rally, November 10-12 at Broken Arrow Ranch – see below for more information.

Operation Christmas Child Deadline

The deadline to turn in our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child is just over two weeks away – November 18. Let’s see how many kids we can touch with this project. For more information, see below.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Secularization—The Unintended Consequence of the Reformation: An Interview with Brad S. Gregory: What are the complicated and unintended legacies of Martin Luther and the epochal 500-year-old movement known as the Reformation that continue to shape the world today? How did Luther's earnest questioning lead to the rise of competing churches, political conflicts, social upheavals, and moral relativism? Bible Gateway interviewed Brad S. Gregory about his book, Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World  (Click here to read more.)

How I Rise Above the Lies that Haunt Me: Candace Payne (the famous Chewbacca Mom from the hugely viral Facebook video), author of Laugh It Up! Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy (Zondervan, 2017), says, "Currently, I am on a quest to abolish the list of can’ts I have believed about myself. In my present struggles, I am still tempted to embrace counterfeit joy over authentic joy ..." (Click here to read more.)

See more Bible-related articles in the Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Calendar Events

Prayer Meeting begins tonight (Oct. 31) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. Bring your Bible and a heart to know God better through our study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Sunset this Friday – 6:17 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 Prayer titled The Breath of Life. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Just Do It! and will focus what Jesus taught about prayer.
    • Potluck Following Church 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!

Daylight Savings Time Begins, Sunday, Nov. 5 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour.

Pathfinders Meet this Monday (Nov. 6) 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 (Nov. 7) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We will continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Kansas Nebraska Conference Youth Rally, November 10-12 at Broken Arrow Ranch – see below for more information.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 18 – Just two weeks away – see below for more information.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the NAD, will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27see below for more information.

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018 – see below for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Youth Rally

This year’s Kansas Nebraska Conference Youth Rally will take place November 10-12 at Broken Arrow Ranch. The cost is $10 per person, which covers food and lodging.

The featured speaker is Carl Wilkens. As a humanitarian aid worker, he moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated, and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.

The music will be provided by Engage Ministries, a worship team from Southern Adventist University that serves events across the southeast and upon request throughout the NAD. Engaging God in worship; engaging the church in fellowship.

To download and print a Schedule for the Weekend, click here. To download and print a Registration Form, click here. To download a poster, click here.

Operation Christmas Child

The deadline to turn these in is just over two weeks away! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 18, 2017.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. It would be wonderful if we could contribute more than 50 boxes for children around the world! For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things not to include, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

For a coupon to purchase an item for your box
at Hobby Lobby for 40% off,
click here.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.
    • If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.
    • You may also donate funds directly to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child by clicking here.

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.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs (NAD), will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27. 3,500 dental, medical, and non-medical volunteers are needed for potentially 10,000 patients. Bring the whole family and allow each to be the "Gift of Love" to those in need. Individuals 13 years and above may volunteer, and there will be a children's program for those younger. For more information and volunteer registration click here. If you have questions or would like help with registration, arranging lodging, airlines, etc., contact Michael or Debra Dehning (402-639-8996 or e-mail).

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica: This year’s Young Adult Mission Trip will go to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018. They will be joining Mission 517 to work in the Tamarindo area with a small Adventist School. The project will include some renovating work at the school as well as interacting with their students and providing a community VBS. The trip will include some time in the Arenal rainforest sightseeing and zip-lining. Click here to download a complete Mission Trip Information and Registration Package. For more information contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

Eye-opening Facts – Most Common Eye Diseases: Want to raise awareness about eye health?  This infographic, available online via the National Eye Institute, gives an at-a-glance look at the predicted increased rate of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Many of these diseases are treatable if diagnosed early. Click here to download a copy to print and share with your friends and loved ones, and invite everyone to complete a comprehensive eye exam before the end of this year. For more information on eye diseases via the National Eye Institute, click here.   

Bonus View: Giving Tuesday is Coming Soon! First, comes Thanksgiving Day, which is followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. After that comes Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

    • Click here to learn more about Christian Record's Giving Tuesday campaign, #IGiveConfidence, and plan to give on Tuesday, November 28.
    • Click here to download a printable Giving Tuesday flier for your church.

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 by October 1, 2017.

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.)
    • Our follow-up from A Pale Horse Rides
    • Brett Knutson – health issues; the doctors are having a hard figuring out what is wrong and how to treat it.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Oct. 28, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

It Begins This Friday …!

This Friday evening, A Pale Horse Rides begins at our church! There are already several community people signed up and based on our previous experience, many will show up who have not pre-registered.

This series explores what Christianity might have looked like without the early merger between church and state. It explores the history of a couple Christian groups that traced their roots back to the times of the apostles and developed independent of the mainstream church.

It is important that there are a number of our members there to welcome and interact with the guests who come. It is the kind of an event you can be comfortable inviting your friends, neighbors, and family members to. And lunch on Sabbath will be provided by the church for any who would like to eat there.

If you are unable to come, please pray for the meetings, both in the next couple of days leading up to them and during the sessions themselves. Please ask the Holy Spirit to make an impact on all our lives through this time we spend together.

The meeting times and session titles are:

    • This Friday (Oct. 27), 7:00 pm: Session 1, Rome is Burning
    • This Sabbath Morning (Oct. 28), 11:15 am: Session 2, Barbarian Fire
    • This Sabbath Afternoon (Oct. 28), 2:30 pm: Session 3, An Underground Movement

For more information about the program, click here. For more information about how you can be involved, click here. Questions – contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

The Staggering Picture of Christian Persecution

Is your perspective on the state of the church worldwide too comfortable? What do you think when you hear about the astonishing escalation in Christian persecution in the 21st century? What should you be doing about it? Bible Gateway interviewed Johnnie Moore about his book, The Martyr's Oath: Living for the Jesus They're Willing to Die For (click here to read more).

Young Bible Readers More Likely to be Faithful Adults, Study Finds

New research among Protestant churchgoers says the biggest factor predicting the spiritual health of young adults is whether they read the Bible regularly as kids (click here to read more).

Important Need

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.

Pathfinder Fund-Raisers

Our Pathfinder/Adventurer Clubs are selling Yankee Candles and Rada Cutlery. You may speak to any club member or leader to purchase these items or you may purchase from their on-line catalogues. Orders need to be completed by October 30, 2017. For more information, contact Tammy (e-mail).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:26 pm                                                           

This Friday – A Pale Horse Rides, 7:00 pm: Session 1, Rome is Burning

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 – A Pale Horse Rides, 11:15 am: Session 2, Barbarian Fire
    • Haystacks for Lunch – Church Fellowship Hall (provided by the church)
    • Sabbath Afternoon – A Pale Horse Rides, 2:30 pm: Session 3, An Underground Movement

Pathfinders Meet this Monday (Oct. 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).

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Oct. 31) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We will be studying the book of Daniel as a follow-up to our weekend meetings! For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Grief Education and Support Program begins this Tuesday (Oct. 31) – see below for more information.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 18 – see below for more information.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the NAD, will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27see below for more information.

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica

This year’s Young Adult Mission Trip will go to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018. They will be joining Mission 517 to work in the Tamarindo area with a small Adventist School. The project will include some renovating work at the school as well as interacting with their students and providing a community VBS. The trip will include some time in the Arenal rainforest sightseeing and zip-lining. Click here to download a complete Mission Trip Information and Registration Package. For more information contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

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 the challenges of the holiday season and strategies to reduce anxieties while giving meaning to this busy time. 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. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving Week.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins October 31 and ends December 12, 2017.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street, Omaha), begins November 1 and ends December 13, 2017.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins November 2 and ends December 14, 2017.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 18, 2017.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. It would be wonderful if we could contribute more than 50 boxes for children around the world! For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things not to include, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

For a coupon to purchase an item for your box
at Hobby Lobby for 40% off,
click here.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.
    • If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.
    • You may also donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child by clicking here.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs (NAD), will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27. 3,500 dental, medical, and non-medical volunteers are needed for potentially 10,000 patients. Bring the whole family and allow each to be the "Gift of Love" to those in need. Individuals 13 years and above may volunteer, and there will be a children's program for those younger. For more information and volunteer registration click here. If you have questions or would like help with registration, arranging lodging, airlines, etc., contact Michael or Debra Dehning (402-639-8996 or e-mail).

Other Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

Helping Hurricane Victims: Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people over the past several weeks. Adventist Community Services (ACS), along with its partner, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities affected. Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it on any Sabbath.
    • Donate through Golden Hills Church Virtual Giving by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the option list and select Adventist Community Services Hurricane Relief.
    • Donate online directly to ACS by clicking here. Type ACS Hurricane Relief in the comments box.
    • Phone in your contribution at 1-800-381-7171.
    • Mail a donation to: Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

Six Ways Arthritis Can Affect Your Eyes: While most people think of arthritis as inflammation of the joints, increasingly, research is showing that inflammation can cause damage in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Unfortunately, the eyes are not immune. “The eye is like a microcosm of the entire body within a small little ball,” says Sunir J.  Garg, MD, attending retina surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Any inflammatory condition that affects collagen – the main component of connective tissue – such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), can affect the sclera (the white of the eye) and the cornea (the lens cap), “which are basically entirely collagen,” says Dr. Garg. Here are six eye conditions with connections to different forms of arthritis:

·         Keratitis Sicca (Dry Eye Syndrome)

·         Scleritis

·         Uveitis

·         Retinal Vascular Occlusion

·         Glaucoma

·         Cataracts

Learn more about these conditions through the Arthritis Foundation by clicking here.

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 by October 1, 2017.

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 All Night? 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 up-coming community event; A Pale Horse Rides
    • Dane Swensen – healing from his surgery and his work situation.
    • Brett Knutson – health issues
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Oct. 21, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Does it Work?

When we work our questions and thoughts about the church and our life with Jesus, there seems to be one, really basic question: Will it make a real difference in my life? Does it work?

I wrestle with this personally when I come to my morning worship time; if I’m counseling others, and every time I prepare a sermon. Does it work? Is what I am learning and sharing making a difference in my life? Or, am I just sharing a theory?

Do we just come to church because we feel the need for social interaction and our friends are there? Is it just out of a habit – we have always done it, so we just keep coming? Or, are we renewed and energized as we spend some time together looking at and worshiping Jesus?

I can’t answer this question for anyone else, but I can share what God has done in my life.

I can say with certainty that it makes a difference in my life – it works – when I am able to set aside my agenda and engage with God’s plan.

When I am just asking Him to add His blessing to the life I have worked so hard to create rather than aligning my life with His desires, it generally stagnates.

It all depends on who has control of me. Am I insisting on maintaining control or am I willing to let Him be in charge?

Recently I have been struggling with some thought patterns that have plagued me much of my life. As usual, I started fighting against it – praying for my victory over this; trying to bring to mind Bible verses I was familiar with, working to avoid circumstances that would trigger these thoughts.

I was doing everything I knew to do to fight against this and change what was happening to me – and it only got worse. I remember thinking “If I can’t beat this, I shouldn’t be a pastor! If it’s not working for me, how can I tell anyone else how to make it work for them?

It was at that point God finally broke through my misguided thinking. It was like God was telling me this was His fight, not mine and as long as I was trying to fight it, I would fail.

The conviction then came to stop fighting, and just focus on connecting with Jesus.

I then prayed asking forgiveness for thinking I could handle this. Then I asked God to come in and do whatever He wanted to do with it. Some thoughts came to me about a couple of changes in where I was focusing – which I said yes to.

For the first few days, I didn’t notice too much difference. I still found myself slipping into the old familiar thought patterns with the corresponding feelings of failure and worthlessness.

But after several days of following God’s suggestions, I realized those thought patterns were starting to lose their attraction.

And, in those times where I did fall back into them, rather than beating myself up, I was simply confessing it and moving on – confident of God’s forgiveness and healing.

As long as I was fighting the problem myself, even after asking God to make me stronger so I could gain the victoryI was focused on and consumed by my problem. Rather than going away, it loomed up bigger and bigger.

When I allowed God regular access to my mind and heart, I was becoming more confident in His power and love – and I saw the problem in the perspective of God’s victory – He had already won the battle and was now making it a reality in my life.

It is working just like God said it would through Jesus and the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:25-30, NLT)

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

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27, NIV)

I can say without hesitation, God has made an incredible difference in my life – not because I am in any way special or holy (I’m as sinful as you are) – but because He is faithful, powerful, and loving.

Stop fighting the evil in your life and trust God do what He has promised to do.

Asking Him to take over the fight He has already won, makes a lot of sense to me – and it works!

From 24-7 Prayer

"This is how we know that we live in him and he in us; he has given us his Spirit ..." (1 John 4:13, NIV)

Wherever we are and whatever we face, we can invite the Holy Spirit to work within every situation. So right now, take a moment to stop and pray:

    • Pray for a renewed sense of the Holy Spirit with you – Acknowledge and invite the Holy Spirit where you are.
    • Read an encouraging passage of the Bible – Start with 1 John 4: be reminded of the truth of who God is and what God has done.
    • Pray for a specific situation where you need God's presence – Invite the Holy Spirit into the place where you (or another) need help, guidance or peace.

For more prayer ideas head to 24-7prayer.com/prayer.

A Pale Horse Rides.

Many people have an uneasy feeling that something is wrong with organized religion, and feel betrayed by the news they hear about religion throughout the world. Are their fears justified? Did something go wrong at the dawn of Christianity? Yes, and the Bible predicted that it would happen. This great outreach opportunity begins in just a week and a half!

Plan now to come with your family and invite a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker!

We begin a week from Friday night, October 27, at 7:00 pm right here at our church. For more information about the program, click here. For more information about how you can be involved, click here. Questions – contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder Fund-Raisers

Our Pathfinder/Adventurer Clubs are starting their first fund raiser this year by selling Yankee Candles and Rada Cutlery. You may speak to any club member or leader to purchase these items or you may purchase from their on-line catalogues: 

Orders need to be completed by October 30, 2017. For more information, contact Tammy (e-mail).

From BRI (Biblical Research Institute)

Ellen G. White's Role in Biblical Interpretation: A Survey of Early Seventh-day Adventist Perceptions – The acceptance of Ellen G. White's modern-day prophetic gift naturally raises questions about the relationship between her writings and the biblical writings … Click here to read more.

Book Review: A Brief History of Sunday from the New Testament to the New Creation – Many Seventh-day Adventists tell the story of the change of the Sabbath to Sunday by simply citing the famous decree of Constantine in AD 321 … Click here to read more.

Click here to subscribe to their email newsletter, Reflections.

Spirit of Prophecy Catalogue Available

To view a catalogue from Pacific Press Publishing Association of all the Spirit of Prophecy books available for purchase, click here.

Calendar Events

This weekend our Pathfinders will be at Woodland Acres participating in the East Nebraska Area Camporee. Let’s pray that they have a wonderful weekend growing closer to Jesus and each other; and for their safety. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

The Kansas Nebraska Conference Women’s Retreat takes place this weekend (Oct. 20-22) at its regular location in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s theme is High Heels, High Calling. Download an information brochure and registration sheet by clicking here. Call 785-478-4726 for last-minute registrations.

Deadline to sign up for the Young Adult Mission Trip to Costa Rica is this Friday (Oct. 20) – see below for more information.

Deadline to sign up for the next Adventist Marriage Encounter is this Friday (Oct. 20) – see below for more information.

Sunset this Friday – 6:35 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 prayer titled The Breath of Life. Pastor T’s sermon is titled All Night? and will focus on how Jesus prayed.

St James Methodist Church Open House this Sabbath beginning at 11:00 am. We are invited to stop by to help them officially launch their new church facility, located at 4343 Capehart Road in Bellevue. They will be there until around 1:30 pm if anyone from our church would like to stop by following our worship service.

Special AY Service, Sabbath Evening (Oct. 21), 5:00 pm at the Omaha Memorial Church (840 N 72nd St, Omaha, NE 68114). This will be a special report presented by NAPS (The National Association for the Prevention of Starvation) Volunteers sharing their experiences in disaster relief following the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

Pathfinders Meet this Monday (Oct. 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).

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – For more information, see the announcement above.

Prayer Meeting will begin again on October 31, 2017. We will work our way through the book of Daniel.

Grief Education and Support Program begins October 31 – see below for more information.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 18 – see below for more information.

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the NAD, will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27 – for more information see the announcement below.

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica

This year’s Young Adult Mission Trip will go to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018. They will be joining Mission 517 to work in the Tamarindo area with a small Adventist School. The project will include some renovating work at the school as well as interacting with their students and providing a community VBS. The trip will include some time in the Arenal rainforest sightseeing and zip-lining. Click here to download a complete Mission Trip Information and Registration Package. The deadline to sign up is October 20, 2017. For more information contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

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 the challenges of the holiday season and strategies to reduce anxieties while giving meaning to this busy time. 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. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving Week.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins October 31 and ends December 12, 2017.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street, Omaha), begins November 1 and ends December 13, 2017.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins November 2 and ends December 14, 2017.

Marriage Encounter, Nov. 3-5

The next Seventh-day Adventist Marriage Encounter workshop will be held on Friday, November 3 and end on Sunday, November 5, 2017, and will be held in Kansas City.  Registration fee: $50. Click here for more information and to download and print a registration form. Complete the form and mail it along with the registration fee by October 20, 2017 (Marriage Encounter, Eugene & Roberta Clausen, 1201 High Plains Circle, Lincoln, NE  68512). For further information contact, Mel & Karen Simmerman (email or 913-681-3564).

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 18, 2017.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. It would be wonderful if we could contribute more than 50 boxes for children around the world! For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things not to include, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.
    • If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.
    • You may also donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child by clicking here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic, a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs (NAD), will be held in Phoenix, AZ, Dec 25-27. 3,500 dental, medical, and non-medical volunteers are needed for potentially 10,000 patients. Bring the whole family and allow each to be the "Gift of Love" to those in need. Individuals 13 years and above may volunteer, and there will be a children's program for those younger. For more information and volunteer registration click here. If you have questions or would like help with registration, arranging lodging, airlines, etc., contact Michael or Debra Dehning (402-639-8996 or e-mail).

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

Helping Hurricane Victims: Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people over the past several weeks. Adventist Community Services (ACS), along with its partner, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities affected. Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it on any Sabbath.
    • Donate through Golden Hills Church Virtual Giving by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the option list and select Adventist Community Services Hurricane Relief.
    • Donate online directly to ACS by clicking here. Type ACS Hurricane Relief in the comments box.
    • Phone in your contribution at 1-800-381-7171.
    • Mail a donation to: Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

Global Vision Impairment Facts:

    • 36 million people who are blind
    • 217 million people with moderate or severe distance vision impairment
    • Of those with blindness and MSVI (Moderate to Severe Visual Impairment), 124 million people have uncorrected refractive errors, and 65 million have cataract—more than 75% of all blindness and MSVI is avoidable
    • 253 million people blind or vision impaired (in 2015)
    • 1 billion people with near-vision impairment
    • The prevalence of blindness and vision impairment combined has dropped from 4.58% in 1990 to 3.37% in 2015
    • 89% of vision-impaired people live in low and middle-income countries
    • 55% of moderate or severely vision-impaired people are women
    • Top causes of visual impairment: refractive errors, cataracts, and glaucoma
    • Top causes of blindness: cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration
    • The number of people visually impaired from infectious diseases has greatly reduced in the last 20 years

Learn more about these facts through the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness by clicking here.

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 by October 1, 2017.

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.)
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Oct. 14, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Don’t You Know?

Look at the myriad of stars and constellations above you. Who set them to burning, each in its place? Who knows those countless lights each by name? They obediently shine, each in its place, because God has the great strength and strong power to make it so.

Why, then, do you, Jacob, inheritors of God’s promise, you, Israel, chosen of Godwhy do you say, “My troubled path is hidden from the Eternal; God has lost all interest in My cause”?

Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Eternal, the Everlasting God, the Creator of the whole world, never gets tired or weary. His wisdom is beyond understanding. God strengthens the weary and gives vitality to those worn down by age and care. Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run – never winded, never weary. They will walk – never tired, never faint. (Isaiah 40:26-31, the Voice)

Houston Mission Trip, Oct. 18-25

"Our Conference, together with the Northern New England Conference, will be participating in a mission trip to Houston, Texas from October 18-25," says Pastor Dean Carlisle (Nebraska Adventist Community Services Director). "We will spend the week doing disaster recovery and rebuilding churches and homes devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Contact me at 402-817-3736 if interested.  The cost of mission trip will be $125. Donations for materials will be accepted. For more information, click here, to visit the mission trip website," says Pastor Dean. 

Thank You (from Pastor T. & Pat)

To all who have expressed their appreciation for our work and presence here at Golden Hills, and for the generous gift we received last Sabbath from the church – Thank You! We love serving here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

After Mass Shootings, Americans Turn to Four Bible Verses Most: An analysis of online Bible search patterns surrounding the Las Vegas shooting as well as 18 other major incidents of violence over the past decade. (Click here to read more.)

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post: Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering? by clicking here.

Hope Despite the Tumult of Violence and Disaster: October 2 the world awoke once again to horrific news of mass murder and devastation, this time in Las Vegas. And we cry out to God. "I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power." Psalm 69:29. (Click here to read more.)

“How to Live the Bible” Free Weekly Lessons Begin Soon: In October, author and pastor Dr. Mel Lawrenz, who previously wrote the series How to Understand the Bible and How to Study the Bible, begins a new weekly email series called How to Live the Bible. These practical lessons will help you understand how to apply the truth of Scripture to everyday life and how your life can be shaped and transformed. (Click here to read more.)

See more Bible-related articles in the Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

From Outlook Blogs (click here to see more)

PMDD: One Woman’s Journey (October 1, 2017 – Rachel Ashworth)

The day I realized something was wrong with me was the day I stopped being powerless against it. I have the perfect husband, three beautiful boys, and am finally settling into my dream job after years of only fanaticizing about it. I was happy.

But one day I began to notice that sometimes I’d wake up on “the wrong side of the bed.” The air in my house would feel heavy, weighing on me like water that I couldn’t breathe. When my kids wanted hugs, my skin crawled, and when I looked around my house I shuddered under a mountain of work, under the have-nots and what-ifs. I’d go to sleep just fine one day and wake up the next with a darkness enveloping me like a too-tight, too-hot blanket … (to read more, click here).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:46 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, our sermon will be present by David Soriano.

There will be a Church Campfire Social this Saturday Night beginning at 6:00 pm at the Louisville State Recreation Area (15810 NE-50, Louisville, NE 68037), site #241 – for a map click here (there will also be maps available at Church on Sabbath). We will provide hot drinks, ketchup, and mustard. Bring whatever you would like to roast over the campfire (marshmallows, hotdogs, buns, etc.) and any additional condiments you need.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Oct. 16) 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).

The Kansas Nebraska Conference Women’s Retreat this year will take place October 20-22, 2017 at its regular location in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s theme is High Heels, High Calling. Pick up download an information brochure and registration sheet from the table in our lobby or download one by clicking here. There will be a special time of fun on Saturday night with a craft called Flip Flops – click here to see some examples. To participate in this there is an additional $12 charge. Sign up for it on your registration sheet and include it with the payment you send in.

St James Methodist Church Open House, October 21 beginning at 11:00 am. We are invited to stop by to help them officially launch their new church facility, located at 4343 Capehart Road in Bellevue. They will be there until around 1:30 pm if anyone from our church would like to stop by following our worship service.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – This is a follow-up to Shadow Empire, which we did about a year and a half ago. At that event, we had an average of 20 guests at each session in addition to our members who attended. For more information about the program, click here. For more information about how you can be involved, click here. Questions – contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Meeting will begin again on October 31, 2017. We will work our way through the book of Daniel.

Marriage Encounter, Nov. 3-5: The next Seventh-day Adventist Marriage Encounter workshop will be held on Friday, November 3 and end on Sunday, November 5, 2017, and will be held in Kansas City.  Registration fee: $50. Click here for more information and to download and print a registration form. Complete the form and mail it along with the registration fee by October 20, 2017 (Marriage Encounter, Eugene & Roberta Clausen, 1201 High Plains Circle, Lincoln, NE  68512). For further information contact, Mel & Karen Simmerman (email or 913-681-3564).

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 18 – see below for more information.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks buy no later than November 18, 2017.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. It would be wonderful if we could contribute more than 50 boxes for children around the world! For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things not to include, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.
    • If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.
    • You may also donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child by clicking 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 the challenges of the holiday season and strategies to reduce anxieties while giving meaning to this busy time. 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. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving Week.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins October 31 and ends December 12, 2017.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street, Omaha), begins November 1 and ends December 13, 2017.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins November 2 and ends December 14, 2017.

Pathfinder Fund-Raisers

Our Pathfinder/Adventurer Clubs are starting their first fund raiser this year by selling Yankee Candles and Rada Cutlery. You may speak to any club member or leader to purchase these items or you may purchase from their on-line catalogues: 

Orders need to be completed by October 30, 2017. For more information, contact Tammy (e-mail).

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica

This year’s Young Adult Mission Trip will go to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018. They will be joining Mission 517 to work in the Tamarindo area with a small Adventist School. The project will include some renovating work at the school as well as interacting with their students and providing a community VBS. The trip will include some time in the Arenal rainforest sightseeing and zip-lining. Click here to download a complete Mission Trip Information and Registration Package. The deadline to sign up is October 20, 2017. For more information contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

Helping Hurricane Victims: Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people over the past several weeks. Adventist Community Services (ACS), along with its partner, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities affected. Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it on any Sabbath.
    • Donate through Golden Hills Church Virtual Giving by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the option list and select Adventist Community Services Hurricane Relief.
    • Donate online directly to ACS by clicking here. Type ACS Hurricane Relief in the comments box.
    • Phone in your contribution at 1-800-381-7171.
    • Mail a donation to: Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

Contact Lens Infection Threatens Woman's Vision and Her Wedding Day: The day of Te’ LaVette’s wedding was busy, but not in the way she had planned. Te’ had a bad habit of sleeping in her contact lenses. She got away with it for some five years. But it caught up with her – on her wedding day. Within 24 hours, what started as an annoying pain in her left eye, progressed to blindness.

Tens of thousands of contact lens wearers develop eye infections every year in the US. Most are minor infections, easily treated with an antibiotic drop. But up to 1 out of every 500 contact lens wearers, each year develop serious eye infections that can lead to blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sleeping in any type of contact lens (including extended wear, continuous wear or overnight wear) increases by 6 to 8 times the risk of getting a serious type of corneal infection like the type Te' developed.

Learn more of Te's story as well as ways to avoid contact lens eye infections, via the American Academy of Ophthalmology by clicking here.

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 by October 1, 2017.

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 Abiding 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 up-come community event; A Pale Horse Rides
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Oct. 7, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Place of Ministry

Those of you who follow my blog know that I read the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers as a part of my personal devotions – it helps remind me of Jesus’ faithfulness and my need for Him. Below is a reading that challenged and inspired me this past week.

He said to them, "This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." (Mark 9:29, NKJV)

“His disciples asked Him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’” (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “This kind can come out by nothing but” concentrating on Him, and then doubling and redoubling that concentration on Him. We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in this situation, by trying to do God’s work without concentrating on His power, and by following instead the ideas that we draw from our own nature. We actually slander and dishonor God by our very eagerness to serve Him without knowing Him.

When you are brought face to face with a difficult situation and nothing happens externally, you can still know that freedom and release will be given because of your continued concentration on Jesus Christ. Your duty in service and ministry is to see that there is nothing between Jesus and yourself. Is there anything between you and Jesus even now? If there is, you must get through it, not by ignoring it as an irritation, or by going up and over it, but by facing it and getting through it into the presence of Jesus Christ. Then that very problem itself, and all that you have been through in connection with it, will glorify Jesus Christ in a way that you will never know until you see Him face to face.

We must be able to “mount up with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31), but we must also know how to come down. The power of the saint lies in the coming down and in the living that is done in the valley. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) and what he was referring to were mostly humiliating things. And yet it is in our power to refuse to be humiliated and to say, “No, thank you, I much prefer to be on the mountaintop with God.” Can I face things as they actually are in the light of the reality of Jesus Christ, or do things as they really are destroy my faith in Him, and put me into a panic? (My Utmost for His Highest, October 3)

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.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

One-Half Million US Public School Students Expected to Participate in #BringYourBible to School Oct. 5. "The US Constitution recognizes students' rights to share their biblical viewpoints in a way that doesn't disturb instruction time, and to exercise their faith at school, says Focus on the Family President Jim Daly "Bring Your Bible to School Day celebrates these rights" … (click here to read more). 

Did You Know Jesus Died a Terrorist’s Death? Most retellings of the crucifixion story portray Jesus as enduring a common form of punishment for common criminals. In reality, this form of punishment was mostly reserved for insurrectionists, enemies of the state, and terrorists. (Think Osama Bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks) … (click here to read more).

The Crooked Path of Growing Toward Faith: An Interview with Andrea Lucado. What happens when you take a wide-eyed preacher's daughter from Texas "across the pond" to the multicultural lawns of Oxford? With winsome honesty, Andrea Lucado relives the year she spent navigating the Thames river, romantic relationships, the university's atheist society, and a coffee-less Lent—and searched for answers to the universal questions of identity and faith. Bible Gateway interviewed Andrea Lucado, the daughter of Max Lucado, about her book, English Lessons: The Crooked Path of Growing Toward Faith … (click here to read more)

See more Bible-related articles in the Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Worry — Part 10: God is God

By Connie Nelson, September 19, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

Part of not having fear is believing that God is God.  “Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me?  Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one”  (Isaiah 44:8, NIV) … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series.)

Worry — Part 11: Be Strong and Courageous

By Connie Nelson, September 19, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

When my children were small and learning to do new things often they were afraid. Walking. Jumping into the pool. All these things were difficult and scary at times. As a parent what do we do when our children cannot do something on their own? … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series.)

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:57 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 Prayer titled The Breath of Life. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Abiding and will focus on the picture of the vine which Jesus gave in John 15.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Oct. 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).

Prayer Meeting will begin again on October 31, 2017. We will work our way through the book of Daniel.

Church Board meets Tuesday (Oct. 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).

The Kansas Nebraska Conference Women’s Retreat this year will take place October 20-22, 2017 at its regular location in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s theme is High Heels, High Calling. Pick up download an information brochure and registration sheet from the table in our lobby or download one by clicking here. There will be a special time of fun on Saturday night with a craft called Flip Flops – click here to see some examples. To participate in this there is an additional $12 charge. Sign up for it on your registration sheet and include it with the payment you send in.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – This is a follow-up to Shadow Empire, which we did about a year and a half ago. At that event, we had an average of 20 guests at each session in addition to our members who attended. For more information about the program, click here. For more information about how you can be involved, click here. Questions – contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Marriage Encounter, Nov. 3-5: The next Seventh-day Adventist Marriage Encounter workshop will be held on Friday, November 3 and end on Sunday, November 5, 2017, and will be held in Kansas City.  Registration fee: $50. Click here for more information and to download and print a registration form. Complete the form and mail it along with the registration fee by October 20, 2017 (Marriage Encounter, Eugene & Roberta Clausen, 1201 High Plains Circle, Lincoln, NE  68512). For further information contact, Mel & Karen Simmerman (email or 913-681-3564).

Pathfinder Fund-Raisers

Our Pathfinder/Adventurer Clubs are starting their first fund raiser this year by selling Yankee Candles and Rada Cutlery. You may speak to any club member or leader to purchase these items or you may purchase from their on-line catalogues: 

Orders need to be completed by October 30, 2017. For more information, contact Tammy (e-mail).

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica

This year’s Young Adult Mission Trip will go to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, March 2-11, 2018. They will be joining Mission 517 to work in the Tamarindo area with a small Adventist School. The project will include some renovating work at the school as well as interacting with their students and a community VBS. The trip will include some time in the Arenal rainforest sightseeing and zip-lining. Click here to download a complete Mission Trip Information and Registration Package. The deadline to sign up is October 20, 2017. For more information contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

Helping Hurricane Victims: Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people over the past several weeks. Adventist Community Services (ACS), along with its partner, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities affected. Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it on any Sabbath.
    • Donate through Golden Hills Church Virtual Giving by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the option list and select Adventist Community Services Hurricane Relief.
    • Donate online directly to ACS by clicking here. Type ACS Hurricane Relief in the comments box.
    • Phone in your contribution at 1-800-381-7171.
    • Mail a donation to: Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

Red Eyes, Bloodshot Eyes – Causes and Treatment: We've all experienced red, bloodshot eyes from time to time, affecting one or both eyes. Red eye is caused by swollen or dilated blood vessels on the sclera, the white outer surface of the eye. If you think your red eyes could be an emergency, you should find and visit an eye doctor. Wonder why your eyes are itchy? Learn more about common and not-so-common causes of red eyes via All About Vision by clicking here.

Bonus View: The EYE RUN is This Sunday! Time is running out to register for the fifth-annual EYE RUN. Walk or run for eye health on Sunday, October 8. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide free programs and services to people who are blind through Christian Record Services, Inc. Learn more at www.EYERUN.info.

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 by October 1, 2017.

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.)
    • Our up-come community event; A Pale Horse Rides
    • Lianne Degerness’ co-workers brother who is dealing with multiple health issues and may never walk again.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Joel & Jill Wilson for God’s guidance and strength.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Melodie Burrows, Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Sept. 30, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Praying to God in Secret

“When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place …” (Matthew 6:6, NIV)

“The primary thought in the area of religion is – keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know your Father in heaven. It is impossible to carry on your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer …”

Click here to read the rest of this devotional from My Utmost to His Highest

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat are on vacation through Wednesday, October 4 and are still out of town. If there is something important or an emergency, please contact one of our Elders (for a current list of Elders along with their contact information, click here).

It is Written Mission Trips

It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:09 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, David Soriano will present our message.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Sept. 25) 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 will begin again one week from Tuesday on October 10.

The Kansas Nebraska Conference Women’s Retreat this year will take place October 20-22, 2017 at its regular location in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s theme is High Heels, High Calling. Pick up download an information brochure and registration sheet from the table in our lobby or download one by clicking here. There will be a special time of fun on Saturday night with a craft called Flip Flops – click here to see some examples. To participate in this there is an additional $12 charge. Sign up for it on your registration sheet and include it with the payment you send in.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – This is a follow-up to Shadow Empire, which we did about a year and a half ago. At that event, we had an average of 20 guests at each session in addition to our members who attended. For more information about the program, click here. For more information about how you can be involved, click here. Questions – contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Helping Hurricane Victims: Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people from their homes and damaged or destroyed countless buildings in the South over the past weeks. Adventist Community Services (ACS), along with its partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities affected. Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it any Sabbath.
    • Donate through Golden Hills Church Virtual Giving by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the option list and select Adventist Community Services Hurricane Relief.
    • Donate online directly to ACS by clicking here. Type ACS Hurricane Relief in the comments box.
    • Phone in your contribution at 1-800-381-7171.
    • Mail a donation to: Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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.

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 by October 1, 2017.

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.)
    • Mary Jane Agan’s father just suffered a stroke and is need of our prayers. Mary Jane is there in Texas with him helping take care of him and her mom.
    • Our up-come community event; A Pale Horse Rides
    • Lianne Degerness’ co-workers brother who is dealing with multiple health issues and may never walk again.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Joel & Jill Wilson for God’s guidance and strength.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Heather Boulais (UC Student), Melodie Burrows, Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Sept. 23, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Guest Blog – “Why Comfort is a Brutal Master”

I’ve been realizing lately how much I my actions are affected by an instinctual desire for comfort and convenience.

Our desire for comfort is a brutal master that offers no release from its bondage. Our pursuit of convenience is continually driving us to purchase and use things that actively contribute to the destruction of our planet and the practical slavery of our fellow humans who help produce the cheap products we buy. Our submission to these masters significantly reduces our capacity to live intentional lives. It also limits our ability to empathize with and take action to change the plight of those in need around us.

I’m not saying all comfort is wrong, and that we should aim to live miserable lives. What I am saying is this:

What is the true cost of our comfort? Environmentally? Socially? Physically? Relationally? …

To continue reading this blog by Bryon Lippincott on bryonlippincott.com, click here.

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat will be on vacation from September 21 – October 4 and will be out of town much of that time. If there is something important or an emergency, please contact one of our Elders (for a current list of Elders along with their contact information, click here).

It is Written Mission Trips

It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Charting the Bible Chronologically: An Interview with Dr. Ed Hindson: The Bible follows the rise and fall of kingdoms and governments, covers millennia of ancient history, and reveals God's plan for humanity through powerful accounts that are still relevant today. How can having a panoramic view of the events recorded in Scripture help in your own study of the Bible? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Ed Hindson, who, along with Dr. Thomas Ice, is the author of Charting the Bible Chronologically: A Visual Guide to God's Unfolding Plan … (click here to read more). 

What Is the Goliath in Your Life? Do you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life? Join the Goliath Must Fall Online Bible Study by Louie Giglio. Get access to 6 FREE study videos taught by Louie and free downloads to get started. This study will begin October 1 … (click here to read more).

Rebel in the Ranks: How Martin Luther’s Reformation Changed Much More Than the Church: In his new book Rebel in the Ranks (HarperOne, 2017), Brad S. Gregory sees Luther not just as the author of a theological movement, but as a man whose acts of defiance unleashed a cascade of political and social changes that quickly evolved beyond his control. And those changes define your world today, whether you’re Protestant, Catholic, non-Christian, or even an atheist …   (Click here to read more)

Finding Fulfillment as a Single Woman: As a single, divorced, or widowed woman, do you struggle with a feeling of displacement? Sign up for this brief 7-day free email devotional and you'll walk through discussions written for women by women on topics of solitude, community, gratitude, and – above all – how to find rest in the wonderful promises made to you by your Savior, Jesus Christ.    (Click here to read more)

See more Bible-related articles in the Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Worry — Part 9: Antidotes to Fear

By Connie Nelson, August 8, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

In our previous discussions we have seen how fear can affect our minds and bodies like a poison. Just like many chemical poisons, there is an antidote to fear. Actually, I found six mentioned specifically in the Bible … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series so far.)

Calendar Events

Pathfinders’ Backpacking Adventure is coming up this weekend! Let’s pray for the safety and that they have a good time connecting with God through Nature. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370)

Sunset this Friday – 7:21 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, Arvid Barr, one of our Elders, will present our message.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Sept. 25). 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).

The Kansas Nebraska Conference Women’s Retreat this year will take place October 20-22, 2017 at its regular location in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s theme is High Heels, High Calling. Pick up download an information brochure and registration sheet from the table in our lobby or download one by clicking here. There will be a special time of fun on Saturday night with a craft called Flip Flops – click here to see some examples. To participate in this there is an additional $12 charge. Sign up for it on your registration sheet and include it with the payment you send in.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – This is a follow-up to Shadow Empire, which we did about a year and a half ago. At that event, we had an average of 20 guests at each session in addition to our members who attended. For more information about the program, click here. For more information about how you can be involved, click here. Questions – contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Helping Hurricane Victims: Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people from their homes and damaged or destroyed countless buildings in the South over the past weeks. Adventist Community Services (ACS), along with its partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities affected. Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it any Sabbath.
    • Donate through Golden Hills Church Virtual Giving by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the option list and select Adventist Community Services Hurricane Relief.
    • Donate online directly to ACS by clicking here. Type ACS Hurricane Relief in the comments box.
    • Phone in your contribution at 1-800-381-7171.
    • Mail a donation to: Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

Fall Eye Allergies – Symptoms and Treatments: More than 35 million people are affected by seasonal allergies in the United States, and complaints usually spike in the spring and fall. While trees and grasses are responsible for most allergies in the spring and summer, other plants are the chief cause of suffering once the days grow shorter and the temperatures cool. Click here to see what you need to know about fall eye allergies, how to protect yourself, and how to treat the symptoms, courtesy of Silverstein Eye Centers From Kansas City.

Bonus View: The EYE RUN is Coming Soon! Time is running out to register for the fifth-annual EYE RUN Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide free programs and services to people who are blind through Christian Record Services, Inc. Learn more at www.EYERUN.info.

 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 by October 1, 2017.

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.)
    • Our Pathfinder Club as they are having their backpacking adventure this weekend!
    • Mary Jane Agan’s father just suffered a stroke and is need of our prayers. Mary Jane is there in Texas with him helping take care of him and her mom.
    • Our up-come community event; A Pale Horse Rides
    • Lianne Degerness’ co-workers brother who is dealing with multiple health issues and may never walk again.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Joel & Jill Wilson for God’s guidance and strength.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Heather Boulais (UC Student), Melodie Burrows, Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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: Sept. 16, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Disaster

These past couple of weeks have left me a bit shell shocked.

The news from Hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston, Texas and has left destruction all the way through several southern states is devastating. Pat’s cousin lives in that area, and while they are safe, what people are going through there is almost unbelievable.

I can hardly imagine the pain of losing everything I own, including my home. And then discovering that since I did not live in a flood plain, and did not have flood insurance, that my loss will not be covered by insurance. On top of that, the whole neighborhood is destroyed and there are no readily available sources of food, clean water, and fuel.

And then, a couple of weeks later seeing the news from Florida as they dig out from under Hurricane Irma. Again, we have lots of friends who live there. In places, total devastation – repeating the heart-breaking story of Harvey survivors – no insurance; no food, water, or fuel; and no place to go.

When, in my mind, I put myself in their place, I feel devastated, hopeless, angry, and lost – which is nothing compared to the feeling of the people actually experiencing it.

There is still plenty of Hurricane season left, tornadoes seem plentiful, and the fires in the west are some of the worst we have ever had.

I tend to feel numb in the midst of it all – the needs are so colossal; the temptation is to do nothing at all because anything I can do seems insignificant.

And then I am reminded of this quotation from Edward Everett Hale that I have on the wall in my office at church:

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.

What can I do to help? How can I make a difference?

First, I can pray. I can ask God to move among the victims and give comfort, courage, and strength. I can ask God to make me aware of what I can do – to open my eyes to the possibilities.

I can share my resources. I don’t have as much money as some people, but even $5 can help buy a case of water. I can forgo some of the extra things I like to do for a bit and send the money I save – eat out less, skip the Starbucks or Scooters, etc. That money put in the right hands can make a difference. One place I sent some money to is Adventist Community Services (ACS) because I know all of what I donate there will be used to help people (see below for more information about giving through ACS).

I also gave some money at my local Baker’s Grocery Store because they will match any donation to the Red Cross with $2 for every $1 donated at their cash registers. Other organizations are doing that as well which expands the reach of our gifts!

You might even want to volunteer your time to go help. You can contact the Red Cross who will provide training, transportation as well as a stipend (in many cases). Here is their contact information: Dicie Nicklaus, Red Cross Volunteer Coordinator (316-650-2767). Click here for their website and their 800 number is 1-800-733-2767.

And finally, I can keep my eyes and ears open for the opportunities God brings across my path – right here; right now! Not all the suffering and needs are located in Texas and Florida. There are many people we rub shoulders with day by day who are discouraged, frightened, desperate, and in the midst of the own personal disaster.

After all, God has put us here to minister to people here, not just those across the country or the world. We are right here, right now to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are called to share His love and compassion where we live, work and play. Jesus said:

I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others. (John 13:34-35, the Voice)

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat will be on vacation from September 21 – October 4 and will be out of town much of that time. If there is something important or an emergency, please contact one of our Elders (for a current list of Elders along with their contact information, click here).

Helping Hurricane Victims

Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people from their homes and damaged or destroyed countless buildings in the South over the past weeks. Adventist Community Services (ACS), along with its partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities affected. Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it any Sabbath.
    • Donate through Golden Hills Church Virtual Giving by clicking here. Scroll to the bottom of the option list and select Adventist Community Services Hurricane Relief.
    • Donate online directly to ACS by clicking here. Type ACS Hurricane Relief in the comments box.
    • Phone in your contribution at 1-800-381-7171.
    • Mail a donation to: Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

From 24-7 Prayer

How to get Excited about Praying Daily: Start the new season by getting creative with your daily prayer life. This blog contains everything to get started. (click here to read more). 

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

From Smoldering Discontent to Making a Difference: An Interview with Dean Niewolny: Dean Niewolny had a thriving finance career, four houses, boat, plane, and astronomical paycheck; yet he had smoldering discontent. Then he was held up at gunpoint … (click here to read more). 

Dozens of 3000-Year-Old Seals Adorned with Biblical Names Found in Jerusalem: Discovered ancient clay seals lend credence to the theory that Iron Age Jerusalem was a major administrative capital of the Judean kingdom … (click here to read more).

Pushing Through My Season of Suffering: In this article excerpt from Perfectly Unfinished: Finding Beauty in the Midst of Brokenness (Zondervan, 2017), Andrea Logan White, says, "Pretending I’m living in victory when I’m not will just lead me deeper into defeat. We are defenseless against our enemy if we are living a lie. But we truly heal from each other’s stories ..."  (Click here to read more)

See more Bible-related articles in the Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:33 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 Prayer titled The Breath of Life. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Abiding and will focus on the picture of the vine which Jesus gave in John 15.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Sept. 18) 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.

Pathfinders’ Backpacking Adventure is coming up September 22-24. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370)

The Kansas Nebraska Conference Women’s Retreat this year will take place October 20-22, 2017 at its regular location in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s theme is High Heels, High Calling. Pick up download an information brochure and registration sheet from the table in our lobby or download one by clicking here. There will be a special time of fun on Saturday night with a craft called Flip Flops – click here to see some examples. To participate in this there is an additional $12 charge. Sign up for it on your registration sheet and include it with the payment you send in.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – This is a follow-up to Shadow Empire, which we did about a year and a half ago. At that event, we had an average of 20 guests at each session in addition to our members who attended. For more information about the program, click here. For more information about how you can be involved, click here. Questions – 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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

Miscellaneous Information

Prayer Team & Women’s Ministries Facebook Pages: If you have not checked out these Facebook pages, you should! Elizabeth, the coordinator for each, is doing a wonderful job of posting prayer needs, encouragement, and notes of interest. If you would like to a part of either of these pages:

Elizabeth will get your request and will add you to the group. For more information about this, contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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, our guest speaker at church July 8, 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)

We Finally Know How Humans Are Able to Echolocate, Just Like Bats and Whales: We're used to seeing bats and whales use echolocation to find their way around. And for a while now we've known that, with practice, humans can also visualize their surroundings by making clicking sounds. A new study presents the first detailed description of human echolocation, including the acoustic characteristics and spatial range of mouth clicks. The researchers used the results to develop synthetic mouth clicks, which could be used to learn more about this extraordinary skill. Learn more about this study through Science Alert by clicking here.

Bonus View: The EYE RUN is Coming Soon! Time is running out to register for the fifth-annual EYE RUN Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide free programs and services to people who are blind through Christian Record Services, Inc. Learn more at www.EYERUN.info.

 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 by October 1, 2017.

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.)
    • Mary Jane Agan’s father just suffered a stroke and is need of our prayers. Mary Jane is there in Texas with him helping take care of him and her mom.
    • Our up-come community event; A Pale Horse Rides
    • Lianne Degerness’ co-workers brother who is dealing with multiple health issues and may never walk again.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Joel & Jill Wilson for God’s guidance and strength.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Heather Boulais (UC Student), Melodie Burrows, Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Robert Gagne, Tammy Gagne, Robert Harrington, John Hiers, Judy (Donna Parker’s sister-in-Law), Dick & June Klein, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Sally Krulac (Rita Swensen’s Aunt), LuWana (Diane Harrington’s friend), Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Tim (Donna & Gary Parker’s nephew), Marilyn Sabata, 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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