Pastor Thure Martinsen

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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This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 9, 2017

Web Master - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

A Prayer of David, Psalm 51

Psalm 51 – the Voice

For the worship leader. A song of David after Nathan the prophet accused him of infidelity with Bathsheba.

One of the most difficult episodes in King David’s life was his affair with Bathsheba and all that resulted from it. Psalm 51 reflects the emotions he felt after Nathan confronted him with stealing Bathsheba and murdering her husband, Uriah (2 Samuel 11–12).

At one time or another, all people experience the painful consequences of sin. Psalm 51 has been a comfort and a help to millions who have prayed these words as their own. It invites all who are broken to come before God and lean upon His compassion. It teaches that we need not only to be forgiven for the wrong we have done, but we also need to be cleansed of its effects on us. Ultimately, it helps us recognize that if we are to be healed, it is the work of God to create in us a heart that is clean and a spirit that is strong.

Look on me with a heart of mercy, O God, according to Your generous love. According to Your great compassion, wipe out every consequence of my shameful crimes. Thoroughly wash me, inside and out, of all my crooked deeds. Cleanse me from my sins.

For I am fully aware of all I have done wrong, and my guilt is there, staring me in the face. It was against You, only You, that I sinned, for I have done what You say is wrong, right before Your eyes. So when You speak, You are in the right. When You judge, Your judgments are pure and true. For I was guilty from the day I was born, a sinner from the time my mother became pregnant with me.

But still, You long to enthrone truth throughout my being; in unseen places deep within me, You show me wisdom. Cleanse me of my wickedness with hyssop, and I will be clean. If You wash me, I will be whiter than snow. Help me hear joy and happiness as my accompaniment, so my bones, which You have broken, will dance in delight instead. Cover Your face so You will not see my sins, and erase my guilt from the record.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; restore within me a sense of being brand new. Do not throw me far away from Your presence, and do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me. Give back to me the deep delight of being saved by You; let Your willing Spirit sustain me.

If You do, I promise to teach rebels Your ways and help sinners find their way back to You. Free me from the guilt of murder, of shedding a man’s blood, O God who saves me. Now my tongue, which was used to destroy, will be used to sing with deep delight of how right and just You are.

O Lord, pry open my lips that this mouth will sing joyfully of Your greatness. I would surrender my dearest possessions or destroy all that I prize to prove my regret, but You don’t take pleasure in sacrifices or burnt offerings. What sacrifice I can offer You is my broken spirit because a broken spirit, O God, a heart that honestly regrets the past, You won’t detest.

Be good to Zion; grant her Your favor. Make Jerusalem’s walls steady and strong. Then there will be sacrifices made, burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings, with right motives that will delight You. And costly young bulls will be offered up to Your altar, only the best. (Psalm 51, the Voice – to read this in other translations, click here)

Helping Victims of Hurricane Harvey

This Sabbath (Sept. 9), churches across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will collect a special offering to support the relief efforts of Adventist Community Services (ACS) after millions in Texas and Louisiana were impacted by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey. Click here to download and view a flyer prepared by the NAD.

Hurricane-force winds and rain and resulting floods displaced thousands of people from their homes and damaged or destroyed countless buildings when the record-setting storm made landfall on Aug. 26. ACS, along with its partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is responding to the needs of those affected by this once-in-a-lifetime storm. ACS is 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 of southwestern Texas and Louisiana.

Below are several ways you can contribute to the effort.

    • Mark your tithe envelope ACS Hurricane Relief and turn it in this Sabbath at church (or any Sabbath).
    • Make an online donation 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 Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

500 Years After Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther. Half of American Protestants (52%) say that both good deeds and faith in God are needed to get into heaven. (Click here to read more)

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Authority Of Scripture: An Interview with Matthew Barrett and browse the Reformation Studies Section in the Bible Gateway Store.

Why Hospitality Isn’t What You Think It Is: In this article excerpt from Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After (Zondervan, 2017), Jody Jean Dreyer, 30-year veteran executive with the Walt Disney Company, says, "Hospitality and service are choices, not accidents. Every day, putting the welfare of others before your own and going the extra mile on their behalf is a “you-before-me” mind-set. And that choice can become what defines you...." (Click here to read more)

See more Bible-related articles in this week's Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:45 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 service will be presented by our Pathfinder & Adventurer Clubs as they hold their annual Induction Service. The message will be presented by Kalvin Tuel, our Pathfinder Leader and one of our Elders.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Prayerlessness click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Sept. 11) 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).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Sept. 12) 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).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through August, ending on September 2. We will be collecting coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils for Project Harmony and toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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)

Scientists Have Reversed Age-Related Blindness by Deliberately Infecting Eyes with a Virus: A small and preliminary clinical trial has found that injecting a common cold-like virus into the eyes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients – one of the leading causes of blindness in the US – can halt and even reverse the progression of the disease. The results will need to be replicated in a much larger group of patients, but the early signs suggest that a single injection of the specially engineered virus can kick the body's natural immune response into gear, and clear out the fluid that causes permanent vision loss. The approach, trialed by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland, targeted a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which is overactive in people with wet AMD - a rare and more severe form of the disease, which causes new blood vessels to grow beneath the retina and leak blood and fluid into the eye. This build-up of fluid causes permanent damage to light-sensitive retinal cells, prompting them to progressively die off, leaving blind spots in the center of a person's vision. Wet AMD affects around 10 percent of all AMD patients. Learn more about this study through Science Alert 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 Prayerlessness 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
    • 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. 2, 2017

Web Master - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Don’t Forget to Pray!

For any of you who were at church this past Sabbath and stood, committing to pray about everything this week, these verses are for you! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you can read last week’s sermon by clicking here.

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 Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. (Romans 8:26-27, NLT)

The Purpose of Prayer

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.

…one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray…" (Luke 11:1, NIV)

Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve or nourish that life. Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished. Our common ideas regarding prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

“Ask, and you will receive …” (John 16:24). We complain before God, and sometimes we are apologetic or indifferent to Him, but we actually ask Him for very few things. Yet a child exhibits a magnificent boldness to ask! Our Lord said, “… unless you … become as little children …” (Matthew 18:3). Ask and God will do. Give Jesus Christ the opportunity and the room to work. The problem is that no one will ever do this until he is at his wits’ end. When a person is at his wits’ end, it no longer seems to be a cowardly thing to pray; in fact, it is the only way he can get in touch with the truth and the reality of God Himself. Be yourself before God and present Him with your problems – the very things that have brought you to your wits’ end. But as long as you think you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.

To say that “prayer changes things” is not as close to the truth as saying, “Prayer changes me and then I change things.” God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes the way a person looks at things. Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature. (My Utmost for His Highest, August 28)

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.

Hurricane Harvey – Relief Efforts

From Francois Erasmus, KS – NE Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator

I received the following information on how we can help the relief effort for Hurricane Harvey from the North American Division (NAD) Adventist Community Services (ACS) office.  Also, Derrick Lea (NAD ACS Director) informed us that ACS is in talks with the State of Texas to find out how we can best be of service to them.

Now, this is still an ongoing disaster, the emphasis is on search and rescue efforts. ACS does not typically get involved at this stage of a disaster, but we leave that to the experts (Fire, police and other emergency services). We specialize in warehouse management (donations management). After the emergency services are done with their work, we work closely with other organizations such as United Way, the Red Cross, Salvation Army … as well as State and Federal Agencies such as FEMA.

If you wish to contribute through Adventist Community Services; click here for more information. Should anyone want to physically assist during this disaster they can contact the Red Cross who will provide training, transportation as well as a stipend (see below). There is a possibility that ACS will need volunteers soon to assist in the warehousing and distribution of donations ... we will share details as we get them.

Red Cross Contact Information: Dicie Nicklaus, Volunteer Coordinator (316-650-2767). Click here for their website. Here is their 800 number: 1-800-733-2767.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Problem of God: An Interview with Mark Clark

What conclusions about the Bible and God would you draw if you were raised in an atheistic home, struggled through your parents’ divorce, encountered health problems, and were by nature thoroughly skeptical?

Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Clark (@markaclark) about his disarmingly winsome book, The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptic’s Challenges to Christianity (Zondervan, 2017).

… I started to explore Christianity to see if there were logical and rational reasons to believe, not only in God, but in the Christian faith in particular. Through that journey, I discovered – to my surprise – that Christianity was the truest and most hopeful idea in the marketplace of ideas. That it was more rational to believe in God than not to …

… Of all the claims the Bible makes, there’s not one claim that’s ever been proven straight up wrong, which is saying a ton … (click here to read more.)

See more Bible-related articles in this week's Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Walking Your Way Through the Sanctuary with Your Bible

By Teresa Thompson, August 27, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

Psalm 77:13 says, “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary.” If you’d like some meaningful chapters to memorize, or just read and meditate upon, consider these passages that show us the way of salvation. Each piece of furniture in the earthly tabernacle was highly symbolic of deep spiritual lessons for us. Join me in exploring them, as part of your daily devotions. (To read more, click here.)

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:56 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 continue our sermon series on prayer titled The Breath of Life. Pastor T’s message is titled Prayerlessness - Sin?

Dawn of Hope Ministries will be in concert at the Omaha Memorial Church this Sabbath (Sept. 2) at 7:00 pm. Vocals by Stephanie Dawn accompanied by Danny Thornton. For more information about Dawn of Hope Ministries, click here.

Labor Day is this Monday (Sept. 4).  

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Sept. 4). 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.

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 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:

For more information about this, contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through August, ending on September 2. We will be collecting coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils for Project Harmony and toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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

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).

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.

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 Allergy: Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.  An allergic reaction can occur when that “something” (called an allergen) comes in contact with antibodies attached to the mast cells in your eyes; the cells respond by releasing histamine and other substances or chemicals that cause tiny blood vessels to leak and the eyes to become itchy, red and watery. Eye allergies share symptoms with some diseases of the eye, making accurate diagnosis imperative.  The symptoms of eye allergy can range from mildly annoying redness to inflammation severe enough to impair vision.  If symptoms persist or over-the-counter remedies do not bring relief, see an allergist, who will review your medical history and symptoms and conduct tests that can reveal an eye allergy. Click here to learn more via the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Bonus View: EYE RUN Early Bird Registration Ends Soon! Have you registered to walk or run in the 5th annual EYE RUN? Discounted pricing is available for individuals and teams who register by the September 3 early bird deadline. Run or walk in Lincoln at the main event or do your own EYE RUN as a virtual participant. For more information and to register, visit www.EYERUN.info. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide free services and programs to people who are legally blind through Christian Record Services, Inc. 

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 Really? That’s What Prayer Is? 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
    • 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: August 26, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Why is it So Hard to Pray?

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to pray sometimes?

There are times that desperation drives us to prayer. But, when everything is going well it is often hard to carve out some time to connect with God through prayer.

The reason is pretty simple – we have an enemy who knows the power of any person who is connected to God. Prayer is the way we connect with God. He puts his greatest effort into keeping us from praying.

He can do it through getting us absorbed in the routine of everyday life.

He does it through entertainment – gives us lots of stuff to occupy our minds and take our time.

He does through sin – whatever it is that temps you – and he knows how to push your buttons.

He can even do it through keeping us busy doing good things, even church things – making us feel like our efforts are what keeps things happening.

He doesn’t want us to pray, because it is only when we connect with God through prayer that we have the ability to recognize his distractions and the power to move away from them.

This is why Jesus has made some powerful promises about prayer (see John 14:12-14, 15:7, 15:16-17, 16:23-24, & Philippians 4:4-7).

This is why the Holy Spirit is always ready to help us (see Romans 8:26-27).

And this is why Paul says:

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)

Prayer is belonging to Christ Jesus, and we need to always stay connected to Him. Prayer and connection to God go hand in hand.

Never stop praying is simply another way of saying always stay connected.

This Sabbath we are beginning a sermon series on prayer and will share more on this.

Hope to see you there!

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Upgrade Your Life by Downsizing It: An Interview with Erin Loechner

How should you focus on the few things that truly matter? How can you upgrade your life by downsizing it? How can such steep climbs as a husband’s brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism be handled by God’s grace?

Bible Gateway interviewed Erin Loechner about her book, Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path (Zondervan, 2016).

Q: What message are you communicating in the title? A: Chasing Slow is a book about middles. There’s no arrival point, no tidy destination in which I claim to have figured out what it means to live a slower, wiser, more grace-filled life. It’s simply one woman’s journey on a quest to try a new way of being; a flinging of old patterns and a clinging to new lessons … (click here to read more.)

How Many Americans Think They’re Sinners?

America is full of sinners – and most of them want to mend their ways.

Two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they are sinners, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Most people aren’t too happy about it – only 5 percent say they’re fine with being sinners.

As America becomes more secular, the idea of sin still rings true, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.

“Almost nobody wants to be a sinner,” he said … (click here to read more.)

Read the entry about Sin in the Dictionary of Bible Themes on Bible Gateway by clicking here.

See more Bible-related articles in this week's Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Let’s Talk About That (a Conversation about Mental Health)

By Slade Lane, August 17, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

No one’s prepared to hear a close friend say this over the telephone: “I recently tried to kill myself.”

Anita, a close friend of mine, told me this a number of years ago. She stated so matter-of-factly, nonchalant, and to the point, because that was her reality. A close friend of mine had contemplated, and tried, ending her own life.

The wind was punched out of me. Worse, it’s not the only time or only friend. And for many of us, won’t be the last.

Mental health has slowly seeped into the national conversation … (Click here to read more.)

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:07 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

Church Work Bee, this Sunday at 1:00 pm. Meet in the Fellowship Hall to get your assignments. We will be trimming bushes and trees along with some painting.

Pathfinders & Adventurers begin Monday (Aug. 28) at 6:30 pm here at the Church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Dawn of Hope Ministries will be in concert at the Omaha Memorial Church one week from Sabbath (Sept. 2) at 7:00 pm. Vocals by Stephanie Dawn accompanied by Dann Thornton. For more information about Dawn of Hope Ministries, click here.

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.

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).

Wanted: Children in Adventurers!

Children between the ages of 3-9 are invited to join our Adventurer Club.  Our first meeting is Monday August 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  For a registration packet, contact Lori Knutson (e-mail, call or text 402-980-5018).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. We are looking for day time and evening volunteers willing to do in-home and facility visits. Volunteer education will take place on September 7th, 9th, and 11th at Hospice House. It is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Home Health Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

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:

For more information about this, contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through August, ending on September 2. We will be collecting coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils for Project Harmony and toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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

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).

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.

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)

Bietti's Crystalline Dystrophy: Also known as Bietti’s crystalline corneoretinal dystrophy, Bietti’s crystalline dystrophy is an inherited condition that affects the eyes. Bietti’s crystalline dystrophy is named after an Italian ophthalmologist, the first to describe the condition in 1936. Bietti’s crystalline dystrophy is a rare condition and tends to affect people with Asian heritage more commonly than other ethnicities. It tends to cause symptoms to develop when people reach their twenties or thirties. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Bietti's crystalline dystrophy via Medic8 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 The Hate Stops Here, 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)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: August 19, 2017

Web Master - Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Hate Stops Here!

Again, this past weekend, we have seen hate raise its ugly head. Angry words … violent acts … injury, death, and broken hearts.

And again, this week, we have seen the impotency of our political system, of our elected officials, and of many of our country’s Christian leaders as their words and actions did nothing but inflame the hate and misunderstanding.

As I look around this country, listen to the news, peruse Facebook, and listen to conversations around me; hate is pervasive to the point of being frightening.

I see and experience the same thing in much of the Christian community. Hateful rhetoric, reflecting judgmental hearts, towards those who hold differing beliefs.

·         What is this teaching our children?

·         How is this affecting our families?

·         What is this doing to our communities?

·         How is this in any way making America better and our world safer?

·         How is this advancing God’s kingdom?

·         What is the solution? Where will it end?

We know hate is the work and trademark of the enemy. And while we know it will blossom and grow as life as we know it on this planet wraps up in preparation for Jesus’ coming; we must not be party to it. The hate must stop here!

You and I do not have much influence on the international scene. We don’t have much influence on the direction of our nation. We don’t even have that much influence here in the Omaha area.

But we do have influence in our families, in our church, and in our neighborhoods. And, as followers of Jesus, we have the only remedy for hate. We, of all people, should stand out in stark contrast to the hate surrounding us.

We have the love of God available to change us from the inside out, so we can become a beacon of hope and love in the circle of influence we have. Jesus said:

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)

Jesus commanded us to:

“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35, NLT)

This command is also a promise that He will make it so in our lives. And, the love of God flowing through us to others is the only effective cure for hate.

Hate stops here when we see God’s love demonstrated in Jesus, who willingly laid down His life to redeem us from sin!

Hate stops here when we come to Jesus with our sin-polluted lives and experience His forgiveness and cleansing!

Hate stops here when we step into God’s love and allow it to control our thoughts and actions!

The most effective thing we can do to counter the hate in our culture is to allow Jesus to live out this principle in our lives:

“Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about.” (Matthew 7:12, CEV)

We know that God’s love will win in the end. It is the only power stronger than hate. Let’s live our lives connected with God so we can truly say: “The hate stops 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).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Bible Scholar Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible: Has archaeology confirmed the existence of any of the people mentioned in the Bible? In his article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk identifies 50 figures from the Old Testament that he says have been confirmed archaeologically … click here to read more.

See more Bible-related articles in this week's Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Help me Pray!

“Pray in the Spirit, on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests ...” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV)

Weave prayer into the daily rhythm of your life. Whether you find prayer hard, boring or if you’re simply looking for new ideas – this information from 24-7 Prayer International may help you pray, every day. Click here to view it.

Worry — Parts 7 & 8:

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

Part 7: God Hears and is There! Many times, I believe my fear is because ultimately, I am not convinced God is hearing me …

Not only does he hear our cries but He promises to be present always … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series so far.)

Part 8: My Value: Being rejected in marriage, growing up with a sibling who always had everyone’s attention, not being the most coordinated kid on the basketball team … These things really led to me feeling like I had no value.  

In the past, I have had times when I ultimately did not trust simply because I did not feel I was valuable or that God would care … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series so far.)

Calendar Events

Communion Service Rehearsal and Set-up will take place this Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend if you are assisting in any way with the communion part of the service.

Sunset this Friday – 8:18 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

The Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale is happening this Sunday (Aug. 20) beginning at 8:00 am on the lawn to the west of the Education Annex. Please contact Megan to volunteer to help or for more information (e-mail or 402-881-9569).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Aug. 22) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Brett Knutson (e-mail or 402-739-4829).

Pathfinders & Adventurers begins again August 28 at 6:30 pm here at the Church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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.

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, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Wanted: Children in Adventurers!

Children between the ages of 3-9 are invited to join our Adventurer Club.  Our first meeting is Monday August 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  For a registration packet, contact Lori Knutson (e-mail, call or text 402-980-5018).

Lippincott Family Updates:

Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here.

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:

For more information about this, contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. We are looking for day time and evening volunteers willing to do in-home and facility visits. Volunteer education will take place on September 7th, 9th, and 11th at Hospice House. It is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Home Health Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through August, ending on September 2. We will be collecting coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils for Project Harmony and toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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

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).

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.

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)

Parents: Get Kids Outside to Improve Their Eye Health: New research is revealing the benefits of time spent outdoors for children, and it turns out putting down the electronics and heading outside is good for more than fighting obesity. Doctors are now saying it's good for your child's eye health. Dr. Faruk Orge is the Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. He says a new study revealed some surprising results. Learn more via Cleveland 19 News by clicking here.

Bonus View: EYE RUN Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon – Register Now! Exercise is an important part of maintaining eye health. Run or walk on your own or with friends in the 5th annual EYE RUN which will be Sunday, October 8 at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Those who do not live in Lincoln may choose to walk or run as a virtual participant. Hurry! Early bird discount pricing and shirt guarantee are available through Sunday, September 3. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide services and programs to people who are legally blind.  Learn more about this year's event and register to walk or run at www.eyerun.info.

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)
    • 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: Aug. 12, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A Pale Horse Rides

A Pale Horse Rides is coming to the Golden Hills Church, 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.

The event is produced by the Voice of Prophecy and features Shawn Boonstra as the main presenter. It traces the story of Biblical Christianity through the dark ages as well as what happens when the church becomes a political force and largely controls the government. Both themes are relevant for our culture and our world.

There will be a lot of information coming out about this over the next few weeks, but there are some things we need for each of you to begin doing now that will make this a successful event.

First; I ask that you start praying for it. Pray for our planning, the advertising – that it reaches the right people, the presentations, and anything else about it you can think of.

Second; please think about people you may know that would enjoy and benefit from this event and start praying for them. Then, look for ways you can invite them to join you for these meetings.

And third; prayerfully consider how you can be involved. We are looking for Team Leaders and team members who will spearhead different parts of this effort. Below is a listing of the teams needed. If one of these looks interesting to you, please let me know. The sooner we can get these teams active, the better.

    • Advertising Team: This team would oversee getting the word out through coordinating a mailing campaign, targeted Facebook posts, coordination with other churches in the Omaha area, etc.
    • Registration/Welcome Team: This team will be in charge coordinating the registration process, collecting important information from each person attending, and being sure everyone who comes is welcomed and receives the handouts available.
    • Children’s Team: This team will plan and assemble so children’s quiet bags and materials to help them stay quietly occupied during the meetings.
    • Refreshments/Potluck Team: Hope Harrison is leading this team that will provide refreshments for the Friday evening and Sabbath afternoon sessions and plan the potluck for that Sabbath.
    • Follow Up Team: This team will plan the follow-up to our event so we can stay in contact with and provide spiritual opportunities for those who attend.

At the very least, please plan to attend these meetings with your family. You will be spiritually challenged as together we explore God’s Church through the Dark Ages. I look forward to working with you on this outreach event!

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

DNA Discoveries Confirm the Bible: Human remains dating to 3,700 year ago from ancient Canaanites yields DNA revealing a startling overlap with modern-day Lebanese. Read More by clicking here.

See more Bible-related articles in this week's Bible News Roundup by clicking here.

Did You Know That the Founder of Christianity Was Jewish? Maybe you’ve watched a movie or two with an Anglo-Saxon in the role of Jesus – complete with a perfectly posh British accent. Sorry to break it to you, but this isn’t the Jesus of the Bible … Click here to read more and to watch the video.

Help me Pray!

“Pray in the Spirit, on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests ...” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV)

Weave prayer into the daily rhythm of your life. Whether you find prayer hard, boring or if you’re simply looking for new ideas – this information from 24-7 Prayer International may help you pray, every day. Click here to view it.

Worry — Parts 5 & 6: When Bad Things Happen & Like an Infection

By Connie Nelson, August 1, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

When bad things happen, it is very easy for me to slip into panic mode.  I used to immediately lose sight of God and any trust in him and just see the seemingly insurmountable problem before me …

Yet the Bible tells us bad times will come and we should continue trusting God in them … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series so far.)

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:28 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

Finance Executive Committee meets Tuesday (August 15) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex.

The Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale is happening August 20 beginning at 8:00 am on the lawn to the west of the Education Annex. Please contact Megan to volunteer to help or for more information (e-mail or 402-881-9569). In the meantime, your help is needed by …

    • Donating quality items for them sell.
    • Sorting and pricing things that have come in.
    • Advertising for it.

Pathfinders & Adventurers begins again August 28 at 6:30 pm here at the Church. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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.

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

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:

For more information about this, contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. We are looking for day time and evening volunteers willing to do in-home and facility visits. Volunteer education will take place on September 7th, 9th, and 11th at Hospice House. It is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Home Health Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through August, ending on September 2. We will be collecting coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils for Project Harmony and toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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

Member Update: Miyong & Nyajuok Kuon are looking to rent a 3-4 bedroom home somewhere in the Bellevue/Papillion area. If you know of one available, please contact them at 402-715-0034.

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).

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.

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)

A Treatment for Blindness? NHS to Install Bionic Eyes in 10 Patients: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a rare genetic disorder that sabotages the retina’s ability to respond to light by disabling rod photoreceptors. The National Eye Institute estimates that one in 4,000 people around the world suffers from the disorder. In the UK however, people who have lost their sight to RP may soon have hope as the National Health Service (NHS) funds the implantation of a device among ten patients to help treat this form of blindness. The Argus II Bionic Eye implant works in tandem with a small camera mounted on a pair of glasses that is worn by the patient. Images from the camera are converted into wireless signals via electrodes attached to the retina. These electrodes stimulate the remaining retinal cells, which then transmit information to the brain, effectively restoring some sight to the patient. Learn more about this treatment option via Futurism by clicking here.

Bonus View: EYE RUN Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon – Register Now! Exercise is an important part of maintaining eye health. Run or walk on your own or with friends in the 5th annual EYE RUN which will be Sunday, October 8 at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Those who do not live in Lincoln may choose to walk or run as a virtual participant. Hurry! Early bird discount pricing and shirt guarantee are available through Sunday, September 3. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide services and programs to people who are legally blind.  Learn more about this year's event and register to walk or run at www.eyerun.info.

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)
    • 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: August 5, 2017

Web Master - Thursday, August 03, 2017

Pray?

The first part of this week, Pat and I attended the Mid-America Union Pastors Retreat which was held right here in Omaha. It was wonderful to connect with many people I have worked with before and the meetings were inspirational – some of the best I have attended at a Minister’s Retreat.

The biggest takeaway for me, was my need to pray more … and our need, as a church, to pray more.

Victory over sin in our lives is much more dependent on God’s Spirit than on our effort, our determination, or our familiarity with Scripture. And, God’s Spirit only steps into our lives with power when we ask Him to in prayer.

The effectiveness of our services and our outreach is dependent much more on God’s Spirit at work than on our competence, our planning, or our perseverance. And, God’s Spirit seems to only come in power when we’re praying.

The amount of time and energy we invest in connecting with God through prayer – more than any other factor – will determine the effectiveness of anything we do as individuals and as a church.

This is why prayer is such a big deal in the Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote:

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)

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

And Jesus said:

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

“You fathers – if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:9-13, NLT)

“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! (John 15:7, NLT)

There are lots more texts we could reference, but, consider this one thing more.

Jesus received His power and wisdom from the times he arose early in the morning to spend time with His Father in prayer. Before major events – such as the selecting of the 12 disciples, He prayed all night long. (See Mark 1:35-39, Mark 6:45-46, Luke 6:12-13, Luke 9:28-29, John 5:19-20, John 15:10-14)

If this is what Jesus – who was perfect – needed in order to live successfully, why do we think we – who are sinful – can do it with little or no prayer in our lives?

I am praying that God will keep drawing me to more meaningful communication with Himself through prayer. I pray the same for you. And as together we seek Him to know Him better and to follow where He leads, we will find victory in our personal lives and our church will be able to carry out its commission (see Matthew 28:18-20).

God said:

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, NLT)

Women’s Ministries/Community Outreach

This Sabbath, we are collecting soy infant formula for Project Harmony and body wash/pump hand soap/bars of soap for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. If you haven’t already contributed, please consider purchasing some items this week to bring to church Sabbath. Thank you for your support in helping our community.

Also, this Sabbath after Church/Potluck we are making calming bottles for kiddos at Project Harmony ... please, if you can, stay and help us – be someone who helps a child out!

Our next collection will run through August, ending on September 2. We will be collecting coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils for Project Harmony and toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

A Pale Horse Rides

Team Leaders Needed! A Pale Horse Rides is coming to the Golden Hills Church October 27-28, 2017! To be effective, we need help. We are looking for Team Leaders who will spearhead different parts of this effort. Each team leader will be in charge of one specific area and will assemble a team to help them with this project. The Team Leaders still needed are:

    • Advertising Team: This team would be in charge of getting the word out through coordinating a mailing campaign, targeted Facebook posts, coordination with other churches in the Omaha area, etc.
    • Children’s Team: This team will plan and assemble so children’s quiet bags and materials to help them stay quietly occupied during the meetings.
    • Follow Up Team: This team will plan the follow-up to our event so we can stay in contact with and provide spiritual opportunities for those who attend.
    • Prayer Team: This team will pray for the preparations, the advertising, the people by name as they sign up, and for the meetings themselves.
    • Registration/Welcome Team: This team would be in charge coordinating the registration process, collecting important information from each person attending, being sure everyone who comes is welcomed and receive the handouts available.

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

Worry — Part 4: No Fear in Battle

By Connie Nelson, July 27, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

Fear during a war would seem logical and reasonable.  However, once again over and over, God tells us we are not to fear. “And he said, ‘Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’”  2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV (See also Joshua 10:3, Deuteronomy 20:1, Deuteronomy 3:2, Numbers 21:34, and many more)

Only a few of us in the general population of the United States are ever going to see military combat. However, while we may not be fighting in hand to hand combat with physical visible enemies, we are in a war – a spiritual war … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series so far.)

Summarizing Scripture’s Narrative

The Story of the Bible in 5 Minutes: This 5-minute video displays how the Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus and his salvation for the modern world. Click here to watch it.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:37 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

Church Board meets Tuesday (August 8) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Pathfinders & Adventurers are off for the summer. Their first meeting of the new season will take place on August 28, 2017. 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 is off for the summer. We will resume at the end of summer and will let you know the exact date as we get closer. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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. To download an information brochure and registration sheet, click here.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – for more information click here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. We are looking for day time and evening volunteers willing to do in-home and facility visits. Volunteer education will take place on September 7th, 9th, and 11th at Hospice House. It is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Home Health Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale: There will be a Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale coming up in August. More details will be coming soon. Please contact Megan to volunteer to help or for more information (e-mail or 402-881-9569). In the meantime, your help is needed by …

    • Donating quality items for them sell.
    • Sorting and pricing things that have come in.
    • Advertising for it.

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through August, ending on September 2. We will be collecting coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils for Project Harmony and toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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

Member Update: Miyong & Nyajuok Kuon are looking to rent a 3-4 bedroom home somewhere in the Bellevue/Papillion area. If you know of one available, please contact them at 402-715-0034.

Church Prayer Team Facebook Page: If you have not checked out our Church’s Prayer Team’s Facebook Page, you should! Elizabeth, our Prayer Coordinator, is doing a wonderful job of posting prayer needs and encouragement. If you would like to a part of this, contact Elizabeth to get added to the group (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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).

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.

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)

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month: Vision plays an important role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development. More than one in five preschool-age children enrolled in Head Start have a vision disorder. Uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss; early detection and treatment are critical. Visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children, and vision disorders of childhood may continue to affect health and well-being throughout the adult years.

The economic costs of children’s vision disorders are significant, amounting to $10 billion yearly in the United States. This estimate takes into account the costs of medical care, vision aids and devices, caregivers, special education, vision screening programs, federal assistance programs, and quality of life losses. Families shoulder 45 percent of these costs – not including the value associated with diminished quality of life.

Click here to check out this report from Prevent Blindness that brings together information about the scope of the problem, national and state-level policy changes, and efforts to build comprehensive systems to promote vision and eye health.

Bonus View: EYE RUN Early Bird Registration Open Now! The 5th annual EYE RUN will be Sunday, October 8 at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, and many other locations through the participation of virtual runners/walkers. Learn more about this year's event and register to walk or run at www.eyerun.info.

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Prophet, 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.)
    • Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber & Gary Wilson (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • 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: July 29, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

His Nature and Our Motives

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.

“…  unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20, NIV)book

TwitterEmailPrintThe characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, “If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind.” Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption.

No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations – He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature – He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well. (My Utmost for His Highest, July 24)

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.

A Pale Horse Rides

Team Leaders Needed! A Pale Horse Rides is coming to the Golden Hills Church October 27-28, 2017! To be effective, we need help. We are looking for Team Leaders who will spearhead different parts of this effort. Each team leader will be in charge of one specific area and will assemble a team to help them with this project. The Team Leaders still needed are:

    • Advertising Team: This team would be in charge of getting the word out through coordinating a mailing campaign, targeted Facebook posts, coordination with other churches in the Omaha area, etc.
    • Children’s Team: This team will plan and assemble so children’s quiet bags and materials to help them stay quietly occupied during the meetings.
    • Prayer Team: This team will pray for the preparations, the advertising, the people by name as they sign up, and for the meetings themselves.
    • Registration/Welcome Team: This team would be in charge coordinating the registration process, collecting important information from each person attending, being sure everyone who comes is welcomed and receive the handouts available.

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

Member Update – Miyong & Nyajuok Kuon

The Kuon’s are looking to rent a 3-4 bedroom home somewhere in the Bellevue/Papillion area. If you know of one available, please contact them at 402-715-0034.

The Persecuted Church – Mexico  

from 24-7 Prayer

Every month, in partnership with Open Doors, we pray for Christians living in places where following Jesus is a challenge. Join us as we pray for communities in Mexico facing threats from gangs. Find out more by clicking here.

Worry — Part 3: What Will They Think of Me?

By Connie Nelson, July 11, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

Have you ever asked yourself, “What will they think of me?” or “Will that make them do …?” or “I’m afraid he/she will …”  Have you ever made a decision based on fear you had of people?

When I was working in a very abusive environment I was afraid of everyone working there.  None of them could be trusted.  Any word I said or move I made could bring disaster at any moment.  Threats of job loss were constant. Yet was I to be afraid?  NO!

Over and over throughout the Bible we are told not to fear people – not even our enemies: … (Click here to read more; click here to download a PDF of the entire series so far.)

2017 Women’s Retreat

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. To download an information brochure and registration sheet, click here.

Calendar Events

Pathfinder’s Trip & Camporee: Our Pathfinders are at Custer, South Dakota for the MAUC Camporee. Their final program on Sabbath will be at Mount Rushmore. They will be traveling home this Sunday (July 30). Let’s continue praying for a safe trip and a wonderful experience for them! Contact Kalvin for more information (402-201-6370)

Sunset this Friday – 8:44 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

Sacred Concert this Sabbath Evening at 7:30 pm: The Chitans, a family music ministry from Toronto, Canada, will perform a sacred concert on Sabbath (July 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church. The Chitans sing at religious, cultural, and civic gatherings throughout Canada, the U.S.A., and the Caribbean. They have ministered at the White House, at the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill, and were awarded a Congressional Award for their volunteer work done on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. They were featured at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, and have performed with the Gaither Vocal Band, Wintley Phipps, and many others. A freewill offering will be taken and CD's will be available for sale following the concert. Click here to view their website.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are off for the summer. Their first meeting of the new season will take place on August 28, 2017. 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 is off for the summer. We will resume at the end of summer and will let you know the exact date as we get closer. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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. To download an information brochure and registration sheet, click here.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – for more information click here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. We are looking for day time and evening volunteers willing to do in-home and facility visits. Volunteer education will take place on September 7th, 9th, and 11th at Hospice House. It is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Home Health Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale: There will be a Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale coming up in August. More details will be coming soon. Please contact Megan to volunteer to help or for more information (e-mail or 402-881-9569). In the meantime, your help is needed by …

    • Donating quality items for them sell.
    • Sorting and pricing things that have come in.
    • Advertising for it.

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through July ending on Aug 5th. We will be collecting soy infant formula for Project Harmony and body wash/pump hand soap/bars of soap for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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

Church Prayer Team Facebook Page: If you have not checked out our Church’s Prayer Team’s Facebook Page, you should! Elizabeth, our Prayer Coordinator, is doing a wonderful job of posting prayer needs and encouragement. If you would like to a part of this, contact Elizabeth to get added to the group (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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).

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.

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)

Air Travel After Vision Loss: There are several laws you need to know when traveling by plane as an individual who is blind or visually impaired. As passengers pass through an airport, they are uniquely governed. The building of an airport is under the Americans with Disabilities Act laws. Security is under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or Homeland Security regulations. Once a passenger arrives on the airplane, travel is then governed by the Air Carrier Access Act, which is under the Department of Transportation.

Overview of the Air Carrier Access Act: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “the Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel. The Department of Transportation has a rule defining the rights of passengers and the obligations of airlines under this law. This rule applies to all flights of U.S. airlines, and to flights to or from the United States by foreign airlines,” (U.S. Department of Transportation). Learn more, including major provisions for individuals with vision loss, going through airport security, handling conflict at airport security, and more via Vision Aware by clicking here.

Bonus View: EYE RUN Early Bird Registration Open Now! The 5th annual EYE RUN will be Sunday, October 8 at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, and many other locations through the participation of virtual runners/walkers. Learn more about this year's event and register to walk or run at www.eyerun.info.

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled An Intercessor, 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.)
    • Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber & Gary Wilson (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • 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: July 22, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Mystery of Believing

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, "Who are You, Lord?" (Acts 9:5, NIV)

Through the miracle of redemption, Saul of Tarsus was instantly changed from a strong-willed and forceful Pharisee into a humble and devoted bondservant of the Lord Jesus.

There is nothing miraculous or mysterious about the things we can explain. We control what we are able to explain, consequently it is only natural to seek an explanation for everything. It is not natural to obey, yet it is not necessarily sinful to disobey. There can be no real disobedience, nor any moral virtue in obedience, unless a person recognizes the higher authority of the one giving the orders. If this recognition does not exist, even the one giving the orders may view the other person’s disobedience as freedom. If one rules another by saying, “You must do this,” and, “You will do that,” he breaks the human spirit, making it unfit for God. A person is simply a slave for obeying, unless behind his obedience is the recognition of a holy God.

Many people begin coming to God once they stop being religious, because there is only one master of the human heart – Jesus Christ, not religion. But “Woe is me” if after seeing Him I still will not obey (Isaiah 6:5, also see Isaiah 6:1). Jesus will never insist that I obey, but if I don’t, I have already begun to sign the death certificate of the Son of God in my soul. When I stand face to face with Jesus Christ and say, “I will not obey,” He will never insist. But when I do this, I am backing away from the recreating power of His redemption. It makes no difference to God’s grace what an abomination I am, if I will only come to the light. But “Woe is me” if I refuse the light (see John 3:19-21). (My Utmost for His Highest, July 18)

Bonus Thought: Wherever the providence of God may dump us down, in a slum, in a shop, in the desert, we have to labour along the line of His direction. Never allow this thought – “I am of no use where I am,” because you certainly can be of no use where you are not! Wherever He has engineered your circumstances, pray. (So Send I You, 1325 L)

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.

Famine in Nigeria Threatens Lives

Fight the Famine with Food Survival Kits ... and save the lives of 3,000 Nigerian families by July 21! Make your support go further before time runs out! Click here for more information.

Church Prayer Team Facebook Page

If you have not checked out our Church’s Prayer Team’s Facebook Page, you should! Elizabeth, our Prayer Coordinator, is doing a wonderful job of posting prayer needs and encouragement. If you would like to a part of this, contact Elizabeth to get added to the group (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale

There will be a Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale coming up in August. In the meantime, your help is needed by …

    • Donating quality items for them sell.
    • Sorting and pricing things that have come in.
    • Advertising for it.

More details will be coming soon. Please contact Megan for more information (e-mail or 402-881-9569).

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. We are looking for day time and evening volunteers willing to do in-home and facility visits. Volunteer education will take place on September 7th, 9th, and 11th at Hospice House. It is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Home Health Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Worry — Part 2: Faith vs. Fear

By Connie Nelson, July 11, 2017 (from Outlook Magazine Blogs)

God would never ask us to avoid something that was good for us.  So why would He tell us not to fear?  While there are likely many reasons, here we will discuss four specifically stated in the Bible.

First, it appears in Job that perhaps when we have certain fears we may open a door for that specific thing to actually happen. “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.” Job 3:25 NKJV

Second, it stops our usefulness … (Click here to read more.)

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:50 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

Pathfinder’s Trip & Camporee: Pathfinders will be leaving on their trip this Sunday (July 23) and returning one week later. (Sunday, July 30). They will enjoy some outdoor activities on their way to the Camporee and then will be at Custer, South Dakota (around Mt. Rushmore) for the Camporee from Wednesday through Sabbath. Let’s pray for a safe trip and a wonderful experience for them! Contact Kalvin for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370)

Pathfinders & Adventurers are off for the summer. Their first meeting of the new season will take place on August 28, 2017. 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 is off for the summer. We will resume at the end of summer and will let you know the exact date as we get closer. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Sacred Concert, July 29, 7:30 pm: The Chitans, a family music ministry from Toronto, Canada, will perform a sacred concert on Sabbath, July 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church. The Chitans sing at religious, cultural, and civic gatherings throughout Canada, the U.S.A., and the Caribbean. They have ministered at the White House, at the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill, and were awarded a Congressional Award for their volunteer work done on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. They were featured at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, and have performed with the Gaither Vocal Band, Wintley Phipps, and many others. A freewill offering will be taken and CD's will be available for sale following the concert, and after Sabbath hours. Click here to view their website.

A Pale Horse Rides, October 27-28, 2017 – for more information click here.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Women’s Ministries has partnered our Community Presence Team led by Judy. Our next collection will run through July ending on Aug 5th. We will be collecting soy infant formula for Project Harmony and body wash/pump hand soap/bars of soap for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Please place items under table in the foyer. Thank you for your support in helping our community. For more information, please contact Elizabeth (e-mail or 402-913-8078).

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

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

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.

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 Yoga: Take Steps to Improve Your Eyesight: With screen time on the rise daily as people juggle their smartphones, tablets, reading devices, computers, televisions and more, vision-related headaches, computer eye strain, and eye fatigue are commonplace. Often, properly resting the eyes and doing a bit of eye yoga are just what is needed to improve eye strain. Rosemary Gaddum Gordon of Eliot, Maine, teaches a series of eye exercises that can improve vision and reduce reliance on eye glasses. Gordon, who teaches a holistic approach to vision care called Natural Vision Improvement, offers group workshops and individual support for those experiencing challenges. Natural Vision Improvement techniques are applicable to more than a dozen conditions from farsightedness to various eye diseases. Commonly suggested with the myriad of exercises, which she calls “eye yoga,” is relaxation and tips for breaking old habits and creating new, healthy habits. Click here to learn more relaxation techniques for your eyes via Fosters.com.

Bonus View: EYE RUN Early Bird Registration Open Now! The 5th annual EYE RUN will be Sunday, October 8 at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, and many other locations through the participation of virtual runners/walkers. Learn more about this year's event and register to walk or run at www.eyerun.info.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • 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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