Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 30, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

It All Begins!

Here is our final installment of the Christmas story. Let these Scriptures be reminders that Jesus needs to be central in our lives during this time too! To read it in a different translation, just click on the text at the end of each selection.

The Wise Men/Escape to Egypt

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” (Matthew 2:1-16, NLT)

God With Us! | from 24-7 Prayer

Take a moment to stop. To be still. To remember the significance of Jesus:

"But the angel said to them: 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people!'” (Luke 2:10, NIV)

As you pray today, give thanks for:

...the truth of these words

...the impact of the birth of Jesus,

...the reality that God is with us, now.

More prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view a series of short (1-2 minute) video blogs on the real meaning of Christmas, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Plan Now to Read the Bible in 2018: Do you want 2018 to be the year you really get to know the Bible? Get a jump on your New Year resolutions right now by checking out these Bible reading plans from Gateway!  (Click here to see them.)

A Tour Through the Bible: Approaching the Bible for the first time can be intimidating. At 66 books, nearly 800,000 words, and numerous kings, prophets, and deliverers, as well as priests and apostles, where should you begin? In what order should you read it? Is there an alternative to reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? Bible Gateway interviewed John Goldingay about his book, A Reader's Guide to the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

Archaeological Discovery: Biblical City Corinth, Visited by Apostle Paul, Found Underwater: Underwater excavations at Lechaion, the ancient harbor of Corinth, provide insight into engineering by the Roman Empire. Read about Corinth in Smith's Bible Names Dictionary on Bible Gateway by clicking here.

Browse the Biblical Archaeology section in the Bible Gateway Store by clicking here.

Who Was Herod? One of the central figures in the Christmas story is Herod the Great, who was king of the Jews when Jesus was born. Herod and his sons ruled Judea during Jesus’ life and ministry. But who was this man? And why was he so hostile to the news of the birth of Jesus?  (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:03 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 conclude our series The Breath of Life. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Hanging Out and will look at what God wants from us more than anything else.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Baby Wins! click here.

New Year’s Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018

No Pathfinders or Adventurers Monday (Jan. 1). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 2). We will resume our Study of Daniel on January 9. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on the progression of grieving (“How long does this take?”). The will also look at how to regain your motivation during the winter months and buck the blues. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich Hopkins. The sessions are listed below.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue/Sarpy Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins January 9 and ends February 13, 2018.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street,, Omaha), begins January 10 and ends February 14, 2018.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins January 11 and ends February 15, 2018.

Faith for Today

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

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

The award winning “Lifestyle Magazine” can be seen on the NRB network on DirecTV on Tuesdays at 4:30pm EDT on channel 378 and Sky Angel 1 on Saturday and Sundays at 3pm and on Thursdays at 2:30pm. You can also see it on DISH, the Hope Channel and many other stations.

For more information go to Lifestyle.org or call our office at 805-955-7681.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here.

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

 Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished by October 1, 2017.

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Baby Wins! 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.)
    • Sheila’s brother, Paul, who is fighting cancer.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

Adobe Reader

To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 23, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It All Begins!

Here is the next installment of the Christmas story. Let these Scriptures be reminders that Jesus needs to be central in our lives during this time too! To read it in a different translation, just click on the text at the end of each selection.

Jesus Birth

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (Luke 2:1-7, NLT)

The Shepherds & Angels

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them. (Luke 2:8-20, NLT)

Jesus is for All of Us | from 24-7 Prayer

Often, we forget to think about the big picture of what's happening because of the circumstances around us. As you stop to pray right now, ask God to place a nation in your mind and heart. This might be somewhere you've been before; somewhere that's on the news, or somewhere completely different. Now, lift up those living in that nation. Pray:

    • For the people to be blessed by God.
    • For the Church to shine brightly.
    • For God's Presence to be present in that place.

More prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view a series of short (1-2 minute) video blogs on the real meaning of Christmas, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Year I Dreaded Christmas: In this Blog post, Walter Wangerin Jr. reflects on his childhood memory of Christmas Eve 1955, as an example of how God’s love breaks into our lonely moments in unexplainable ways. (Click here to read.)

Happy Hanukkah – Know Why It’s Important: The purpose and traditions of Hanukkah are so intriguing, that Christians should appreciate this festival more than a passing acknowledgment of the season. (Click here to read.)

How to (and Why You Should) Live in God’s Presence: Why don't we intentionally experience God's presence more than we do? After all, he's everywhere and always with us. How do life's distractions drown out God's voice? How should we cultivate a life living in God's presence? Bible Gateway interviewed Ken Boa about his book, Life in the Presence of God: Practices for Living in Light of Eternity. (Click here to read more.)

As in the First Creation, God will Re-Create You: Do you desire to change or completely start over? How does the Genesis account of creation reveal a divine sequence applicable for us today? What lessons does the Genesis story teach about abiding in Christ and staying in step with the Holy Spirit? Bible Gateway interviewed Nika Maples about her book, Everyday Genesis: Inviting God to Re-Create You. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:58 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, Pastor T will help us look at Christmas from a different perspective in a sermon titled The Baby Wins!

Christmas Eve this Sunday, Dec. 24

Christmas this Monday, Dec. 25

No Pathfinders or Adventurers Monday (Dec. 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).

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

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Dec. 26). We will resume our Study of Daniel on January 9. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

New Year’s Eve one week from Sunday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Day, one week from Monday, January 1, 2018

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, our guest speaker at church July 8, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here.

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

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

Newly Developed Glue Can Seal Eye Injuries in Battlefields in Just Five Minutes: When a soldier sustains a traumatic eye injury on the battlefield, any delay in treatment may lead to permanent vision loss. With medical facilities potentially far away and no existing tools to prevent deterioration, medics are in a high-stakes race against the clock. A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at the University of Southern California are close to solving the problem. They have developed a reversible, temperature-sensitive temporary seal that changes from a fluid to a super-strong semi-solid when applied to the eye. When the patient is ready for surgery to permanently close the injury, doctors can remove the seal by adding cool water. Click here to learn more about this temporary treatment option via Daily Accord.

Bonus View – Monthly Giving: Think about the purchases you make on an automatic basis each month. Why not add philanthropy to that list? Become a monthly donor today and empower people who are blind with confidence-building camps and reading services that encourage hope and resiliency. When you commit to a monthly gift of $5 or more by December 31, 2017, you will receive a special 2018 calendar by artist and Christian Record client Marye McKenney. Click here to donate.

 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.)
    • Sheila’s brother, Paul, who is fighting cancer.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

Adobe Reader

To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 16, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It All Begins!

Over these next couple of weeks until Christmas, I will be sharing parts of the Christmas story. Let these Scriptures be reminders that Jesus needs to be central in our lives during this time too! To read it in a different translation, just click on the text at the end of each selection.

The Cousin

When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son. And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her.

When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!”

“What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him. He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.” Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.

Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills. Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.

Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy:

“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago …

“And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins …” (Luke 1:57-79, NLT)

The Husband

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25, NLT)

Christmas Hope Tree

Gifts must be turned in this weekend! This year we have partnered with the New City Church to provide Christmas to local families through a Hope Tree. Each ornament on the tree represents a gift. Please feel free to take an ornament and purchase the gift(s) listed. Please return each gift ornament with a gift receipt and the unwrapped gift no later than Sunday, December 17. We also have boxes with a list of food items to provide a full Christmas meal. If you would like more information, contact Erin (e-mail or 402-513-1800).

Infinite Empathy | by Ty Gibson | December 4, 2017

Emotions are a mysterious phenomenon. Think about it. A person’s smile has the power to make you feel something pleasant inside. A person’s tears can throw you into tears with them even before you know why they’re crying. The mere fact that another human being is happy or sad somehow impacts your own state of being. Emotions are invisible links of identification with the experiences of others.

How strange.

Or maybe not … (Click here to read more – from the Light Bearers)

Great Joy from the Lord | from 24-7 Prayer

Today, take a moment to focus on joy – Pause and reflect on the significance of joy in this season.

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy...” (Psalm 16:11, ESV)

Now, stop and bring to mind someone who you can bring great joy to this week. This could mean simply praying for them; writing them an encouraging message; or even giving an early Christmas gift.

More prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view a series of short (1-2 minute) video blogs on the real meaning of Christmas, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

‘That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown’ December 9, 1965 is when the TV animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on the CBS network. It has continued to be loved by successive generations for half a century. See the video clip by clicking here.

Why Biblical Archaeology is Important for Your Bible Reading (An Interview with Randall Price): Archaeology uncovers buried civilizations. What does this contribute to our understanding of the Bible written so long ago by so many different people in so many different cultures? Bible Gateway interviewed J. Randall Price, who, along with H. Wayne House, is the author of Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology. (Click here to read more.)

Confidence in Difficulty – Mercy to Carry My Cross: Julia Attaway, contributor to Daily Guideposts 2018: A Spirit-Lifting Devotional (Zondervan, 2017), prays, "Lord, keep me from fighting the cross you have given me and help me to use that energy to carry it instead...."  (Click here to read more.)

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Because of Bethlehem: An Interview with Max Lucado by clicking here.

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

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

Calendar Events

Be our guest! Christian Record Services for the Blind will host a Christmas Open House to celebrate its first year in its office in the Trade Center at 5900 South 58th Street, Suite M in Lincoln (click here for a map). All are welcome this Thursday, December 14, from 1-5 p.m. Guided tours will be offered every 30 minutes, starting from The Space, located next door. Following your tour, visit with Christian Record staff, learn more about the new online library and how you can become a partner or volunteer, and enjoy light refreshments.

Sunset this Friday – 4:56 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 will have our annual Christmas Worship Service. Come and enjoy music and thoughts about Jesus’ birth.

Cookie Exchange Social, this Sunday at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The theme is Christmas Cookies, plain or fancy. Make 4 dozen of one kind of Homemade cookie. Exchange and take home 4 dozen assorted cookies from the party. Of course, your spouse/significant other is invited. No time to bake? Burnt your cookies? Still want to attend? Please go to a real bakery and get 4 dozen cookies (no store packaged cookies please).

Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class meets this Monday (Dec. 18) at 6:00 pm in the Pastor’s Study. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Dec. 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).

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Dec. 19). We will resume our Study of Daniel on January 9. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Christmas Eve one week from Sunday, Dec. 24

Christmas, one week from Monday, Dec. 25

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, our guest speaker at church July 8, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here.

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

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

Corneal Transplants: The cornea is the clear, front window of the eye. It helps focus light into the eye so that you can see. The cornea is made of layers of cells. These layers work together to protect your eye and provide clear vision. Your cornea must be clear, smooth, and healthy for good vision. If it is scarred, swollen, or damaged, light is not focused properly into the eye. As a result, your vision is blurry, or you see glare. If your cornea cannot be healed or repaired, your ophthalmologist may recommend a corneal transplant. This is when the diseased cornea is replaced with a clear, healthy cornea from a human donor. Learn more about corneal transplantation, the causes of corneal problems, surgery options, and more through the American Association of Ophthalmologists by clicking here. 

Bonus View – Monthly Giving: Think about the purchases you make on an automatic basis each month. Why not add philanthropy to that list? Become a monthly donor today and empower people who are blind with confidence-building camps and reading services that encourage hope and resiliency. When you commit to a monthly gift of $5 or more by December 31, 2017, you will receive a special 2018 calendar by artist and Christian Record client Marye McKenney. Click here to learn more.

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.)
    • Rita's Aunt Mollie who is dying.
    • Sheila’s brother, Paul, who is at the Buffet Cancer Center.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

Adobe Reader

To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 9, 2017

Web Master - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

It All Begins!

Over these next few weeks until Christmas, I will be sharing parts of the Christmas story. Let these Scriptures be reminders of us throughout this season that Jesus needs to be central in our lives during this time too! To read it in a different translation, just click on the text at the end of each selection.

Before the Beginning

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5, CSB)

The Announcement

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.

Then the angel told her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.”

Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?”

The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. “And consider your relative Elizabeth – even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:26-38, CSB)

Praying Good News (from 24-7 Prayer)

Open a news website or news app today, and read through the headlines. Pray for God’s presence to bring transformation to the news headlines that you read, asking God to be good news to the people and situations you read in each news story. (Click here for more prayer ideas) 

Christmas Hope Tree

This year we are partnering with the New City Church to provide Christmas to local families through a Hope Tree. Each ornament on the tree represents a gift. Please feel free to take an ornament (or 2 or 6 …) and purchase the gift(s) listed. Please return each gift ornament with a gift receipt and the unwrapped gift no later than Sunday, December 17. We also have boxes with a list of food items to provide a full Christmas meal. If you would like more information, contact Erin (e-mail or 402-513-1800).

Pathfinder Fund-Raisers

The Pathfinder Cookie Dough Fundraise continues! Orders (click here for an order form) are due by this coming Monday (Dec. 11). The orders will be available on December 18, just in time for Christmas baking! For more information, contact Tammy Wisecup (e-mail) or any of the Pathfinders.

You can still purchase Yankee Candles on-line to benefit our Pathfinder Club. To do so, click here (our group number is 990105812)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Spiritual Effect Raising Children Has on Parents – An Interview with Gary Thomas: Have you considered that perhaps God not only uses parents to influence their children, but that he uses children to change their parents? Could it be that parenting is a school for adult spiritual growth? Bible Gateway interviewed Gary L. Thomas about his book, Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls (Click here to read more.)

4 Things to Remember When Praying for Your Prodigal: Jodie Berndt, author of Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children: Trusting God with the Ones You Love (Zondervan, 2017), says, "God knows exactly what it’s like to love a child, to teach him to walk, to feed him, and to kiss his cheek – and then to have that child grow up and walk away, choosing a world marked by bondage, destruction, and violence. All of the grief, anger, and frustration that we experience as parents are bound up in his heart as well...."  (Click here to read more.)

The People, Places, and Timeline of the First Christmas: Back by popular demand is our Christmas “subway map” Infographic that shows the who-where-and-when of the Nativity when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. (Click here to read more.)

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:55 pm                                                           

Adventist Community Services (ACS) Offering this Sabbath: ACS is an outreach ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North American Division. ACS serves communities by providing assistance to people affected by flooding, fire, and other disasters. This Sabbath’s offering will help ACS continue this important work. For more information or to donate on-line, visit us at communityservices.org.

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 a sermon titled What Did Jesus Do.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Friend Syndrome, click here.
    • Children’s Church (11:15 am) in the Fellowship Hall

International Christmas Smorgasbord hosted by Linda & Arvid Barr, this Sunday, at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish of your holiday heritage to share. There will be a lot of fun and door prizes! For more info, contact Linda Barr (402-330-7711).

Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class meets this Monday (Dec. 11) at 6:00 pm in the Pastor’s Study. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Dec. 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).

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Dec. 12) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We will continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Dec. 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).

Be our guest! Christian Record Services for the Blind will host a Christmas Open House to celebrate its first year in its office in the Trade Center at 5900 South 58th Street, Suite M in Lincoln (click here for a map). All are welcome on Thursday, December 14, from 1-5 p.m. Guided tours will be offered every 30 minutes, starting from The Space, located next door. Following your tour, visit with Christian Record staff, learn more about the new online library and how you can become a partner or volunteer, and enjoy light refreshments.

Cookie Exchange Social, 1 week from Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The theme is Christmas Cookies, plain or fancy. Make 4 dozen of one kind of Homemade cookie. Exchange and take home 4 dozen assorted cookies from the party. Of course, your spouse/significant other is invited. No time to bake? Burnt your cookies? Still want to attend? Please go to a real bakery and get 4 dozen cookies (no store packaged cookies please).

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, our guest speaker at church July 8, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here.

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

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

Researchers Discover Critical Trigger for Leading Form of Vision Loss: In a major step forward in the battle against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a critical trigger for the damaging inflammation that ultimately robs millions of their sight.  The finding may allow doctors to halt the inflammation early on, potentially saving patients from blindness. Learn about this trigger, an enzyme called cGAS, via News: Medical & Life Sciences by clicking here.

Bonus View: Thank You! Giving Tuesday was November 28, and Christian Record encouraged giving through its #IGiveConfidence campaign. Through the generosity of many donors and two matching fund challenges, the organization raised over $10,500 for confidence-building reading services and programs for people who are blind. Thank you for your loving support and prayers! If you missed out on the opportunity to donate on Giving Tuesday, please visit our Giving Tuesday Website by clicking here. Every day, people who are blind seek ways to build confidence, which your generosity provides. Thank you!

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 Friend Syndrome, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

Adobe Reader

To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.