Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Nov. 3, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Gift of God!      

This week during my devotional time, I was reminded again – in several ways – of the gift God has given us of salvation through Jesus.

I was reminded of God’s great love, of how hopeless I am without Him, how complete the salvation provided by Jesus is, and how little I can do to deserve it or work for it.

I have included these verses and quotations for you. I encourage you to read them prayerfully and ask God to make His salvation real in your life – and don’t forget to thank Him!

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:8-12, NLT)

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. (Romans 3:23-24, NLT)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NLT)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8-10, NLT)

… If you give yourself to [Jesus], and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. Christ's character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned. More than this … (Click here to read the entire selection.)

I am not saved by believingI simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me – repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It is never that! I am made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died … (Click here to continue reading)

Week of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Nov. 4 - 11 is this year's week of prayer for the international persecuted church. Learn more about how to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and dying for the name of Jesus Christ by clicking here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:18 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class: Hearth Room: Studying the book Boot Camp for the Last Days by Randy Maxwell. Paper 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, or click here for a Nook.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath we will continue our series on the book of Acts with Pastor T’s sermon title Holy Council, based on Acts 15. (For additional insights see Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 19.)
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Daylight Savings Time Ends this Sunday (Nov. 4) – don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Nov. 5), 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 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

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

Kansas Nebraska Youth Rally: November 9-11 at Broken Arrow Ranch. Click here for more information. Click here to register. Contact Tim Floyd at the Conference office for questions (email or 785-478-4726)

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 17 – To check out their website, click here. See below for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Discover Your Ministry in Everyday Living: Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning? Where do we begin? How can you best learn what it means to love and be loved right where God has placed you? Bible Gateway interviewed Shannan Martin about her book, The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You. (Click here to read more.)

ESV Story of Redemption Bible: Do you view the Bible as a disconnected series of moral tales interspersed between impossible commandments, woven into a maze of mysteries that somehow produces a message about a nice Jesus in the New Testament to counter the mean God of the Old Testament (as Bryan Chapell, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, has phrased it)? Bible Gateway interviewed Greg Gilbert, general editor of the ESV Story of Redemption Bible: A Journey Through the Unfolding Promises of God. (Click here to read more.)

Eugene H. Peterson (1932 – 2018): Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor Eugene Peterson, 85, best known for authoring The Message Bible, died Oct. 22, 2018, a week after entering hospice care for complications related to heart failure and dementia. Among his last words were, “Let’s go,” according to a statement from his family. (Click here to read more.)

When Truth Invades Your Brokenness: In this guest Blog post, Sandi Patty, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history and author of The Voice: Listening for God’s Voice and Finding Your Own, says, "I pretended that I was good. Marriage was good. Life was good. Being a mom of young children was good. My career was good. I worked hard to make it look like I had it all together. I would sing from emotional depths, then leave the stage, go to my dressing room, where no one would see me, and sit in the corner and cry …" (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 17, 2018.

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

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

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

Church Positions Available

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

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Webmaster: This person would keep our website updated with current news, announcements, and dates. It would be helpful to understand HTML a bit, but not completely necessary.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 27, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Difficult Assignment         

I have shared a number of blogs through the past couple of years from the website, Hope-Heals.org. They are written by Don Jacobsen, a leader in the North American Division Prayer Ministries. The one I received this past weekend was especially relevant, as prayer is something important to our personal growth, and the growth of our church. It is the single most important thing we can do, but it seems to be the thing we do the least.

This post, along with the one following it from 24-7 Prayer, touches on the importance of prayer. I ask you to prayerfully read through each of these and think on the lessons they can give us.

Are you finding it a difficult assignment to help move your church toward becoming a truly prayer-saturated church? Why is that? I can't recall the number of emails I've received that asked something like, "Pastor Don, why is it we all want our church to become a praying church but it just doesn't seem to happen?" Or, "We want to follow Jesus' words and become a house of prayer, but we're finding it very hard to get there. Why is that?"

I'm not a professional diagnostician but let me make some observations.

We have an enemy who is dead-set on preventing it from happening. He trembles, you know, at the sight of the weakest saint on his/her knees. So he will do all he can to distract us. Someone in your church must commit to being sure that distraction doesn't happen.

We are inclined to forget how inert we are in our own strength against the sworn enemy of the church. A while back I asked the Board chair if I could begin the meeting with an urgent devotional time. He answered, "We would be glad for you to do that; please keep it brief because we have a long agenda." I know of some places where the Board has agreed they will not spend less time in pre-business worship than they do in discussion of business items. I think they're on to something.

Deeply-entrenched customs are often difficult to change. I've been attending church board meetings for sixty years and only recently do I recall that the practice has begun to move away from the shallow, "please bless us ..." prayers to pleading with God for His wisdom. It's difficult to operate in a deeply spiritual mode if we begin with nothing more radical than, "Dear God, please be with us tonight and help us to make the right decisions, Amen."

This is not a meeting of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. We are not likely to conduct effective business against a spiritual enemy if we bring to the table nothing more than our best skills and strong personal agendas. We must not assume His answers until we first seek His heart. God can trust His big answers to those who spend enough time with Him to sense what they are. It's not till then that we "hear a voice behind [us] saying, 'This is the way, walk in it ...'"

My friend Mark says, "God honors bold prayers because bold prayers honor God." So let's listen till we are sure we hear clearly what His next step is.

Click here to sign up to receive the HOPE Heals weekly messages. Click here to go to their website, Hope-Heals.org.

The Remarkable Story of The Dolphin Pub – from 24-7 Prayer

“… When we look back, one of the most amazing things about our journey is that we were, and are, not prayer giants. Our story is of people who were really quite bad at prayer, but wanted to be better, So we prayed about it. And God did the rest.” (Click here to read the entire story. Click here to go the 24-7 website. Click here to check out their Prayer Pages for ideas and inspiration.)

Calendar Events

Christian Woman’s Retreat will take this weekend in Grand Island, Nebraska. For more information, or to register – click here for the adult version; click here for the teen version. For last minute information contact the Women’s Ministries department of the Kansas – Nebraska Conference (785-478-4726).

Sunset this Friday – 6:27 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class: Hearth Room: Studying the book Boot Camp for the Last Days by Randy Maxwell. Paper 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, or click here for a Nook.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Jaime Jorge, an internationally known violinist, will share a message in music and the spoken word. To check out his website, click here.

Jaime Jorge, in addition to playing for our worship service, will be presenting a full concert Sabbath Evening at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church, beginning at 6:00 pm. To check out his website, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 29), 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 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.

Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 30) at 6:00 pm. 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, for six weeks, to help adults who have experienced a recent death. The next group of sessions begins next week, October 30. See below for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Youth Rally: November 9-11 at Broken Arrow Ranch. Click here for more information. Click here to register. Contact Tim Floyd at the Conference office for questions (email or 785-478-4726)

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 17 – To check out their website, click here. See below for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Have Joy No Matter What: When life's circumstances take you on an emotional roller coaster ride, how do you obey the Bible’s call to "be joyful always" when it sounds almost crazy – and out of reach. Bible Gateway interviewed Stasi Eldredge about her book, Defiant Joy: Taking Hold of Hope, Beauty, and Life in a Hurting World. (Click here to read more.)

How Jonah’s Story Fits the 21st Century: How is the ancient story of Jonah the prophet a microcosm of the human story in the 21st century? How does the prophet's rebellious spirit and his resulting circumstances demonstrate the surprising and unstoppable grace of God? Bible Gateway interviewed Anthony Carter about his book, Running from Mercy: Jonah and the Surprising Story of God's Unstoppable Grace. (Click here to read more.)

God, Why Aren’t You Doing Something? In this guest Blog post, Craig Groeschel, author of Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not, says, "When we’re suffering, ranting and raving about all the unfairness of life, we would do well to remember there’s so much more going on than we can see or understand from our limited perspective. We’re seeing only a tiny sliver of a much bigger story, perhaps only one sentence or one paragraph on just a single page ..." (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week, starting next week, to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on the challenges of the holiday season and strategies to reduce anxieties while giving meaning to this busy time. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving Week.

Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins October 30 and ends December 11, 2018.

Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street, Omaha), begins October 31 and ends December 12, 2018.

Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins November 1 and ends December 13, 2018.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 17, 2018.

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

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

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

Church Positions Available

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

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Webmaster: This person would keep our website updated with current news, announcements, and dates. It would be helpful to understand HTML a bit, but not completely necessary.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 20, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pray On!       

In my devotional reading this week I came across two selections from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Both had some important things to say about prayer. I have included a quotation from each one below, to read the entire selection, click on the link at the end of each quote.

The Key to the Master’s Orders: The key to the missionary’s difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the Master’s orders – the key is prayer. “Pray the Lord of the harvest …” (Matthew 9:38) (My Utmost for His Highest, October 16)

The Key of the Greater Work: Prayer does not equip us for greater works – prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God. (My Utmost for His Highest, October 17)

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.

Faith for Today – Lifestyle Magazine

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

Each week, you can view their programs on: Apple TV, AmazonFire TV, DirecTV (channel 368 or 378), faithfortoday.tv, Hope Channel, lifestyle.org, NRB Network, Roku, Sky Angel Faith and Family TV, and Uplift TV.

Calendar Events

Pathfinder’s Fall Camporee takes place this weekend (Oct. 19-21). Let’s pray that they have a wonderful time and are safe. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Sunset this Friday – 6:37 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class: Hearth Room: Studying the book Boot Camp for the Last Days by Randy Maxwell. Paper 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, or click here for a Nook.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – People are chosen for different things. Sometimes, it may not seem likely, or even desired, but when God chooses a person for something, He also gives them what they need to accomplish that which He chooses them for. It can come in a lot of different forms, but know that when God puts you in something, He’s NEVER sorry He did, and He WILL give you what you need, when you need it. Find out some further details as we explore the lives of some very unlikely chosen people this Sabbath when John Stroman presents a message titled “Pick Me! Pick Me!!”

Folk Mountain Gospel will be at Omaha Memorial Church this Sabbath evening to share music with Biblical instruments – like the dulcimer and zephyr. The music as well as their testimony will be a truly uplifting experience to end the sabbath! The concert starts at 5:30 pm. Click here to go the Folk Mountain Gospel’s website. Click here for a map.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Oct. 22). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting next Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Christian Woman’s Retreat will take place October 26-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. For more information, or to register – click here for the adult version; click here for the teen version. There are also copies of the brochures in the church lobby.

Jaime Jorge, an internationally known violinist, will present a concert and share a message for our Worship Service on October 27. To check out his website, click here.

Grief Education and Support Program: John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week, for six weeks, to help adults who have experienced a recent death. The next group of sessions begin October 30. See below for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Youth Rally: November 9-11 at Broken Arrow Ranch. Click here for more information. Click here to register. Contact Tim Floyd at the Conference office for questions (email or 785-478-4726)

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 17 – To check out their website, click here. See below for more information.

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019. They will be focusing on a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. See below for more information or click here. Application deadline (including $100 deposit) is due Oct. 19.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How Should Church Be Done? What is God's ideal for the way churches should behave? What are the failures and the successes of the churches mentioned in the Bible? Why did the apostles have to write letters of correction to them? In this Q&A, Francis Chan talks about his book, Letters to the Church.  (Click here to read more.)

The Hard Reality of Exclusivity in White Evangelicalism and What Can Be Done: In this guest Blog post, Bryan Loritts, author of Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All, says, "God boldly proclaims throughout the book of Acts, 'There is no ethnic home team when it comes to Christianity.' But the minority experience in America today – and throughout history – too often tells a different story ..." (Click here to read more.)

Can I Trust My Bible? If we want to judge the trustworthiness of Scripture, we need to consider its origins. Where did it come from and how did it take the form we commonly think of as “the Bible”? (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on the challenges of the holiday season and strategies to reduce anxieties while giving meaning to this busy time. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving Week.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins October 30 and ends December 11, 2018.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street, Omaha), begins October 31 and ends December 12, 2018.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins November 1 and ends December 13, 2018.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 17, 2018.

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

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

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

Young Adult Mission Trip – Puerto Rico

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will be in association with Southern New England Conference and will take place March 8-17, 2019. This year they will be focusing on serving a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. It will be an opportunity to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ in a tangible way to people who remain in desperate need after Hurricane Maria in 2017; they need actions more than words! The trip is estimated to cost just under $1,500. Please check our website (click here) for more information and registration materials or contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726). Application deadline (including $100 deposit) is due Oct. 19.

Church Positions Available

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

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Webmaster: This person would keep our website updated with current news, announcements, and dates. It would be helpful to understand HTML a bit, but not completely necessary.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Elma Johannessen’s mom died about two weeks ago. Let’s continue to remember her and her family in our prayers during this difficult time.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

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This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 13, 2018

Web Master - Friday, October 12, 2018

No Blog This Week

Pastor T has been sick and was unable to write a blog this week.

Faith for Today – Lifestyle Magazine

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

Each week, you can view their programs on: Apple TV, AmazonFire TV, DirecTV (channel 368 or 378), faithfortoday.tv, Hope Channel, lifestyle.org, NRB Network, Roku, Sky Angel Faith and Family TV, and Uplift TV.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:48 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class: Hearth Room: Studying the book Boot Camp for the Last Days by Randy Maxwell. Paper 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, or click here for a Nook.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, our Student Pastor, John Roney, will present the sermon.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will meet Monday (Oct. 15). 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 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will Not meet this Tuesday (Oct. 16). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder’s Fall Camporee will take place October 19-21. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Christian Woman’s Retreat will take place October 26-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. For more information, or to register – click here for the adult version; click here for the teen version. There are also copies of the brochures in the church lobby.

Jaimie Jorge, an internationally known violinist, will present a concert and share a message for our Worship Service on October 27. To check out his website, click here.

Grief Education and Support Program: John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week, for six weeks, to help adults who have experienced a recent death. The next group of sessions begin October 30. See below for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Youth Rally: November 9-11 at Broken Arrow Ranch. Click here for more information. Click here to register. Contact Tim Floyd at the Conference office for questions (email or 785-478-4726)

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 17 – To check out their website, click here. See below for more information.

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019. They will be focusing on a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. See below for more information or click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

White Evangelicalism and Racial Bias: What is the experience of a person of color in predominantly white evangelical Christian spaces today? What does the Bible say about racism, ethnic community, and worldview bias? What does it mean for the church to truly live life together? Bible Gateway interviewed Bryan Loritts about his book, Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All.  (Click here to read more.)

Gaining a Heavenly Perspective on Life’s Trials: In this guest Blog post, Joni Eareckson Tada, author of Heaven: Your Real Home … from a Higher Perspective (Zondervan, 2018), says, "Looking down on my problems from heaven’s perspective, trials looked extraordinarily different. When viewed from its own level, my paralysis seemed like a huge, impassable wall, but when viewed from above, the wall appeared as a thin line, something that could be overcome...." (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on the challenges of the holiday season and strategies to reduce anxieties while giving meaning to this busy time. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving Week.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins October 30 and ends December 11, 2018.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street, Omaha), begins October 31 and ends December 12, 2018.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins November 1 and ends December 13, 2018.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 17, 2018.

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

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

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

Young Adult Mission Trip – Puerto Rico

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will be in association with Southern New England Conference and will take place March 8-17, 2019. This year they will be focusing on serving a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. It will be an opportunity to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ in a tangible way to people who remain in desperate need after Hurricane Maria in 2017; they need actions more than words! The trip is estimated to cost just under $1,500. Please check our website (click here) for more information and registration materials or contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

Church Positions Available

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

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Webmaster: This person would keep our website updated with current news, announcements, and dates. It would be helpful to understand HTML a bit, but not completely necessary.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Elma Johannessen’s mom died this past week. Let’s remember her and her family in our prayers during this difficult time.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

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This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 6, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, October 03, 2018

God's To-Do List

Each week or so I receive a blog written by Don Jacobsen, a leader in the North American Division Prayer Ministries. It usually contains some inspirational thoughts about prayer. I am always blessed by them. I especially resonated with the most recent one titled God's To-Do List. It shared some especially thoughtful ideas regarding prayer that spoke to me heart. Hope you find it helpful as well.

I pray for me a lot. I don't mean I pray for my stuff, I mean I pray for my heart. Here's the deal, there are things I'd like to have – important things – and I pray about those. We'd like to sell our house ... it's on the market. I pray about that. We'd like to get rid of our second car; I pray about that.

In fact, I've discovered though, that if I'm not careful, my prayers can kind of become my to-do list for God. "Here are the things I'd like to see happen, God," or "Here are the things I'd like to have ... and would you please take care of these for me. Amen."

But a Friend of mine taught me that there's a better way. In fact, He said, "When you pray, pray like this ..." He didn't say I had to use those very words ... He wasn't dictating ... but He was quite clear concerning what I should be praying about. It's more like a model or a template.

"Our Father who art in heaven ..." and I discover that the first third of the prayer is about Him, not me. In fact, I also discover that the last third of that same prayer is also about Him ... "For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory ..." Hmm, that part's not about me, either.

Between the worshipful beginning and the magnificent conclusion is that brief segment where I mention my needs. Daily bread is first. Pretty basic. Not a lot of mention about cake. Or frosting. But the next two lines, also requests, are about spiritual issues – (1) forgiveness and (2) victory. I think He didn't intend this to be a formula, but maybe He did want to make sure my petitions were big enough, were of eternal consequence. In synch with His.

Now it's clear that He wants us to bring our cares to Him because He cares for us. He repeats that often enough in the Scripture narrative that we can't miss it. But I can't get away from the fact that He told us, When you pray, pray like this.

God knows about my house. In His way and in His good time He'll take care of that. But the issue of greatest concern to Him – and to me – is my heart. So I've learned that my prayers need to center around His will, around what He is desiring to do in me. See, He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. I need to know that. I need to be shaped by that. Can I suggest a variation of another song you know, "Jesus knows me, this I love ..." That reality gives focus to everything I do; including my prayer life.

Oh, about the house ... He's building me a new one, anyway.

Don Jacobsen

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, our Alaska Mission Team will present their report.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN this Sunday (Oct. 7). See below for more information.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will meet Monday (Oct. 8). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting will meet Tuesday (Oct. 9) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Oct. 9) 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).

Christian Woman’s Retreat will take place October 26-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. For more information, or to register – click here for the adult version; click here for the teen version. There are also copies of the brochures in the church lobby.

Jaimie Jorge, an internationally known violinist, will present a concert and share a message for our Worship Service on October 27. To check out his website, click here.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 17 – To check out their website, click here. See below for more information.

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019. They will be focusing on a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. See below for more information or click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Truly Love Like Never Before: What does it mean to truly love people at the highest level in practical ways every day? How do latest findings in sociology and psychology blend with biblical understanding to reveal often counter-intuitive ways of loving like never before? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Les Parrott about his book, Love Like That: 5 Relationship Secrets from Jesus.  (Click here to read more.)

Over A Half Million Students to Celebrate Free Speech by Participating in Bring Your Bible to School Day Oct. 4: The annual student-led event, now in its fifth year, provides a unique opportunity for young people to share about their faith by highlighting its source: the Bible. Throughout the day, children and teens will share their experiences via social media using the hashtag #BringYourBible. (Click here to read more.)

Dependence Is Not a Dirty Word: In this guest Blog post, Hayley Morgan, author of Preach to Yourself: When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth, says, "As a culture we are putting independence and self-sufficiency on an undue pedestal. We Christians talk all the time about people being made for community, but we seem to be most satisfied with ourselves when we don’t functionally need one ..." (Click here to read more.)

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Christian Record Services EYE RUN

Walk or Run for a reason! Lace up your shoes to walk or run, with proceeds benefitting Christian Record Services for the Blind, an official ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that supplies inspirational books, magazines, and confidence-building camp experiences to more than 20,000 people who are legally blind. Learn more and register at www.EYERUN.info.

    • The EYE RUN is this Sunday (Oct. 7) at Holmes Lake Park, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    • A satellite event will also take place this Sunday (Oct. 7) at Johnson Lake in Fremont, Nebraska. Contact Jen Bullion at 402-800-4854 for more information about this satellite event.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 17, 2018.

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

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

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

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

Young Adult Mission Trip – Costa Rica

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will be in association with Southern New England Conference and will take place March 8-17, 2019. This year they will be focusing on serving a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. It will be an opportunity to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ in a tangible way to people who remain in desperate need after Hurricane Maria in 2017; they need actions more than words! The trip is estimated to cost just under $1,500. Please check our website (click here) for more information and registration materials or contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726).

Church Positions Available

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

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Webmaster: This person would keep our website updated with current news, announcements, and dates. It would be helpful to understand HTML a bit, but not completely necessary.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help for Survivors of Hurricane Florence: Adventist Community Services is working with ADRA and other disaster relief groups to assist survivors impacted by the high winds and flooding that accompanied Hurricane Florence last week. To find out how you can help, click here.

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

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