Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 17, 2018

Web Master - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

Audacity

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

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

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

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

Jesus descended into our depths and gave everything.

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

Have you completely lost your mind Paul?! Yes.

Have I?

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

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

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

Friday Evening Communion Service and Agape Feast Coming

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventist Giving now has an App

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:34 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

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

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

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

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

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 19) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

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

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

Grief Education and Support Program

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

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna Parker is in the hospital again - Room 711 at Midlands if you would like to visit her
    • Judy Phelps and her family – for strength and comfort following Don’s death.
    • Charles Payne, a student at Andrews University is requesting prayer for a number of issues.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 10, 2018

Web Master - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Adventist World Radio Touches Lives!

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

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

Recently, an anonymous pastor in China wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Member Update – Judy & Don Phelps

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

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

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

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

Grief Education and Support Program

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:23 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

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

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

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

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 12) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Mar. 13) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Mar. 13) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Unholy Deception click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Judy Phelps and her family – for strength and comfort following Don’s death.
    • Charles Payne, a student at Andrews University is requesting prayer for a number of issues.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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