Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: April 28, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Proverbs

Proverbs 14:12 (NIV): There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12, NIV – click here to read this in different translations)

Proverbs 3:5-15 (NIV): Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. (Proverbs 3:5-15, NIV – click here to read this in different translations)

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV): The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10, NIV – click here to read this in different translations)

Pathfinder PBE Team

Our Pathfinder PBE Team returned safely from their trip to Florida with third place in the North American Division event. We are proud of them and glad they had a good time there together!

Member Updates – Meme & RoLayne

Meme’s surgery to fix a Zenker’s diverticulum last Thursday went well. She came home on Friday and has been improving each day. She still has a bit of a sore throat but is already eating better without the choking sensation. Thank you for your thoughts and prayer! 

RoLayne had surgery to fix some issues with her shoulder this morning (Thursday). Surgery went well, but she will be laid up for a while. Please remember her in your prayers.

MLT Ballots Coming!

MLT (Ministry Leadership Team) Ballots Coming two weeks from Sabbath on May 12. Our MLT coordinates the various ministries in our church, especially being sure that people are in place to keep these ministries active. It is a combination of a standing nominating committee and ministry visioning group that advises the board. Look for the ballots coming and if selected, please prayerfully consider the privilege of serving our church in this way. Contact Pastor T. for more information (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Taming Your Child’s Tongue: Are you ever embarrassed or shocked by what comes out of your child’s mouth? Do you raise your voice, threaten, and coerce, but find yourself frustrated because nothing seems to work? Is there a simple, Bible-based plan that shows parents how to help their kids tame their tongues and walk in the transforming power of Christ? Bible Gateway interviewed Ginger Hubbard about her book, I Can't Believe You Just Said That! Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child's Tongue. (Click here to read more.)

The Old Testament Is Dying: The Old Testament constitutes the majority of the Christian Bible and provides much of the language of Christian faith. Are churches and Christians dangerously neglecting it? Bible Gateway interviewed Brent A. Strawn about his book, The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment. (Click here to read more.)

Two Scriptures I Rely On When Life Hurts – A Reflection from Jack Deere: Read how Lamentations 3:22-23 and 3:33 can speak to you in your hour of need by clicking here.

Spotlight: Hand Copying Scripture - This feature in Weekly Brief is intended to help you become aware of one of several practices explained in our Scripture Engagement section. This week read Hand Copying Scripture by clicking here.

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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:16 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast (9:20 – 9:50 am) in the Fellowship Hall.
    • 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’s service will be presented by Campion Academy’s SWAT (Students with a Testimony) Team. We are looking forward to their participation in our worship service!
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last Sabbath’s sermon, titled Holy Rescue, click here
    • Haystack Dinner Following Church: This Sabbath after church our Social Committee will provide a Haystack Dinner for church and for our guests from Campion Academy. Plan now to stay and contribute to the fellowship and enjoy the food!

Sarpy County Earth Day coming up this Sunday (Apr. 29). Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306) – see below for more info.

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

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (May 1) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Ballots Coming two weeks from Sabbath on May 12. See the announcement above for more information or contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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). 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!

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Volunteers Needed – Sarpy County Earth Day coming up this Sunday (Apr. 29). Our church is sending a team of volunteers to help with set-up and assist with the events that day between 9 am and 2 pm. You are invited to wear a t-shirt with a Bible text or church logo if you have one. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306).

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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last Sabbath’s sermon, titled Holy Rescue, 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.)
    • RoLayne Wilhelmsen is recovering from shoulder surgery.
    • Mary Jane Agan has requested special prayer for her great-granddaughter, Emma, who has Craniosynostosis and will be having surgery towards the end of April; and for her daughter-in-law, Jane, who has been very ill, and they have not yet figured out what is causing it.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • 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, 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: April 21, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Teenagers

During the past week, two teenagers close to my circle of influence attempted suicide. Fortunately, neither were successful.

I have known too many young people who have committed suicide; and numerous others – including our daughter – who made unsuccessful attempts at it.

Did you know suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers? Accidents are the leading cause with murder being a close third. And, about twice as many males commit suicide as females, but females attempt it twice as often.

This speaks to the pain and hopelessness many of our teenagers are experiencing. This can come from all sorts of places: trouble at home, bullying, feeling like a failure, unrealistic expectations, prolonged chronic illness, broken relationships … and the list could go on.

If you have a teenager in your life, I know it can be a bit stressful – I lived through two of them. But please don’t fall into the deception that he or she is immune to depression and suicide. I’ve seen kids from all type of situations attempt it, even from apparently well balanced and loving homes.

From my experience – and I’m not an expert – what most teenagers crave is love and acceptance. He or she needs to know that – in spite of inevitable bad choices, dumb decisions, and critical mistakes – he or she is not a failure and is still loved and accepted.

So, what do you do? How do you find the balance between wholesome guidance and loving acceptance?

This advice from the book of James is a good place to start:

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19, NLT)

Few things say “I love and value you” more than taking the time to listen. Not listening for a break so you can put your two cents in; but really listening to understand their heart, their fears, and their dreams. Don’t offer advice or direction until you have heard and understood what they are trying to tell you.

Let them know you’re in this journey with them – they don’t have to face the world alone. You have their back! Solomon shared this wisdom:

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble … A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT)

And help them understand that Jesus provides real, trustworthy guidance and help. Live this in your life and point them to promises such as this one in Philippians:

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

And then, if you see things that make you wonder if your teenager is okay, don’t just take a wait and see approach. Let them know your observations and concern. Don’t hesitate to ask for help and to go with them if you sense a professional is needed.

As you pray for your teenager, God will open your eyes and your heart. He will prompt you to act if it’s needed. He will give you words of love, even if you don’t feel it. And, He will give you strength to do whatever needs to be done.

Remember, God loves our teenagers even more than we do. Don’t hesitate to put them into His hands!

Be Still | Stop to Pray | from 24-7 Prayer

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest ..." (Matthew 11:28, NIV)

We live in a world which encourages us to be busy. Yet Jesus reminds us that He provides us with rest. So right now, take a moment to stop, rest and pray.

    1. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring rest to you, right now.
    2. Identify anything making you weary or burdened - and give it back to God. You might like to physically represent this by clenching your hands and then letting them go.
    3. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you an opportunity to rest. Write it down in your diary or your phone and spend that time with God.

For more prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

New Children’s Bible Includes 1,000 Bible Quiz Questions: Quizzing can be a fun way to learn unfamiliar topics. That concept is now applied in a Bible specifically designed for kids ages 8-12. On each page are quiz questions for readers to uncover answers in all the books of the Bible, such as, "What did God create on the third day?" "What were the first clothes in the Bible made from?" "Who committed the first murder in the Bible?" Bible Gateway interviewed editor Troy Schmidt about the NIV Kids' Quiz Bible. (Click here to read the interview and take the quiz.)

Why the Apostle Paul Is One of My Heroes: In this guest Blog post, one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Choco De Jesús, author of Move Into More: The Limitless Surprises of a Faithful God (Zondervan, 2018), says the reason he loves the apostle Paul so much is because he learned that to experience God's more, we must focus less on ourselves. (Click here to read more.)

Spotlight: Journaling Scripture - This feature in Weekly Brief is intended to help you become aware of one of several practices explained in our Scripture Engagement section. This week read Journaling Scripture by clicking here.

Quiz: Do You Know These Obscure Facts in the Bible? What’s the largest assembled army in the Bible? What’s the longest book in the Old Testament? Or, here’s a really challenging one: What’s the longest word in 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.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Our Pathfinder PBE Team is in Florida this weekend competing with 189 other teams from all around the North American Division. Let’s pray for their safety and their success.

Sunset this Friday – 8:08 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Rescue and is based on Acts 5:12-42. For some additional insights into this passage you might want to check out Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 8.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series, titled Holy Response, click here

The Pathfinder Zoo Day scheduled for Sunday (Apr. 23) has been cancelled due to the PBE Team trip. Contact Kalvin Tuel if you have questions (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Apr. 23) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 24) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 24) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

The SWAT (Students with a Testimony) Team from Campion Academy will present our Worship Service on April 28. There will be an Haystack Lunch that day hosted by our Social Committee. It will be a great Sabbath.

Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306) – see below for more info.

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). 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

Volunteers Needed – Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Our church is sending a team of volunteers to help with set-up and assist with the events that day between 9 am and 2 pm. You are invited to wear a t-shirt with a Bible text or church logo if you have one. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information email or text at 402-290-3306).

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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in the Pastor’s series on Acts, titled Holy Response, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Our Pastor’s Mom, Dagny (known as Meme by most) is having surgery this Thursday to fix a Zenker’s diverticulum in her throat that makes eating and swallowing difficult. It is normally an outpatient procedure unless there are complications. Please pray for its success.
    • Mary Jane Agan has requested special prayer for her great-granddaughter, Emma, who has Craniosynostosis and will be having surgery towards the end of April; and for her daughter-in-law, Jane, who has been very ill, and they have not yet figured out what is causing it.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • 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, 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: April 14, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 has long been one of my favorite passages in Scripture. Read it slowly and prayerfully to get the most out of it. Enjoy!

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. 

His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” (Psalm 91, NLT – click here to read it in a different translation)

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Live with Hope – Continues Through Saturday Night

Live with Hope, an Evangelistic Series featuring John Lomacang, continues through this week ending on Saturday evening. Pastor Lomacang is 3ABN’s director of World Evangelism and is also a popular Christian singer and songwriter. For a map to the church, click here. The remaining meetings are listed below:

    • Session 7: Thursday (Apr. 12 at 7:00 pm) – Hope Beyond the Grave
    • Session 8: Friday (Apr. 13 at 7:00 pm) – Washing Away the Past
    • Session 9: Saturday (Apr. 14 at 7:00 pm) – The Glorious Return

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Move Past Your Disappointment: Are you disappointed with your life? Do you feel like you’ll never accomplish anything remarkable? How should you pay attention to what God has in store for your life? Bible Gateway interviewed Chad Veach about his book, Faith Forward Future: Moving Past Your Disappointments, Delays, and Destructive Thinking. (Click here to read more.)

Surprising Stories of People Rescued and Changed: What do a Wall Street broker, a party girl, a student, a homeless man, an addict, a teenage mom, and a drug enforcer have in common? All were in despair spiraling out of control until something unexpected happened to change their lives forever. Bible Gateway interviewed Jim Cymbala and Ann Spangler about their book, The Rescue: Seven People, Seven Amazing Stories. (Click here to read more.)

Where Did the Bible Come From? The Bible is a collection of 66 books believed to have been written by more than 40 divinely-inspired authors. It’s thousands of years old. What is its origin? How did we end up with these 66 books? (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.

Calendar Events

Pathfinder/Adventurer Campout has been cancelled for this weekend due to the weather forecast. There will be some special Pathfinder/Family events on Sabbath – contact your club leaders for more information. Kalvin Tuel for Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for Adventurers (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Sunset this Friday – 8:01 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast (9:20 – 9:50 am) in the Fellowship Hall.
    • 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, the message will be presented by David Soriano.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Response, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall at 11:15 am.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Apr. 16). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 17) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder PBE happens April 21 in Gainesville, Florida. Our group will be spending a couple days in Orlando on either side of that. Let’s pray for their safety and their success!

Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information (email or text at 402-290-3306) – see below for more info.

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). 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

Volunteers Needed – Sarpy County Earth Day coming up Sunday, April 29. Our church is sending a team of volunteers to help with set-up and assist with the events that day between 9 am and 2 pm. You are invited to wear a t-shirt with a Bible text or church logo if you have one. Click here for their website. Contact Judy to volunteer or for more information email or text at 402-290-3306).

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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Response, 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.)
    • Mary Jane Agan has requested special prayer for her great-granddaughter, Emma, who has Cranial Sintosis and will be having surgery towards the end of April; and for her daughter-in-law, Jane, who has been very ill, and they have not yet figured out what is causing it.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • 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, 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: April 7, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The Bannister Story

Yesterday morning I received an email note from HOPE Heals – I have shared items from them before, but it has been a while. It was especially inspiring to me, so I am sharing it with you. It was written by Don Jacobsen. Enjoy!

When I was in college the sporting world was a-buzz with the name Roger Bannister. Bannister was a medical student in the UK, but his passion was running. At 6'2" and 154 pounds he seemed to have the physical equipment for it, but more than that, he had the resolve.

Bannister's obsession was to run a mile in less than four minutes. Though runners had chased that goal for decades, the current world record was just over four minutes, set nine years earlier. Pundits assured the world that no one would ever run a sub-four-minute mile because the human body was not capable of sustaining that level of physical exertion for that period of time. Bannister believed they were wrong and set out to prove it.

Late on a cloudy afternoon, May 6, 1954, 25-year old Bannister and five other athletes readied at the starting blocks on the track at Oxford University. Three minutes and 59.4 seconds later, Roger Bannister collapsed, fully spent, into the arms of his handlers, the first person ever to run a mile in less than four minutes. The sports world went crazy. Later that summer he would race again and shave three seconds off his record.

Roger Bannister died March 8, 2018, at the age of 88. He had become a famed neurologist, but also the victim of advanced Parkinson's disease complicated by disabling injuries received in an automobile accident. However, that is not the end of the Bannister story.

When the athletic world discovered that the human body could run a mile in less than four minutes others began to attack that summit. Since then more than 17 seconds have been shaved off the record which now stands at 3:43:14. But here is the astonishing fact: a total of 4,518 runners have broken the four-minute mile since Bannister's record, including more than a dozen high school students.

Here is my take-away: Many victories are never claimed if we can't bring ourselves to believe they're achievable. What might happen if we trusted the Coach and His promise that “nothing is impossible”? Might He provide the infusion of Holy Spirit power to achieve a world-changing victory? Might His goal be that your church make a significant impact on your city? Might His goal be standing-room only when your congregation gathers? Might His goal be that your church become a force for the changing of lives ... scores, hundreds. Weekly. Daily.

What do you believe is possible for your church? Are you satisfied it matches His goal?

Click here to go to the HOPE Heals website. Don Jacobsen wrote a book, compiling his blogs from HOPE Heals – check it out by clicking here. To subscribe to HOPE Heals email messages, click here. To download and/or print a copy of all the messages I have received (in one PDF document), click here.

Lippincott Update

Click here to see the latest update we have received from Bryon and Lorilee Lippincott.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Live with Hope – Begins Friday

Live with Hope, an Evangelistic Series featuring John Lomacang, begins this Friday evening (Apr. 6) at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church. The first session begins at 7:00 pm and is titled It’s Coming, the Bible Prophecies how the world will end. Pastor Lomacang is 3ABN’s director of World Evangelism and is also a popular Christian singer and songwriter. For a map to the church, click here. This week’s meetings are listed below:

    • Session 2: Saturday (Apr. 7 at 7:00 pm) – Jesus, the Way Out
    • Session 3: Sunday (Apr. 8 at 7:00 pm) – The Agent of Change
    • Session 4: Monday (Apr. 9 at 7:00 pm) – God’s Perfect Law
    • Session 5: Tuesday (Apr. 10 at 7:00 pm) – God's Blessed Day
    • Session 6: Wednesday (Apr. 11 at 7:00 pm) – The Family Tree
    • Session 7: Thursday (Apr. 12 at 7:00 pm) – Hope Beyond the Grave
    • Session 8: Friday (Apr. 13 at 7:00 pm) – Washing Away the Past
    • Session 9: Saturday (Apr. 14 at 7:00 pm) – The Glorious Return

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Could These Bible Women Say #MeToo? Have Bible readers missed the point of some scriptural stories by assuming the women in them were "bad girls"? Did Bathsheba seduce King David or was she a #MeToo victim? Was Mary Magdalene really a reformed prostitute? Did the Samaritan woman really divorce five husbands in a world where women rarely divorced even one? Bible Gateway interviewed Sandra Glahn about her book, Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

Would You Believe a Healing Miracle Caught on Tape? Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural, says the flu virus destroyed the nerves of Duane Miller's vocal cords. After 3 years, the dramatic moment of his instantaneous recovery was captured on audiotape. Subsequent doctor exams showed his throat looks like it never had any problems; in fact, against all odds, even the scar tissue has disappeared. Miracle? (Click here to read it.)

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:54 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Response and examines what responding to Jesus’ sacrifice of love might look like.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Gift, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinder Fundraiser:  In an effort to raise funds for those pathfinders who have earned the PBE trip to FL, the Pathfinders will be having a fundraiser this Saturday evening (Apr. 7) at 6:00pm. We will be serving dinner of a baked potato bar as well as having a silent auction. The cost of the dinner will be $6.00 per person. Please come show your support to our PBE team!

Pathfinders and Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 9) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

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

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (April 10). We will begin our next Prayer Meeting session one week from Tuesday on April 17. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Apr. 10) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Pathfinder/Adventurer Campout has been moved to April 13-15. Please contact your club leaders for more information. Kalvin Tuel for Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for Adventurers (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Children’s Church, meets one week from Sabbath (Apr. 14) at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be our last Children’s Church of this school year. It will resume again in the fall.

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). 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  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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Gift, 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.)
    • 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)
    • 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, 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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