Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 8, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Thank You Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders!

We have one of the best Pathfinder/Adventurer programs I have ever seen – even in churches significantly larger than ours.

It’s a program kids love to participate in – many have even brought friends whose only connection to our church, is their relationship with one of our young people.

There is significant learning taking place in a fun environment. Kids are gaining skills they would not get anyplace else.

And, most importantly, serving Jesus is just one of those things they do. Our young people are catching a vision of Jesus that will help keep them connected with Him in the tough times of their lives.

This stuff doesn’t just happen, it’s part of a deliberate plan. It happens because we have a number of adults who volunteer a significant chunk of time to carry out this plan. And, it all works smoothly because we have two visionary leaders, Lori Knutson and Kalvin Tuel, who are investing their lives into it.

I, for one, am extremely grateful for their dedication and work here at our church. Most of us have no idea how much their lives are wrapped up in this and the amount of time it takes.

Thank you Lori and Kalvin for leading this ministry which makes such a big difference in the lives of our kids and their families!

And thank you to each person assisting – giving a part of themselves on a regular basis to make this program thrive.

If you’re grateful for them too – let them know!

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.

Verified Volunteers Training – Sept. 15

If you need to complete the training and authorization for a background check through Verified Volunteers, we will have some computers set up and available on Sabbath, September 15. All elected church officers and anyone who assists in any of our children’s/youth ministries (even occasionally) needs to complete this process.

If you wish to complete this yourself at home, you may download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process by clicking 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, see the announcement near the end of this blog or contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Hear the Voice of God: Does God speak to you? Do you believe God is infinitely closer and more involved in your world than you give him credit for? How does God speak in Scripture and how can you learn to recognize his voice everywhere in daily life? Bible Gateway interviewed Liz Ditty about her book, God's Many Voices: Learning How to Listen. Expectant to Hear. (Click here to read more.)

The Thieving Idol that Drains Your Relationships of Joy: In this guest Blog post, Tom Holladay, author of The Relationship Principles of Jesus, says, "Ask God to help you to love in a new kind of way. Stop waiting for some ideal vision to come true in your life, and just begin to love. Love now! ..." (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

Sunset this Friday – 7:46 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 worship service will be presented by the Pathfinders and Adventurers as we share in their induction service.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Un-Believing Prayer, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Sept. 10) 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 is taking a Summer Break and will begin again in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Sept. 11) 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).

Verified Volunteers Stations set up at Church (Sept. 15) – for more information see the other announcements included about Verified Volunteers

Health Emphasis Weekend at College View: Make plans to join us for a special Health Emphasis weekend, September 22-23, with Melody Prettyman-Caviness, 3ABN Guest Speaker and Chef. To register or for questions call 402-450-3082 or carol.huenergardt@gmail.com. Sponsored by CVC Health Ministries. All session will be held in Heartland Hall, College View SDA Church, 4801 Prescott Ave., Lincoln, NE 68506.

·         September 22, Sabbath

§  1:30 pm – Fellowship potluck

§  3:00 pm – Mini Concert

§  3:30 pm – Simple Home Remedies

·         September 23, Sunday

§  3:00 pm – All About Choices (with food samples)

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7. See below for more information.

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.

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 Sunday, October 7, at Holmes Lake Park, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    • A satellite event will take place on Sunday, October 7, at Johnson Lake in Fremont, Nebraska. Contact Jen Bullion at 402-800-4854 for more information about this satellite event.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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 Un-Believing Prayer, 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.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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), 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, 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

Pastor T – E-Mail: martinsent@gmail.com, Cell Phone: (402) 517-5333

John Roney (Student Pastor) – E-Mail: john.roney@ucollege.edu, Cell Phone: (573) 982-9385

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This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 1, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Let’s Be That Church!

What did Jesus value more than anything else?

I suppose the best answer would be found in why He died.

·         Did He die to preserve a body of beliefs?

·         Did He die to preserve the sanctity of the Sabbath?

·         Did He die to demonstrate that dying was no big deal, nothing to be afraid of?

While all of these things are important they are not why He died. Jesus died to save people. Only they were important enough to warrant His suffering and death.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NLT)

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6-8, NLT)

If you examine His life, you can see how much He valued people by looking at how He interacted with people: lepers, prostitutes, tax collectors, and rabbis – poor people, rich people, sick people. Jesus demonstrated love and respect for everyone, even those who were at the receiving end of His most scathing rebukes.

Jesus put the judgement into the perspective of how we treat people, especially marginalized people. He takes it personally when we love or ignore people (see Matthew 25:31-46).

The only command He referenced the last night He spent with His disciples prior to His arrest and crucifixion was about loving people (see John 13:33-35).

And, the last instructions He gave before returning to Heaven were about reaching people with the Gospel so they could be saved too (see Matthew 28:18-20).

Imagine a church that valued people like Jesus and His Father do!

·         A place where people are accepted just as they are, and loved as they journey closer to Jesus with us.

·         A place where people are more important than our traditions.

·         A place where everyone has a friend and feels valued.

·         A place where people are willing to sacrifice personal comfort and forgo personal pleasure to help people who are struggling.

You couldn’t keep people away from a church like that. As we have examined the early Christian Church, this is what they were like, and their growth was phenomenal. They were not focused on growing, but on loving people in Jesus’ name.

Let’s be that church! Let’s be the church that is known, not for its unique interpretations of Scripture, but its deep love for people.

Let’s ask for the Holy Spirit to come and fill our lives with the power of love, like it did for the early church.

Let’s be that church!

New Student Pastor

John Roney, a senior theology student at Union College will be our student pastor for this semester (now until Christmas Break). His email address is john.roney@ucollege.edu and his cell phone number is (573) 982-9385. Please welcome him when you see him at church. He will split his time between Golden Hills and Nebraska City.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How Friendship Helped a Follower of Islam See the Truth About Jesus: How does a committed and passionate follower of Islam reconsider his faith and become an outspoken apologist for Christianity? Bible Gateway features a conversation between the late Nabeel Qureshi, author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – the first book to win ECPA Christian Book Awards® in both New Author and Non-Fiction categories – and his friend David Wood, who led Nabeel to consider the veracity of the claims of Jesus Christ. (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

Sunset this Friday – 7:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath we will conclude the first half of our series on the book of Acts with Pastor T’s sermon titled Unbelieving Prayer, based on Acts 12.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Gentiles, 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!

Labor Day, Monday (Sept. 3)click here to read about the history of Labor Day.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will Not meet this Monday (Sept. 3). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a Summer Break and will begin again in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathway to Health, Fort Worth, Texas, September 19-21, 2018: See the announcement below for more information, to sign up as a volunteer, click here.

Health Emphasis Weekend at College View: Make plans to join us for a special Health Emphasis weekend, September 22-23, with Melody Prettyman-Caviness, 3ABN Guest Speaker and Chef. To register or for questions call 402-450-3082 or carol.huenergardt@gmail.com. Sponsored by CVC Health Ministries. All session will be held in Heartland Hall, College View SDA Church, 4801 Prescott Ave., Lincoln, NE 68506.

·         September 22, Sabbath

§  1:30 pm – Fellowship potluck

§  3:00 pm – Mini Concert

§  3:30 pm – Simple Home Remedies

·         September 23, Sunday

§  3:00 pm – All About Choices (with food samples)

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7. See below for more information.

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.

Pathway to Health

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic (a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs) will be serving in Fort Worth, TX, Sep 19-21. We need 2,500 volunteers to serve the 4,500+ patients expected. In addition to the numerous dental and medical professionals needed, we cannot be successful without the many non-medical volunteers (80% of the total number of volunteers) that serve the patient population. Come serve as the hands and feet of Jesus and be a blessing to those in need! For more information or to sign up, click here. To speak with a local person please contact Michael or Debra Dehning (e-mail or 402-639-8996).

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 Sunday, October 7, at Holmes Lake Park, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    • A satellite event will take place on Sunday, October 7, at Johnson Lake in Fremont, Nebraska. Contact Jen Bullion at 402-800-4854 for more information about this satellite event.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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 Gentiles, 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.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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), 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, 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: August 25, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Absolutely Empty

Have you ever felt absolutely empty? Like you have nothing to give, nothing to share?

This morning, as I sit here to write this blog, that is exactly how I feel.

I’m empty of ideas, empty of energy, empty of motivation – I don’t even want to sit and think, just sit.

But I’m reminded of Paul’s struggle with something – he didn’t tell us what it was, only that he didn’t want to deal with it anymore. He said:

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” … That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses …  For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10, NLT)

I would guess we can say the same about feeling empty – it definitely seems weak.

However, you can only put as much into a container as there is space. If it’s empty, there’s more room for whatever you want to fill it with.

Maybe empty is exactly how God wants us. When we’re empty, there’s more room for God’s Spirit to fill us!

More of Him, and less of me – that actually sounds more like a position of strength. That sounds like a winning combination!

New Student Pastor

John Roney, a senior theology student at Union College will be our student pastor for this semester (now until Christmas Break). His email address is john.roney@ucollege.edu and his cell phone number is (573) 982-9385. Please welcome him today when you see him. He will split his time between Golden Hills and Nebraska City.

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 changes in the seasons, the changes in our lives, and the changes to the upcoming holidays. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What is the Bible? What is the history of the Bible from its beginnings to the present day? How was the Bible written and its various books chosen? How reliable is it? How were the Old Testament and New Testament formed? Bible Gateway interviewed Ryan M. Reeves and Charles Hill about their book, Know How We Got Our Bible. (Click here to read more.)

Revolutionize Your Bible Study by Tracing Themes Through Scripture: If you're exasperated with Bible studies that haphazardly pick arbitrary passages to draw vague applications for your life, Zondervan’s new free Bible study Trace the Themes is exactly what you're waiting for. (Click here to read more.)

Does God Ever Refuse to Answer Our Prayers? Most of us believe that when we “cry out” to God – that is, appeal to him through prayer – he always hears those prayers. But what about Bible passages that suggest that sometimes God doesn’t listen to our prayers? (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

Sunset this Friday – 8:09 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 New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight. 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 be blessed with two baptisms, Aubrey and Nate Degerness. Also, we will continue our series on the book of Acts with Pastor T’s sermon titled Holy Gentiles, based on Acts 10:1 – 11:18.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled Holy Encounter, click here.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Stringing Pearls, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Aug. 27) 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 is taking a Summer Break and will begin again in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathway to Health, Fort Worth, Texas, September 19-21, 2018: See the announcement below for more information, to sign up as a volunteer, click here.

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

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.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic (a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs) will be serving in Fort Worth, TX, Sep 19-21. We need 2,500 volunteers to serve the 4,500+ patients expected. In addition to the numerous dental and medical professionals needed, we cannot be successful without the many non-medical volunteers (80% of the total number of volunteers) that serve the patient population. Come serve as the hands and feet of Jesus and be a blessing to those in need! For more information or to sign up, click here. To speak with a local person please contact Michael or Debra Dehning (e-mail or 402-639-8996).

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 Stringing Pearls, 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.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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), 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, 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: August 18, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, August 16, 2018

Your Pastor's Back

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 Your Pastor’s Back. At the risk of seeming a bit self-serving, I am sharing it with you. It will tell you the very best thing you can give me as your pastor.

It's right there in front of you. You can recognize it even from a distance. I don't mean your pastor has returned, I mean we're looking at him/her from behind. Here's why: If your church seems to be a target, your pastor is the bullseye. Sometimes it seems like it's painted on his (or her) back.

Why is that? Simple. When a big tree falls in the forest it takes others down with it. The bigger the tree that falls, the more damage done to those nearby. That being the case we'd be surprised if the enemy didn't intensify his cunning whenever a pastor is part of the narrative. A church that experiences a pastor's moral fall may never fully recover. I've seen it happen; I hope you haven't. It's one of the most painful things you'll ever observe.

All of that to say this: If you haven't already, it's time to gang up on your pastor. To draw such a tight prayer circle around him or her that the devil can't get through the hedge. Offer to be a prayer partner for your pastor and to cover them with prayer daily. Draft a group of volunteers to cover them on Sunday, another group on Monday, and on through the week. Get your kids excited about interceding regularly for their pastor. Maybe a group praying in a side room all the time your pastor is preaching.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month and gifts are nice, but how about a special prayer cover by the entire congregation during that month. What a gift!

Find out when your pastor does sermon prep and pray especially during that time. Find out when your pastor does visitation and pray especially during that time. You can't make it to prayer meeting this week? Phone your pastor with the assurance you will be in prayer for them during the service. Got shut-ins? How about turning them into prayer warriors? Send your pastor a surprise text that says simply, "I'm praying for you right now."

The secret favorite song of most pastors is, "I Need the Prayers of Those I Love." They do. Spiritual leaders are the focus of the devil's cleverest devices. Early on in their assignment it becomes evident that they are not fighting against only earthy forces, but rather spiritual enemies against which they are personally impotent. Spiritual battles are only won with spiritual weapons. You and your congregation have access to those weapons.

I marvel at how frequently in his letters, Paul the stalwart champion of a burgeoning global church pleads with his friends to pray for him. He knew, as does your pastor, that without the consistent, supernatural infusion of Spirit power he was no match for the one who was intent on destroying him and his influence. Let your pastor know you've got his back. Or hers.

Don Jacobsen

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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 changes in the seasons, the changes in our lives, and the changes to the upcoming holidays. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Light of the World: Annie Downs, author of Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter, says, "Trust God with your words – with their potential and reach. Whether it is one conversation in a coffee shop in India with a young woman who has never heard of Jesus or one blog post that is read by millions, your words matter ..." (Click here to read more.)

When You Want to Trust But Life Won’t Let You: This guest Blog post is by Craig Groeschel, author of Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it’s the hurt that shouts the loudest. Can God be good when life is not? (Click here to read more.)

The Benefits of Asking For, and Giving, Forgiveness: How would you live differently if you only had one month to live? Read this guest Blog post by Kerry and Chris Shook, authors of One Month to Live, to understand the life-changing benefits and freedoms of asking for, and giving, forgiveness. (Click here to read more.)

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

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Calendar Events

Communion Rehearsal, Friday, 7:00 pm in the Church Sanctuary

Sunset this Friday – 8:19 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 New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight. 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 celebrate both the baptism of Marcus Gentillon and a Communion Service with a message from Pastor T titled Stringing Pearls.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Their first meeting for the new year will be Monday, August 27 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 is taking a Summer Break and will begin again in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathway to Health, Fort Worth, Texas, September 19-21, 2018: See the announcement below for more information, to sign up as a volunteer, click here.

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

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.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Pathway to Health Free Mega Clinic (a Ministry of the North American Division of SDAs) will be serving in Fort Worth, TX, Sep 19-21. We need 2,500 volunteers to serve the 4,500+ patients expected. In addition to the numerous dental and medical professionals needed, we cannot be successful without the many non-medical volunteers (80% of the total number of volunteers) that serve the patient population. Come serve as the hands and feet of Jesus and be a blessing to those in need! For more information or to sign up, click here. To speak with a local person please contact Michael or Debra Dehning (e-mail or 402-639-8996).

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, 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), 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, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: August 11, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Seven T’s of Generous Living

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). I thought his blog entry from August 2 was good enough to share with you!

I’ve spent much of the last few years traveling the globe sharing on the Biblical principles of generous living, and the impact of money on our spirituality. I started my journey with ‘The Three T’s of Stewardship’ -- Time, Talents and Treasure -- and have since identified a fourth, fifth and sixth T.

While sharing in the mountains of Arizona a few weeks ago, a conversation with some of the local Apache and Navajo people opened my eyes to the seventh T, so now I have the complete set!

We are to live generously with our:

    • Timethe present that is evenly given to everyone every day.
    • Talents – gifts and skills that bring joy and satisfaction.
    • Treasure – our material blessings to enjoy and share.
    • Testimony – our personal story of God’s presence in our life.
    • Temple – our body that God has trusted us to care for.
    • Territory – the environment, including our own backyard.
    • Tribe – our family, friends and global community.

These T’s are all things that God entrusts to us to be used carefully, prayerfully and for His glory. Paul said it beautifully, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Live generously in all seven areas of your life.

Blessings, Julian

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

Pastor T Update

Pastor T is back and available. He said: “My physical therapy has been going well and I am no longer on significant pain medication. I am still not doing much driving. I will be preaching in Nebraska City this Sabbath and will be at Golden Hills again on August 18. Thank you to all who have sent cards, stopped by for a visit, or communicated online.”

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Hope for the Hopeless: Where do you turn in a world full of despair, depression, anxiety, and instability? A world where an increasing number of people are choosing suicide out of an extreme lack of hope? How can the realization of God’s promises in the Bible stem whatever hopelessness you feel to bring you lasting security? In this Q&A, Max Lucado talks about his book, Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God. (Click here to read more.)

Help! My Husband Is Tuning Me Out. What Can I Do? Many marital problems arise because of a breakdown in understanding. A biological reason helps to explain what’s going on ... (Click here to discover the reason.)

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 – 8:29 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • 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 – one of our Elders – will present a message titled “ Good News.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Their first meeting for the new year will be Monday, August 27 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 is taking a Summer Break and will begin again in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Aug. 14) 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).

Pathway to Health, Fort Worth, Texas, September 19-21, 2018: See the announcement below for more information, to sign up as a volunteer, click here.

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

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.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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, 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), 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, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 14, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Last Blog Post for a While

I will be on vacation next week and then having surgery – so it will be a few weeks till I get back to posting another blog. If you would like to keep up with what’s going on at church in the meantime, sign up for our on-line newsletter. To do so, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page and then follow the instructions.

Keep Going

What do you do when you come to a dry place in your spiritual life?

You know the place I am talking about, right?

    • … when it seems that God is silent
    • … when it becomes hard to continue praying for the same people who show no signs of responding to God
    • … when you spend your quiet time with Jesus, and it just doesn’t feel meaningful or worthwhile
    • … when you try to pray, but your mind keeps wandering to other things
    • … when you sit in church and nothing seems to connect any more
    • … when you hear other people’s testimony of what God is doing for them, and it feels like you’re going through hell

The list could go on for a long time.

When I come to a place like this – and yes, even as a Pastor I go through these times – here are few things I have found helpful.

First, Thoughtfully and prayerfully look inside yourself to evaluate if:

    • You are disobeying a commandment of God or you have said no to something God has asked you to do – if yes, go to Him right away and confess your sin and ask Him to help you do what He has asked. Then step out in faith and do it! (2 Chronicles 7:12-14)
    • You have hurt another person in some way – if yes, again confess it to God and then go to that person to do what you can to make it right. (Matthew 5:23-24)
    • You are holding tight to something (or someone) that is more important to you than God – if yes, take this to God and ask Him to enable you to let go of those things and help you to value Him above anything or anyone else. (Matthew 6:19-34)

Many times I have found the solution to my trouble here. And, as hard as it is to act on some of these, you will find that your feelings will follow your actions. When these things are made right, you will feel rest and peace in ways you can hardly imagine possible.

And then, there are those times when life is tough for no apparent reason other than we live here in a world dominated by sin and largely ruled by Satan. He would like nothing better than to have us let go of God.

He is hard at work against anyone who is trying to draw close to God. He will do everything within his power to make us feel distant from God and convince us that He doesn’t really care about us.

In those times, we must simply hold on to God, not because we feel like it, but because we are desperate to not fall into Satan’s control. We need to choose to do the things that will nourish our spiritual life; things like:

    • Fellowship with other people who are on the same journey
    • Finding some way to get God’s word into our hearts. For those who have trouble reading, an audio Bible may help that you can listen to when your driving or when you’re doing chores or walking.

Take the Bible in small chunks, find a part of it that is meaningful to you and spend every day with it until it becomes familiar to you, perhaps even becoming a part of your memory bank. Look for God’s story, not just a list of doctrines.

Ask God to teach you as you do this day after day, and you will find insights pop up at random times – if you’re like me, you may need to find a way to write them down or dictate them to a voice recorder so you don’t forget what He has said to you.

Consider some of His promises to you – think about what they mean and maybe even commit a few of them to memory. Some you may want to start with are: Psalm 25, Psalm 103, Psalm 139, Proverbs 3:3-12, Isaiah 40:27-31, Isaiah 41:10-13, Isaiah 43:1-7, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:25-27, Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:1-3, Romans 5:1-10, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 4:4-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 5:10-13, Revelation 21:1-4 – and there are many others!

    • And then, you need to talk with God through prayer. Forget about the formality of it, and just talk to Him like He’s riding in the car with you, sitting next to you on your bed, or walking with you wherever you may be headed. Tell Him about your day – the things you’re excited about and the things that make you nervous. Ask him to guide you through your day and to recognize divine appointments He may have for you that simply pop up and surprise you.
    • And finally, look for ways to express God’s love to those around you – your family, your friends, people at school or work, and people you bump into as you go about your day. Ask God to help you recognize the opportunities and to give you the courage to step into them.

As Christians, we are meant to do more than just take in God’s word and draw closer to Him – we are designed to love others the way God has loved us. We will never be happy just sitting around and gaining more knowledge, we must act on it in order to experience everything God has in mind for us.

Don’t put this stull off. Take the steps now to begin following God where He leads you today. Your feelings will catch up with your actions before too long. Quit focusing so much on yourself and what your feel, and start obeying God with your actions. My experience has been that this makes all the difference in the world!  

Pastor T & Pat Gone

Pastor T & Pat will be gone on vacation from Monday, July 16 – 24. On July 25, Pastor T will have surgery on his shoulder and will be on Medical Leave for a couple of weeks. For a some days after that he will be back in a limited capacity as he will be unable to drive. He should be cleared to drive by August 7 and will then be back full time. If you have an emergency please feel free to contact any one of our elders – click here for a list of elders with their contact information.

Adventurers

Looking for Boys and Girls between the ages of 3-9 to come and join us for some fun as we learn more about our Best Friend Jesus and the beautiful things He has created. We enjoy fitness activities and crafts as well! Join us for our 2018-2019 Adventurer Year. You can register anytime between now and our first meeting which will be held on Monday August 27th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more information or to get a registration packet, contact Lori Knutson (e-mail or 402-980-5018 – text or call).

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

Survey for Parents with School-Aged Children

Our church has received a request to participate in a study about current trends among Adventist parents who have children in kindergarten through the 12th grade. If you are in this group, please participate in this short survey by clicking here to get started.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Holy Spirit Changes Everything: Who is the Holy Spirit? How did our relationship with the Holy Spirit change from the Old Testament to the New Testament? What are the common misconceptions we have of the Holy Spirit? How are we to think, speak, (and sing) rightly about him? Bible Gateway interviewed Daniel Henderson about his book, Transforming Presence: How the Holy Spirit Changes Everything – from the Inside Out. (Click here to read more.)

How Should Christians Engage with Culture? This guest Blog post is by Philip Yancey, author of Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a Deeply Divided World. He says the shift in American society from admiring Christians to fearing and criticizing them provides an opportunity for self-reflection. How have we been presenting the message we believe in? Might there be a more grace-filled way? (Click here to read more.)

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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 – 8:56 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • 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 Encounter and examines the story of Saul’s conversion. It is based on Acts 9:1-31. You’ll also find some interesting reading about this story in Acts 22:3-23, Acts 26:9-23, and Acts of the Apostles, chapters 12 and 13.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series, from two weeks ago, titled Holy Appointment, click here.

PBE Team Study, Monday, July 16, 6:30 pm – Luke 13-16. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). They will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (July 17) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). This will be our last Prayer Meeting for this summer. We will pick up again sometime in September.

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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 Appointment, 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 mission team who will be going to Alaska – let’s pray for their success and safety.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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), 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 (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, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 7, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, July 05, 2018

Don’t Worry

I am a first class worrier. I come by it naturally – my mom is too. We can take a little bit on information and then fill in the rest of the “facts” with the worst possible outcome and then worry ourselves sick thinking about it.

I’m not sure why worrying is so attractive. Perhaps it gives me a sense of doing something about the perceived problem – at least I am thinking about possible solutions to the worst case scenarios.

God says:

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)

I love the way the Message translates the last part of verse 7:

… It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:7, the Message)

The last two readings in My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers, are about worry. They really spoke to my heart and my needs. Perhaps they will be helpful to you as well. The first part of each reading is listed below, click on the link at the end of each selection to read the entire piece.

One of God’s Great “Don’ts” (July 4)

Do not fret – it only causes harm. (Psalm 37:8, NIV)

Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then? … (Click here to read more.)

Don’t Plan Without God (July 5)

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5, NIV)

Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him – that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing that will keep us from even the possibility of worrying is to bring God in as the greatest factor in all of our planning … (Click here to read more.) 

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.

Adventurers

Looking for Boys and Girls between the ages of 3-9 to come and join us for some fun as we learn more about our Best Friend Jesus and the beautiful things He has created. We enjoy fitness activities and crafts as well! Join us for our 2018-2019 Adventurer Year. You can register anytime between now and our first meeting which will be held on Monday August 27th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more information or to get a registration packet, contact Lori Knutson (e-mail or 402-980-5018 – text or call).

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How can everyday Christians best share the gospel in today's skeptical world? With the rise of Bible illiteracy and the view that the Bible is irrelevant, how does a Christian begin to communicate their love for Scripture and the gospel message it contains? How can you get past people’s defensive posture toward Christianity so they can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ? Bible Gateway interviewed Sam Chan about his book, Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable. (Click here to read the Bible verses.)

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Land of the Bible? Which famous biblical event took place on the mountainside in northern Israel? While on the run from King Saul, David took refuge in the Cave of ...? Mount Arbel in northern Israel is marked by what unusual feature? (Click here to read more.)

Pushing Through My Season of Suffering: In this article excerpt from Perfectly Unfinished: Finding Beauty in the Midst of Brokenness, Andrea Logan White, says, "Pretending I’m living in victory when I’m not will just lead me deeper into defeat. We are defenseless against our enemy if we are living a lie. But we truly heal from each other’s stories ..." (Click here to read more.)

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 – 8:59 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, John Stroman will share a message with us titled Birthstones-R-Us based on Matthew 13:45-46. You are invited to the annual shareholders meeting of Birthstones-R-Us.  We will be addressing our traditional and changing business practices. John will be delivering the state of the company address to shareholders.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dollars & Sense, 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!

PBE Team Study, Monday, July 9, 6:30 pm – Luke 9-12. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). They will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (July 10) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (July 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).

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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 Dollars & Sense, 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.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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), 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 (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, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 30, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Trust God? Do We Really?

One of the Bible verses we often learn early in life is Proverbs 3:5-6. Verses 7-14 give a similar message and round out the message a bit:

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. (Proverbs 3:5-14, NIV)

These are powerful verses that I have read over and over. I urge you to read them again prayerfully as you consider these questions:

1.    Do I trust Him enough with my life to spend regular time with Him getting to know Him better – which will help me trust Him more?

2.    Do I trust God enough to do the things He directs me to do in His word (Sabbath, honoring parents, healthy habits, truthfulness, etc.)?

3.    Do I trust Him enough to avoid the things He tells me not to do (sex outside of marriage, unclean foods, judging others, etc.)?

4.    Do I trust Him enough to line up my finances based on His instructions (tithe, offering, debt, etc.)?

 

Christian Record Services EYE RUN

Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Does the Bible Say about Refugees and Foreigners? In time for World Refugee Day this past week, the following verses found throughout the Old and New Testaments can help us understand and formulate our beliefs concerning those whom Scripture refers to as “the stranger,” “the foreigner,” “the alien,” as well as "neighbor." (Click here to read the Bible verses.)

The Only Way to Deal with Your Pain and Mistakes: Johnny Baker, author of The Road to Freedom: Healing from Your Hurts, Hang-Ups, and Habits, says, "Lots of people say recovery is hard, and usually dealing with the past is the part they're referring to. Facing our past mistakes and pain, head on, is the only way to get it where it belongs: behind us." (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

Sunset this Friday – 9:00 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • 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 Appointment and examines the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. It is based on Acts 8. You’ll find some interesting reading about this story in Acts of the Apostles, chapter 11.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dollars & Sense, click here.

PBE Team Study, Monday, July 2, 6:30 pm – Luke 5-8. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). The will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (July 3) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Independence Day next Wednesday (July 4).

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (July 7) 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’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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 Dollars & Sense, 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.)
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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), 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 (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, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 23, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Beware of Criticizing Others

In my devotional reading this past Sunday, I came across this selection from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. As I was reading it, I kept thinking of people who should be reading this – and then God’s Spirit said: “this is for you, not someone else.”

I realized I was doing exactly what this was telling me I shouldn’t. I read it again with new eyes and realized it was just what I needed to think about. Perhaps you will find it speaks to you too!

“Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.”

The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized.

The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when you are in a critical mood.

Criticism serves to make you harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves you with the soothing and flattering idea that you are somehow superior to others.

Jesus says that as His disciple you should cultivate a temperament that is never critical. This will not happen quickly but must be developed over a span of time. You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person.

There is no escaping the penetrating search of my life by Jesus. If I see the little speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own (see Matthew 7:3-5). Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-24).

Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every person’s situation. The first thing God does is to give us a thorough spiritual cleaning. After that, there is no possibility of pride remaining in us. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God. (My Utmost for His Highest, June 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.

Melodie Burrows Memorial Service

Melodie Burrows passed away on Sabbath, June 9. There will be a memorial service for her this Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Family visitation begins at 10:00 am, just before the service. Please remember her family in your prayers.

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

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

"Just as each day brims with your beauty, my mouth brims with praise ..." (Psalm 71:8, the Message)

Every day, we can carve out moments to connect with God in prayer. Get creative with where you can invite God into your day: try praying ...

    • ... in your bathroom: You’ve heard of singing in the shower, but have you tried praying?! Give thanks for three things as you get ready each morning.
    • ... when you travel: Whether you’re walking, driving or on public transport, take a few minutes to invite God into your journey and pray for someone on your mind.
    • ... between episodes: Pause your box-set or series for a few minutes, and take a moment to acknowledge and praise God for who He is.

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

Don’t Compare Yourself—You’re Always Enough: As a woman, do you suffer from thinking you don't measure up to others? Do you struggle with constant comparison, hide because you're afraid, yet want to live a fulfilled life? What does the Bible say about a person's self-image and how to handle the society's burdens? Bible Gateway interviewed Jess Connolly, who, along with Hayley Morgan, wrote Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding & Start Living Wild and Free. (Click here to read more.)

The Prayers of Jesus: How did Jesus pray? Why did he pray? What can we learn from his attitude toward prayer and the importance he gave it? Based on the example of Jesus, how should we pray in modern times of trauma and catastrophe? Bible Gateway interviewed Janet Holm McHenry about her book, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus: What Jesus Prayed and How It Can Change Your Life Today. (Click here to read more.)

Quiz – The World Cup, Athleticism, and the Bible: The 2018 World Cup is underway in Russia with 32 teams playing 64 matches in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. We thought this would be a good opportunity to help you gauge how well you know the Bible’s athletic allusions and sports-related illustrations.. (Click here to take this short quiz.)

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

Memorial service for Melodie Burrows this Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Family visitation begins at 10:00 am, just before the service. Please remember her family in your prayers

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Pastor T will share a sermon titled Dollars & Sense as we explore what God has to say about our money in His Word.

PBE Team Study, Monday, June 25 – Luke 1-4. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). The will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (June 26) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting next Tuesday (June 26) 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).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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.)
    • Melodie Burrows’ family
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery.
    • Donna Parker is in Midlands Hospital being treated for an infection in her blood.
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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 – 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, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), 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), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 16, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Getting There

In my devotional reading this week I came across this selection from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It really spoke to where I am right now in my life. Then I discovered it is the first of three selections with the same title. All of them were very meaningful to me. If you would like to access the following two devotionals, click on the links following this selection.

“Come to Me…” (Matthew 11:28)

Where sin and sorrow stops, and the song of the saint starts. Do I really want to get there? I can right now. The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words – “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but – “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.

Have you ever come to Jesus? Look at the stubbornness of your heart. You would rather do anything than this one simple childlike thing – “Come to Me.” If you really want to experience ceasing from sin, you must come to Jesus.

Jesus Christ makes Himself the test to determine your genuineness. Look how He used the word come. At the most unexpected moments in your life there is this whisper of the Lord – “Come to Me,” and you are immediately drawn to Him. Personal contact with Jesus changes everything. Be “foolish” enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude necessary for you to come to Him is one where your will has made the determination to let go of everything and deliberately commit it all to Him.

“… and I will give you rest” – that is, “I will sustain you, causing you to stand firm.” He is not saying, “I will put you to bed, hold your hand, and sing you to sleep.” But, in essence, He is saying, “I will get you out of bed – out of your listlessness and exhaustion, and out of your condition of being half dead while you are still alive. I will penetrate you with the spirit of life, and you will be sustained by the perfection of vital activity.” Yet we become so weak and pitiful and talk about “suffering” the will of the Lord! Where is the majestic vitality and the power of the Son of God in that? (Getting There, June 11)

To read the next selection, click here; and to read the last one, click here. 

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.

Melodie Burrows

Melodie Burrows passed away last Sabbath. There will be a memorial service for her, one week from Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Please remember her family in your prayers.

The Prayer Ambulance:

The Prayer Ambulance – Helping people discover the Power of Prayer: It all started with a call to engage in prayer more deeply, inspired by our experiences of 24-7 Prayer ... One of the things we’ve loved is passing the baton of prayer from one person to the next. The idea of a prayer ambulance takes it up a notch: from one worshipping community to the next! Click here to read more.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Hope for the Hopeless: Where do you turn in a world full of despair, depression, anxiety, and instability? A world where an increasing number of people are choosing suicide out of an extreme lack of hope? How can the realization of God's promises in the Bible stem whatever hopelessness you feel to bring you lasting security? In this Q&A, Max Lucado talks about his book, Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God. (Click here to read more.)

What the Gospel Means for Our Work, Money, and Possessions: How should Christians biblically and practically earn, invest, spend, compensate, save, share, and give money in ways that embody God's love and provision for the world? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt about their book, Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give. (Click here to read more.)

The Man Behind the Story That Sparked the US Civil War: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the ground-breaking anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is known as the book that started the US Civil War. What few people realize is that the story was inspired by the real-life Christian preacher, Josiah Henson. Read this Blog post by Jared Brock, author of The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story that Sparked the Civil War. (Click here to read more.)

Do Miracles Happen?: How should miracles be defined? What's the difference between a miracle, answered prayer, and a coincidence? How many adults believe in miracles and say they've experienced them? Can miracles be proven? What could be considered the greatest miracle of all? In this Q&A, investigative journalist and bestselling author Lee Strobel talks about his book, The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural. (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

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Pastor T shares a sermon titled Dollars & Sense. We will explore why God has so much to say about our money in His Word.

Father’s Day – Sunday, June 17

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (June 19) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 19) 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).

Memorial service for Melodie Burrows, Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Please remember her family in your prayers

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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.)
    • Melodie Burrows’ family
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery earlier this week.
    • Donna Parker is in Midlands Hospital being treated for an infection in her blood.
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, 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 – 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, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), 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), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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