Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 2, 2020

Web Master - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Reopening the Church

Our Governor has announced that our state will begin loosening restrictions on some businesses and churches allowing them to begin functioning again on a limited basis. (To learn more about this, check out the articles at the end of this section by clicking on their title.)

We have not yet decided when we will open the church doors to services again. It’s a process our church leadership is dealing with right now and will be finalized at our next Church Board meeting (May 12). Until then, we will not see any changes in the way we are conducting worship.

Even after that, we will be moving slowly, ensuring that we stay within the guidelines set by our State and the CDC. The last thing we want is to move ahead in such a way that our church becomes a vehicle for COVID-19 exposure.

Are we wanting to get back together again? More than we can express in words. But, we want to do it in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading the virus around and protects your health.

Please keep praying for us – and all our church members during this difficult time. And if you become aware of something happening with someone that we need to get especially involved with, please let us know (especially if that someone is you). We would rather be notified 10 times about a need than to miss it. You can contact either Pastor T (402-517-5333) or any one of our Elders (click here for a current list with contact information).

We are still having an Interactive Worship Service Online each Sabbath morning at 11:05 am. You can view it on our Facebook Page, our Homepage, or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page, and through Remind.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC , the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk ManagementAdventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Redemptive Conversations

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Redemptive Conversations and shares some interesting facts about the number of people attending our digital worship service here in the middle of COVID-19.

I like the term “redemptive conversations.” Sounds friendly. Sounds neighborly; spiritual. What sometimes slows me down is that I worry I might not get it just right and it would turn out to be awkward. We’ve all met members of the God Squad who come across like a 7:00 am marketing call. You’re not interested in what he is selling and he is not interested in hearing why you are not interested. Ruthie got a call like that yesterday morning.

Here’s the difference: A redemptive conversation doesn’t necessarily need words. Last week, still shackled by the corona virus lockdown, a pastor friend of ours in Canada, with his wife and kids, prayed for a strategy – and the Lord gave them an idea … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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

Questions for Sabbath

This coming Sabbath during our online Worship Service, Pastor T will be answering questions. He will start by looking at the COVID-19 pandemic in light of Jesus’ prophecies found in Matthew 24:1-14. The underlying question is this: Is this a sign of the end? How does it relate to Jesus’ second coming?

If there are other questions you would like him to address, please text him at (402) 517-5333 or click here. If there are more questions than can be dealt with this Sabbath, he will continue the following Sabbath as well. Please get the questions to him as soon as possible so he has some time to prepare a thoughtful, Bible-based answer.

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our Facebook Page. If you “Like” it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Wall of Love

We are extending our campaign to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of May

Due to the continued increase in unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis, food pantries have seen a large increase in traffic. This is true for the Bellevue Food Pantry, which serves the Bellevue zip codes 68005, 68123, 68147, 68157. People in need – living in these zip codes – can pick up food every 30 days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 am and 1-4:00 pm. Seniors can pick up food every 21 days. 

You can take food donations to their office on Wednesdays between the hours of 1-4 pm (1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue – phone number 402-292-2961).

You may give funds through our Online Giving Portal – designate your gift as Local Community Service. You may also mail a check to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Pantry in the memo line. 

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Make Big Decisions Wisely: Have you considered lately the importance of every decision you make every day? What does the Bible say about the proper way of making decisions? How can you be sure the choices you make are the best ones for your life? Bible Gateway interviewed Alan Ehler (@alanehler) about his book, How to Make Big Decisions Wisely: A Biblical and Scientific Guide to Healthier Habits, Less Stress, A Better Career, and Much More. (Click here to read more.)

No God but One – Allah or Jesus: How similar are the world’s two largest religions? What claims does each faith make upon believers’ intellects and lives? What is the evidence supporting each religion's distinctive beliefs? How does sharia contrast with the gospel? Readers of Nabeel Qureshi’s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianitywinner of the 2015 Christian Book Awards®already appreciate his careful and respectful comparison of Islam and Christianity. Bible Gateway interviewed Nabeel Qureshi, author of No God but One: Allah or Jesus? – A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity. (Click here to read more.)

VideoThe Joy of Spring Renewal: God’s steadfast faithfulness is seen year after yearsince time beganwhen the earth is renewed from its winter dormancy and springs forth with bluer skies and greener fields. This extraordinary season of renewal is also a powerful reminder of the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ! Meditate on God’s Word as you savor this colorful video. (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.

What’s Happening

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Friday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Sunset this Friday – 8:21 pm

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Sabbath at 10 am (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, we will look at the current COVID-19 Pandemic in light of Jesus’ prophecy found in Matthew 24:1-14. We will also answer your questions. If you have a question, please text it to Pastor T at (402) 517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Rinse & Repeat, the conclusion of our Sermon Series titled Take the Plunge, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Saturday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Romans 8. Contact Pastor T for more information.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Tuesday (May 5) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Wednesday (May 6) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Friday (May 8) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine and Primary Treasure – along with Sabbath School Lesson Materials.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer resources – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach Conference personnel by leaving a voice mail on phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Websiteclick here, on our Facebook Pageclick here, or on YouTubeclick here.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a FREE APP! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (judylcarr@aol.com or 402-290-3306).

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2020, click here; 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Rinse & Repeat, the conclusion of our Sermon Series titled Take the Plunge, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).

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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333. 

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 25, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 23, 2020

What’s Your Legacy?

This past Friday I conducted a graveside service for Mary Givehand. She was the second of my church members to die during the last week of March and the first week of April. Neither were related to COVID-19.

Mary was 97 years old. She was born in Nebraska City and lived her whole life there except for the years she spent in college and grad school (she had a masters degree in education). Her current home is across the street from the home she was born at and grew up in.

She worked in Omaha as a first grade teacher for 30 years – making the drive from Nebraska City and back every day. She never missed a day of school.

She was dearly loved by both her students and other staff members. I’ve only known Mary for eight years, but during that time she would often share with me letters from former students or tell me one had stopped by to visit.

She raised three children. It seems like every person I have met that lived in Nebraska City for more than just a few years knows Mary or one of her children.

At a time when the church in Nebraska City was struggling – down to two people attending each week – Mary, and one other lady who passed away some years ago, would come to church, fellowship together, and bring enough food with them to feed anyone else who showed up.

The church has grown and shrunk several times in the past years and was finally closed at the end of 2019 – it broke Mary’s heart.

Why do I share all this?

Thinking about Mary’s life and seeing how much of a difference she made in her world – her legacy – makes me think about my life and influence.

What is it that makes up the legacy of a person like Mary?

In reality, it’s pretty simple. It’s just the way they lived their life day after day.

Mary live her life with an outward focus. She loved people and helped take care of them. She was active in the community.

She fed whoever showed up at home with her kids. She loved God and expressed it day after day.

A legacy is not about some great accomplishment that makes a big splash in the news. It is about how you touch people day after day.

Jesus tells us what our legacy should be when He said:

“… Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35, NLT)

As Christians, our legacy should be about loving others like Jesus loves us.

This is not necessarily about some big, noteworthy act – it is about our everyday interactions with our families and everyone we come in contact with. It’s about how we treat grocery clerks, annoying neighbors, the person we talk to at the Walmart Call Center when we call to complain, the waiter who can’t seem to get the order right, and so on.

Loving people like Jesus loves us is not natural. Developing into a person who can love unlovable people in everyday circumstances depends on another day by day practice – spending time with Jesus.

We can only love like Jesus if we have Jesus living in us. We can only have Jesus living in us if we invite Him to come in and take charge. All this happens when we take some quality time with Him each day.

One of my favorite promises is found in Psalm 32:

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. (Psalm 32:8, CSB)

This happens as we spend time with Him. Don’t sell yourself short – spend regular time with Jesus. Listen to His counsel. Follow His instructions. Build a legacy of loving like He does!.

Open Windows

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Open Windows and shares some interesting facts about the number of people attending our digital worship service here in the middle of COVID-19.

… Christian pollster, George Barna, just announced that according to his tally since the first of the new year 50% of the churches in North America have shown growth. And it’s true of small churches, medium-sized churches, and large.

Now, it’s not the same, I know. I’m a recovering hugger and I miss it. But here’s the up-side. A high percentage of those we reach digitally are not those who have worshiped with us before … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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

On-line Church Directory

If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (judylcarr@aol.com or 402-290-3306).

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our Facebook Page. If you “Like” it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Sabbath School Quarterlies

You can pick up a current Sabbath School Quarterly by stopping by the church. You will find them in a box just outside the lobby doors on the side of the Education Building (the west side). If you are unable to get to the church and you would like one, text Pastor T (402-517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com.  

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Pantry. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue. Click here for more information about the Bellevue Food Pantry.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Pantry, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue. Their phone number is 402-292-2961.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Unlikely Friendship from the Oklahoma City Bombing: How is it possible that two men destined to be enemies were able to forge an unexpected bond in the wake of abhorrent terrorism and tragedy? What transpired in the heart-stirring story of how the father of a young woman killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and the father of her killer (Timothy McVeigh) became friends and found forgiveness? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeanne Bishop, author of Grace from the Rubble: Two Fathers' Road to Reconciliation after the Oklahoma City Bombing. (Click here to read more.)

How to Respect Different Viewpoints While Keeping Your Own: How can Christians today interact with those around them in a way that shows respect to those whose beliefs are radically different but that also remains faithful to the gospel? Bestselling author Timothy Keller and legal scholar John Inazu bring together a range of artists, thinkers, and leaders—such as Lecrae, Tish Harrison Warren, Kristen Deede Johnson, Claude Richard Alexander, Shirley Hoogstra, Sara Groves, Rudy Carrasco, Trillia Newbell, Tom Lin, and Warren Kinghorn to provide a guide to biblical living in a pluralistic, fractured world. Bible Gateway interviewed Timothy Keller and John Inazu about their book, Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference. (Click here to read more.)

What Does the Book of Proverbs Say About Fools? The book of Proverbs was specifically written millennia ago to clearly contrast the dismantling ways of foolishness with the restorative properties of wisdom. Here, then, are several proverbs warning us not to be fool. (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.

What’s Happening

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Friday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Sunset this Friday – 8:14 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am with the Worship Service following right after. This Sabbath, we conclude our sermon series Taking the Plunge in a study titled Rinse & Repeat. Be sure to have your Bible, your cell phone, a P.R.A.Y. Guide, and the current page with this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment handy. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a copy of the P.R.A.Y. Guide, click here.
      • To download and print a copy of this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment, click here.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Yield, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Saturday (Apr. 25) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 pm online. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Romans 8. Contact Pastor T for more information.

MLT Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, April 28 at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. For questions, contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Tuesday (Apr. 25) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Wednesday (Apr. 28) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Friday (May 1) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine and Primary Treasure – along with Sabbath School Lesson Materials.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer resources – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach Conference personnel by leaving a voice mail on phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having an Interactive Worship Service Online each Sabbath morning at 11:05 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page, our Homepage, or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page, and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Websiteclick here, on our Facebook Pageclick here, or on YouTubeclicking here.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a FREE APP! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2020, click here; 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Yield, click here. You can watch it by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).

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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333. 

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 18, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 16, 2020

Love Does Not Parade Itself

This is part four of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers website. To read part 1, click here; part 2, click here; part 3, click here.

It’s easy to criticize the Pharisees, but I think we have more in common with them than we realize.

Pharisees built their sense of worth by trying to look “good.” Speaking of them, Jesus said, “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside…” (Matthew 23:5, NLT).

These guys were so desperate to look “good” that they literally wore supersized Bible verse boxes to show their respect for God’s law. Unfortunately, this habit of parading their “goodness” tricked them into missing out on Jesus. Who needs a Savior when you’re already so good?

But are hyper-religious people the only ones who struggle with self-righteousness? Martin Luther didn’t think so:

“Each one of us carries in our heart a horrible religious fanatic,” he said. “We would all like to be able to do something so spectacular that we could boast, ‘Look what I’ve done! With all my prayers and good works, I’ve done enough for God today that I can feel at peace …’ This joy is impure because it isn’t based on faith. It’s the kind of happiness that can make your conscience confused. Consciences are delicate. We need to guard them against the sin of arrogance… We should realize that we all carry in our hearts a horrible religious fanatic, who will destroy our faith with foolish delusions of good works” (Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional, March 1).

Self-righteousness is a virus that infects our very best ideas and efforts—our personal ideals, our good habits, our social activism, our generosity, our politics, our thoughts of what others or the church should do, etc. Like the Pharisees, we compare ourselves to others in countless ways, secretly hoping to end up ahead—secretly trying to be “good enough.”

God wants to protect us from these “foolish delusions of good works,” because He knows that self-righteousness damages our faith and our ability to love others. So what’s the solution to parading ourselves? Here’s what Martin Luther says:

“The Holy Spirit provides us with a way to counter this godless delusion. We need to hold tightly to what we have received through the grace of God. God’s approval doesn’t come to us by what we do. Rather, it comes through the holiness of Christ, who suffered for us.”

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church. If you Like it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Sabbath School Quarterlies

You can pick up a current Sabbath School Quarterly by stopping by the church. You will find them in a box just outside the lobby doors on the side of the Education Building (the west side). If you are unable to get to the church and you would like one, text Pastor T (402-517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com.

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Bank. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Bank, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Living a Life of Wisdom Is Similar to Becoming a Great Jazz Soloist: What is the Bible's blueprint for becoming the kind of person who can deal with all of life's challenges? What is wisdom and how does a person acquire it? What are the practical steps to pursue in becoming wise? And how is living a life of wisdom similar to becoming a great jazz soloist? Bible Gateway interviewed Daniel Grothe about his book, Chasing Wisdom: The Lifelong Pursuit of Living Well. (Click here to read more.)

How to Follow Jesus: Has following Jesus become unnecessarily complicated by modern Christian jargon and heavy systematic theology? Are new believers in Christ paralyzed by being overwhelmed trying to master complicated doctrines, frustrated by a large list of rules for policing their lives, and bewildered by a new (and strange) vocabulary? Bible Gateway interviewed Craig Springer, author of How to Follow Jesus: A Practical Guide to Growing Your Faith. (Click here to read more.)

Sneak Peek – My Name Is Tani: Here's a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the new book and audiobook of My Name Is Tani … and I Believe in Miracles: The Amazing True Story of One Boys Journey from Refugee to Chess Champion by Tanitoluwa Adewumi. It's the true story of a family escaping Boko Haram, sacrificing everything, living with nothing but hope. Eight-year-old Tani jumped into his new life with courage and perseverance – and an unusual mind for chess. In less than a year after he learned to play chess, Tani won the New York State chess championship. (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.

What’s Happening

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens begins this Friday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Sunset this Friday – 8:06 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:05 am) – This Sabbath, we begin a new online feature. Beginning at 11:05 am we will share a children’s corner. Then we will continue our sermon series Taking the Plunge in a study titled Yield. We will examine Philippians 2:1-11. Be sure to have your Bible, your cell phone, a P.R.A.Y. Guide, and the current page with this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment handy. You can view it on our website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a copy of the P.R.A.Y. Guide, click herewe will be looking especially at the Yield section.
      • To download and print a copy of this week’s Bible Verses, Questions, and Assignment, click here.
      • You can watch last week’s sermon, He is Risen! by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown.
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Saturday (Apr. 18) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, April 21 at 6:00 pm online. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Psalm 139. Contact Pastor T for more information.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Tuesday (Apr. 21) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Wednesday (Apr. 22) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Friday (Apr. 24) at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well! Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice mail on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service online each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page, and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Websiteclick here, on our Facebook Pageclick here, or on YouTubeclicking here.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

You can watch last week’s sermon, He is Risen! by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown.

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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.  

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 11, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 09, 2020

Love Does Not Envy

This is part three of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers website. To read part 1, click here; part 2, click here.

Kids believe weird stuff. For example, I have a friend who, when he was young, didn’t think girls pooped. I guess, for him, femininity and bodily functions couldn’t co-exist. (Little did he know.)

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love does not envy.” Envy is one of the biggest enemies of love, because it makes us believe weird stuff. In his book Living for God, theologian Frank Hasel defines envy as “a form of blindness in which I can no longer realistically see my own gifts, or the blessings God has given me. Instead, my perception is intensely focused on the achievements, possessions, or strengths of others.” 1 In other words, when we’re envious, we’re looking at others through a “girls don’t poop” lens. Envy tells us they sit on a throne of only blessings.

I used to be jealous of a friend. I thought she was funnier, more popular, and a better writer. She had struggles, but my focus was on the gifts and talents I wanted. If I could talk to my younger self, I’d explain an idea I read about in Frank’s book. Let’s call it the chocolate box fallacy.

When we envy, we act like a person’s blessings are arbitrarily put together, like a box of chocolates. We fantasize about how much better off we’d be if only we could insert whatever they have into our own life. But people aren’t like boxes of chocolate. Everything in our lives is connected to something else. Every blessing has a story. When we see people, we see only what we envy, but, Frank writes, when God looks at us, He sees “the liabilities that come along with each blessing” (ibid, pg. 49).

The question to ask is, if I want someone’s blessing, would I take their story too? Would I take the depression that forged a friend’s ability to make people laugh? Would I take the loneliness that often comes from always having something intelligent to say but never knowing how to listen and make lasting friends?

If you struggle with envy, practice being grateful that you’re you. When we begin to accept ourselves – the blessings and flaws – we can begin to accept and love others without resentment, because, well, they poop too. (Click here to read this online).

1. Frank Hasel, Living for God: Reclaiming the Joy of Christian Virtue, Pacific Press, March 2020, pp. 47 and 49.

Christian Record Services for the Blind

The emphasis for the World Budget offering this Sabbath is Christian Record Services for the Blind. This North American Division ministry has been serving the blind community for more than 120 years. When you give to Christian Record, you give hope to a marginalized community. Please mark your offering for Christian Record (give through our church by clicking here) or give directly at ChristianRecord.org/give. To view a video from Christian Record, click here. To read a letter for the Director of Christian Record, click here.

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service online each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel.

We are having Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings on our Zoom Channel (click here for instructions on how to join these meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page , and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church. If you Like It, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Sabbath School Quarterlies

You can pick up a current Sabbath School Quarterly by stopping by the church. You will find them in a box just outside the lobby doors on the side of the Education Building (the west side). If you are unable to get to the church and you would like one, text Pastor T (402-517-5333 or send him an email at martinsent@gmail.com.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes

We received an update from Samaritan’s Purse regarding Operation Christmas Child’s 2019 season here in the Omaha area. Here are a couple of things they shared - to read the entire update, click here.

    • The Omaha area (includes five counties) sent 16,217 shoebox gifts in 2019
    • Most of our shoeboxes went to Mexico and Ukraine

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Bank. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Bank, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice mail on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Christian History Told Through 33 Objects: If you had to select 33 objects throughout history to represent the birth, growth, and effectiveness of Christianity, what would you choose to best reflect God's enduring grace through the centuries? And what narrative would you write that would weave them all together in telling the story of what God is accomplishing in the world? Tangible relics such as these offer rich links of understanding between Christians of the first and 21st centuries. Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Challies about his book, Epic: An Around-the-World Journey Through Christian History. (Click here to read more.)

Even Non-Believers Can Agree on Facts Concerning Jesus: Did you know that, even though they don't believe in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, scholars who are not Christians do agree with believers on some matters concerning Jesus? Surprisingly, there's a lot upon which everyone can agree. When surveying historical scholarship, Christians, agnostics, and skeptics have no other option but to affirm certain truths about Jesus. Bible Gateway interviewed Justin W. Bass about his book, The Bedrock of Christianity: The Unalterable Facts of Jesus' Death and Resurrection. (Click here to read more.)

How to Create Calm in the Midst of Chaos: Three-time Emmy award nominee actor Dondré Whitfield, author of Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World says, "I work in an industry where super-talented people go off the deep end and make decisions that damage their reputations. Most of this comes from feeling like they’re always in an environment of chaos, unable to feel calm or secure. But God is my measure of security …” (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.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:59 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will have special Passover/Easter season service. Be sure to have your Bible and your cell phone handy so you can participate.
      • You can watch last week’s sermon, Ask, by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown.
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 pm on our Zoom Channel. For instructions on how to participate, click here . We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Psalm 32 . Contact Pastor T for more information.

Church Board Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, April 14 at 7:15 pm on our Zoom Channel. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

It is Written Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens begins one week from Friday, (Apr. 17) at 8 pm (CDT). To sign up for it and for more information, click here. You can invite your friends to watch as well!

Life Line Screening has been cancelled for April 29, 2020.

Camp Meeting has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. You can also watch it on our Facebook Pageclick here to find it.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

You can watch last week’s sermon, Ask, by clicking here (the service begins following the countdown).

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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Donna Parker passed away this past Saturday morning. Please remember Gary and their daughter Melody in your prayers.
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Apr. 4, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, April 02, 2020

Love Suffers Long

This is part two of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers website . To read part 1, click here .

I ran my first marathon at 23. The first half was a breeze. By mile 18, I felt sore. At mile 23, a young man ran up beside me and asked: “Sooo … what are you gonna do after the race?” If he was asking me out, I totally missed it. “I’m gonna cry” was all I could say.

I suffered long to run that race. Training included giant blood blisters, a 20-mile run including 90-degree weather, and many long hours of preparation. I suffered long because the joy of finishing a marathon was more valuable to me (at the time) than the comfort of avoiding pain.

Love is like a long-distance race. And Jesus is its ultra Athlete. This Iron Man of love was pierced with iron spikes. He didn’t just sweat; He sweated drops of blood. He cried with agony at the sense of separation He felt from His Father (Matthew 27:46 ). Jesus suffered long because He had the most noble goal and the most healthy, loving heart of anyone in the universe: “for the joy set before Him He endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2 , NIV).

What was the “joy” that motivated Jesus? It was you. It was His desire to reverse the damaging effects of the fall in your life, and to restore you to the connection and joy you were designed for. Christ’s love motivated Him to “go the extra mile” until there were no more miles left to go.

You can be an athlete of love, too. How? By tenaciously, stubbornly, and unconditionally reflecting Christ’s love to those around you, even when it’s difficult: “Love suffers long and is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 , NKJV). Thankfully, this type of suffering has a flip side. According to Paul, the suffering required to love others is actually something to celebrate: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope …”

Every opportunity to love well, no matter how difficult, has the potential to transform you into what C.S. Lewis calls “a creature of splendid glory.” The more you lean into this process, the more you will become like Jesus. And as you become more like Him, your capacity for joy will increase. Yes, love suffers long, but it always leads to joy. (Click here to read it online).

COVID – 19 Response

We are still not having any face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service online each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel. We are having Prayer Meeting on our Zoom Channel each Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm (click here  for instructions on how to join the meeting)

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page , and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church. If you Like It, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

Wall of Love

For the month of April, we will be collecting Funds for the Bellevue Food Bank. Many have had their income cut during this time by business closures and layoffs due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has created a strain on Food Banks around the country, including the one here in Bellevue.

If you have been blessed by the ability to continue to work from home or have a continued steady income stream, please consider giving to this project this month in addition to your regular giving. If you use our Online Giving Portal (click here to get to it) just designate this as Local Community Service. You may also mail us a check at Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Bank in the memo line.

If you wish to give food directly to the Bellevue Food Bank, they are there to accept donations on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue.

Special Passover/Easter Season Service

We will not have a program here at church focusing on Jesus’ death and resurrection as we usually do during this season since we are in isolation; but, we would like to do something special.

Perhaps there is some special thing you were hoping to do – read a poem, sing a song, share a thought about how much you love Jesus, or something else creative that focuses us on Him.

Practice it a bit, and record a video of it on your phone – make it the best you can! And, then share it with us by sending it to Pastor T at martinsent@gmail.com no later than Monday, April 6. We will share as many of these as we have time to share on April 11. Hope to see you on video!

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice mail on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Adventist Book Center information for the month of April, click here .

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Being Afraid Is the Best Time to Adore God: Do you long to experience God in the thick of life's demands? If you're honest with yourself, do you admit, "I barely know you, God"? Do you consider God to be a familiar stranger? Bible Gateway interviewed Sara Hagerty, author of Adore: A Simple Practice for Experiencing God in the Middle Minutes of Your Day. (Click here to read more.)

How to Intentionally Strengthen Your Faith: You won't lose weight unless you're deliberate about it. You won't gain muscle unless you intentionally exercise. You won't earn a college degree unless you plan to achieve it. What does it mean to intentionally seek a deeper relationship of faith with God? Bible Gateway interviewed Allen Jackson about his book, Intentional Faith: Aligning Your Life with the Heart of God. (Click here to read more.)

COVID-19 – Bible Reading Plan of Assurance: During these unusual days, we need to regularly remind ourselves of God’s providence, power, and love. To that end, Bible Gateway has created the following 14-day Bible Reading Plan to help you focus your attention on God’s grandeur and greatness by reading Bible stories of his miraculous accomplishments and showing his desire to be involved in our lives.  (Click here to read more.)

Stuck at Home with Your Kids? Bible Gateway Has Free Resources for Families: With extended school closures around the country, many families are now facing a new reality. If you’re looking for learning opportunities to keep you and your children occupied during this time, Bible Gateway has a number of useful, free resources … (Click here to read more.)

Sneak Peek – Jesus Over Everything: Here's a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the new book and audiobook Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First by Lisa Whittle, who says, "If you choose to put Jesus in his place of preeminence, he will bless your life. He will sort things out that you’ve never been able to sort out before…” (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.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:51 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will be experimenting with a video conferencing option for Sabbath School. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text John Stroman (402-871-9764) so he can send you an invitation to participate.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series, Take the Plunge, with an interactive, online study titled Ask. View it on our Facebook Page or our YouTube Channel. Be sure to have your Bible, a copy of P.R.A.Y , and your cell phone handy.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will take place on-line this Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 pm on our Zoom Channel. For instructions on how to participate, click here. We will be praying together and spending some time looking at Psalm 91. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Video selections for our Annual Passover/Easter Season special program (via live stream) are due one week from Monday on April 6. See above for more information.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. Click here for more details.

Camp Meeting has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. You can also watch it on our Facebook Pageclick here to find it.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

You can download a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, Rejoice and Reflect, by clicking here. You can watch it online by clicking here (the service begins after about six and a half minutes of music).

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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Donna Parker is currently being transferred to Hospice care as her kidneys are no longer function and she is unable to undergo dialysis. Please remember Donna & Gary in your prayers. They are praying for a miracle.
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 28, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, March 26, 2020

And You Thought Your Prayer Meeting Ran Long …

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled And You Thought Your Prayer Meeting Ran Long … and shares some interesting facts about the longest prayer meeting ever recorded. Read more about Count Zinzendorf by clicking here.

When I graduated from college (which my sons remind me was before the invention of the calendar) I had a minor in history. Not sure why, that’s just the way it worked out. I remembered enough dates, battles, and places to pass the exams, but I have never considered myself a history buff.

Except – for reasons I don’t understand – I always remembered the name of Count Zinzendorf. I learned that he grew up in Germany, was raised primarily by his very pious grandma, and even as a teen started several “prayer clubs” among his fellow students. As a young man he worked on his grandmother’s estate and would later buy it from her.

In his late 20’s, he was told of a group of Christians living some distance away who were being persecuted for practicing the Christian faith. He invited a dozen or more of them to come live on his property where they could build their own little village. Two other groups would join them until there were nearly a hundred.

Alas they brought their scars with them and the new community became known as a place of anger, resentment, and monumental fights. Most of which were over points of theology about which they disagreed. Zinzendorf began visiting from home to home pleading with his new neighbors – which now numbered about 300 – to open their hearts to Jesus and learn to love each other. The atmosphere began to change.

Finally on a Monday evening, August 13, 1727, the entire community gathered to celebrate the Communion service. A time of repentance and healing ensued and developed into what many would later call, “the Golden Summer.” They sensed that the miracle had happened when the group came together for intense prayer and praise. So they agreed they must never lose that spirit. Over the next few weeks a plan developed. Twenty-four were chosen from the group and each was assigned an hour a day to pray for their family, their neighbors, their church, their village, and the world. Seventy-seven would join the original group of pray-ers and that grew till almost the entire community was involved. So for the next one hundred years there was never a time when there wasn’t a Moravian praying for the burdens they carried in common. (And you thought your prayer meeting ran long!)

And to what effect? Well, space won’t allow the total list, but among other outcomes, the little village would send more than 300 missionaries around the world. America would become a nation. The brothers Wesley, John and Charles, would fall in love with Jesus and plant the Christian faith deep in the heart of the new colonies. Some of the greatest hymns of all time would become part of the Christian heritage. In 1807 the British and Foreign Bible Society, and later the American Bible Society, were conceived with the goal of placing a copy of the Scriptures in the hand of every person on the globe, in their own language. Also, in 1807 England passed legislation, followed the next year by the US, banning the slave trade. A scant few years later the Advent Movement was born with the Great Commandment and the Great Commission in its DNA.

So my observation in all this: When God’s people take intercessory prayer seriously He does, too. And you can’t predict the outcome. (Click here to read the article online).

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

COVID – 19 Response

We are still closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our YouTube Channel or on our Facebook Page (Golden Hills SDA Church).

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), our Facebook Page , and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

New Church Facebook Page

The Facebook page that many of friended in the last week will be going away soon. A new one has been set up that will give us more flexibility and options in getting information to you. You don’t need to do anything about the old Facebook Page (I know, it’s a shame for it to go away after just a week). To follow us on our new page all you need to do is to “Like” it. Click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church.

Special Passover/Easter Season Service

We will not have a program here at church focusing on Jesus’ death and resurrection as we usually do during this season since we are in isolation; but, we would like to do something special.

Perhaps there is some special thing you were hoping to do – read a poem, sing a song, share a thought about how much you love Jesus, or something else creative that focuses us on Him.

Practice it a bit, and record a video of it on your phone – make it the best you can! And, then share it with us by sending it to Pastor T at martinsent@gmail.com no later than Monday, April 6. We will share as many of these as we have time to share on April 11. Hope to see you on video!

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice main on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

COVID-19 – A Message from Bible Gateway: During this time of trial and uncertainty, when many of us are facing a fast-developing reality that includes ‘social distancing’ and school and church closures, we at Bible Gateway are more aware than ever of our mission to be a source of light in God’s world. (Click here to read more.)

Bible Connection Podcast: On Wings Like Eagles—Reading Scripture Through Adversity: Even though she is regarded as a hero for one flight, pilot Tammie Jo Shults has a much richer story. In this eighth episode of the Bible Connection podcast, Tammie Jo talks about the obstacles she overcame throughout her life and amazing career. From being told to “find something women can do” as a teenager talking to pilots at a career fair to becoming a pilot in the Navy and one of the first women to fly the F/A-18 Hornet, she talks about how important the Bible was in keeping her grounded in her true identity through all of her story. (Click here to read more.)

15 Bible Verses for Such a Time as This: These Scriptures telling us to "fear not" are encouraging reminders during the coronavirus pandemic …  (Click here to read more.)

Stuck at Home with Your Kids? Bible Gateway Has Free Resources for Families: With extended school closures around the country, many families are now facing a new reality. If you’re looking for learning opportunities to keep you and your children occupied during this time, Bible Gateway has a number of useful, free resources … (Click here to read more.)

Sneak Peek – Jesus Over Everything: Here's a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the new book and audiobook Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First by Lisa Whittle, who says, "If you choose to put Jesus in his place of preeminence, he will bless your life. He will sort things out that you’ve never been able to sort out before…” (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.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:44 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will be experimenting with a video conferencing option for Sabbath School. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text John Stroman (402-871-9764) so he can send you an invitation to participate.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series, Take the Plunge, with an interactive, online study titled Rejoice & Reflect.
      • To download and print a copy of P.R.A.Y., click here – we will be looking especially at the Rejoice & Reflect section using Psalm 103:1-5 and Philippians 4:4-7.  
      • Click here for our YouTube Channel or go to our Facebook Page to find us at 11:15 am – be sure to have your Bible, a copy of P.R.A.Y, and your cell phone handy.
      • You can watch last Sabbath’s online, interactive worship by clicking here , there is music playing for about the first 8 minutes.
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will happen on-line this Tuesday, March 31. Information on how to participate will be posted on our Facebook Page, on the homepage of our website, and sent out on Remind (see below to get signed up for Remind). Contact Pastor T for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Men’s Retreat, April 3-5, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Video selections for our Annual Passover/Easter Season special program (via live stream) are due one week from Monday on April 6. See above for more information.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference, April 10-12, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. Click here for more details.

Camp Meeting has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. You can also watch it on our Facebook Pageclick here to find it.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

You can watch last Sabbath’s online, interactive worship by clicking here, there is music playing for about the first 8 minutes.  

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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 21, 2020

Web Master - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Don’t Let Your Heart be Troubled?

If you have spent any time watching the news you know there is a lot to be troubled about.

We are going through something right now that I have never experienced or even imagined. Life definitely feels out of control.

In the course of a couple weeks, we have gone from fairly normal life to extreme social distancing. To add to the confusion, our stores are out of stuff we need, the economy is crashing, and we can’t get together even to comfort each other or to worship.

I have spoken to a number of people who are disoriented and afraid of what may be coming. How are you feeling right now?

I must admit I have moments of fear. The constant bad news and the rush of information and change is confusing, intimidating, and overwhelming. As a pastor, I’m way out of my league right now.

But, when I look up – away from the horrible news that keeps rushing at me – I actually find peace. My hope is not in my abilities, my strength, or my wisdom – my hope is in God.

In a time just before the most difficult time of their lives – just after telling them how badly they would fail – Jesus told His disciples:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me …” (John 14:1, NLT)

A few minutes later He said:

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid …” (John 14:27, NLT)

He ended the evening with:

“… Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NLT)

Knowing what He was facing, how could He be so upbeat?

He could be so sure, because He knew His Father:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding. He gives strength to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31, CSB)

He knew His Father is the most powerful being and force in this universe. He wants you to remember this as well, because His Father, is also your Father! He also knew His Father’s promise, spoken from His own mouth, recorded just a few verses later:

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, CEV)

Not only is your Father the most powerful force and being in this universe, He is also tender and loving. He is walking with you, holding your hand.

I don’t know what even tomorrow will bring let alone next week or next month. But I do know Who is ultimately in control and I choose to trust Him.

“… Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NLT)

COVID – 19 Response

Our board voted Monday to cancel all face-to-face activities at our church until we are on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. During this time, we will have a worship time together on-line each Sabbath Morning at 11:15 am using our video streaming service . We are exploring other ways we can stay connected and will update you with any new developments

Any business that needs to be conducted by the MLT or the Church Board will be done via email or video conferencing. Pastor T and our Elders can be reached by phone or email (click here to download a list of Elders with their contact information).

We know there are those in our congregation that are not on-line. We are working to be sure they also have the information they need. However, please check in on anyone you know that is not likely to be reading this on-line to see how they are doing and give them the information. And please let us know if things are going on with them that we need to respond to and help with.

There will be additional changes and new information available as the situation progresses. We will communicate regularly through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/), and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

Here are some additional resources for you if you wish to use them:

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcement

The Conference office is closed to the public through April 3. Office personnel are still available during regular office hours (785-478-4726). Please call ahead if you need supplies or want access to the ABC for food, etc.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:36 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Options

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will be experimenting with a video conferencing option for Sabbath School. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text John Stroman (402-871-9764) so he can send you an invitation to participate.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will look at some of the promises that give us home in uncertain times. Click here to find us at 11:15 am.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

Women’s Bible Study, this Sunday (Mar. 22) at the home of Lori Knutson has been cancelled.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will not meet until further notice. We will be experimenting with an on-line option. Watch for more information.

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Mar. 24) at 7:15 pm, if needed, will take place as a video conference. You will receive an invitation to the meeting from Kalvin. Please contact Kalvin if you have any questions (402-201-6370).

Kansas Nebraska Conference Men’s Retreat, April 3-5, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Our Annual Passover/Easter Season Friday Evening Communion Service and Musical Worship Service have been cancelled.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. Click here for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Want a Transparent, Resilient, and Fearless Life of Faith? Read the Psalms: How does the book of Psalms help make sense of life, art, metaphor, violence, suffering, and mortality? How do the Psalms reflect God's attributes of justice, grace, goodness, healing, power, and refuge? How are the millennia-old psalms a guide to living faithfully the modern Christian life in the midst of joys, sorrows, angers, doubts, praises, and thanksgivings? Bible Gateway interviewed W. David O. Taylor about his book, Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life. (Click here to read more.)

Saint Patrick Loved the Bible: In this Blog post are examples showing the 4th-5th century Saint Patrick’s dependence on the Bible when he wrote his Confesio (click the links to read the Scriptures in both English and Latin (the translation of his day) on Bible Gateway). (Click here to read more.)

What Answers are People Looking for from the Bible in an Age of Coronavirus? If we survey the queries on Bible Gateway that are trending above normal this week, they fall into three main categories: the end of the world, disease, and fear. Also bats …  (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.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it by clicking here.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Pause, click here. You can watch it by clicking 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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 14, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, March 12, 2020

COVID – 19 Response

If you follow the news, even a little bit, you know the danger and the disruption cause by the COVID-19 virus around the world. As it circles us and comes closer to our community we want to be a part of the solution, doing all we can to slow it down.

It’s not a time to panic – but it is time to take appropriate measures to protect ourselves and those around us.

Personally that means doing things like washing your hands regularly, avoiding crowds, staying home from work or school (or church) if you are sick, etc. This is really all just common sense.

As a church, we also need to do our part. While we do not know where this will lead us over the next weeks and months, we are beginning our response by taking the following actions.

    1. We will be sanitizing all the regularly handled surfaces at church each week.
    2. We are cancelling breakfasts and potlucks until we are past this.
    3. We recommend you do not hug others or shake hands while at church
    4. We recommend that if you are elderly, sick in any way, or have a weak immune system, you enjoy church from home through our live-stream option. (To access this go to www.YouTube.com  and search for Golden Hills SDA Church )

There may be additional changes necessary as the situation progresses. We will communicate these changes through the Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog , the homepage of our Website (goldenhillschurch.org/ ), and through the Remind App.

To get notices through the Remind App you must be signed up. You can do this by texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566). You can find more detailed instructions below.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC , the World Heath Organization , or Adventist Risk Management .

Jail House Rock

I was not planning to share a blog from HOPE Heals this week, but Don Jacobsen's blog, titled Jail House Rock , has a message so appropriate to current events – especially as we consider the current pandemic that has the entire world on edge.

There is a lot of angst going around right now. Globally. You’ve noticed it. A Christian church not far from us announced that there will be no touching between members during or after services until further notice; only a polite bow, more of a curtsy. There is some discussion whether the Summer Olympics may be cancelled or abbreviated this July in Japan. Schools are closed there for the entire month of March.

A friend of ours told us he and his wife went to do their regular weekend shopping at Costco in Washington state and the shelves were nearly bare. Especially in short supply were water and toilet paper. The British Prime Minister last week created a new position: Minister of Loneliness. (Seriously.) Politicians are feverishly blaming the novel Covid-19 virus on each other.

What? You expected paradise? No, we lost that a few eons back. Nobody who reads the Book is surprised. “An enemy has done this,” is the way Jesus explained it (see Matthew 13:24-30). (Click here to read the rest of the article)

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

Wall of Love – Stephen Center

We are focusing on the  Stephen Center during the month of March. Their Executive Director, Michael Wehling, describes their mission like this: “At Stephen Center, we hope that program participants never stop dreaming. Our job is to help the homeless achieve housing, the addicted achieve sobriety, the sick achieve wellness, and the fearful achieve strength …”  

This month we will be collecting travel sized personal items for new arrivals at Stephen Center . Here are some needed items: shampoo, shave cream, toothpaste, hand /body lotion, toothbrushes, disposable razors, combs/brushes, deodorant, etc.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:29 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • No Breakfasts until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19
    • 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 – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we continue our sermon series titled Take the Plunge with Pastor T.’s sermon titled Pause.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Mar. 16) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Mar. 17) at 6:00 pm.

Women’s Bible Study, one week from Sunday (Mar. 22) at the home of Lori Knutson (3316 N 47th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104) from 9:30 – 11:00 am. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email llknutson@yahoo.com or call/text (402) 980-5018.

MLT Meeting one week from Tuesday (Mar. 24) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Campion Academy – Academy Days is designed to give prospective 7-11th grade students the opportunity to visit classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat "cafe" food, tour the campus, make some new friends and just “get a feel" for academy life! This year’s Academy Days is scheduled for March 27 & 28, 2020. Our theme this year is “Knocking Out Giants” and is featuring a Human Bumper Ball Tournament, Teen friendly Jousting, ice cream outing, awesome mixers, games and tons of food. You can register for this event by going to www.campion.net.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Men’s Retreat, April 3-5, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Our Annual Passover/Easter Season Friday Evening Communion Service will take place Friday, April 10 at 7:00 pm.

Our Annual Passover/Easter Season Musical Worship Service will take place on Sabbath, April 18. If you would like to participate with a song, a poem, a reading, etc., that especially highlights Jesus’ death and resurrection, please contact Rita Swenson (402-215-2015) or Trisha McGann (402-415-9015).

Church Leadership Retreat, April 24-26 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Wrestling with Faith and Doubt: Wrestling with faith and doubt can be profoundly lonely and isolating. Some suffer in silence while others abandon belief altogether, assuming doubt is incompatible with faith. But can doubt actually strengthen faith? What are practical ways for Christians to move through doubt – about such topics as the silence of God and the problem of suffering – into deep faith that embraces the mystery of belief? Bible Gateway interviewed Dominic Done about his book, When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt. (Click here to read more.)

DON'T MISS IT; STARTS MARCH 9 – Join the FREE Path to the Cross Online Bible Study: In these weeks leading to Resurrection Sunday, this FREE Online Bible Study will shape a picture of Jesus and his world in light of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt. You’ll follow Jesus into the desert where he, like Israel, was tested and prepared for his mission to the world. And you’ll consider the events of the Last Supper against the backdrop of the exodus experience. Sign up NOW to receive the FREE Discovery Toolkit packed with beautiful printables and our Easter Scripture Reading Plan, plus get FREE access to the 5-session video Bible study filmed on location in the Holy Land by Ray Vander Laan, author of The Path to the Cross. (Click here to read more.)

How to Love a Spouse Who Drives You Crazy: In this Blog post, Karen Ehman, author of Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy, offers 7 ways to help you love like Jesus as you embrace the grit and grace of living with your spouse who drives you crazy. (Click here to read more.)

When I Discovered My Dream Had Become an Idol: Tiffini Kilgore, author of Misfit Table: Let Your Hunger Lead You to Where You Belong, says, "Since I said yes to God, I’ve been journaling my thoughts, my questions, and God’s responses. But this morning, I sit at the table and read, you have 'relied on oppression and depended on deceit' (Isa. 30:12). The words pull my face to them and say, 'Sweet one, pay attention. You are shaping your life on lies.'” (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.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our Church . Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it by clicking here.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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 (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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification 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 or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

      You can watch last week’s worship service by clicking 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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.  

This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 7, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, March 05, 2020

How Do You Look?

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled How Do You Look? and has some important thoughts on looking at others through Jesus’ eyes.

I believe it’s true to say that it’s not what we look at that determines what we see, it’s our eyes.

While I’m not a connoisseur of Impressionist art, I do know a bit of the story of Claude Monet, one of its most famous painters. Incidentally, one of his early works sold in May, 2019, for $110 million. It was an 1890 painting of a haystack.

Monet was born in 1840 and before he was thirty he began to develop early age-related cataracts in both eyes. Because it affected how he could see colors it began to change his painting. Later he would write, “… Colors no longer had the same intensity to me … reds had begun to look muddy.”

He continued to paint, but he numbered the tubes of paint on his palette and kept them in precise order. He began using broader strokes with his brushes and over time all of his paintings began to take on a strong bluish tint.

By now cataract surgery was a hundred years old but less than 50% successful. Against his better judgment, Monet allowed friends to persuade him to have the surgery and after lying immobilized by sandbags for ten days, he wrote to his surgeon, “It is to my great chagrin that I regret having this fatal (sic) operation. Pardon me for speaking so frankly and let me tell you that it is criminal to have put me in this situation.”

With corrective lenses his vision would gradually improve some – enough that he destroyed some of the work he had done prior to his surgery. There are more than 2,500 of his works known, and he painted till near his death in 1926. I am told you can line up an assortment of his canvases and tell whether they were painted before his surgery or after simply by how true the colors are.

Like I said, it’s not what we look at that determines what we see, it’s our eyes. Some of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day looked at a young woman and saw a prostitute. Jesus looked at the same woman, and saw a precious treasure. It depends on how you look. When Judas showed up in the Garden he was on the verge of committing the most heinous crime in the history of planet earth; Jesus called him friend. It depends on how you look.

A dear friend recently described to me how she was sitting in church one day and realized there were people there she didn’t like being around. Right there she asked the Lord to do whatever was necessary to change her heart. And He did. He loves to do that, to give us eye salve so we may see as He does. (Rev 3:18) The Pharisees were critics; Jesus was a lover. You and I want to look like Jesus. (Click here to read the article online).

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The Future of our Church – Phase 2

This Sabbath afternoon (Mar. 7), we will be holding a meeting following Potluck (about 2:00 pm) to continue the process we began with our SWOT Analysis earlier this month. We will explore next steps as we look to balance our priorities for community impact. Bring your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of church life: our worship service, the sermons, community service opportunities, evangelism, etc. Please write down your ideas and plan to be a part of this continuing process!

Wall of Love – Stephen Center

We are focusing on the  Stephen Center during the month of March. Their Executive Director, Michael Wehling, describes their mission like this: “At Stephen Center, we hope that program participants never stop dreaming. Our job is to help the homeless achieve housing, the addicted achieve sobriety, the sick achieve wellness, and the fearful achieve strength …”  

This month we will be collecting travel sized personal items for new arrivals at Stephen Center . Here are some needed items: shampoo, shave cream, toothpaste, hand /body lotion, toothbrushes, disposable razors, combs/brushes, deodorant, etc.

Is Your Church Kind?

I have come to believe that the real test of any Christian congregation is how effective it is at teaching relational wholeness. Does it produce people who are tangibly more Christlike? By that I mean beyond theological questions, Bible studies and carefully honed messages, are the people in this group easily recognized in the wider world because of the practical kindness they exhibit? (Click here to read more.)

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:21 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – Is your life getting a LOT on the hectic side? This Sabbath we will be looking to Isaiah for looks at keeping our priorities on Jesus in the middle of a crazy, mixed up world. John Stroman will present our sermon titled Savor Staying on the Shores of the Shiloh.
    • 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!
    • The Future of Our Church (Phase 2) – Planning Meeting this Sabbath following Potluck at 2:00 pm. See above for more information.

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday (Mar. 8) at 2:00 am. Don’t forget to “spring forward” by setting your clocks ahead an hour.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Mar. 9) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Mar. 10) at 6:00 pm.

Church Board meets this Tuesday (Mar. 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, Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

Campion Academy – Academy Days is designed to give prospective 7-11th grade students the opportunity to visit classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat "cafe" food, tour the campus, make some new friends and just “get a feel" for academy life! This year’s Academy Days is scheduled for March 27 & 28, 2020. Our theme this year is “Knocking Out Giants” and is featuring a Human Bumper Ball Tournament, Teen friendly Jousting, ice cream outing, awesome mixers, games and tons of food. You can register for this event by going to www.campion.net.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Men’s Retreat, April 3-5, 2000 at Broken Arrow Ranch. Karl Haffner, the Vice President for Student Experience at Loma Linda University will be the featured speaker. Click here for more information and registration instruction or call Cheryl Barker at (785) 478-4726.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, author of several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be a program for kids 6-10 years of age. For more information see below. To register, click here.

Our Annual Passover/Easter Season Musical Worship Service will take place on Sabbath, April 18. If you would like to participate with a song, a poem, a reading, etc., that especially highlights Jesus’ death and resurrection, please contact Rita Swenson (402-215-2015) or Trisha McGann (402-415-9015).

Church Leadership Retreat, April 24-26 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

When Two Christian Scientists Disagree About Creation and Evolution: The topics of creation and evolution can be divisive in today's church. How can followers of Jesus who worship together but differ in their views on these topics get along with each other? How can they demonstrate the practice of loving one another, friendship, and mutual respect despite arriving at opposite scientific conclusions? Bible Gateway interviewed Todd Charles Wood and Darrel R. Falk about their book, The Fool and the Heretic: How Two Scientists Moved Beyond Labels to a Christian Dialogue About Creation and Evolution. (Click here to read more.)

Learn Bible Lessons from the Holy Land: How should the ancient history of the Bible define our modern faith walk? How do the stories of the Old Testament have bearing on the death and resurrection of Jesus, as well as on our own life today? In this season of Lent, Bible Gateway interviewed bestselling author Ray Vander Laan about his video and book, The Path to the Cross. (Click here to read more.)

Even in the Face of Illness, We Have No Fear: "Fear not!" Are we radical enough to apply the knowledge of God’s love to the Coronavirus outbreak and even the common flu? (Click here to read more.)

SNEAK PEEK – Don’t Ignore Your God-Sized Dream: Here's a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the forthcoming book and audiobook It's Not Over: Leaving Behind Disappointment and Learning to Dream Again by Joshua Gagnon, who says, "We need more input when it comes to identifying which needs (and which dreams) God is using to direct our steps. (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.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference

This years Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. Prayer, properly understood, is all about a living relationship with Jesus. The mission of the Prayer Conference is to inspire and empower people to renew their relationship with Jesus!

The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, a captivating storyteller and dynamic teacher. He has served as a professor of religion at Southern Adventist University and has authored several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be an amazing interactive children’s program for ages 6-10.

The price per person for a double occupancy room is just $165 per person for early-bird registration (which ends on March 10). This includes amazing meals, lodging at the Lied Lodge, and all the programming. For more information or to register, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726 or click here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our Church . Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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 (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.

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

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification 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 or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

       You can watch last week’s worship service by clicking 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. (402-517-5333)

    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.  

 

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 29, 2020

Web Master - Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Now, About Your Church

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Now, About Your Church and has some important thoughts on prayer and revival.

If you tell me who your church prays for it will tell me a lot about your church.

If you tell me that your church board prays intensely for the lost before it begins its regular agenda, it will tell me much about your board. If you tell me that your mid-week service is filled with earnest intercessors who plead for those in their community who are far from Jesus, it will tell me much about your congregation. If you tell me your elders gather before the worship service and plead with God to bring the straying, the discouraged, the unlikely, it will tell me much about your church’s impact on your city.

I learned something this week from a friend who told me he was doing research on some of the great revivals in history. He discovered a trend: Every great revival in history grew out of a time of desperation. I remember that following the great tragedy of 9-11 in America, the next weekend there were more people in church than any time since records had been kept.

When we’re in situations out of our control we tend to look for help to the Sovereign God. So, we live among multitudes who need to know the God who can provide everything they need. But clever marketing probably won’t get them in the door. We have neighbors who are lonely, frightened, without hope, and a 4-color handbill isn’t likely to be persuasive by itself. We work next to people who writhe in guilt, destructive habits and illicit relationships, and a Welcome sign on the church bulletin board is seldom sufficient to entice them in.

But when God’s people pray He re-choreographs the journey. He designs providential relationships, pivotal circumstances, what some would call “chance meetings.” An incidental comment by a friend of God in a Wal-Mart checkout line, a colleague notices a Bible on your desk at work and it gives them the nerve to ask a question, you sense a look of distress on the face of a neighbor and your willingness to listen begins a conversation. Those are prayer-born interventions and God is an expert at putting them together. When we ask.

Pull the curtain aside and you’ll find a praying church, a praying board, a bunch of praying elders. A praying adult Bible study class, a shut-in, a praying small group that meets over lunch, a group that meets daily by phone; to pray. That’s one of the unique gifts a church brings to this warfare. Yours does, too, right? (Click here to read the article online).

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Pastor T & Pat

Pastor T & Pat will be attending a funeral in Denver this weekend. They will be available again on Tuesday, March 3. Feel free to contact any one of our Elders if there is something you need while they are gone. Click here for a list of our current elders with their contact information.

The Future of our Church – Phase 2

One week from Sabbath (Mar. 7), we will be holding a meeting following Potluck to continue the process we began with our SWOT Analysis earlier this month. We will explore next steps as we look to balance our priorities for community impact. Bring your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of church life: our worship service, the sermons, community service opportunities, evangelism, etc. Please write down your ideas and plan to be a part of this continuing process!

Wall of Love

Our church is partnering with Restoring Dignity during the month of February. Restoring Dignity brings lasting change and hope to local refugees. They actively advocate for the human dignity of our refugee population by providing critical resources that both relieve suffering and enable displaced families to thrive in their new environments. One of the ways they do this is to teach families how to use specific cleaning supplies. Here are some needed cleaning supplies:

    • The Works Toilet Cleaner
    • Simple Green All Purpose Cleaning Spray
    • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
    • Dawn Dish Soap
    • Great Value Glass Cleaner
    • Comet Bathroom Cleaner
    • Toilet Brush

Calendar of Events

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. See below for more details.

Sunset this Friday – 6:13 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 – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will take a break from our sermon series to enjoy some musical numbers and testimonies in a program coordinated by Andria Bethelmie.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the sermon Pastor T was going to preach last week titled Abide/P.R.A.Y., click here . You can watch what actually happened at last week’s worship service by clicking here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Mar. 2) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Mar. 3) at 6:00 pm.

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (Mar. 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!

The Future of Our Church (Phase 2) – Planning Meeting one week from Sabbath (Mar. 7) following Potluck. See above for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Men’s Retreat, April 3-5, 2000 at Broken Arrow Ranch. Karl Haffner, the Vice President for Student Experience at Loma Linda University will be the featured speaker. Click here for more information and registration instruction or call Cheryl Barker at (785) 478-4726.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, author of several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be a program for kids 6-10 years of age. For more information see below. To register, click here.

Our Annual Passover/Easter Season Musical Worship Service will take place on Sabbath, April 18. If you would like to participate with a song, a poem, a reading, etc., that especially highlights Jesus’ death and resurrection, please contact Rita Swenson (402-215-2015) or Trisha McGann (402-415-9015).

Church Leadership Retreat, April 24-26 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Have a Civil Conversation: More than ever, modern cultural conversation seems driven by conflict and anger. People sitting together in pews every Sunday have started to feel like strangers, loved ones at the dinner table like enemies. What is the biblical way to have a civilized dialogue? Bible Gateway interviewed Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, two friends on opposite sides of the aisle who provide a practical guide to grace-filled conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument in their book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations. (Click here to read more.)

Build Your Character and You Won’t Have to Worry About Your Reputation: According to a Gallup poll, 72% of Americans believe the state of moral values in the USA is getting worse. In a world of social media snapshots and sound bites, unseen personal character seems to take a back seat to glamorized material success, no matter what it takes to achieve it. Bible Gateway interviewed James Merritt about his book, Character Still Counts: It Is Time to Restore Our Lasting Values. (Click here to read more.)

My Words Matter: Melanie Shankle, author of On the Bright Side: Stories about Friendship, Love, and Being True to Yourself, says, "our words are powerful and carry a heavy weight, which is why we need to do our best to use them wisely". (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.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency , 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference

This years Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. Prayer, properly understood, is all about a living relationship with Jesus. The mission of the Prayer Conference is to inspire and empower people to renew their relationship with Jesus!

The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, a captivating storyteller and dynamic teacher. He has served as a professor of religion at Southern Adventist University and has authored several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be an amazing interactive children’s program for ages 6-10.

The price per person for a double occupancy room is just $165 per person for early-bird registration (which ends on March 10). This includes amazing meals, lodging at the Lied Lodge, and all the programming. For more information or to register, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726 or click here.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our Church . Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    • If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/tmartinse. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Ride to Church Needed: An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now you can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a Free App! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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 (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.

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Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification .

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification 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 or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of the sermon Pastor T was going to preach last week titled Abide/P.R.A.Y., click here. You can watch what actually happened at last week’s worship service by clicking 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. (402-517-5333)

    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333.