Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills, Dec. 29, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Life and Death

This past week has been a challenging one for me. I thought that since we were having a musical program for church last Sabbath and John is preaching for this coming Sabbath that it would be an easier week for me – maybe a time to catch up on some of those things that I needed to do that keep getting pushed to a lower priority. I was wrong!

I’m not complaining. Ministering to people in need is why I signed up for this job and I am very thankful for the involvement that God has with me and my family; however …

In the last week I have been with two families as a loved one was dying. I have spent more time visiting at the hospital, especially in ICU, this past week than in the past several months put together. I have become painfully aware that suffering does not stop just because it’s Christmas, a time we tend to associate with love, peace, and joy. In fact it seems the enemy delights in bringing more suffering so the holiday that should point us to our Savior’s deep love is a painful reminder of personal loss and death.

In light of this, Jesus’ Mission is even more important, and our participation more urgent. For some reason God has chosen us, people who call ourselves Christian, to be His hands, feet, and voice – sharing His love and message to a hurting world.

While I know that our salvation is based entirely on what Jesus accomplished while He was here – His life, His death, and His resurrection, He made it clear that those who have allowed Him into their lives will begin living the way He lived. He didn’t come just to save us – He came to remake us, to give us a new life with new priorities Just before He left this earth Jesus put it this way:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35, TNIV)

Is this what we are known for? If not, maybe we need to take a deeper look at Jesus. Maybe we need to spend more time focusing on His life and mission. Maybe, we need to begin asking Him to reproduce His love in us.

I want to be known for loving this way, don’t you?

Ann Millet’s Mom’s Funeral Information

As many of you know, Ann Millet’s mother died last Friday evening around 8:20 pm. Here is the information regarding the viewing and funeral for those who wish to attend. There will be a lunch following which you are also invited to attend. For more information contact Calvin Millet at (402) 740-3242.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

  • Viewing/Visitation:  4:00 – 6:30 pm; Korisko, Larkin, Staskiewicz Mortuary, 5108 F Street, Omaha, NE (click here for a map)

Thursday, Dec. 27

  • Viewing/Funeral Procession: 9:00 am; Korisko, Larkin, Staskiewicz Mortuary, 5108 F Street, Omaha, NE (click here for a map)
  • Funeral Mass: 9:30 am; Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church, 4002 J St., Omaha, NE (click here for a map)
  • Internment: Following the Funeral Mass; Saint John's Cemetery, 7506 South 36th Street, Bellevue, NE (click here for a map)
  • Lunch: Following the Internment; DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Hall, 4515 F Street, Omaha, NE 68117 (click here for a map)

This Sabbath

This Sabbath we continue with our sermon series on the life of Christ “More Like Jesus!” This week’s sermon is presented by John Stroman, one of our Elders, and is titled "Didn't you know...?" He will be sharing insights from Jesus’ first experience at the temple when He was 12 years old (recorded in Luke 2:41-52).

Thank You!

To all of you who joined us at my folks 70th Anniversary Celebration last Sunday, thank you. Also, to each of you who sent a card and to everyone who helped prepare or clean up from the event, thank you. Meme and Papa were totally surprised and delighted!

Prayer Meeting Tonight

For those of us who regularly enjoy prayer meeting, it is a great time of fellowship and worship. This evening (Dec. 26) we will be studying Psalm 45. Next Wednesday (Jan. 2) we will be studying Psalm 46. A light supper of soup and breads is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm.

 

This Week at Golden Hills, Dec. 22, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The End of the World

Yesterday morning I received a phone call from a gentleman I had never met. He had gotten my number off the message on our church phone. To say he was agitated would be an understatement.

He was a Christian but very concerned about the Mayan Calendar thing that is going around about the world ending on December 21 (that’s just a couple of days away!). He wanted to know if it was “for real” and how he should relate to it. The thought of the world ending scared him.

Perhaps you, like me, have gone over some “what if” scenarios in your head. Now, I know what Jesus said in Matthew 24:36:

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)

I understand that the world won’t end this Friday. But I also understand that for me, the world could end tomorrow, or next week, or … whenever it is that I die. So, how do I feel about that?

Many times I feel an eager anticipation for the end of sin and suffering that is so prevalent in the earth as we know it.

There are times I feel some stabs of fear – I have not experienced this kind of change, don’t know anyone who has, and the only information I have comes from a Book that I have to accept by faith. Sometimes my faith is not what it should be and a change as big as this world ending can be unsettling. 

And, I have to admit that sometimes I wonder where I really stand in my relationship with Jesus and my connection to Him.

And then, here we are at Christmas! I know this seems random, but stay with me just a little longer. Perhaps the events we celebrate at Christmas can help us with this.

As I read the Christmas story, and the events that built upon it, I am reminded that everything depended on Jesus successfully completing His mission – and He did! This is the basis of my salvation!! It is not given to me because I deserve it or because I am good.

Salvation and eternity come simply as a gift from Jesus and His Father; a gift that was earned through His life that began at Christmas and ended at the cross. Paul said:

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24, TNIV)

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, TNIV)

And this gift is intended to provide us with a secure future. We do not need to wonder where we stand with God. The gift is secure because of what Jesus and His Father have already accomplished. It is ours for the taking. The apostle John says this:

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13, TNIV)

This is what the Christmas story is all about; the presence of Jesus in our world, the presence of Jesus in our lives. Because of His presence, I can face tomorrow, Friday, and any other day – along with the end of my world with confidence because of what Jesus has done and given me. Knowing Him has made all the difference for me. Because of Him, I don’t need to worry about when my world will end!

This is the best present anyone could receive!

This Sabbath

This Sabbath is our annual Christmas musical celebration. While all the trappings of Christmas are fun, Jesus’ birthday is what we really celebrate! He is what gives this season, and our lives, meaning!! This would be a great Sabbath to invite friends and family who normally don’t attend our church

Christmas Food Drive Concludes This Sabbath

This will be the last Sabbath this year that we will be collecting food for the Bellevue Food Pantry. There are many people who, especially at this time of year, struggle to feed their families. I encourage you to be generous as you bring food to help others have as good a Christmas as you wish for your family to have.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring $5 - $10 worth of food for each member of our family? Cash donations are also accepted. Put them in a Tithe Envelope marked Bellevue Food Pantry (checks should be made out to Golden Hills SDA Church) and we will be sure the funds are passed on promptly.

Special Anniversary Celebration Reminder

This Christmas Eve my mom and dad (Meme & Papa) will be celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary! We are hosting a surprise open house for them this Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at church. You are all invited to attend. Remember, we are trying to make this a surprise, so please don’t discuss it with them!

If you are unable to attend but would like to communicate with them, feel free to send a card. They love hearing from you. Please send cards to Golden Hills SDA Church, Attn. Pastor T, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123.

Prayer Meeting Cancelled for Tonight
Prayer Meeting is cancelled today due to the winter storm watch in place for later this evening and into the night. Next Wednesday (Dec. 26) we will be studying Psalm 45. A light supper of soup and breads is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm.

This Week at Golden Hills, Dec. 15, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Best Christmas Gift

For those of you who would like to give something this Christmas that will be treasured for many years to come, you might consider this idea I received in an email from Steve Stroka, PhD. It stresses something that we all value!

“To those that are especially important to you write a note that begins with “I don’t want to die, but if I died tonight, I would want you to know …” Write it out on a nice card by hand, tell what you appreciate, you value in them, recount important shared memories, when you were most proud of them …”

In essence, Jesus gave us this kind of a gift! He left His home in heaven and was born to a poor family in an insignificant corner of the country. He lived His life valuing people. In the end He said: “I don’t want to die, but if that is what it takes, I will! And now He tells us that we are so important to Him that He died to save us and is now working to prepare a place where we can spend eternity together with Him!  

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possible dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8, TNIV)

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:1-3, NKJV)

This is the real message of Christmas: Jesus loves you and wants to spend eternity with you!

This Sabbath

This Sabbath my sermon is titled “The Lord’s Servant” and will focus on the choice that Mary, the mother of Jesus, made and how that impacted her life along with many others. The passage of Scripture we will be considering is Luke 1:26-38.

We often look down on young people for the trouble they often get in by failing to consider the consequences of their choices. However, this characteristic of young people can actually make them some of the most effective servants of God, as they choose to put their trust in Him and follow Him regardless of where that path may lead. The Bible is full of young people who illustrate this truth.

Two young people in today’s world that have said yes to God and allowed Him to lead them to action are Zack Hunter and Craig Kielburger (you can find out more about them by clicking on their names). We should be willing to follow the example of Mary when she said to the angel: “I am the Lord’s servant … May it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, TNIV).

Christmas Program Coming

Be sure to mark December 22’s worship service on your calendar. That Sabbath, about a week and a half away, will be our annual Christmas Musical Church Service. Bring family and friends as we celebrate Jesus’ birth through music.

Christmas Food Drive

There are many people who, especially at this time of year, struggle to feed their families. We as a church support the Bellevue Food Pantry. During the next couple of weeks we will be collecting non-perishable food items to help them meet the needs of people in our community.

I encourage you to be generous as you bring food to help others have as good a Christmas as you wish for your family to have. It would be great if we could bring $5 - $10 worth of food for each member of our family! Cash donations are also accepted. Put them in a Tithe Envelope marked Bellevue Food Pantry (checks should be made out to Golden Hills SDA Church) and we will be sure the funds are passed on promptly.

Special Anniversary Celebration

This Christmas Eve my mom and dad (Meme & Papa) will be celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary! We will host a surprise open house for them on Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 pm here at the church. You are all invited to attend. Remember, we are trying to make this a surprise, so please don’t discuss it with them!

If you are unable to attend but would like to communicate with them, feel free to send a card. They love hearing from you. Please send cards to Golden Hills SDA Church, Attn. Pastor T., 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123.

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. This evening (Dec. 12) we will be studying Psalms 44. Next Wednesday (Dec. 19) we will be studying Psalm 45. A light supper of soup and breads is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm.

 

This Week at Golden Hills, Dec. 8, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Thoughts on Discomfort

Our dog, Bandol, has been sick off and on for the past two to three weeks. An upset stomach, vomiting, run-offs – you know the feeling if you have ever had the stomach flu. We have been treating him at home and since it didn’t seem to be helping, we took him to the vet yesterday. They gave us some meds to give him and instructed us to not give him anything to eat for a bit.

Now, here is the problem, eating is Bandol’s favorite thing to do, along with going on a walk, chasing squirrels and rabbits (and the little red dot), greeting guests – he has lots of favorites! Eating, however, seems to be linked to a special bond of love between us and him – so to withhold food, from his perspective, is to withhold love.

How then do we tell him, in a way that he can understand, that we are withholding something precious to him because we love him so much? It’s ironic that our motive is exactly the opposite of what it seems to him.
Could it be that sometimes the discomfort we feel in our lives is the result of God’s love for us rather than a sign of His displeasure?

I know that God does not bring about bad things in our life. He is not responsible for death, pain, disease, and all the evil that exists around us – there is an enemy (Satan) who delights in death and destruction and would like nothing better than for us to blame his destructive nature on our loving God.

But, just like a loving dog owner (or a loving parent) might withhold something good because they are trying to accomplish a greater good in the lives of those they love; God might be doing the same for us. We may be feeling discomfort precisely because God loves us so much! While we cannot always know the difference between God’s loving care (that doesn’t feel like it at the moment) and the enemies attacks; we can trust in God’s heart of love for us. He has promised to even bring ood out of Satan’s attacks if we will trust Him (Romans 8:28)!

Whenever our dog is uncomfortable or feeling bad, he will come to us for love and reassurance. While he may not understand why we are withholding food at the moment, he does know that we love him and will take care of him. It would seem that we could show that same sense of trust for our loving Father in heaven, and our Friend, Jesus – who died for us.

We are invited to take everything that perplexes us to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7) and the promise is that if we will come to God in every circumstance, we will experience the peace of knowing He has us covered.

This Sabbath

This Sabbath the sermon will be presented by Brien Wahlen, our student pastor from Union College. The sermon title is “Are You Hungry” and will be based on John 6. You may want to read the chapter to re-acquaint yourself with the story there.

Open House at Barr’s

This coming Sunday is the annual Christmas Open House that Arvid and Linda Barr host at their home. All our church members are invited. It is a come and go affair that begins at 3:00 pm and will run until around 6:00 pm. The food is always great – come early for the best selections! Hope to see you there!! For a map to their home, please click here.

Prayer Meeting
Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. This evening (Dec. 5) we will be studying Psalms 42-43. Next Wednesday (Dec. 12) we will be studying Psalm 44. A light supper of soup and breads is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm.

This Week at Golden Hills, Dec. 1, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Thoughts

Well, it’s coming! We’re finished with Thanksgiving and Christmas is on its way! Why is it that especially at this time of year we get so busy purchasing just the right presents, baking the best goodies, attending all the concerts and parties that we have little time or energy to connect with the One that sanctified this season with His presence?

Let’s work this Christmas to make it more about the person whose birthday we claim to be celebrating than about ourselves and our desires. Shouldn’t a birthday celebration focus on the Birthday Boy? Shouldn’t it focus on the Baby of Bethlehem, who grew up to become our Savior? He already gave us Himself. Let’s make Him happy this Christmas and give Him the only gift He really wants – us. He wants you and me with Him for eternity.

Are you in?

This Sabbath

This Sabbath my Sermon is titled “The Fullness of Time” and will focus on how God prepared the world for Jesus’ first coming and what we can learn from it as we anticipate His Second Coming. Some texts that you may wish to consider as you think about this Sabbath are: Daniel 9:20-27; Mark 1:14-15; John 14:1-3; John 17:24; Acts 1:1-11; & 1 Peter 3:3-13. The chapter in The Desire of Ages titled “The Fullness of the Time” is also worth spending a few minutes with.

There will be a Potluck following church this Sabbath. If you are a member, please bring your favorite soup, chowder, or chili. Bring enough to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a visitor, just come and enjoy it! If you have questions about it contact Hope Harrison via email by clicking here, or by phone at 402-292-8280.

There will be a Church Social/Game Night beginning at 6:00 pm this Saturday night! Bring your favorite game and appetizer to share. Again, if you have questions contact Hope Harrison via email by clicking here, or by phone at 402-292-8280.

New Sermon Series - More Like Jesus

We begin our new sermon series this Sabbath, December 1, with my sermon titled “The Fullness of Time.” For the next several months we will be focusing on the life of Jesus culminating at Easter Weekend with a special Friday evening communion service on March 29 and a special celebration Sabbath morning, March 30.

This would be a good time for each of us to read through the Gospels again (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) to reacquaint ourselves with the stories and teachings of Jesus. It would also be a great time to read (or re-read) The Desire of Ages.

Knowing Jesus is the foundation of everything in Christianity. We invite you to pray for God’s Spirit to enlighten and empower us as we seek to know Him better and understand how we can become More like Jesus.

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. This evening (Nov. 28) we will be studying Psalm 41. Next Wednesday (Dec. 5) we will be studying Psalms 42-43. A light supper of soup and breads is served at 5:30 pm so you can come straight from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm.

 

This Week at Golden Hills, Nov. 24, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Beginnings

One of my favorite times of year is the Christmas Holiday moving into the New Year. I don’t especially enjoy beginning the Christmas season in early November, but I like Christmas. One of the reasons is what this time has represented to me and my family through the years. For my entire life it has been a special family time. The presents can be fun, but their presence is what really makes it special.

    It is always hard, of course, when we have a daughter in Spain and a son in Seattle that we won’t get to enjoy Christmas with this year. But we are grateful that Meme and Papa are here with us and that we have such a great church family.

    This presence thing is also what makes Christmas so meaningful from a spiritual perspective. It represents the fact that Jesus became Immanuel, God with us! It represents the beginning of His life here on earth. And because He was born, He completed the most important mission that anyone has ever had – that of redeeming us from sin and eternal destruction.

    Christmas represents the promise that Jesus will come and live in us. And because of this, we have the choice to leave the life of sin which traps us and leads down the path to death. Without Jesus birth followed by His life totally committed to God we would be doomed with no hope of escape.

    Christmas represents to me this new beginning – this new opportunity that I have at a meaningful life and a glorious eternity. It represents the fact that Jesus wants to be Immanuel to me, living in me and touching others through my life. Jesus being present in me allows my presence in this community to make a difference.

    Just before Jesus trial and crucifixion, Jesus prayed these words for His disciples and for us:

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17:25-26, TNIV – emphasis supplied)

Jesus doesn’t just want to be in the world – He wants to be in you and me. He wants to live in us so that we can live for Him! This is both the promise and the invitation of Christmas. Have you invited Him to live in you? His presence in your life is the best present you will ever receive! 
 

This Sabbath

This Sabbath we will celebrate a special Thanksgiving Communion Service! We pray that you will join us as we participate in a ceremony that Jesus Himself instituted on His last night here on earth before His death to remind us that being connected to Him is everything and that being connected to Him will lead us to a life of service that mirrors His life.

New Sermon Series - More Like Jesus

We will begin a new sermon series on December 1 with my sermon titled “The Fullness of Time.” For the next several months we will be focusing on the life of Jesus culminating at Easter Weekend with a special Friday evening communion service on March 29 and a special celebration Sabbath morning, March 30. 

    This would be a great time for each of us to again read through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and reacquaint ourselves with the stories and teachings of Jesus. It would also be a great time to read (or re-read) The Desire of Ages.

    Knowing Jesus is the foundation of everything in Christianity. We invite you to pray for God’s Spirit to enlighten and empower us as we seek to know Him better and understand how we can become More like Jesus.

Prayer Meeting
Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. This evening (Nov. 21) we will not be meeting due to Thanksgiving. Next Wednesday (Nov. 28) we will be studying Psalm 41. We have a soup and bread supper at 5:30 pm so you can come right from work. Our study begins at 6:00 pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm.

This Week at Golden Hills, Nov. 17, 2012

Web Master - Thursday, November 15, 2012

Personal Reflections

Pat and I have been here now for just a little more than a year. We are thankful that God brought us here to the Golden Hills Church. It has been a year of personal growth, gaining new friends and deeper insights.

As we look forward to Thanksgiving coming up in just one week - can you believe that its this time of year again - we are thankful for many things. We are thankful for a wonderful church family that has made us feel at home! We are thankful for a church family that wants to be growing in their relationship with Jesus and that wants to make a difference in our community. We are thankful that Meme and Papa are here living with us and will be able to celebrate the Holidays with us. We are thankful for a great son and daughter who are healthy and are enjoying their life. And we are thankful for you!

We pray that each of you will have a great Thanksgiving and that during the Holiday Season you will find much to be thankful for and you will be drawn closer to Jesus, who has given us all so much!

This Sabbath

This Sabbath we will complete our sermon series based on John 13-17 titled "The Time has Come" (from John 17:1). The title for this week's sermon is "United in Love" and will focus on what Jesus will make us look like as a result of being connected to Him.

The previous three messages were recorded and are available on our website - click here to access them. A manuscript for each is also available as a PDF File. Click on the following links to download them.

  1. United with Jesus
  2. United by Prayer 
  3. United by the Holy Spirit

This series will be most meaningful to you if you read these chapters (John 13-17) through several times as we are looking at them. If you have the book, The Desire of Ages; Chapter 73 (Let Not Your Heart be Troubled) gives some meaningful insights as well. I look forward to seeing you Sabbath!

Prayer Meeting
Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. Next Wednesday (Nov. 21) we will not be meeting due to Thanksgiving. The following Wednesday (Nov. 28) we will be studying Psalm 41. We have a soup and bread supper at 5:30 pm so you can come right from work. Our study goes from 6:00 - 7

This Week at Golden Hills, Nov. 10, 2012

Web Master - Thursday, November 08, 2012

Reflections on the Election

The election is now over. And while one side is relieved that their candidate won, many on the other side are bitterly disappointed - some even going so far as to predict near doom and destruction as a result of our nation's choice. As Christians, where do we fit in to all this? What would Jesus do if He were here living in our midst?

I believe He would go on doing exactly what He did while He was here on earth. He would continue to trust God for His security and leadership. He would continue to relieve suffering and to bring freedom and healing to hurting people. He would continue to love each individual that crossed His path, pointing him or her to the peace, security, love, and fulfillment that can only be found in a relationship with Him and His Father. He would keep working to make people's lives here on earth better while helping each one know and understand the invitation to spend eternity with Him. 

While Jesus is not now here physically, He still wants to be evident in the lives of His followers - that's you and me. Jesus still promises "I will not leave you as orphans" "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (John 14:18 & Matt. 28:20). His command is still "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34-35). He still says "I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:3).

While I am a citizen of the United States of America, and proud of it; my first allegiance is to my Creator and my Savior. And while I want to help people here live the best life they can, this will never be Heaven. It doesn't matter who is in power or what their policies are, we will never create Heaven here on earth. That is God's realm and He will do it right when the time comes.

These words crossed my Facebook page yesterday from my good friend Don Keele, Jr. and I could not say them better.

"But like the stars in the vast circuit of their appointed path, God's purposes know no haste and no delay ... In heaven's council the hour for the coming of Christ had been determined. When the great clock of time pointed to that hour, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. (The Desire of Ages, p. 32)

"If He had a plan then, He certainly has one now. No matter which side you came down on the election, God still has a plan for this country, as well as for the world. And if I read my Bible correctly, His plan is still the same; rescue sinners from a dying world. So my focus will not change, I must still be about my Father's business. What about you?"

This Sabbath

This Sabbath we will pause from our sermon series and celebrate the veterans in our congregation. The sermon will be presented by Steve Wilhelmsen, our Head Elder and a veteran. This would be a great Sabbath to invite guests who are veterans or who have a veteran in their family!

Special Offering for Hurricane Sandy Victims

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services Organization is actively involved in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast corner of our country. We have been requested by the NAD to collect a special offering this Sabbath to aid in this effort and help provide relief to the suffering. This will be collected at church this Sabbath. To find out more about the work of our church in this area, click here.To like and follow the disaster relief progress on Facebook, click here.

Sermon Series Continues

We have completed three weeks of our sermon series based on John 13-17 titled "The Time has Come" (from John 17:1). The last sermon in the series will be next Sabbath, November 17. The three messages that have been presented were recorded and are available to listen to or download on our website - click here to go to our audio sermons. A manuscript is available for each of the three messages. Please click on the following to view or download them.

  1. United with Jesus
  2. United by Prayer
  3. United by the Holy Spirit

This series will be most meaningful to you if your read these chapters (John 13-17) through several times as we are looking at them. If you have the book, The Desire of Ages, Chapter 73 (Let Not Your Heart be Troubled) gives some meaningful insights as well. 

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. Next Wednesday we will be studying Psalm 40 and the next Wednesday (Nov. 21) we will not be meeting due to Thanksgiving. We have a soup and bread supper at 5:30 pm so you can come right from work. Our study goes from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

This Week at Golden Hills, Nov. 3, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Week with Our Son

Yesterday we put our son back on the plane to head home. We had a great time, but already we miss him terribly. It is always a blessing when we can enjoy time with our family. We are hoping to get together again before another couple of years are over. We are looking forward to seeing our daughter in about three months in Italy!

One of the blessings we have is our church family! Isn't it great that even if our immediate family is far away, we can enjoy our family in Jesus! Each week is a family time to fellowship, share, and grow!

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  • With so much trouble and so many disasters surrounding us, or even far away, what can you do to help? ACS gives advice on how to be prepared for a disaster and to help others when affected. Click Here for this information.
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  • Churches and small groups such as youth groups, Bible study groups, Sabbath school classes, and others, can also help by making personal care kits to hand out to people who are not able to use their homes due to flooding or wind and tree damage. There are 11 different types of care kits that can help people who are displaced from their homes and schools. Click Here for the list and contents of each.
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Sermon Series Continues

Two weeks ago we began a new sermon series based on John 13-17 titled "The Time has Come" (from John 17:1). That first week we looked at how Jesus lived His life successfully here on earth and discovered, to our surprise, that it was exactly the way we have live ours. According to Jesus, He was completely dependent on His Father for everything - just like we are. To download a PDF manuscript of this sermon, click here.

Last week we looked at prayer in Jesus' life and were amazed at the promises He made about prayer in these chapters. Prayer was how He stayed connected with His Father and now He offers us this powerful tool to help us stay connected! To download a PDF manuscript of this sermon, click here.

This week our message is titled "United by the Holy Spirit" and is based on John 16:7-15. We will look at how the Holy Spirit wants to work in our lives to produce personal and church-wide revival.

This series will be most meaningful to you if your read these chapters (John 13-17) through several times as we are looking at them. If you have the book, The Desire of Ages, Chapter 73 (Let Not Your Heart be Troubled) gives some meaningful insights as well.

Hope to see you Sabbath!  

Potluck this Sabbath

If you are a visitor, please just come and enjoy it - don't plan to bring anything. If you are a member, please bring a dish (entree, salad, vegetable, dessert, etc.) that would feed 8-10 people. We will supply drinks. For more information, contact Hope at (402) 292-8280 or email her. 

Prayer Meeting

Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. Tonight we are studying Psalm 38 and next Wednesday we will be looking at Psalm 39. We have a soup and bread supper at 5:30 pm so you can come right from work. Our study goes from 6:00 - 7:00 pm every Wednesday evening.

This Week at Golden Hills, Oct. 27, 2012

Web Master - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Our Son

Not too long after I finish writing this we will be heading to the airport to pick up our son. We have been preparing now for several days - did I tell you that we are excited! We have not seen him for almost two years and are looking forward to spending nearly a week together. Pat and my mom have been baking and cooking his favorite foods, we have been cleaning, and we have been planning on what special things we would like him to experience.

It reminds me a bit of what Jesus said: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:1-3, TNIV) 

I get the feeling that He is pretty excited about bringing us home too, and it won't be for just a couple of weeks - it will be forever!

Sermon Series Continues

Last Sabbath we began a new sermon series based on John 13-17 titled "The Time has Come" (from John 17:1). Last week we looked at how Jesus lived His life successfully here on earth and discovered, to our surprise, that it was exactly the way we have live ours. According to Jesus, He was completely dependent on His Father for everything - just like we are. The sermon should be up on our website before long if you missed it and would like to hear it.

This week our message is titled "United by Prayer" and is based on John 17:20-23. We will look at the role prayer played in Jesus' life and the promises He made about prayer in our life. We will discover that prayer may be one of the most important things we can do!

This series will be most meaningful to you if your read these chapters (John 13-17) through several times as we are looking at them. If you have the book, The Desire of Ages, chapter 73 (Let Not Your Heart be Troubled) gives some meaningful insights as well. Hope to see you there.

Prayer Meeting
Prayer Meeting continues to be a powerful time of fellowship and growth. Tonight we are studying Psalm 37 and next Wednesday we will be looking at Psalm 38. We have a soup and bread supper at 5:30 pm so you can come right from work. Our study goes from 6:00 - 7:00 pm every Wednesday evening.