Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 17, 2018

Web Master - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

Audacity

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

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

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

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

Jesus descended into our depths and gave everything.

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

Have you completely lost your mind Paul?! Yes.

Have I?

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

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

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

Friday Evening Communion Service and Agape Feast Coming

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventist Giving now has an App

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:34 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grief Education and Support Program

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

Life Line Screening

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 10, 2018

Web Master - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Adventist World Radio Touches Lives!

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

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

Recently, an anonymous pastor in China wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Member Update – Judy & Don Phelps

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

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

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

Life Line Screening

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

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

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

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

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

Grief Education and Support Program

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:23 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: March 3, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Privilege of Prayer

Here are a few selections from one of my favorite chapters (The Privilege of Prayer) in one of my favorite book (Steps to Christ).

Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him. (Page 93)

If we take counsel with our doubts and fears, or try to solve everything that we cannot see clearly, before we have faith, perplexities will only increase and deepen. But if we come to God, feeling helpless and dependent, as we really are, and in humble, trusting faith make known our wants to Him whose knowledge is infinite, who sees everything in creation, and who governs everything by His will and word, He can and will attend to our cry, and will let light shine into our hearts. Through sincere prayer we are brought into connection with the mind of the Infinite. We may have no remarkable evidence at the time that the face of our Redeemer is bending over us in compassion and love, but this is even so. We may not feel His visible touch, but His hand is upon us in love and pitying tenderness. (Pages 96-97)

Unceasing prayer is the unbroken union of the soul with God, so that life from God flows into our life; and from our life, purity and holiness flow back to God. (Page 98)

Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children … His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest … The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son. (Page 100)

If we would but think of God as often as we have evidence of His care for us we should keep Him ever in our thoughts and should delight to talk of Him and to praise Him. (Page 102)·Print

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Be Still – Pause & Pray; Right Now: from 24-7 Prayer

"Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves: 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?' They were terrified and asked each other: 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'" (Mark 4:39-41)

Even when we don't fully feel it, God is present in our storms. Take a moment to stop and pray, today: 

Pray for those in a storm Pray for anyone you know who is facing challenges or struggles right now. If you feel you are in a storm, ask God to make His presence known. 

Pray for peace and calm – Invite the Holy Spirit to bring peace and calm into the situation you're praying for. 

Pray with faith – Ask God to give you faith and trust as you pray into the situation. Pray with confidence that God is at work. 

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Living Life the Supernatural Way: How should you rely more fully on the power of the Holy Spirit for growth and satisfaction in your life? How can you avoid getting swept up in the routine of life and missing out on supernatural joy, contentment, and peace? Bible Gateway interviewed Jared C. Wilson about his book, Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God's Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life. (Click here to read more.)

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: In this Bible Gateway Blog guest post, Touré Roberts, author of Wholeness: Winning in Life from the Inside Out (Zondervan, says "We are never okay when we pretend that hurt doesn’t hurt. Hurt always needs to be acknowledged and addressed. It doesn’t just disappear, no matter how deeply we bury it or how much we try to convince ourselves we’re okay in spite of it ..." (Click here to read it.)

You Don’t Get Your Own Personal Jesus: In this Bible Gateway Blog guest post, J.D. Greear, author of Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems, says, "God is not the Burger King God, where you 'have him your way,' or a Build-A-Bear God, where you assemble the deity you like best. Can we imagine how offensive it must be to God when we attempt to reshape him according to our preferences ..." (Click here to read more.)

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Adventist World Radio (AWR)

“I listen to your broadcast very patiently and carefully,” read the letter from an AWR listener in Asia. “I was stone hearted, but after listening to your word, there has been a change in my life. Please pray for me.” By generously supporting the AWR annual offering one week from Sabbath (Mar. 10), you will be a partner in bringing God’s love to those who need it most. For a closer look at AWR, click here for YouTube or click here for Facebook. Click here to check out their website or to donate online.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:15 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Un-Holy Deception and is based on the story of Ananias and Sapphira found in Acts 4:32 – 5:11. This is the only recorded instance in the New Testament where God allowed the consequences of sin to be administered immediately – we probably should be paying attention!
    • 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!

Financial Peace University continues Sunday (Mar. 4) at 3:00 pm. With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. This will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class meets this Monday (Mar. 5) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Mar. 5) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

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

Children’s Church – One Week from Sabbath (Mar. 10) at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Daylight Savings Time begins One Week from Sunday (Mar. 11) at 2:00 am!

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

March is Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month: The human eye is often taken for granted. While people are accustomed to eating healthy foods and receiving the proper amount of exercise, many rarely consider their vision health. When it comes to our eyes, it is most important to protect the eyesight we have been given. During Workplace Wellness Month, Friends for Sight reminds everyone that workplace eye safety actions are easy to incorporate and invaluable to maintain long-term vision health. According to preventblindness.org, 10-20% of the total amount of work-related injuries will cause permanent vision loss. They also state that the right eye protection could lessen the severity or even prevent 90% of eye injuries in accidents. Learn more via Friends for Sight by clicking here.

Bonus View: Click here to download a PDF poster for your workplace, "10 Ways to Prevent Occupational Eye Injuries," courtesy of Prevent Blindness.  

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 24, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Despair

Here is a selection that spoke to my heart this week from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

“Rise, let us be going.” (Matthew 26:46, NKJV)

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this kind of despair is an exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we are apt to sink into despair. But Jesus comes and lovingly says to us, in essence, “Sleep on now. That opportunity is lost forever and you can’t change that. But get up, and let’s go on to the next thing.” In other words, let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him.

There will be experiences like this in each of our lives. We will have times of despair caused by real events in our lives, and we will be unable to lift ourselves out of them. The disciples, in this instance, had done a downright unthinkable thing — they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus. But our Lord came to them taking the spiritual initiative against their despair and said, in effect, “Get up, and do the next thing.” If we are inspired by God, what is the next thing? It is to trust Him absolutely and to pray on the basis of His redemption.

Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step. (Taking the Initiative Against Despair, Feb. 18)·Print

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Congratulations to Our Pathfinders!

Last Sabbath our Pathfinder PBE Team took another first place! This means they will next compete at the North American Division level in Orlando, Florida to be held in April. Way to go team – we are so proud of you!!

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Practice Peace When You Need It Most: You know that something you’ve been looking for in the empty stress of your mad-dash days? The Psalms call it selah: a chance to stop, re-center and resync yourself with the story and song of God. It is hope for the dissonance you feel. Bible Gateway interviewed Kristen Kill about her book, Finding Selah: The Simple Practice of Peace When You Need It Most. (Click here to read more.)

What Does the Bible Say About Violence? Another horrific shooting at a school once again raises the question of why violence happens in the human race. Read this Blog post to learn of the spiritual dimensions to violence that the Bible speaks to, including sources and solutions. (Click here to read it.)

You Shall Have No Other #gods Before Me: In this Bible Gateway Blog guest post, Craig Groeschel, author of Liking Jesus: Intimacy and Contentment in a Selfie-Centered World, says, "Our souls can be seduced. We can be distracted. Anytime we allow our souls to be consumed with anything other than God, we will never be satisfied ..." (Click here to read more.)

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Adventist World Radio (AWR)

An AWR listener in Asia wrote, “The Lord is like light to me in this dark world.” Plan now to thoughtfully support AWR’s annual offering on March 10, so the voice of hope can continue to be heard in more than 100 languages around the world.

Calendar Events

Pathfinder’s Winter Campout will take place this weekend – let’s pray for their safety and that they have a meaningful time together. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Sunset this Friday – 6:07 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Un-Holy Deception and is based on Acts 4:32 – 5:11. What does this tell you about God’s view of Hypocrisy?
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Boldness click here.

Financial Peace University continues Sunday (Feb. 25) at 3:00 pm. With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. This will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

No Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class this Monday (Feb. 26). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Feb. 26). Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Feb. 27) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Feb. 27) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Potluck one week from Sabbath (Mar. 3) 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!

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

Eyeglass Recycling: In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person's life. That's why Lions Club International started the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Everyone can help. Throughout the year, volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength, and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low- and middle-income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Learn more about eyeglasses donations through Lions Club International by clicking here.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 17, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Is Your Mind Stayed on God?

Here is a selection that spoke to my heart this week from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3, NIV) ·Print

Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of idols and look to Him and be saved (see Isaiah 45:22).

Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ …” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will be one of the greatest assets of your faith when a time of trial comes, because then your faith and the Spirit of God will work together. When you have thoughts and ideas that are worthy of credit to God, learn to compare and associate them with all that happens in nature – the rising and the setting of the sun, the shining of the moon and the stars, and the changing of the seasons. You will begin to see that your thoughts are from God as well, and your mind will no longer be at the mercy of your impulsive thinking, but will always be used in service to God.

“We have sinned with our fathers … [and] … did not remember …” (Psalm 106:6-7). Then prod your memory and wake up immediately. Don’t say to yourself, “But God is not talking to me right now.” He ought to be. Remember whose you are and whom you serve. Encourage yourself to remember, and your affection for God will increase tenfold. Your mind will no longer be starved, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.

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Lost & Found

“If you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey straying, you must return it to him” (Exodus 23:4, CJB).

Let’s start with a sore subject: losing things. Wallets. Car keys. Expensive smart phones. iPads. Computers even. And sometimes we lose something to which we feel especially attached. We look everywhere and come to the grim realization that the object is gone. What happens then? Anger. Sadness. Self-reproach. Our loss is more than financial … (click here to continue reading).

Do Not Quarrel on the Way

Do you ever argue with a family member? Have you occasionally, even frequently, quarreled with a friend? Motivational speaker Tony Gakins proposed, “Arguing isn’t communication, it’s noise.” One marriage counselor notes, “Silence is never more golden than when a quarrel is brewing.” One ancient poet said, “Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

Yet we “thunder” far too often, and usually with damaging results in our daily relationships … (click here to continue reading).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

God Is Bigger Than You Imagine: How big is your view of God? Do you see him as merely an extension of yourself or as the very source of all that is? How does the Bible describe God? What does it mean in modern times to fear the Lord? Bible Gateway interviewed J.D. Greear about his book, Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems. (Click here to read more.)

Experience the Power of Bold Prayer and Even Bolder Faith: Have your prayers become stagnant? Do you long to see God move in fresh ways? Are you ready to move to new places in your walk with God? If so, it’s time to take the 40-day prayer challenge and press into God like never before. In this FREE 5-session video study, bestselling author and Pastor Mark Batterson reveals how taking up this challenge will not only change the way you pray today but also dramatically impact the rest of your life. (Click here to join the free study.)

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, God Still Performs Miracles: An Interview with Mark Batterson. (Click here to read it.)

Spotlight – Dealing with Distractions when Engaging Scripture: This feature in Weekly Brief is intended to help you become aware of one of several practices explained in our Scripture Engagement section. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Boldness and is based on Acts 3:1 – 4:31. What would happen if we prayed the prayer recorded in Acts 4:24-31?

Racial Understanding: A Round Table Discussion on Race Relations to be held at Omaha Memorial Church, this Sabbath afternoon at 2:00 pm in their fellowship Hall.

Mid-America Union Pathfinder’s Bible Experience (PBE) will take place this Sabbath afternoon at 3:00 pm at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln. Our Pathfinder Team is one of three representing our Conference at this Union-wide event. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

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

Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class meets this Monday (Feb. 19) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Feb. 20) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder’s Winter Campout will take place February 23-25. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

North American Division (NAD) Survey

Our church has been selected to participate in this survey from the General Conference (GC) and the NAD. Read a letter from Elder Wilson, the GC President, regarding this survey by clicking here. It will take between 30-60 minutes to complete. To get started on the survey, click here for Instructions the and consent form. It also contains the link to get you started. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Adventist Books Available

If you have been looking for the Bible Story set, Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, or a variety of other Spirit of Prophecy books, Rick Baesler has them available; new and many still in the wrappers. Check out his add on Craig’s List or contact him directly (e-mail or 402-884-2894)

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers Needed: Hospice Volunteers provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in March and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Syrian Muslims in Crisis need Bibles! One of our partners witnessed something amazing on a recent trip to the Syrian border. Stepping into a church service, he watched a room full of Muslim converts and veiled women praying earnestly to Jesus. "I learned more about prayer than you can ever imagine," he shared. "The convicting reality that Muslims have a greater expectation that Jesus will answer their prayer than I do – is something I will never forget. They pray with an expectation unlike anything I've ever seen," he added. Because of the nature of the ongoing crisis, primarily in Muslim-dominated areas, countless Muslims are seeking Jesus. Place a Bible into the hands of a Muslim seeker or new convert for just $5 – click here to give. Click here for more information about Open Door Missions – sign up for their email newsletter at the bottom right of their home page. Click here for information about Open Door International.

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

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

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

February is AMD Awareness Month: AMD is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead.

In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your central vision. Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be.

AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house. Learn about AMD risk factors, diagnosis, and more through the National Eye Institute by clicking here.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 10, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Leadership Retreat Report

This past weekend, our church’s leadership team (members of our church board) along with their families spent the weekend together in study and prayer at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City.

Our Scriptural focus was John 13-17, the last few hours Jesus spent with His disciples prior to His arrest, trial, and death. From our reading and discussion of this passage, we noted that:

·       We, as Christians, should be known primarily by the love and care we exhibit towards each other, especially those in our church family, but also in all our social and business interactions.

·       We, as Christians, should be characterized by our confidence and trust in Jesus regarding everything in our lives.

·       The Holy Spirit is God’s incredible gift – the constant, abiding presence of God in our lives. He will cleanse us, empower us to trust and obey God, and to love like Jesus did.

To help us assess our church’s health and direction we examined and discussed the article Recalibrate: 10 Steps Every Church Must Take This Year - Or be Dead in a Decade (click here to read it) and the book Growing Young. (There’s information below about the book if you would like to pick up a copy.)

The book, Growing Young, focusses on how we can retain and empower young people and incorporate them into the leadership structure of our church.

We spent several hours considering the principles of this book. We concluded that these principles are much broader than just our relationship with our youth, and if incorporated, will contribute to the general health of our church.

As a board, we tasked our Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) to continue this process and develop a plan for incorporating these principles.

You will be hearing more from them in the coming months as we seek, through God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, to become the best representatives of Jesus that we can be here in our community!

Please feel free to speak with any member of the board if you have questions about this weekend or an idea you would like to pursue. ·Print

To purchase Growing Young, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here.

North American Division (NAD) Survey

Our church has been selected to participate in this survey from the General Conference (GC) and the NAD. Read a letter from Elder Wilson, the GC President, regarding this survey by clicking here. It will take between 30-60 minutes to complete. To get started on the survey, click here for Instructions the and consent form. It also contains the link to get you started. It is available in both English and Spanish.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Achieve Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: What does healthy spirituality look like? How is it achieved? How can you slow down to develop a truly transformational relationship with Christ? Peter Scazzero says Christians cannot grow spiritually while remaining emotionally immature because our souls and psyches are inextricably linked. Bible Gateway interviewed Pete Scazzero about his book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Updated Edition). (Click here to read more.)

Holy Land Moments Free Email Devotional – Exploring the Jewish Roots of Christianity: Do you wish you knew more about the Jewish background of Scripture? Are you curious about the ways that the Christian faith connects to its roots in Jewish history and culture? (Click here for more information and to sign up.)

No More Faking Fine: If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up or pray it away. But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be. Bible Gateway interviewed Esther Fleece about her book, No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:50 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, our message will be presented by John Stroman. Sabbath evening, the Pathfinder Dinner and a Movie will feature the movie “Despicable Me”.  During the service this Sabbath, we will look at a couple of Biblical characters who could use that same name to describe themselves and what Jesus can do with those who are “despicable” – even ME!
    • Children’s Church in the Fellowship Hall this Sabbath at 11:15 am.
    • Potluck Following Church 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!

Valentine’s Dinner & Movie this Saturday evening – Dinner at 5:30; Movie (Despicable Me) at 7:00, $6/person in the Fellowship Hall of the Church. Contact a Pathfinder or Pathfinder Leader for tickets. You may pay at the door that evening. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

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

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

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

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

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

Mid-America Union Pathfinder’s Bible Experience (PBE) will take place on Sabbath, February 17 at 3:00 pm at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln. Our Pathfinder Team is one of three representing our Conference at this Union-wide event. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Racial Understanding: A Round Table Discussion on Race Relations to be held at Omaha Memorial Church, a week from Sabbath, February 17 at 2:00 pm in their fellowship Hall.

Adventist Books Available

If you have been looking for the Bible Story set, Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, or a variety of other Spirit of Prophecy books, Rick Baesler has them available; new and many still in the wrappers. Check out his add on Craig’s List or contact him directly (e-mail or 402-884-2894)

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers Needed: Hospice Volunteers provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in March and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Syrian Muslims in Crisis need Bibles! One of our partners witnessed something amazing on a recent trip to the Syrian border. Stepping into a church service, he watched a room full of Muslim converts and veiled women praying earnestly to Jesus. "I learned more about prayer than you can ever imagine," he shared. "The convicting reality that Muslims have a greater expectation that Jesus will answer their prayer than I do – is something I will never forget. They pray with an expectation unlike anything I've ever seen," he added. Because of the nature of the ongoing crisis, primarily in Muslim-dominated areas, countless Muslims are seeking Jesus. Place a Bible into the hands of a Muslim seeker or new convert for just $5 – click here to give. Click here for more information about Open Door Missions – sign up for their email newsletter at the bottom right of their home page. Click here for information about Open Door International.

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

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

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

Register Now for Blind Camp! Christian Record Services for the Blind is excited to announce the schedule for the 2018 National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC) summer camping season. People who are legally blind, ages 9-65, are invited to register to attend camp at one of 10 locations around the United States. Campers enjoy confidence-building experiences such as archery, swimming, crafts, horseback riding, and more (experiences vary by location), as well as opportunities to build lifelong friendships. NCBC, a Christian Record program, has offered camping experiences for children and adults who are legally blind since 1967. Click here to learn more about National Camps for Blind Children and the summer roster.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 3, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Transformed by Beholding

Those of you who follow my blog know that I read the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers as a part of my personal devotions – it helps remind me of Jesus’ faithfulness and my need for Him. Below is recent reading I found helpful.

We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image … (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV) ·Print

The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it – something good, but not what is best.

The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else including work, clothes, and food be set aside. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through. Let other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it. The most difficult lesson of the Christian life is learning how to continue “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord …” (My Utmost for His Highest, Jan. 23)

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Congratulations to Our Pathfinders

Last Sabbath at the Conference Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), our group took one of three first place spots – along with the College View Pathfinder teams. This puts them into the Mid-America PBE which will take place in two weeks, Sabbath, February 17 (2:00 pm) at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln. Lori Knutson has been their teacher and coach. Way to go Pathfinders! We are proud of you!!

Inspiration from 24-7 Prayer

The Importance of Half-Hearted, Faithless Prayers: “… And then I prayed. A half-hearted, desperate and faithless prayer …” (Click here to read more.)

The Power of Relentless Prayer for a Forbidden Nation: Picture this. Your mission is to see a spiritual revolution in a nation you’re not allowed to enter. In fact, the closest you can live to this nation is a hundred miles away. These people do not speak your language, and they’ve been warned about “people like you.” (Click here to read more.)

The Incredible Story of Maruwaan: One of the ministries of Tree of Life is CRU62, a home for young men looking for help leaving gangs and drugs behind. Maruwaan joined CRU62 in May 2015 as a Muslim, addicted to heroin, and caught up in a life of crime. (Click here to read more and view the video.)

Kindness, Hope and Revelation on the Streets of Ibiza: "The more people I meet, the more I see Christ in them ..." For over a decade, 24-7 Ibiza have been serving holidaymakers on the streets. Read this beautiful update on the amazing things God is doing on the island. (Click here to read more.)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Lord’s Prayer is Revolutionary: Through the centuries the Lord’s Prayer has been domesticated and tamed, turned into a safe series of comforting words and made familiar by repetition. But when truly considered, the Lord’s Prayer is meant to turn the world upside down, toppling every earthly power and announcing God’s reign over all things, in heaven and on earth. Bible Gateway interviewed R. Albert Mohler Jr. about his book, The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord's Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution. (Click here to read more.)

Help! My Husband Is Tuning Me Out. What Can I Do? In this guest Blog post, Gary Thomas, author of Loving Him Well: Practical Advice on Influencing Your Husband, says, “The male brain functions much differently than the female brain. When a woman doesn’t understand the way a male brain works, she risks fostering an extremely destructive male response, something researchers call stonewalling ...” (Click here to read more.)

Overcome Your Fears: Fear and worry tend to put a choke-hold on life. They whisper uncertainties, reminding us of all we can’t do or will never be. But what does it mean when the Bible portrays God as drawing close and saying, ‘Fear not. I am with you’? What is a ‘fear fighter’? Bible Gateway interviewed Kelly Balarie about her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears. (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 anyone of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Our bi-annual Church Leadership Retreat takes place this weekend (Feb. 2-4) at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. This includes all those who are on our Church Board. Please pray for us as we prayerfully consider the direction of our church. If you have something you would like for us to consider or discuss, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Sunset this Friday – 5:41 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, our message will be presented by David Soriano. His sermon, based on Luke 19:10, is titled Seeking & Saving.
    • Potluck has been postponed until next Sabbath, Feb. 10.

Maplewood Academy Alumni Meeting: The Lincoln Alumni Chapter of Maplewood Academy is hosting a Nacho Feast, this Saturday night (Feb. 3) at 6:30 pm. It will be held in Heartland Hall at the College View Church (4801 Prescott Ave., Lincoln, NE). This is nacho regular alumni meeting! Join us for an evening of food, fellowship and sharing memories. Nathan Shields, VP for Development and Alumni will give a presentation and hand out MWA gear as door prizes. RSVP Kathy Bollinger (email or 402-499-2938).

Financial Peace University continues Sunday (Feb. 4) at 3:00 pm. With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. This will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

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

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Feb. 5) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Feb. 6) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. We continue our Study of Daniel – we will be beginning chapter 8 this week. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Valentine’s Dinner & Movie: February 10 – Dinner at 5:30; Movie (Despicable Me) at 7:00, $6/person in the Fellowship Hall of the Church. Contact a Pathfinder or Pathfinder Leader for tickets. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Adventist Books Available

If you have been looking for the Bible Story set, Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, or a variety of other Spirit of Prophecy books, Rick Baesler has them available; new and many still in the wrappers. Check out his add on Craig’s List or contact him directly (e-mail or 402-884-2894)

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Hospice Volunteers Needed: Hospice Volunteers provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in March and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Syrian Muslims in Crisis need Bibles! One of our partners witnessed something amazing on a recent trip to the Syrian border. Stepping into a church service, he watched a room full of Muslim converts and veiled women praying earnestly to Jesus. "I learned more about prayer than you can ever imagine," he shared. "The convicting reality that Muslims have a greater expectation that Jesus will answer their prayer than I do – is something I will never forget. They pray with an expectation unlike anything I've ever seen," he added. Because of the nature of the ongoing crisis, primarily in Muslim-dominated areas, countless Muslims are seeking Jesus. Place a Bible into the hands of a Muslim seeker or new convert for just $5 – click here to give. Click here for more information about Open Door Missions – sign up for their email newsletter at the bottom right of their home page. Click here for information about Open Door International.

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

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

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

Register Now for Blind Camp! Christian Record Services for the Blind is excited to announce the schedule for the 2018 National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC) summer camping season. People who are legally blind, ages 9-65, are invited to register to attend camp at one of 10 locations around the United States. Campers enjoy confidence-building experiences such as archery, swimming, crafts, horseback riding, and more (experiences vary by location), as well as opportunities to build lifelong friendships. NCBC, a Christian Record program, has offered camping experiences for children and adults who are legally blind since 1967. Click here to learn more about National Camps for Blind Children and the summer roster.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 27, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Intimate with Jesus

Those of you who follow my blog know that I read the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers as a part of my personal devotions – it helps remind me of Jesus’ faithfulness and my need for Him. Below is recent reading I found helpful.

Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?" (John 14:9, NIV)Facebook ·Print

These words were not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus was encouraging Philip to draw closer. Yet the last person we get intimate with is Jesus. Before Pentecost the disciples knew Jesus as the One who gave them power to conquer demons and to bring about a revival (see Luke 10:18-20). It was a wonderful intimacy, but there was a much closer intimacy to come: “… I have called you friends …” (John 15:15). True friendship is rare on earth. It means identifying with someone in thought, heart, and spirit. The whole experience of life is designed to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ. We receive His blessings and know His Word, but do we really know Him?

Jesus said, “It is to your advantage that I go away …” (John 16:7). He left that relationship to lead them even closer. It is a joy to Jesus when a disciple takes time to walk more intimately with Him. The bearing of fruit is always shown in Scripture to be the visible result of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ (see John 15:1-4).

Once we get intimate with Jesus we are never lonely and we never lack for understanding or compassion. We can continually pour out our hearts to Him without being perceived as overly emotional or pitiful. The Christian who is truly intimate with Jesus will never draw attention to himself but will only show the evidence of a life where Jesus is completely in control. This is the outcome of allowing Jesus to satisfy every area of life to its depth. The picture resulting from such a life is that of the strong, calm balance that our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him. (My Utmost for His Highest, Jan. 7)

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in March and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, Methodist Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

Maplewood Academy Alumni Meeting

The Lincoln Alumni Chapter of Maplewood Academy is hosting a Nacho Feast, Saturday, February 3 at 6:30 pm. It will be held in Heartland Hall at the College View Church (4801 Prescott Ave., Lincoln, NE). This is nacho regular alumni meeting! Join us for an evening of food, fellowship and sharing memories. Nathan Shields, VP for Development and Alumni will give a presentation and hand out MWA gear as door prizes. RSVP Kathy Bollinger (email or 402-499-2938).

Stop to Pray | from 24-7 Prayer

"Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him ..." (Psalm 37:7, NIV)

God is present in our everyday, but sometimes, we just have to take a moment to encounter the Spirit at work. So, wherever you are right now, stop to pray: 

Ask God to help you wait: So often when we pray, we don’t receive immediate answers. Lift one of these unanswered prayers to God and ask for a renewed sense of patience and strength.

Invite God into your daily waiting: Whether it’s waiting for the kettle to boil, a delayed train or a slow moment in your daily work, invite the Spirit to be present in these times. Use them to encounter God.

Memorize a verse: Take time to remind yourself, and memorize, a Bible verse that will help you in times of impatience. You could even set a reminder to look at it each day.

Have a wonderful week, The 24-7 Prayer Team

This month we’re exploring what it looks like to #StartSlow and invest time in God's presence: check out the blog series by clicking here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Fight Fear, Wrestle Worry, and Allay Anxiety: Sometimes Jesus’ call to "fear not" seems like the hardest instruction to follow. Some days you faultlessly juggle everything that is your life—kids, husband, house, job, church, friendships, school, pets, appointments, and on and on. Other days the very thought of which ball you’re going to drop puts your anxiety level through the roof. Bible Gateway interviewed Alli Worthington about her book, Fierce Faith: A Woman's Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety. (Click here to read more.)

Do I Have a Right to Die? In this guest Blog post, Joni Eareckson Tada, author of When Is It Right to Die? A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying, says, "For the moment, forget everything you’ve heard about right to die or right to life positions. Put aside the court rulings and the tug-at-your-heart stories ..." (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Calendar Events

Pathfinders will be at Honor’s Fest this weekend held at CVA in Lincoln. Let’s pray for them as they enjoy this weekend with Pathfinders from all around the Kansas Nebraska Conference. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Sunset this Friday – 5:33 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Love and will look at the picture of the early church found in Acts 2:41-47. How can we show that kind of love?

Financial Peace University begins Sunday (Jan. 28) at 3:00 pm. With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. This will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

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

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

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 30). We continue our Study of Daniel – we are beginning chapter 7. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Our bi-annual Church Leadership Retreat will take place February 2 – 4 at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. This includes everyone on our Church Board. Please pray for them as they prayerfully consider the direction of our church. If you have something you would like for them to consider or discuss, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Valentine’s Dinner & Movie: February 10 – Dinner at 5:30; movie at 7:00, $7/person. Fellowship Hall of the Church. Contact a Pathfinder or Pathfinder Leader for tickets. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Syrian Muslims in Crisis need Bibles! One of our partners witnessed something amazing on a recent trip to the Syrian border. Stepping into a church service, he watched a room full of Muslim converts and veiled women praying earnestly to Jesus. "I learned more about prayer than you can ever imagine," he shared. "The convicting reality that Muslims have a greater expectation that Jesus will answer their prayer than I do – is something I will never forget. They pray with an expectation unlike anything I've ever seen," he added. Because of the nature of the ongoing crisis, primarily in Muslim-dominated areas, countless Muslims are seeking Jesus. Place a Bible into the hands of a Muslim seeker or new convert for just $5 – click here to give. Click here for more information about Open Door Missions – sign up for their email newsletter at the bottom right of their home page. Click here for information about Open Door International.

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

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

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

Drugstore Reading Glasses – How to Pick a Perfect Pair: One of the more obvious signs of getting older involves your vision. When once-crystal-clear words on a page or screen start to blur, it may be a sign that you need reading glasses. Perhaps that’s all you need. But it’s still important to consult a doctor for an eye exam to rule out other, more serious, problems – especially if you have concerns or symptoms related to your eyes or vision.

What happens as we start getting older: Ophthalmologist Rishi Singh, MD says the need for reading glasses first becomes evident when you're holding reading material farther and farther away from you in order to see it better. That’s because, as we age, our eyes become less mobile, making it more difficult to focus on objects that are close to us. An optometrist can help you choose a good pair of high-quality reading glasses. In a pinch, you can also get inexpensive glasses at any drugstore. (And anyone who needs reading glasses can tell you you’ll want plenty of spares around the house.)

If you do go the drugstore route, how can you find the perfect pair to makes those fuzzy letters and words clear again? Click here for tips on choosing the right reading glasses, courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic. 

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished by October 1, 2017.

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

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

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Leadership Retreat coming up Feb. 2-4
    • Alice Sugut is requesting prayer for her family
    • Sheila’s brother, Paul, who is fighting cancer.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 20, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Surprise!

Last week sure ended up looking different than I was planning.

I was very productive on Sunday and Monday, even had everything prepared for preaching at Nebraska City on Sabbath!

I got up Tuesday morning full of plans to get caught up on some projects and get a head start on some others – had a good feeling about the week.

As we were finishing breakfast, I began noticing an ache in my chest.

After breakfast, I went downstairs to my office and as I started working at my desk, the pain became more intense – and it was radiating into my left shoulder and down my left arm. This made me a bit nervous, and I think I must have started hyperventilating, because it seemed like I was getting out of breath.

Soon Pat came downstairs to start some laundry and I told her what was going on. We finally decided I would rather feel foolish for a false alarm than be dead – so we called 911. It took me about 45 minutes to come to this point – the paramedic in charge said if I was his father, he would have some serious words with me for waiting so long).

They showed up in less than five minutes and before long had me aboard the ambulance headed for Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue.

I remember thinking: “This is going to shoot my day!” But, I figured I’d be home later that day and be able to continue my activities.

At the ER, it was determined I was not having a heart attack, but they saw some things they felt needed to be checked out, so I was admitted to the hospital and the next morning had an echo stress test.

I was sure I would pass it with flying colors and then get to go home.

Again, the cardiologist saw some things he was concerned about. He told me he was sure I had a blockage that would need to be corrected with by-pass surgery. He said we would need to do a heart catheterization to know for sure what was going on – so I had the privilege of spending another night.

Don’t get me wrong – Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue is a great hospital. The rooms are nice, and everyone was wonderful – I got excellent care. I just prefer being home!

On Thursday morning I was prepped for the procedure and it was completed by 11:00 am. The cardiologist said it was very good news – all I had was mild coronary artery disease with one artery blocked about 45% and another about 35%.

He told me it could be corrected with medicine along with some lifestyle changes – I’m discovering what food tastes like without salt. I was able to go home Thursday afternoon.

I’m not sharing this to make you feel sorry for me – I know I am extremely blessed!

I share this because I know many you want to know what happened and because I learned a couple of things.

First, your life can change direction instantly. Just because you have good plans doesn’t mean any of them will happen. I was blessed, my life only took a detour, there was no permanent damage.

But, I know many people who have had a different experience: A good friend fell while hiking and is now a paraplegic; another friend’s career was cut short by injuries from a car accident; my great uncle simply dropped dead from a heart attack while coming in the front door to his home. Things can change fast, and we often have no control over the changes.

Also, I’m glad for the wake-up call. I have a chance to make some changes that will make my body healthier, and should make me feel better. I’m not counting on another chance with this – I need to make this one count.

And finally, I came to realize again how much I am dependent on God. I know He has walked with me each step of my life journey and, regardless of outcomes, He will continue be with me. His promise to me (and to you too) is:

“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)

I will never leave you or abandon you. Therefore, we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. (Hebrews 13:5-6, CSB)

Red Hats Project Completed

Our Women’s Ministries team completed more than 280 knitted red hats for newborns! Great job ladies – this will keep a lot of little heads warm!

From Open Door Missions

Syrian Muslims in Crisis need Bibles! One of our partners witnessed something amazing on a recent trip to the Syrian border. Stepping into a church service, he watched a room full of Muslim converts and veiled women praying earnestly to Jesus.

"I learned more about prayer than you can ever imagine," he shared. "The convicting reality that Muslims have a greater expectation that Jesus will answer their prayer than I do – is something I will never forget. They pray with an expectation unlike anything I've ever seen," he added.

Because of the nature of the ongoing crisis, primarily in Muslim-dominated areas, countless Muslims are seeking Jesus. Place a Bible into the hands of a Muslim seeker or new convert for just $5 – click here to give. Click here for more information about Open Door Missions – sign up for their email newsletter at the bottom right of their home page. Click here for information about Open Door International.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Encounter God When Reading the Bible: Do we approach the Bible believing that the One who spoke and brought the universe into existence, whose voice thundered from Mount Sinai, and whose words healed the sick is the same God who speaks to us today through Scripture? Are we reading the Bible not merely to learn information about God but to hear his voice and encounter his presence? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Chester about his book, Bible Matters: Making Sense of Scripture. (Click here to read more.)

Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open: A technique 14 years in development reads ancient scrolls that are too fragile to unwrap. Fine-detail CT scanners can visualize the ink of letters inside such scrolls. (Click here to read more.)

Read the Bible in 2018 at Your Own Pace with Help from Bible Gateway: Don't be discouraged. Make this the year you complete one book of the Bible, or all four Gospels, or the New Testament, or another goal you decide. We'll help you do it with any of our Bible reading plans. Choose the one that's right for you! (Click here to see a number of Bible Reading Plans.)

Not This Way: Any listening and reading of Scripture is better than none at all; but, some ways that people come to the Bible end up restricting their spiritual growth. Many people started listening to or reading the Bible for a weak reason and then over time adjusted their motivation. Here are a few ways NOT to approach the Bible. This list isn’t exhaustive, but perhaps it can serve as a catalyst for you to explore your own motivation for coming to the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:24 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Fire and will look at the events found in Acts 2. What would our church look like if we embraced the Holy Spirit like they did? For some additional insights you may wish to read chapters 4 (Pentecost) and 5 (The Gift of the Spirit) in the book Acts of the Apostles.

Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class meets this Monday (Jan 22) at 6:00 pm in the Pastor’s Study. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 22) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

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

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 23). We continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 23) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Financial Peace University begins January 28 at 3:00 pm. With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future. This will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

Anne Lowe Scholarship: Do you know a young adult who is preparing for college or is a returning college student? The Anne Lowe Scholarship, offered by Christian Record Services for the Blind, is awarded annually to further the educational pursuits of people who are legally blind who meet the following criteria: United States citizen engaged full-time in undergraduate studies at an accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum 2.0 GPA. 

Applicants must supply a financial budget; physician’s note, dated within the past 12 months, verifying the applicant’s legal blindness; an essay, detailing the applicant’s background, achievements, and educational and life goals; a recent photo with a release for publication; proof of U.S. citizenship; and three letters of recommendation.

For more information regarding the application process and to access the online form, click here. Christian Record Services will accept applications through Sunday, April 15, and scholarship winners will receive notification of their awards in August.

  Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished by October 1, 2017.

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

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

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 13, 2018

Web Master - Friday, January 12, 2018

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. (Psalm 46, NLT)

Red Hats

All the knitted red hats for newborns need to be turned in this Sabbath, Jan. 13. Elizabeth needs to turn them in the AHA on Sabbath Afternoon. Elizabeth says, “thank you” to all who participated! We went beyond last year’s total of 133 hats with 154 hats already turned in! Great job ladies!!!

From My Outlook

Good News from Pathway to Health: 6,770 people in Phoenix, Arizona, received medical, dental, vision, physical therapy, lifestyle education, financial, legal, child care, haircuts, and even surgical specialties free of charge during Christmas weekend. (Click here to read more.)

Hear Their Voices: If you haven't listened to last month's podcast with Kristy Childs, you can now watch a video version of Childs' interview where she talks about her foundation Veronica's Voice, the world of human trafficking in America, and what we can learn from her experiences. (Click here to view it.)

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Why Is Spiritual Warfare a Continuing Struggle? Do you ask yourself, "Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?" How can you discern whether you’re dealing with battles within yourself, resistance from God, or genuine fights with the devil? What did Jesus say about our spiritual authority and the certainty we have in him? Bible Gateway interviewed Havilah Cunnington about her book, Stronger than the Struggle: Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle. (Click here to read more.)

Here’s One Strategy for Reading the Bible Without Distractions This Year: Most people learn and retain information better when reading and listening simultaneously. That’s exactly what our new free Bible Audio App is designed to do. It provides the words as it reads them to you. You can download the Bible Audio App on your mobile device in iOS or Android and listen wherever you go!  (Click here to read more.)

Scripture Engagement Compared to Bible Study: Scripture engagement is not the same thing as studying the Bible. It is a complement to deep study of the Scriptures. (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 anyone of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Financial Peace University

What if you knew where all of your money was going each month? What if you were debt-free, investing and making wise spending decisions? With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money and start planning for your future.

Financial Peace University begins January 28 at 3:00 pm. It will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:16 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Stroman will share a sermon titled Poor Me, Pour Me. We will be reviewing some of the experiences from the recent Phoenix Pathway to Health; but in a bigger picture, we will look into this choice through the eyes of someone who could have fallen into either category. Through this, we will examine our own choices and some of the possible outcomes for Poor Me or Pour Me.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The End – The Beginning! click here.
    • Children’s Church in the Fellowship Hall this Sabbath at 11:15 am.
    • Pathfinder Area PBE this Sabbath afternoon at 2:00 pm right here at our church.

Children’s/Youth Baptismal Study Class meets this Monday (Jan 15) at 6:00 pm in the Pastor’s Study. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Jan. 15) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Jan. 16). We continue our Study of Daniel. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Financial Peace University begins January 28 at 3:00 pm. It will be hosted by the New City Church and will meet at Golden Hills SDA Church located at 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE. To sign up, click here. For more information, message Erin (e-mail or 402-880-7855).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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

It is Written Mission Trips: It is Written is sponsoring three mission trips in 2018. Click on the trips below to see more information on each one.

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.

Books Needed: If you have any extra copies of books such as Desire of Ages, Steps to Christ, Great Controversy, etc. around your home and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them to the church and they will be shared with interested people in our community.

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

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

Gene Therapy That Treats Rare Blindness Gains FDA Approval: The Food and Drug Administration approved a new gene therapy called Luxturna for the treatment of a rare, hereditary type of vision loss on December 19, marking the first time therapy for a specific gene mutation has cleared the FDA’s approval process. Produced by Spark Therapeutics, Luxturna is intended to treat a condition called biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy, which affects between 1,000 to 2,000 people in the U.S. and is marked by a progressive form of vision loss that often leads to blindness. People with biallelic mutations have a defect in both copies of a specific gene in the retina. The newly approved gene therapy, which is administered by a surgeon, provides instructions to the faulty retinal genes, essentially casting off the defects and replacing them with healthy genes. Learn more about this therapy through Vital Updates by clicking here.

 Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished by October 1, 2017.

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The End – The Beginning! click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Sheila’s brother, Paul, who is fighting cancer.
    • Cody & Jie Kaiser
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee has been seriously ill and it has caused them to suspend their work for a time. To see their most recent update, click here.
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Steve Newton (and family)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Don & Judy Phelps, Marilyn Sabata, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), and Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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