Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: June 27, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, June 25, 2020

No Blog this Week

Pastor T is on vacation this week (see below). This feature will return next week!

COVID-19 Update – Building Opening for Services

We will start gently opening our building for services again on July 4, 2020. We will begin with just our worship service, starting with our children’s corner at 11:05 am. Click here for more information.

Pastor T & Pat

Pastor T & Pat are on vacation through June 28. They will be unavailable by phone during that time although they will check emails from time to time. If you need to speak with someone regarding something at church or if there is an emergency, call any one of our Elders. Click here for their contact information.

Wall of Love

We will continue to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of June

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

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

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Raise Boys Who Respect Girls: How can parents biblically and practically raise a generation of sons who are champions, encouragers, and respecters of women? What are the principles parents need to teach their sons so they will become men who break the pattern of thinking and acting that lead to the #metoo and #churchtoo atrocities? Bible Gateway interviewed Dave Willis about his book, Raising Boys Who Respect Girls: Upending Locker Room Mentality, Blind Spots, and Unintended Sexism. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

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

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 9:00 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until July 4. Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

  • Sabbath School Resources
    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.
  • Worship Service Options
    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, Kalvin Tuel, our Head Elder, will share a message. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Just Love? click here. You can watch it by clicking here . You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here .
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

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

Prayer Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information.

MLT will meet online this Tuesday (June 30) at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. For questions, contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, on our Facebook Page, or on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2020, click here; 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Senior Care Resource: Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

    • They offer a Senior Downsizing Guide which gives ideas for downsizing as personal needs change. To view it, click here.
    • They also have a list of Senior Care facilities with descriptions and evaluations. To find these close to Bellevue, Nebraska, click here. If you do not live in the Bellevue, NE area, click here to search for a facility near you.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Just Love? click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

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

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

 

                   

This Week at Golden Hills: June 20, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update – Building Opening for Services

These past few months have certainly been unlike anything we have previously experienced. It’s hard to believe it has now been almost three months since we’ve met together for worship in our church building.

Our church has never really been closed – just our building. We’ve worshiped together online Sabbath Mornings, continued with Prayer Meeting online each week, and continue dealing with the business of our church in Zoom Meetings.

But, we also realize meeting in person is much nicer than online.

So, we have some good news for you. We will start gently opening our building for services again on July 4, 2020. We will begin with just our worship service, starting with our children’s corner at 11:05 am. Click here for more information

We will continue streaming our service online in its current format so if you are not feeling well, or are reluctant to come out yet, you can still be involved. You can still view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

Of course we will need to follow appropriate distancing and refrain from shaking hands or hugging as difficult as that may be. Please read this sheet for the full details.

Our goal is to provide a safe environment, especially so our members who may be at a higher risk of COVID-19 will be able to safely come back to worship with us again in our building.

The promise found in Isaiah 41 is still as relevant as it was when we shared it back in March.

“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)

As we navigate the process of reopening our church building, we will continue to rely on God’s guidance and direction. We do look forward to seeing you again – in person!

Click here to download a sheet that gives the full details of the guidelines we will be following as we start opening our building.

Dust Between Your Toes

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Dust Between Your Toes and shares some interesting thoughts on outreach.

A neighborhood feels different after you’ve walked its streets, praying. That’s one of the reasons Jesus came here. When you’ve prayed your way down it’s sidewalks, observed its families, smiled at its kids. It changes how we perceive the people when we get the dust of their streets between our toes.

Jesus chose to do that rather than just issuing instructions from His safe place. Prayer walking has been defined as praying on site with insight. Jesus invested His presence and He is pleased when we do that, too. Our hearts begin to bond with the hurts of our neighbors. Try it if you haven’t already … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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

Pastor T & Pat

Pastor T & Pat will be on vacation from June 22-28. They will be unavailable by phone during that time although they will check emails from time to time. If you need to speak with someone regarding something at church or if there is an emergency, call any one of our Elders. Click here for their contact information.

It is Written – Take Charge of Your Health

Take charge of your health – mind, body, and spirit! In each presentation, medical experts share practical advice to improve your health and sense of well-being. No gimmicks, no miracle cures, just sound health principles that will give you strength of body and peace of mind. Plus, you’ll learn many of the Bible’s wellness secrets! You really can Take Charge of Your Health! This week-long, online event starts next Monday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Click here to download an information sheet; click here to go to their website. This is a presentation from It Is Written.

Wall of Love

We will continue to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of June

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

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

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

Church Facebook Page

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

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

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

George Floyd and the Way Forward: Bryan Loritts, author of Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All, says, "In the Bible, God creates three institutions that exist for human flourishing: Family. Government. Church. These three institutions must work in tandem if we are going to pronounce the eulogy of racism in all of its forms …" (Click here to read more.)

Let Justice Run Down Like Water: “Wrongdoing” includes any form of injustice, including personal bias and discrimination. Those are the things that trigger God’s hatred – and should trigger ours. Appeals to God’s justice have resonated for centuries in the pages of God’s Word … (Click here to read more.)

How a Small Town Can Teach Love and Faith: Welcome to Madison Park, a small community in Alabama founded by freed slaves in 1880. And meet Eric Motley, a native son who came of age in this remarkable place where constant lessons in self-determination, hope, and faith taught him everything he needed for his journey to the White House. Bible Gateway interviewed Eric L. Motley about his book, Madison Park: A Place of Hope. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until July 4. Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

  • Sabbath School Resources
    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.
  • Worship Service Options
    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, we continue our Sermon Series titled Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Just Love?. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Atrophy or Exercise? click here. You can watch it by clicking here . You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here .
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.
  • Drive Through Prayer Service, this Sabbath evening at 7:00 pm in the church parking lot. Pastor T and some of the Elders will be there to pray with you and your family as you enjoy the comfort of your vehicle. If it’s raining, we’ll still be there – with our umbrellas!

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

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (June 23).

MLT will meet one week from Tuesday, June 30 at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. For questions, contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, on our Facebook Page, or on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2020, click here; 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Senior Care Resource: Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

    • They offer a Senior Downsizing Guide which gives ideas for downsizing as personal needs change. To view it, click here.
    • They also have a list of Senior Care facilities with descriptions and evaluations. To find these close to Bellevue, Nebraska, click here. If you do not live in the Bellevue, NE area, click here to search for a facility near you.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Atrophy or Exercise? click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Mary Jane Agan’s father died early Wednesday Morning (June 17)
    • Lon Pelly’s mom, Wally, a resident of Life Care Center in Elkhorn, is in the hospital with a serious bacterial infection needing IV antibiotics and is recovering from COVID-19.
    • Diane Harrington and her family
    • Gary Parker is at home now.
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

This Week at Golden Hills: June 13, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Graduation

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Graduation and shares some interesting thoughts on outreach.

For a month or so we’ve been delivering food and other items to some of the under-served parts of our community. You recall the proverb that if you give someone a fish they’ll eat for a day, but it you teach them to fish, they’ll eat for a lifetime… Well, we want to push on that idea and add, And if you help them own the pond they can become givers instead of receivers.

Don’t ask me what that will look like because we don’t know yet. But we are seeking the guidance of the Spirit. We’re in the early stages of our project and having a delightful time getting acquainted with some of the sweetest and most unselfish people we’ve ever met. We’ll leave bread and milk and beans and cereal and bananas at one place and the next day or so we’ll call on another family down the street and there is the some of that food. They shared it with a neighbor … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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

COVID-19 Update

We will begin opening up our building for services again on July 4, 2020. Watch for a letter to come in the mail sometime next week about the process we will go through and the guidelines put in place. This will also be available online through our website next week. Please pray for us as we transition back to using our building for worship and activities.

Lifestyle Magazine

Lifestyle Magazine is a half hour television talk show focused on living a full, healthy and balanced life produced by Faith for Today. It is the second longest show on the air after “Meet the Press.” The show features panel discussions, interviews and demonstration segments focused on whole life health, including fitness, nutrition, relationships, outlook and more. This multiple award-winning show reaches a wide age demographic and covers a wide variety of topics. It was recently voted a Top 20 brand influencer for health & fitness on Twitter (above Shape Magazine, GQ and more) by analyst group Onalytica. To view their promotional video, click here. Click here to download an information sheet.

Wall of Love

We will continue to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of June

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

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

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

Church Facebook Page

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Don’t Sit on the Sidelines of Life When God Has Called You to Change the World: Do you live a life of passionate purpose and unshakable faith? Or are you settled into a comfort zone of complacency? What Old Testament story might teach applicable lessons of what God wants us all to be? How can we best incorporate the attributes of holiness, courage, and faith into our everyday lives? Bible Gateway interviewed Banning Liebscher about his book, The Three-Mile Walk: The Courage You Need to Live the Life God Wants for You. (Click here to read more.)

A Devotion About Race and Ethnicity: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is a free 2-week email devotional that will walk you through a series of Bible readings (from the Old and New Testaments) that speak to the challenge of confronting prejudice. From the call of Abraham to the Samaritan woman at the well, you’ll find out how the God of Israel has shown himself to be the God of all tribes and nations. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 pm

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

Sabbath School Resources

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

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, we continue our Sermon Series titled Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Atrophy or Exercise?. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Starve or Eat? click here. You can watch it by clicking here . You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here .
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

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

Prayer Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, on our Facebook Page, or on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2020, click here; 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Senior Care Resource: Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

    • They offer a Senior Downsizing Guide which gives ideas for downsizing as personal needs change. To view it, click here.
    • They also have a list of Senior Care facilities with descriptions and evaluations. To find these close to Bellevue, Nebraska, click here. If you do not live in the Bellevue, NE area, click here to search for a facility near you.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Starve or Eat? click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Lon Pelly’s mom, Wally, a resident of Life Care Center in Elkhorn, who is recovering from COVID-19.
    • Diane Harrington and her family
    • Gary Parker is still at Hillcrest Health & Rehab in Bellevue.
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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

This Week at Golden Hills: June 6, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, June 04, 2020

May God be with you and protect you!

This week we have a guest blog written by our Head Elder, Kalvin Tuel.

We are certainly witnessing some scary and trying times in the world today. It seems a daily occurrence to see something new added to the list of already dreadful information we have received. We are witnessing numerous wars and rumors of wars daily, unusual weather events, social unrest, diseases with no cure, joblessness, and homelessness. The list could go on. 

It is these times that faith in our Lord Jesus Christ really takes its place as the supporting pillar of our lives. I thank God that I know Him and have the many promises he has made to always be with me no matter what. 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me … (Psalm 23:4, NIV)

It is easy to feel the darkness that surrounds us and lose sight of the Light of Jesus. Satan is working hard to block Jesus’ light from our view. To make us feel trapped and alone. But in Psalm we are assured that God is with us and we can stand up to the evil one.

Being courageous against such powerful forces can be unimaginably difficult. Satan brings with him a darkness filled with hate that is hard to imagine being possible. But this hate is no match for the power of our almighty God. He assures us that no matter what … no matter where you are … no matter where you go … He will be there with you.

“… Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NLT))

You are not alone if you are experiencing fear and uncertainty about the future. You, and I, and most of the world share your fear. We have the blessing of the peace that God brings to us through His Holy Word, the Bible. Seek out the Lord during these fearful times. I implore you to pray with your family. Pray with your neighbors, pray with complete strangers who are also looking for Peace. 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4, NIV)

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7, NIV)

Even though it can be difficult to see during stressful times, God really does have His guiding hand on the events of this world. We are not promised a carefree life by following God. We are promised that through the hardships, God will be with us every step of the way. And all you have to do is ask Him to hold your hand and help you through this dark valley. To help you find peace and hope in a troubled world.

May God be with you and protect you. 

To our Almighty Lord and Savior, we pray to you today to send your Heavenly fleet of Angels to the world to help us through the stream of crisis we are mired in. To hold our hand as we face off against Satan and his horde of evil that is working hard to conquer us. Give us the strength to show the world that there are many good people that love God and them with all our hearts. And work through us to be a shining light to those that are scared and are facing uncertain times. Thank you, Dear Jesus, for never abandoning us no matter what.

COVID-19 Update

For our most recent update (updated on May 17), click here.

Five Loaves and Two Tennis Shoes

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Five Loaves and Two Tennis Shoes and shares some interesting thoughts on outreach.

In the midst of the coronavirus and some major civil unrest in our country, the Renton, WA church decided to take to the streets. They were able to locate 50 brand new backpacks and fill them with stuff for kids. They put out a call to their members for food, hygiene items, toilet paper, bread, and anything else a needy family might appreciate.

By mid-afternoon so much stuff had accumulated they jokingly discussed the need to set up a neighborhood store in the entry of the church. They sorted and packed and prayed and loaded the cars. And the heavens opened. I mean it rained – as it can in the Pacific Northwest. Undeterred, they headed for the parking lot.

But as they splashed through the rain someone spotted a destitute man sitting in the entryway of the church across the street … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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

Lifestyle Magazine

Lifestyle Magazine is a half hour television talk show focused on living a full, healthy and balanced life produced by Faith for Today. It is the second longest show on the air after “Meet the Press.” The show features panel discussions, interviews and demonstration segments focused on whole life health, including fitness, nutrition, relationships, outlook and more. This multiple award-winning show reaches a wide age demographic and covers a wide variety of topics. It was recently voted a Top 20 brand influencer for health & fitness on Twitter (above Shape Magazine, GQ and more) by analyst group Onalytica. To view their promotional video, click here. Click here to download an information sheet.

Wall of Love

We will continue to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of June

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

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

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

Senior Care Resources

Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

    • They offer a Senior Downsizing Guide which gives ideas for downsizing as personal needs change. To view it, click here.
    • They also have a list of Senior Care facilities with descriptions and evaluations. To find these close to Bellevue, Nebraska, click here. If you do not live in the Bellevue, NE area, click here to search for a facility near you.

Church Facebook Page

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

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Extremely Low Percentage of Americans Hold Biblical Worldview: The first national survey of the worldview of Americans conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University shows that although seven out of ten consider themselves to be Christian, only 6% actually possess a biblical worldview. Bible Gateway interviewed veteran researcher and author George Barna about the American Worldview Inventory 2020. (Click here to read more.)

How to Handle Seasons of Delay in a God-Honoring Way: Banning Liebscher, author of The Three-Mile Walk: The Courage You Need to Live the Life God Wants for You, says, "Every time we set out to engage what God has called us to be and to do, delay is part of the journey, for a reason …" (Click here to read more.)

Here’s What Ascension Day Means for You: May 21 was Ascension Day. Forty days after Jesus rose from the grave, another miracle marked the completion of Jesus’ earthly ministry: the Ascension. This episode doesn’t get as much attention as Jesus’ birth, crucifixion, or resurrection. Christmas and Easter are major cultural events, even outside of Christian circles. But for many Christians, Ascension Day passes by with hardly a murmur of recognition or excitement. Why is that?  (Click here to read more.)

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

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

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 8:53 pm

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

Sabbath School Resources

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

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, we continue our Sermon Series titled Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Starve or Eat? We will be looking at Psalm 34:8 and John 6:32-59. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Out or In? click here. You can watch it by clicking here . You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here .
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

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

Prayer Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Church Board Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, June 9 at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, on our Facebook Page, or on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from 2020, click here; 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  2013-2015, click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Senior Care Resource: Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

    • They offer a Senior Downsizing Guide which gives ideas for downsizing as personal needs change. To view it, click here.
    • They also have a list of Senior Care facilities with descriptions and evaluations. To find these close to Bellevue, Nebraska, click here. If you do not live in the Bellevue, NE area, click here to search for a facility near you.

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Out or In? click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Lon Pelly’s mom, Wally, who is a resident of Life Care Center in Elkhorn, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quite sick.
    • Diane Harrington and her family
    • Gary Parker is now in Hillcrest Health & Rehab in Bellevue.
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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