Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Aug. 29, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, August 27, 2020

Where Do You Stand?

The Apostle John wrote:

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

He couldn’t have made it more simple.

If you have given your life to Jesus, you have eternal life. If you haven’t made that move, you don’t have eternal life.

You either have Jesus or you don’t. Where do you stand on this?

Sabbath Services

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and on line. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person. We continue to add more participation in our worship service.

Tentatively, we are still looking to begin Sabbath School classes following Labor Day (Sept. 12). Of course, this will depend on the current recommendations from our health professionals and government guidelines. We will let you know more as we get closer.  

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Your Questionable Conduct

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Your Questionable Conduct and shares some thoughts about loving others.

A couple of New Years back one of our neighbors invited us over for a party. Probably half a dozen couples showed up. Would you have gone? We did. But what if the drinks weren’t kosher? They weren’t. We drank right along with them; we just drank different stuff. Sodas are not our beverage of choice, but for the privilege of spending a couple of hours with some of the sweetest people in the community, we might even imbibe a soda.

Jesus got in trouble for that, too, you know. We have the address of some of the parties He went to … Matthew’s house, for instance (Matthew 9:10 ) and the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-2 ). I find it more than a little interesting that among some of His critics He had a reputation as a glutton and a drunkard (Luke 7:34 ). Now neither charge was true, but the word was out that it was not unthinkable to find Him at a party.

That’s my cue.

Here’s where I’m going with this: Long before it was mandated by the government, some of us were practicing social distancing … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Devotional Insights from Little House on the Prairie: What are the devotional lessons about loyalty, hard work, faith, family, and love of God, neighbor, and country that can be drawn from the popular TV series Little House on the Prairie? Bible Gateway interviewed Wendi Lou Lee, the child actor who played Baby Grace on Little House on the Prairie, about her book, A Prairie Devotional: Inspired by the Beloved TV Series. (Click here to read more.)

All About Thessalonians: When and why were the ancient biblical letters to the Thessalonian church written and why are they important for us to read and apply in the 21st century? What were the social and sociopolitical dimensions of life in the Roman world back then and how were Christians treated? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Nijay K. Gupta, author of 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Zondervan Critical Introductions to the New Testament Series. (Click here to read more.)

God’s Wondrous Design in Dandelion Seeds: Earth is filled with spectacular natural wonders and many of them are so common or small we pass by them each day without a glance or second thought. Vivid examples are the parachutes on the puff ball of a dandelion. Recent discoveries by an international team of scientists reveal how these miniature aircraft can – under optimal conditions – remain aloft for miles. The dandelion seed’s aeronautical design is more efficient than any man-made parachute …" (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 – 8:01 pm

Logan Tuel & Lexi Varndell are getting married this Sabbath Afternoon in Kansas. Let’s remember then with special prayers of blessing today!

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.

This Sabbath at Church: Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:05 with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Mortal or Immortal?. 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 message titled Distracted or Focused,  click here. You can watch it by clicking here . You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment by clicking here .
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking 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 is taking a summer break. We will begin again sometime after Labor Day. Contact Pastor T for more information.

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.

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 message titled Distracted or Focused,  click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s 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
    • Logan Tuel & Lexi Varndell are getting married this Sabbath Afternoon in Kansas. Let’s remember then with special prayers of blessing today!
    • Lon Pelly’s mom, Wally
    • 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: Aug. 22, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, August 20, 2020

Keep it Simple, Part 2

I had a friend in high school that once invited two different girls on dates at the same location at overlapping times.

It became very complicated and in the end, was a disaster – one of those hard life lessons learned.

Jesus said:

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”  (Matthew 6:24, NLT)

Our lives get complicated when we try to follow Jesus without giving up our selfish desires.

Trying to pick and choose what we will do with Jesus while doing the same with the things this world has to offer will only result in conflict, worry, confusion, and unrest. It will always end badly – ultimately leading to eternal destruction.

Jesus offers you simplicity – focus on Him and follow wherever He leads and He promises to take care of the details being sure your needs are met (See Matthew 6:33).

Complicated or simple – what will you choose?

Sabbath Services

It’s been wonderful to have people back in our building again for worship. While our in person attendance has not high, it has been good.

Over the next few Sabbaths we will add some elements back into our worship service as we find people to lead out. Things like a live children’s story, live special music, and congregational singing. We will continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

Tentatively, we are looking to begin Sabbath School classes again following Labor Day (Sept. 12). Of course, this will depend on the current recommendation from our health professionals and our state and local government guidelines. We will let you know more as we get closer.  

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Wherever Your Feet Walk …

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Wherever Your Feet Walk ... and shares some thoughts about conflict and prayer.

The story you are about to read is true; only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Somewhere across the fruited plain was this dysfunctional church. Beautiful campus; ugly attitudes. The deacons didn’t like the elders; the public address people didn’t like the deaconesses. The adults didn’t like the youth; almost nobody liked the pastor. Getting a consensus on Board actions was about like praying the sun wouldn’t come up. Growth? Well, you can guess. No one likes to walk into a war zone.

The environment almost seemed as though a special retinue of demons had been assigned to create an impenetrable atmosphere of turmoil. And at times it seemed they might be winning … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Walking as a Spiritual Discipline: What happens when we literally walk out our Christian life? What does our physical being have to do with our spiritual life? What does the Bible actually mean when it exhorts us to walk in the light, or walk by faith, or walk in truth? How did Jesus model walking as spiritual formation? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Buchanan about his book, God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul. (Click here to read more.)

The Third Great Love in Your Marriage: Jeff Shinabarger, co-author with his wife André of the book, Love or Work: Is It Possible to Change the World, Stay in Love, and Raise a Healthy Family?, says, "When we love the purpose of our partner, we exemplify for our children a commitment marked by equity, purpose, and partnership …" (Click here to read more.)

Sacred Pace – 4 Steps to Discerning God’s Will in Your Decisions: Terry Looper, author of Sacred Pace: Four Steps to Hearing God and Aligning Yourself with His Will, says, "As I reflect on my journey, what’s now more apparent to me than ever is that God has a sacred pace all his own for the decisions of our lives – and it’s almost never the high-speed plan we’re on. Yet if we seek him in the sacred pace of his sovereign timing, his Spirit will lead us to a sacred place: the heart of God’s will …" (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 – 8:12 pm

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.

This Sabbath at Church: Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:05 with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Distracted or Focused. 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 message titled Love Like Jesus,  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.

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 is taking a summer break. We will begin again after Labor Day. Contact Pastor T for more information.

MLT will meet this Tuesday (August 25) 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).

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.

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 message titled Love Like Jesus,  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, has had a real rough couple of weeks, almost dying. She is doing a little bit better but still struggling.
    • Andria’s Father, George, died this past week. A memorial service has not yet been scheduled.
    • 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: Aug. 15, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, August 13, 2020

Keep it Simple

Everyone goes through times when things feel overwhelming – perhaps you’re dealing with it right now too.

Even in normal times the complexities of life can make your head spin, and these are not normal times.

But, there is one thing that has not changed – the simplicity of following Jesus. There is nothing better designed to simplify your life than the Gospel. There is nothing that gives greater peace and security.

Jesus made it simple. He said:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matthew 6:33, CSB)

“… all these things” refer back to the necessities of life which Jesus had talked about just before making this statement.

There is only one critical thing to focus on – Jesus! When you have Him, everything else you need comes with Him. Jesus also said:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, CSB)

When you come to Him and stay with Him, He will guide you through the complexities of life and walk with you carrying the bulk of your burden.

Each day pray some form of this prayer of David recorded in Psalm 139:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
(
Psalm 139:23-24, NLT)

And then follow this advice found in Proverbs 3:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

Will life always be easy? We are not promised easy, fun, or untroubled – in fact just the opposite. But it will always be simple.

Ask God what He wants you to do, and then when He tells you – do it. He will never lead you astray and you will never regret it.

Sabbath Services

It’s been wonderful to have people back in our building again for worship. While our in person attendance has not high, it has been good.

Over the next few Sabbaths we will add some elements back into our worship service as we find people to lead out. Things like a live children’s story, live special music, and congregational singing. We will continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

Tentatively, we are looking to begin Sabbath School classes again following Labor Day (Sept. 12). Of course, this will depend on the current recommendation from our health professionals and our state and local government guidelines. We will let you know more as we get closer.  

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

COVID-19 Testing Around Omaha

There are numerous places around Omaha where one can get a COVID-19 Test. It is sometimes difficult to get one immediately. Here is a partial listing of Test locations – some of them are same day – just drive up and other require an appointment. KETV’s information site is helpful (click here)

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

This is Part 8 of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers’ website.

Did you know that God practices a voluntary form of amnesia? It’s true. The only One who knows everything about everything chooses to block certain memories from His mind. “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,” God graciously says, “and I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:10-12, ESV).

Psychologists have noted that it’s easier for people to remember negative social interactions than positive ones. According to Roy Baumeister’s social psychology research, “being abandoned by friends and receiving criticism will have a greater impact [on emotion and memory] than making friends or receiving praise.”

This doesn’t just happen to pessimists … (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

To read Part 1, click here; Part 2, click here; Part 3, click here; Part 4, click here; Part 5, click here; Part 6, click here; and Part 7, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity: What dangers lurk in technology's ubiquitous and unrelenting encroachment in our lives? What are the perilous spiritual implications of artificial intelligence, bioengineering, facial recognition, and other hi-tech applications we're accepting into our daily world with little concern? What does the Bible say about it all? Bible Gateway interviewed John C. Lennox about his book, 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. (Click here to read more.)

What Made Jesus Mad? Christians love to focus on the gentle and tender heart of Jesus. But what about his righteous rage? In the Gospels, what, and who, ignited Jesus’ anger? How should we appropriately respond like Jesus when necessary? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Harlow about his book, What Made Jesus Mad?: Rediscover the Blunt, Sarcastic, Passionate Savior of the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

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

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

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

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 8:22 pm

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.

This Sabbath at Church: Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

    • Our Children’s Corner begins live and online at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Let Die or Speak Up. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To watch last week’s message by Trey Wisecup,  click here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment by clicking here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking 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 is taking a summer break. We will begin again after Labor Day. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Church Board will meet this Tuesday (August 18) 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).

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.

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Last Week’s Sermon

To watch last week’s message by Trey Wisecup,  click here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s 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
    • Andria’s Father, George, who is recovering from a stroke.
    • 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: Aug. 8, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, August 06, 2020

Promises for Today

Here are is some more promises that help me deal with what life is throwing at me right now – perhaps you’ll find them helpful too – Pastor T.

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:4-7, MSG)

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. (1 John 2:1-2, NLT)

Sabbath Services

It’s been wonderful to have people back in our building again for worship. While our in person attendance has not high, it has been good.

Over the next few Sabbaths we will add some elements back into our worship service as we find people to lead out. Things like a live children’s story, live special music, and congregational singing. We will continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

Tentatively, we are looking to begin Sabbath School classes again following Labor Day (Sept. 12). Of course, this will depend on the current recommendation from our health professionals and our state and local government guidelines. We will let you know more as we get closer.  

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

If you currently have underlying health concerns, it still may be the wisest thing to stay home a few more weeks till we see the direction the disease is taking here in our area.

We will continue livestreaming our services and inviting you to interact with us via text messages. You can view it on our website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

We will continue to communicate through our website, our Facebook Page, Golden News (our weekly email newsletter – click here to sign up for it), and the Pastor’s Blog.

We are available by phone and can begin making selective home visits again (click here for contact information for our Elders and me).

As always, we are praying for guidance and listening to health professionals and our local and state governments.

COVID-19 Testing Around Omaha

There are numerous places around Omaha where one can get a COVID-19 Test. It is sometimes difficult to get one immediately. Here is a partial listing of Test locations – some of them are same day – just drive up and other require an appointment. KETV’s information site is helpful (click here)

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

The Principal of the Thing

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Principal of the Thing and shares some thoughts about prayer meeting and outreach.

When we’re not dodging the Corona-19 virus, the mid-week service attendance at our church averages about half that of our main weekly worship service. Not as high as it might be, but higher than some. Our congregation takes that weekly appointment very seriously. We call it Prayer With Purpose. It’s not a time to preach or read a book; it’s a time to pray.

One of the things we’ve begun to do is to invite leaders from our community to come help us understand how we can pray for them and what are some ways we can help with what they do. We want them to know how very valuable they are to us.  (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.

Back to School Blessing

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bellevue invites your congregation to be a part of an ecumenical and interfaith Back to School Blessing event we are coordinating for Sunday, August 9th. We will be meeting across Bellevue at each public and private K-12 school and Bellevue University at 5:00 pm to share a blessing over each school, their staff, students, and families. Anyone is welcome to attend; please wear a mask and maintain proper social distance. Although no designated gathering will occur at preschools and homeschools, we do encourage prayers for them as well. A digital copy of the blessing will be available for those who wish to participate at their own time or location – click here to download it. We want to share God's love, hope, and healing with everyone who enters the doors of our schools and through digital platforms. We hope you join us in bringing this message to our community. If you have any questions, please email tannyakerson@gmail.com.

Heartland Family Services Benefit Garage Sale

The Nebraska Medicine Durham Outpatient Pharmacy is hosting a benefit garage sale on August 8th and 9th (8 am – 8 pm both days) at 7408 S 136th St., Omaha, NE 68138. All proceeds will go to Heartland Family Services!

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity: What dangers lurk in technology's ubiquitous and unrelenting encroachment in our lives? What are the perilous spiritual implications of artificial intelligence, bioengineering, facial recognition, and other hi-tech applications we're accepting into our daily world with little concern? What does the Bible say about it all? Bible Gateway interviewed John C. Lennox about his book, 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. (Click here to read more.)

What Made Jesus Mad? Christians love to focus on the gentle and tender heart of Jesus. But what about his righteous rage? In the Gospels, what, and who, ignited Jesus’ anger? How should we appropriately respond like Jesus when necessary? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Harlow about his book, What Made Jesus Mad?: Rediscover the Blunt, Sarcastic, Passionate Savior of the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

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

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What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 8:32 pm

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.

This Sabbath at Church: Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

    • Our Children’s Corner begins live and online at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, Trey Wisecup, one of our college students, will present our 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 message titled A Look Back,  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.

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 is taking a summer break. We will begin again late August or early September. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Church Board has been postponed one week until Tuesday (August 18) 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).

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 message titled A Look Back,  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
    • Andria’s Father, George, is in the hospital after experiencing a stroke.
    • 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.