Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: April 27, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Any EGR’s in Your Church?

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a great reminder of how Jesus get shared most effectively. It’s titled Any EGR's in Your Church. Please read this prayerfully with an eye on how you could make this work in your life.

Any EGR’s In Your Church?

You know what an EGR is, right? That’s a person for whom Extra Grace is Required. Some people are easy to love. With some folks you have to work just a little harder at it. But then there are those for whom, if you’re going to be real about showing them God’s love, you know extra grace is going to be required. That’s an EGR.

I’m convinced God sends us EGR’s. Because they need us. They need someone who will accept them for who they are. They need a place where they can go and find acceptance. They need an atmosphere where they don’t have to pass any kind of test to get into the club. They need a group where, no matter what they say or do they still feel included, welcome.

But I’m even more convinced that God sends us EGR’s because we need them. Our natural, carnal inclination is to be selective. We feel more comfortable if a visitor shows up at church who looks like us. Who talks like us. They fit right in. I talked with a man not long ago (true story) who complained about the high percentage of “trailer park folks” who live in their town. His comment was, “they’re just not our kind of people.” Really? I’m thankful Jesus didn’t reason that way when He was deciding to leave the ecstasy of heaven and take up residence among us? I’m thankful the thought, “they’re just not our kind of people” never crossed His mind.

Will they receive the same enthusiastic embrace if they arrive in a rusty, dusty pickup as if they arrive in a Jaguar? Or a single mom with four noisy kids under five. A young couple, obviously not married, who carry the unmistakable smell of marijuana. A scruffy, unkempt man who looks like he slept under a bridge. For a week. Two provocatively-dressed young women who arrive at eight minutes to twelve.

Did you seek them out? Did you speak to them warmly? Could they sense the genuineness of your welcome? Did you breathe a prayer of thanks that they were here? Did you ask them before they left how you could pray for them in the week ahead? Or if they needed anything? One thing is certain; they needed to be here. This is the place for them to find what they are seeking. Or maybe to find something they didn’t even know they were seeking.

May I offer another impertinent question: Did they come back? As they walked to the parking lot did they look at each other and say, “This is where we belong”? A very wise Teacher once said something about, “This is how everyone can tell – and you can tell – that you are a follower of mine, if you have genuine love for everyone you meet.” Especially the EGR’s. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Camp Meeting, May 29 – June 1

Camp Meeting is coming up May 29 – June 1, 2019: It will take place at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). This year’s theme is Following Jesus with speakers Mike Tucker (Faith for Today), Bonita Shields (NAD), Gary Thurber (MAUC), and music by Charles Haugabrooks. Send all reservations for Free Lodging to: Kansas-Nebraska Conference, 3440 SW Urish Ro., Topeka, KS 66614 or contact Sue Sweigart ( or 785-478-4726).

VBS Leader

The youth are planning to do a VBS this summer (a 3-day event on Friday, Sabbath, and Sunday – exact date has not been set) and need an adult sponsor or two to work with them. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:15 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am.
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Mary Grace, a pianist with only a stump where her right hand should be, will present a concert of piano music along with her personal testimony. You can read more about her by clicking here. To watch a video that includes an interview and some samples of her music, click here.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Thoughts on the Passion, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 29) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Apr. 30) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Apr. 30) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Pathfinder’s Conference Camporee will take place May 3 – 5. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (May 4) in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Camp Meeting is coming up May 29 – June 1, 2019: It will take place at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). This year’s theme is Following Jesus with speakers Mike Tucker (Faith for Today), Bonita Shields (NAD), Gary Thurber (MAUC), and music by Charles Haugabrooks. Send all reservations for Free Lodging to: Kansas-Nebraska Conference, 3440 SW Urish Ro., Topeka, KS 66614 or contact Sue Sweigart ( or 785-478-4726).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Notre Dame Fire – Civilization Burning: The Notre Dame cathedral depicts civilization in the West. We've now learned that our symbols of civilization are fragile. They can go up in flames at any time. And so can civilization itself … (Click here to read more.)

How Billy Graham Overcame His Doubts about the Bible: Evangelist Matt Brown, author of Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence, says, "In a day when people feel like they can believe whatever they want, and no one is allowed to tell them otherwise, we need truth plus love more than ever …" (Click here to read more.)

Rahab: Desperate Enough to Change: When we first meet Rahab in the book of Joshua, she has no idea that she is about to go down in history as one of the most faithful women in the entire biblical narrative. She knows only two things – she is desperate and she is greatly in need of deliverance. (Click here to read more.)

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Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

    • Volunteer Your Time: The Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team has turned the warehouse for flood relief supplies over to the Salvation Army. The warehouse is located at 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 
    • Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

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

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

Miscellaneous Information

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

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

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

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

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

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

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

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Thoughts on the Passion, click here.

Prayer Watch

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

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Donna Parker is back in the hospital (Bergan Mercy) with Pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure.
    • 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. 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, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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