Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: August 1, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, July 30, 2020

Another Promise for Today

Here are is another promises that’s helping me deal with life right now – perhaps you’ll find it helpful too – Pastor T.

"No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.(Joshua 1:5-9, 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).

Love is Not Provoked

This is Part 7 of a series titled Love Matters Most, a blog on Lightbearers’ website.

I have a problem in the kitchen. Every time I attempt to boil water, it boils over. This, of course, creates a terrible mess. But this is a small matter, compared to what appears to be happening in society at large.

Maybe I’m imagining it, but it sure seems like more people than ever are ready to boil over with anger. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, fatal car accidents due to “road rage” increased by nearly 500% between 2006 and 2015. In 2016 the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported that nearly 80% of polled drivers say they experience road rage at least once each year. If that’s not alarming enough, the poll also revealed that … (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; and Part 6, click here.

ABC Special Summer Sale!

Our Adventist Book Center in Lincoln is holding a special summer sale – and they will deliver for free! The sale includes books, music, and food. For more information and details, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age: Why is it that people don't just believe Christianity is false; they assume it isn't good? How can followers of Jesus effectively communicate the biblical story of his grace and redemption in today's skeptical, divisive, and technologically saturated world? How should Christians be respectful of unbelievers, all the while remaining focused on Jesus? Bible Gateway interviewed Joshua Chatraw about his book, Telling a Better Story: How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age. (Click here to read more.)

Four Guidelines to Help You Keep a Strong Relationship with Your Adult Children: Jim Burns, author of Doing Life with Your Adult Children: Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out, says, "Now that your child is an adult, decisions need to be in his or her hands, not yours. This is true whether or not your grownup is acting like a grownup. One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to respect them as adults.” (Click here to read more.)

Scripture Memorization 101: Robin Schmitt, author of Bible Gems to Remember Illustrated Bible: 52 Stories with Easy Bible Memory in 5 Words or Less and Bible Gems to Remember Devotions for Kids: 52 Devotions with Easy Bible Memory in 5 Words or Less, says, "A few years ago, I started writing down key clauses of 5 words or less during my daily Bible reading. I call them Bible Gems, or Gemstones, because they seem to sparkle on the pages of Scripture. These Gems are perfect for new believers who want to know what the Bible says and begin to live by its teachings. They're also ideal for longtime Christians who are familiar with Scripture but haven’t memorized much of it. They’re so easy to remember, even kindergarteners can learn them instantly …" (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 – 8:40 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, we continue our series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled A Look Back. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • You can watch last Sabbath’s service by clicking here. You can download 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.

MLT Meeting will take place this Tuesday (August 4) 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 ( 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: 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.

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Last Week’s Sermon

You can watch last Sabbath’s service by clicking here. You can download 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
    • 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 or call/text 402-517-5333. 


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