Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 22, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Camp Fire Lessons

Who doesn’t remember the pictures of the fire that swept through Paradise, California about a month ago. We know numerous people who lost their homes and everything in them because of the fire, which was referred to as the “Camp Fire.”

Dan Martella, the Administrative Pastor of the Paradise SDA Church, posted this report on November 21 which showed up in my email box last night via MyOutlook, the weekly email newsletter from Outlook Magazine.

I know this is not a feel-good Christmas thought – this is real life for lots of people; all around the world. There are literally millions of people who have suffered loss and are displaces because of natural disasters and war. This is one person, sharing his thoughts and perspective on loss. It’s worth reading and thinking about.

We went through fire … but you brought us to a place of abundance. (Psalm 66:12)

The last ten days are a blur. My head hurts. My emotions are numb. I live in a fairly high level of chaos. My future is uncertain. I am surrounded by people who love me. I am part of a ministry team that is on the front lines in making a difference for our displaced church family and community. I am a part of the Paradise Camp Fire story that is being played out here at home and around the world.

Thursday, November 8 dawned like any other morning. When I got up, there was a distinguishable trace of smoke in the air. By the time I had my breakfast and got into my devotional time, the skies were raining ash. My wife called from her office at Adventist Health/Feather River to let me know that the entire town was under evacuation orders.  While she drove home, my son, granddaughter, and I hastily ran through our homes collecting family pictures, electronics, important documents, and a few clothes.  Soon after Linda got home, we drove into the smoke and headed out of town.

On Friday afternoon we pulled into the Redding Home Town Buffet for lunch and Wi-Fi access.  It was then that I saw the first pictures of my large church campus – totally destroyed. The whole thing hit me like a sucker punch. Still, there was no word about our home. Sabbath afternoon we connected with a friend who had access to Paradise and asked him to check on our home. A few hours later we got the word and pictures:  Our home was a smoldering heap of ashes. Once again a tsunami of emotions swept over my soul. Forty years of home and comfort were suddenly snatched away. (Click here to read more.)

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:58 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, Pastor T will share a sermon titled “Immanuel” based on Matthew 1:18-25 and Hebrews 4:14-16.

Christmas Eve – This Monday, Dec. 24

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Until January 7, 2019). 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.

Christmas Day – This Tuesday, Dec. 25

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday. We are taking a holiday break and will resume on January 15. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

New Year’s Eve – One week from Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Day – One week from Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

A Fresh Foodie Bible Study Adventure: Author and speaker Margaret Feinberg believes the Bible is meant to be more than read – it’s meant to be tasted and savored and explored with holy chutzpah. She recently went on an extraordinary biblical quest to explore six different foods in the Bible. The result is a scrumptious 6-session DVD Bible study and book. Bible Gateway interviewed Margaret Feinberg about her DVD Bible study, Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers. (Click here to read more.)

How to Read the Bible in the Order of Events as They Transpired in Bible Times: When you read different books of the Bible, do you get confused about the order of events; for example, how the message of a prophet in one book fits into the timeline of activity recorded in another book? Or when and where the stories of Scripture took place and why it's important to understand these details? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Ron Rhodes about his book, A Chronological Tour Through the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

Take the Bible Gateway Christmas Hymns Quiz: Many hymns sung in the Christmas season have their roots in the Bible and the gospel message. How well do you know these carols? Have fun taking this brief quiz to find out. Encourage your family, friends, and social media followers to try their hand at it, too. (Click here to read more and take the quiz.)

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.

Church Positions Available

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).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • 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 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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

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

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

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

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).

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.)
    • Jeane & Mike Guy are asking for special prayer for his mother, Irene, who just found out she has late stage Pancreatic Cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, 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), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, 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 (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), 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 Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

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