Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 26, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas! Happy Eternity!! 

Here we are at Christmas again!

In some ways it seems like we were just here last year, but in other ways, this year has seemed like a lifetime.

While we know it is unlikely Jesus was actually born at this time, and the world has done everything in its power to turn this season into commercial success, what we celebrate is still one of the most significant, if not the most significant, event in history.

We celebrate the moment God was born into our world as a human being.

Let that sink in for a moment – God became a human being!

God – the One who had created this world, the One who had infinite power, knowledge, and wisdom – instead set all that aside to become one of us.

Why?

So He could demonstrate what His love looks like, and then take on the death we earned through sin so He could give us His eternal life!

At Christmas what we’re really celebrating is the beginning of the end of sin!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.(John 3:16, NKJV)

I pray you have a wonderful Christmas along with a good new year - all leading to an amazing eternity with Jesus! - Pastor T.

Let Nothing Steal Your Song!

This week Don Jacobsen's blog is titled Let Nothing Steal Your Song.

December 24, 1914. For five months the world had been entrapped in what history would call World War I. Before it was over four years later, 15,000,000 would die.

But nowhere was there more agony than on “The Western Front.” The Germans and the British sloshed in ankle-deep mud in their trenches and tried to survive the night…and the cold. Ten thousand had died already; so many that most of them lay where they fell. Most of those still alive would agree that if someone wanted a glimpse of hell this would come close.

But Christmas Eve, about midnight, as some of the survivors would describe it, the most amazing thing happened. One of the British soldiers fantasized he heard music. He asked his buddies to listen. As the group grew quiet, others heard it, too. It was unmistakable … from somewhere the sounds of “Silent Night, Holy Night …” were wafting over the no-man’s-land between the rows of trenches (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Ladies Talk & Pray 

Women’s Ministries is planning to start a Ladies Night to Talk & Pray via zoom coming up soon. If you would like to be a part of this, please text Andria (402-949-0006) to get the details. To download the instructions on how to participate, click here.

COVID Response Update

We continue to meet online only. We are currently not hosting any in-person events at our facility. For a more complete statement see below or click here.

Wall of Love

During the months of December and January our Wall of Love Project will be the Bellevue Food Pantry. There are so many without work right now needing the extra help with food that the Food Pantry provides. You may give to the Wall of Love by marking it on your tithe envelope and mailing it to the Church (3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123) or going to our online giving portal (click here) and entering the amount under Wall of Love. Our church will be matching your gifts and adding more to this important help for our community.

What’s Happening

Christmas is Friday, Dec. 25.

Sunset this Friday – 5:01 pm

Sabbath School and Church is not meeting in person at church right now due to the increase in COVID cases in our community. See below or click here for more information about this.

Sabbath School Resources:

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will be starting a study of the book John on January 2 at 9:30 am. They meet online. For instructions on how to participate, click here.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath Online:

    • Our Worship Service begins online at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, as we conclude Christmas Online, Pastor T. shares a message titled Born to Die. To download the assignment for Sabbath, click here. You can view the service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download a page with the Christmas Story from the Bible in Chronological order, click here.
    • To watch last Sabbath’s Christmas Program titled Immanuel on YouTube, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers are not currently meeting. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-215-6048); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (lknutson@yahoo.com).

Prayer Meeting is taking a couple of weeks off. We will begin meeting again on January 5, 2021. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

MLT meets Tuesday (Dec. 29) 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).

New Year’s Eve is next Thursday, Dec. 31.

New Years Day is next Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

COVID Response Update

If you have been following the news, you know we are still seeing a high rate of COVID infections and hospitalizations here in the Omaha area.

Because of this, our Church Board has voted to discontinue all in-person activities and only hold online services going forward. We will re-evaluate this at our board meeting each month and will return to our building as soon as it seems safe to do so.

This means there will be no in-person Worship Services, Sabbath School Classes, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, or MLT Meetings at our Church Facility.

We will continue to livestream our Worship Service each Sabbath beginning at 11:10 am with Mission Spotlight and our Children’s Corner. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

Prayer Meetings, Board Meetings, and MLT Meetings will continue via our Church Zoom Channel. Click here for instructions on how to join one of these meetings.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

I know this is disappointing. It felt like we were just getting some momentum building back up – and however we may frame it, it feels like a step backward.

However, Jesus’ mandate to love each other (see John 13:34-35) means we will not expose others to unnecessary risks. We will not provide more opportunities for COVID to expand in our community.

It also means we will look out for one another. Please call and check in on people God brings to your mind. They may not need any specific help, but a thoughtful conversation can change the outlook of an otherwise bleak and lonely day.

Above all, keep your connection with God secure. Don’t neglect to spend time with Him in the Bible and talking with Him in Prayer. This is where your strength to survive, and even thrive will come from.

(To download and print a copy of this information – plus some additional COVID resources, click here.)

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Golden Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Register online TODAY by clicking here or calling 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.   

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).

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, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

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 (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.

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! 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 by clicking here. To check out their website, 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.

Adventist Screening Verification

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification 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 or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

To begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To watch last Sabbath’s Christmas Program titled Immanuel on YouTube, 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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus Pandemic that is rising here and around the world
    • Elma is facing surgery for cancer.
    • That God will bring healing to our country and will control the direction of our country and world. May He come soon!!
    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • 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.)
    • 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, 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.

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