Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: June 20, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update – Building Opening for Services

These past few months have certainly been unlike anything we have previously experienced. It’s hard to believe it has now been almost three months since we’ve met together for worship in our church building.

Our church has never really been closed – just our building. We’ve worshiped together online Sabbath Mornings, continued with Prayer Meeting online each week, and continue dealing with the business of our church in Zoom Meetings.

But, we also realize meeting in person is much nicer than online.

So, we have some good news for you. We will start gently opening our building for services again on July 4, 2020. We will begin with just our worship service, starting with our children’s corner at 11:05 am. Click here for more information

We will continue streaming our service online in its current format so if you are not feeling well, or are reluctant to come out yet, you can still be involved. You can still view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

Of course we will need to follow appropriate distancing and refrain from shaking hands or hugging as difficult as that may be. Please read this sheet for the full details.

Our goal is to provide a safe environment, especially so our members who may be at a higher risk of COVID-19 will be able to safely come back to worship with us again in our building.

The promise found in Isaiah 41 is still as relevant as it was when we shared it back in March.

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, CEV)

As we navigate the process of reopening our church building, we will continue to rely on God’s guidance and direction. We do look forward to seeing you again – in person!

Click here to download a sheet that gives the full details of the guidelines we will be following as we start opening our building.

Dust Between Your Toes

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Dust Between Your Toes and shares some interesting thoughts on outreach.

A neighborhood feels different after you’ve walked its streets, praying. That’s one of the reasons Jesus came here. When you’ve prayed your way down it’s sidewalks, observed its families, smiled at its kids. It changes how we perceive the people when we get the dust of their streets between our toes.

Jesus chose to do that rather than just issuing instructions from His safe place. Prayer walking has been defined as praying on site with insight. Jesus invested His presence and He is pleased when we do that, too. Our hearts begin to bond with the hurts of our neighbors. Try it if you haven’t already … (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.

Pastor T & Pat

Pastor T & Pat will be on vacation from June 22-28. They will be unavailable by phone during that time although they will check emails from time to time. If you need to speak with someone regarding something at church or if there is an emergency, call any one of our Elders. Click here for their contact information.

It is Written – Take Charge of Your Health

Take charge of your health – mind, body, and spirit! In each presentation, medical experts share practical advice to improve your health and sense of well-being. No gimmicks, no miracle cures, just sound health principles that will give you strength of body and peace of mind. Plus, you’ll learn many of the Bible’s wellness secrets! You really can Take Charge of Your Health! This week-long, online event starts next Monday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Click here to download an information sheet; click here to go to their website. This is a presentation from It Is Written.

Wall of Love

We will continue to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of June

Due to the continued increase in unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis, food pantries have seen a large increase in traffic. This is true for the Bellevue Food Pantry, which serves the Bellevue zip codes 68005, 68123, 68147, 68157. People in need – living in these zip codes – can pick up food every 30 days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 am and 1-4:00 pm. Seniors can pick up food every 21 days. 

You can take food donations to their office on Wednesdays between the hours of 1-4 pm (1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue – phone number 402-292-2961).

You may give funds through our Online Giving Portaldesignate your gift as Local Community Service. You may also mail a check to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Pantry in the memo line. 

Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our Facebook Page. If you “Like” it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Respect Different Viewpoints While Keeping Your Own: How can Christians today interact with people in a way that shows respect to those whose beliefs are radically different but that also remains faithful to the gospel? Bestselling author Timothy Keller and legal scholar John Inazu bring together a range of artists, thinkers, and leaders – such as Lecrae, Tish Harrison Warren, Kristen Deede Johnson, Claude Richard Alexander, Shirley Hoogstra, Sara Groves, Rudy Carrasco, Trillia Newbell, Tom Lin, and Warren Kinghorn to provide a guide to biblical living in a pluralistic, fractured world. Bible Gateway interviewed Timothy Keller and John Inazu about their book, Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference. (Click here to read more.)

How to Have a Civil Conversation: More than ever, modern cultural conversation seems driven by conflict and anger. People sitting together in pews every Sunday have started to feel like strangers, loved ones at the dinner table like enemies. What is the biblical way to have a civilized dialogue? Bible Gateway interviewed Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, two friends on opposite sides of the aisle who provide a practical guide to grace-filled conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument in their book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations. (Click here to read more.)

George Floyd and the Way Forward: Bryan Loritts, author of Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All, says, "In the Bible, God creates three institutions that exist for human flourishing: Family. Government. Church. These three institutions must work in tandem if we are going to pronounce the eulogy of racism in all of its forms …" (Click here to read more.)

Let Justice Run Down Like Water: “Wrongdoing” includes any form of injustice, including personal bias and discrimination. Those are the things that trigger God’s hatred – and should trigger ours. Appeals to God’s justice have resonated for centuries in the pages of God’s Word … (Click here to read more.)

How a Small Town Can Teach Love and Faith: Welcome to Madison Park, a small community in Alabama founded by freed slaves in 1880. And meet Eric Motley, a native son who came of age in this remarkable place where constant lessons in self-determination, hope, and faith taught him everything he needed for his journey to the White House. Bible Gateway interviewed Eric L. Motley about his book, Madison Park: A Place of Hope. (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 – 8:59 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until July 4. Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

  • 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.
  • Worship Service Options
    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, we continue our Sermon Series titled Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Just Love?. You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service titled Atrophy or Exercise? 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.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.
  • Drive Through Prayer Service, this Sabbath evening at 7:00 pm in the church parking lot. Pastor T and some of the Elders will be there to pray with you and your family as you enjoy the comfort of your vehicle. If it’s raining, we’ll still be there – with our umbrellas!

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).

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (June 23).

MLT will meet one week from Tuesday, June 30 at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. For questions, contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine and Primary Treasure – along with Sabbath School Lesson Materials.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer resources – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

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.

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 worship service titled Atrophy or Exercise? 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
    • Mary Jane Agan’s father died early Wednesday Morning (June 17)
    • Lon Pelly’s mom, Wally, a resident of Life Care Center in Elkhorn, is in the hospital with a serious bacterial infection needing IV antibiotics and is recovering from COVID-19.
    • Diane Harrington and her family
    • Gary Parker is at home now.
    • 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. 

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