Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Mar. 28, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, March 26, 2020

And You Thought Your Prayer Meeting Ran Long …

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled And You Thought Your Prayer Meeting Ran Long … and shares some interesting facts about the longest prayer meeting ever recorded. Read more about Count Zinzendorf by clicking here.

When I graduated from college (which my sons remind me was before the invention of the calendar) I had a minor in history. Not sure why, that’s just the way it worked out. I remembered enough dates, battles, and places to pass the exams, but I have never considered myself a history buff.

Except – for reasons I don’t understand – I always remembered the name of Count Zinzendorf. I learned that he grew up in Germany, was raised primarily by his very pious grandma, and even as a teen started several “prayer clubs” among his fellow students. As a young man he worked on his grandmother’s estate and would later buy it from her.

In his late 20’s, he was told of a group of Christians living some distance away who were being persecuted for practicing the Christian faith. He invited a dozen or more of them to come live on his property where they could build their own little village. Two other groups would join them until there were nearly a hundred.

Alas they brought their scars with them and the new community became known as a place of anger, resentment, and monumental fights. Most of which were over points of theology about which they disagreed. Zinzendorf began visiting from home to home pleading with his new neighbors – which now numbered about 300 – to open their hearts to Jesus and learn to love each other. The atmosphere began to change.

Finally on a Monday evening, August 13, 1727, the entire community gathered to celebrate the Communion service. A time of repentance and healing ensued and developed into what many would later call, “the Golden Summer.” They sensed that the miracle had happened when the group came together for intense prayer and praise. So they agreed they must never lose that spirit. Over the next few weeks a plan developed. Twenty-four were chosen from the group and each was assigned an hour a day to pray for their family, their neighbors, their church, their village, and the world. Seventy-seven would join the original group of pray-ers and that grew till almost the entire community was involved. So for the next one hundred years there was never a time when there wasn’t a Moravian praying for the burdens they carried in common. (And you thought your prayer meeting ran long!)

And to what effect? Well, space won’t allow the total list, but among other outcomes, the little village would send more than 300 missionaries around the world. America would become a nation. The brothers Wesley, John and Charles, would fall in love with Jesus and plant the Christian faith deep in the heart of the new colonies. Some of the greatest hymns of all time would become part of the Christian heritage. In 1807 the British and Foreign Bible Society, and later the American Bible Society, were conceived with the goal of placing a copy of the Scriptures in the hand of every person on the globe, in their own language. Also, in 1807 England passed legislation, followed the next year by the US, banning the slave trade. A scant few years later the Advent Movement was born with the Great Commandment and the Great Commission in its DNA.

So my observation in all this: When God’s people take intercessory prayer seriously He does, too. And you can’t predict the outcome. (Click here to read the article online).

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COVID – 19 Response

We are still closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We are having our worship service each Sabbath morning at 11:15 am. You can see it on our YouTube Channel or on our Facebook Page (Golden Hills SDA Church).

We are communicating through Golden News (our e-mail newsletter), the Pastor’s Blog, the homepage of our Website (, our Facebook Page , and through Remind.

To get notices through Remind, our emergency alert service, 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.

For the most reliable, up-to-date information, on the COVID-19 virus situation, check out the CDC, the World Heath Organization, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health, UNMC, and the University of Minnesota, COVID-19 Resource Center.

New Church Facebook Page

The Facebook page that many of friended in the last week will be going away soon. A new one has been set up that will give us more flexibility and options in getting information to you. You don’t need to do anything about the old Facebook Page (I know, it’s a shame for it to go away after just a week). To follow us on our new page all you need to do is to “Like” it. Click here to go to our new page, Golden Hills SDA Church.

Special Passover/Easter Season Service

We will not have a program here at church focusing on Jesus’ death and resurrection as we usually do during this season since we are in isolation; but, we would like to do something special.

Perhaps there is some special thing you were hoping to do – read a poem, sing a song, share a thought about how much you love Jesus, or something else creative that focuses us on Him.

Practice it a bit, and record a video of it on your phone – make it the best you can! And, then share it with us by sending it to Pastor T at no later than Monday, April 6. We will share as many of these as we have time to share on April 11. Hope to see you on video!

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – 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, click here; free download of Primary Treasure, click here.

From Advent Source, Free Adventist Preaching DVDs, you will only pay for the postage. Click here for their selections.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer ministries – 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.

From Church Tech Today, 7 Best Bible Memorization Apps – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

The Conference office is currently closed due to shelter in place regulations. You can reach the Conference by leaving a voice main on their main phone (785-478-4726). They will get back to you within 24 hours.

Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

COVID-19 – A Message from Bible Gateway: During this time of trial and uncertainty, when many of us are facing a fast-developing reality that includes ‘social distancing’ and school and church closures, we at Bible Gateway are more aware than ever of our mission to be a source of light in God’s world. (Click here to read more.)

Bible Connection Podcast: On Wings Like Eagles—Reading Scripture Through Adversity: Even though she is regarded as a hero for one flight, pilot Tammie Jo Shults has a much richer story. In this eighth episode of the Bible Connection podcast, Tammie Jo talks about the obstacles she overcame throughout her life and amazing career. From being told to “find something women can do” as a teenager talking to pilots at a career fair to becoming a pilot in the Navy and one of the first women to fly the F/A-18 Hornet, she talks about how important the Bible was in keeping her grounded in her true identity through all of her story. (Click here to read more.)

15 Bible Verses for Such a Time as This: These Scriptures telling us to "fear not" are encouraging reminders during the coronavirus pandemic …  (Click here to read more.)

Stuck at Home with Your Kids? Bible Gateway Has Free Resources for Families: With extended school closures around the country, many families are now facing a new reality. If you’re looking for learning opportunities to keep you and your children occupied during this time, Bible Gateway has a number of useful, free resources … (Click here to read more.)

Sneak Peek – Jesus Over Everything: Here's a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of the new book and audiobook Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First by Lisa Whittle, who says, "If you choose to put Jesus in his place of preeminence, he will bless your life. He will sort things out that you’ve never been able to sort out before…” (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 – 7:44 pm

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will be experimenting with a video conferencing option for Sabbath School. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text John Stroman (402-871-9764) so he can send you an invitation to participate.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series, Take the Plunge, with an interactive, online study titled Rejoice & Reflect.
      • To download and print a copy of P.R.A.Y., click here – we will be looking especially at the Rejoice & Reflect section using Psalm 103:1-5 and Philippians 4:4-7.  
      • Click here for our YouTube Channel or go to our Facebook Page to find us at 11:15 am – be sure to have your Bible, a copy of P.R.A.Y, and your cell phone handy.
      • You can watch last Sabbath’s online, interactive worship by clicking here , there is music playing for about the first 8 minutes.
      • 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.

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).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting will happen on-line this Tuesday, March 31. Information on how to participate will be posted on our Facebook Page, on the homepage of our website, and sent out on Remind (see below to get signed up for Remind). Contact Pastor T for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Men’s Retreat, April 3-5, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Video selections for our Annual Passover/Easter Season special program (via live stream) are due one week from Monday on April 6. See above for more information.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference, April 10-12, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. Click here for more details.

Camp Meeting has been cancelled for this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 Virus situation.

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 YouTube by clicking here. You can also watch it on our Facebook Pageclick here to find it.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now 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 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.

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Last Week’s Sermon

You can watch last Sabbath’s online, interactive worship by clicking here, there is music playing for about the first 8 minutes.  

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 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: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Bill Agan, 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, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and 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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