Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: March 16, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Heart Surgeon

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a follow up on one we share about three weeks ago. It gives a practical example of what can happen when we listen to and respond to the whisper of the Holy Spirit. It’s titled Heart Surgeon. It sounds as if this will be a continuing story!

Recently we talked in this space about listening for the whisper of God as He seeks to coach us on His errands. I think you'll love this current, true story.

Our friend, Jim, living in the continental US, wanted to phone a colleague in Hawaii. He punched in the number, the phone rang a couple of times, and a lady answered. "Hello, is this Michelle?" he asked. "No, this is Jeannie," the answer came back. "You must have the wrong number."

They agreed he had misdialed one digit so they both chuckled and moved to hang up. "Just a minute, before we hang up ..." Jim urged. (Watch for the whisper here ...) "I'm a pastor ... is there anything I can pray about for you?"

Intrigued now by this unusual phone call, Jeannie thought a minute, then replied, "Well, actually, I'm trying awfully hard to stop smoking. If you want to pray about that, maybe God will help me." There were follow-up phone calls when they talked – and prayed – about other things as well.

Jeannie was ever-so-slowly making her way toward God. Jim learned that she had been a prominent business executive in Beverly Hills, with all the perks – the cars, the Gucci shoes, and all the emptiness that comes with too much. One day she decided that, although she was climbing the corporate ladder, it seemed to be learning against the wrong wall. She quit her job and moved to a little rental house in Hawaii. One of the specialties of the little house was that the foyer had a glass ceiling. She loved to turn off the lights and watch the night sky circle overhead. She sensed in a fresh way, the presence of God.

Late one afternoon she saw a man pulling weeds in the yard. Then he sat down on a bench nearby. It happened other days, too. "If he's the gardener he is sure sitting down a lot," she assumed to herself. She finally decided to confront him.

"If you're really the gardener," she chuckled, "I don't think my landlord is getting his money's worth." "Actually, I'm not the gardener," he replied. "I am chief of surgery at the hospital nearby. Your landlord is my friend and he lets me come up a couple of times a week and just sit here and regroup in the beauty of the place."

Next time she and Pastor Jim spoke she told him the story. He said, "Do you realize how God has honored you? When Mary met Jesus on the morning of the resurrection she mistook Him for the gardener. Later she would know Him also as the great Heart Surgeon. I think God was reaching out to tell you what a treasure you are to Him."

Stay tuned; the story is on-going ...

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Temporary Housing Needed

A young man from Union College needs temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. He is in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here. He needs housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place he could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 7:30 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • No Breakfast this week
    • 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, we will have a special program for our Worship Service titled: What Does Jesus Mean to You? If you have something you would like to share as part of this program, please text Andria (402-949-0006) or Rita (402-215-2015).
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration this Sabbath afternoon (Mar. 16) at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (March 18) at 6:30 pm here at the church. 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).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (March 19) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. For more information or to register go to or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

Wildwood Lifestyle Center

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From Outlook Magazine

What Expression are You Creating on God’s Face? Someone once eloquently said, “Christians are the expression on the face of God.” We are called to be Christ’s presence in the world until He comes again. We are also granted the enormous privilege of participating with Him in reconciling the world (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Paul even goes so far as to say that “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” If we represent Him, we must represent Him as He himself would live and act were He still here with us … How well are we doing at our assigned task? … (Click here to read more)

Church; Museum or Hospital? When one of our leaders said these words, it was paradigm shift for me: “Lee Lee, the church should be a hospital, not an art museum.” The implications of this shot sparks in my brain and a click happened. God’s church isn’t where we put on a display to try to impress others; it’s where we gather – sick with sin – at the feet of the Great Healer … (Click here to read more)

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Parent Your Kids to Become Passionate Jesus Followers: How can parents be intentional in raising their kids to be steadfast followers of Jesus? How should the home be a holy place for children? Bible Gateway interviewed Phil and Diane Comer about their book, Raising Passionate Jesus Followers: The Power of Intentional Parenting. (Click here to read more.)

The Drama Surrounding Paul: Have you considered how radical the apostle Paul was in his life and teaching and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved? He was a fervent Jewish leader and yet he is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity. His effective legacy and intellectual influence cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Bible Gateway interviewed N.T. Wright about his book, Paul: A Biography. (Click here to read more.)

Finding Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Suffering: Christina Meredith, author of CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope says, "Suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience. I encourage you to embrace the idea of suffering, because it is coming—with or without your permission. It is a gift in disguise that unlocks the hero within us ..." (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

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 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.

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.)
    • Judy Carroll shared this information regarding her sister-in-law, Brenda Carroll, who we have been praying for: Her cancer markers are down and her red and white blood cells are within normal. She is feeling more energy and is praising God for His goodness. Thank you for your past intercession and please keep praying for her as she continues chemotherapy.
    • 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. 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), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), 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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