Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: March 30, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mingle 101

Don Jacobsen's blog last week is a great reminder of how Jesus get shared most effectively. It’s titled Mingle 101. Please read this prayerfully with an eye on how you could make this work in your life.

Fifty years ago or more I came across a 4-sentence quote that changed how I do ministry. I'd already been a pastor for a dozen years, but somehow in my training I had never picked up on this irrefutable principle. So to make sure I would never forget it I wrote it on a small piece of paper, folded it, and put it in my wallet. I still carry it. It has outlived several wallets. That is one high-mileage piece of paper.

If you follow this column for any length of time you have often read the principle's one of my favorites. It goes: "The Kingdom advances among friends." I know it's true. I've observed it too often to question it.

Here's the quotation from half century ago that gave it birth:

"Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. (I really want that so I read on ...) The Saviour mingled with [people] as one who desired their good. He showed sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them 'Follow Me."

Look at the steps, the process. It's solid gold. Sharing your faith in Jesus isn't like throwing gospel gum at the wall hoping some of it sticks. Rather it's intentionally making an expensive, authentic investment in another person.

What would that look like in your journey? In a high percentage of congregations, "church" consists of a scad of people looking at the back of each other's heads for an hour one day a week. A bit like theater where a group of folks pay to sit and watch a handful of specialists exercise their talents. Not God's idea of church, I think.

But in the quote above, what does "mingle" mean? Mix? Blend? Unite? I get the sense of life lived together. Given the mix of gifts in your church there is hardly a situation to which your church family cannot bring rescue. Strength. Healing. Wisdom. Matt Brown says, "We can't just speak the truth louder, we've got to love louder." I think that's what Jesus modeled.

And here's the part that fascinates me most: As we bear one another's burdens, it shapes us and matures us and helps knead the selfishness out of us. One Christian leader I know said, "We begin to grow when we take responsibility for the growth of another person." Starts with our prayer list. Builds as we take time to listen to peoples' stories. Strengthens as we engage them in finding people to bless in surprising ways as God nudges us. Mingle writ large. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Wondering How to Pray Today?

How to Pray for Breaking News: News stories can feel overwhelming and difficult to pray for. We've put together a one-page guide on praying for the news. Download the Breaking News Prayer Resource from 24-7 Prayer by clicking here.

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

Volunteer Your Time: he Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team, under the leadership of Rick Young from Union College, is now in charge of manning the warehouse where supplies will be stored and distributed to flood victims. The warehouse location is 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 

Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

Romans, Our Sermon Series

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. How does Paul describe the human condition in Romans 7?
    2. Paul uses the imagery of Adoption to illustrate our relationship with God. What point do you think he is making through this picture of family?
    3. What promises do you see in these chapters? Why are they important to you?

Calendar Events

Biblical Archaeology Presentations this Weekend: 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 this weekend. For more information, click here.

Sunset this Friday – 7:45 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, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. God is committed to bringing us to Heaven to live with Him forever!  
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 1) 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 (Apr. 2) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Leadership Team Supper & Visioning Session, one week from Friday (Apr. 5) at 6:00 pm at the Martinsen home.

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.

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend: Alumni Weekend this year will take place April 12-13 at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place on the first day of Passover, Friday, April 19 and will begin with Footwashing in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

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. Registration has been re-opened until April 11. For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Settle My Soul: Need to hit the pause button and embrace tranquility? What is a good way to invest quiet moments in Scripture, thought, and prayer to help you center your mind and heart on the Source of peace? Bible Gateway interviewed Ruth Schwenk, who, along with Karen Ehman, wrote the devotional book, Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus. (Click here to read more.)

I Can’t Handle Everything and Neither Can You: Nate Pyle, author of More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overwhelming Grace, says, "None of us can really handle life; its' paralyzingly large. Implying that we can handle whatever threatens us is not biblical. If anything, it's the exact opposite ..." (Click here to read more.)

Purim and the Bible: In this Bible Gateway Blog post learn about the Jewish holiday of Purim this past week, based on the Bible’s book of Esther, commemorating the saving of the Jewish people from genocide at the direction of the Persian official Haman. (Click here to read more.)

Why You Can Trust the New Testament Even Though There Are So Many Textual Variants: There isn’t one, single, original, preserved copy of the New Testament. So how can you trust the text of the New Testament? (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).

    • 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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Salvation: A Review of Romans So Far, 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. (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.)
    • Gary & Donna Parker ask that we specially lift up their daughter Melody who has had some complications from surgery and is facing another surgery to fix them
    • Elizabeth Knutson reports that her sister Tanya, after a two year remission, has cancer again and it is located in the bones of her shoulder and rated as stage 4. Also, both her parents, Cindy and Bob, have fallen and it will take them both some weeks to recover. Let’s remember them all in our prayers.
    • 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 Parker, 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 & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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