Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 5, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Manure in My Wallet

Julian Archer, the founder of Faith vs Finance and the author of Help! I’ve Been Blessed!, writes a regular blog titled The Bruised Camel (based on Mark 10:25). I thought his blog entry from April 30 was good enough to share with you!

When I was about nine I had a sleepover at a friend's house. One of his before-school chores was to round up the family’s cow for milking. It was mid-winter and the icy frost was no invitation for my bare feet.

After what seemed like an eternity of running through frozen paddocks, my feet were aching, so my thoughtful friend let me in on a trick that I’ve never forgotten – nor repeated. He said, “Follow close behind the cow and when she lays a steaming warm pat, stand in it.”

I was so desperate that I took his advice. It worked perfectly. I just wished that she’d lay a pat every few feet so I could have heated stepping-stones all the way to the milking shed!

Cow manure has many great uses but the downside is obvious, when you get too much of it in one place, it stinks.

Clint Murchison Jr., founder of the Dallas Cowboys, is credited with saying, “Money is like manure. Pile it up and it stinks, but spread it around and it does a lot of good.”

So there you have it, we’ve got manure in our wallets!

Let’s spread it around, for good.

Blessings, Julian

To check out Julian Archer’s website, click here. To sign up for his blog, click here.

MLT Ballots Coming!

MLT (Ministry Leadership Team) Ballots Coming one week from Sabbath on May 12. Our MLT coordinates the various ministries in our church, especially being sure that people are in place to keep these ministries active. It is a combination of a standing nominating committee and ministry visioning group that advises the board. Look for the ballots coming and if selected, please prayerfully consider the privilege of serving our church in this way. If you would like to download and print a copy of the Ballot to complete and turn in at church, click here. Please don’t turn in more than one ballot per member. Contact Pastor T. for more information (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to

Camp Meeting Coming …

Camp Meeting Begins in Four Weeks, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Whole Bible Speaks of Jesus: How does every part of Scripture's 66 books written over a period of 1500 years cohesively reveal the glory of Christ? How do the Bible’s many multi-layered stories, characters, events relate together and connect to Jesus? Bible Gateway interviewed Stephen Wellum about the book he co-authored with Trent Hunter, Christ from Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Full Glory of Christ. (Click here to read more.)

The Bible and the Spread of Christianity: Christianity started in Jerusalem and spread widely in the West, in Europe, and North America. In the past century, the church expanded rapidly across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Now Christianity’s geographic center of density is in the West African country of Mali – in Timbuktu. What led to the church’s vibrant growth throughout the Global South? Bible Gateway interviewed Brian Stiller about his book, From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: A World Tour of the Spread of Christianity. (Click here to read more.)

How to Compare Different Bibles Side-by-Side on Bible Gateway: Ever want to compare how two or more different Bibles translate the same passage? Bible Gateway makes it easy to compare Bibles! Check it out by clicking here.

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.

Calendar Events

Pathfinders and Adventurers will be camping this weekend. Let’s pray for them to have a meaningful time together and for their safety. 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).

Sunset this Friday – 8:23 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Martyr and is based on Acts 6 – 7. For some additional insights into this passage you might want to check out Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 9 and 10.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series, titled Holy Rescue, click here
    • No Potluck this Sabbath

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (May 7). 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 this Tuesday (May 8) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (May 8) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

MLT Ballots Coming one week from Sabbath on May 12. See the announcement above for more information or contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). If you would like to download and print a copy of the Ballot to complete and turn in at church, click here.

Children’s Church meets one week from Sabbath (May 12) at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be our last Children’s Church of this school year. It will resume again in the fall.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement above. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

“The Healthiest People on Earth”

A new book written by Ellen G. White's great-great-grandson is now in bookstores nationwide and available from

"The Healthiest People on Earth," by John Howard Weeks, shares the secrets of how anyone, anywhere can create a "Blue Zone" of their own and live a longer, healthier life like Seventh-day Adventists. The book is full of exclusive family stories, tips, home remedies and plant-based recipes -- including some of Ellen G. White's favorite recipes, published for the first time anywhere.

Click here for early reviews, excerpts from the book, a chapter list, an author profile and more.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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.)
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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