Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 12, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, October 09, 2019

The Broken Church

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Broken Church. This a thoughtful reflection on what someone should experience at church.

If your church is not ministering to the broken, you are in a broken church.

Is that too strident? I don’t think so. As we’ve discussed before in this space, In every pew sits a broken heart. Even those who look good and smell good. Even those who answer all the questions correctly and can sing the morning hymn without even looking at the Hymnal. The enemy is clever and tenacious. And all of us come to worship fresh from the battlefield. All of us.

And then there are those who do not come at all because they feel the sting of defeat. The way seems long and weary and their bleeding feet are sore. Sometimes church makes them feel even more judged and guilty. Why bother? To sit, unmoved, and listen to a listless lecture that makes their personal to-do list even more onerous…who needs it?

Ruthie and I were in a little chapel at a conference center not long ago. We were scheduled to speak there later in the day so we were just kind of scoping out the space. As we were leaving we saw a small poster at the back that said, “If you did not find what you came for today please speak to someone so we can pray with you.” I thought, Now they get it! They understand the battle is real and victories are gained only with spiritual weapons.

I remember thinking, Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that message was on the wall or maybe in the bulletin in every one of our churches. Every week. When the people in your community think of your church, wouldn’t it be marvelous if they thought, “I’m going to go there today because I know I’ll find hope. And courage. I know they care about me; I know someone will pray for me … It’s been a rough week and I need that right now.”

What if, after the closing song, instead of just being dismissed by the deacons and silently sauntering out of the church, what if everyone was invited to turn and speak to someone they hadn’t come with and ask simply, “How can I pray for you today?” I know, not everyone is going to feel comfortable with that, but I think most will, and some may even acknowledge, “No one has ever asked me that question before. I really felt like I was ministered to here today.”

Broken people ministering to broken people. Good definition of church. (Click here to read it online.)

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Member Update – Ron & Bev McNeal

Ron McNeal passed away a few days ago. His funeral will take place this Friday (Oct. 11) at 11:00 am at the Omaha Memorial SDA Church (840 N 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68114). Please pray for Bev and their two children as they go through this difficult time.

Oct. 1-31 | Participate in The Altar Project!

Family worship, as simple and old-school as it sounds, is one of the most effective hedges around our families against the devil's hacks – challenges we face on a daily basis. You are invited to join The Altar Project, a call to restore family worship, from October 1-31. It's a call to 31 days of revival and reformation that begins simply with gathering the family at least once a day to pray and worship God together. Join us on a spiritual journey to "Alter the Altar" with your family! You may sign up for daily email encouragement by clicking here. Click here to watch the introductory video.

Reserve the Date – Christmas Cookie Exchange

Plan now to participate in the Christmas Cookie Exchange to take place on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm. Watch for more information about it as we get closer.

Calendar Events

Ron McNeal Funeral, Friday at 11:00 am at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (840 N 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68114).

Sunset this Friday – 6:49 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 – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – As Christians, we find ourselves in the need of God's forgiveness in our lives. This Sabbath, John Stroman will explore experiencing and accepting that forgiveness for ourselves in a sermon titled Hola! Hola! Hola!
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Church Hayrack Ride & Bonfire this Saturday Night (Oct. 12), 7:00 pm at Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008). See below for more information.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 14) at 6:30 pm. 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 meets this Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit

Christmas Cookie Exchange, December 8 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Watch for more information.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Hear the Holy Spirit's Whispers When You Read Your Bible: Anne Graham Lotz, author of Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion, says, "I have always loved reading the Bible, but I didn’t always “hear” God speaking to me. That changed when I started applying a simple form of meditation to my Bible reading." (Click here to read more.)

SNEAK PEEK – How the Bible Prepared This Airline Pilot to Have Nerves of Steel: Minutes into a routine domestic airline flight, a catastrophic engine failure severely damaged Captain Tammie Jo Shults's passenger airliner. Read and hear this exclusive excerpt from her forthcoming book, Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings and Landed the Plane. (Click here to read more.)

Gaining a Heavenly Perspective on Life’s Trials: Joni Eareckson Tada, author of Heaven: Your Real Home … from a Higher Perspective, says, "Looking down on my problems from heaven’s perspective, trials look extraordinarily different. When viewed from its own level, my paralysis seems like a huge, impassable wall, but when viewed from above, the wall appears as a thin line, something that could be overcome." (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.

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Head Elder: The Head Elder works as the Pastor’s Associate here at church in providing for Spiritual leadership and direction. He/She also functions as the Chairman of the Church Board.
    • Treasurer: The Treasurer manages the finances of our church. He/She maintains the financial records, pays our bills, and is instrumental in planning and maintaining our budget.
    • Sabbath School Secretary: The Sabbath School Secretary orders and maintains the supply of Sabbath School lessons for all our Sabbath School Classes. They also collect the Sabbath School Offering each Sabbath morning from the classes.
    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

Hayrack Ride & Bonfire

Come to Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008) this Saturday night (Oct. 12) at 7:00 pm! The church will be having a bonfire and hay-rack ride. The hay-rack ride will be at 9 pm. S'mores, hot drinks, and condiments will be provided. Please bring your own hot dogs, buns, and skewers. Adults cost $9, kids ages 5-12 cost $6, and kids 5 and under are free. Please pay in cash to Hannah Eitel that night. If you want to come and just enjoy the fire and the fellowship without the ride, there is no charge. We hope to see you there!

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

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

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.

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 (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.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification 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 or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

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 (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. (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.)
    • Bev McNeal and her children as they mourn the loss of Ron.
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have serious health. Donna is at Nebraska Med Center and Gary is at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue.
    • 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), Dennis Cushman, 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, 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’s Contact Information

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