Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 20, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pray On!       

In my devotional reading this week I came across two selections from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Both had some important things to say about prayer. I have included a quotation from each one below, to read the entire selection, click on the link at the end of each quote.

The Key to the Master’s Orders: The key to the missionary’s difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the Master’s orders – the key is prayer. “Pray the Lord of the harvest …” (Matthew 9:38) (My Utmost for His Highest, October 16)

The Key of the Greater Work: Prayer does not equip us for greater works – prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God. (My Utmost for His Highest, October 17)

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Faith for Today – Lifestyle Magazine

Lifestyle Magazine is a half hour television talk show, produced by Faith for Today, focused on living a full, healthy, and balanced life. It is the second longest show on the air – after Meet the Press. The show features panel discussion, interviews, and demonstration segments focused on whole life health, including fitness, nutrition, relationships, outlook, and more. This multiple award-winning show reaches a wide age demographic and covers a wide variety of topics. It was recently voted a Top 20 brand influencer for health & fitness on Twitter (above Shape Magazine, GQ, and more) by analyst group Onalytica.

Each week, you can view their programs on: Apple TV, AmazonFire TV, DirecTV (channel 368 or 378),, Hope Channel,, NRB Network, Roku, Sky Angel Faith and Family TV, and Uplift TV.

Calendar Events

Pathfinder’s Fall Camporee takes place this weekend (Oct. 19-21). Let’s pray that they have a wonderful time and are safe. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Sunset this Friday – 6:37 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 book Boot Camp for the Last Days by Randy Maxwell. Paper 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, or click here for a Nook.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – People are chosen for different things. Sometimes, it may not seem likely, or even desired, but when God chooses a person for something, He also gives them what they need to accomplish that which He chooses them for. It can come in a lot of different forms, but know that when God puts you in something, He’s NEVER sorry He did, and He WILL give you what you need, when you need it. Find out some further details as we explore the lives of some very unlikely chosen people this Sabbath when John Stroman presents a message titled “Pick Me! Pick Me!!”

Folk Mountain Gospel will be at Omaha Memorial Church this Sabbath evening to share music with Biblical instruments – like the dulcimer and zephyr. The music as well as their testimony will be a truly uplifting experience to end the sabbath! The concert starts at 5:30 pm. Click here to go the Folk Mountain Gospel’s website. Click here for a map.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Oct. 22). 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 (Oct. 23) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting next Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Christian Woman’s Retreat will take place October 26-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. For more information, or to register – click here for the adult version; click here for the teen version. There are also copies of the brochures in the church lobby.

Jaime Jorge, an internationally known violinist, will present a concert and share a message for our Worship Service on October 27. To check out his website, click here.

Grief Education and Support Program: John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week, for six weeks, to help adults who have experienced a recent death. The next group of sessions begin October 30. See below for more information.

Kansas Nebraska Youth Rally: November 9-11 at Broken Arrow Ranch. Click here for more information. Click here to register. Contact Tim Floyd at the Conference office for questions (email or 785-478-4726)

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline, November 17 – To check out their website, click here. See below for more information.

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019. They will be focusing on a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. See below for more information or click here. Application deadline (including $100 deposit) is due Oct. 19.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How Should Church Be Done? What is God's ideal for the way churches should behave? What are the failures and the successes of the churches mentioned in the Bible? Why did the apostles have to write letters of correction to them? In this Q&A, Francis Chan talks about his book, Letters to the Church.  (Click here to read more.)

The Hard Reality of Exclusivity in White Evangelicalism and What Can Be Done: In this guest Blog post, Bryan Loritts, author of Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All, says, "God boldly proclaims throughout the book of Acts, 'There is no ethnic home team when it comes to Christianity.' But the minority experience in America today – and throughout history – too often tells a different story ..." (Click here to read more.)

Can I Trust My Bible? If we want to judge the trustworthiness of Scripture, we need to consider its origins. Where did it come from and how did it take the form we commonly think of as “the Bible”? (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.

Grief Education and Support Program

John A Gentleman Mortuaries offers three free sessions a week to help adults who have experienced a recent death. Their current series focuses on the challenges of the holiday season and strategies to reduce anxieties while giving meaning to this busy time. Joining this support group will give you a chance to meet many wonderful people who understand what you are feeling and who will walk with you as you move through your grief. For more information or to register call 402-391-1664 and ask for Rich. The sessions are listed below. There will be no sessions during Thanksgiving Week.

    • Tuesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, Bellevue Chapel (3402 Samson Way, Bellevue), begins October 30 and ends December 11, 2018.
    • Wednesday Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 72nd Street Chapel (1010 N. 72nd Street, Omaha), begins October 31 and ends December 12, 2018.
    • Thursday Evenings: 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Pacific Street Chapel (14151 Pacific Street, Omaha), begins November 1 and ends December 13, 2018.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again! We have the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life by participating in Operation Christmas Child. These boxes may be turned in here at church anytime during the next several weeks, no later than November 17, 2018.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. It would be wonderful if we could contribute more than 50 boxes this year for children around the world! For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of things not to include, click here.

For more information about the program, click here or speak with Carol Fennessy or Pat Martinsen.

Christmas Shoe Boxes cost $9.00 each to ship.

    • Please remember to include a check in the box for this amount made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) or include $9.00 in cash.
    • Click here to pay this amount on-line and print out a label for your box if you would like to know where your box goes.
    • If you would like to donate funds to help ship the boxes our children’s departments are preparing, please turn it using one of our tithe envelopes marked Operation Christmas Child.
    • You may also donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child by clicking here.

Young Adult Mission Trip – Puerto Rico

The Kansas-Nebraska Conference Mission Trip for 2019 will be in association with Southern New England Conference and will take place March 8-17, 2019. This year they will be focusing on serving a small village in Vieques, Puerto Rico. It will be an opportunity to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ in a tangible way to people who remain in desperate need after Hurricane Maria in 2017; they need actions more than words! The trip is estimated to cost just under $1,500. Please check our website (click here) for more information and registration materials or contact Tim Floyd at the Kansas Nebraska Conference (email or 785-478-4726). Application deadline (including $100 deposit) is due Oct. 19.

Church Positions Available

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.
    • Webmaster: This person would keep our website updated with current news, announcements, and dates. It would be helpful to understand HTML a bit, but not completely necessary.
    • 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  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.)
    • Elma Johannessen’s mom died about two weeks ago. Let’s continue to remember her and her family in our prayers during this difficult time.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, 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
    • 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), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), 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, 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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