Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 3, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, October 01, 2020

Back to Basics

This week I am sharing Don Jacobsen's blog titled Back to Basics. I love the questions it asks about prayer and our worship service.

It could be argued that nothing more important is going to happen in your town this week than when your church gathers to worship. God re-seen and His people re-made. What hour could outrank that one?

In the 1960/61 football season the Green Bay Packers had played well. They were ahead in the final quarter of the NFL Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but they got sloppy and blew the lead, losing the championship to Philadelphia. Green Bay was devastated and so was their head coach, Vince Lombardi.

Late the next summer Lombardi called the 38 professional athletes together to begin their training camp for a new season. He walked to the front of the room, held up a football and uttered what has become an iconic motivational 5-word sentence. “Gentlemen,” he said, “this is a football.” Everyone knew this preseason would be about basics.

They would be right. Six months later the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 37 – 0 to win the NFL championship. They would win five of the next seven seasons. Now, more than half a century later, the annual winner of the Super Bowl still receives the Lombardi trophy.

What might happen if, as leaders of God’s church, we were as committed to excellence?

What if the elders and the worship committee were to come together following mid-week prayer service and pray the worship plans into existence?

What if the morning hymn was chosen because of its majesty and not just because “we haven’t sung this one for a while”?

What if the participants were to think through what should be included in the morning prayer?

A time of praise and thanksgiving; a time of repentance; a time of supplication for the lost including those who at that moment are driving by outside; for the deep needs of our nation; that God would break our hearts with the things that break His …

What if we’d ask Him what He wants us to pray for?

Jesus desired that His church should be a house of prayer. What does that mean? Is that the most important part of the service? Should it be? If it is, how should we prepare for it?

Should it sound a lot like last week’s, or should it be built around this week’s needs and crises? Should there be a time for the congregation to voice its praises?

Should more than one person pray? Should there be a palpable intensity that this isn’t just a ritual, but an experience where the worshipers sense they have been invited into the throne room of the universe? Should we conclude with a hushed, “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord …” or an exultant line of worship, “All hail the power of Jesus’ name …”

Please know I am not attempting to script the worship service at your church, but rather to urge that we bathe it in prayer so He can create a truly life-transforming event every week. Back to basics with sanctified excellence. (Click here to read it online)

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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 21, 2020.

You will find plenty of boxes and supplies on the table in our Lobby. For information and ideas on packing a box, click here – for a list of frequently asked questions about what can and cannot be sent, 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 donate funds directly of Samaritan’s Purse for their many outreach and humanitarian projects by clicking here.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:02 pm

Sabbath School begins at 10:00 am: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class will continue to meet online through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:05 with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled No or Yes? – Part 2 as we continue to look at the topic of Prophets. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To watch last week’s message titled Loneliness, presented by Kalvin Tuel, click here. To download this week’s assignment, click here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders and Adventurers meet this Monday (Oct. 5) 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 (

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Oct. 6) at 6:00 pm. We are going through the book of Hosea. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

Sabbath Services – Opening Update

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and on line. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship. Click here to view our updated guidelines (9/28) for attending in person.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Pastor’s Blog, Golden News, our Website, and Remind to keep you informed.

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message @tmartinse to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll (402-290-3306).

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.

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.

Golden News – our church e-mail newsletter, directly to tour inbox! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia by clicking here. To check out their website, click here.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

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 begin this process, click here, then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. If you have completed this in the past three years, you should get an email reminder when it is time for you to renew your certification. For more information, contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To watch last week’s message titled Loneliness, presented by Kalvin Tuel, click here. To download this week’s assignment, 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. (402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), 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, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information or call/text 402-517-5333.

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