Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Oct. 6, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, October 03, 2018

God's To-Do List

Each week or so I receive a blog written by Don Jacobsen, a leader in the North American Division Prayer Ministries. It usually contains some inspirational thoughts about prayer. I am always blessed by them. I especially resonated with the most recent one titled God's To-Do List. It shared some especially thoughtful ideas regarding prayer that spoke to me heart. Hope you find it helpful as well.

I pray for me a lot. I don't mean I pray for my stuff, I mean I pray for my heart. Here's the deal, there are things I'd like to have – important things – and I pray about those. We'd like to sell our house ... it's on the market. I pray about that. We'd like to get rid of our second car; I pray about that.

In fact, I've discovered though, that if I'm not careful, my prayers can kind of become my to-do list for God. "Here are the things I'd like to see happen, God," or "Here are the things I'd like to have ... and would you please take care of these for me. Amen."

But a Friend of mine taught me that there's a better way. In fact, He said, "When you pray, pray like this ..." He didn't say I had to use those very words ... He wasn't dictating ... but He was quite clear concerning what I should be praying about. It's more like a model or a template.

"Our Father who art in heaven ..." and I discover that the first third of the prayer is about Him, not me. In fact, I also discover that the last third of that same prayer is also about Him ... "For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory ..." Hmm, that part's not about me, either.

Between the worshipful beginning and the magnificent conclusion is that brief segment where I mention my needs. Daily bread is first. Pretty basic. Not a lot of mention about cake. Or frosting. But the next two lines, also requests, are about spiritual issues – (1) forgiveness and (2) victory. I think He didn't intend this to be a formula, but maybe He did want to make sure my petitions were big enough, were of eternal consequence. In synch with His.

Now it's clear that He wants us to bring our cares to Him because He cares for us. He repeats that often enough in the Scripture narrative that we can't miss it. But I can't get away from the fact that He told us, When you pray, pray like this.

God knows about my house. In His way and in His good time He'll take care of that. But the issue of greatest concern to Him – and to me – is my heart. So I've learned that my prayers need to center around His will, around what He is desiring to do in me. See, He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. I need to know that. I need to be shaped by that. Can I suggest a variation of another song you know, "Jesus knows me, this I love ..." That reality gives focus to everything I do; including my prayer life.

Oh, about the house ... He's building me a new one, anyway.

Don Jacobsen

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, our Alaska Mission Team will present their report.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN this Sunday (Oct. 7). See below for more information.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will meet Monday (Oct. 8). 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 will meet Tuesday (Oct. 9) at 6:00 pm in the Hearth Room. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Oct. 9) 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).

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.

Jaimie 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.

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.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Truly Love Like Never Before: What does it mean to truly love people at the highest level in practical ways every day? How do latest findings in sociology and psychology blend with biblical understanding to reveal often counter-intuitive ways of loving like never before? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Les Parrott about his book, Love Like That: 5 Relationship Secrets from Jesus.  (Click here to read more.)

Over A Half Million Students to Celebrate Free Speech by Participating in Bring Your Bible to School Day Oct. 4: The annual student-led event, now in its fifth year, provides a unique opportunity for young people to share about their faith by highlighting its source: the Bible. Throughout the day, children and teens will share their experiences via social media using the hashtag #BringYourBible. (Click here to read more.)

Dependence Is Not a Dirty Word: In this guest Blog post, Hayley Morgan, author of Preach to Yourself: When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth, says, "As a culture we are putting independence and self-sufficiency on an undue pedestal. We Christians talk all the time about people being made for community, but we seem to be most satisfied with ourselves when we don’t functionally need one ..." (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.

Christian Record Services EYE RUN

Walk or Run for a reason! Lace up your shoes to walk or run, with proceeds benefitting Christian Record Services for the Blind, an official ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that supplies inspirational books, magazines, and confidence-building camp experiences to more than 20,000 people who are legally blind. Learn more and register at

    • The EYE RUN is this Sunday (Oct. 7) at Holmes Lake Park, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    • A satellite event will also take place this Sunday (Oct. 7) at Johnson Lake in Fremont, Nebraska. Contact Jen Bullion at 402-800-4854 for more information about this satellite event.

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 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 – Costa Rica

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).

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 Hurricane Florence: Adventist Community Services is working with ADRA and other disaster relief groups to assist survivors impacted by the high winds and flooding that accompanied Hurricane Florence last week. 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.)
    • 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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