Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 19, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, September 17, 2020

Psalm 23

This week I’m simply sharing Psalm 23. It is written below in the familiar language of the New King James Version. To read it in other versions, click here.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. (Psalm 23, NKJV)

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.

Sabbath School Classes – including all our children’s divisions – are scheduled to resume two weeks from Sabbath on October 3. There will be more information from the Sabbath School department coming about expectations and guidelines. For more information contact Andria Bethelmie (402-946-0006).

Pathfinders and Adventurers are planning to begin meeting on Monday, October 5. There will be a pre-meeting and registration event this Sunday (Sept. 20) at 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the Church. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (

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).

Pathfinder & Adventurer Registration

Pathfinder and Adventurer Staff will be available to answer your questions and assist you with Registering your Pathfinder or Adventurer this Sunday afternoon from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the church. Adventurers are ages 4-9 and Pathfinders for ages 10 and up.  

If you would like an Adventurer packet prior to Registration, please email Lori Knutson at and she will email you a packet. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671). 

Regular meetings will begin in two weeks on Monday, October 5, at 6:30 pm. 

Pastor T & Pat

Pastor T and Pat will be on vacation next week (Sept. 21 – 27) They will be unavailable by phone during that time although they will check emails from time to time. If you need to speak with someone regarding something at church or if there is an emergency, call any one of our Elders. Click here for their contact information.

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).

Sermon Topics

It’s not too late to send in a topic or question for Pastor T to talk about in the current sermon series, Beyond the Fluff. Text him at (402) 517-5333, email him at, or send him a note at Golden Hills Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 98123.

New Website

The launch of our new website has encountered a glitch due to the fires in California. We are not sure how long it will take to get it resolved. We’ll let you know as soon as it gets completed. Meanwhile, you can still use our old website at

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).

The Restoration Business

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Restoration Business and shares some thoughts on how we relate to each other.

Recently Ruthie and I were sitting in a Bible study class. Not large; maybe a dozen or fifteen. Although it was off-topic of the material being studied, the teacher raised a question that got everyone’s attention: When is it appropriate for one Christian to rebuke another? he asked.

Rebuke is a rather strident word and I think we were all dredging for the “right” answer. The loving answer. The Jesus answer. We’ve probably all seen it done wrong. I’ve written earlier in this space about a young adult who came to our church to provide a vocal solo during the worship service. The song was not inappropriate, but one lady took offense, arose from her seat, went to the back of the room and stood with her hands over her ears. I wondered what her answer might be to the teacher’s question today. Fortunately, she wasn’t there today. Incidentally, the guest hasn’t been back, either.

… But what if people are being intentionally disobedient…don’t I have a responsibility to call them on that and warn them of the consequences if they don’t change their ways … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Is Love Your First Priority? What does the Bible mean when it instructs us to “speak the truth in love”? Does a biblically based Christian life mean you have all the answers? What should it look like for Christians to love their neighbors deeply and authentically? How is truth lived out in love in practical ways every day? Is what we believe less important than how we believe it? Bible Gateway interviewed Jared Byas about his book, Love Matters More: How Fighting to Be Right Keeps Us from Loving Like Jesus. (Click here to read more.)

Can Science Explain All the Complexities of Our World? Lee Strobel, co-author with Mark Mittelberg, of The Case for Christ: Daily Moment of Truth, says, "For me, the road to atheism was paved by science, but, ironically, so was my later journey to God. Good information, I am convinced, points us to a good God ..." (Click here to read more.)

See You At The Pole is September 23, 2020: Students across America and around the world will be praying together before school hours September 23, 2020 in the annual See You at the Pole™ event.

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here. and the free Bible Gateway Bible Audio App by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:26 pm

Sabbath School Resources

    • Sabbath School Classes will resume two weeks from Sabbath, on October 3.
    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting 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: Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

    • 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?. We will begin a conversation about Biblical Prophets in general and Ellen White in particular that will take us two weeks. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Now or Later?, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment, click here .
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinder and Adventurer Registration, this Sunday at 3:30 pm at the church. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson ( Regular meetings will begin two weeks from Monday (Oct. 5) at 6:30 pm.

Prayer Meeting will begin again one week from Tuesday (Sept. 29) at 6:00 pm. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information (402-517-5333).

MLT will meet one week from Tuesday (Sept. 29) at 7:15 pm. We are still meeting on-line. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have something we need to consider, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-0630).

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.

We also have a Sermon Discussion Group through Remind. You will be able to receive the assignment right to your smart phone or desktop, as well as participate in a discussion of it during the week. To sign up, click here or send a text message to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) and enter this message: @sermond.

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.

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Now or Later?, click here. To watch it on YouTube, click here. To download the page with Bible verses, questions, and 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 COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Lon Pelly and his family as they are mourning the loss of his mom, Wally
    • 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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