Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 26, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, September 24, 2020

No Matches

This week I am sharing Don Jacobsen's blog titled No Matches. I love what it has to say about prayer.

I pray because I’m helpless.

A Friend whom I deeply trust told me that, so I believe Him. He said, “Without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

As I’m writing this the west coast of the US is ablaze. Over a million acres has burned in the beautiful state of Oregon where I grew up. Thirty-five dead thus far. Hundreds of thousands are in varying degrees of flight from their homes. And that doesn’t count Washington and California. As much as my heart aches for my friends there, I can do nothing about it.

Except pray.

In many cities in our fair land you do not dare go out of your house after dark. Chaos. Arson. Shootings. Uncivilized unrest. This is not the nation I grew up in. And I can do nothing about it.

Except pray.

A new hurricane is preparing to roar ashore in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s near where some of our grandkids live. We’re concerned for their safety but we can do nothing about it.

Except pray.

I could go on, but I’m not detailing something you don’t know about. In my more than ¾ of a century of watching I’ve never seen anything like it. There are no matches anywhere in our history. It’s never been like this before. Just watching the evening news can give you a profound sense of helplessness.

Except we can pray.

To say that’s all we can do is like saying that all we have to breathe is air; it’s all we need.

But, brother Don, don’t be naive; it’s a scary time.

It is, but He has promised to be our Peace. “Even when it gets nasty, you can trust Me,” He assures us.

But did you see the pictures of those fires?

I did. And those three Hebrew teens saw them, too. Like, up close.

But the hurricanes …

Yes, and remember, our Friend is Master of the storms.

Good people get hurt, too. Believers lose their property, too. Christians die in every war; even Jesus. We’re all participants in this great controversy … We know who wins; we know which side we’re on. Soon the pain will be over and the future will be matchless.

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Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T and Pat are on vacation through Sunday (Sept. 27) They are unavailable by phone 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.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:14 pm

Sabbath School Resources

    • Sabbath School Classes will resume one week 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 our updated guidelines for attending.

Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:05 with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Kalvin Tuel, our head elder will present our message. 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 No or Yes? – Part 1, 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.

Pathfinders and Adventurers will begin one week from 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 will begin again this 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 this 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).

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 for attending in person.

Sabbath School Classes – including all our children’s divisions – are scheduled to resume one week from Sabbath (Oct. 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 one week from Monday (Oct. 5). 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).

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. Click here to view our updated guidelines for 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).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Enduring Popularity of the Adventure Bible: The top children’s Bible in the world is the Adventure Bible, published more than 30 years ago and now having more than 9 million copies in print. What makes it so popular? Why have parents, grandparents, and children all been drawn to it throughout the decades? Bible Gateway interviewed Sue Richards. (Click here to read more.)

What Is A Biblical Concordance? A concordance is an index – In most cases, alphabetical – that supplies the location and usage of words in the book. In its simplest form, you might use a biblical concordance, for instance, if you want to find all the passages in the Bible that contain the word ‘love’. (Click here to read more.)

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.

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 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.

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 download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled No or Yes? – Part 1, 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 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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