Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 5, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, September 03, 2020

You Will Find Rest!

Jesus said:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

Jesus makes it pretty simple here.

He simply invites you to come to Him, stay with Him, and learn from Him.

There isn’t a complicated formula to follow, a deep riddle to solve, or a difficult task to accomplish. Simply focus your life on Jesus and following HimHe will teach you, lead you, and work with you to do whatever He wants you to do!

Don’t make it harder than it is. Just do it!

Sabbath Services

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and on line. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship.

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. We will continue to add more participation to our worship service.

As we move forward from here, we will use the Blog, Golden News, and our Website 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).

New Sermon Discussion Group

We are beginning a new 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. We will also use this as a way to communicate with the person presenting our message to share comments and questions. To sign up, click here or send a text message to the number 81010 and enter this message @sermond.

New Website

We are right on the verge of launching a new, updated website. You’ll still be able to get there from Keep checking on it. We think you’ll find it more helpful and convenient.

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 Phone Number

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled The Phone Number and shares some thoughts on how God takes care of His people.

The Republic of Togo is a fascinating little country sandwiched between Ghana and Nigeria in West Africa. I’ve been there but only at the airport in the capitol of Lomẽ. It’s a bit smaller than West Virginia and has a population of about 8,000,000. By comparison, West Virginia has just less than 2,000,000.

With heavy voodoo influence, a strong Muslim presence, and scores of local religious enclaves, Christianity has struggled in Togo. But recently, the Seventh-day Adventist church has begun reaching out to Togo nationals and helping train them as church leaders.

Enter Jacque. From the time he became a devout follower of Jesus, Jacque sensed God was calling him to become a pastor. That angered many of the people in his village, some of whom called down curses on Jacque. Once as he was riding his bicycle down a trail a group of five young men attacked him and tried to kill him with machetes … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Does the Bible Say About Atonement? The Bible presents the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ in several images. What if those separate images were fit together to comprise one grand impression of Christ's saving work while also allowing each piece to retain its recognizable particularity? Bible Gateway interviewed Joshua M. McNall about his book, The Mosaic of Atonement: An Integrated Approach to Christ's Work. (Click here to read more.)

Spiritual Lessons Christians and Jews Share During the High Holy Days: With the Jewish High Holy Days starting September 18, guest columnist Yael Eckstein, president and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, says it's a time of introspection and prayer for Jews and Christians alike – a chance for meaningful change, repentance, and reconnecting with God. (Click here to read more.)

If 100 Christians Represented All of Global Christianity: According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, the global Christian population totals 2.5 billion people. To help in the comprehension of that number, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity has compressed it into this graphic as if 100 Christians represented all of global Christianity. (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.

What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 7:50 pm

Sabbath School Resources

    • 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 Tortured or Destroyed?. 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 Mortal or Immortal?, click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment by clicking here.
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Labor Day is this Monday (Sept. 7)

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. 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).

Prayer Meeting will begin again one week from Tuesday (Sept. 15). Contact Pastor T for more information.

Church Board will meet this Tuesday (Sept. 8) at 7:15 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 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.

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 (email or 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 Mortal or Immortal?, click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment by clicking 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’s 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

E-mail or call/text 402-517-5333.


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