Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Dec. 7, 2019

Web Master - Thursday, December 05, 2019

Powerful & Tender

This morning as I was having my devotional time, I was reminded again of something I need to review regularly. It is found in two passages in Isaiah, only a few verses apart. The first is Isaiah 40:28-32:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding. He gives strength to the faint and strengthens the powerless. (Isaiah 40:28-29 , CSB)

Did you catch what this is saying? God is the Creator of the earth, the everlasting God. Elsewhere Scripture notes that He keeps the universe in order. We have no concept of this kind of power.

And, not only is He the most powerful being in the universe, there is no limit to His understanding. He understands everything – from how everything in the universe works down to the details of my life. The passage goes on:

Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31-32, CSB)

He also supports and strengthens those who trust Him to enable them to have the energy and perseverance to do His work.

And then, just a few verses later we find this promise:

Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear.  I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.

I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. (Isaiah 41:10 & 13, CEV)

Not only does He keep the complexity of the universe in order, and understands all the details of life, He is a tender protector; walking beside me holding my hand.

No wonder Paul could say:

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, CSB)

When we know God is holding our hand, we can tell Him everything. We can let Him support us as we walk through trouble. I love how the Message translates the last sentence of the passage – it describes what can happen when we trust in Jesus:

It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:7, the Message)

Bob’s Shower         

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Bob's Shower. This is a beautiful example of how God took care of Bob’s needs.

Bob Stuart wanted to upgrade some of the public address equipment in the church he attended. The new equipment was state-of-the-art; the church building wasn’t. After wrestling with wires in the attic, conduit, circuit breakers, switches, and a bunch of other stuff, Bob conceded that although he was handy, he wasn’t licensed. So he decided to bring in a professional. Shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours, he thought.

Actually, two electricians showed up the next morning and by the time they finished they had invested a total of twelve hours in the project. As Bob paid the bill he remembers thinking, “Lord I’m going to need more help on this than I had figured.”

Meanwhile, the bathroom in Bob’s house experienced a major “plumbing event.” (Click here to continue reading this online.)

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Remind App

We are using the Remind App as an emergency contact system for our church. Through it, we can easily and quickly send out a text message to everyone on the system. One way we would use it would be to notify you if church is cancelled due to bad weather. The App is designed to work in a school setting so you will see education terminology as you sign up. Our church is considered a class in this system.

To sign up, choose one of the methods below:

    1. If you have a smartphone, you can get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone open your web browser and go to: Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You will be prompted to download the mobile app.
    2. If you don’t have a smart phone, you will get text notifications. Text the message @tmartinse to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @tmartinse to (941) 787-5566.

Ride to Church Needed

An older gentleman, who lives near L Street and 132nd Street (not too far from the Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Target), is looking for a fairly regular ride to church on Sabbath mornings. If you live out that direction and would be willing to explore the possibilities, please contact Pastor T. (402-517-5333).

Kansas Nebraska Conference Survey

The Conference is trying to collect some important information from us as members so they can make appropriate plans for the future – evangelism, strategies, staffing, etc. If you are a member of this Conference, please take a couple of minutes to answer this brief, 10-question survey. All answers are anonymous. Click here to begin.

Calendar of Events

Sunset this Friday – 4:55 pm

This Sabbath at Church

Christmas Cookie Exchange, this Sunday (Dec. 8) at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. See below for more information.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Dec. 9). 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).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Dec. 10) at 6:00 pm. We are doing the I Give Up Bible Study Series – for more information, click here. This will be our last session of this study and during the holidays, we will take some time off. We will begin again on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Church Board meets this Tuesday (Dec. 10) 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).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Raise Boys Who Respect Girls: How can parents biblically and practically raise a generation of sons who are champions, encouragers, and respecters of women? What are the principles parents need to teach their sons so they will become men who break the pattern of thinking and acting that lead to the #metoo and #churchtoo atrocities? Bible Gateway interviewed Dave Willis about his book, Raising Boys Who Respect Girls: Upending Locker Room Mentality, Blind Spots, and Unintended Sexism. (Click here to read more.)

Questions as a New Tool for Daily Devotions: Even as a boy, Jesus used inquiry to prompt people's thinking: ‘After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions’ (Luke 2:46). We turn to the Bible for answers, but it actually is also full of questions: ‘For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?’ (Matthew 5:46); ‘What must I do to be saved?’ (Acts 16:30); ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?’ (Romans 8:35). Bible Gateway interviewed Brian J. Wright about his book, Inspired Questions: A Year's Journey Through the New Testament . (Click here to read more.)

Repent is a Word of Action: Eugene H. Peterson, author of A Month of Sundays: Thirty-One Days of Wrestling with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, says, "You don’t repent by taking a deep breath and then feel better. You only repent when you turn around and go back or toward God. It doesn’t make any difference how you feel.” (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.

Cookie Exchange, December 8

You’re invited to a Cookie Exchange on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm here in our Fellowship Hall. The theme is Christmas Cookies. Your spouse/significant other is invited – along with your family.

The Rules of the Cookie Exchange are:

    1. All cookies should be homemade or from a bakery (not from the cookie aisle at the grocery store)
    2. Please bake and bring one to three dozen cookies of One Kind.
    3. You may take home as many cookies as you bring.

No time to bake? Burnt your cookies? Still want to attend? Go to a bakery and pick up 1 to 3 dozen of the same kind of cookies and come join us!

Church Positions

There are several positions we need to fill here at the church over the next few months. If you are interested in any of these, or have suggestions for someone to fill these, please contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Junior Sabbath School Leader: The Junior Sabbath School Leader coordinates the teaching and activities of the Junior Sabbath School Class (Ages 10-12).
    • Communications Director: The Communications Director coordinates and publishes the Golden News (email Newsletter), and develops other means of getting information to our members.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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.

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

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch them by clicking here. This will now be a regular feature of our church.

On-Line Church Directory Information: Now 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.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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 (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.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is 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 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 (402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last weeks sermon titled Don’t Be Foolish!, click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download or print the entire sermon series arranged into one document 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
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Elma Johannessen will be having surgery on December 10 at Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue . It will be a rather delicate surgery and she is requesting our prayers.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. has 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), 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), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor’s Contact Information

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