Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 15, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Take the Plunge!

We will have our fourth sermon this Sabbath in our series Take the Plunge! This series looks at the heart of what it means to follow Jesus and how to do it.

So far we have spent most of our time looking at two passages. The first is a familiar where Jesus invites us to come to Him:

“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)

We noted that the rest Jesus is offering is given on the condition that you stay with Him. It requires a lifestyle change that prioritizes getting to know Him by spending quality time with Him every day.

The second passage was not so familiar:

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4 , NLT)

We summarized the main points of this passage like this:

    1. God has given you everything you need to live the life He wants you to live.
    2. You receive this by getting to know Jesus better.
    3. God’s promises are the way you get to know Jesus better and are the keys that unlock His power to change your life.

This gives you a target in the time you spend getting to know Jesus better. You need to focus on God’s promises because they outline what God wants to do in your life along with what you need to cooperate in this process.

This Sabbath we will explore how God’s commands play a part in this.

In all of this, we are learning that you must be active in this process. There is an important part for you to play in order for God’s work to take root in your life.

Here are links to the three sermons we have already had in this series – just click on the title to download and print a PDF copy.

Wall of Love

Our church is partnering with Restoring Dignity during the month of February. Restoring Dignity brings lasting change and hope to local refugees. They actively advocate for the human dignity of our refugee population by providing critical resources that both relieve suffering and enable displaced families to thrive in their new environments. One of the ways they do this is to teach families how to use specific cleaning supplies. Here are some needed cleaning supplies:

    • The Works Toilet Cleaner
    • Simple Green All Purpose Cleaning Spray
    • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
    • Dawn Dish Soap
    • Great Value Glass Cleaner
    • Comet Bathroom Cleaner
    • Toilet Brush

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference

This years Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. Prayer, properly understood, is all about a living relationship with Jesus. The mission of the Prayer Conference is to inspire and empower people to renew their relationship with Jesus!

The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, a captivating storyteller and dynamic teacher. He has served as a professor of religion at Southern Adventist University and has authored several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be an amazing interactive children’s program for ages 6-10.

The price per person for a double occupancy room is just $165 per person for early-bird registration (which ends on March 10). This includes amazing meals, lodging at the Lied Lodge, and all the programming. For more information or to register, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726 or click here.

Calendar of Events

Valentine’s Day is this Friday!

Sunset this Friday – 5:56pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class, Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class, Hearth Room – The Haystacks Church: We are discussing and studying the principles found in The Haystacks Church. To purchase a paper copy of this book, click here. To purchase an e-book for Apple Products, click here; for a Kindle version, click here; or for a nook book, click here.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we continue our sermon series titled Take the Plunge with Pastor T.’s sermon titled Loving the Law? How can you love something that seems so restrictive?
      • You may watch last Sabbath’s worship service by clicking here.
    • Valentines Dinner and a Movie sponsored by our Pathfinders will take place this Saturday night in our Fellowship Hall. Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and cost $6 per person. You can get tickets from any one of our Pathfinders or their leaders. The movie – titled Eight Below – is free and will begin around 7:00 pm.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 17) 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 (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 meets this Tuesday (Feb. 18) at 6:00 pm.

Mid-America Union Children’s Ministries Convention 2020: Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You want to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency. To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587. See below for more details.

The Future of Our Church (Part 2) – Planning Meeting, on March 7 following Potluck.

Revive Us Again - Prayer Conference will talk place April 10-12, 2020 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. The featured presenter will Dr. Philip Samaan, author of several books including Christ’s Way to Pray. There will also be a program for kids 6-10 years of age. For more information see above. To register, click here.

Church Leadership Retreat, April 24-26 at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

Life Line Screening will be here at our Church April 29, 2020. Click here to register. See below for more details.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Relationships are Purpose Partners: What relational model did Jesus use when he selected the 12 disciples? What are the biblical principles that teach how to assess your relationships, define them, discern them, align them, and activate them to unlock their greatest potential? Bible Gateway interviewed Dharius Daniels about his book, Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want. (Click here to read more.)

How My Loss and a Good God Can Coexist: Katherine Wolf is co-author with her husband Jay of Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything. At the age of 26, she suffered a near-fatal brainstem stroke that robbed her of her ability to walk, talk, and even eat. Her recovery has been long and hard. She says, "Before we can truly redefine loss, we have to redefine goodness. They are inextricably linked. (Click here to read more.)

Why God Commands Us to Forgive: Cynthia Heald, author of Living Wisely: Believing the Truths of Scripture, says, "One of the most precious lessons I’ve learned from God is that he asks me to forgive because he loves me and wants me to be free from bitterness and free to love even when it is hard. (Click here to read more.)

“I Had to Be the Voice for Those Who Could No Longer Speak for Themselves” Dr. Bennet Omalu, author of Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery About the Danger of Contact Sports, says, "I was under attack. My career and the careers of those who had stood with me were all at stake. I knew what I had to do. I had to stand firm on the truth. Truth will not be moved or intimidated by those who seek to silence it.” (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.

Liberty Magazine Campaign

Our Religious Liberty Offerings sponsor Liberty Magazine subscriptions to high-level government official, federal, state, and provincial judges, and prominent social and religious leaders throughout North America. It is also used to support the North American Division litigation fund – resources needed to defend and preserve your religious liberty in court when necessary. And a portion of the offering is returned to the Mid-America Union to be used in our community as needed. To give you may choose any of the following options.

    • If you received a handout at church, put your offering into the envelope provided and turn it in with the offering.
    • You can put your donation into a tithe envelope and mark it Religious Liberty.
    • You can go directly to Liberty Magazine’s Website and give through their on-line portal.
    • You can also give via our on-line portal (click here), go to the World category and click More Offering Categories, search for Liberty Magazine, click on it and then put the amount into that line and follow the instructions for donating.

MAUC Children’s Ministries Convention 2020

Are you excited about ministering to children? Do you wish to have training to effectively minister to children? Looking for resources to help you program and meet the needs of children?  You need to attend the 2020 Children’s Ministries Convention, February 28-29, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Regency Hotel.

You’ll receive:

    • In-depth, hands on training through breakout options (For a list of Breakout Sessions click here).
    • Training for the new Seventh-day Adventist HEROES VBS Curriculum.
    • Resource Center full of children’s ministry specific resources.
    • Meaningful networking with other leaders like you.

Registration: $25.00 per person – Includes Registration materials, Sabbath Lunch, In-depth hands on training through Breakout Sessions, Resources, Networking.

Venue: Omaha Marriott Regency , 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.

Housing: There is a convention room block at the Omaha Marriott Regency. Rate is $91.00 per night plus tax (18.16%). Click here to make a reservation or call 1-402-399-9000 and ask for MAU Room Block Price.

To Register (or for more information), click here or call (800) 732-7587.

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community again on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 here at our Church . Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

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:

    • 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.
    • If your phone is not so smart, you can still 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.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Wall of Love: Our church board recently approved a new community focus project call the Wall of Love. Each month we will collect needed items for a service agency in our community.

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).

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.

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

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

You may watch last Sabbath’s worship service 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 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.)
    • Donna & Garry Parker are back at home.
    • Bill Agan has finished radiation therapy for the cancer in his throat.
    • 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

To contact Pastor T, leave him a message by clicking here.  

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