Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Weed at Golden Hills: June 15, 2019

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Don Jacobsen's blog last week was titled Love is Like That  It is a great call to action!

When Ruthie and I were dating I was pastoring a church in central Ohio; Ruthie was working in Nursing Administration in a large hospital nearby. It was a time of high intensity for both of us. But we worked hard at staying in touch. As often as I could I’d stop by the hospital cafeteria and we’d have lunch together. Sometimes I’d stop by her place for supper or she’d stop by mine. Or sometimes a friend would invite us both.

With early morning duties, we’d head for home before it got late. But inevitably, we’d hardly be inside the door before one of us would phone the other. We might talk for an hour. She was busy; I was busy. I was a single dad with two teenage boys. Yet we made time to stay connected. Looking back on it I can understand the reason: We were very much in love. We took every opportunity to talk. We wanted to get better acquainted. I wanted to know her, she wanted to know me. We both wanted to know us. Love is like that.

Not long ago, nearly a half century later, we made the decision to sell our second car. Not only was it an expense, it made it convenient for us to do a lot of things separately. I could run errands in one direction and she in another. Now I understand there are seasons in every family’s journey where this is not a practical idea, but for us it was. So with one car we run our errands together. It takes twice as long and it’s twice as much fun. Love is like that.

Our new strategy has also given me a more measured response to the inquiry I sometimes hear, “Pastor, it just seems like I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend in my quiet time. We’ve got jobs and kids and deadlines and chores and … I’m just really busy.” But love makes a way. Love measures priorities. Love sets boundaries. Love is driven to keep in touch.

Please know that I’m not attempting to shame anyone here. I only want to give you permission to be honest about priorities.

Think about how this re-shapes our prayer vocabulary. Who of us hasn’t said something like, “Wow, I pray through my needs and wants and before you know it I’m out of things to pray about.”

But what about if our driving motive is to get acquainted with this amazing God? To ask Him questions and wait for His answers. Have you ever prayed, “God, what’s on Your heart tonight? What do You want me to pray about? Who has a special target on their back that You want me to pray for? What is there in me that You want to clean up, that maybe I don’t even see yet?”

We’re going to need a bit more time than just the generic “bless the missionaries and colporteurs in the foreign fields” prayers that are so easy. Praying isn’t really about getting things from God, it’s about getting better acquainted. Love is like that. (Click here to read this on-line)

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Romans, Our Sermon Series

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled People of the Promise, based on Romans 9 - 11. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. What is Paul’s main point in these chapters? Why would that be important to anyone?
    2. How do you think you would feel reading these chapters if you were Jewish? How about if you are not Jewish?
    3. Romans 11:25-36 gives us the summary of this section. What are these verses saying to you?

Baby Shower

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Calendar Events

Flag Day this Friday

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 pm                                                           

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: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled People of the Promise, based on Romans 9 - 11.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (June 18) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Vacation Bible School will take place at our church June 21-23. Talk to anyone in our Youth Class to get more details.

There will be a Baby Shower for Mindy Robinson (Linda Barr’s daughter) on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Contact Pat Martinsen or Carol Fennessy for more information. She is registered on-line at Walmart (click here) and Target (click here).

Job at Christian Record

Christian Record Services for the Blind seeks a skilled communication director to work closely with administration to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level audiences, including the media, public officials, donors, and key influencers. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of denominational experience in corporate communication and be skilled in electronic communications and essential software. We want to talk with you if you are energetic, work collaboratively and independently, and embrace the mission of the Church and this organization. The complete job description and application can be found online by clicking here. Send completed resume and application to by June 14. 

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything: What does the phrase "kingdom of God" really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything. (Click here to read more.)

Pentecost – The Holy Spirit Advancing the Church: At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in might and power and established the church that will prevail over the gates of Hades for all time. Read this excerpt from The Jesus Bible, available in NIV, ESV, and (Spanish) NVI Bible translations. (Click here to read more.)

How a Biblical View of Money Changed Our Marriage: Aaron and Jennifer Smith, authors of Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together, say, "A healthy, biblical view of finances and being willing to embrace God’s perspective on debt and money is a significant part of pursuing a marriage after God …" (Click here to read more.)

D-Day June 6, 1944 – The Bible and Prayer of WWII: During World War II, troops were given a pocket Bible in which was included a letter from US President Franklin Roosevelt encouraging them to read it. The letter reads … (Click here to read more.)

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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

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 (e-mail or 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.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers 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). It will take about an hour of your time.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. 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 (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

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. (e-mail or 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.)
    • Paul Lostaglia, Vickie Pelley, & Judy Woods are all dealing with health challenges.
    • 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. 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, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents), Steve Wilhelmsen.

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