Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: July 20, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Credit, Climate Change & the Sabbath

Julian Archer, the author of Help, I’ve Been Blessed, sent out these thoughts in his latest email, The Bruised Camel. It is intriguing – I invite you to thoughtfully read it.

You try to pay for groceries but your credit card is denied and a message comes on the screen that reads, ‘Sabbath Breaker’. What a weird and seemingly impossible situation.

For more than 160 years, Seventh-day Adventists have been teaching that a time will come when national laws will require people to rest from work on Sunday, the day which, based on Catholic traditions, many Christians now call 'the Sabbath’. (Click here for more Information)

If people don’t obey this lawwhich will be created to do things like rest the environment (hooray) and encourage family time (excellent) – then they will not be able to buy or sell (ouch!). (See Daniel 7 and Revelation 13)

With this Adventist teaching in mind I wasn’t surprised to read this recent report: 

"Not all of us are called to be saints, but the pope [Francis] … insists that the planet now requires a similar kind of conversion from its inhabitants. We must take on a “less is more,” anti-consumerism approach to life that will lead us to transcend unhealthy anxieties caused by being trapped in consumer culture. We must also celebrate rest, especially from buying and selling, by returning to a focus on keeping the sabbath.” (Click here to read more)

Coincidence, or prophecy being fulfilled? Time will tell.

Click here to sign up to receive Julian’s email newsletter, The Bruised Camel. Click here to go to his website.

Take Time To Pray: from 24-7 Prayer

“It is only because he became like us
that we can become like him.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer –

Today, wherever you are, take a moment to stop, pause and take time with God.

    • Praise: Which characteristic of God do you need to hold onto today? Praise God for his love / faithfulness / sacrifice / grace / goodness.
    • Give Thanks: What are the blessings in your life that you want to thank God for? Pick three things in your life that you're grateful for, however small.
    • Pray for Others: Who can you pray for today? Choose one person you're thinking of and pray God's best for them.

Have a wonderful week! To visit their website, click here.
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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:52 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • 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 a.m.) – This Sabbath, we will begin a sermon series title The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7, what we commonly refer to as the Sermon on the Mount. This week’s sermon by Pastor T is titled Seek Ye First. If you would like to begin thinking about this passage, read Matthew 5 – 7 through a couple of times. Also the book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the concluding sermon in our series on Romans titled Concluding Comments, click here. This includes links to copies of all the sermons in this series.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 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 is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Camp Meeting at Camp Arrowhead: Camp Arrowhead, in Lexington, Nebraska, is sponsoring a weekend Camp Meeting July 26 – 28. The speaker will be Pastor Lawrence Francis. For information, or to make reservations call 308-324-1956 or email infocamparrowhead@gmail.com.

Managing God’s Gifts God’s Way: No matter what your job, whether you have a paying job or not, God has blessed you. What are you doing with what has been entrusted to you? What does the church do with the means you entrust to it? Come find out on August 3, 2019 following our Potluck lunch. This seminar will be presented by John Sweigart from our Conference Office. For more information, click here.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist 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! For more information about the services provided, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

God’s Enormous Love Expressed in Tiny Truths: How can you help your young children understand that the stories in the Bible can be connected to each other as tiny truths to teach one grand lesson: the story of God's love for his children, starting with the magnificence of creation and including Moses parting the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by a giant fish, and ultimately the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the rescuing King? Bible Gateway interviewed Joanna Rivard and Tim Penner about their colorful storybook, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible (website). (Click here to read more.)

Video – God’s Wonderful Animals: Each one of the more than six million species of animals in the world is a masterpiece of divine biological design, engineering, and artistry. Reflect upon the glory and brilliance of God’s creative power in this video. (Click here to read more.)

How Billy Graham Overcame His Doubts about the Bible: Matt Brown, author of Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence, says, "In a day when people feel like they can believe whatever they want, and no one is allowed to tell them otherwise, we need truth plus love more than ever...." (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.

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).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of the concluding sermon in our series on Romans titled Concluding Comments, click here. This includes links to copies of all the sermons in this series.

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.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • 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, 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), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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