Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: June 8, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Now That the Football Season Is Over ...

Don Jacobsen's blog last week was titled Now That the Football Season Is Over ...  It is a great call to action!

Since the football season is over, I feel like I can talk about it. (If you're uncomfortable with my reference to sports in a Christian setting, remember the Apostle Paul did that, too.)

For the record, I don't care that much for football. There's more violence than I am comfortable with, but that's a personal view. However, I have seen enough to know there are some strong take-aways. For instance, earlier today I saw a piece on the web about the current standings of the major university football teams. The pundit was attempting to evaluate how viable he thought the major teams were going to be next season.

I saw a pattern I had not noticed before. Consistently, a team might be evaluated for its strengths, but then there was often a comment about one of the players who might not be returning next year so the team's chances of being a championship contender were diminished. Might be a quarterback, a key running back, or maybe a linebacker. Sometimes it was a coach, or even an assistant coach. The point I couldn't miss was that, while this is a team sport and games are won by teams rather than by individuals, there is often a key figure in the team's success. A highly motivated, deeply committed, all-in player who provides spark and motivation for those around him. Even in down-times the team knows they will hear his, "Come on, guys, we can do this!"

He may not be the biggest or the strongest or the fastest, but there is something about his focus and his passion that inspires his team. If he is gone, something is missing from the team.

As I've watched through a good many years I've discovered that same dynamic is true in many of our churches. I don't intend to minimize the Holy Spirit who is the true energizing influence. But it is common for God to place in a church a man or a woman whose influence He uses to keep the team focused and on mission.

When a difficulty arises, he or she can be counted on to say, "You know, this is serious, but I believe God can get us through it." A sensitive issue arises in the Church Board and we hear that voice, "I know our hearts are saddened by this news, but we serve a God who loves to fix broken things; let's not discuss it outside of this Board, let's just lay it before Him." Or, "God is not surprised by this; let's ask for His wisdom."

My appeal today is that you determine to be available for that assignment. You be God's go-to person when the team falters. That you be the one listening to the Coach if/when the game strays from the Playbook. Humbly. Gently. Focused. (Click here to read this on line.)

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Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:53 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Stroman, one of our Elders, will present a sermon titled “Who are You?”.

Operation Christmas Child Special Event – June 9: You're Invited! The Omaha, Nebraska Area Team is hosting a Celebration Event for Operation Christmas Child, with Shoebox Recipient Desire Nana. Come hear how a simple shoebox gift impacted his life. For more information, 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 11) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 11) 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).

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

A Week in the Life of Ancient Rome: What do you know about the every-day living conditions of first-century Rome? How did that ancient culture impose a tremendous social cost on the followers of Jesus? What were the daily struggles of the church in Rome and how does an awareness of that time period influence readers of the New Testament in the 21st century? Bible Gateway interviewed James L. Papandrea about his book, A Week in the Life of Rome. (Click here to read more.)

Walk With God on the Path of Life: The path of life is similar to natural paths: it leads to a destination, someone has gone before to create it, and it's time-tested and established. What does it mean to find God's path for you? Bible Gateway interviewed Lisa Robertson about her book, The Path of Life: Walking in the Loving Presence of God. (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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