Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 11, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Change Anyone?

Change is an interesting thing: we can love it or hate it – we can embrace it or fight it. We often feel we need a change, but are afraid of what it might bring.

Change often takes us into the unknown. Many people are afraid of the future, because they fear there will be unwanted changes.

Change is not inherently good or bad, but it is inevitable. And how we relate to it does more to determine whether it is good or bad, than the change itself.

As we mature, we change. Some of these changes feel good:

    • We do more to determine the direction of our life.
    • We finish school and begin a career.
    • We find someone we love and begin a family.

But, some of these changes don’t feel so good:

    • We don’t move as much as we used to and our bodies grow in directions that are not helpful.
    • Our health can become more difficult to maintain.
    • Our children grow up and move away.
    • Close friends die or move away
    • The job we were counting on to provide a good retirement unexpectedly ends.

These changes can destroy us or we can use them to open a new chapter in our lives.

Change is also a big part of your spiritual life. For instance, when you sincerely accept Jesus into your life, you will change. Because of His influence, you will approach life differently and, over time, the change can be incredible.

This change can also be scary because it’s easy to feel I may have to give up something I really don’t want to give up. It often feels easier to trust my feelings and instincts rather than God’s wisdom and love.

If I let God lead me and control my life, He will take me to a place where “giving up” something that stands in the way of my relationship with Him seems like a good idea.

A complicating factor in all this is our enemy, Satan. He tries to make us afraid of good change and to embrace change that will draw us away from God. And then he throws drastic, and often tragic, changes at us with the intent to destroy us.

Through all this, we have the constant presence of Jesus and the assurance that He will have the ultimate victory. He said:

“… I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NLT)

And then there is this promise, where God promises to take everything Satan may throw at us, intending to destroy us, and turn it into something that brings about something good.

We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. (Romans 8:28, the Voice)

Let’s not fret about change. Let’s just leave our lives in the care of God, Who knows how to bring good out of bad change and will lead us home.

Calendar Events

Leadership Team Supper & Visioning Session, this Friday (May 10) at 6:00 pm at the Martinsen home.

Sunset this Friday – 8:29 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, David Soriano will share his mission experience in Africa with us.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (May 13) at 6:30 pm. 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 (May 14) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (May 14) 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).

Camp Meeting is coming up May 29 – June 1, 2019: It will take place at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). This year’s theme is Following Jesus with speakers Mike Tucker (Faith for Today), Bonita Shields (NAD), Gary Thurber (MAUC), and music by Charles Haugabrooks. Send all reservations for Free Lodging to: Kansas-Nebraska Conference, 3440 SW Urish Ro., Topeka, KS 66614 or contact Sue Sweigart ( or 785-478-4726).

Part-Time Job Available at Christian Record Services

The Member Services Liaison is an important part of a team that helps the blind members of Christian Record Services, Inc. We provide reading materials in the form of Braille, audio cartridges, large print, and an online database that members can access at any time from the convenience of their home. This team member will provide a vital service in helping us keep up with the many requests for materials, updates to addresses in the databases, and members’ requests for help in the database. We are also in need of assistance with Spanish translation in both written and spoken forms and will be counting on this team member to help coordinate the recording of our Spanish programs and resources. If you are energetic, able to stay on task, eager to help and yet patient in explaining processes, then we want to hear from you! This is a regular year-round part-time position ideal for someone who is fluent verbally and in writing in both English and Spanish. This is not a student position. The complete job description and application can be found online. Send completed resume and application to by May 17. All applicants will be contacted.

Newsletter Delivery

If you have chosen to receive the Church Newsletter delivered to your email address, please watch your email for delivery. If you are expecting delivery by this method and do not receive it, please check your spam box to see if it was sent by error. If this happens, you will need to add Judy Carroll’s email address ( to your contacts and that should fix the problem. If you do not receive your newsletter, please check with Judy Carroll (e-mail) to see if your email address is correctly entered.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Steps Toward Wholeness and Healing: Christine Caine, author of Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do, says, "God cherishes us in our brokenness, but he’ll never leave us there. He sends people to notice us and show us his unconditional love. And then, as he heals us, he uses us to touch others …" (Click here to read more.)

Video – The Joy of Spring Renewal: God's steadfast faithfulness is seen year after year – since time began – when the earth is renewed from its winter dormancy and springs forth with bluer skies and greener fields. Watch this beautiful spring video on the Bible Gateway Blog. (Click here to read more & watch the video.)

5 Compelling Prayers in the Bible: In his book Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, bestselling author Philip Yancey says, “The main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to know God.” When you don’t know what to say to God, look to Scripture for prayerful insight, such as these verses. (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 last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 3, click 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. (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.)
    • 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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