Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 16, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update

We have been blessed in many ways these past several weeks even though we are not able to meet together physically. As a church we have been able provide several options.

    • You can participate in an interactive online worship service through our Sabbath morning livestream. You can find it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • You can receive a DVD of our Sabbath Service if you are unable to access it online. To get one, call or text Pastor T (402-517-5333), email him ( or mail him a note (3418 Scott Dr., Bellevue, NE 68123).
    • We have the technology to carry on the business of our church by meeting together through video conferencing.
    • You can participate in Prayer Meeting each week using that same technology (click here to download instructions on how to join us at Prayer Meeting).
    • Your continued generosity, and especially your use of our online giving portal, has kept our budget on track – thank you!
    • If you’re a member or have been attending our services, you’re on our calling tree. Someone has (or will) call you to see how you’re doing. If for some reason you haven’t heard from someone, don’t hesitate to reach out to Pastor T (402-517-5333,, or 3418 Scott Dr., Bellevue, NE 68123).

However, we know that you are also anxious to begin getting together as a group again. The online stuff is a blessing, but still not quite like being together in person. We’re wanting that to happen as well.

Last Tuesday evening, at our Church Board Meeting, we began the discussion of how and when we can actually start meeting in our building again.  

Taking into consideration that COVID-19 infection rates still going up – and even accelerating in some places, and that many of the medical personnel in our state believe we have not yet peaked in our cases and could still see significant numbers become ill; we took the following two actions.

First, we tentatively scheduled a target date for opening our facility for use again – July 11. This date can be adjusted if we need to, but we believe this gives us enough time to observe which direction the disease is moving and make the preparations needed in order to safely start opening our building for use.

Second, we created a Re-Opening Taskforce to consider all the issues and to create an action plan. This group consists of Pastor T., Robert St. Onge, Jeff Eitel, and Nicholas St. Onge. We need good answers for questions like:

    • What will our weekly cleaning and disinfecting process look like?
    • How will we maintain the suggested distancing between family groups so as to minimize the possibility of spreading the infection?
    • What will our children’s Sabbath School program look like given the difficulty of children following appropriate social distancing guidelines?
    • How will we handle baptisms and communion services?
    • Will we still hand out bulletins or pass offering plates around?
    • How do we greet members and visitors as they come to church?
    • When will it be safe to start serving breakfast again and enjoying the fellowship of potlucks?

The three documents below are helping guide us in this process (simply click on the title to open it). And we will carefully consider the continuing recommendations of the CDC, University of Nebraska Med Center, Adventist Risk Management, and Adventist Health.

We will keep you informed as we move towards the goal of once again meeting together in person.

We're Built for This

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled We're Built for This and shares some thoughts on the current course of events.

If you were expecting an easy trip, you signed on with the wrong travel agency. I mean, locked down for a year in a boat full of animals? (With no TV, no jogging trails, hardly any windows …)

Or walking around in circles for forty years with a couple of million other whining citizens, plus all their kids and goats and sheep, plus carrying all their clothes and their church building. No a/c and no showers. Oh, and all the while fighting off huge angry armies bent on their destruction.

And those three teens staring into a smelter furnace near the edge of that big field … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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Church Facebook Page

To stay up to date with current information and spiritual thoughts, click here to go to our Facebook Page. If you “Like” it, you will get information from it in your News Feed on Facebook.

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Wall of Love

We are extending our campaign to support the Bellevue Food Pantry through the month of May

Due to the continued increase in unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis, food pantries have seen a large increase in traffic. This is true for the Bellevue Food Pantry, which serves the Bellevue zip codes 68005, 68123, 68147, 68157. People in need – living in these zip codes – can pick up food every 30 days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 am and 1-4:00 pm. Seniors can pick up food every 21 days. 

You can take food donations to their office on Wednesdays between the hours of 1-4 pm (1912 Hancock Street in Bellevue – phone number 402-292-2961).

You may give funds through our Online Giving Portal – designate your gift as Local Community Service. You may also mail a check to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123. Make the check out to Golden Hills SDA Church and put Food Pantry in the memo line. 

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Lord’s Prayer is Revolutionary: Through the centuries the Lord’s Prayer has been domesticated and tamed, turned into a safe series of comforting words and made familiar by repetition. But when truly considered, the Lord’s Prayer is meant to turn the world upside down, toppling every earthly power and announcing God’s reign over all things, in heaven and on earth. Bible Gateway interviewed R. Albert Mohler Jr. about his book, The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord's Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution. (Click here to read more.)

The Daniel Prayer: What is the secret to the revival of the church? To spiritual restoration? How can you renew your own relationship with God? How did the ancient prayer of Daniel move heaven and change a nation? Bible Gateway interviewed Anne Graham Lotz about her book, The Daniel Prayer: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations. (Click here to read more.)

Living in an Atmosphere of Prayer: “Is it really possible for a Christian to be anxious for nothing?” asks this note from the Believer’s Bible Commentary regarding Philippians 4:6-7. A sentence later, the commentary author provides the resounding answer: “It is possible as long as we have the resource of believing prayer …” (Click here to read more.)

Never Give Up Praying: Lee Strobel, author of Spiritual Mismatch: Hope for Christians Married to Someone Who Doesn’t Know God, asks, "If Jesus refused to give up praying for the very soldiers who were in the process of cruelly murdering him, then how could we ever stop praying for those who we love the most …” (Click here to read more.)

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Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

What’s Happening

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Friday at 6 pm (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

Sunset this Friday – 8:35 pm

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens concludes this Sabbath at 10 am (CDT). To sign up to watch it and for more information, click here. Click here to download a schedule of the meetings.

This Sabbath at Church: There will be no face-to-face activities at the church until further notice due to the dangers of COVID-19 and the recommendation of the CDC. Here are some resources available for your worship time.

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here.
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

Worship Service Options

    • Golden Hills Live Stream: Our Children’s Corner begins at 11:05 am followed by the Worship Service. This Sabbath, we continue our series Worship Series titled Beyond the Fluff. Pastor T’s message is titled Symptom or Disease? You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service where Pastor T. shared Life or Death? click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment by clicking here.
      • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.
    • Loma Linda University Church, live stream and recorded services, click here.
    • Pioneer Memorial Church (Andrews University): for their live stream, click here; for their recorded sermons, click here.
    • Kansas Nebraska Conference collection of sermons by numerous presenters, click here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. 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 will take place online this Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 pm. For instructions on how to participate, click here. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Online Resources for You and Your Family

Online giving for your tithe and offerings – click here.

The General Conference Ministerial Department has created Resources for Ministry in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is a large list with ideas for all ages. To view it, click here.

Our Conference Family Ministries Department have assembled numerous resources for you and your family. These include articles, children’s activities, and much more. Click here children’s ministries and click here for family ministries.

Free download of Guide Magazine and Primary Treasure – along with Sabbath School Lesson Materials.

From NAD Prayer Ministries, a number of prayer resources – click here.

From Bible Gateway, listen to Scripture as you read it – click here.

From Home Touch Ministries, free resources for the elderly and homebound – click here.

From Children’s Worship Bulletins, free resources for children – click here.

From Queen of Free, free resources for children (read the disclaimer) – click here.

Kansas Nebraska Conference Announcements

  • The Conference office is open and functioning again. Their phone number is (785) 478-4726.
  • Camp Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska has been cancelled for this year.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, on our Facebook Page, or on YouTube.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll ( or 402-290-3306).

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.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2020, click here; 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.

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Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s worship service where Pastor T. shared Life or Death? click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and the assignment 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 COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • 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.)
    • 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, Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), 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), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information or call/text 402-517-5333. 

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