Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 9, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, May 07, 2020

My Anxious Thoughts

If you have been doing the assignment we gave at our worship service last Sabbath you will have encountered these verses at the end of Psalm 139:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139:23-24 , NLT)

This is what David prayed at the end of a beautiful Psalm that considers how much God loves us and is involved in our lives.

If you just look at this prayer, it looks a bit scary. When you invite someone into your life this deeply and then ask them to point out anything in your life they find offensive, you are really opening yourself up.

Many of us know from experience that if we do this with people, it often doesn’t end well.

But this prayer is at the end of a passage that points out the obvious – God is so interested in you and your life that he already knows everything there is to know about you.

He knows you better than you know yourself. Because He loves you so much He pays attention to what is happening in your life. You are never hidden from Him. His desire is for you to spend eternity with Him in a place that is free of all the stuff that causes pain, sickness, and death.

You can know that that whatever He tells you in response to this prayer will come from a place of love. It comes from His desire to be with you forever. He response is meant to help you grow and become the person He designed you to be.

I have been praying this prayer this week. God has let me know there are some areas where I don’t trust Him like I should and I have been holding on to some attitudes that do not reflect our God of love.

But, He has done it in a way that has not felt condemning. He has been firm, but gentle! And it always comes with the promise that He will be at work to make the changes needed as long as I cooperate.

If you have never prayed this prayer, I urge you to do so. And then, pay attention to the promptings you get, the impressions you sense, and other passages of Scripture you have been reading. God will make Himself known.

And, if you let Him, will make a difference in your life making you into the person your were designed to be. It is only there that you can find peace, contentment, and security.

COVID-19 Response

For the latest information on our response and plans as we continue to relate to the current COVID-19 epidemic, click here. It was last updated on May 1, 2020. We will be discussing how and when to open our building back up for services at our board meeting this next Tuesday. We will keep you informed as our plans solidify.

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.

Caring.Com

Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet. To find local resources to help in this type of care, click here. If you do not live in the Bellevue, NE area, click here to search for a facility near you.

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

Beauty to Comfort the Grieving: When someone is grieving, what should we say? How can we help? How do we comfort without offering shallow platitudes? What does the Bible mean when it says our help comes from the Lord? Scripture deals plainly and honestly with suffering and simultaneously points people to the rich hope we find in God. Bible Gateway interviewed Kaitlin Wernet, who, along with Caleb Faires, Rebecca Faires, and Cymone Wilder, wrote and designed The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times. (Click here to read more.)

5 Compelling Prayers in the Bible: The USA National Day of Prayer is May 7. 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." The Bible records many prayers. When you don’t know what to say to God, look to these Scripture for prayerful insight. (Click here to read more.)

VideoThe Joy of Spring Renewal: God’s steadfast faithfulness is seen year after yearsince time beganwhen the earth is renewed from its winter dormancy and springs forth with bluer skies and greener fields. This extraordinary season of renewal is also a powerful reminder of the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ! Meditate on God’s Word as you savor this colorful video. (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.

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 – 8:28 pm

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues 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 begin a new Worship Series titled Beyond the Fluff. Pastor T’s message is titled Dead or Alive? You can view our service on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
      • To download a page with the Bible verses, questions, and assignment for this Sabbath, click here.
      • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon where we looked at Matthew 24:1-14 and answered questions about the Rapture and Proverbs 26:4-5, click here. You can watch it 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.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues this Saturday Evening 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.

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. We will be praying together and continue looking at Romans 8. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Church Board Meeting will take place online this Tuesday, May 12 at 7:15 pm on our Zoom Channel. For instructions on how to participate, click here. If you have any items that need to be considered, please text or email Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-0630).

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Tuesday (May 12) 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.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Wednesday (May 13) 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.

It is Written’s Online Evangelism Series titled Hope Awakens continues Friday (May 15) 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.

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 (judylcarr@aol.com 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.

Adobe Reader: To read and download many of the documents we post here you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To get a free copy of the latest version, click here.

Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon where we looked at Matthew 24:1-14 and answered questions about the Rapture and Proverbs 26:4-5, click here. You can watch it 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

martinsent@gmail.com or call/text 402-517-5333. 

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