2015 Alumni Reunion - Class of 2005 Has Sabbath School
The 2015 Alumni Homecoming continued on Sabbath morning with a Sabbath School program by the Class of 2005. Their program began with a song service led by Kristina Armstrong, Jennifer Carr (name change soon), Anna Carr, and Jenifer Samuel. The group announced the opening song – “Seeking the Lost”- , and Nathan Carroll had the opening prayer.
Adrian Brutus welcomed everyone and emphasized that Laurelbrook graduates are making a difference in the world. He then read the scripture reading – Luke 6:30-31 “30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask [them] not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
The group of Laurelbrook students who went on the recent Belize mission trip reported on their trip. Rich Sutton, Laurelbrook president, called the group of students who had gone on the mission trip to the platform. Heidi (junior) shared that she fell off the scaffolding laying blocks, went to the hospital, but was okay. Luke shared his experience learning new ways to build a church. Matthew (9th grader) liked the heat in Bleize and working. Becky (Class of 2015) has been on seven mission trips saying she enjoyed working with the students who had finished high school and were now on the program where they were learning what it was like to work in the mission field. Isaac (sophomore) said he enjoyed being a human cement mixer and being on his first mission trip to Mexico. Rich Sutton mentioned that the need for more church buildings was great and closed with prayer.
Kristina Armstrong, Jennifer and Anna Carr, and Jenifer Samuel then had special music, singing “I Love You, Lord” medley. Matthew Thornton had the closing remarks and the closing prayer.
Phillip Walton then welcomed everyone again, honoring those who passed away and those who came. The roll of the honor classes was then called by Charles and Wanda Sarr. At the end, Charles Sarr called for a moment of silence for those who have died, including his mother Joyce.
Following are some notes from Matthew Thornton’s remarks:
- Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
- The Golden Rule is not unique to Christianity. Hindus and Buddhists and Muslims have similar rules.
- Ellen White in Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing says that we should put ourselves in other people’s places. Identify yourself with them and, if you exchanged places with them, do what they would do to you.
- All of us are stewards of the grace of God. All who have been Laurelbrook students have a knowledge of God’s grace that can be given to others.
- Matthew 8:12 “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
- These are the people who are lost for all eternity.
- Matthew 22:13 “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”Same terrible definition.
- Matthew 24:50-51 “50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
- This servant is ignorant of the Lord’s coming. Many in the world are ignorant of God’s truth.
- What if other people knew what you know today and you were in darkness?What would you want them to treat you?
- Romans 1:8-14 “8 ¶ First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.”
- Students leave this school responsible for the light they have been given.
- Many souls might be saved if people with truth witnessed to those in darkness.
- Students at Laurelbrook are becoming a different person, being taught skills and truth that other people have no knowledge of.
- When students leave this school, how should treat those in darkness of error?This school is not just another school.