Laurelbrook Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Brenda Herra Talks About Blessings

Sabbath services on July 18, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano.  There followed a song service led by Chelsea (sophomore) and Jairit (junior) and (later) Polina (junior), accompanied on the piano by Beth Brandt. The opening song was “Showers of Blessing”.   Brenda Herra nko welcomed everyone.

Maudie Westfall had the opening prayer and read Matthew 5:3-12 “3 ¶ Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Lorealle (senior) read a mission story. She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Polina (junior) and Chelsea (sophomore).

Brenda Herra had the superintendent’s remarks on blessings, had the congregation detail out blessings they have, and had closing prayer.  The congregation then became a Sabbath School class taught by James Brenneman in the church sanctuary.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Brenda Herra and audience comments: 
  1. In the Beatitudes, the first blessing is the poor in spirit.
  2. The second blessing goes to those who are truly sorry for their sins.
  3. Another blessing goes to those who don’t retaliate for wrongs done to them.
  4. Peacemakers provoke no quarrel.
  5. Christ’s followers are to shine in the dark world.
  6. Stanton Rolle, the business manager, said that Laurelbrook’s atmosphere is the best blessing he’s had.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Brenda Herra – works in the school kitchen / local Sabbath School superintendent
James Brenneman – teaches academy history classes and most of the English classes
Maudie Westfall - helps with student vocational scheduling, decorating for special dinner, and working with school board documentation

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