Laurelbrook Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church

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The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 18, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano and Cheyna Ashe on the violin. Rodney Herra followed with an announcement that at 4:00 p.m. there will be a meeting at Southern in the Collegedale church remembering the beginnings of the Layman Foundation.
Rich Sutton mentioned that years ago he went into Mexico with several vehicles in his name.  The conference lawyer helped through the border and through the military checkpoints.  Year after year for fourteen years he did this.  When his boys grew up, he looked through the various academies and found that Rich Sutton worked at Laurelbrook. They are working through the documentation necessary to send their boys to Laurelbrook.
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Near the Cross”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Rodney Herra then called for the offering, which was for local church budget.  TJ (sophomore) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering. 
Rodney Herra then read Mark 14:32-40 “32 ¶ And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things [are] possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak. 39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.”  

Pastor David Wendt discussed overcoming stress the way Jesus did.  The congregation then celebrated the quarterly communion service – foot washing and partaking of bread and grape juice as symbols for Christ’s sacrifice.  Rodney Herra and Rich Sutton were the elders involved in the quarterly service.  Lorealle (senior) and Polina (junior) were the deaconesses for the service.  Daryll Ellis, Paul Frechette, TJ (sophomore), and Nicky Moro were the deacons.

The congregation sang “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”.  The communion personnel left during the hymn. The congregation then was ushered out.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Cheyna Ashe – works in the Laurelbrook business office / works with the Laurelbrook music program
Daryll Ellis – local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Nicky Moro – Laurelbrook task force worker
Paul Frechette – retired Laurelbrook business manager / local church deacon
Pastor David Wendt – pastor of the Laurelbrook and Pikeville Seventh-day Adventist churches
Rich Sutton - Laurelbrook's president
Rodney Herra – works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program / local head church elder
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Wendt: 
  1. The five building blocks for overcoming stress – creativity, organized adaptability, prayfulness, experience nature, and becoming emotionally intelligent.
  2. A lot of emotions are triggered by thoughts, possibly wrong thinking.
  3. We need to build up a physical wall against stress.
  4. But sometimes sleep evades a person, causing sickness.
  5. How to avoid this?  RENEW.  First, REST.  Psalm 127:2 “[It is] vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his beloved sleep.”
  6. We are often robbed of sleep by a lack of trust in God.
  7. Jesus slept in a board while the disciples were fearful for their lives.
  8. In Gethsemane, Jesus is awake – and the disciples are asleep.
  9. Lord, help me to have rest when I have it so I have strength when I need it.
  10. Peter is in prison, on a death sentence, and is interrupted in his sleep by an angel.  He is no longer fearful.
  11. Second, EXERCISE.  Bodily exercise helps us keep strong muscles necessary for life but not for an earthly reward but helping focus on heaven.
  12. Third, NUTRITION.  Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
  13. The experiences we allow yourselves to have feeds our spiritual experience as good food helps our bodies.
  14. Fourth, E-TEMPERANCE.  Don’t allow yourself to overdose on computer usage but use these devices to further our Christian experience instead of drowning it out.
  15. Fifth, WATER.  John 4:7-16 “7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.”
  16. Water is for cleansing.   Jesus’ living water is given her by showing the woman the dirt in her life and creating spiritual cleansing through Jesus’ salvation.
  17. At one point on the cross, Jesus says He thirsts both physically and spiritually.
  18. Do you want to be cleansed spiritually today by taking part in the Lord’s Supper?  Jesus will do this as you participate in the Lord’s Supper.

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