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Pam Sutton Talks About Our Future Home

Sabbath services on August 1, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano.  There followed a song service led by Anna and Jennifer Carr, accompanied on the piano by Cheyna Ashe. The opening song was “Faith Is the Victory”.   Pam Sutton welcomed everyone and had prayer.

Rich Sutton read Revelation 21:1-3 “1 ¶ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.”

Pam Sutton then read a mission story from Chad, Africa. The missionaries felt they were going lower and lower due to the trials they were enduring.  They lost sight of why they were there.  They came back to the USA for meetings, detouring via France.  They regained a sense of purpose by looking to the Rock, Christ Jesus. She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Mari (9th grader) and Lorealle (senior). 

Pam Sutton had the superintendent’s remarks on the subject “I’d Like to Buy the World a Home”. Rich Sutton challenged each member of the congregation to be true to what God has called them to do and had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Stanton Rolle in the church sanctuary and one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Pam Sutton:
1.Before humans existed, God wanted to make them a home – the Garden of Eden.
  1. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
  2. Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
  3. God made us that perfect world.
  4. God also planted the tree of knowledge of good and evil and commanded humans not eat of this tree.
  5. But the world was torn apart by sin.
  6. What were the steps in disobedience to God?  Thoughts. Eve questioned whether God was withholding something good from them.  Then they rejected His word.   Finally, they disobeyed His commands.
  7. There eventually will be no trace of sin or the enemy.  God paid a very high price in giving His Son.
  8. It was painful for Christ to see the slightest sin and, worse still, be separated from His Father.
  9. If Jesus hadn’t stepped in, we would have had no choice but to do evil continually.  But God gave us a way out.
  10. Do earthly things take up time we need to give to knowing God?
  11. A person who is led by God has new thoughts, desires, and actions.  Prayer then becomes a necessity; we must bring everything before the Lord.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Anna and Jennifer Carr – daughters of Wendy Carr, who works in the nursing home office, and Rick Carr, who works in the purchasing department and is the Laurelbrook fire chief
Bob and Michelle Gustafson – Bob is the men’s work coordinator and Laurelbrook vice-president / Michelle is the farm manager
Cheyna Ashe – works in the Laurelbrook business office
Pam Sutton – wife of Rich Sutton / administrative assistant to the President
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Stanton Rolle – works in the Laurelbrook business office

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