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Susan Athearn Talks About Reactors and Responders

Sabbath services on September 19, 2015 began with a song service led by Darius (junior) and Cheyna Ashe, accompanied on the piano by Min Gorospe. The opening song was “Seeking the Lost”.   Susan Athearn welcomed everyone.  Andrew Sannsonetti had prayer and read Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

Paige Sannsonetti read a mission story from Bangladesh, an account of how a Hindu came to convert to Christianity and to witness for Jesus. She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Darius (junior) and Matthew (sophomore).  Susan Athearn and the Sannsonettis then had special music, singing “Unto Thee, O Lord”.

Susan Athearn had the superintendent’s remarks on “Reactor or Responder”.  The service closed with the congregation singing “More About Jesus”. She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clifton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Fewer students were present since this was an open weekend for the students, an opportunity to go home or go to a friend’s house.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Susan Athearn: 
  1. Some people seem to take forever to do something, and we react. We act like a steam roller, not caring how this hurts others’ feelings.
  1. Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].”
  2. We cannot see the real enemy – the powers of darkness.
  3. When we go into reactor mode, getting angry, it gives us a high.  Doing this often makes our body crave anger.
  4. Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
  5. “Teach” – “make disciples”.   “Disciple” shouldn’t mean “discipline”.
  6. “Reactor” can give us a picture of nearby nuclear reactors.
  7. Peter was a hardworking person and was a “reactor”.  Often he had tunnel vision and missed the big picture.
  8. John 18 shows Peter in a reactor mode.  John 18:10 “Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.”
  9. Luke 22:51 “And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.”
  10. John 18:11“Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”  Jesus reminds Peter there is a bigger picture and didn’t react.
  11. Why is there bad behavior as typified in the behavior of a  “reactor”? 
  12. Nuclear reactor need water to cool them. Jesus directs and cools us down so we are responders instead of reactors. 
Personnel Other Than Students:
Andrew Sannsonetti – works with the woods and grounds department
Bob Gustafson – local church elder / Laurelbrook vice-president / men’s work coordinator
Cheyna Ashe – works in the Laurelbrook business office
Clifton Brandt – local head church deacon / works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems
Michelle Gustafson – student vocational coordinator
Min Gorospe – wife of Scott Sterling, who helps with science teaching /works in the school office and is the school nurse
Paige Sannsonetti – works in the nursing home kitchen
Susan Athearn – works in the nursing home business office

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