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Pam Sutton Talks About the Value of Today

Sabbath services on October 24, 2015 began with a song service led by Michelle Gustafson, later assisted by Nichol (9th grader) and Scott Sterling and accompanied on the piano by Jacqueline Miller. The opening song was “The Lord Is My Light”.   Pam Sutton welcomed everyone and had prayer.

Rich Sutton read Hebrews 4:7 “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

Lois Davis read a mission story from Malawi, Africa. The country was formerly known as Nyasaland. A pair of security guards thought they could rob the rich using the rifles they had been issued as guards. They started robbing homes, but eventually they were caught and given special quarters in jail.  They were sentenced to eight years of hard labor in a maximum security prison.

Harry, one of the guards, was determined to escape. He exchanged shirts with another prisoner, a shirt that had a reduced sentence on it.  Eventually he was assigned garden duty, the guard became sleepy, and the prisoners ran. Harry found a job, and all was well for eighteen months.  Then the police captured him and sent him back to jail.  His cell mate had an idea – dig through the walls of the prison.  The two made a tunnel, but a guard saw them climb the outside wall. They stole a car and drove it to a big city and sold it for parts.

But they were caught.  Harry was sent to a small prison where he could be watched more closely. More on this next week.

She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Maria (9th grader) and Isai (senior).  Michelle Gustafson then sang “How Great Thou Art” for special music, accompanied on the piano by Min Sterling.

Pam Sutton had the superintendent’s remarks on “Today”.  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.
In the student class “behind the glass”, students and adults were split up into smaller groups to facilitate student participation.  In each group, participants studied a particular part of the lesson and reported on their thoughts on that section of the lesson.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Pam Sutton: 
  1. We cannot change yesterday, and tomorrow doesn’t belong to us.  Only today is ours.
  2. Life is mostly made up of the little things either good or evil.
  3. We need to cultivate a life that testifies that we have been with Jesus.
  4. Each day can be a fresh start.  “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” – Raisin Bran cereal box.
  5. We don’t know where God wants to lead us today, but we have a chance to add light and blessing to others today.  Open your heart to God today.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president / men’s work coordinator
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Lois Davis – secretary to the president
Michelle Gustafson – student vocational coordinator
Min Sterling – works with the music program and in the academy office / she and her husband Scott are on leave from a mission program in Bolivia
Pam Sutton – wife of Rich Sutton, administrative assistant to the president
Scott Sterling – Scott teaches one science class / Scott and wife Min are on leave from a mission program in Bolivia
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president

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