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Stephany and Other Seniors Discuss Where Our Hearts Are

Sabbath services on November 14, 2015 began with a song service led by Elliott, Heidi, Inna, and Stephany (seniors), accompanied on the piano by Jairit (junior) and on the organ by Evelyn (ESL student). The opening song was “I Surrender All”.   Stephany (senior) welcomed everyone and had prayer. She then introduced the theme of her program, which was where our hearts are.

Elliott (senior) read Matthew 6:19-21 “19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Judas looked like a good person but actually coveted money.

Heidi (senior) had the opening prayer. The Korean Laurelbrook students, mostly ESL students, sang a song in Korean for special music, accompanied on the piano by Evelyn (ESL student).

Inna (senior) read a mission story from Malawi. A Malawian pastor’s son was terribly burned when their house caught fire when a lamp exploded. Four years later Joshua and his father finally got to a clinic. The doctors held out little hope that the boy would recover from his terrible burns. Then Angelina (junior) and Nicole (9th grader) collected the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which goes to help students and staff members go on mission trips.

Stephany (senior) had the rest of the superintendent’s remarks on “Where’s Your Heart?”  She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Elizabeth Castle in the church sanctuary and one taught by Rich Sutton in the academy cafeteria.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Stephany and others: 
  1. The things most important to you indicate to you where your heart is.
  2. Lot’s wife was concentrated on the treasures back in Sodom.
  3. A treasure can be anything in your life that can be important.  Ahab wanted a vineyard and accepted the land as a present from his wife, not caring how she got it, because he had it.
  4. Due to his own selfish desires, Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of beans.
  5. Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
  6. Just like Daniel we need to fix our minds on Christ. 
  7. Malachi 3:17 “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”
  8. We are God’s treasure.  Are you going to make God your treasure?
Personnel Other Than Students:

Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
The church was much fuller than usual with the addition of approximately 30 students plus staff members from the Grand Rapids, Michigan Adventist academy.  They were here this week for a work bee.

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