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Brenda Herra Discusses Thankfulness

Sabbath services on November 28, 2015 began with a song service led by Darius (junior), accompanied on the piano by Min Sterling. The opening song was “I Love to Tell the Story”.   Brenda Herra welcomed everyone and had prayer.

Dorka Ellis read Colossians 1:1-3, 12-17 “1 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus [our] brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 ¶ We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. 12 ¶ Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

Bubba and Carolyn Herra sang “How Long Has It Been?” for special music, accompanied on the guitar by Bubba Herra.

Ray Sikich then told a mission story from Belize, Central America. He worked with Adventist missions in Bolivia and was converted. He worked with Rich Sutton in Mexico erecting churches. He expected to have to pay his living expenses, but the members there fed and housed them. He had sold his car and taken the money with him; he gave Rich Sutton the money (Rich had run out of money for moving to the next place needing a church).  Ray’s church had promised to take up an offering and put it in a special account. Each time the money was just enough to pay the group’s expenses for moving to the next place. God supplies your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippines 4:19).

He then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Darius (junior) and Haniel.  Brenda Herra then had the theme talk. Barbara Ellis played the harp for special music. Brenda Herra had the closing prayer.

The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by James Brenneman in the church sanctuary and one taught by Pedro Acre “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Brenda Herra: 
  1. Her theme was thanksgiving.
  2. Adding creative contributions to life is one way of thanking God for His mercies and kindness.
  3. She is thankful for both her parents who have just turned 80 despite falls and strokes and for being back at Laurelbrook.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Brenda Herra – works in the school kitchen
Bubba and Carolyn Ellis – Laurelbrook graduates presently working in Cleveland, TN
Dorka Ellis – wife of Daryll Ellis, a Laurelbrook graduate / former Laurelbrook staff member now working for Life Care in Dayton
James Brenneman – academy history teacher and one of the academy English teachers
Pedro Acre - works with the music department
Ray Sikich – works with Adventist missions in Belize, Central America

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