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Cheryl Orser Talks About New Year's Resolutions

Sabbath services on January 2, 2016 began with a piano introit by Jacqueline Miller. Cheryl Orser welcomed everyone and said that her theme was about making New Year’s resolutions.

Jeanine Faatz read Psalm 51:10-13 “10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit. 13 [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”  Ellen White says that though David had fallen God had lifted him up and restored him.

Andre Lewis read a mission story from the Amazon area of South America. The church had a river mission on this great river.  Pastor Hallowell pioneered the work on the Amazon.  One day as he was going upriver he gave some men a lift.  One of the men abruptly turned the boat away from some submerged rocks. Then the men got off in the middle of the river and disappeared abruptly.  The pastor thought they must have been angels. The 13th Sabbath offering this quarter will go towards building a floating church building for use along the Amazon River.

Andre then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Daryll Ellis and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Andre then prayed for the offering. 

Cheryl Orser had the superintendent’s remarks on “New Year’s Resolutions” and reminded people of the recent death of Robert Folkenberg, a former General Conference president. The congregation then sang “Jesus Savior, Pilot Me”.  She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became one Sabbath School class taught by Clayton Brandt on the original crisis in heaven that produced what we know as “sin”.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk on New Year’s Resolutions by Cheryl Orser: 
  1. Principles are personal.  It’s up to each one of us to apply these principles to our own lives.
  2. Without the aid of the Holy Spirit, we will tend to liberal or legalistic.
  3. Israel was sent to Babylon for worshipping idols.
  4. We worship idols today – all the blessings God gives us. These blessings include food, cars, cash, clothes, high-tech equipment, web sites, and travel.
  5. Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets says that whatever interferes with worship becomes a god.
  6. We also need to make a New Year’s resolution to keep the Sabbath better.
  7. We need to be constantly aware of the fact that it is the Sabbath day.
  8. Preparations for the Sabbath need to be done on Friday, including taking a bath, getting clothes ready, and making sure shoes are ready.
  9. Are we developing a love for the Bible and prayer by having personal devotionals?
Personnel Other Than Students:

Andre Lewis – temporary Laurelbrook staff member working in housekeeping and laundry in the nursing home / on campus to take the CNA course
Cheryl Orser – retired elementary school teacher
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Jeanine Faatz – helps take care of Jack Faatz, the retired head of the Laurelbrook purchasing department

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