Laurelbrook Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Laurelbrook Elementary School Has Sabbath School

Sabbath services on January 9, 2016 began with a song service led by Lorealle (senior) and TerriAnn (elementary), accompanied on the piano by JD on the piano and Darius on the bass violin (both juniors) and other students on various instruments. The opening song was “Tis Almost Time for the Lord to Come”.   Edi (elementary) welcomed everyone and had prayer.

Briana (elementary) read the scripture reading. Edi (elementary) read a mission story from the Amazon River area about the witness of the boat work. One of the boat pilots was a Catholic and had done the same work for that church. This coming 13th Sabbath offering will go towards the cost of a floating church to be used on the river.

The Laurelbrook Elementary School students then sang for special music, directed by their teacher Angel White. Angel White had the superintendent’s remarks on “Keeping New Year’s Resolutions”.  The congregation sang “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” while Clifton Brandt and Elliott (senior) collected the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which goes to help students and staff members go on missions trips. TerriAnn (elementary) then had closing prayer. 

The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Elizabeth Castle in the church sanctuary, one taught by Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church, and one taught in the CNA lobby (house at the entrance to the road to the academy area).

Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. A New Year’s Resolution is a goal to improve something in the New Year.
  2. Most people don’t figure out how to accomplish what they want to do.
  3. Strategy 1 for achievement – include God in the accomplishment, and you will be able to accomplish your goal.
  4. James 4:13-15 “13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
  5. Strategy 2 – trust that God will help you accomplish the goal.  Romans 4:20-21 “20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
  6. Psalm 37:5 “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.”
  7. Strategy 3 – start making smart goals instead of wish lists.  These goals must be specific (clearly defined as what is to be done), measurable (what you cannot measure you cannot accomplish), achievable, result-focused, and time-framed.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Angel White – Laurelbrook Elementary School teacher
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Michelle Gustafson – student vocational coordinator

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