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Susan Athearn Discusses Adversity

Sabbath services on January 16, 2016 began with a song service led by Lorealle (senior) and Susan Athearn, accompanied on the piano by JD (junior). The opening song was “Fairest Lord Jesus”.   Susan Athearn welcomed everyone and emphasized that her theme was “Adversity”.

Elizabeth Castle read Isaiah 40:29-31 “29 He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.”  She then had prayer.

Elizabeth Castle then read a story about a boy who found a caterpillar, put it into a jar, and watched as the caterpillar changed into a butterfly. When the butterfly seemed to struggle with the cocoon, the boy snipped it to help the butterfly.  Unfortunately, the butterfly never was able to fly because it had not struggled with cocoon. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.
Susan Athearn then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Kaz (senior) and Matthew (sophomore).  The congregation then sang “It Is Well” for special music.

Susan Athearn had the superintendent’s remarks on “Adversity”.  During the course of her talk, she posed a series of questions to Jordan (sophomore) about what he would do to get his dream job. She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clifton Brandt in the church sanctuary, one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church, and one taught by Stanton Rolle in the CNA building.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Susan Athearn: 
  1. Sometimes you are placed where you are because God wants you there.
  2. Joseph lived his life as a Son of God despite his circumstances.
  3. His circumstances let him believe that he could help others, including his family who had betrayed him.
  4. He was able to help the entire nation of Egypt and the rest of the world despite the fact that his life up to the end made no sense.
  5. God has a plan for your life.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager / Laurelbrook vice-president
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems / local head church deacon
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Michelle Gustafson – student vocational coordinator / wife of Bob Gustafson
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Susan Athearn – deals with the nursing home finances

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