Rodney Herra Discusses Trust
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 30, 2016 began with an introit by Jacqueline Miller on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner and highlighted a personal ministry that is
Rich Sutton mentioned that Rodney Herra on Friday went to pick up a 50-foot trailer the school had bought and a tower for the radio station. He introduced a couple – Mr. and Mrs. Whited - who were instrumental in getting furniture from several bases for Laurelbrook. The Defense Department was going to dump this furniture in dumpsters. The husband, a Winsett relative, has an organization called Vets Work, which trains people how to work with soldier families and veterans. The wife hands out literature and has church services for adolescents. Their son Blake is now a Laurelbrook Academy sophomore.
Rodney Herra followed with the announcements. Staff members thinking about going on the Belize mission trip should notify the work coordinators by Sunday. The other night the local churches accepted Mike Cox, a former Navy chaplain, as a new pastor.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Only Trust Him”. Clifton Brandt then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Jared Sonnenthal then called for the offering, which was for worldwide evangelism. Stanton Rolle and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Michelle Gustafson then reminded the children about Joseph. He was thrown down in a well by his brothers, and then his brothers sold him. He was taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar. Joseph still loved God. Potiphar’s wife plotted against Joseph, who was sent to prison. Two of the king’s servants had dreams, and Joseph interpreted their dreams for them. But they forgot about Joseph, who was at that time in charge of the prison. Joseph then interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and became the king’s second-in-command. All through his experiences, Joseph prayed and studied what God’s Will was. God is the best Friend we could ever have.
Jared Sonnenthal then read Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Rodney Herra then talked about trust. The congregation sang “Trust and Obey”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Jared Sonnenthal – works with the maintenance, grounds, and wood programs
Michelle Gustafson – assistant farm manager
Rodney Herra – men’s work coordinator / local head church elder
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra: