Susan Athearn Has the Program
Sabbath services on April 20, 2016 began with a song service led by Susan Athearn (and Paige Sansonetti later on) and TJU (9th grader), accompanied on the piano by Samanatha (elementary). The opening song was “I Am Thine, O Lord”. TJU had the opening prayer. Susan Athearn welcomed everyone.
Paige Sansonetti read James 1:5-6 “5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Susan Athearn went shopping with JD (junior) recently. They talked about what shopping and life was like in JD’s country of Venezuela. Paige Sansonetti read a Review article about JD’s country and the challenges the pastors are facing there. She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Mari and Jaden (9th graders). The congregation then sang “I Need Thee Every Hour” for special music.
Susan Athearn had the superintendent’s remarks. Paige Sansonetti then had closing prayer. The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the talk by Susan Athearn:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- In the 1870s grasshoppers were devastating crops in Minnesota. So the governor called for state-wide prayer. The grasshoppers then hatched early. The next day there was a frost that killed the grasshoppers.
- Sometimes you just have to trust in God despite forbidding circumstances.
- 2 Kings 6:15-23 “15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that [be] with us [are] more than they that [be] with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 19 And Elisha said unto them, This [is] not the way, neither [is] this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. 20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these [men], that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, [they were] in the midst of Samaria. 21 And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite [them]? shall I smite [them]? 22 And he answered, Thou shalt not smite [them]: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. 23 And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.”
- The Lord opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant so the servant could see God’s protection.
- Despite seen enemies, the Lord has an unseen army surrounding His people.
Bob Gustafson – local church elder / Laurelbrook vice-president / Laurelbrook farm manager
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / assistant farm manager
Paige Sansonetti – works in the main Laurelbrook business office / daughter of Susan Athearn
Susan Athearn – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home business office