Laurelbrook Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Cheryl Orser Has the Program

Sabbath services on May 7, 2016 began with a song service led by Scott Sterling; he accompanied the song service with his guitar. The seniors were still on their European class trip.  The rest of the student body was on a music trip.

The opening song was “He Leadeth Me”.   Cheryl Orser welcomed everyone.  Lois Davis read the scripture reading – 1 Kings 3:5-7 “5 ¶ In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as [it is] this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I [am but] a little child: I know not [how] to go out or come in.”  Lois Davis then had prayer.

Scott Sterling then told about Carnival in Bolivia. Prior to this event, children fill balloons with an ink that stains the skin.  Then they stain everyone they meet with this ink.  Unfortunately, Carnival also involves wearing masks and having sexual affairs with random partners; children without a known father are born nine months later. Our churches sponsor campouts during this time to keep Adventist youth out of the cities.

One of these campouts was held at the school where Scott taught.  One day he went out his door to find a couple lounging on the lawn on a blanket.  Scott made friends with this couple. Jose had gone to every church in his hometown, seeking to find the true church.  Eventually, he got too busy to go to church. 

His wife Nadia had been very worldly; six children from different fathers resulted. She went to Brazil to work. Before leaving, she left four of her children in various children’s home. Work in Brazil didn’t pan out.  She went to work in the same machine shop.  When Jose asked her out, she wanted to go to church.  Soon they were both baptized and got married.  She retrieved two children from one home, but the other home wanted to make sure that the children would have a good home.

The couple came to teach at Scott’s school.  Then flood waters from the north flooded many houses. Scott met a person whose son was a lawyer.  A donation paid for the lawyer that Nadia needed to get her children back.

Jose and Nadia came to the school, following God’s will for their lives – and got the children back.  God does work in marvelous ways. 

The Laurelbrook Missions Offering was then collected by Scott Sterling and Clifton Brandt. Cheryl Orser had the superintendent’s remarks.  Scott Sterling then led the congregation in singing “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”. Cheryl Orser then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became a Sabbath School class taught by Elizabeth Castle.

Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Cheryl Orser: 
  1. We need to pray for pure motives, a loving attitudes towards those who differ from us, and a sense of balance.
  2. John 5:7-9 “7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.”
  3. Jesus was trying to remind people that all their rigid rules about the Sabbath were not of God.
  4. But it is not always God’s will to carry loads on Sabbath.
  5. The Sunday law is coming.  We need to ask God for help in meeting the reasoning that Sunday law advocates use.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Cheryl Orser – retired elementary school teacher
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems / local head church deacon
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Lois Davis – secretary to Laurelbrook president Rich Sutton
Scott Sterling – works with the IT department / teaches two academy science classes

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