Program Focuses on Laurelbrook Summer Camp Students
Sabbath services on July 30, 2016 began with a piano introit by Samantha (9th grader). Ginny Arce led the Sabbath School song service, accompanied on the piano by Samantha. Pedro Are welcomed everyone.
Ginny Arce introduced the Laurelbrook Summer Camp program, alternating scripture songs (which the congregation was encouraged to sing) and short testimonies by the camp program participants on what various parts of the program meant to them.
Alana, Allysa, Eileena , Ruben, Gabriel, and Edi sang “Be Strong and of a Good Courage” from Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Ruben’s favorite part of the camp was carpentry taught by Mr. Jared where they built birdhouses, chalk boards, and other things.
Next they sang “Create in Me a Clean Heart” from Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Gabriel enjoyed art class.
Next they sang Romans 12:1-2 “1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The group also sang another scripture song from the Psalms. Elena said the best part of witnessing for her was when on a field trip when they met up with another group and starting singing together.
The congregation next sang 2 Corinthians 4: 6-9 “6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 ¶ [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” Allysa said her favorite part of camp was worship because it got her closer to God.
Songs from 1 John and Psalm 125 were next. Edi told about the afternoon classes like cooking class where they made bread, pizza, and sprouts, and ice cream.
Next they sang Psalm 37: 33, 34 “33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. 34 ¶ Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it].” Diara told about her experience at the Laurelbrook Nursing Home where they sang, prayer, did crafts, and went to a garden where they pulled weeds.
The next song was from Proverbs. Lastly they sang “Fear Thou Not” from Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Elena had closing prayer.
Ginny Arce then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Gabriel and Rueben (elementary); it goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. After closing prayer, the congregation then became two Sabbath School classes - one taught by Clayton Brandt in the sanctuary and one taught by Michelle and Bob Gustafson “behind the glass” at the back of the church sanctuary for students.
Assistance with this story was provided by Nancy Brenneman.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob and Michelle Gustafson – Bob is Laurelbrook’s vice-president and farm manager / Michelle is the assistant farm manager
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Ginny Arce – academy girls’ dean / wife of Pedro Arce
Nancy Brenneman – wife of James Brenneman, retired English and history teacher
Pedro Arce – works with the music program