Pastor Cox Talks About Living Stones
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 30, 2016 began with an introit by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano. Elizabeth Castle and Jacqueline Miller talked about their participation in the Pathways to Health event in West Virginia for the Personal Ministries Corner. Jacqueline Miller drew blood from about 500 people; many of these people had not been outside their home counties. Those who helped people were encouraged to pray with people. Elizabeth Castle handed out literature and prayed with people.
Jacqueline Miller also spent some time visiting friends, attending Hartland camp meeting, and taking Ruth B. Zollinger to a wedding. She then talked about giving out books on the Sunday law.
Rodney Herra made the announcements and welcomed everyone. Vespers will be in the academy auditorium.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “O Worship the King”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Tonny Gil (2016 graduate) then called for the offering. Daryll Ellis and Gerry Lewin then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the union conference budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Tonny Gil prayed for the offering.
Rosemarie Jeffries then told the children present a story about a mother who illustrated to her son that her love had no charge. Her son decided to not charge his mother for what he did to help her. A parent’s love is similar to that of Jesus who came and died for us at no charge.
Isai (senior) then read Ephesians 2:19-22“19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
The Sanchez family (minus Dad) sang a gospel medley without accompaniment for special music. Pastor Mark Cox discussed the topic “Living Stones”. During his sermon, he unrolled a 15-20 ft. poster depicting the history of the world from a Bible perspective. The congregation sang “Lift Him Up”. Pastor Cox had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Daryll Ellis – Laurelbrook graduate / local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Gerry Lewin – works with the Laurelbrook canvassing program
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Pastor Mark Cox – pastor of the Laurelbrook, Ogden Road, and Pikeville Seventh-day Adventist churches
Rodney Herra – outgoing head church elder / men’s work coordinator / heads up the auto body program
Rosemarie Jeffries – academy principal
Sanchez family – visitors from Hartland
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Cox: