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Dorka Ellis Talks About Jesus' Attraction for Us
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Sabbath services on August 27, 2016 began with a piano introit by Beth Brandt. Michelle Gustafson led the song service.  The opening song was “I Would Be Like Jesus”. Dorka Ellis had prayer and welcomed everyone to the Sabbath School program.

Daryll Elllis read Matthew 5:43-48 “43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

The Korean students then sang for special music, accompanied on the piano by Edi (elementary).

Michael (sophomore) read a mission story from Rwanda. One Adventist pastor lost his entire family during the genocide but doesn’t hold any grudges.  Instead he preaches about the Second Coming. Adventists crowded into the mission compound, thinking they would be safe there. But people from all over the country came to kill them, killing them during the Sabbath church services and afterwards. Those in the church asked forgiveness from each other before they were killed.  The pastor couldn’t return home, was taken to a refugee camp, and there started preaching in a nearby Adventist church.

Dorka Ellis then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Rachel (sophomore) and Edgar (senior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Dorka Ellis then prayed for the offering. 

Dorka Ellis had the superintendent’s remarks on “What Attracted You to Jesus”. She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, including an adult class in the church sanctuary taught by Rich Sutton. Michelle Gustafson taught the student class “behind the glass” at the back of the church sanctuary and Stanton Rolle the student class in the school cafeteria. Another student group went to the nursing home to put on a program for the nursing home residents.
 
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. One person was attracted to Jesus by His compassion for others.
  2. Once people are attracted to Jesus, they want to share Him with others.
  3. We are often attracted to Jesus because He accepts us as we are (and tries to improve us).
  4. If Jesus stays in our hearts, we will then consider that winning our enemies to Him is a fun challenge.
  5. Matthew 5:43-48 “43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
  6. Jesus often reminds us that our enemies are just as loved by Him as we are.
  7. If we could look past the harm we have been done, we can see our way clear to point them to Jesus.
  8. Look at people as potential candidates for heaven – and our attitudes towards them may change.
  9. Jesus tried to help everyone He could with healing, food, and a good attitude towards the problematic people He met.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Daryll Ellis  - Laurelbrook graduate / works for the nearby Majestic Stone Company
Dorka Ellis – wife of Daryll Ellis / works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson, Laurelbrook’s farm manager / assistant farm manager / overall local  Sabbath School superintendent
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
 

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