Boys' Dorm Has the Sabbath School Program
Sabbath services on November 5, 2016 began with a song service led by Pedro Arce, accompanied by Beth Brandt on the piano and various people on different instruments. Arlin (senior) welcomed everyone. The opening song was “God Will Take Care of You”.
Isaac (senior) read a story about an astronomy student in Sicily who refused to take part in a national competition on Sabbath. The date was changed, and Cannon went on to win a university scholarship and witness for Christ in his university. Elyjah (sophomore) called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by George and Thanos (sophomores) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. then prayed for the offering.
Sam (senior) read “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Alyssa (elementary) then sang a vocal solo for special music, accompanied by Cesar (senior) on the piano and Edgar (senior) on the saxophone.
Keonwoo (senior) had the superintendent’s on the keys to God’s strength. Matthew (senior) reminded everyone about the various Sabbath School classes and had closing prayer. The congregation then became four Sabbath School classes - one taught by James Brenneman in the church sanctuary, one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass”, one taught by Rukiya Wideman in the CNA house, and one in the cafeteria taught by Gerry Lewis.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- When we get into troublous times, we want to depend on God for strength.
- Philippines 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
- Isaiah 40:29 “He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.”
- Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
- Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.”
- 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
- Psalm 46:1 “« To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. » God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- Nehemiah 8:10 “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
- Psalm 22:19 “But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.”
- Psalm 28:7-8 “7 The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed.”
- Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.”
- Isaiah 33:2 “O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.”
- Habakkuk 3:19 “The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”
- Ephesians 3:16 “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”
- In order to be strong, we have to recognize our weakness.
Gerry Lewis – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Bob Gustafson – men’s work coordinator / Laurelbrook vice-president / local head church elder
James Brenneman – yearbook sponsor / retired English and history teacher
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / in charge of the academy kitchen
Pedro Arce – works with the academy music department
Rukiya Wideman – one of the academy teachers / works with the canvassing program