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Jacqueline Miller Has the Sabbath School Program

Sabbath services on November 12, 2016 began with a group introit by Samantha (9th grader), Ginny Arce, and Moises (9th grader). The church sanctuary looked different with new LED bulbs in the fan lights, the colored glass behind the picture of Christ illuminated, and a new projector partly installed on a ceiling beam.

Terrence White led the song service, accompanied by Samantha on the piano and a group of students and staff members playing various instruments. The opening song was “Seeking the Lost”. Jacqueline Miller welcomed everyone. 

Rukiya Wideman then read a story about an active church member on the island of Sicily who expanded the church’s community services center.  The church members met with the city council to ask what services the group felt the community needed.  Eventually the city council established a food bank program for needy citizens to be run by the local ADRA branch.  The ADRA volunteers met with other church relief organizations and formed a bond with them.

Rukiya Wideman then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Eddie (9th grader) and Sam (senior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Ginny Arce and Moises (9th grader) then played a violin-flue duet for special music, accompanied by Samanatha on the piano.

Matthew (senior) read the scripture reading, reading Revelation 3:14-21 “14 ¶ And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

Jacqueline Miller had the superintendent’s remarks on the topic “Unconscious Only to Me?”   The congregation then became three Sabbath school classes - one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary, one taught by Michelle and Bob Gustafson in the back of the church sanctuary “behind the glass”, and one taught by Gerry Lewin in the cafeteria.
During the superintendent’s remarks, it was mentioned that Delmeana Reid had delivered a baby girl early Friday morning, giving son Joshua a baby sister.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. Righteousness by faith should spread widely in the church, but presently it is going only slowly.
  2. We must get gold (faith) from Jesus. The Lord is still knocking at the church’s door.
  3. God wants to bring His people into a perfect working unity.
  4. When repentance is thorough and deep, church members will get rid of unknown sin as it is brought to light and as members recognize their true condition.
  5. Adam’s and Eve’s sin caused them to develop an enmity towards God, something we must put away.
  6. Others may see our sins when we don’t.
  7. We must see our sins and have them blotted out before we go to heaven, a work Christ will do in us.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Delmeana Reid – wife of Ricardo Reid, who is an academy Bible and English teacher and assistant boys’ dean
Ginny Arce – academy girls’ dean
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Michelle and Bob Gustafson – Bob is the men’s work coordinator / Michelle assists her husband in his work
Rukiya Wideman – works with Laurelbrook’s canvassing program / academy teacher

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