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Cheryl Orser Talks About Christ's Birth
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Sabbath services on December 17, 2016 began with a piano introit by Jairit (senior). Michelle Gustafson led the song service, accompanied by Penny Thomas on the piano and a group of students playing various instruments. Cheryl Orser welcomed everyone. The opening song was “Away in a Manager”.

Mark (9th grader) had prayer and read the scripture reading Matthew 1:21-23 “21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Matthew (senior) read a mission story from Vietnam about a house church member who was fighting cancer. She returned home, the church prayed for several hours about her case, a relative read one of the psalms to the lady, and the lady recovered from her cancer.  This provided an opportunity to witness to the lady’s relatives and friends; 50 people accepted Jesus as a result.
Matthew then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Blake (junior) and Eddie (9th grader) which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Moises, Max, and Ion (9th graders) played an instrumental number for special music.

Cheryl Orser had the superintendent’s remarks on “experiencing the real thing”.  The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes – on in the church sanctuary taught by James Brenneman, one taught by Michelle and Bob Gustafson at the back of the church sanctuary “behind the glass”, and on in the lobby of the CNA building taught by Hillis Jeffries III.
 
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. Jesus’ birth was real as opposed to our manager scenes.
  2. Mary came to Bethlehem on a donkey, riding 85 miles, ready to give birth to her first child.
  3. Jesus’ birth was a horrible nightmare with no doctors or hospital available. Why? So that Jesus’ birth would meet the conditions of poverty-stricken people.
  4. Jesus meets people right where they are and feels the hurt of sin more than anyone else can.
  5. Due to the census, the Bethlehem inn was packed with people with no room for Joseph and Mary except in the stable. Even their water may have come from the animals’ drinking troughs.
  6. Deity nursing from a young mother’s breast – what a difference in this world.  Only animals and flies celebrated the event. Only Joseph and lowly shepherds and three foreigners came to celebrate the birth.
  7. The world slept as this birth occurred.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Cheryl Orser – retired missionary, teacher, and Laurelbrook staff member
James Brenneman – retired Laurelbrook history and English teacher / helps sponsor the yearbook / works with the Laurelbrook church web site and the institutional newsletter
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean
Michelle Gustafson – works with husband Bob (used furniture venture and Laurelbrook vice-president and men’s work coordinator) on various projects
 

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