Juanita Smith, Her Daughter, and Granddaughter Organize Christmas Program
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on December 24, 2016 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the piano.
Michelle and Bob Gustafson had the Personal Ministries Corner. Bob Gustafson mentioned that the officers in air force bases in Florida where Laurelbrook gets furniture were impressed by the punctuality of the people from Laurelbrook. A civilian officer weren’t let them through the gate they were supposed to use, but that was the gate they were supposed to use. An officer told them that over 500 rooms were to be upgraded and the furniture given away.
A Christian witnessed simply by doing what he/she should at the proper time and using the type of language Christ wants him/her to use. This furniture may possibly be used to help families in need. One officer and his wife would like to see what this furniture has done for Laurelbrook’s dorms.
Bob Gustafson welcomed everyone, made the necessary announcements. Tomorrow there will be a Christmas lunch at 3:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. He then had opening prayer.
The congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Bob Gustafson then called for the church offerings. Terrence White and TJ (senior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Juanita Smith and her daughter Sarah Smith Taylor then put on a Christmas program of scripture readings and hymns. Michelle Gustafson led the singing. Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president / men’s work coordinator / works with Laurelbrook’s emerging furniture business
David Smith – retired teacher and truck driver working with the academy program
Juanita Smith – wife of David Smith / academy registrar
Penny Thomas – Laura Mae Zollinger’s caregiver
Terrence White – local head church deacon / in charge of Laurelbrook’s vehicle shop
Following are some notes on the Christmas program:
- From the church bulletin – “We hope you gain a blessing from this Christmas Program that reminds us how Jesus came to this earth and why He left heaven to come here as a child.” Sarah Smith Taylor, Juanita’s daughter, put the original program together. It was adapted for this Sabbath morning service.
- Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” The congregation then sang “Jesus Loves Me”.
- Luke 2:4-5 “4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.” The congregation then sang “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.
- Luke 2:6-7 “6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” The congregation then sang “Silent Night”.
- Luke 2:8-9 “8 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” The congregation then sang “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow”.
- Luke 2:10-11 “10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” The congregation then sang “Angels We Have Heard on High”.
- Luke 2:12-14 “12 And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The congregation then sang “There’s a Song in the Air”.
- Luke 2:16-17 “16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen [it], they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” The congregation then sang “What Child Is This?”
- The congregation then sang “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”.
- Matthew 2:10-11 “10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” The congregation then sang “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”.