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Wendy Carr Concentrates on Blessings

Sabbath services on January 7, 2017 began with a piano introit by Penny Thomas. Jairit (senior) and TerriAnne (9th grader) led the song service, accompanied by Penny Thomas on the piano and a group of students playing various instruments.  The opening song was “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing”. Wendy Carr welcomed everyone, had prayer, and read the scripture reading.

Wendy Carr then read the blessings Jesus bestowed on His followers. Matthew 5:3-12 “3 ¶ Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

A Mission Spotlight video dealing with the Trans-European Division was then shown.  Europe is a hard area to work due to increased secularism. But the Seventh-day Adventist Church is working hard to reach these people.  In Dublin, Ireland a very small congregation prayed that they could reach the world – and refugees came to them from all over. Five churches resulted. Health clinics attract people, schools train them, and international Adventists help provide the buildings to worship in.

Cesar (senior) and Mark (9th grader) collected the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which helps students and staff members go on mission trips like the recent trip to Mexico with Mexico Missions to build churches (the group built five churches total).

The congregation then sang “Blessed Assurance” and “All the Way My Savior Leads Me”. Wendy Carr had the superintendent’s remarks on the blessings we enjoy. She then invited the congregation to share the blessings they have received this past year.  The congregation then sang “To God Be the Glory”.
The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes - one taught by Elizabeth Castle in the main sanctuary, a student class taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass”, and a student class taught by Rich Sutton in the CNA Building.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. We can see God’s blessings as we look back on 2016.
  2. Penny Thomas was given a Bible when she graduated from Stone Cave. It got so worn.  Eventually it had to be rebound – it’s now like a new Bible to her.
  3. Clayton Brandt was thankful that his wife Beth was feeling better this winter possibly due to the installation of gas heat.
  4. Dorka Ellis got to see one of her sisters she hasn’t seen in 23 years.
  5. Michelle Gustafson recognizes the blessing that Jesus’ support is during times of trouble. God also helped her to start to publish an account of her struggles in the past – Reaching Out From Heaven, a Lost Child. Money, roughly $8000, is needed to publish the book worldwide by Teach Services.
  6. Mark (9th grader) counted it a blessing that he was able to come to Laurelbrook.
  7. Rich Sutton counted it a blessing being able to have his whole family together this Christmas. Also being at Laurelbrook is a great blessing.
  8. Ellen White in Adventist Home says that we should do the duties we have to do and fill the moments God has given us, doing our duties and filling our moments as Christ would do them.
  9. Little deeds of kindness and blessing mean so much to others.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Bob and Michelle Gustafson – Bob is a Laurelbrook vice-president and men’s work coordinator and works with the used furniture program / Michelle serves as his assistant
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office
Penny Thomas – caregiver for Laura Mae Zollinger
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Wendy Carr – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office

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