Juniors Put On Sabbath School Program
Sabbath services on May 20, 2017 began with recorded music. Dyaine and Blake (junior) led the song service, accompanied by Beth Brandt on the piano, George (sophomore) on the organ, and a group of students playing various instruments. The opening song was “Be Like Jesus”. Matthew (junior) welcomed everyone.
Matthew (junior) had prayer and read the scripture reading – Psalm 62:5 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him.”
Citlali (junior) then read a mission story from Nigeria, Africa. Citlali then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Edgar (senior) and Blake (junior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
Sarah (junior) had the superintendent’s remarks on “Expectations”. Dyaine, Citlali, and Sarah (juniors) and Ginny Arce sang “Shall We Gather at the River” accompanied by Samanatha (9th grade) on the piano. The group dedicated the song to the memory of Laurelbrook graduate Elliott Ratzinger, who was killed recently in a motorcycle accident. Samy (junior) then announced the classes and had the closing prayer.
The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by James Brenneman in the church sanctuary, one in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson, and one in the CNA house taught by Hillis Jeffries.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- Expectations we set up can become a burden.
- Job 33:12 “Behold, [in] this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.”
- Jesus didn’t meet the expectations of an Orthodox Jew.
- Numbers 22 is the story of Balaam. Numbers 22:2-8 “2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they [were] many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all [that are] round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor [was] king of the Moabites at that time. 5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which [is] by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: 6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they [are] too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, [that] we may smite them, and [that] I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest [is] blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed. 7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. 8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.”
- Numbers 22:12 – God says “no” to cursing Israel. But Balaam’s greed led him to go anyway, and a donkey talked to him about the matter.
- Exodus 19:5-6 “5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”
- God wanted to make Israel a special people, but Israel didn’t fulfil His expectations.
- Numbers 14:1-4 “1 ¶ And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.”
- The Israelites were not fulfilling God’s expectations and wondered the wilderness for 40 years.
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment operator
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president / men’s work coordinator / works with the used furniture program
James Brenneman – retired English and history teacher / one of the yearbook sponsors / works with the Laurelbrook newsletter
Hillis Jeffries – academy boys’ dean
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / assists him in his duties