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Rich Sutton Talks About the New School Year

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 19, 2017 started with an introit and announcements. Stanton Rolle welcomed everyone and made a few announcements.  There will be a meal in the cafeteria today with all welcome.  Remember to pray for the boys as they enjoy their Purity Weekend.  At 2:00 p.m. there will be an outreach activity.
Jara (sophomore) played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Tis Almost Time for the Lord to Come”. Stanton Rolle then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Itzel (sophomore) then called for the offering.  Clifton Brandt and Joubert Pierre then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering. 
Pam Sutton then talked to the children about acorns. A tiny acorn grows into a great tree. When you hold an acorn in your hand, you are holding the beginnings of a great oak tree.  Ellen White says that in every promise there is the seed of something great God can do for you by faith. Faith makes us do God’s way.

Dyaine (senior) then read Nehemiah 7:15-16 “15 The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight. 16 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.” For special music, Scott Sterling sang “I Surrender All” as a vocal solo, accompanying himself on the guitar. Rich Sutton called all the teachers to the platform, introducing them and having a special prayer for them.

Rich Sutton discussed the topic “School’s Starting, Are You Ready?” At the conclusion of his talk, the congregation had a prayer of dedication. The congregation sang “Faith Is the Victory”.   Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president / Laurelbrook Academy principal
Pam Sutton – wife of Rich Sutton / presidential administrative assistant
Scott Sterling – one of the academy teachers, teaching physics, computer science, and aviation ground school
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton: 
  1. The teachers will be out with students on the vocational program part time.
  2. Nehemiah 6:15-16 “15 ¶ So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of [the month] Elul, in fifty and two days. 16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard [thereof], and all the heathen that [were] about us saw [these things], they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.”
  3. As we work together, we can defeat the challenges Laurelbrook faces. Note that the wall was finished in just 52 days, not an easy task considering that the workers also had to have access to spears.
  4. Ezra 10:1 “Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.”
  5. They were weeping because Israel had left God and had married out of the faith, even the priests.
  6. After the end of the 70 years captivity, the Jews could go back to Jerusalem. Not many went back due to comfortable homes and out-of-the-church marriages.
  7. Do we really want to go to heaven?
  8. Not one priest wanted to return to Jerusalem.
  9. We’re teaching students to be missionaries.
  10. Ellen White says that Ezra had accepted a large number of people who wanted to return to Jerusalem, but many were too comfortably situated, refused to return, and wound up as bad witnesses for others.
  11. God is in charge of His work.  If we stay on the wall, we will be all right.  Nehemiah’s enemies wanted him to come off the wall to talk to them – he refused and stayed on the wall.
  12. What is God impressing on your heart?
  13. We are determined to teach what the students need to learn. We are “on the wall”.
  14. Ezra and Nehemiah worked for God at the same time.
  15. We are planning to build ourselves a laundry for the nursing home.
  16. Perhaps God led us to build the radio stations in Pikeville and Dayton. Perhaps the programming could come from Laurelbrook.
  17. A farmer donated tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers to Laurelbrook because he believes in what we are doing. We are “on the wall”.

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