Arces' Program Centers on Telling About God
Sabbath services on September 9, 2017 began with a song service led by Citlali (senior), Cesiah (junior), and Heissel (sophomore), accompanied by Jacqueline Miller on the piano. The opening song was “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”. Gabriel (elementary) and his brother welcomed everyone with a short skit.
Ginny Arce had prayer and read the scripture reading – Psalm 19:1-2 “1 ¶ « To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. » The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.”
Pedro and Ginny Arce then had the superintendent’s remarks on the subject “Tell About God”.
Ginny Arce then played “This Is My Father’s World” as a flute solo, accompanied by Samantha on the piano. Elena (9th grader) then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Citlali (senior) and Sarah (senior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
- Pedro Arce pointed out that God’s creation tells about Him.
- Ginny Arce mentioned that the most practical sermon is the testimony of a life living according to God’s principles.
- Pedro Arce mentioned that a barren fig tree will be cut down.
- Ginny Arce pointed out that the most difficult sermon to preach is self-denial.
- Pedro Arce said that pouring water into a full glass means that some of the water must go somewhere else.
- Students witnessing in the community found that many didn’t know that Laurelbrook existed.
- People were invited to share some of their witnessing experiences. One group went up to two men sitting on a porch, and after sharing their testimonies one man started to cry.
- Ginny Arce then mentioned that a Mission Spotlight program titled “Diving In” told about a business witnessing to rich people on vacation with diving experiences and healthful food. Back home these people would be impossible to reach.
- Pedro Arce then read Leviticus 20:22-24 “22 ¶ Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. 23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. 24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I [am] the LORD your God, which have separated you from [other] people.”
- Pedro Arce mentioned that God had reserved a special land for Israel, a land very fruitful. God has given us an abundant field of mission work where we can witness to people with a life consistent with God’s principles. Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” You don’t have to be a great speaker to share Jesus’ love. Helping others on mission trips and holding evangelistic meetings also helps God’s mission work.
- Ginny Arce mentioned that science work is another field of witnessing.
Ginny Arce had the closing prayer and then announced the classes. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Eva Gonzales in the church sanctuary and one in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Susan Moro and Elizabeth Castle and one in the CNA house taught by Pedro Arce. One group went to the nursing home.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Ginny Arce – wife of Pedro Arce / works with the used furniture program
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Pedro Arce – heads up the academy music program