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Cheryl Orser Talks About God's Manual

Sabbath services on September 16, 2017 began with a song service led by Eric (junior), accompanied by Samantha (sophomore)s on the piano.  The opening song was “Father, Lead Me Day by Day”. Cheryl Orser welcomed everyone and had prayer.

Eric (junior) had prayer and read the scripture reading – Joshua 24:14-15  “14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 15 ¶ And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Andrew Sharon then told a little about Cambodia, a country about the size of the state of Oregon with 15 million people.  Less than one percent are Christians.  Most are either Buddhists or nature worshippers.  The average income for a laborer is about $5 or $6 a day; a Bible costs $15. Unfortunately, Cambodia lacks missionaries.

Andrew feels he was sent to Cambodia to learn to come close to the Lord instead of his own interests. A lot of Cambodian people are hurting, but in this country it is illegal to share your faith.  So missionaries there teach English and instruct people in morality. But the leader in one city allowed them to hold an evangelistic series for two weeks on church property.  It turned out that he had read some of Ellen White’s books. Andrew realized that a specific diet and a day of rest helped him greatly.

Andrew’s older brother came on two hunters on a trail in Thailand. His backpack was heavy with food, which he shared with the hunters.  The hunters went ahead. Eventually, when he showed up in the village, he learned that they had planned to kill him but refrained when he shared the food.

Andrew Sharon then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Clifton Brandt and Elyjah (junior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Pedro Arce then sang “Abide With Me” for special music, accompanied by Samantha on the piano.

Cheryl Orser had the superintendent’s remarks on “God’s PC Manual”.  The congregation then sang the first verse of “Trust and Obey”.  Cheryl Orser then announced the classes and had the closing prayer.
The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Pedro Arce in the church sanctuary and one in the back of the sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Elizabeth Castle and Susie Moro, and one in the CNA house taught by Ricardo Reid and Cornelio Moro. Rich Sutton was the nursing home teacher.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. God’s manual is full of lifestyle principles.  Sometimes people trash some of these principles or follow only a few.
  2. Whatever we do, we need to follow God’s principle for that area.
  3.  Ellen White says that one principle neglected gives Satan an opening to come into our lives.
  4. Every act is judged by the motive or reason we react the way we do.
  5. We need to feel that the Spirit of Prophecy books give us principles for a much better life instead of rules to bang us over the head.
  6. What we are wearing should be subjected to these principles as well.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Andrew Sharon – works with construction
Cheryl Orser – retired elementary school teacher
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems as well as general repairs
Pedro Arce – heads up Laurelbrook’s music program

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