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ESL Class Talks About Parable of Talents

The Sabbath services on June 16, 2018 began with a song service led by Scott Sterling, accompanied by Leilani (junior) on the piano.  The opening song was “Open My Eyes”.

Alex (sophomore) welcomed everyone. Jefferson (junior) read the scripture reading – Psalm 80:7 “Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.”  Heissel (junior) then had prayer and introduced the theme of the program. Jesus taught important truths with stories or, as we call them, parables. The program was based on the parable of the talents as recounted in the book Refreshed Parables. The ESL English class then talked about the theme ("Return on God’s Investment").

Heissel read the mission story from Holbrook Indian Mission School. A boy wanted to go for a late-night walk so the boys’ dean dressed to go with him since the boy had been a gang member. The devils continued to tempt the boy because the boy felt the gang was like a family.  The boy began to cry when he felt that the school was like a family. The dean felt that God could intervene in the lives of these students. Part of the 13th Sabbath offering will go towards a new gym and cafeteria for this school.

She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Leilani (junior) and Cayence (9th grader) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. 

The ESL English class continued talking about ROI. Nancy Brenneman then mentioned that the parable of the talents had been the basis for the story.  She passed out some sheets with questions pertaining to the story and had the audience discuss the ideas.  She thanked the ESL students for using their language skills.


Nancy Brenneman had the closing prayer and explained the classes.  Jester Felarca led the lesson study in the main sanctuary and Ricardo Reid the student class “behind the glass” in the rear of the church sanctuary.


Following are a few notes from the audience discussion of the presentation:


  1. People can go to disadvantaged areas to teach children music.
  2. Churches need to help all those who have musical abilities grow.
  3. If we don’t use our talents, we destroy them.
  4. You can involve yourself in many things, good in themselves, that take away from our musical talents.
  5. Some people are better being a part of a group.

Personnel Other Than Students:

Jester Felarca – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home as a C.N.A.

Nancy Brenneman – ESL teacher, computer lab coordinator, and academy librarian

Ricardo Reid – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home / head local church elder

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