The Sabbath services on July 21, 2018 began with a song service led by Leilani (junior) and Yzznne (sophomore), accompanied by Samantha (junior) on the piano. The opening song was “Will Your Anchor Hold?”
Rodney Herra welcomed everyone and had prayer and read the scripture reading – Hebrews 4:14-15 “14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”
The Arce family then had the mission story. Ginny Arce and her daughter Elena told about their recent trip to Mexico. Following are some notes from their presentation:
At one Mexican stop, a man started wiping the windows of their van. They gave him a Glow tract (along with money) – he gave them back the biggest smile.
The family delivered massage tables and chairs to the southern Adventist university.
God was teaching Ginny Arce various lessons during their visit to this university, especially dealing with their lifestyle program.
At one point, they saw a woman lying beside the road and non-responsive. Finally, they called 911. No one had helped the lady despite a community of a tradition of helping. The family prayed and shared the love of Jesus with the spectators.
The police arrived, took pictures and explanations, and put the lady in their truck. The Arces don’t know what eventually happened to her.
On a previous trip, Elena (daughter) had been left behind at one stop. Elena had stayed calm and stayed at the nearby police station. This past week the family met and thanked the people who helped Elena. One person was a policeman.
This policeman had taken Elena to the station, and a lady (soon to retire) took charge. If Elena had been left a few hours before or a few hours after, the family would have never seen her again.
This experience has led to an ongoing witness to these people.
Rodney then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Jara (2018 sophomore) and Itzel (junior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. Ginny Arce played her flute and Elena (sophomore) her violin for special music, accompanied by Samantha on the piano.
Rodney Herra had the closing prayer and explained the classes. Clayton Brandt led the lesson study in the main sanctuary and Rich Sutton in the class “behind the glass” in the rear of the church sanctuary.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Ginny Arce – works with her husband Pedro in the Laurelbrook music program
Rodney Herra – former staff member / Laurelbrook church treasurer