The Sabbath services on August 4, 2018 began with a song service led by Jacqueline Miller, accompanied by Jeremy Westcott on the piano. The opening song was “Rock of Ages”.
Jacqueline Miller welcomed everyone, had prayer, and read the scripture reading – Ephesians 4:31-32 “31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Ashur (sophomore) and Itzel (senior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
She then read a mission story about a young lady who moved to the U.S. from Japan. Her family split when she was young; she lived with her mother and visited her father. Then her father got sick, and she had to take care of him. Then she moved to the U.S. Her cousins took her to an Adventist church. The members fed her lunch and hung out with her. Eventually, she wanted to be baptized but remembered that she had told her father she hated him. She had a dream about her father forgiving her. God loves us and forgives us. She sensed the joy of salvation for the first time. She was baptized three months after the dream. She worked as an art therapist with children with trauma in their lives. Although her dad was not a Christian, he seems to have the love of God in his heart; she may meet him in heaven.
Ginny Arce, Eliseo (junior), and Samantha (junior) played their stringed instruments for special music, accompanied by Jeremy Westcott on the piano. Jacqueline Miller explained the classes. Clifton Brandt led the lesson study in the main sanctuary, Andrew Sharon the student class “behind the glass” in the rear of the church sanctuary.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Andrew Sharon – one of Laurelbrook’s maintenance men, occasionally serving as work coordinator
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Jeremy Westcott – one of the academy teachers