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Rich Sutton Focuses the Sabbath School Program on Troubles


The Sabbath services on July 14, 2018 began with a song service led by Rebecca Nowdesha and Yzzynne (9th grader), accompanied by Jara (junior) on the piano.  The opening song was “Lo, What a Glorious Sight Appears”.

Pam Sutton welcomed everyone. Rich Sutton had prayer and read the scripture reading – John 16:32 “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”

Pam Sutton read the mission story from South Korea about a team from the Korean publishing house. They saw an advertisement for a Sunday-keeping church’s rally and went to the home of the couple hosting the rally.  The couple turned out to be the pastors of one of the largest Sunday-keeping churches. Eventually the couple came to a health seminar and then an evangelistic series.  Eventually even the wife came to accept the Adventist truth.

She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Suriel (senior) and Felix (junior) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Rich Sutton mentioned this offering raised $8000 to help students and staff go on mission trips.

Rich Sutton had the theme talk on “Trouble” with Eric (senior) translating.  A group of the Spanish boys then sang “Santo, Santo, Santo”, accompanied by Leilani (junior) on the piano. Pam Sutton had the closing prayer and explained the classes.  Jester Felarca had the lesson study in the main sanctuary and Rich Sutton the class “behind the glass” in the rear of the church sanctuary. The subject was the day of Pentecost.


Following are a few notes from the presentation:


  1. Trouble always seems to find us.
  2. Do you deal with “what ifs”?
  3. In this world, we will have tribulation.
  4. John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
  5. The Apostle Paul went through all his tribulations because he loved Jesus.
  6. Jesus had problems – Jewish leaders caused HIm trouble all the time / fasted 40 days for us / his last week on earth – He knew what was going to happen to Him.
  7. 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].”
  8. We just need to go forward despite the trouble ahead. God will make a way of escape.

Personnel Other Than Students:

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

Pam Sutton – wife of Rich Sutton / assistant to the president

Rebecca Nowdesha – assistant girls’ dean

Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president

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