January 23 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

 Jesus is standing in front of the governor of Palestine. He’s already been physically mauled and mentally drained by his accusers. They are out for blood. His blood. They want nothing more than to see the would-be Messiah executed. They claim not to have the authority to carry out such a desire, so they try to get someone else to do their dirty work. Romans were good at executing “justice” so they attempt to incite Rome to do their dirty work.

Anytime the Kingdom tries to get the empire to do their bidding, it’s not good for the church nor is it good for the empire.

Pilate didn’t get to his position in the Roman Empire because he was dull. He’s intrigued by Jesus. He’s so intrigued that he questions Him personally. There is Jesus, standing quietly before Pilate. The Kingdom in the presence of the authoritarian empire leader.

“Is it true that you are the king of the Jews?

Somehow, Pilate had heard something about this new Kingdom that Jesus was wanting to usher into the Roman Empire.

He didn’t look like much of a king. He looked poor. Wasn’t much to look at. What kind of a king would allow himself to be arrested and beat up? And where were his subjects?

Jesus answers, “Is it your idea that I’m a king or did somebody put that in your head?”

Pilate reminds Jesus that it was His own people that turned him over and accused him of sedition.

Then Jesus says something that is worth taking note of. He says, “My Kingdom is not of this world and my subjects don’t fight empire battles.” (MRV—Mark’s Revised Version)

Jesus reminds all of His followers that even though we all live in the empire, our Kingdom is not of this world. The Empire is not what we are to be invested in. The Kingdom is what it’s all about. Jesus’ Kingdom, the earth as He sees it becoming, is the business we are to all be about.

I have a dear friend from childhood that I talked to yesterday. He’s in his early 60s. When I called him, he texted me, “I’m not feeling great today, we can talk later.”

I didn’t leave well enough alone, so I called again. He finally answered. In a nutshell, he’s so upset about the politics in the US and how the election went, and how dishonest the media is about it all, it’s literally made him sick in mind and body. The Empire is literally driving him nuts.

In recent weeks we’ve seen elections, riots, strife, and an inauguration (or as a young friend called it the other day—eggnog nation). These things are all news worthy. Lots of pictures and videos. Conspiracies and behind the scenes shenanigans. And it’s all about the empire.

We are not about the business of the empire. We are about the business of the Kingdom. Let’s keep our focus. In the words of the author of the book of Hebrews, let’s, “Fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

Pastor Mark Witas

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Special shout out to Marlan Glovatsky for being a host at each “Habits” series online interactive event. Thank you, Marlan!

 

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Wendy Witas will present our worship service titled ”Renew Your Mind by the Mastermind.”

Announcements

Please pray for the family of  Marti Wofford who passed away this passed week on January 19, 2021.

There will be a “hangout” for Portland Adventist Academy students with Pastor Billy Hungate Friday, January 29, 6:00 pm.

Sunday, February 28, 4:00 pm, there will be a Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra concert via livestream — use this link to view : http://www.sunnysidesymphony.org

Our new Sabbath School quarterlies are here! If you would like a new quarterly contact the church office and we will make sure you get what you need: 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org. Or you may get it online at
https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

The January/February Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer. If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts and activities for each Sabbath in January and February. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Area Events and Announcements

Crosswalk Portland is conducting a drive-thru “Sock Drive” for our neighbors without houses. It will be held in the PAA parking lot Saturday, January 23, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Come anytime, drop off socks and listen to some live worship music.

February 13, 6:00 to 7:00 Sabbath evening. Please use a red Crayon to circle this date on your calendar. Bright red! Giving For Our Kids will be a one-hour celebration of Oregon Conference education – the students, teachers and staff who are living God’s miracles every day. We’ll take you inside classrooms so you can see how students are learning during Covid. You’ll hear from students, teachers, administrators, staff, and alumni – and you’ll be the first to hear an incredibly beautiful musical piece sung by our kids! Online at www.facebook.com/OregonAdventists/ and www.youtube.com/oregonadventists.

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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January 16 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

Snippets of Sunnyside’s Story

The Story of Sunnyside’s Rieger Organ –Part 2
Rieger Organ installation timeline and financing

I recently traced a number of Sunnyside Church Board actions (1983-1988) to find out how our Rieger Organ was purchased, financed and installed.

    • June 9, 1983
      The Church Board approved an offer to purchase the old Sunnyside church building.
    • June 11, 1983
      Business Meeting also approved the offer to purchase the old church building ($400,000).
    • August 21, 1983
      The Business Meeting approved purchase of Rieger ($298,499).The order was with an anticipated delivery in 18 months time.$150,000 was to come from church budget, after money from the sale of the old church is received.

      The balance was to come from a fund-raising committee called Friends of the Organ Committee, who, as part of their work, designed a rather elegant and very informative brochure:

    The Friends of the Organ Committee was directed to raise funds amongst friends of Sunnyside without negatively impacting congregational giving to church budget. Finances were tight with the current building program of the new church. The Finance Committee suggested that they wait for the money from the sale of the old church. There was concern that the regular fundraising for the building of the new church might suffer from another project going on simultaneously.
  • November 26, 1984
    The Church approved a down payment of $156,600 with balance due in 18 months. At that time approximately $50.000 was available from donations and pledges.
  • February 3, 1985
    It was reported that the expected time for completing the organ had been increased to 2-2 ½ years.

    In the meantime, the currency exchange rate between United States and Austria was fluctuating.
  • March 25, 1985
    An Exchange Futures contract was approved (Western Oregon Conference Association on behalf of Sunnyside Church) to protect favorable exchange rate.

    (Dr Dick Gingrich remembers it was suggested that we pin a payment of $150,000 at a current exchange rate. It seems that in total we saved up to $75000 in total, due to favorable terms of these exchange rates.)
  • March 28, 1988
    The Rieger organ had arrived and was ready to be installed and then dedicated debt free.

God works through Divine timing and generous givers.

And Sunnyside is blessed!

And Sunnyside becomes a blessing!

Pastor Dave Allen

 

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to  our church membership for being so faithful with your giving in 2020!

 

 

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at
11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our worship service titled ”Sacrifice.”

Announcements

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge  of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

Our new Sabbath School quarterlies are here! If you would like a new quarterly contact the church office and we will make sure you get what you need: 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org. Or you may get it online at
https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

The January/February Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer. If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts and activities for each Sabbath in January and February. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

There will be a church board meeting January 20, 2021, 7:00 pm via Zoom. Board members, watch your email for your Zoom invitation.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Did you know 92% of all New Year’s resolutions fail? Want to know why? Have a burning desire to get rid of some of the bad habits in your life? What does the Bible have to say about habits, how did Jesus model them? Lots of questions… Pastor Billy does his best to answer them in a three part series starting January 7 at 7 pm Pacific time. You can join the online community gathering at sunnysidesda.online.church or you can watch on Sunnyside Adventist Church Facebook and YouTube. You can also find the content on my personal podcast community Life Project and the podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/life-project-podcast/id1510264362

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

 Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Dave Allen

Arnold Petersen

John Carter

Michael and Sage Gregory

Pastor Mark Witas

Karl Helton

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Help Still Needed: PAA has launched a campaign to meet Student Scholarship goals and the urgent need to replace the roof above the gym, Chapel, and stage. To learn more about these needs click HERE.  Would you consider supporting one or more of these projects? Contact Sam Vigil Jr. at svigil@paasda.org for more information.

Fundraising Update: Great news! Thank you to the many donors who responded to our end-of-year appeals. Our campaign goals have either been met or are approaching completion. Thanks to our generous donors, we’ve reached the COVID-19 Relief Fund goal of $125,000. In addition, $33,300 of our $50,000 goal was raised towards PAASS scholarships, and $83,725 of the $95,000 goal was raised towards the Gym Roof Replacement fund! We are overwhelmed, amazed, thankful, and blessed by a loving God and a supportive community. Because of these donors, more students can attend PAA, and the gym will continue to be a valuable and central space for student life. What else can we say but Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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January 9 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

As I write this message for our church communiqué, folks have stormed our nation’s capitol building, I cancelled two speaking engagement trips because of the high risk of contacting COVID-19, our church sits with new but empty pews and my cat just barfed on the carpet. OK, that last one happens more than you’d guess. All in all, I’d say that 2020 has left us in a world of confusion and in some cases, hurt.

I don’t know if you remember, but as I took you through the books of Daniel and Revelation, I emphasized the need to turn away from the Empire and turn toward the Kingdom, toward Jesus. If there has ever been a time in earth’s history to do this, it’s now. There’s an old spiritual song that I’d like to turn you towards that is the song of my heart right now. Here are some of the lyrics.

If we ever needed the Lord before
We sure do need Him now
Oh, we sure do need Him now
Oh, Lord, we sure do need Him now
If we ever needed the Lord before
We sure do need Him now
We need Him every day and every hour

We need Him in the morning
We need Him in the night
We need Him in the noonday
When the sun is shining bright
We need Him when we’re happy
We need Him when we’re sad
We need Him when we’re burdened
Just to make our hearts feel glad

Sing this to yourself. If you don’t know it, look it up and play it. This should be the theme of our song in 2021. Peace.

Pastor Mark Witas

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to our Music Committee for continually providing us such outstanding music for our worship services.

 

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our worship service titled “Does God Hate?”

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge  of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

Our new Sabbath School quarterlies are here! If you would like a new quarterly contact the church office and we will make sure you get what you need: 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org. Or you may get it online at
https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

The January/February Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer. If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts and activities for each Sabbath in January and February. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

The Finance Committee will meet Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 pm, via Zoom. Watch your email for the Zoom invitation.

There will be a church board meeting January 20, 2021, 7:00 pm via Zoom. Board members, watch your email for your Zoom invitation.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Did you know 92% of all New Year’s resolutions fail? Want to know why? Have a burning desire to get rid of some of the bad habits in your life? What does the Bible have to say about habits, how did Jesus model them? Lots of questions… Pastor Billy does his best to answer them in a three part series starting January 7 at 7 pm Pacific time. You can join the online community gathering at sunnysidesda.online.church or you can watch on Sunnyside Adventist Church Facebook and YouTube. You can also find the content on my personal podcast community Life Project and the podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/life-project-podcast/id1510264362

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

 

 Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Dave Allen

Kassy Eichele, Alex Geschke

Larry Ramey

Chelsea Hungate

Pastor Billy Hungate

Pastor Mark Witas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Help Still Needed: PAA has launched a campaign to meet Student Scholarship goals and the urgent need to replace the roof above the gym, Chapel, and stage. To learn more about these needs click HERE.  Would you consider supporting one or more of these projects? Contact Sam Vigil Jr. at svigil@paasda.org for more information.

Fundraising Update: Great news! Thank you to the many donors who responded to our end-of-year appeals. Our campaign goals have either been met or are approaching completion. Thanks to our generous donors, we’ve reached the COVID-19 Relief Fund goal of $125,000. In addition, $33,300 of our $50,000 goal was raised towards PAASS scholarships, and $83,725 of the $95,000 goal was raised towards the Gym Roof Replacement fund! We are overwhelmed, amazed, thankful, and blessed by a loving God and a supportive community. Because of these donors, more students can attend PAA, and the gym will continue to be a valuable and central space for student life. What else can we say but Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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January 2 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

Welcome to 2021! Is it any different from 2020? Too early to tell? I would agree. I am hoping that you have had the chance to view the first part of our new Thursday night service titled “Habits”. If you have not, no need to worry, take a break from reading this communiqué and head over to our YouTube or Facebook page and give it a watch, then head right back here and finish the communiqué .

So in Part 1 of the series we talked about, “Who Before Do”. Why is that important? It is so important because when you know who you are, you know what to do. Who do you want to be? When you know who you want to be then you know what the right thing is to do. The do overflows out of the who. Don’t start with the do, start with the who. Who do you want to be?

Do you want to be a true man of God? How about a Godly wife or mom? Would being sober, clean be something you would like to be? How about financially free and not living under the crushing pressure of debt, or being a healthy person? These are all admirable things and here is the best part, “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.… Now You are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.”
(Romans 6:6-7, 18 NLT)

Here is what I want to be. I want to be known as a man who loves my wife, is the best husband you’ve ever seen, and a faithful pastor to the Sunnyside church. I want to be a strong leader for the Youth and Young Adults of Sunnyside who believes in each and every one of them and empowers them to do more and to make a difference in the Portland area. I want to enjoy life and be healthy.

So, we know that a healthy identity creates positive habits and positive habits help to reinforce our healthy identity. We also know that no single action changes your identity, but multiple actions over time change how you see yourself, which eventually helps change your identity. Remember, Successful people do consistently what other people do occasionally. Just as Daniel had habits that helped him cling to God, we must develop positive spiritual habits that allow us to successfully find our identity in Christ.  But first, we have to START.  ere are five things we can start doing right now.

Start talking.  What’s one new habit you want to start? What’s one old habit you want to stop?

Start thinking. What’s a positive habit you do occasionally that you’d like to do consistently?

Start sharing. What’s a “who” goal that you want to put into place this year? Tell 5 people about it to help hold you accountable.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power. “God, we can’t do any of this without You. Thank You for showing us the places we can grow to become more like Christ. Holy Spirit, we need Your power to break off old habits and start new ones. We pray this by the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.”

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

Strength and courage to all of our Sunnyside family as we all go through 2021 together!

 Pastor Billy Hungate

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to the many people involved in our Christmas program last week and our pastors for putting together such a dynamite program. It was full of details, and very well done. Thank you to all of you!

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Billy Hungate will present our worship service titled “2021: New Year—New You?

Announcements

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge  of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

Our new Sabbath School quarterlies are here! If you would like a new quarterly contact the church office and we will make sure you get what you need: 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org. Or you may get it online at
https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

The January/February Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer. If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts and activities for each Sabbath in January and February. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

The Finance Committee will meet Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 pm, via Zoom. Watch your email for the Zoom invitation.

There will be a church board meeting January 20, 2021, 7:00 pm via Zoom. Board members, watch your email for your Zoom invitation.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

Job Openings at PACS Full-time Development/Marketing Associate – Seeking a candidate who can effectively communicate the PACS mission and vision to our community, constituents, volunteers, and donors. See full job description visit, http://www.pacsonline.org/job-openings.

Room/Apartment Needed:
If you have a spare bedroom to rent or a 1-bedroom apartment, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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December 26 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

Last time I wrote the communiqué I told you that Luke focused on the lowly and humble Jesus, born in a manger, visited by lowly shepherds. While that’s how Luke wanted to present the Christ child, Matthew wants to present to us the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords in majesty and royalty. In Matthew the story of Jesus starts with a genealogy that’s filled with kings and royalty, all in the bloodline of Jesus. King David (until Jesus, the king of kings in Judaism) is presented as a direct ancestor of Jesus.

Then Matthew continues. Royalty from the east comes to visit Jesus. They consult the “king of the Jews” Herod to find out where He will be born. And then, Matthew makes great efforts to compare the plight of Jesus to the plight of Moses (maybe not a king, but a great leader of God’s people) by showing how Herod acted like Pharaoh, trying to thwart the birth and kingship of Jesus by killing all the children who were two years old and younger. Jesus is further compared to Moses as he travels to Egypt and then comes from Egypt to lead His people.

The Magi leave Jesus royal gifts (worthy of a king) setting Jesus’ family and His ministry up for life.

Why does Matthew want to present Jesus as a king? Because to Matthew, the Kingdom is of utmost importance. Matthew wants to usher out the old and tired empire and usher in the new Kingdom with Jesus as its King. This new Kingdom is built on love, forgiveness, inclusion, and defense of those who have been kicked to the curb.

I want to be a part of this new Kingdom. I want to worship the new born King. I hope you do too.

 Pastor Mark Witas

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to all our volunteers who made this Christmas program so special. Thank you!

 

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

 Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Today we will enjoy ur Christmas program, featuring a live camel and a reenactment of the nativity scene. Tune in from our website www.SunnysideAdventist.org or via Facebook.

Announcements

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge  of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

Our new Sabbath School quarterlies are here! If you would like a new quarterly contact the church office and we will make sure you get what you need: 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org. Or you may get it online at
https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

The January/February Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer. If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts and activities for each Sabbath in January and February. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

Job Openings at PACS Full-time Development/Marketing Associate – Seeking a candidate who can effectively communicate the PACS mission and vision to our community, constituents, volunteers, and donors. See full job description visit, http://www.pacsonline.org/job-openings.

Room/Apartment Needed:
If you have a spare bedroom to rent or a 1-bedroom apartment, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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December 19 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

For unto Us a Child is Born

At Sunnyside

       December 2020

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

When Jesus was born into this world, he moved into Bethlehem,

 

 

 

 

 

and Nazareth,

 

 

 

 

 

Ghana,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romania,

and Sunnyside

When Jesus was born into this world, he not only moved into Sunnyside Church, but into your home, into your family and into your heart.

 

 

 

 

 

And when He did, they called Him Jesus, Savior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She will give birth to a son, and you are
to give him the name Jesus, because he
will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

Blessings,

Pastor Dave Allen

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to our Audio / Video team! Especially to Jonathan Russell, Terrill Allen, Eli Makoko, and Paul Dragulin in Video; Guy Dove and Patrick Knapp of the Audio team for an absolutely superb job of recording last week for our worship service and the vespers program!

Shout out to Natalia Gramada for putting together décor for our Christmas program. Good job, Natalia!

Shout out to Ben Dalusong for capturing some of the most amazing photos for our Christmas program. And thank you for being willing to travel for some of these photos!

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Dr. Paul. Dragulin will present our Bible message titled “Does God Care About Football?”

Today we welcome Sunnyside Brass, directed by Dr. John Carter, and Martha Natiuk at the organ as they present our special music.

Announcements

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

Our new Sabbath School quarterlies are here! If you would like a new quarterly contact the church office and we will make sure you get what you need: 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org. Or you may get it online at
https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

The January/February Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer. If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts and activities for each Sabbath in January and February. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

Sunnyside Adventist Church invites you to enjoy  our Christmas program Sabbath, December 26, at 11:15 am, featuring a live camel and a reenactment of the nativity. The entire program will be livestreamed. Tune in from our website www.SunnysideAdventist.org or via Facebook.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Area Events and Announcements

Adventist Book Center is having its “Holiday Sale” effective December 1-31. Click here to view their flyer.

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

Job Openings at PACS Full-time Development/Marketing Associate – Seeking a candidate who can effectively communicate the PACS mission and vision to our community, constituents, volunteers, and donors. See full job description visit, http://www.pacsonline.org/job-openings.

Room/Apartment Needed:
If you have a spare bedroom to rent or a 1-bedroom apartment, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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December 12 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

One of the interesting things (to me) that’s come from my study of the two birth narratives of Jesus (in the gospels of Matthew and Luke) is the angelic visit to the shepherds. Luke’s telling of the birth story focuses on the lowly and seemingly insignificant Jesus, born to two peasants in a small little insignificant town (to the world). In first century Judaism, shepherds were viewed as unsophisticated and uneducated. Three hundred years before Christ, Aristotle was cited as saying that among people, “the laziest are shepherds, who lead an idle life, and get their subsistence without trouble from tame animals; their flocks wandering from place to place in search of pasture, they are compelled to follow them, cultivating a sort of living farm.”

In Luke, the shepherds, not at all esteemed in society, visit a young couple that are travel weary and in a manger, a place for animals, not for humans giving birth. The parents are so poor, when they go to the temple to present Jesus, they can’t celebrate with a lamb offering, like middle-class or upper-class families desire to do, they have to purchase turtle doves, the offering for poor people. Dr. Luke, in his depiction of the birth narrative, focuses on the humility and lowliness of Jesus. Luke’s whole gospel teaches that the poor will be made rich and the greedy will receive their consequences. The “good” people are really bad and the bad catch amazing grace from the lowly Jesus.

I like Luke’s version of the birth of Jesus. I like it that he describes the angels as a host, a military term. I always thought the angels sang to the shepherds. As it turns out, they didn’t sing, they proclaimed. Actually, they proclaimed a declaration of war. The great irony in this section of scripture is that the angel’s war cry is a declaration of peace. They come to wage peace on earth, and good will to all men, which, incidentally, is accompanied by, “on whom God’s favor rests.”

A couple of things about this. 1) Over and over again the Bible emphasizes the wonder of peace and peacemakers. If we are not in the business of peace than we are not about God’s business. 2) God’s favor rests on all men. We were born into His favor. He’s on our side. He’s on your side.

I want to be an angel warrior, waging peace on earth and turning my back on the things that make for war.

Pastor Mark Witas

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to Alice and Erik Nielsen for making all the arrangements for our special music and vespers today. Anthony León, Sergio Levya, the Orchestra Ensemble, Dr. John Carter, and Martha Natiuk welcome and thank you for such a great musical experience! And thank you Kathy Rosenquist for your special attention to the fine details!

 Shout out to Eli Makoko and team for their amazing assistance in the production of the Children’s program last week.

 

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Dick Duerksen will present our Bible message titled “Condemned No More.”

Today Cuban and Colombian tenor, Anthony León, a well-known and honored international vocalist, will be presenting special music for our worship service, singing “The Christmas Song” by Dr. Ariel Quintana, and more. At 4:00 pm, there will be a vespers, via streaming video, where he will perform selections from his latest album, “The Holy City.” He will also be playing his saxophone. Anthony is a Fellow at the highly regarded New England Conservatory, has performed in multiple arenas including Carnegie Hall, and extensive music productions with La Sierra University. His accompanist, Sergio Leiva, is from Chile and also has an impressive background. You won’t want to miss this presentation!

Announcements

Please pray for the families of:

Mary Lou Copeland who passed away December 1, 2020.
Yvonne Lutts, who passed away December 9, 2020. She was the wife of Ted Lutts, a retired pastor of the Oregon Conference, a former member of Sunnyside, and a friend of many.

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

The November/December Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer.  If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts, and activities for each Sabbath in November and December. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

Cherry Park School Toy Drive. The annual toy drive for Cherry Park School will be November 14 to December 13. Please bring your unwrapped gift and place it in the box (marked Toy Drive) in the foyer of the church. Cherry Park School is a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade school. Gift ideas: Playdoh sets, board games, Barbie dolls, dolls, trucks, Legos, crafts, Hot Wheels. Please feel free to reach out to: Jackee Duvall 503-309-9400 or jackeeduvall@hotmail.com.

Sunnyside Adventist Church invites you to enjoy  our Christmas program Sabbath, December 26, at 11:15 am, featuring a live camel and a reenactment of the nativity. The entire program will be livestreamed. Tune in from our website www.SunnysideAdventist.org or via Facebook.

Students from PAA will have a vespers on Friday, December 18, 7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall at Sunnyside Church.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Area Events and Announcements

Adventist Book Center is having its “Holiday Sale” effective December 1-31. Click here to view their flyer.

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

Job Openings at PACS Full-time Development/Marketing Associate – Seeking a candidate who can effectively communicate the PACS mission and vision to our community, constituents, volunteers, and donors. See full job description visit, http://www.pacsonline.org/job-openings.

Room/Apartment Needed:
If you have a spare bedroom to rent or a 1-bedroom apartment, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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December 5 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

As we creep closer to the New Year (praise God, am I right?) my mind continues to think about New Year’s resolutions and the promises of what a New Year can bring. It may just be me, but I am fairly certain that many of us cannot wait for 2021 to get here and to just get 2020 over with already! While 2021 may bring new changes and more things that we want to do may open up, a New Year may not bring the New You that will make you feel better about yourself.  The only New You that matters is one that finds its identity in Jesus Christ.

Let’s talk about New Year resolutions quickly. There are two quick statistics I’d like to send your way. First, I mentioned this in my last sermon but around 85% of what we do in our day is habitual and is under our subconscious. Take a few minutes and go over from the moment you wake up to the moment you start working or transition from your morning to your “work day” (whatever that may look like). I guarantee that these are all done subconsciously, without you thinking about what you should be doing that morning. Secondly, did you know that 92% of all New Year Resolutions won’t last? Crazy right! There are many reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail and there are three that I would like to bring to your attention:

  1. We focus on the what but don’t understand the how.
  2. We don’t see progress fast enough.
  3. Our distorted identity sabotages our success.

While I will be discussing these three in more detail in January with a “Habits” series that will be shown Thursday nights, I would like to focus on the third point. Our distorted identity sabotages our success. Why is identity so important when creating or quoting habits in our lives. The reason is that many of the New Year Resolutions are all about changing some aspect of the 85% of our lives that are subconscious, so in order to change our behaviors we must change our identity within those behaviors.

Here is my favorite Biblical example of identity and how it changes who you are. In Judges, chapter 6, an angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great Tree at Ophrah. Gideon was threshing wheat at the bottom a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appears to Gideon and says, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” Gideon responds, “Sir, if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about?”

The LORD turns to him and says, “Go with the strength you have, and reduce Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” Gideon responds, “But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

In the rest of chapter 6 and beginning of chapter 7, Gideon and God have conversations where Gideon asks for signs, God shows Him the signs and then they begin to develop a plan for defeating the Midianites. Here is where things change. Chapter 7, verse 17, Gideon is talking to the 300 men God had provided and he says, “Keep your eyes on me.” Wow! What a transformation. What changed? His identity of who God says he is shaped how he saw himself and now instead of asking questions he led an army to defeat the mighty Midianites.

Are there mighty armies in your life that you wish you could defeat? As we go through the month of December, to prepare for Sunnyside’s series on Habits, my challenge to you is threefold:

  1. What are the mighty armies in my life that I wish I could defeat?
  2. What does God say about me, my identity, and how I can defeat them?
  3. How can I bring God into this battle with me?

I look forward to hearing what mighty armies we can all defeat together in Christ! You are all more than conquerors with Christ (Romans 8:37).

Pastor Bill Hungate

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to the decorating committee for the lovely decorations during Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas season. Your attention to detail makes our church look lovely!

 

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Our Children will present their Christmas program today.

Announcements

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

The November/December Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer.  If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts, and activities for each Sabbath in November and December. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

Cherry Park School Toy Drive. The annual toy drive for Cherry Park School will be November 14 to December 13. Please bring your unwrapped gift and place it in the box (marked Toy Drive) in the foyer of the church. Cherry Park School is a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade school. Gift ideas: Playdoh sets, board games, Barbie dolls, dolls, trucks, Legos, crafts, Hot Wheels. Please feel free to reach out to: Jackee Duvall 503-309-9400 or jackeeduvall@hotmail.com.

Devotional books! It’s time to order your new devotional book for 2021 at a discounted price. These make great Christmas gifts! Place your order not later than December 10 by calling the office at 503-252-8080 and arrange for pickup of your order between December 14-17 at the church. Click here to see what is available. Or go to our website at http://www.SunnysideAdventist.org, click on “Our Ministries” to view.

Sabbath, December 12, Cuban and Colombian tenor, Anthony León, a well-known and honored international vocalist, will be presenting special music for our worship service, singing “The Christmas Song” by Dr. Ariel Quintana. At 4:00 pm, there will be a vespers, via streaming video, where he will perform selections from his latest album, “The Holy City.” Anthony is a Fellow at the highly regarded New England Conservatory, has performed in multiple arenas including Carnegie Hall, and extensive music productions with La Sierra University. His accompanist, Sergio Leiva, is from Chile and also has an impressive background. You won’t want to miss this presentation!

Journey of the Ages — As you can imagine, this year’s Follow the Star Christmas production at the campgrounds in Gladstone won’t be happening this year. However, we will be premiering a completely different Christmas production called Journey of the Ages! Produced by Gladstone-Park Church and the Oregon Conference, Journey of the Ages is a short, family-friendly production about some children who are hearing the Christmas story for the first time from their energetic grandpa! This production will go live on Friday, December 4 at 7 pm, on the Oregon Conference YouTube channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/OregonAdventists

Sunnyside Adventist Church invites you to enjoy  our Christmas program Sabbath, December 26, at 11:15 am, featuring a live camel and a reenactment of the nativity. The entire program will be livestreamed. Tune in from our website www.SunnysideAdventist.org or via Facebook.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Students from PAA will have a vespers on Friday, December 18, 7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall at Sunnyside Church.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

We have a family in need! Needed a queen-size bed and bedding. Contact Marie Pierre, 503-998-3754, if you have one to donate or know of one.

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Area Events and Announcements

Adventist Book Center is having its “Holiday Sale” effective December 1-31. Click here to view their flyer.

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS fundraiser held on November 1 was a great success! They exceeded their goal for the evening of $50,000! In all, they raised $54,760. That will go a long way to continuing to provide help the East Portland neighborhoods.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

Job Openings at PACS Full-time Development/Marketing Associate – Seeking a candidate who can effectively communicate the PACS mission and vision to our community, constituents, volunteers, and donors. See full job description visit, http://www.pacsonline.org/job-openings.

Room/Apartment Needed:
If you have a spare bedroom to rent or a 1-bedroom apartment, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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November 28 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

I don’t know if you have ever read the children’s book by A.H. Benjamin, but if you haven’t you should in the year 2020. Little mouse is on his way home. As he falls and lands with a bump, he is unaware that his clumsiness has saved him from a terrible end with a cat. But this is only the beginning. As he continues his journey, he has many challenges. From the mouse’s perspective it is like our
Covid-19, 2020 year – everything seems awful. We have moaned and complained and grew more and more irritated because of all the challenges this year has brought. Interestingly, in this children’s story about our little mouse, only the reader can see that if the mouse didn’t slip down that hill he could have been killed by a cat, or crushed, or stolen, or … and the list goes on. The moral of the story being, of course, things could always be worse than your situation is now. So be thankful.

The Bible is clear that a thankful heart is important.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:17 says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.”

Maybe we don’t see how we are being protected every day and things could have been much worse.

Do you get the sense that maybe we shouldn’t feel entitled? Are we really thinking that we deserve this, and good things and experiences are our rights? As difficult as this year has been, honestly, it could have been worse. As difficult as your own journey this year, it could have been worse. Perhaps if we could see as the reader sees in the book by A.H. Benjamin, we would see a little bit more of what God sees in our own story and how He is constantly protecting us from things that are so much worse. This thanksgiving let’s not feel entitled but blessed with thankfulness in our hearts because truthfully, “It could have been much worse.” Our God is holding back the tide of evil allowing us to learn to trust Him, be thankful, and praise Him every day. Let’s look at the bigger picture and look from God’s perspective and be thankful. We are still here, and God has not abandoned us.

Pastor Wendy Witas

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to Karen Ulloth and her team for hauling old stuff from the closets to the dumpster. It was a huge job. Thank you, Karen and team!

 Shout out to Ben Dalusong for taking such great pictures of our services to share with others. Thank you, Ben!

 Another shout out to Dean Browning and Olivian Gramada for removing the defunct furnace and ducting. Good job guys, and thank you!

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Billy Hungate will present our Bible message titled “Recalibrate.”

Announcements

Genesis 12 project is excited to announce that because of Sunnyside’s willingness to give, we were able to make a 130 packets to give to the homeless this winter! Thank you to all who contributed with donations or time in helping to put together the packs. We are so blessed to be a part of a church that is blessed to bless others. Happy holidays everyone!

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

The November/December Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer.  If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts, and activities for each Sabbath in November and December. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

Cherry Park School Toy Drive. The annual toy drive for Cherry Park School will be November 14 to December 13. Please bring your unwrapped gift and place it in the box (marked Toy Drive) in the foyer of the church. Cherry Park School is a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade school. Gift ideas: Playdoh sets, board games, Barbie dolls, dolls, trucks, Legos, crafts, Hot Wheels. Please feel free to reach out to: Jackee Duvall 503-309-9400 or jackeeduvall@hotmail.com.

Devotional books! It’s time to order your new devotional book for 2021 at a discounted price. These make great Christmas gifts! Place your order not later than December 10 by calling the office at 503-252-8080 and arrange for pickup of your order between December 14-17 at the church. Click here to see what is available. Or go to our website at http://www.SunnysideAdventist.org, click on “Our Ministries” to view.

Sunnyside Adventist Church invites you to enjoy our Christmas program Sabbath, December 26, at 11:15 am, featuring a live camel and a reenactment of the nativity. The entire program will be livestreamed. Tune in from our website www.SunnysideAdventist.org or via Facebook.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

We have a family in need! Needed a queen-size bed and bedding. Contact Marie Pierre, 503-998-3754, if you have one to donate or know of one.

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Area Events and Announcements

AdventistBookCenter.com and Pacific Press Publishing are giving you a head-start on holiday shopping to be sure all your goodies arrive in plenty of time for gifting! We’ll be hosting a Christmas sale Nov. 15–20 (that’s THIS Sunday) with great deals on classics AND best-sellers, plus special one-day bonus deals. Most orders over $50 qualify for free shipping (you can find those details on our website). Check out videos for all the featured books at AdventistBookCenter.com/holiday-sale.

Journey of the Ages — As you can imagine, this year’s Follow the Star Christmas production at the campgrounds in Gladstone won’t be happening this year. However, we will be premiering a completely different Christmas production called Journey of the Ages! Produced by Gladstone-Park Church and the Oregon Conference, Journey of the Ages is a short, family-friendly production about some children who are hearing the Christmas story for the first time from their energetic grandpa! This production will go live on Friday, December 4th at 7pm on the Oregon Conference YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/OregonAdventists

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS fundraiser held on November 1 was a great success! They exceeded their goal for the evening of $50,000! In all, they raised $54,760. That will go a long way to continuing to provide help the East Portland neighborhoods.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

Job Openings at PACS Full-time Development/Marketing Associate – Seeking a candidate who can effectively communicate the PACS mission and vision to our community, constituents, volunteers, and donors. See full job description visit, http://www.pacsonline.org/job-openings.

Room/Apartment Needed:
If you have a spare bedroom to rent or a 1-bedroom apartment, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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November 21 Communiqué

Don’t miss other Announcements  &  Week At a Glance (Click here)
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 Snippets of Sunnyside

The Story of Sunnyside’s Rieger Organ – Part 1

I am grateful to Dr. Wilfred Geschke for collecting the following memories of Sunnyside’s Rieger Organ acquisition:

As construction started on the Market Street Sunnyside Church building in the early 1980s, an organ search committee was formed. The desire was to have a tracker pipe organ built. The committee looked at various organs in Portland and Seattle to get ideas and then consulted Dr Mel West who had not yet moved to Portland. His suggestion was that we visit Pacific Union College and listen to their Rieger organ which we did. When we arrived there we were delighted to discover that on the same weekend a visiting organ virtuoso from New York was scheduled to give a concert. What we heard was deeply inspiring. That event led to a decision to order a Rieger organ which is made in Austria by a family that has an organ making tradition going back over 100 years. Measurements were taken by the company, component parts hand crafted and then shipment to Sunnyside from Austria was accomplished. It took several months for installation and the workmen were kindly housed by Duanne and Eunice Bietz who at that time lived on Mt Tabor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story of our Rieger organ has a number of perspectives. I am collecting these and intend to share them in future Communiqués. WATCH THIS SPACE!

In the meantime we thank God for the many ways worship happens, for His provision of instruments to praise Him and, especially, for those who allow Him to minister through them, for their talents and commitment.

We are blessed.

 Pastor Dave Allen


 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to Jackee Duvall and Evelyn Hull for cleaning out our freezer and bringing everything up to date! Kudos Jackee and Evelyn — that was not an easy job. Thank you!

 

News & Notes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

NextGen will meet this Friday at 7:00 pm to pack up the care bags.

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled When Death Is A Good Thing.”

Announcements

Needed! Volunteers for projection. Minimum requirements are a basic knowledge of computers, decent tech skills for troubleshooting, and knowledge of Google sheets. Please contact the church office if you can join the team. There will be training for you.

The November/December Children’s Sabbath Packets are available from the information desk in the church foyer.  If you do not have a code to get into the church, contact Rosie at the church office, 503-252-8080. Packets contain lesson stories, memory verses, crafts, and activities for each Sabbath in November and December. We have packets for Beginners, Kindergarten/1st grade, Primary 4th/5th grades, and Junior High.

Cherry Park School Toy Drive. The annual toy drive for Cherry Park School will be November 14 to December 13. Please bring your unwrapped gift and place it in the box (marked Toy Drive) in the foyer of the church. Cherry Park School is a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade school. Gift ideas: Playdoh sets, board games, Barbie dolls, dolls, trucks, Legos, crafts, Hot Wheels. Please feel free to reach out to: Jackee Duvall 503-309-9400 or jackeeduvall@hotmail.com.

Sunnyside Pathfinders will be assembling a limited number of Thanksgiving food boxes. If you are available to pick up a box for your family or someone you know, on Sunday, November 22, from 1:00-3:00 pm, please text Evelyn Hull at 503-560-9608 ASAP. We will need your name, phone number, number of people in the household and whether you are vegetarian or not. If you would like to help finance this project, please make your donation payable to The Family Resource Network.

Devotional books! It’s time to order your new devotional book for 2021 at a discounted price. These make great Christmas gifts! Place your order not later than December 10 by calling the office at 503-252-8080 and arrange for pickup of your order between December 14-17 at the church. Click here to see what is available. Or go to our website at http://www.SunnysideAdventist.org, click on “Our Ministries” to view.

Sunnyside Adventist Church invites you to enjoy our Christmas program Sabbath, December 26, at 11:15 am, featuring a live camel and a reenactment of the nativity. The entire program will be livestreamed. Tune in from our website www.SunnysideAdventist.org or via Facebook.

Several of our classes are meeting during this challenging time via Zoom. We want to share these with you — if you see one that you would like to join, send your contact information to info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, and we will make sure you receive a Zoom invitation to join. Here is a list of Sabbath School classes: the Santiam class (Gingrich, Fenn, Hill, Martin & Westermeyer); the Reboot Bible study group (Glovatsky, Kielman, Dickerson, and Dragulin); Steffen Moller and his team of teachers; the Faithtime group; and the Romanian group. On Wednesday morning there is Women’s FaithLift prayer ministry group; and a men’s Bible study group. Let us know if you would like to join in!

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

We have a family in need! Needed a queen-size bed and bedding. Contact Marie Pierre, 503-998-3754, if you have one to donate or know of one.

 

Life on the Sunnyside

Pastor Wendy Witas

Jackee Duvall

Pastor Wendy Witas

Ivonne Allen

Kathy Rosenquist, Matt Mandrones, Alex Geschke

Lianne Huckaby

Pastor Mark Witas

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can add Portland Adventist Academy as your AmazonSmile charitable organization. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to PAA. You can feel good knowing that you’re helping our students receive a Christ-centered and character-driven education! Create your account at www.smile.amazon.com. Search charitable organizations for Portland Adventist Academy. Link: https://paasda.org/news/amazon-smiles-at-portland-adventist-academy/

Thank you! to all those who responded to the call to help bring back PAA students whose families have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the generosity of supporters like you, 24 students and their families were helped to close out their 2019-20 school bills. And, because of donors like you, the COVID-19 Relief Fund opened the doors for 26 students to return who would not have been able to afford this year’s tuition. Without your support, these students would not have returned. In all, 37 individual students and their families were helped by the generosity of donors like you for their school bills for last year, and to help many of them to return this year. More than $86,000 has now been distributed to students and their families for their PAA school bills.

You’re invited to join us for the 16th Annual Portland Adventist Academy Student Scholarship (PAASS) Auction.
Because of coronavirus restrictions, this year’s auction will be all online. So you can join us from your home or wherever you are! PAASS Auction Registration Opens Sunday, October 25, 2020. Go to: www.paasda.org/auction (Registration web page will be live Oct. 25) Mark your calendar! November 22, 2020, 5:30 7:30 pm,  “Be True to Your School” Coming to a screen online near you! Read more.

Area Events and Announcements

AdventistBookCenter.com and Pacific Press Publishing are giving you a head-start on holiday shopping to be sure all your goodies arrive in plenty of time for gifting! We’ll be hosting a Christmas sale Nov. 15–20 (that’s THIS Sunday) with great deals on classics AND best-sellers, plus special one-day bonus deals. Most orders over $50 qualify for free shipping (you can find those details on our website). Check out videos for all the featured books at AdventistBookCenter.com/holiday-sale.

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services. One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570 or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS fundraiser held on November 1 was a great success! They exceeded their goal for the evening of $50,000! In all, they raised $54,760. That will go a long way to continuing to provide help the East Portland neighborhoods.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-11:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank You In Advance!

Job Openings at PACS Full-time Development/Marketing Associate – Seeking a candidate who can effectively communicate the PACS mission and vision to our community, constituents, volunteers, and donors. See full job description visit, http://www.pacsonline.org/job-openings.

Room/Apartment Needed:
If you have a spare bedroom to rent or a 1-bedroom apartment, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies. The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly. Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways. Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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