Reflect: Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
If love is anything, it is most certainly sacrificial.
I once heard somebody ask, “Why would two perfectly sane married people trade their freedom, their bodies, their finances, a great sex life, and eight hours of sleep per night for a baby? Why would they trade all that for poop-filled diapers, demanding midnight cries for food (or who knows what?), medical bills, stretch marks, interrupted intimacies, and the need for a minivan?”
The answer, of course, is love. Love, by its very nature, is sacrifice.
Paul’s definitive written expression of love is found in 1 Corinthians 13. It consists of what love is not and what love is. It is patient and kind. It is glad with truth revealed. It protects, it trusts, it hopes, and perseveres. In fact, it never fails (according to Paul).
Love does not envy, doesn’t boast, isn’t proud. Love doesn’t dishonor people (even if they deserve it), it doesn’t seek to put self first, it doesn’t get angry, and it doesn’t keep a tally of what other people have done wrong.
Looking at these things that describe the way of Jesus, it’s really easy to see that if a person were to truly love, it would require a huge sacrifice.
Yet, for the people for whom you sacrifice, this love is not a chore. This sacrifice is a privilege that is accompanied by unquenchable blessings. The love that parents have for their children is mixed with pain, worry, and strife – and joy, happiness, and satisfaction. These are the rewards that come along with love. Love is a mixed bag. But it’s worth it.
The way of love is the way of life. It’s the way of Christ. It’s the only way to eternal/ abundant/glory-filled life. It’s the way of the Cross. And we are called to walk in that way.
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 Tom Stafford and Carl Buchanan for cleaning the fellowship hall so thoroughly after the Recipe Exchange last week. Thank you, Tom and Carl!
We will have two worship services, 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Dave Allen will present our Bible message titled “God Writes a New Page.”
Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know us better over lunch. Join us in the Willamette Room immediately after the second service.
This afternoon, 5:00 pm, Encounters With God will feature Vasile Gramada.
Please pray for the family of Clifford Ortner – “Our beloved father, 93, died November 15, 2018. A service celebrating his life will be held at Sunnyside Adventist Church January 27, at 1 pm. He had a passion for Christian education. In place of flowers, donations in Clifford Ortner’s name could be made to the Worthy Student fund.”
Sunday, January 20, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta, directed by Donald Appert will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church.
Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28 and 29. We are now looking for volunteers to help us this year. If you can help in any capacity please see Beverly Merino or call the church office 503-252-8080.
Next Sabbath, January 26, 11:15 am a special International program is being planned. We will have only one worship service featuring all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. In the evening at 6:00 pm come for an evening of fun, food, fellowship, and a ReNew fundraiser. Mark your calendar! This is a great way to celebrate the new year as a church family.
Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Immediate needs are: Living room/dining room set, kitchen items, and blankets — any house furnishings will help.
Church Library – The church library has a wide selection of books available for our members to borrow. If one of your New Year’s resolutions involves your health, Easy Steps for Better Health is an easy-to-read book that can start you on the path to better health.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA IS HIRING!
Positions open now • Portland Adventist Academy.
Portland Adventist Academy is looking for a part-time bus driver as well as a part-time afternoon maintenance assistant. For job descriptions and application instructions visit https://paasda.org/news/new-job-postings-paa/.
Area Events and Announcements
February 3: Big Lake Registration Opening February 3.
Get ready for a great summer by registering for summer camp at Big Lake Youth Camp! This year camp registration will open on Sunday, February 3 at 8:00 am! Camps fill fast, so if there is specific week or camp you want to attend, plan now to register. You can register online at http://www.BigLake.org or by calling 503-850-3583.
February 9, 5:00: Jamie Jorge Concert
Join us for a free concert of inspirational, uplifting Christian music with violin virtuoso Jaime Jorge. Born in Cuba and raised in a communist country, Jaime has a passion for proclaiming the gospel through his music. His gift of musical interpretation brings new life and excitement to every song. You will be inspired by his music and blessed as he shares his testimony.
Event Location: Orchards Adventist Church.
February 10, 11:30 am: Life is Like a Box of Chocolates.
Take Heart Ministry’s 6th annual Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon. If you are widowed, divorced, alone or hurting or willing to come in support of those who are please join us February 10th at 11:30 am at the Gladstone Church. ! Register online at takeheartministry.info or call Tawny at 541-367-4913. $25.00 for catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources.
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Church.
May 3-5, Portland Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend.
We’re so excited to invite our alumni and friends back to campus for a full weekend of activities designed to reconnect friends, teachers, and community. For details, visit https://paasda.org/alumni/
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy
June 21-July 4, 2019: 2019 Great Controversy Tour.
Dr. Gerard Damsteegt, a specialist in church history and development of prophetic interpretation, will lead this tour. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive. Visit Rome and the Reformation sites in the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, France, and Germany. These tours give you a new vision of how to inspire church members for Jesus’ coming and future challenges. A most exciting experience! Call 269-815-8624, or email GCTours@mac.com.
Help someone by volunteering: PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) has volunteer opportunities available. Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 and ask for Kellie for more information.
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, email@example.com, call or text 503-758-1892.