February 13 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Family,

This week, close to a billion cards are being exchanged around the world.  From the small pre-printed star wars-themed card distributed to twenty first-grade classmates, to the longer, more elaborative sentiments of lovers married three-quarters of a century, the country is awash in reminders of love and friendship. The flowers, chocolates, jewelry and gifts all serve as tokens of the value we place in each other as humans, as friends, as companions.

It seems the billions of dollars spent in telling people we care, betray a reality within us.  We were created to experience love. We were created to know and be known by other human beings. And the thing that is sad to me is that many Americans will figure that with their valentine’s duty complete, they can go about their lives as usual until the next memorable moment. But the reality is that after the chocolates are eaten, after the flowers fade, after the diamonds get smudged, the people still need to experience love. Not in the way promoted by our retail industry, but in the way demonstrated by our Savior.

We were created to experience love.  To give and to receive. To share meaningful experiences and gestures.  To know and to be known. We have the God-given opportunity to remind those closest to us that we love them.  Not just this weekend. But every day.

Have a blessed Valentine’s day, if that’s your thing. But more importantly, remember to express love to those closest to you next week also. And the week after that. And you get the picture.

When you do that, our community is stronger. When you do that, our church is more faithful to God’s call.  When we all express our care and connection, we are all better prepared to inspire our community with the love of Jesus.

I hope to see you Sabbath.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: Escaping the Undertow  Part 6 of 6.

We HeartETHIOPIA 2016
Celebrate LOVE!
Celebrate MISSION!
at
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Sunday, February 14, 2016, 6-8 pm
Featuring the national cuisine of ETHIOPIA
lovingly prepared by our own Oromo congregation!
Fireside Room
Sunnyside Adventist Church
10501 SE Market Street, Portland, Oregon

The Ethiopian members of our Sunnyside family cordially invite you to a Valentine’s Day dinner at Sunnyside in the fellowship hall. You will enjoy Ethiopian cuisine as you fellowship with our Ethiopian friends and with many who will shortly be leaving for Ethiopia on this year’s mission from Sunnyside. This event will provide you the opportunity to vicariously participate in the mission to that ancient land by enjoying the food, experiencing the customs, and learning the traditions and history of a country with biblical roots. You will also hear of modern-day challenges that face our brothers and sisters there. And you will be encouraged to provide monetary support for the projects of the mission. Those who are members of the mission team have already provided monies for the activities in Ethiopia in addition to the cost of their individual transportation, food, and lodging. All donations will be applied to the $30,000 that Sunnyside has voted in support of the mission. Thank you!

Church Announcements 

The 2015 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up. In the hallway near the deacons office, look for the boxes containing alphabetical tabs, then, please look through the envelopes and retrieve those with your name on it.

We pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of:
               Jackee Duvall. Her father passed away this last week.

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church is seeking a director of music ministry. If you are interested in a challenging and varied opportunity to use your musical abilities coordinating people and programs at Sunnyside, please stop by the church office where you can pick up a job description and an application. To be considered for this position, the personnel committee also needs your résumé which may also be turned in to the church office.

Thursday, February 18, 11:30 am, seniors are invited to a President’s Day celebration! Join us for lunch followed by games and fellowship. Please RSVP: church office 503-252-8080.

On February 19 and 20, Sunnyside Church is honored to host The Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission, sponsored by Walla Walla University School of Theology. The main presenter is Darius Jankiewicz MDiv, PhD, a professor from the seminary and from Andrews University. He wrote the definitive paper on the history and meaning of ordination. On Friday, 7:00 pm, he will be giving a presentation titled “The History of Ordination.” Sabbath afternoon at 2:00 his presentation titled “The Meaning of Ordination” will be followed with an open forum discussion on what all this means for our church today. These will be very informative sessions. Plan now to attend. Sabbath worship services (8:45 and 11:00 am) will be presented by David Thomas, MDiv, of Walla Walla University.

February 20, 5:00 pm: His Praise Men’s Chorus will be in concert here at Sunnyside.

February 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: CPR, AED, and First Aid Training will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a sack lunch.

Sunday, February 28, 1:00 pm, the Junior/Earliteen Sabbath School leaders would like to invite the Junior/Earliteen parents and kids to come bowling with us at Big Al’s in Vancouver. We will meet at the church at noon to carpool or you can meet us at Big Al’s at 1:00 pm. Our plan is to leave Big Al’s around 3 pm and be back at Sunnyside by 4:00 pm.Please RSVP to reynoldsme@hotmail.com before February 27.

Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.

Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387.

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SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS

February 21, 9:00 am: Pathfinder SunnyShine Day at the Church
February 28, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
March 13, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
March 19, 6:00 pm: Annual Family Spring Concert
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Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news

The Constituency meeting for Portland Adventist Academy is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 pm, at the academy.

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

PAES K/1st grade round-up:
Portland Adventist Elementary School would like to invite all prospective Kindergarteners/First Graders and their families, to attend Round-Up for the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Sign-In will be at 5:10 pm, in the Library.  The program will start at 5:30 pm.

Area Events

February 14, 2:30 pm: Widows Valentine Luncheon.To register call 541-367-4913 or email tawnysusan@yahoo.com. Mail $15 check to Tawny Sportsman, 4913 Mimosa Circle, Sweet Home, OR 97386.
Event Location: Spring Hill Country Club, Albany, Oregon.

February 24, 6 -8 pm: Disaster Preparedness.
Are you prepared in the event of a natural disaster of environmental emergency? If not, this information is for you. Sign-up is required for this free event with a special presentation by the American Red Cross. A light supper will be served at 5:00 pm. For more information and to register, call 503-232-6018.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.

February 26-28, Oregon Conference Marriage Getaway. “It’s a Wonderful Life!” is the theme for Oregon Conference’s marriage getaway featuring Richie and Timi Brower, and Gary and Shelly Parks. No writing assignments, no confrontations or confessions—just great concepts to explore with great people, great food, great music…and a lot of fun! You’ll both be glad you came! Bonus session: Starting a marriage ministry in your church. Early bird rate of $199 per couple through Valentines’ Day (February 14) then $225. For more information, visit www.OregonConference.org Departments / Family Ministries
Event Location: Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

February 28, 3:00 pm: Health Talk by Craig McDougall.
Dr. McDougall is a primary care physician at ZOOM+ Portland where his practice emphasizes changing your diet to cure and prevent common diseases like overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Share this special event with your neighbors, friends, and family. You won’t want to miss it. A light meal and Q&A time follows presentation.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.

March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat. Save the date! For more information email terri.griebel@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

March 6-8 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference.
Pastors, church elders, youth, and young adults leaders from across the Northwest will gather to listen to some of the best minds in youth and young adult ministry and discover practical ways they can impact this emerging generation for Christ. Featured speakers: Don Jackson, NAD president, Chap Clark, Brad Lomenick, Steve Case, Benjamin Lundquist, Tracy Wood, and Paul Graham. Cost: $75 for first 200 registrations, $105 after 200, and $30 for Sunday only (includes lunch and supper). To registration www.yyalconference.eventbrite.com. Deadline: February 25.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp, Washington.

March 20, 3:00 pm: Michael Card Live in Concert.
Michael Card will be in concert as a benefit for Livingstone Adventist Academy student scholarships. Tickets are available at livingstoneevents.com or iTickets.com; $20 general admission, $30 floor seating.
Event Location: Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, Salem.

March 25-27: 2016 Oregon Prayer Conference.
This year’s prayer conference will feature Randy Maxwell, author of the book “If My People Pray,” and five other inspiring books on prayer. His topic is “Unprecedented: Praying for Unprecedented Results.” Breakout presenters include Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and Tony and Sayuri Rodriguez from Grants Pass. For more info call
541-367-4913, or go to http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2016-prayer-retreat

April 1-3: Rosario Singles’ Retreat, Anacortes, Washington.
Come and enjoy the beauty of Rosario Beach, enjoy inspiring speakers, listen to amazing music, eat great food, have fun, and be rejuvenated. On Sunday afternoon, choose from whale watching, a jet boat ride through Deception Pass, or a driving/walking tour of the tulip fields in Mount Vernon. Register early for your best choice of lodging and activities. Request your registration packet by emailing RosarioRetreat@gmail.com or calling 360-588-3179. To get future news and updates, send an email to Washington ASAM@gmail.com.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugen. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvenit.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

Housing Need:
A graduating student from Lanzhou University in China, is coming to Portland March 3 to begin his PhD program at Portland State University. He would like to live with a Christian family. For more information call Charlotte at 503-998-7888.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference will be hiring an administrative assistant for the Education Department. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

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February 6 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Family,

In 39 days, two and a half dozen people will be starting the long, arduous journey from Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland, Oregon to Shashemane, Ethiopia. By bus, two planes, and a handful of minivans, the intrepid travelers will be ferried half-way across the world to bring the love of Jesus from the Sunnyside community, to the towns and villages in the Southeastern Ethiopian Field. The thing that makes me excited about this trip is that Sunnysiders will not be going to do things for the Ethiopian people. Instead, we will be working side by side in construction, in health clinics, in evangelism, and in community ministry. By partnering with local Adventists, we will be able to make a lasting impact in the community.

Nearly 40 people will travel to Ethiopia, but we all can have a part to play in the mission and ministry that will happen.  Some of you know that nearly two years ago, the church board approved up to $50,000 in project funds for Ethiopia.  Since then, the mission team has looked more closely at the project and believes that we can do much of what we want by carrying $30,000 for the project.  The question is: where do we find these resources? Through the generosity of every member of the body of Christ, the Lord provides more than enough for His plans and purposes.

In anticipation of the trip, the Mission team is sponsoring an Ethiopian Mission benefit dinner, hosted by some of our Oromo families.  The event will include authentic Ethiopian cuisine, stories and pictures from the area in which we will serve, and an opportunity to support the mission from the comfort of our city.  The event is free.  There’s absolutely no cost to attend. Keep your eyes open for sign-ups and be praying about how God may have you support the mission.

Already, there has been an anonymous matching grant of $8,000 offered for the mission trip.  That means any donations made during the dinner will be matched dollar for dollar, up to that $8,000.

One last thing, it’ll be a great place to bring your sweetie on Valentine’s day.

Thank you to every Sunnysider who supports mission, both at home and across the world, with your energy, with your prayers, with your means.  You demonstrate to the world that we are a Seventh-day Adventist community, eagerly awaiting the return of our Lord and keeping busy with sharing the gospel wherever the opportunity presents itself.

Have a blessed Sabbath.  We’ll see you tomorrow.

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will present the Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: πορεύομαι.”  Part 5 of 6.

Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.

Encounters With God will meet at 5:00 pm in the Youth Room for an “Old-fashioned Testimonial” meeting.

Sunday, 1:00 pm, a memorial service for Betty Kramer will be conducted here at Sunnyside in the Fellowship Hall.

At 3:00 pm there will be a Big Game Football party in the Fellowship Hall.

Church Announcements 

The 2016 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up. In the hallway near the deacons office, look for the boxes containing alphabetical tabs, then, please look through the envelopes and retrieve those with your name on it.

We pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of:

Emery Rakes who passed away on Christmas Eve. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel, Monday, February 8, 10:00 am.

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church is seeking a director of music ministry. If you are interested in a challenging and varied opportunity to use your musical abilities coordinating people and programs at Sunnyside, please stop by the church office where you can pick up a job description and an application. To be considered for this position, the personnel committee also needs your résumé which may also be turned in to the church office.

February 14, 6:00-8:00 pm: A Valentine’s Day Banquet to benefit the Sunnyside Ethiopian Mission in the fellowship hall. You will enjoy Ethiopian cuisine as you fellowship with our Ethiopian friends and with many who will shortly be leaving for Ethiopia on this year’s mission from Sunnyside. This event will provide you the opportunity to vicariously participate in the mission to that ancient land by enjoying the food, experiencing the customs, and learning the traditions and the history of a country with biblical roots. You will also hear of modern-day challenges that face our brothers and sisters there. And you will be encouraged to provide monetary support for the projects of the mission. those who are members of the mission team have already provided monies for the activities in Ethiopia in addition to the cost of their individual transportation, food, and lodging. All donations will be applied to the $30,000 that Sunnyside has voted in support of the mission. Thank you!

February 18, 11:30 am, seniors are invited to a President’s Day celebration! Join us for lunch followed by games and fellowship. Please RSVP: church office
503-252-8080.

On February 19 and 20, Sunnyside Church is honored to host The Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission, sponsored by Walla Walla University School of Theology. The main presenter is Darius Jankiewicz MDiv, PhD, a professor from the seminary and from Andrews University. He wrote the definitive paper on the history and meaning of ordination. On Friday, 7:00 pm, he will be giving a presentation titled “The History of Ordination.” Sabbath afternoon at 2:00 his presentation titled “The Meaning of Ordination” will be followed with an open forum discussion on what all this means for our church today. These will be very informative sessions. Plan now to attend. Sabbath worship services (8:45 and 11:00 am) will be presented by David Thomas, MDiv, of Walla Walla University.

February 20, 5:00 pm: His Praise Men’s Chorus will be in concert here at Sunnyside.

February 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: CPR, AED, and First Aid Training will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a sack lunch.

Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.

Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387.

______________________________________________________
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS

February 21, 9:00 am: Pathfinder SunnyShine Day at the Church
February 28, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
March 13, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
March 19, 6:00 pm: Annual Family Spring Concert
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Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news

The Constituency meeting for Portland Adventist Academy is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 pm, at the academy.

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

PAES K/1st grade round-up:
Portland Adventist Elementary School would like to invite all prospective Kindergarteners/First Graders and their families, to attend Round-Up for the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Sign-In will be at 5:10 pm, in the Library.  The program will start at 5:30 pm.

Area Events

February 2-June 28, Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm: Binding the Wounds. This class is great for anyone who would like to learn more about connection, healthy relationships, and how to heal your heart. The material is written by Ron and Nancy Rockey, who are both Harvard trained psychologists and have an amazing personal story that they share a little of each week in their DVD. After watching the DVD, we will go through a workbook in gender specific small groups. We all sign a confidentially agreement which helps us all feel safer about sharing our experience. Sharing is encouraged, but not required. It’s just nice to know there are others who have ben through similar things in their lives as we have. It’s a great way to find relief for emotional pain, deal with unwanted or repeating habits or patterns in your life, learn how to reconcile with those you’ve been estranged from, find motivation for things, or just make new friends.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.

February 7, 1:00-5:00 pm; February 8, 6:00-8:15 pm: Live Better, Live Longer Nutrition Seminar.
Presented by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH, and Neva Brackett, BS, RN, with over thirty years’ experience helping people succeed in living better, living longer. You can lose weight without starving! The Heart of the Matter — preventing/reversing heat disease The Diabetes Epidemic. This seminar includes a meal on Sunday and food samples on Monday. Fee: $20 per person. Registration required. www.NutritionSeminarVACC.eventbrite.com.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church. 

February 11, 7:30 pm: Conference Connect focus group – Portland area.
Event Location: Tabernacle Church.

February 12-13. Young Adult Day of Worship.
This free event is sponsored by NPUC Young Adult Ministries. All young adults are invited to Friday Vespers 7:00 pm, Sabbath School, 10:20 am, and worship, 11:30 am. Sabbath lunch is provided.
Event Location: Beaverton Church.

February 14, 2:30 pm: Widows Valentine Luncheon.To register call 541-367-4913 or email tawnysusan@yahoo.com. Mail $15 check to Tawny Sportsman, 4913 Mimosa Circle, Sweet Home, OR 97386.
Event Location: Spring Hill Country Club, Albany, Oregon.

February 24, 6 -8 pm: Disaster Preparedness.
Are you prepared in the event of a natural disaster of environmental emergency? If not, this information is for you. Sign-up is required for this free event with a special presentation by the American Red Cross. A light supper will be served at 5:00 pm. For more information and to register, call 503-232-6018.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.

February 26-28, Oregon Conference Marriage Getaway. “It’s a Wonderful Life!” is the theme for Oregon Conference’s marriage getaway featuring Richie and Timi Brower, and Gary and Shelly Parks. No writing assignments, no confrontations or confessions—just great concepts to explore with great people, great food, great music…and a lot of fun! You’ll both be glad you came! Bonus session: Starting a marriage ministry in your church. Early bird rate of $199 per couple through Valentines’ Day (February 14) then $225. For more information, visit www.OregonConference.org Departments / Family Ministries
Event Location: Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

February 28, 3:00 pm: Health Talk by Craig McDougall.
Dr. McDougall is a primary care physician at ZOOM+ Portland where his practice emphasizes changing your diet to cure and prevent common diseases like overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Share this special event with your neighbors, friends, and family. You won’t want to miss it. A light meal and Q&A time follows presentation.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.

March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat. Save the date! For more information email terri.griebel@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

March 6-8 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference.
Pastors, church elders, youth, and young adults leaders from across the Northwest will gather to listen to some of the best minds in youth and young adult ministry and discover practical ways they can impact this emerging generation for Christ. Featured speakers: Don Jackson, NAD president, Chap Clark, Brad Lomenick, Steve Case, Benjamin Lundquist, Tracy Wood, and Paul Graham. Cost: $75 for first 200 registrations, $105 after 200, and $30 for Sunday only (includes lunch and supper). To registration www.yyalconference.eventbrite.com. Deadline: February 25.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp, Washington.

March 25-27: 2016 Oregon Prayer Conference.
This year’s prayer conference will feature Randy Maxwell, author of the book “If My People Pray,” and five other inspiring books on prayer. His topic is “Unprecedented: Praying for Unprecedented Results.” Breakout presenters include Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and Tony and Sayuri Rodriguez from Grants Pass. For more info call
541-367-4913, or go to http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2016-prayer-retreat

April 1-3: Rosario Singles’ Retreat, Anacortes, Washington.
Come and enjoy the beauty of Rosario Beach, enjoy inspiring speakers, listen to amazing music, eat great food, have fund, and be rejuvenated. On Sunday afternoon, choose from whale watching, a jet boat ride through Deception Pass, or a driving/walking tour of the tulip fields in Mount Vernon. Register early for your best choice of lodging and activities. Request your registration packet by emailing RosarioRetreat@gmail.com or calling 360-588-3179. To get future news and updates, send an email to Washington ASAM@gmail.com.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugen. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvenit.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

Housing Need:
A graduating student from Lanzhou University in China, is coming to Portland March 3 to begin his PhD program at Portland State University. He would like to live with a Christian family. For more information call Charlotte at 503-998-7888.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference will be hiring an administrative assistant for the Education Department. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

 

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January 30 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

Everybody has a story. Sometimes when it’s time to write, I’ll head to the public library. The library is quietly chaotic. But somehow, I find the activity of the place good for writing. Most of the time.  Sometimes, I sit and watch the people as they come and go, imagining the story behind the human form. Across the way I see a man at a table, head down on his gym bag for a quick morning rest. Just behind him there’s a younger man on a laptop, apparently hard at work in his pajamas. Nearby, two young women quietly work together on a project that I imagine to be related to their college studies. Each person appears as a one-dimensional character on the periphery of my life in this moment. And yet everybody has a story. Beneath what is seen is a lifetime of experiences, success and failure, joy and pain. Each story has its own unique twists and turns, its own distinct rhythm of activity and stillness, its own heroes and villains.

And I can’t help but think that if I knew these stories, I might relate to the people just a bit differently. I might extend a bit more compassion, a bit more grace. If I knew the stories, I might take a step beyond the cursory friendly smile into something a bit more meaningful.

As I reflect on all of these stories that intersect, however inconsequentially, for one moment I can’t help but think about church. Last Sabbath morning, we had over 700 people at Sunnyside. Over 700 stories intersected at that time and in that place. Seven hundred people with similar intentions: to worship our Creator God. With so many people in one place, it’s impossible to know everyone. Most are merely one-dimensional characters in the background of our story, the results of a pleasant coincidence of time and space. But there were a few, I hope, that were 3-dimensional characters. There were a few whose stories you know, whose lives you connect with, whose prayer requests become your prayer requests. Because when we connect with others in a meaningful spiritual journey, our own journey becomes richer. When we can know and be known, the experience of worship is invested with even more meaning.

This weekend, we worship together and continue with part four of our series called “The Inspired Life.” If you haven’t caught up with it yet, you can binge-watch the first three episodes by logging on to Sunnyside’s Youtube channel. There you’ll find worship services, weddings and other special events and interviews that we’ve recently published. Part 4 of the series is called “Connection.” I hope you’ll be there.

May God’s blessing be upon each of you as we enter His Sabbath together.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: Connection.”

Church Announcements 

The 2016 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up. In the hallway near the deacons office, look for the boxes containing alphabetical tabs, then, please look through the envelopes and retrieve those with your name on it.

We pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of:

Betty Kramer who passed away January 15. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Sunday, February 7, 1:00 pm.

Emery Rakes who passed away on Christmas Eve. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel, Monday, February 8, 10:00 am.

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church is seeking a director of music ministry. If you are interested in a challenging and varied opportunity to use your musical abilities coordinating people and programs at Sunnyside, please stop by the church office where you can pick up a job description and an application. To be considered for this position, the personnel committee also needs your résumé which may also be turned in to the church office.

Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387.

Adventist Medical Center’s First Friday will be held on February 5 from 7:00 to 8:15 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of AMC. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship. This month Ohana Christian Fellowship will be the host and features University of Oregon student Tammy Nguyen who will share her personal story.

On February 19 and 20, Sunnyside Church is honored to host The Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission, sponsored by Walla Walla University School of Theology. The main presenter is Darius Jankiewicz MDiv, PhD, a professor from the seminary and from Andrews University. He wrote the definitive paper on the history and meaning of ordination. On Friday, 7:00 pm, he will be giving a presentation titled “The History of Ordination.” Sabbath afternoon at 2:00 his presentation titled “The Meaning of Ordination” will be followed with an open forum discussion on what all this means for our church today. These will be very informative sessions. Plan now to attend. Sabbath worship services (8:45 and 11:00 am) will be presented by David Thomas, MDiv, of Walla Walla University. Sunnyside Adventist Church is located at 10501 SE Market Street, Portland, Oregon 97216.

February 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: CPR, AED, and First Aid Training here at Sunnyside Church in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a sack lunch.

Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.

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SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
February 5, 7 pm: First Friday, Adventist Medical Center
February 19, 7:00 pm: CBFM – “The History of Ordination”
– Darius Jankiewicz, MDiv, PhD
February 20: 2:00 pm: CBFM – “The Meaning of Ordination” followed with a
discussion forum – Darius Jankiewicz, MDiv, PhD
February 20, 5:00 pm: His Praise Concert
February 21, 9:00 am: Pathfinder SunnyShine Day at the Church
February 28, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
March 13, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
March 19, 6:00 pm: Annual Family Spring Concert
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Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
PAA Day is coming up on February 2nd. All 8th grade students are invited to spend the day at Portland Adventist Academy experiencing all the school has to offer! It begins at 8:30 am with worship and tours of academic departments. Lunch is free and all students get a t-shirt. Parents should attend Parent Night at 6:00 pm to ask questions about scholarships, academics, spiritual opportunities, and more. All parents who attend Parent Night and all students who attend PAA Day will be entered into a drawing. We’re giving away two months of free tuition as well as application fee waivers. – but you must attend! Let us know you’re coming by calling 503.255.8372 x.0.

English students are dipping their toes in media writing:
http://paasda.org/news/english-class-incorporates-media-into-classwork/

How PAA’s climbing class can benefit students with a fear of heightshttp://paasda.org/news/rock-climbing-club-and-class-benefits-students-afraid-of-heights/

January 30, 6:00 pm: Free Movie Event:
“Do You Believe?” A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ … even if they don’t believe it. Yet. When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. This stirring new film from the creators of “God’s Not Dead” is more than a movie, it’s a question we all must answer in our lifetimes: “Do You Believe?”
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy. Doors open 5:30 pm.

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

Area Events

February 1, 10:00 am. Big Lake Camp Registration.
Registration for Big Lake Youth Camp opens. To plan your awesome summer adventure at BLYC, and to register online, visit www.biglake.org. See you at the lake.

Through February 7: ABC Clearance Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s clearance sale starts January 17 and runs through February 7, 2016. Download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com for the details.  Print the sale flyer and bring to the ABC on January 17 and we will give you a $10-off food coupon to the first 100 customers as specified in the flyer. If you are on the ABC email list the details have been sent.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.

February 2-June 28, Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm: Binding the Wounds. This class is great for anyone who would like to learn more about connection, healthy relationships, and how to heal your heart. The material is written by Ron and Nancy Rockey, who are both Harvard trained psychologists and have an amazing personal story that they share a little of each week in their DVD. After watching the DVD, we will go through a workbook in gender specific small groups. We all sign a confidentially agreement which helps us all feel safer about sharing our experience. Sharing is encouraged, but not required. It’s just nice to know there are others who have ben through similar things in their lives as we have. It’s a great way to find relief for emotional pain, deal with unwanted or repeating habits or patterns in your life, learn how to reconcile with those you’ve been estranged from, find motivation for things, or just make new friends.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.

February 7, 1:00-5:00 pm; February 8, 6:00-8:15 pm: Live Better, Live Longer Nutrition Seminar.
Presented by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH, and Neva Brackett, BS, RN, with over thirty years’ experience helping people succeed in living better, living longer. You can lose weight without starving! The Heart of the Matter — preventing/reversing heat disease The Diabetes Epidemic. This seminar includes a meal on Sunday and food samples on Monday. Fee: $20 per person. Registration required. www.NutritionSeminarVACC.eventbrite.com.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church. 

February 11, 7:30 pm: Conference Connect focus group – Portland area.
Event Location: Tabernacle Church.

February 12-13. Young Adult Day of Worship.
This free event is sponsored by NPUC Young Adult Ministries. All young adults are invited to Friday Vespers 7:00 pm, Sabbath School, 10:20 am, and worship, 11:30 am. Sabbath lunch is provided.
Event Location: Beaverton Church.

February 14, 2:30 pm: Widows Valentine Luncheon.To register call 541-367-4913 or email tawnysusan@yahoo.com. Mail $15 check to Tawny Sportsman, 4913 Mimosa Circle, Sweet Home, OR 97386.
Event Location: Spring Hill Country Club, Albany, Oregon.

February 26-28, Oregon Conference Marriage Getaway. “It’s a Wonderful Life!” is the theme for Oregon Conference’s marriage getaway featuring Richie and Timi Brower, and Gary and Shelly Parks. No writing assignments, no confrontations or confessions—just great concepts to explore with great people, great food, great music…and a lot of fun! You’ll both be glad you came! Bonus session: Starting a marriage ministry in your church. Early bird rate of $199 per couple through Valentines’ Day (February 14) then $225. For more information, visit www.OregonConference.org Departments / Family Ministries
Event Location: Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

February 28, 3:00 pm: Health Talk by Craig McDougall.
Dr. McDougall is a primary care physician at ZOOM+ Portland where his practice emphasizes changing your diet to cure and prevent common diseases like overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Share this special event with your neighbors, friends, and family. You won’t want to miss it. A light meal and Q&A time follows presentation.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.

March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat. Save the date! For more information email terri.griebel@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

March 6-8 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference.
Pastors, church elders, youth, and young adults leaders from across the Northwest will gather to listen to some of the best minds in youth and young adult ministry and discover practical ways they can impact this emerging generation for Christ. Featured speakers: Don Jackson, NAD president, Chap Clark, Brad Lomenick, Steve Case, Benjamin Lundquist, Tracy Wood, and Paul Graham. Cost: $75 for first 200 registrations, $105 after 200, and $30 for Sunday only (includes lunch and supper). To registration www.yyalconference.eventbrite.com. Deadline: February 25.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp, Washington.

March 25-27: 2016 Oregon Prayer Conference.
This year’s prayer conference will feature Randy Maxwell, author of the book “If My People Pray,” and five other inspiring books on prayer. His topic is “Unprecedented: Praying for Unprecedented Results.” Breakout presenters include Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and Tony and Sayuri Rodriguez from Grants Pass. For more info call
541-367-4913, or go to http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2016-prayer-retreat

April 1-3: Rosario Singles’ Retreat, Anacortes, Washington.
Come and enjoy the beauty of Rosario Beach, enjoy inspiring speakers, listen to amazing music, eat great food, have fund, and be rejuvenated. On Sunday afternoon, choose from whale watching, a jet boat ride through Deception Pass, or a driving/walking tour of the tulip fields in Mount Vernon. Register early for your best choice of lodging and activities. Request your registration packet by emailing RosarioRetreat@gmail.com or calling 360-588-3179. To get future news and updates, send an email to Washington ASAM@gmail.com.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugen. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvenit.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

Housing Available: A fairly new townhouse with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a garage is currently available in the Milwaukie area – would prefer to rent to an Adventist family. For more information contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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January 23 Communiqué

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Dear Church family & friends,

Lately I have been pondering the significance of the values of North American society. Although there are many differences between my homeland of Canada and the United States of America, one thing is clearly held in common; freedom. It is an incredible privilege and honor to live in a country where freedom is a pivotal cornerstone. It makes me proud to be Canadian, as I’m sure it makes many of you proud to be American. However, even with such encouraging values placed at the core of the Constitution, there are many things in our society that we are simply not proud of, such as murder, violence, deceit, hatred, and death. We know this world is not our true home, and therefore we must always maintain our citizenship of a much better country, the Kingdom of Heaven.

The book of Hebrews words things perfectly, referring to the hopeful patriarchs of the past, “…and they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:14-16).

Although I am grateful to live in a free country, the Word of God reveals the superiority of the heavenly country awaiting us; one without pain, heartache, and death. A country where the tree of life is blooming, where the streets are laid with gold, and where the roses will never fade! But in the meantime, we serve as ambassadors for Christ in this foreign land, and we represent our heavenly King during our short time on this earth. Therefore, let it be in Portland as it is in heaven. Let Christians everywhere showcase the beautiful and eternal values of the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I say, in Portland as it is in heaven.

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Colby

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This Weekend
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This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 amStudents of Portland Adventist Academy will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “What Is Mission?”

Church Announcements 

The 2016 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up. In the hallway near the deacons office, look for the boxes containing alphabetical tabs, then, please look through the envelopes and retrieve those with your name on it.

We pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of:

Sandy Clayton who passed away January 11, 2016. A memorial service will be conducted Sabbath, January 23, 3:00 pm, here at Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Sunnyside Family Resource Network, Maranatha, or ADRA.

Betty Kramer who passed away January 15. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Sunday, February 7, 11:00 am.

Emery Rakes who passed away on Christmas Eve. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel, Monday, February 8, 10:00 am.

Sunday, January 24, 11:00 am, Reinette Boshoff and Lou Wildman invite you to share in the joy of their wedding here at Sunnyside. Please join them in the reception to follow for a light nuptial luncheon.

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church is seeking a director of music ministry. If you are interested in a challenging and varied opportunity to use your musical abilities coordinating people and programs at Sunnyside, please stop by the church office where you can pick up a job description and an application. To be considered for this position, the personnel committee also needs your résumé which may also be turned in to the church office.

Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387.

ETHIOPIA 2016: Toothbrushes, toothpaste (small tubes), and floss will brighten the smiles of families in Nagele, principal site of Sunnyside’s mission starting March 16. Fill the boxes on the Ethiopia 2016 table in the Narthex.  And keep in mind and heart your part in the goal of $30,000 to support all the ministries of our 33-person team. Direct your generous gift to Foreign Missions Fund No. 806.

Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
PAA Day is coming up on February 2nd. All 8th grade students are invited to spend the day at Portland Adventist Academy experiencing all the school has to offer! It begins at 8:30 am with worship and tours of academic departments. Lunch is free and all students get a t-shirt. Parents should attend Parent Night at 6:00 pm to ask questions about scholarships, academics, spiritual opportunities, and more. All parents who attend Parent Night and all students who attend PAA Day will be entered into a drawing. We’re giving away two months of free tuition as well as application fee waivers. – but you must attend! Let us know you’re coming by calling 503.255.8372 x.0.

English students are dipping their toes in media writing:
http://paasda.org/news/english-class-incorporates-media-into-classwork/

How PAA’s climbing class can benefit students with a fear of heightshttp://paasda.org/news/rock-climbing-club-and-class-benefits-students-afraid-of-heights/

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

Area Events and Announcements


Conference Connect  This year’s Conference Connect meetings will be a great chance to find out what happened in the Oregon Conference in 2015 and what you can look forward to in 2016!

In an attempt to provide the reports given at Conference Connect to a wider audience, the main 2016 Conference Connect session will be live streamed on January 21 at 7:00 pm. You will be able to personally view the live stream by going to www.OregonConference.org. Just look for the live stream banner. The live stream will include reports on the state of the conference, finances, and education. You will also have the opportunity to email questions and comments to the administration.

Please note, the only way to attend this year’s Conference Connect meeting will be through watching the live stream.

In addition to the live stream, there will be focus groups held around the conference at the end of January and into February. You are welcome to attend any of these focus groups and participate in discussion with representatives from conference departments including: Education, Sabbath School, Member Ministries, Youth and Young Adults, and Ministerial.

The focus group for the Portland area will begin at 7:30 pm,  February 11 – Tabernacle Church.


January 17-February 7: ABC Clearance Sale. The Adventist Book Center’s clearance sale starts January 17 and runs through February 7, 2016. Download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com for the details.  Print the sale flyer and bring to the ABC on January 17 and we will give you a $10-off food coupon to the first 100 customers as specified in the flyer. If you are on the ABC email list the details have been sent.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.

January 29, 6:30 pm; January 30 1:30 pm. R-E-S-T Seminar.
This four-part seminar deals with Respect, Encouragement, Significance, and Trust. It is about how church members care for one another, and is presented by Ewart Brown. This will be a life-changing experience. Please plan to attend and encourage a church member to come along with you. Fellowship luncheon will be served.
Event Location: Ohana Christian Fellowship.

February 2-June 28, Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm: Binding the Wounds. This class is great for anyone who would like to learn more about connection, healthy relationships, and how to heal your heart. The material is written by Ron and Nancy Rockey, who are both Harvard trained psychologists and have an amazing personal story that they share a little of each week in their DVD. After watching the DVD, we will go through a workbook in gender specific small groups. We all sign a confidentially agreement which helps us all feel safer about sharing our experience. Sharing is encouraged, but not required. It’s just nice to know there are others who have ben through similar things in their lives as we have. It’s a great way to find relief for emotional pain, deal with unwanted or repeating habits or patterns in your life, learn how to reconcile with those you’ve been estranged from, find motivation for things, or just make new friends.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church

February 7, 1:00-5:0 pm; February 8, 6:00-8:15 pm: Live Better, Live Longer Nutrition Seminar.
Presented by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH, and Neva Brackett, BS, RN, with over thirty years’ experience helping people succeed in living better, living longer. You can lose weight without starving! The Heart of the Matter — preventing/reversing heat disease The Diabetes Epidemic. This seminar includes a meal on Sunday and food samples on Monday. Fee: $20 per person. Registration required. www.NutritionSeminarVACC.eventbrite.com.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.

February 14, 2:30 pm: Widows Valentine Luncheon.To register call 541-367-4913 or email tawnysusan@yahoo.com. Mail $15 check to Tawny Sportsman, 4913 Mimosa Circle, Sweet Home, OR 97386.
Event Location: Spring Hill Country Club, Albany, Oregon.

February 26-28, Oregon Conference Marriage Getaway. “It’s a Wonderful Life!” is the theme for Oregon Conference’s marriage getaway featuring Richie and Timi Brower, and Gary and Shelly Parks. No writing assignments, no confrontations or confessions—just great concepts to explore with great people, great food, great music…and a lot of fun! You’ll both be glad you came! Bonus session: Starting a marriage ministry in your church. Early bird rate of $199 per couple through Valentines’ Day (February 14) then $225. For more information, visit www.OregonConference.org Departments / Family Ministries
Event Location: Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat.Save the date! For more information email terri.griebel@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

Housing Available: A fairly new townhouse with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a garage is currently available in the Milwaukie area – would prefer to rent to an Adventist family. For more information contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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January 16 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Family,

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of announcing that Pastor Kara Dale would be joining our staff here at Sunnyside.  It’s still true!  We look forward to having Pastor Kara join us in ministry here near the end of February.  Many people have been asking about her so I thought I’d take a few minutes this week to interview her. Due to the wonders of modern technology, we’ve been able to record the interaction for your viewing pleasure.  The video is 18 minutes long, but here are a few highlights from our interaction.  I hope you enjoy getting to know a bit more about our newest pastor.

From the interview:  Before pastoring, Pastor Kara was a high school teacher. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and Australia in a family four. She has been really enjoying serving as a pastor in the Brisbane area, but sent her résumé to Oregon Conference at the urging of her boyfriend, Terry Johnsson.  Though a native Australian, Kara has been to the United States a few times.  While she has been to Washington DC and New Orleans, Louisiana, Portland is definitely her favorite city.

A few other fun facts:

Kara likes to cook.
She enjoys playing Settlers of Catan.
She can’t wait to get to Sunnyside to get to know the people here.
She doesn’t think she’ll mind the rain in Portland.
She has seen God work personally in her life at various times.

If you want to see the entire interview, you can find it at Sunnyside’s YouTube channel.  I’m thankful that the Lord has made it clear that Pastor Kara is the right pastor to join our pastoral team here at Sunnyside.  Many have been asking how responsibilities will be divided among us.  That question hasn’t been answered yet. As we complete the staff, we will be dividing responsibilities and communicating those divisions clearly to our community.  Until then, we can praise God that we are assembling the right people for the journey.  Keep praying for Pastor Kara as she travels to join us.  And keep praying for our search committee as they seek God’s plan for the final member of our pastoral team.

I’m excited for tomorrow as Pastor Colby continues our series on “The Inspired Life.”  As he has shared parts of his study with me, I’m excited to hear the rest as he unpacks the scriptures for us on Sabbath morning.  I hope that you’ll be there.

One last thing:  If you’ve had issues connecting to the live stream recently, you’ll appreciate knowing that we converted our streaming server to one you might be familiar with: YouTube.  While we may have to work out a couple kinks in the transition process, I expect that we will have higher quality video more consistently.  Best of all, you don’t have to do anything different.  Just head to the church website and click “Live@Sunnyside” to access the video feed.

May God bless each of you as you experience the Sabbath.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

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Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 amPastor Colby Maier will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: Fuel” (Part 3 of 6).

Church Announcements 

Attention Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses: This afternoon immediately following the second service there is a potluck/meeting for you and your families. This will be a great way to start the new year as we serve our Savior and others.

Encounters With God at 5:00 this afternoon features Alexander Bolotnikov. He will share his life experience as first a devoted Communist, then a devout Jew, and finally a committed Seventh-day Adventist Christian.

We pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of:

Violet Lang who passed away December 21, 2015. A memorial service is planned for her here at Sunnyside tomorrow, Sunday, January 17, 10:30 am.

Gary Glenn Johnson, Hawaii Conference Treasurer, who passed away January 11. Gary’s celebration of life service will be at Pleasant Valley Church, Monday, January 18, 2:00 pm.

Sandy Clayton who passed away January 11, 2016. A memorial service will be conducted Sabbath, January 23, 3:00 pm, here at Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Sunnyside Family Resource Network, Maranatha, or ADRA.

Emery Rakes who passed away on Christmas Eve. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel, Monday, February 8, 10:00 am.

January 20, 7:00 pm, will be our next Church Business meeting. The agenda is as follows: 1) Devotional, 2) Membership Business, 3) Finance Report, 4) Trubey Fund Administration, 5) Sunnyside Mission and Values.

January 24, 11:00 am, Reinette Boshoff and Lou Wildman invite you to share in the joy of their wedding here at Sunnyside. Please join them in the reception to follow for a light nuptial luncheon.

Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387.

FREE . . . TO BE ON MISSION
America’s next president will, on Jan. 20, 2017, take the oath of office “to defend the Constitution . . . against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The president’s pledge to defend the Constitution is a pledge to protect your religious freedom and mine. Note: The Constitution does not provide religious freedom; it guarantees a natural right. So it behooves us Adventists to watch for any and all encroachments on this right, to inveigh against such, and then to live blamelessly as witnesses to the spiritual freedom God’s grace guarantees.

Here’s one way to witness effectively: Support the annual offering for religious liberty to be received next Sabbath, January 23. The dollars we donate distribute Liberty magazine to America’s thought leaders who are thus persuaded to join us and the president in defending the Constitution–the Constitution which guarantees us the right to go, to preach and teach, to heal and build. If that sounds like mission at Sunnyside, you are tuned in!

ETHIOPIA 2016 launches in 60 days–March 16. Sunnyside’s team of 33 persons–including Lead Pastor Jonathan Russell and Head Elder Arnold Petersen, M.D.–will build (a foundation for a new church in Nagele), heal (through health education and basic clinical services), teach (seminars for local pastors and church officers), and preach (a 10-day evangelistic series). Mission activity doesn’t come free. Our mission objective in dollars: $30,000. Direct your gift to Fund 806 for ETHIOPIA 2016. You are free to do so!  /  RLF

Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
PAA Day is coming up on February 2nd. All 8th grade students are invited to spend the day at Portland Adventist Academy experiencing all the school has to offer! It begins at 8:30 am with worship and tours of academic departments. Lunch is free and all students get a t-shirt. Parents should attend Parent Night at 6:00 pm to ask questions about scholarships, academics, spiritual opportunities, and more. All parents who attend Parent Night and all students who attend PAA Day will be entered into a drawing. We’re giving away two months of free tuition as well as application fee waivers. – but you must attend! Let us know you’re coming by calling 503.255.8372 x.0.

English students are dipping their toes in media writing:
http://paasda.org/news/english-class-incorporates-media-into-classwork/

How PAA’s climbing class can benefit students with a fear of heightshttp://paasda.org/news/rock-climbing-club-and-class-benefits-students-afraid-of-heights/

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

Area Events and Announcements

January 16, 3:00 pm: Memorial Service. A memorial service for Kyle Polk will be conducted at Sharon Church.
Event Location: 5209 NE 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97211.


Conference Connect  This year’s Conference Connect meetings will be a great chance to find out what happened in the Oregon Conference in 2015 and what you can look forward to in 2016!

In an attempt to provide the reports given at Conference Connect to a wider audience, the main 2016 Conference Connect session will be live streamed on January 21 at 7:00 pm. You will be able to personally view the live stream by going to www.OregonConference.org. Just look for the live stream banner. The live stream will include reports on the state of the conference, finances, and education. You will also have the opportunity to email questions and comments to the administration.

Please note, the only way to attend this year’s Conference Connect meeting will be through watching the live stream.

In addition to the live stream, there will be focus groups held around the conference at the end of January and into February. You are welcome to attend any of these focus groups and participate in discussion with representatives from conference departments including: Education, Sabbath School, Member Ministries, Youth and Young Adults, and Ministerial.

The focus group for the Portland area will begin at 7:30 pm,  February 11 – Tabernacle Church.


January 29, 6:30 pm; January 30 1:30 pm. R-E-S-T Seminar. This four-part seminar deals with Respect, Encouragement, Significance, and Trust. It is about how church members care for one another, and is presented by Ewart Brown. This will be a life-changing experience. Please plan to attend and encourage a church member to come along with you. Fellowship luncheon will be served.
Event Location: Ohana Christian Fellowship.

January 17-February 7: ABC Clearance Sale. The Adventist Book Center’s clearance sale starts January 17 and runs through February 7, 2016. Download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com for the details.  Print the sale flyer and bring to the ABC on January 17 and we will give you a $10-off food coupon to the first 100 customers as specified in the flyer. If you are on the ABC email list the details have been sent.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.

February 26-28, Oregon Conference Marriage Getaway. “It’s a Wonderful Life!” is the theme for Oregon Conference’s marriage getaway featuring Richie and Timi Brower, and Gary and Shelly Parks. No writing assignments, no confrontations or confessions—just great concepts to explore with great people, great food, great music…and a lot of fun! You’ll both be glad you came! Bonus session: Starting a marriage ministry in your church. Early bird rate of $199 per couple through Valentines’ Day (February 14) then $225. For more information, visit www.OregonConference.org Departments / Family Ministries
Event Location: Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat.Save the date! For more information email terri.griebel@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

Housing Available: A fairly new townhouse with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a garage is currently available in the Milwaukie area – would prefer to rent to an Adventist family. For more information contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

 

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January 9 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

In 1986, Psychologist John Gottman began pursuing the question of what factors or traits determined whether couples would stay together for the long term or end up with broken relationships. Through decades of research, he was eventually able to predict with 94% accuracy whether couples would still be together within six years. Of all the factors that came into play in a relationship, he identified two keys that would make or break the partnership: Kindness and generosity. Partnerships that demonstrated these traits tended to thrive and last the longest.  Here’s what I found interesting:  the relationship masters tended “to think about kindness as a muscle. They (knew) that they have to exercise it to keep it in shape.” The researchers went on to suggest two ways to cultivate kindness.

* Kind partners are generous about their partners’ intentions.  They assume the best about their partner.  They do their best to look for the best and cultivate an environment of trust and encouragement.

* Kind partners share in another’s joy.  When someone expresses excitement about an event or an accomplishment, kind partners enter into that joy with the other.  They don’t understate it or ignore it.  They share together in the moment of joy.

Business Insider did a nice summary of Gottman’s research and you can read more if you’d like by clicking here: Business Insider

I was encouraged and reminded of what’s important as I read the research, even as I realize that it generally amounts to common sense. But what interests me is how it relates to our faith community. God has called us all together from all corners of the world, from all sorts of professional backgrounds, from all sorts of family backgrounds, to be the physical representation of the body of Christ in East Portland, Oregon, USA. That thought is a mystery to me:  The Holy Spirit brings such different people together for His glory.  And as we live out this gospel partnership, it’s a good common sense reminder that our partnership for the gospel is fed and fostered when we relate to each other with kindness and generosity. We build up the body when we think the best of one another, giving the benefit of the doubt and partnering together in the work of God’s kingdom here.

The funny thing is, a church where kindness and generosity are the hallmarks of human interactions is a church where people want to be. Sunnyside members are some of the kindest and most generous people I know. I’m thankful to live and serve in a community such as this one. As we look forward to the future together, may our community continue to be fueled by the Spirit of God who leads us to be continually more kind and generous with each other and with those whom we serve.

Tomorrow, we continue our sermon series on “The Inspired Life.”  I hope that you’ll be there to experience it as we continue to set our course for the new year.  If you missed last week, you can get caught up by seeing Part 1 of the series on Youtube at the following link: “The Inspired Life: Part 1″

See you Tomorrow!

Pastor Jonathan

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Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: Time and Space” (Part 2 of 6).

Church Announcements 

ETHIOPIA 2016Mission team meeting at 6:15 today. Registered participants should bring passports. Upcoming: Tuesday, January 12: Final day for team member contributions. Thursday, January 14: Final day for airline seats. Wednesday, March 16: Takeoff to Ethiopia. Sunday, April 3: Return to Portland.

Every Wednesday evening at 7:00, there is prayer meeting in the CherryWood Chapel. During January and February the Lee Venden series will be featured: “The Revelation of Whom.” Mark your calendar, come, and be blessed. Everyone is welcome.=

Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387. Special request: We have a family of four, with two children ages 3 and 4, who need everything for setting up a household. If you can help with anything, please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754.

Attention Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses: Sabbath, January 16, immediately follow the second service there will be a potluck/meeting for you and your families. This will be a great way to start the new year as we serve our Savior and others.

January 20, 7:00 pm, will be our next Church Business meeting. The agenda is as follows: 1) Devotional, 2) Membership Business, 3) Finance Report, 4) Trubey Fund Administration, 5) Sunnyside Mission and Values.

January 24, 11:00 am, Reinette Boshoff and Lou Wildman invite you to share in the joy of their wedding here at Sunnyside. Please join them in the reception to follow for a light nuptial luncheon.

Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
PAA Day is coming up on February 2nd. All 8th grade students are invited to spend the day at Portland Adventist Academy experiencing all the school has to offer! It begins at 8:30 am with worship and tours of academic departments. Lunch is free and all students get a t-shirt. Parents should attend Parent Night at 6:00 pm to ask questions about scholarships, academics, spiritual opportunities, and more. All parents who attend Parent Night and all students who attend PAA Day will be entered into a drawing. We’re giving away two months of free tuition as well as application fee waivers. – but you must attend! Let us know you’re coming by calling 503.255.8372 x.0.

English students are dipping their toes in media writing:
http://paasda.org/news/english-class-incorporates-media-into-classwork/

How PAA’s climbing class can benefit students with a fear of heightshttp://paasda.org/news/rock-climbing-club-and-class-benefits-students-afraid-of-heights/

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

Area Events and Announcements

January 9, 3:00-6:00 pm: Oregon’s Adventist Recovery Ministries’ quarterly meeting will feature one of the authors of “Journey to Wholeness” (JTW), Shelley Weaver. JTW is an Adventist 12-step program designed to give Christians a specifically Christ-centered weekly meeting to supplement their other addiction-specific 12-step groups. Join with other Adventists who care about this issue.
Event Location: Oregon Conference Office. 

January 10, 5:30 pm: NW Veg Vegan Community Potluck.
Join us for a vegan community potluck. Please bring a vegan dish to share (fruit and veggie trays work well also), a copy of your recipe, and your own tableware. Jeanne Schultz, plant-based cooking instructor and NW VEG volunteer, will conduct a plant-based food demonstration on how to prepare tofu in two ways — a tofu egg salad and a tofu chocolate mousse, Delicious samples and recipes will be given out.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

January 15-February 6: Discover Hope Series.
Discover hope in a world of constant change and turmoil, is there a reliable hope? Join us for an exciting, interactive journey to discover the hope that God offers us. Absolutely free. Free resources, drawings for books, and DVDs. Free dinner each night, and childcare will be provided.
Event Location: Hood View Church. 

January 15-17: Seminar addressing the foundational differences between Islam and Christianity.
This seminar will provide tools to understand the nature of the challenge of Islam. Please plan to attend and invite any friends interested in spiritual renewal and greater understanding of our Muslim friends. Event is free, but registration required. Call
503-658-2248 to register and for time details.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

January 29, 6:30 pm; January 30 1:30 pm. R-E-S-T Seminar.
This four-part seminar deals with Respect, Encouragement, Significance, and Trust. It is about how church members care for one another, and is presented by Ewart Brown. This will be a life-changing experience. Please plan to attend and encourage a church member to come along with you. Fellowship luncheon will be served.
Event Location: Ohana Christian Fellowship 

February 26-28, Oregon Conference Marriage Getaway.
“It’s a Wonderful Life!” is the theme for Oregon Conference’s marriage getaway featuring Richie and Timi Brower, and Gary and Shelly Parks. No writing assignments, no confrontations or confessions—just great concepts to explore with great people, great food, great music…and a lot of fun! You’ll both be glad you came! Bonus session: Starting a marriage ministry in your church. Early bird rate of $199 per couple through Valentines’ Day (February 14) then $225. For more information, visit www.OregonConference.org Departments / Family Ministries
Event Location: Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat.
Save the date! For more information email terri.griebel@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

 

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January 2 Communiqué

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Happy New Year!

A year ago, we would never have imagined that 2015 would turn out the way it did. One year ago, we had three pastors working as a team to serve the needs of the Sunnyside Church and its community. We were planning for international mission trips and local outreach projects. We looked forward to a robust schedule of concerts and special events to enrich and inspire our members and community. We were just beginning to embark on our Millennial Matrix journey.

Some of our plans and dreams turned out wonderfully. VBS was a rousing success. Our concert series has been a blessing to many. Senior ministries have enriched the lives of many through meals and activities together. Many mission trips have been undertaken individually or collectively from Belize to Cuba to Zimbabwe to Ethiopia. Our Senior Pastor was stricken, and then recovered from a serious medical condition. One Associate Pastor moved on to broader ministry. We’ve lived together through an unprecedented pastoral transition.

We’ve experienced success and failure, hope and disappointment, fear and joy, happiness and sadness, loneliness and community. And through it all, God has been faithful.

As we look forward to 2016, we have renewed hopes and plans for a new year.  We look forward to completing our pastoral team. We hope to hire a director of music ministries. We look forward to overseas missions and local missions.  We look forward to experiencing great music, powerful community, richly spiritual worship experiences. We look forward to Vacation Bible School and First Friday. We look forward to expanding our partnerships with organizations like Adventist Medical Center and Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra to make a broader impact in East Portland.

As I look forward to this new year, the greatest strength and blessing of the Sunnyside Church is its people. Sunnysiders are people who are committed to Jesus and to each other. People who are willing to invest in this community to make a difference. People who know how to love and how to make others feel important.  As God leads us, the strength of Sunnyside in the coming year will be people who are willing to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to press together and press forward as we work to fulfill God’s calling on our church family.

I’m so glad that you all are part of the Sunnyside journey.  And I can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2016.

God bless you!  And God bless Sunnyside as we continue to seek His will. Happy New Year!

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life.”

Church Announcements 

7@7 Prayer Connection is an opportunity for Sunnyside family and friends to begin our spiritual new year on the right foot. Join us in the Fireside Room at 7:00 each morning this week (January 3-9) for connection and prayer time. Have a specific prayer request? Email Prayer@SunnysideAdventist.org. Can’t join in person? Download the Periscope app and follow @pastorjrussell. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect and grow.

First Friday at Adventist Medical Center’s Amphitheater will be on January 8, 7:00 pm. The Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir will be providing the music, and Nelson from The Nelson and Morgan show on FISH radio station will be presenting his testimony. All are welcome.

Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387. Special request: We have a family of four, with two children ages 3 and 4, who need everything for setting up a household. If you can help with anything, please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754.

Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.

ETHIOPIA 2016: Important Dates and Deadlines
* Wednesday, Dec. 23: Last day for significant participant discounts.
* Saturday, Jan. 9: Mission team meeting.
* Tuesday, Jan. 12: Last day for team member contributions and passport information.
* Tuesday, Feb. 10: Final day for ticketing.
* Sunday, Mar. 6: Mission team meeting and packing party.
* Wednesday, Mar 16: To Ethiopia!

Two quiet books have been lost. They were in a black Fred Meyer shopping bag. These quiet books were handmade and very important to the family. If you have seen them, or know where they could possibly be, please contact the office at 503-252-8080.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news

PAA Day is coming up on February 2nd. All 8th grade students are invited to spend the day at Portland Adventist Academy experiencing all the school has to offer! It begins at 8:30 am with worship and tours of academic departments. Lunch is free and all students get a t-shirt. Parents should attend Parent Night at 6:00 pm to ask questions about scholarships, academics, spiritual opportunities, and more. All parents who attend Parent Night and all students who attend PAA Day will be entered into a drawing. We’re giving away two months of free tuition as well as application fee waivers. – but you must attend! Let us know you’re coming by calling 503.255.8372 x.0.

English students are dipping their toes in media writing:
http://paasda.org/news/english-class-incorporates-media-into-classwork/

How PAA’s climbing class can benefit students with a fear of heightshttp://paasda.org/news/rock-climbing-club-and-class-benefits-students-afraid-of-heights/

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

Area Events and Announcements

January 24, 11:00 am, Reinette Boshoff and Lou Wildman invite you to share in the joy of their wedding here at Sunnyside. Please join them in the reception to follow for a light nuptial luncheon.

March 4-6:  Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat.
Save the date! For more information email terri.griebel@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.

July 25-28, 2016: Great Controversy Tours with Dr. Gerard Damsteegt of the Seminary, Andrews University. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive. Visit Rome and the Reformation sites in the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, and Germany. These tours give you a new vision in how to inspire church members for Jesus’ coming and future challenges. A most exciting experience! Call 269-815-8624, or email gctours@mac.com.

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