Greetings church family,
Praise is an attitude that can change one’s outlook on life. It’s been studied and confirmed that if, instead of complaining, a person allows uplifting words of praise and thanksgiving to come from their mouths, it can actually change one’s attitude toward a person or a situation. I read this study and I tried to put it to the test. With George.
Many years ago, when I was just getting started in the ministry, George became the stick in my spokes. He just didn’t seem to like anything about me. He was always negative, always grumpy and contrarian to any “new” idea. My MO was to come home after most meetings and gripe about George to my wife. I complained about him all the time. Not to others, but to my wife.
What struck me as odd was that the church kept voting George into office. He was an elder and served on several important committees for church life and growth.
It was sometime during this season of ministry that my senior pastor pulled me aside and challenged me. He acknowledged that George was a major pain in the neck, but he also said that because I was always offended by George, I wasn’t able to see how the Lord was using him in our church to bring about many good things. His challenge was, “Mark, each day, find five or six times to brag about George and his gifts to our church members and in your home. Don’t let any negative talk come out of your mouth about George. Do that for a month and see what happens.
Sure enough, George became my friend. I started admiring and volunteering to work alongside him for different projects. We even became friends.
Spoken praise is the best way to give thanks. What praises do you have to say out loud today? Don’t hold them in! Speak them into your life and watch your attitude and your relationships change!
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.
This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Juan Fresse presenting our Bible message “Attitude of Gratitude.”
Guest Potluck – We would like to invite our guests to get to know our church better over lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.
This afternoon, 3:30 pm, a memorial service for Harold Lang will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church.
November 23 we are bringing back an old Sunnyside tradition. As you know, Sunnyside Pathfinders and Adventurers are doing a food drive to collect non-perishable foods for their annual Thanksgiving baskets. Bring nonperishable food items whenever you like and place them on the table in the Narthex. However, on Sabbath, November 23, make sure to bring your nonperishable food items into the second church service. We will be taking them to the front during the service where we will dedicate and pray over them before they are put into food baskets and distributed in our community on November 24. Cash donations may be put in a tithe envelope and marked “Family Resource Network.” If you know of someone that needs food, contact the office, 503-252-8080.
Please take note: During the month of December, we will have only one Worship Service on Sabbath starting at 11:15 am. Bible study classes will begin at 10:00 am.
Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm, the King’s Brass will present a concert here at Sunnyside Church. The King’s Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion, and keyboards. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations. “Their concerts are superb in every way, innovative, and well played. Truly, an unforgettable experience!”
A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.org.
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.
The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.
Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm The King’s Brass Concert
Friday, December 13, 7:00 pm Portland Adventist Academy Christmas Concert
Sabbath, December 14, 11:15 am Children’s Christmas Program / Worship Service
Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, December 19, 7:00 pm Christmas Musical for the Community
Friday, December 20, 7:00 pm Family Christmas Musical
Sabbath, December 21, 11:15 am Christmas Musical / Worship Service
Sabbath, December 21, 4:00 pm Evensong: Robert Schmidt and Jim Robertson Wednesday, December 25 Merry Christmas!
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA Open House – November 20, 6:30 pm
Portland Adventist Academy invites families looking for a Christian high school to an Open House on November 20, at 6:30 pm, with the chance to win a month of free tuition and free registration fees. Families looking for a high school experience grounded in Christ-centered and character-driven values should plan to come! Freely explore classrooms and talk with teachers about how meaningful learning happens in their classes. Come with questions about spiritual life activities, Advanced Placement courses, mobile learning, and scholarships. Learn more at https://paasda.org/news/paa-open-house/.
PAA Substitutes Needed
Portland Adventist Academy is in need of substitute teachers. If you have a relatively flexible schedule, would like to make a few extra dollars, and would enjoy interacting with students, please contact Shawna Irvine to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.255.8372.
Bus Drivers Wanted
Portland Adventist Academy is looking for volunteer bus drivers. If you have a CDL and would consider driving for special events please contact Steve McFeters: email@example.com. Volunteers will also have to pass a background check. Do that through Shawna Irvine: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAA’s Moms in Prayer
Portland Adventist Academy is blessed to have a group of moms who meet and pray weekly for students, teachers, and staff. You’re invited to join! They meet at PAA on Monday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30. Contact Linda Mackett for more information: email@example.com.
Area Events and Announcements
November 23, 7:00 pm: Celebration of Thanksgiving
Sponsored by Adventist Health the Celebration of Thanksgiving, featuring Matt Maher, will be held at New Hope Community Church. Free admission with your ticket, a nonperishable food item and a pair of new socks for our community. Doors open at 6:00 pm. For further information Adventist Health.org/Portland/Thanksgiving.
The church office has just received a limited supply of tickets. Stop by and get your tickets before their gone! You may also contact the Hospital for tickets.
November 25, 6:30-8:30 pm: Joy Through the Holidays.
Join us for Joy through the Holidays at Adventist Health Portland. An evening to remember and honor your loved ones who have died. The event will include speakers who have been touched by loss, live music, tree of hope ornament hanging, special gift to help with holiday grief, and light refreshments Reserve by calling 503-251-6105 or visiting the classes and events page at adventisthealth.org/portland.
Event Location: Hospital lower level, Education Centers A & B.
December 2019: Africa Mission Trip – Rwanda with Impact Hope.
Travel to Rwanda and empower young refugee students! You can make a difference in the life of a refugee youth simply by teaching basic but useful life skills that will help them build a better life for themselves and their families. December training program at Rwankeri Adventist School in Rwanda. All Impact Hope students from five schools in Rwanda will be gathered here to learn technical skills such as English training, Gardening, sewing, health/hygiene, bookkeeping: personal finance & budgeting, art/music, masonry, advanced computer skills or maintenance. We are looking for individuals or groups who can assist in these areas and more! Medical volunteers needed for the local clinic: doctors, RN’s, NP’s, PA, OB, and optometrists. Game park safari Included! *There will also be lots of time for singing, playing games, playing soccer, and much more. Accommodations: Housing is brand new, basic but clean. Terrain consists of some hills; must be able to walk everywhere and navigate uneven surfaces. Tentative schedule, goals, costs and trip preparation information can be found at https://www.impact-hope.org/mission-trips/. For questions, email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us! Can’t go but want to help? Go to impact-hope.org to help sponsor a student – make a life-changing difference!
PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)
Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or email@example.com.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.
*Truck Driver – no special drivers license required but drivers must have experience driving larger vehicles
*Truck Rider – co-pilot with the driver, helping load and unload trucks at various grocery stores
*Cashiering – run cash register and occasionally help straighten and tidy the store
*Donations receiving – help receive, sort and organize dropped off donations
Room available in a shared 3-bedroom, 2-bath house in Gresham. Room is available now. For more information, contact the church office at 502-252-8080.
A Canadian student is moving to Portland to attend Western Seminary. She would like to deepen relationships in the SDA community here and is looking for a place to live from January-September with a church member. To give deeply as a student as well as save money, she is hoping to live with an elderly woman who could use help to cook, clean, do yard work, as well as keep an eye out at night – in place of paying rent; however, she is able to supplement as needed. Ideally, she would like to find a place near the school at Mount Tabor. Character references available upon request. If you can share your home, please contact the office at 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.org