This past week as I was reading through the news, I was captivated and inspired by an article in the Washington Post “The White Flight of Derek Black.” It is essentially the story of how a young man, groomed to be the next leader for the united white supremacist movement, was liberated to understand the dignity and equality of all human beings. It would be a story that people would scoff the probability of; how does the godchild of David Duke, homeschooled in the inner communities of the Ku Klux Klan and White Supremacists, hosting his own white supremacist radio show by age 19, completely revise his entire understanding of life?
Well-convincing arguments? No.
Two words: food & fellowship!
One young fellow college student, an Orthodox Jew, took the risk of extending fellowship and inviting him to his small Friday evening Shabbat meals. They were not overly spiritual in nature; he just invited different friends from different theological and cultural backgrounds to enjoy food together. Derek’s extreme views had led to most students at the Liberal Arts College fearfully, and sometimes hatefully, avoiding him, and so this being one of the only social invitations extended to him, he attended. He kept on attending. There were no heavy arguments or debates, just conversation. Friendships were eventually forged, and as Derek got to know the different members of the group, his own experience eventually challenged his views to the point that he was forced to research, study, and reevaluate his deeply held prejudices and beliefs.
This story reminded me of Jesus’ own words to us:
“Love one another and by this, all men will know that you are my disciples.”
So simple. So true.
We can get very caught up in our different views on God, and trying to convince each other of the correctness of our own positions. But I am reminded of the Apostle John’s words “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:12)
May we love well.
Pastor Kara Dale
News & Notes
Sabbath, October 22, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled “Part of the Tribe.”
Sunday, October 30, 1:30 pm, there will be a baby shower
in the fellowship hall to celebrate Amina and Patrick Shima’s new baby boy to be born in November. Refreshments will be served. They are registered at Target. For further information contact Dianne 503-760-5611.
Sunday, November 6, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, Director, will be in concert here at Sunnyside. Plan now to attend this outstanding concert.
Family Resource Network – We have a special need for families in Haiti that were affected by the recent hurricane. Contact Marie – 503-998-3754. Thank you for your continued support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” account number 488.Sunday, November 6, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, Director, will be in concert here at Sunnyside. Plan now to attend this outstanding concert.
The Family Resource Network has formed a Cultural Navigator Team to support the SDA refugees from the Congo that are being resettled in Portland. We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to join us in supporting the needs of these people. For more information contact Dick Gingrich, RichardAGingrich@aol.com.
Help End Child Homelessness! On October 30, 9:00 am, New City Initiative is planning their 2nd annual “Race to End Child Homelessness” at Mt. Tabor Park. Come and enjoy participating in the race or contribute funds for the cause. Click for more information.
Portland Adventist Academy
October 16-November 6: Adventist Book Center’s Fall Sale. Many of our food cases have significant discounts. Many Bibles, cookbooks, and other books are also on sale. There will be samples of new vegetarian food October 16. Download our sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone, Oregon.
October 28-30: Oregon’s 30th Annual Women’s Retreat.
“Living a Long and Beautiful Life”, will host Loretta Bacchiocchi, NP of Creation Health, and special musical guest Lisa Marie Buster. Breakout speakers are Rise Rafferty, RD, Peggy Casebier, RN, MA, Rachel Griebel, PT. Teen speaker: Elise LeBlanc. Teens coming with a mom or mentor come for only $25! To attend, register by going to AdventSource.org or by calling 800-732-7587.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort , Redmond, Oregon.
October 30, 1:00-5:00 pm: |Annual Fall Festival.
Fun for the entire family! Festive games and activities! Fall inspired food and treats! Something for everyone. We will start our ticket presale on Thursday, October 13, and will sell tickets after school through October 28. Presale price is 100 tickets for $20. At the door tickets will cost $25/100. All are welcome! Plan to join us for a fun-filled time!
Event Location: Rivergate Elementary School.
November 19, 7:00 pm: Celebration of Thanksgiving.
Adventist Health invites you to the annual community Thanksgiving concert, an expression of gratitude for your faith and support. Join us in celebrating the season with three-time Dove Award, Billboard Music Award and Grammy winner, Laura Story. Free admission with your tickets, a nonperishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank and a new pair of socks for the Portland Rescue Mission. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Limit of six tickets per family. Get your tickets now at Sunnyside Adventist Church office. For more information contact: AdventistHealth.org/NW/Thanksgiving, or 503-251-6174.
Event Location: New Hope Community Church.
June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.