Dear Church Family,
Today, I’m thankful for this community of faith. In the last week, dozens of volunteers worked tireless hours to put on a first-class children’s church program that taught and inspired our children to follow Jesus more closely. Over the past few weeks, Sabbath School classes and other groups have come together for our Life Together Lunches to insure that every new guest on Sabbath has a community in which to eat lunch. Many church members have rallied to support families who have said goodbye to loved ones. Still others spent time together last weekend with WWU professors to think deeply about our faith and grow in spiritual maturity. Every day there is a group of believers meeting for one reason or another, experiencing life
This weekend, it continues as a dozen families have agreed to host some of the students from WWU who will be sharing music with us in our worship services. Tomorrow afternoon, we gather with the Allens to mourn the loss of a precious family member. And Sabbath evening, we will gather to celebrate God’s call to mission and prayerfully dedicate the Thorp family before they leave for Nepal. Sunday, we will gather to share in the joy of impending birth and shower the Bradleys with gifts and support as they welcome their firstborn into the world. Each of these events is a spiritual act as we experience the ups and downs of life in Christian community.
Everywhere we turn, faithful community exists. I’m excited to see how God will lead and draw even more people into meaningful community with God’s people. I’m reminded of
1 Peter 2 where Peter calls believers “living stones” who “are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The Master Architect is at work at Sunnyside, building faithful individuals into a beautiful masterpiece of Christian community in which we fulfill His call together.
May each of you experience a rich Sabbath blessing as we live in community together this weekend.
Pastor Jonathan Russell
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 good, or going beyond expectations.
A very special thank you to Debbie Stanton and the Children’s Ministries team for all their time and effort they put in to preparing an amazing Children’s Church last week.
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Reflections on Life: Middle Way.”
A memorial service will be conducted for Bonner Allen at 3:00 pm, in the sanctuary.
This afternoon, 12:45 pm, join the Sunnyside Nature Walking Group for a walk on Mt Tabor, about 2 miles from Sunnyside Church. Meet in the Youth Room to eat your sack lunch, then carpool. Hosts: Tom & Brooke Stafford. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-936-3373; 360-936-5782.
Mission Vespers this afternoon at 5:00 pm, in the Sunnyside Church sanctuary. Plan to attend this special program, dedicating Jonathon, Allie (nee Westermeyer), and baby James Thorp. The Thorps are beginning a 5-year medical mission service term at Scheer Memorial Hospital, Nepal. Please join the church in praying for this family.
Tomorrow Sunday, February 19, 1:30 pm, there will be a baby shower for Karista and Dan Bradley. They are expecting a baby boy in March and are registered at Amazon.com.
Bonner Allen who passed away January 21. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Sabbath, February 18, 2:30 pm.
Ken Iverson who passed away January 16. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Sunday, March 12, 11:00 am.
Pastor Kara is back! Plan now to attend a wedding reception celebrating the marriage of Pastor Kara and Terry Johnsson, Sunday, February 26, 2:00 pm, here at Sunnyside Church. Many have asked about a registry – they are not registered anywhere; however, a wishing well will be available to which you may contribute
Family Resource Network thanks you for your generous support. Many families have been helped thanks to you. Mark your envelope account #488. Urgently Needed: Small apartment for nursing student asap. Please contact the church office for information.
Also Needed: Washing machine for one of our refugee families.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Elementary
PAES wishes to invite all prospective kindergarteners, first-graders and their parents,
To: K/1st Round-up. Thursday, February 23.
Registration begins at 5:10 at the front door.
We look forward to seeing you here!!
Notice to constituents of Portland Adventist Academy: A Constituency Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00 pm, at the academy.
ABC Sale: The Adventist Book Center’s Case Food Sale is March 5-12. Deliveries are available. For all the details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Looking for teenage singers for a SDA Homeschool Christian Choir. Practices will be Wednesdays at Rockwood Church (1910 SE 182nd Ave, Portland) approximately from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm, starting March 1. Auditions are on February 22. Contact Brenda Zollbrecht for more info. 503-805-5407 or email@example.com.
A Mission Project for you! PACS is going to be starting construction on its new Medical/Dental/Ophthalmology Clinic in February as the weather permits. They are looking for skilled and some willing non-skilled volunteers to help. Please contact Paul Cole or Tim Zollbrecht at 503-252-8500. You will be a blessing and be blessed.
March 17-26: Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy.
The headlines are unmistakable. Our world is on the precipice of extraordinary cataclysmic change. The conflict between two great religions – Islam and Christianity – is fast approaching a devastating climax that will shake the whole world. Indeed, the face of Western Europe has already been transformed through rapid Islamic expansion, and the fear of terror and holy war pervade the American psyche as multiple conflicts rage in the Middle East. But what happens next – and when? In an age of constant unpredictability, how can we really know what the future holds? After a decade of careful study and scholarly legwork, international speaker Tim Roosenberg unveils a staggering new study of Bible prophecy that demonstrates that God’s Word is not silent regarding Islam in these last days. Islam and Christianity in Prophecy carefully explores and unlocks the mysterious book of Daniel, specifically chapters 11 and 12, unveiling a thrilling picture of prophecy that includes the past, present, and future roles of Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and the United States in the final conflict ahead. Along the way, Tim Roosenberg provides the answers you need to survive the growing holy war, answers that will give you complete confidence in God’s Word the Bible, and faith in the promises of Christ. Event Location: Healing Hope Adventist Fellowship.
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.
The Oregon Conference Treasury Department is looking for two part-time Auditors. 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.