Dear Church Family,
There are people who will briefly pick up chapters of the Old Testament prophets, and pronounce judgment against what appears to them, to be a God of wanton wrath. However, a closer reading of the text portrays a very different picture. Revealed in the poetry and prose is a God who sees the unseen and aches for them; who witnesses the oppressed, and the abandoned, and advocates for them; who longs to shelter the vulnerable. As He witnesses His chosen nation neglecting the least of these, even participating in their exploitation, He calls for justice. He pleads with this rescued nation, who themselves had once been exploited, to open their hearts to His loving character.
Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
The case of the vulnerable, the oppressed, the least of these, is close to the heart of the Father. And so I am so excited to see our church family pressing in further and further to join Him in this cause. During this last week I joined a group of selfless men and women, planning a well-organized strategy to help newly arrived refugees adapt to their new home here in Portland. Not only by helping out with physical needs, but more importantly, committing to build relationships with them, helping them adapt to the new language and culture. Dr. Gingrich and Marie Pierre are leading this Cultural Navigation Ministry and are welcoming further team members. If this is something that you feel the Lord leading you to, then give them a call.
Pastor Kara Dale
News & Notes
Sabbath, September 24, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Dan Jackson, President, North American Division will bring us our Bible message titled “Enlightened.”
The North Pacific Union Conference was organized 110 years ago to help members and local conferences share our Adventist message in the Northwest. That mission still binds us together toward a common purpose in preparing others for our Lord’s return. Delegates are gathering here this weekend for the 28th constituency session of NPUC. Sunday, September. 25. They will elect officers and executive committee members charged with leading our church’s mission for the next term. All are welcome, only delegates will vote. The weekend schedule is:
Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm: Vespers – Alex Bryant,
NAD Executive Secretary
Sabbath, September 24, 8:45 and 11:15 am – Dan Jackson, NAD President
Sabbath, September 24, 6:00 pm – Jamie Jorge Concert
Sunday, September 25, 9:00 am – NPUC Session (8:00 am registration)
Sabbath, September 24, 6:00 pm, Jaime Jorge will be in concert here at Sunnyside. His forceful, expressive mastery of the violin has delighted audiences around the globe. Jaime has dedicated his talents to sharing the love of God through sacred and classical concerts and special appearances the world over. For over two decades, through 15 albums and more than 2,500 concerts in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, Jaime’s music has touched the lives of millions. It can touch yours too. Come and enjoy!
October 8, 5:00 pm, Encounters With God features Robert Glass as he takes us through his travels of “Modern & Ancient” Israel (Jerusalem) and Jordan. He will take us through his recent visit of temples, synagogues, churches, and incredible archeological digs, “tells” and monuments. Discover the Jewish people’s strength and their incredible relationship and faith in God. Follow as we walk in Jesus’ footsteps (from His birth to His death) as He traveled through the Middle East changing lives of millions of men and women from millenniums to come and yet to come. Walk up to the Western Wall, top of Masada, the Dome of the Rock, Petra, Dead Sea, Dead Sea Scrolls, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, River Jordan, and more. Follow along as we walk in, over, and around history dating back almost 5,000 years.
Sunnyside Church Choir is open to new choir members! Practice is every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. If you would like to join, come to practice on Thursday or contact Karl Helton at KarlWHelton@gmail.com.
Family Resource Network 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”/act. #488.
The Family Resource Network is forming 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. Thank you for considering these worthy members of our church family. For more information contact Dick Gingrich, RichardAGingrich@aol.com
Joe Stone, a former Sunnyside member and a friend of many, passed away September 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him at Stone Tower Church October 2, 11:00 am.
Life At Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
We welcomed six new teachers and a new principal who was introduced earlier this summer. We are also expecting two new staff members to join us later this year! That’s nine total new staff members! All of this means a lot of changes and wonderful new programs for our students. The future is, indeed, bright Meet Portland Adventist Academy’s new teachers! : http://paasda.org/news/paa-welcomes-new-teachers/
Portland Adventist Elementary
September 11-October 2: Adventist Book Center Sale.
Save $2 per can on FriChick and Choplets plus many other specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer atwww.abcflyer.com . To receive future sale information by email, you can sign up at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.
September 30, 7-:30 pm, October 1, 5-6:30 pm, and October 2, 4-5:30 pm: Simply Amazing Health.
A free health seminar addressing blood pressure, weight loss, diabetes and boosting your immune system.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
October 7, 7:15-8:30 pm: First Friday.
The October First Friday service will feature praise and worship by the Adventist Medical Center praise band and an inspirational thought from Rico Hill, television executive turned motivational speaker and health coach. Registration for the free soup and salad dinner is currently open and will run through Tuesday, October 4. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and Salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Registration link: https://www.adventisthealth.org/nw/event/first-friday-soup-and-salad-dinner.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center Amphitheaters.
October 8, 5:00 pm: Dr. Calvin Taylor in concert.
With an unusually large hand span of over 1 1/2 octaves, Dr. Taylor presents sounds and colors which would normally require four hands. Beloved hymns, well-known spirituals, classics, and patriotic music take on new significance.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.
October 9: Upper Columba Academy Alumni Circle of Friends.
Foundation ONE is providing an opportunity for UCA alumni to get together with your Greater Portland Area schoolmates on Sunday, October 9. So if you do not make it to Homecoming on the campus October 1, you have another chance locally a week later. If you have not received an invitation, contact Linda Klinger at (509) 939-1716 for information about the time and place of the event.
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. We have extended the discount rate of $129.00 to October 13th.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort , Redmond, Oregon.
Bookkeeper: A bookkeeper opening at 32 hours a week is available beginning October 3, 2016 at Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary. For a full job description please visit the link below or contact Ric Peinado at 360-687-5121 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.