Dear church family,
There have been some things lately that have really been making me think about the times that we are living in. Specifically, we have been seeing a series of events in nature that have reached epidemic proportions. We can see the evidence of creation groaning as in the pains of childbirth (Romans 8:22). Pastor Kara and I have especially watched with vested interest as some of these calamities directly impacted Puerto Rico and Australia.
Puerto Rico has experienced about 2,000 quakes since late December. Of these quakes, approximately 123 have been of magnitude 3 or higher. Six of these earthquakes were of magnitude 5 or greater, including the largest (6.4) which occurred on January 7. This was the biggest quake to hit Puerto Rico in a century and it altered the landscape in Puerto Rico, caused damage to an estimated 600 buildings and caused $110 million in damage. All this while the island was still attempting to fully recover from the damages inflicted by the two massive hurricanes that had impacted the islands in the last couple of years.
The estimates of the amount of area affected by the fires in Australia continues to increase. The most recent numbers as of the writing of this message were 10 million hectares (24.7 million acres). Those numbers require some comparisons to be fully understood. That amount of acreage is an area larger than the countries of Belgium and Denmark combined. The deadly fires in California in recent years covered 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) in 2019 and 404,690 hectares (1 million acres) in 2018. The claims are that 500 million animals have been affected in New South Wales alone and as many as 1 billion nationwide.
There have also been other events that could be added to this list of catastrophic events in nature. The earth has not just been shaken in Puerto Rico as there have also been earthquakes in other parts of the world. There are also other areas of the world that have been dealing with volcanic eruptions and other dangerous natural events. When we add these natural events with the current political climate it should make us wonder about the times we are living in. Let’s pray and ask God to use us to positively impact the world while we still have life and time.
Pastor Juan Fresse
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.
A special shout out to Pastor Dave Allen, our own person-in-charge of interment of Humphrey. Thank you, Pastor Dave and Wilfred Geschke, for finding a special place for Humphrey!
This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Mark Witas presenting our Bible message “Three Angels’ Messages–Empire Fallen.”
Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Children’s Sabbath School Classes will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.
Please pray for the following families:
George White who passed away December 16. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Village Retirement Community, Gabriel Chapel, January 26 at 2:00 pm.
Melvin West who passed away December 27. A memorial service here at Sunnyside Adventist Church will be conducted Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am. An additional service will take place in College Place, Washington, at the Walla Walla University Church on Sunday, February 23, 4:00 pm.
Communion will be conducted on Friday, January 17, at 7:00 pm. You will not want to miss this special time together.
The new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. Please choose a date to share flowers with our Sunnyside family for our worship services and place your name on it. As the date gets closer, we will contact you to see what you would like to place in the bulletin about the flowers.
Sunday, January 19, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church performing works by Barber, Weber, and Brahms featuring Caleb Hutchins, the CMSO Concerto Competition winner.
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.
February 22, The Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission of Walla Walla University will be here for the weekend. Paul Dybdahl, PhD, will be presenting our worship services.
Impact Your Health free clinics will be March 27 and 29, 2020.
Life at Sunnyside
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Portland Adventist Academy
Area Events and Announcements
Planned Giving and Trust Services.
Did you know that nearly 60% of Americans don’t have a will? Not having a will can make it costly and difficult on your heirs to sort out and distribute your estate. If you are in need of an estate plan or just need to update the one you have, remember that the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is here to help. You can contact Tim Peterson, the representative for your area, at 503-850-3570, or check out our webpage on the Conference’s website in the “support” menu at the top of the page at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love and support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.
January 18, 1-3:30 pm: Natural Remedies Class
This class will be presented at Adventist Community Church of Vancouver. A delicious meal will be provided. Our speakers Elizabeth Steinweg and Tiffany Brenton have teamed up to share their wealth of knowledge. Both Graduates of Weimar College, they have a passion for educating people about the powerful remedies found in nature and the vibrant health their creator wants for them. Admission is free but space is limited. Please register at Vancouveradventist.com under “News” and “more” or call 360-696-251.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.
February 9, 11:30 am: 7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.
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.