This week in FaithLift, we started the book of Philippians. I thought it was a particularly appropriate choice given some of the similarities of our circumstances; Paul wrote it under house arrest! A we approach our third Sabbath services via livestream, I feel that his opening verses are particularly pertinent:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:2-6
We really do thank God for all of you! It has been so encouraging to witness the way you are looking out for each other: calling, encouraging, meeting needs, taking time to hold each other in prayer. The silver-lining of dark days is the beauty of seeing God shine through His family with greater clarity.
I also hold onto God’s promise, that He will carry on to completion, the good work that He is doing in us – in Kara’s version, God will have His way in our lives, even through the bumps and detours. He is sovereign still and I am so thankful to be able to rest in that certainty.
Praying with joy for you family,
Pastor Kara Johnsson, PhD
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 all of our dedicated pastors who are working diligently to stay connected during these challenging “stay-home, stay-safe” times. They have been making multiple phone calls, creating Facebook messages, sending emails and texts. Thank you, pastors, for being creative in staying connected and looking out for all of us! ~Rosie Bixel
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.
Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “Marching to Zion.”
Want to connect and get into the Bible with friends? Sunnyside is offering an online Bible study and prayer Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, on Facebook Live. You may connect by going Sunnyside’s page on Facebook, or go to our website, www.SunnysideAdvenitst.org—click on “Live Stream” on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
It’s time for a new Sabbath School quarter! Many have been asking “what about the new quarterlies — how do we get one?” We are encouraging as many as possible to go online for the quarterly at https://absg.adventist.org/next-quarter#lessons. There is no charge. If you are unable to do so, contact the church office at 503-252-8080, and we’ll make sure you get one.
Student Aid applications – It’s that time of year again! If you are in need of financial aid to attend one of our schools, please fill out an application. It can be emailed to you. Please contact Rosie at info@sunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, for the application to be sent to you. Applications are due in the office not later than May 15. You may email, mail, or drop your completed application at the church office for processing.
During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.
The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. The current need is a dining room table. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.
This is to notify the constituency of Portland Adventist Academy that a Special Constituency Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm, at the academy. PAA constituent members, please mark your calendar and represent Sunnyside at this very important meeting.
PAA postpones all alumni weekend events until 2021 due to the Coronavirus. Read more details: https://paasda.org/news/alumni-weekend-postponed-for-2021/
New proposed dates for Impact your Health Portland 2020 are July 10 and 12 at Portland Adventist Academy. This is a FREE medical, dental, and vision clinic coming to Portland. If you would like to volunteer, please contact www.impactyourhealthpdx.com/ volunteer. Needed volunteers include dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, and in the foot-washing ministry area. Breakfast, lunch, and childcare are provided for volunteers. Background checks are required for all volunteers.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA postpones all alumni weekend events until 2021 due to the Coronavirus.
Area Events and Announcements
ABC Notice: The Adventist Book Center is open with a modified “Drive Through!” You will not be able to shop in the store. Call us at 503-850-3300 to order for pick-up outside the front doors. We can also ship your order.
Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.
Canceled! Healing Foods Gardening Workshop by Lynn Hoag (SunCountryGardens.com)
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.
April 2, POSTPONED – Fundraiser for PACS at Old Spaghetti Factory Clackamas. We want you, Old Spaghetti Factory, and PACS staff to stay well and healthy!
August 21-23: Motorcycle Camp Meeting 2020.
Mark your calendars with the dates for this year’s Motorcycle Camp Meeting, August 21-23, at Gladstone Park Conference Center in Gladstone, Oregon! This year’s speaker will be Tim Journey, pastor of the Boulder City, Nevada Adventist church. Camping/RV parking will be available on the property. Watch for more details!
Event Location: Gladstone Park Conference Center.
PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)
PACS is still operating as normal with social distancing and social responsibility. If you know people who are in need of food let them know the information below:
If you need food, PACS Food Pantry stands ready to help during normal hours: Monday–Friday 9 am–11 am. In order to keep everyone healthy, the experience will be a lot different from how we normally serve you.
1) We will distribute pre-made boxes and as much fresh/frozen food as possible.
2) Food will be given outside our food pantry doors. Watch for signs and volunteers to direct you. Please dress warm.
3) If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with a friend or neighbor and they can get it for you.
Any questions please call 503-252-8500 or email PACSFOOD2020@gmail.com
Welder needed — for a light one-time project. If you can help or know of someone that can, please call the church office at 503-252-8080.
ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED THROUGH SABBATH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.
The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.
We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!
Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next four Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.
Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.
Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.
Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46