February 3, 2012
Dear Sunnyside Church Family,
The Sabbath hours bring special blessings with the Sabbath rest. Rest from the regular work week, and perhaps rest from the daily challenges you face. Sabbath also brings us a special opportunity to worship personally and as a church body as well as time to study together in Sabbath School. If you don’t already, come, join a class, and participate and learn from the Word. Sabbath also brings us an opportunity for fellowship.
Friday afternoon our Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra will arrive. Thank you to those of you who have so graciously opened your homes to our students. If you did, you are asked to be at the church at 9 pm to take your guests home.
This Sabbath the women of Sunnyside, who are always active participants in the mission of our church, will be more visible than usual. We have designated this Sabbath as Women’s Day of Prayer. That doesn’t let the men off the hook because we hope that everyone will be encouraged and strengthened in their prayer life because of the message of the day.
Our first church service will begin ten minutes early so that we can be blessed by the wonderful music brought to us by the string quartet from Walla Walla University. Do come early, you will not want to miss this, and please help us get the word out about the early start.
The second service will begin as Mission Moments ends so please be prepared. The full orchestra will participate in bringing praise to God. We welcome our young people and thank all of you who have opened your homes, made extra food for the various meals, and given in so many ways to make this happen.
Don’t forget the potluck! A friendly invitation from you to visitors to sit with you will give you an opportunity to make some new friends and make someone else feel at home.
The Walla Walla University Concert is at 3:00 pm. That gives you some time to chat with friends after the potluck and make sure you get a good seat.
We take time to remember those who have lost family members and dear friends in the last while. Here are some encouraging words. “God will not grant our every request. He will not take away every pain. But He will always be there to gently wrap us in His arms of love, wipe our tears and give us the strength and motivation to live another day.”
Pastor Shirley Allen
Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church