Sept. 14 Communiqué

Greetings, Sunnyside!

It was just over a year ago that the Sunnyside Church elders began a journey of developing an evangelistic series strategy for this community. Today, we stand just over a week away from the beginning of that series.

Outreach and evangelism have many faces. The most ubiquitous in Adventism over the past 150 years has been the prophecy seminar. With a combination of compelling imagery and biblical exposition, these seminars have brought countless people to a living faith in Jesus. Yet as we reflected on our situation here in East Portland, we felt that the prophecy seminar was not the face of outreach that would make the greatest impact.

This is why our Fall Outreach has an appearance that won’t be familiar to many of us. With Sunnyside’s successful track record of children’s ministries to our community, it became clear to us that a successful community outreach program would be built on the successes of the past. How? By looking at the cornerstones of Adventist faith and explaining them to others in the context of how they teach and reinforce the values we wish to teach our children.

This is the idea that birthed the series, “How to Teach Your Kids About…Life.” I am incredibly excited to be able to present the basic truth of our faith in a way that has potential to transform the lives of families, making them more connected, more inspired, more purposeful, and more balanced in the way that they live life together.

While this series has been marketed directly to families, it is certainly not exclusive to families. I’ve learned that to teach children, you must model what you wish them to learn. As such, much of our experience together will be based on learning values for ourselves, so that they can be passed on to others. If you know somebody who would benefit from exploring personal values and the hope that we have in Jesus, please invite them to this special event.

In addition to the adult series, we also are doing a full kids’ series on values called KGCN: Kids’ & God’s Communication Network. Through stories, games, crafts, and music, kids will begin to learn the values and beliefs that have made such a profound difference in our lives.

Of course, each night begins with dinner, provided by the church, so that our guests need not worry about how to feed the kids. Want more details? Check out our website.

Because there is so much going on, space is limited. We would love to have as many people as possible attend this event, and our limited fellowship hall space requires that we ration our invites. Would you like to attend this series? You have three options.

  • Bring your kids
  • Bring a friend or neighbor (and their family, in applicable!) who isn’t already a part of the Sunnyside community.
  • Volunteer

Ready to Register? Click here now!

Want to Volunteer?

  • Join us for the neighborhood walk after church tomorrow. We’re providing haystacks (thank you, Deaconesses!). It is a relatively small commitment. Take 50 flyers and a map and drop them off at the houses indicated. It’ll take less than an hour and you don’t even have to talk to anybody, if you don’t want to! (although we wouldn’t mind if you did.) We need between 30 and 40 people for this. Might you be one of them?
  • Sign up to help setup or tear down the event next weekend. We have some who have already signed up, but we can always use more help. Want to help? Call or email the office so we can get you on the list.
  • Note the list of needs in the bulletin tomorrow. There are a few odds-and-ends jobs that need to be completed before next week. Have a few hours to spare this week? Consider lending them to your church.
  • Join the Power Up Prayer Team either Tuesday Night (6:30 PM) or on the 24/7 schedule (available at church tomorrow)

I solicit your prayers as we put the finishing touches on this event. Our desire, after all, is that we may see Jesus clearly as we embark on this journey together.

Quickly, a note about Sabbath morning services:

Have you been blessed this week? Have you experienced God’s blessing? Have you been able to bless anyone else? Tomorrow Pastor Shirley is going to share some thoughts from Psalm 128 that will encourage you for the coming week as you look for God’s blessing.

May the Lord richly bless you as we enter the Sabbath together.

Pastor Jonathan

About Jonathan

I am a husband, a father, and a follower of Jesus. I get excited about cultivating faith in the lives of my kids and exploring ways that the church can make a positive impact on its community.
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