Nov. 30 Communiqué & Announcements

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Greetings!

Thanksgiving for 2012 is past and Christmas is knocking. I am not a Black Friday type of person. I stayed home and put up the Christmas décor. I put on the sound system the Christmas music.  I could listen to Christmas music in September.

If you share the same Christmas spirit, you will want to be at Sunnyside in December. Each Sabbath will have a special Christmas theme to it starting this week with a Family Church Christmas special to be followed by services each succeeding Sabbath with different Christmas themes.

Our goal is not to celebrate a holiday. We will come together to do more than sing “Happy Holidays.” We will celebrate the story of “God with us.” We will repeat the story of God becoming one of us. We will sing the wonderful hymns and songs of old and new whose inspired authors captured what it is about Christmas.  See you at Sunnyside this week.

Contained on these pages are many announcements that you will want to read up on. As you know, we are shortening the number of pages of the church bulletin and going to more electronic means of communication.

Pastor Scott

News & Notes

This Weekend
The Week Ahead
Church Announcements
Coming Events at Sunnyside
Prayer Requests
This Week’s Celebrations
Adventist Education
Area Events
General Announcements
Church Budget

This Weekend

Our Fellowship Potluck is today immediately following our second service. During dinner and dessert you will enjoy the colorful Romania Mission Inaugural Program hosted by Tom and Pauline Davis! Plan to stay; enjoy good food and quality friendship.

Photos Will Be Taken from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm  in the Youth Room. If you haven’t had your picture taken for our new photo directory, drop in and set a time to have it done. If you already have had your picture taken, we still have it — you do not have to get a new picture — it is your option. Our directory is currently in process and should be ready in just a few weeks.

SunnyShare Cooperative – There is a table located in the hallway near the Fellowship Hall for food, extra produce, and goods from Sunnyside homes and gardens to share.

Family Resource Network – 40 people thank you for the help they have received through the Family Resource Network this year. You have been very generous and though at times the balance was low, no one has been declined assistance due to lack of funds. As you plan your end-of-year giving, it would be great if you would consider Family Resource Network, account # 9387.

The Advent Candle
We celebrate Advent on five consecutive Sabbaths culminating on the last  Sabbath of the year – it’s a time to welcome Christ into our hearts and homes for the holidays and look forward to the second coming or Advent of Christ.

The Advent wreath is a circle of evergreens with five candles. As a circle has no end, the wreath symbolizes God, Who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” The greenery represents the continual freshness of Eternal Life. The center candle represents Christ and appropriately it’s light is always shining.

Each year we choose themes for the Advent candles. This year the first outer candle lit symbolizes that Christ is the Foundation of our Hope; the second Sabbath we light the candle to remind us that He is the Source of our Peace; the third candle reiterates that His First Coming brings “great Joy  for all people;” and the fourth Sabbath we see the treasure of faithful Love given to us in great measure “While we were yet sinners;” Communion Sabbath we celebrate Christ and remember Christmas at the Lord’s table; so we light the candles weekly from the center one.

Membership Transfers – First Reading:
JOINING:
Dale, Jean, and Emilie Butler from Ohana Christian, West Linn
Jonathan Maciuk from Longmont Adventist Church, Longmont, Co.
Lizette Nguyen from Stone Tower Church, Portland
Eden Sequar from Stone Tower Church, Portland
Pierette Umugwaneza from Gardner Adventist, Westminster, Mass.
Julie Wilson from Hood View Church, Boring

From the Oromo Group, Portland:
Bona Aliey, Moyata Anotta, Tinisa Anotta, Chali Bekuto, Genemo Gabeyessa, Zewiditu Hinsene, Deffo Mebrat, Badane Sultessa, Dekamu Sultessa, Jajabo Sultessa,
Alaka Worana, and Martha Zeleke

Associated with the Oromo Group, Portland
On Profession of Faith:

Jedidih Anotta, Morry Anotta, Momina Hirpho Jilo, Tiya Mebrat

LEAVING:
Cheryl Brooks to Kennewick Adventist Church,Kennewick, Wash.
Mira Stephens-Chow to Adventist Community Church, Vancouver, Wash.
Reimee Ward-Westra to Camarillo Adventist Church, Camarillo, Calif.

Partial Nominating Committee Report: First Reading
Oregon Conference Constituency Session Delegates for 2013-2017:
Tracy Clark, Dick Fenn, James Johnston, Ted Mackett, Caleb Siaw, Alex Sidorenko, Sr., Cliff Sorensen, Stan Sturgess, Terri Tamayose, Wendy van Rooyen, Andre Wang, Ann Westermeyer,
Rick Westermeyer, Phyllis Woods

The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  4:29 pm  •  Friday  4:27 pm

Today   
12:30 pm Fellowship Potluck
1:30 pm Romania Mission to Siret
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)

Sun, Dec 2
11:00 am Cardmaking (Room 20)

Mon, Dec 3 
6:00 pm Net 7 (Room 60)

Tue, Dec 4 
5:30 pm Baptismal Class (Workroom)
6:30 pm Children’s Ministries Council (Room 20)

 Tue, Dec 4   
6:30 pm How to Teach Your Kids…Follow Up
6:30 pm Adventurers (Children’s Wing)
6:30 pm Pathfinders (Basement)
7:00 pm The Fall of Paganism and the Origins of Medieval Christianity (Room 63)

Wed, Dec 5  
10:00 am FaithLift – Mark 14:1-21 (Room 20)
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Arnold Petersen

Thu Dec 6
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Room 82)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Room 82)

Fri, Dec 7
Office Closed
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)

Sab, Dec 8 
Sermon  Mission: Impossible – Pastor Jonathan

Church Announcements

Healthy Heart Team Lifestyle Improvement Program
The Gateway Fred Meyer store is the first Healthy Heart Team screening site begun November 15, 2007. The shoppers have come to depend on the team being there once a month as has the store management. This past month the volunteers screened 70 shoppers, and 4 requested to have lifestyle improvement coaching follow-up one-on-one. A volunteer meets them at Portland Adventist Medical Center for follow up.

There are 4 volunteers from our Sunnyside members and the rest are from other Adventist churches. The screening is the 2nd Sunday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm, but we hope to increase the time to 11 am to 5 pm if enough members sign up to participate. We have shifts from 11 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 3 pm, 11 am to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 5 pm.

It is due to the faithful participation of even a few members that this site continues with screening. We need experienced people to take blood pressure and do lifestyle improvement coaching, and friendly people to greet and do secretarial services.

2013 Devotional Books Are Now Available – Refresh your spirit with a new devotional book. Books for all ages are available with special pricing for ordering through the church. Sign up sheets, brochures, and sample books are available at the display table in the lobby. Your non-offering check may be placed in a tithe envelope and labeled Account 9304 (please do not include other donations with this check).

Our Annual Flower Calendar for 2013 is now posted. You may begin filling it in now with your name on a Sabbath that you would like to share a bouquet of flowers with your church family.

Coming Events

Dec. 1 
8:50 am Worship Service   “Hope” The God of Hope – Pastor Shirley
11:20 pm Family Worship Service
Bed, Bethlehem, and Beyond: When Heaven Touched Earth
Dec. 8
Worship Service “Peace” Mission: Impossible – Pastor Jonathan
3:00 pm Portland Adventist Academy Christmas Concert (Sanctuary)
Dec. 15
Worship Service “Joy” The Joy of Re-Gifting – Pastor Scott
Dec. 21
7:00 pm Family Christmas program (Sanctuary)
Dec. 22
8:30 – 9:30 am Christmas Brunch
10:00 am Bible Study Classes
11:20 am Worship Service “Love” The Song of Heaven – Pastor Scott
with Sunnyside Symphony and Sunnyside Choir (one worship service only)
Dec. 29
Communion Sabbath
Worship Service “Christ” Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Pastor Scott

 Prayer Requests

For physical healing and spiritual well-being of:

Victims of Hurricane Sandy, and all who have financial, spiritual, or health needs.

For comfort and peace:

For the family and friends of Dr. Don Mack who passed away November 19. He was a former long-term member of Sunnyside Church. There will be a graveside service at Brush Prairie Cemetery December 7 at 1:00 pm.

For the family and friends of Dr. Robert James, retired anesthesiologist at Adventist Medical Center, who passed away November 29. He was a former long-term member of Mt. Tabor Church.

This Week’s Celebrations

Birthdays:
Nov 27: Sabinna Pierre  Today: Kyle Hatton, Esther Pierre, Thomas Taylor  Sunday: Heather Avilla, Karen Mathiesen, Connie Miller, Steffen Moller, Brandon Wilson  Monday: Judy Carpenter, Ruby Griffin  Tuesday: Tena Baehm, Stephen Henry, Leanna Inman, William Johnson, David Myers  Friday: Kenneth Allen, Larry Lewis, Rochelle Pegel.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

PAA’s new e-Headlines: http://goo.gl/z0bBo
Subscribe to PAA’s e-Headlines:  http://goo.gl/4ynYg
Check out PAA’s student newspaper:  http://paaresume.org/

Find out more about Portland Adventist Academy’s annual holiday concerts, learn more about their helpful “Shop ‘n’ Drop” holiday babysitting, their community ski program, and their upcoming and inspiring mission trips! All this news and more is a click away to PAA’s new e-Headlines: http://goo.gl/z0bBo

Childcare available while you do some holiday shopping. The Sophomore class is providing childcare services for kids ages 3-11 at PAA on these dates:
Nov. 21, noon-5 pm
Dec. 12, 5-9 pm
Dec 16, 2-7 pm
Games, movies, snacks, and craft options will be available. Contact Maria Bibb at 503-490-5026 or mrsbibb@gmail.com for rates and more information.

Portland Adventist Academy presents the annual Winter Concert featuring holiday music from the music and performing arts students. The free concert features the PAA Orchestra, choir, gospel choir, guitar, band, jazz band, steel drum bands, vocalists and more. The Winter Concert happens at Sunnyside Church on Sabbath, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. No tickets necessary.

Portland Adventist Academy’s Alegria, a 100 voice choir, will perform their Christmas repertoire at the Festival of Lights on December 19 at 8 pm Festival of Lights, the largest choral festival in the world, happens at The Grotto in Portland. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under, and $8 for seniors. Tickets include all evening performances as well as outdoor caroling, puppet shows, a live animal petting zoo, and the holiday light displays. Doors open at 5:00 pm Parking is free. Visit www.thegrotto.org for more information. (http://www.thegrotto.org/christmas/)

Portland Adventist Elementary School
November Newsletter  or   http://goo.gl/kJ1W1

Area Events

December 1, 2 & 7-9: Gladstone Park Conference Center Grounds, 19800 Oatfield Rd., Gladstone, hosts “Follow the Star” live nativity event in its 11th annual production. Bring a guest to see the story of Jesus’ birth come to life.  Attendance is limited. Visit www.followthestar.us for more information.

December 2, 3 pm: Stone Tower Church offers a comprehensive and practical free DVD presentation by well-known author and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Neil Barnard, MD on a “New Approach to Managing Diabetes.” This may be life-saving information if you or a loved one has diabetes. Concluding the presentation there will be an instructional presentation on reading food labels and grocery shopping with time for questions and answers. Facilitated by Joyce Choe, MD.

December 9, 7 pm: Bend Adventist Church hosts Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir Concert. Don’t miss these talented young musicians as they present the gospel through music during this year’s Christmas tour. Donations accepted in lieu of admission. For more information view flyer at http://goo.gl/u8XXa, www.fountainofmusic.ca or email jandjkass@hotmail.com.

December 13, 7 pm: Gladstone Park Church hosts Rivergate Adventist Elementary’s Christmas program – “Christmas Presents.”

December 16, 7 pm: Vancouver Church hosts Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir Concert.

General Announcements

Dr. Arnold Petersen of Adventist Health has dedicated his life to serving others, both in the Portland community and beyond. Adventist Health is proud to honor him with the Crystal Angel Award 2012. View the video at: http://goo.gl/VVXMm

Rental Space Available for weddings, parties, gym nights, craft nights, etc. Features: Olympic size volleyball court, basketball court, full featured kitchen with warming oven, serving counter, sanctuary seats 200, padded chairs, large lobby, plenty of parking. To reserve your spot or for more information, call the Open Arms Church office at 503-253-8595, or email openarmssda@gmail.com.

PACS has an urgent need for weekly truck driver/rider volunteers to help pick up food from local sources for the PACS Food Pantry. No CDL required. Call PACS if you can help (503.252.8500) or sign up to volunteer online (PORTLANDACS.ORG). By volunteering, you provide tremendous help to needy families.

Estate Sale: Bea Ham’s estate will be for sale on December 7, 12-4 pm; December 8 and 9, 10 am-4 pm, at her house, 1030 NE 153rd, Portland, Oregon 97230. There is a very large library of books, many Adventist books. For more information and pictures go to http://goo.gl/LlIkx. There will be no advance viewing or sales.

Organ Donation – One of our members is moving and will no longer have room for their beautiful Wurlitzer organ. If you are interested in giving it a new home, contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received November: $25,961 /  Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $120,775 / YTD Budget: $165,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $250,000 / Received: $224,027

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