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Hello Saints of Sunnyside!
Today is day two of ten consecutive days in Portland where the sun sets at 4:27 p.m. On December 15, we gain one minute even though we are not yet at the shortest day of the year thanks to a shrinking sunrise. Cheers to your vitamin D pill!!!
Hey, wasn’t that a great family church program last week with all of the kids? Thanks to all whom every year put so much into its work. I was blessed but I am still chuckling at the little boy whose gold halo kept falling down over his eyes every time he tried to read his part. Precious!
We have four more “Christmas at Sunnyside” Sabbaths thanks to a five Sabbath December this year. You will see more about these and other events in this newsletter.
Do plan for the special Sabbath program on the 22nd. We will begin with a Christmas brunch (8:30-9:30 a.m.) followed by Sabbath School at 10:00, but the main program will start 11:00 sharp. Look for a coming announcement as to what to bring for the brunch.
Thanks for the great offerings last Sabbath! It is needed to keep Sunnyside as Sunnyside.
This afternoon at 3:00 right here at Sunnyside, Portland Adventist Academy music and performing arts students present their annual winter concert featuring holiday music. The free program features the PAA orchestra, choir, gospel choir, guitar, band, jazz band, steel drum band, vocalists, and more.
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
Christmas is a special season to welcome Jesus into our hearts and homes. As we celebrate the First Advent, we anticipate the Second.
The Advent wreath, an evergreen circle with five candles, symbolizes our God who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” In the greenery we see the freshness of eternal life; and in the center candle, the always-shining Light of the world.
The outer candles, lit in succession on December 1, 8, 15, and 22, represent these Advent themes:
- Jesus, the foundation of our Hope;
- Jesus, the source of our Peace;
- Jesus, the basis for our Hope;
- Jesus, in whom is personified divine Love.
On Communion Sabbath (December 29), we come to the Lord’s table to remember the sacrifice of Christ whose broken body is the bread of heaven, whose shed blood is the elixir of life. Once again, the candle of Christ illumines our hearts and minds with Hope and Peace, Joy and Love, and the promise of an Advent that will mark Christmas forever.
Membership Transfers – Second Reading:
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
Note: The Oromo transfers will be voted on December 29, 2012.
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: Second Reading
Oregon Conference Constituency Session Delegates for 2013-2017:
Janet Browning, Tracy Clark, Dick Fenn, James Johnstone, Ted Mackett, Caleb Siaw, Alex Sidorenko Sr., Cliff Sorensen, Stan Sturges, Teri Tamayose, Wendy van Rooyen, Andre Wang, Ann Westermeyer, Rick Westermeyer, Phyllis Woods
3:00 pm Portland Adventist Academy Christmas Concert
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
Mon, Dec 10
7:00 pm Genealogy Workshop – Germans from Russia (Room 20)
Tue, Dec 11
5:30 pm Baptismal Class (Workroom)
6:30 pm How to Teach Your Kids…Follow-up (Room 61)
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 12
10:00 am FaithLift – Mark 14:32-72 (Room 20)
6:30 pm Music Committee (Room 20)
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Wellington Manullang
7:30 pm Facilities Committee (Workroom)
Thu, Dec 13
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Room 82)
Fri, Dec 14 Office Closed
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sab, Dec 15
Sermon: A Time for Re-Gifting – Pastor Scott
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.
Sunday, December 9, the Sunnyside Handbell Choir will be playing for the Festival of Nativities from 6:00 to 6:25 pm at the Mormon Church, 8331 Cason Road, Gladstone. The Handbell Choir will play the same program between 8:00 and 8:25 pm for the Follow the Star event at the Holden Center of the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Center at Gladstone. Come, enjoy the beauty of the season and support your Sunnyside handbell ringers!
Sunnyside’s 31st Family Musical will be Friday, December 21, at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Invite your friends to come enjoy some of Portland’s finest musicians. An offering will be taken at the door for the homeless at O’Bryant Square. Bring your music and join in singing the Hallelujah Chorus for the finale. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall immediately following.
Sabbath, December 22, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Christmas Brunch – Sunnyside cooks will provide pancakes, eggs, and drinks. Please enjoy breakfast with us! Only your participation is required; but if you are able, you are invited to bring fruit, breakfast breads, or breakfast casseroles.
Sunday Breakfast at O’Bryant Park – Every Sunday we serve breakfast to approximately 500 homeless, hungry, and poor. To continue this program, we need your support with the following donations: 8” paper plates (Chinet), 8 oz paper cups, plastic forks (Solo 500 count), Costco napkins, coffee, chocolate and creamer, large size of syrup, catsup, oil, and pancake mix; and/or tax deductive $$ donation payable to Sunnyside Adventist Church, memo “Breakfast at O’Bryant Park. For information: Ardina Wang 503-255-0075.
The Junior Division sends a huge THANK YOU for the help received in creating their emergency kits. We are well on our way to completing our project and could not have done it without your help and support.
“Our Toy Drive for Shriners Hospital for Children was a huge success. We collected over 160 toys, games and crafts to be given to inpatient children receiving services at Shriners. Your contributions were greatly appreciated by the staff of the hospital and I’m sure they will be enjoyed by many children that pass through their doors. Thank you so much for your support and donations.”
From the Shriners Hospital Portland Facebook page:
“Love is a Gift: That gift was given this past week by one of our patients, Grace, to benefit her fellow patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Portland. Having been a patient here since she was 18 months old, Grace knows the joy … of receiving a toy during her visits to the hospital. Grace, through her Adventure Club at church, along with supportive friends and family gathered more than 160 toys and games to be given to patients.”
CHRISTMAS AT SUNNYSIDE
Dec. 15 Worship Service “Joy:” A Time for 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
11:00 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
For physical healing and spiritual well-being of:
Alf Birch, Betty Reuble, (Marcia Dunham’s mother), Shelly AleShire, victims of Hurricane Sandy, and all who have financial, spiritual, or health needs.
Today: Milton Willoughby Sunday: Erin Brunese, Tracy Clark, Michael Hamilton, David Huckaby, Charmaine Roloff, Kathy Rosenquist, Tyler Sharp Monday: Jeffrey Boskind, Mikhaila Lorenson, Wellington Manullang, Jenna Prosser, Jonah Reyes-Horvath, Lavon Turner Tuesday: Lisa Christensen Wednesday: Lillian Coppernoll, Alison Willis Thursday: Jason Boyatt, Sharon Emery, Robert Heissler Friday: Amy Buchanan, Amy Smith
Portland Adventist Academy
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! For all this news and more go 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 email@example.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
December 13, 7 pm Christmas concert.
December 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 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. Seating will be limited so arrive early Doors open at 6:30 pm. Donations accepted in lieu of admission. For more information view flyer at http://goo.gl/u8XXa, www.fountainofmusic.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Received December: $9,614 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $130,389 / YTD Budget: $198,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $250,000 / Received: $224,640