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Sunnyside Church Family,
This Sabbath will mark the halfway point of our five December Sabbaths and corresponding Christmas celebration. This one will celebrate the Advent theme, “Joy,” and will be joined by the Sunnyside Brass Ensemble. Did you know that the Hebrew word for “gift” is the same word for “knee?” It is and for good reason and it carries some important biblical lessons. And, did you know where the English word for “gift” came from? Well, I would spoil it for you if I told you now. It is part of the sermon for Sabbath, “A Time for Re-Gifting.”
And talk about gifts, Sunnyside received $29,500 in church budget last week and our ReNew total for Phase I now stands past $235,000. Thank you to each and all who are assisting in bringing our church account books in line as we close 2012!
Don’t forget the Family Musical on Friday, December 21, and the special Christmas special “The Song of Heaven” for Sabbath, the 22nd. Read the announcement as to what to bring to the brunch on that date and bring a friend to the worship service (there will be only one worship service, staring at 11:10 am).
Pastor Scott & Staff
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 Joy;
- 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.
Sunset: Today 4:28 pm • Friday 4:30 pm
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
5:00 pm Encounters With God (Room 63)
Tue, Dec 18
7:00 pm The Fall of Paganism and the Origins of Medieval Christianity (Room 63)
Wed, Dec 19
10:00 am FaithLift – Mark 15:1-20 (Room 20)
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Ted Mackett
Thu, Dec 20
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Room 82)
Fri, Dec 21 Office Closed
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sab, Dec 22 Special Program: The Song of Heaven – Pastor Scott
with the Sunnyside Symphony and the Sunnyside Choir
2013 Devotional Books Are Now Available – If you have ordered a book, it is available. See Lorrie Wescott to pick up your order.
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 – 9:45 am, Christmas Brunch!
We will enjoy a potluck brunch in place of first service. Join us as Pastor Scott prepares his famous pancakes and tofu scrambled eggs. We will also be providing regular scrambled eggs and drinks. You are invited to contribute breakfast casseroles, breads, and fruit. Come and enjoy Christmas brunch with your church family. Serving will end promptly at 9:45 am.
Changes at Sunnyside Starting January 5, 2013
A long anticipated and important meeting took place this week in the Sunnyside office workroom. The pastoral staff, the executive elders, and various other invitees took a look at the question of the time and event flow of the services at Sunnyside on Sabbath morning. At front and center was the question of Mission Moments—a long tradition at Sunnyside which rested in between the Sabbath School program and the second worship service. It was an event that first service people rarely saw and most of our children and parents were unable to work into the morning schedule. (This problem had been discussed a few months back on the church board and forwarded to committee for resolution.)
After a two hour meeting, here are the details:
1. Mission Moments as we have known it will go away. It will be replaced with a five minute feature entitled “Church Life and Mission” and will be part of both worship services. The placement in the flow of the worship services will vary depending on the content and where it will best add to the Sunnyside worship experience.
2. “Church Life and Mission” will include many of the genres of programming of the former “Mission Moments,” only it will have a shorter time slot. It will include spot stories of the church life of Sunnyside such as baptisms, baby dedications, local member interest stories, stories about Sunnyside outreach programs, etc. Look for some of the formats to be interview style.
3. Pastor Scott will search for about six or more individuals who will become part of the planning team who will steer the planning and insure a balance of format content—church life and mission.
4. The change will take place January 5, 2013.
5. Early service will start at 8:45 and will aim to finish at 9:55 minus the postlude.
6. All Sabbath Schools are urged to start at 10:00 or as soon thereafter as they can convene with practicality. All Sabbath School classes are urged to adjourn at 11:00 allowing members ample time to be seated in the sanctuary by 11:20.
7. The announcement time of each worship service will target to be about three to five minutes max in time length. We are finding that with the use of the screens we are able to cut down on the time needed for announcements. Expect to see announcement slides scrolling prior to the start of worship and, especially prior to second service, the intermission time will find the sanctuary filled with music.
8. It is hoped that the intermission time between Sabbath School and second service will be a time of refreshment and greeting friends and visitors.
9. The planning committee that discussed these changes felt that they would have minimal impact on the current Sabbath morning flow and the committee will from time to time over the next months, debrief on how the changes are going and make changes where and when needed.
P.S. The new sound system is making progress. The cabinetry of the new operator’s booth is being readied and once it is brought into the sanctuary, things will progress very quickly.
CHRISTMAS AT SUNNYSIDE
7:00 pm Family Christmas program (Sanctuary)
8:30 – 9:45 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)
Worship Service “Christ:” Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Pastor Scott
For physical healing and spiritual well-being of:
Shelly AleShire, Alf Birch, Darren Allen, (Dave & Shirley’s son), Betty Reuble (Marcia Dunham’s mother), victims of Hurricane Sandy, and all who have financial, spiritual, or health needs.
For comfort and peace
For the family and friends of Max Torkelson, Sr., who passed away last Sabbath, December 8, 2012.
For the family and friends of Irma Jones who recently passed away. A memorial service is being planned in January.
This Week’s Celebrations
Today: Richard Kieper Sunday: Jennifer Card, Peggy Evans, Judith Greene, Renee Hatkoff, Betty Jenkins, Wes Rushold, Monday: Mary Lauda, Chantal Payne, Connie Stone Tuesday: Karolyn Bradley, Madelynn Cummings, Wallace Tamayose Wednesday: Ralph Martin, Keira Petersen, Peter Schmidt Thursday: Courtney Duvall, Richard Flowers, Susan Tretteen Friday: Carol Ledford
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:
Dec 16, 2-7 pm
Games, movies, snacks, and craft options will be available. Contact Maria Bibb at 503-490-5026 or firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and more information.
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 16, 7 pm: Vancouver Church hosts Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir Live in 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 www.fountainofmusic.ca or call Louise Craig at 360-696-2511.
December 16, January 6, 4 pm: Stone Tower Church hosts informational sessions for The Neil Nedley Depression Recovery Program that starts January 13, 2013, the popular program designed to help recover from depression. Attendees will learn what the seminar offers and will have the opportunity to take a test to determine if you are depressed. Registration for the 8-week class is not required to attend the preview. The preview and the 8-week course are free. However, there will be a charge for the workbooks. More information is provided at health.stonetowersda.org. Do not know about Dr. Nedley. Please visit his website. www.drnedley.com
PACS continues to have an URGENT need for reliable volunteer help. We are short-handed in both the Thrift Store and Food Pantry. If you can commit to even a few hours a week, it is a HUGE help. Please call 503-252-8500 or visit portlandacs.org to sign up.
Received December: $29,251 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $150,026 / YTD Budget: $198,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $250,000 / Received: $235,179