December 14 Communiqué

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December Saints,

This Sabbath is the second of our “Christmas as Sunnyside” Sabbaths and this one will feature our Sunnyside children as they do their best for Jesus and us.  These Christmas events are a memory maker for our kids.  A lot of work goes into making this Sabbath happen.  Do plan to come and see nervous and eager kids participate as they celebrate “Sweet Baby Jesus.”

And it should be mentioned, that first service will be traditional.  This will be a two for the price of one Sabbath.  Pastor Scott will speak at first service on the subject of “peace,” and will come from John 14:27, where Jesus told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  Yet in the context of all of this, He was unloading on them the news of His crucifixion and departure from this earth.  How can that be comforting?  What did He mean?  Come for both services!

Also, at 4:00 on Sabbath afternoon, we will host “Out of Darkness, Light,”, performed by the Sunnyside Brass, Trombone Choir, Trombone Quartet, and Sunnyside Cello Quartet, directed by Dr. John Carter.

Then save some energy for our next two weekends and December 20’s Family Musical Christmas program.

See you Sabbath, all day if you like!

Pastor Scott & Staff

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Christmas at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday night, December 13, 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist Academy will be presenting their Christmas concert right here at Sunnyside Church. Come and be blessed by the music the choir, band, and orchestra has prepared under the direction of Linda Neel

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:00 am. At 8:45 Pastor Scott LeMert will present our Bible message entitled Jesus: My Peace I Give Unto You. At 11:00 we will enjoy family worship prepared by our Children’s Divisions as they present Greetings From the Heart.

Church Announcements

Sunday, December 15, the Sunnyside Handbell Choir will be playing for the Festival of Nativities from 5:00 to 5:30 pm at the Mormon Church, 8331 Cason Road, Gladstone. The Handbell Choir will play the same program between 6:30 and 7:00 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!

Out of Darkness, Light – A Christmas vespers program: Reflections on the birth of Jesus featuring Sunnyside Brass, Advent Trombone Choir, Advent Trombone Quartet, and Sunnyside Cello Quartet directed by Dr. John Carter and spoken word by Pastor Jonathan, this afternoon at 4:00.

Sunnyside’s 32nd Family Musical will be Friday, December 20, at 7:00 pm. 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.

On Christmas Sabbath, December 21, 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.

You are also invited to share a partial or full small nativity scene that may be used as a centerpiece for one of the thirty tables we’ll be using for brunch. Bring it, place it, then take it back home. Contact Pauline Davis 503-287-4773 with any questions about the centerpieces.

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 – Thanks to you who give regularly and you who give occasionally to the Family Resource Network. Your gifts have enabled us recently to help some of our family through some very difficult times. Please continue to remember those in need; mark your contribution to account #9387, Family Resource Network.

Your Church Library: We have many books and DVDs about Christmas and related subjects for your enjoyment during the upcoming holiday seasons, examples are:
Youth/Adults: BooksChristmas In My Heart by J. Wheeler (Vols: 1-17); Foolish Prayers/Fabulous Answers by Glenn & Ethel Coon. DVDs Mary’s Song, and the Nativity Story.
Children: Books 60 Years of Guide by Lori Peckham; Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis; The Christmas Story by Vic Mitchell; and DVDThe Toy That Saved Christmas (A Veggie Tales DVD).



Back to Bucovina! The mission continues!
Sunday, January 26-Monday, February 10, 2014

The Romania II Team:
Scott LeMert   /   Ralph Martin
Vasile Gramada   /   Dick Fenn

Bacau, Romania
Moldova Conference Leadership Seminars
Iasi, Romania

One-week preaching series
Scott LeMert

Piatra Neamt, Romania
One-week preaching series
Ralph Martin

Onesti, Bacau, Roman,
Siret, Calafindesti, Maritei, Milisauti (with Iaslovat),
Tibeni, Targu Mures,
(with Dornesti, Marginea, Sucevita)
One, two, or three-night services for the communities
Dick Fenn and Vasile Gramada

Christams as Sunnyside


December 20, 7:00 pm: Family Christmas Musical Program
December 21,  8:30 am: Christmas Brunch
                        10:00 am: Bible Study Class
                         11:00 am: Isaiah’s Messiah
December 28, 8:45, 11:15 am: Communion Service with Choir & Bells


Portland Adventist Academy

Portland Adventist Elementary

Area Events

December 13-15: Bring your friends to the 12th annual Follow the Star live nativity and holiday musical event at 19500 Oatfield Rd. in Gladstone. Free tickets are available at but are going fast. A limited number of free tickets will be available at the door each evening for those who come without online reservations. For more info go to

December 13, 7:00 pm: Tabernacle Church Christmas Choir & Orchestra performs a beautiful Christmas cantata of praise and promise that is sure to inspire and comfort. Bring family and friends for music, fellowship, and a reception of treats and hot cider. This annual event is free to everyone.

December 14, 6:30 pm: Hood View Church hosts an evening of Christmas music that will fill your heart with peace and joyful inspiration as you experience the message of hope from vocalist Sandra Romero. Admission is free.

December 21, 4:00 pm: The Village Retirement Center hosts Healing Hope church choir presenting “Adore Him Christmas Cantata.”

December 24, 7:00 pm: Columbia Life Center will hosts the Healing Hope church choir presenting “Adore Him Christmas Cantata.”

Beginning mid January, Thursdays 6-30 pm: Healing Hope Church presents a ten-week small group entitled  Heart Help (The Mode) that focuses solely on rejection and its devastating impact on our everyday thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Groups are confidential and gender specific. To reserve your spot call 503-957-0809. View for more information.

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