February 8 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Family,

This regularly scheduled message has been pre-empted by Winter Storm Orion.  I sit here looking out the window and admiring the blowing, swirling snow.  Already, I’ve had a number of people ask about weekend services.  This seems like the appropriate place to address the questions.

  • Children’s Church has been re-scheduled for February 15.  If you have committed to participating in that service, we hope that you will be able to help next weekend.
  • 8:45, 10:00, 11:15 services will proceed as scheduled.  All services, including the 2:30 seminar with Arlene Taylor will be streamed live on our website at www.SunnysideAdventist.org/live and archived for the future.  We encourage you to stay safe.  If you have questions about your ability to make it to church, stay home and join in the live stream.  Since I am only a few blocks away, I will be here to have the church open for anyone who wishes to make the trip.  We will plan to have church services, including presentations by Arlene Taylor.   But above all, stay safe!

We will have any changes to the scheduled posted on our homepage by 7 AM on Sabbath.

I know that for those of you from North Dakota, Canada or other customarily snow-bound places, the weather is probably not that big of a deal . But we’ve been around Portland long enough to know that this weather still makes for crazy traffic and, in some cases, cold homes.  It’s moments like these when being a part of a church family is significant.  As church family, we can check in with each other to make sure that we have the necessities of food, heat, and medicine for the next couple of days.  I hope that you’ll be praying for the safety of those who need to travel.  And I hope that you’ll take it upon yourself to call and check In on those who may be most at risk in this cold snap.

Thank you to each of you who make Sunnyside a great community.  You are each a blessing.

Stay safe and have a blessed Sabbath!

Pastor Jonathan  

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath services this week are a little different. We welcome Arlene Taylor PhD as she worships with us today. She is one of the world’s leading speakers on brain function. Her topics today are as follows:
    8:45 am:   “Be Anxious for Nothing”
10:00 am:   “Gender Difference in Approach to Spirituality”
11:15 am:    “The Physiology of Forgiveness”|
Potluck for attendees in the Fellowship Hall.
2:30 pm:    “Cellular Memory – the reason we sometimes do what we don’t want to do and fail to do what we do want to do.”

Church Announcements

Your Sunnyside Adventist Church Library offers new additions for your enlightenment: Youth/Adults – Books: The Perfect Gift by Lee Venden; Elsa by Louis Torres (a story of his mother’s struggle to raise 6 boys in the slums of New York). Other books:  Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski, and Cook by the Book by Marcella Lynch. DVDs Revelation (The Bride, the Beast and Babylon) and Cosmic Conflict both by Doug Batchelor. Don’t forget to notice the nature films such as: Flight, the Genius of Birds. Children – Books:  How’s Inky?, Moose Country, and other titles by Sam Campbell (we have them all); and Daniel Asks About Baptism and Communion by Heather Hanna. The last is only one of multiple, attractive, and educational books for pre-schoolers to youth.

The Oregon Conference Town Hall meeting for this area will be held here at Sunnyside February 13, 7:00 pm. All members, including children and youth, lay-advisory, and any member who is interested in growing God’s work are invited to attend this year’s town hall meetings. The meeting will cover a variety of topics and will include breakout sessions with opportunities for member input. To learn more visit http://www.OregonConference.org.

Education

Portland Adventist Academy Portland Adventist Academy students went door to door collecting food for Portland Adventist Community Services. Read more  e-Headlines!

February 12, 7 pm, Walla Walla University will conduct a financial aid workshop.

Portland Adventist Elementary http://www.paes.com

Area Events

Adventist Book Center’s Winter Clearance Sale is January 19 – February 16, 2014. For complete details download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com. eBooks are now available at adventistbookcenter.com.

Big Lake Youth Camp will be opening registration for 2014 summer camps on February 1 at 12:00 am. Please make a note of this date and apply early as many camps fill quickly. Also, help share the ministry of Big Lake by inviting family, friends, and neighbors to come up and attend one of the exciting programs. There is something for everyone including these new camps for this year: surf camp, family RAD camp, soccer camp, and a RAD mountain biking camp. For more information please visit www.Biglake.org. We look forward to seeing you and your family on the mountain this summer.  

February 9, 16, and 23, 9 am-5 pm: Multnomah County is offering free certification classes for CERT Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as NET Neighborhood Emergency Teams. These classes will be conducted at the University of Portland campus, Buckley Center 108, located at 5000 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97203, and are scheduled on Sundays especially to accommodate Adventists. This training is designed to prepare neighborhoods for emergency situations. The attendees are trained to triage injured individuals, search damaged buildings, learn how to turn off gas or water lines in their communities, and more. Registration is February 9, 8:30 to 9:00 AM. For further information view: http://pcc-cert.doattend.com.

February 12, 7:00 pm: Sponsored by Pleasant Valley Church. Meeting location: Happy Valley Library, 13793 SE Sieben Park Way, Clackamas. Don Hall will be presenting the latest research and teach the specific principles for healthy aging. Adults of any age benefit from adopting principles of healthy aging. The sooner you adopt such a lifestyle, the more likely you are to enjoy good health all your life. We encourage you to attend and bring a friend!

February 13, Noon: Spring Hill Country Club, 155 Country Club Lane, Albany. Are you a widow? If you are, we hope you’ll join us for our annual Valentine Luncheon. In addition to a catered lunch there will be a program designed just for you and if you register by January 31, your name will be entered in a special drawing. To register (or for more information), contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4485. Mail your $15.00 check to her at 4908 Mimosa Circle, Sweet Home, OR 97386. If financial assistance is needed, let Tawny know when you register.

February 22, 11:00 am-3:30 pm: Fall Creek Event Center hosts Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Oregon Rally. Keynote speaker: James Rafferty. For further information contact Randy Meyer at rm_mp50@hotmail.com.

March 28-30: Twin Rocks Camp, Rockaway Beach hosts the 2014 Oregon Prayer Conference featuring Pastor Pavel Goia on the subject of prayer. For more information or to register, go to http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2014-prayer-retreat.

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