Dear Church Family,
Last year, Bruce Feiler published a book entitled, “The Secrets of Happy Families.” Based on research in various fields, he identifies what he believes to be six characteristics that the happiest families have in common. Here they are:
- Create a family mission statement
- Share your family history
- Hold weekly family meetings
- Fight right
- Have family dinner together… any time of the day
- Just try
(Want to learn more? Take a look at an article about his work in “The Week” here.)
While I may wish to add a thing or two to Mr. Feiler’s list, he seems to be off to a good start. Since we call ourselves a “church family,” it intrigued me to see just how happy we might be.
- Mission statement? Got that. (I hope you know it by now.)
- Share family history? We have a rich Adventist and Protestant heritage that ties us all together. Could we share the stories more effectively between generations? I bet so, but we’re on the right track.
- Hold weekly family meetings? You betcha.
- Fight Right? I’m sure we all have stories where we dealt with disagreements well, and stories where we didn’t. Wherever there are humans, there’s room for growth on this one.
- Have family dinner together? We do this at least once a month!
- Just try: When we stay engaged and make an effort to grow, it makes things better.
It seems we’re doing pretty well. For me, it is simply a reminder for us to stay engaged in all of the family aspects of our community as we continue to journey in faith together.
That’s what next week’s Week of Worship is all about: A family, getting together to share more deeply in our mission, in our history, in our experiences of worship. I hope that you’ll plan to make time to join the family as we welcome Ty Gibson for “ReFrame” on Wednesday night.
Thanks for everything that you each do to make this a great family! Let’s “just try” to continue growing as we continue to pursue God’s plan for our family.
See you Sabbath!
Tenacity & focus.
Things a family shares together.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Scott LeMert will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “Revelation’s Lamb.”
Church Family night will be tomorrow, October 26, 6:00 pm.
- Come and enjoy a free meal!
- Pastor Jonathan will conduct a class on using your iPads and smart phones.
- Roger Rosenquist will present “Techniques to Improve Travel Photography.
- Video: “The Radicals”– the Anabaptists brought freedom to the world, a crime punished by death.
This video “is a call that reaches across all ethnic and racial backgrounds and practices, and discusses what it means to be a disciple of Christ.” ~Myron Augsberger.
- There will, also, be interesting games and challenges for the children.
Don’t miss out, plan now to come and enjoy excellent fellowship.
Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances. Attention Primary Sabbath School families! Plan to pick up your food and meet in the Youth room, so the primary Sabbath School families can eat together and get better acquainted.
We are honored to host Ty Gibson, in person, of Light Bearers October 29-November 1, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, each evening. His topic will be “Reframe –Your picture of God is about to be radically changed!”’
Child Care Provided!
Wednesday, Oct 29: Ancient Love
Thursday, Oct 30: Unfailing Love
Friday, Oct 31: Vital Love
Sabbath, Nov 1, 8:45 am: Intimate Love
Sabbath, Nov 1, 11:15 am: Transforming Love
Sabbath evening, Nov 1, 7:00 pm: Alluring Love
What would God look like if we were to completely reframe His character in the light that shines in the life of Jesus Christ? That’s what this series is about. It may very well revolutionize your life.
Friday, October 31, 6-7:30 pm, there will be a “Fall Family Fun Night” for our children. We will meet in the Youth Room, have family worship, food, and fun activities for the children. Invite your friends. For more information contact Joanie, 503-312-4377, Shannon 503-367-0036, or Heidi 503-412-9600.
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
October 29 – November 1, 7:00 pm: Week of Prayer with Ty Gibson
October 31, 6:00-7:30 pm: Fall Family Fun Night
November 2, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra Concert
November 9, 3:00 pm: Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
November 15, 10:00 am -12:30 pm: Children’s Church
November 16, 4:00 pm: Adventurers Harvest Party
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Elementary
October 19-November 2: “The Adventist Book Center’s Fall Case Food & Book Sale. Save $10.00-$15.00 off the case price on our food super specials. Many Bibles, cookbooks and other books are also on sale. There will be samples of new vegetarian food Oct.ober 19. Download our sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.
October 25, 7:00 pm: Christian Musician Marty Goetz Concert.
Marty Goetz, a Christian Jewish musician, has been recognized internationally for the talent God has given him to weave familiar scriptures with melodies that touch the soul. Donation-based tickets may be secured at http://vancouver-jewish.com. Seating preference will be given to those who have tickets. Donations which exceed the cots of bringing Marty here support Beit Shalom Balevav, a church plant in Vancouver. Come, and receive a blessing.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church
October 25-November 1, 6-8 pm: Fall Evangelism with Ben Lundquist. “Who do you think you are?” Discovering an unshakable identify in Jesus Christ. Benjamin Lundquist will be speaking nightly about our identify found in Jesus—being known in Him. When we know who we are in Christ, there is not limit to what Jesus can do in our lives and through our lives. You are invited to join us as we dive into the topic of who you are in Jesus Christ.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church
November 8, 5:00 pm: Doug Smith, Grammy Award-winning acoustic guitarist, will close the Sabbath with vespers and concert. He will play sacred hymns and them amaze us with more music after dark! This free concert event will include refreshments immediately following.
Event Location: Tabernacle Church
November 8, 5:30 pm: Walla Walla University alumni, friends, and parents reunion. Join president John McVay for a complimentary alumni dinner. Hear a WWU update and visit with fellow alumni and friends. RSVP required no later than November 6 at 800-377-2586 or email@example.com.
Event Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, Clackamas
July 17-30, 2015: 2015 Great Controversy tour with Dr. Gerard Damsteegt of the Seminary, Andrews University. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive in Europe. Visit Rome, the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Experience Early Christianity, the Dark Ages, the Reformation, and the “deadline wound.” For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 269-815-8624.
Portland Adventist Academy is looking for a Capital Campaign Manager to oversee day-to-day activities related to our current fundraising efforts. Please visit the school’s website at www.paasda.org for a complete job description and information on how to apply.