Happy Thanksgiving! I always cherish the week of Thanksgiving for the noticeable slowing of life that comes with it. There are a few less meetings. A few more days off. A few more people with whom to share some meaningful time. It’s almost as if life’s pace takes a long, deep breath before charging head-long into the rat race of holiday cheer, full of decorations, concerts, school programs and office parties.
I hope that this week is one of rich blessing for you. I hope that you’ll share an evening cup of cocoa with someone you love. I hope that you’ll enjoy a generous helping of apple pie. I hope you will reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in years. I hope you’ll say “thank you” to someone you’ve been meaning to thank. I hope you’ll say “I’m sorry” to someone you’ve wronged. I hope you’ll enjoy the nip of fall in the air and the joyous sounds of kids playing. I hope you’ll make an indelible memory with somebody you love. I hope you’ll eat good food, and engage in great conversation, and maybe even take in a football game (Go Seahawks!). I hope you will inhale deeply the smells of pumpkin and stuffing and (faux) turkey.
But most of all, I hope you’ll bask in the presence of the God who created it all for you.
And if my hope for you feels too distant or impossible to achieve, I hope you’ll join us at Sunnyside tomorrow as we worship our Creator together. A few young adults have been working for some time to put together our worship experience for this Sabbath. I know their thoughtful work will bless all of us as we worship together and talk about Thanksgiving. The title of the message is, “Thanks in All Things,” but tomorrow really isn’t about “the message.” It’s much more about us coming together before our God to worship Him as a church family. I can’t wait!
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will be presenting the message entitled, “Thanks in All Things”
The following is the decision from the Business Meeting this last week regarding ReNew Sunnyside.
|ReNew Sunnyside — Phase 2.2|
|Project||Total Est Cost|
|Hallways and Entry Areas (carpet, tile, paint, lighting, windows, drinking fountains, etc.)||$56,000|
|Four Main Restrooms (counters, sinks, mirrors, tile, partitions, baby changing stations, etc.)||$53,000|
|All Classrooms (window coverings, carpet, doors, woodwork, countertops, paint, wall repair, etc.)||$77,000|
|Pastors’ Offices and Workroom (furniture, chairs, window coverings, carpet installation, etc.)||$18,000|
|Choir Room and Back Restrooms (removal of wallpaper, paint, refinish floors, music storage build-out, etc.)||$12,000|
|Kitchen, Basement, Misc. Expenses (paint, ceilings, dishwasher, a/c for kitchen, etc.)||$16,000|
|Total including 10% contingency fund||$255,000|
Devotional Book Orders Time to order your new devotional book for 2015. Check the table in the Narthex to look at available books, and sign up for the books you desire. By ordering through the church, you will receive special pricing. These make great Christmas gifts. They will be ready for pick up by December 13. If you have any questions, contact Lorrie Wescott.
Wedding Wishes: Laura Dickerson and Gabe Pinto will be married this Friday at Sunnyside. Congratulations to the two of them!
Portland Adventist Academy wants to thank everyone that had a part in our annual student scholarship auction. We brought in over $55,000 this year. God is very good! This is about a fourth of what we need for the school year. Please keep us in your prayers.
New Appointment: Our very own Andre Wang has been elected by the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee as the NPUC in-house legal counsel. He will replace David Duncan who plans to retire at the end of the year. Andre we will pray for you as you serve the church and its members here in the Northwest.. May the Lord guide and lead you and bless you and Lisa, Holland and Reagan as you take on this appointment at the NPUC. There is more about his appointment at the Gleanernow.com.
Thanksgiving baskets will be delivered by the Pathfinders and Adventurers tomorrow. Thank you for your contributions. They are delivering 55 +baskets. If you still have a contribution please speak to Erin Betz (760) 217-1778. Cash donations can be made in a tithe envelope designated to the Pathfinders.
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Elementary
November 22, 4:00 pm: Benefit Concert for Hood View Jr. Academy. Grammy award winning acoustical guitarist, Doug Smith, will be performing a benefit concert for Hood View Junior Academy. A free will offering will be taken to support the school’s Worthy Student/Student Scholarship Fund. Come enjoy some beautiful music and help give students the opportunity to meet Jesus each day at School! For more information on Doug Smith, please visit www.dougsmithguitar.com.
Event Location: Hood View SDA Church
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.