December 20 Communiqué

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Angels We Have Heard on High!

This is, perhaps, the oldest known Christmas carol/hymn. The author of this wonderful Christmas song is unknown. The first people thought to have sung “Angels We Have Heard on High” were the French of the 19th century. The use of Latin in the song’s chorus gives the assumption that, perhaps, it was a Catholic monk or priest who was knowledgeable in both the Scriptures and the Latin language. And its chant-like melody gives us a hint that perhaps a monk wrote the tune. But if this was a chant, it was more joyous than most other chants sung those many years ago!

However, many mysteries surround the carol. It is attributed to the French, but there is historical evidence that at least portions of the song were sung in early Christian churches before Rome declared Christianity the state religion. It’s chorus, “Gloria in excelsis Deo” means “Glory to God in the highest” and was a phrase commonly used in church masses from as early as 130 A.D. At that time, Pope Telesphorus issued a decree that on the Lord’s birthday, churches should hold special evening services with “Gloria in excelsis Deo” sung at the end of prayers or Scripture readings.

The truth is that we may never know just how old this Christmas song is, but what is important is its simple but joyous message about the birth of Jesus. (Source:

Tonight and tomorrow we celebrate our third “Christmas at Sunnyside” Sabbath. Tonight, at 7:00, be sure to come and join in the 33rd Annual Sunnyside Christmas Vespers.  Tomorrow morning will start with our annual Sunnyside Christmas Brunch at 8:30-9:45, then Sabbath School from 10:00-10:45, and the program, “Jesus Our Immanuel,” will start at 11:00 and finish by 12:30.  This special program will include the Sunnyside Chamber Orchestra.

Merry Christmas

The Sunnyside Staff


News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Merry Christmas! Sabbath is our Christmas Brunch. On Christmas Sabbath, the schedule changes a bit. Bible study classes will run from 10:00-10:45 am. Our Christmas celebration begins at 11:00 am.

 Church Announcements

The Devotional Books you ordered are now ready for pick up. Please see Lorrie Wescott for pick up.

Church and Cherry Park School are working together to collect new and gently used clothing for the students of Cherry Park. Items needed are for boys and girls:

  • New socks and new underwear
  • Gently used jeans and shirts
  • Gently used sweaters and sweatshirts
  • New or gently used jackets

There are donation boxes located through the church where you may deposit your gift. Receipts are available upon request.

Thanks to those who have already donated.  This week, we had the privilege of delivering emergency supplies for each classroom to the school.

 Adventist Book Center’s holiday sale is December 1-31.  For all the details, download the sale flyer at We will be closed December 25-27.

 A reminder from Treasury: The end of the year is close, and we would like to remind you that we can only receipt funds for 2014 that are postmarked December 31 or earlier, or placed in the offering plate the last Sabbath of the year, December 27. The office is closed during the last week of December. If you choose to donate online, gifts must be received by 9:00 pm (Pacific) to be receipted in 2014. Thank you for attention to the these very important details.

Some may be interested in how they can give a Christmas gift to their church community. This year, our finance team has invited gifts to two priorities: Church Budget and ReNew Sunnyside. Those who have been following budget giving this year recognize that, to this point, our local budget giving has trailed our budget by a significant margin. In November, our business meeting set a December budget-giving goal of $120,000 (4x normal). In addition, we have kicked off our ReNew 2.2 project and work will be done as funds are available. If you’re considering a Christmas gift to your church family, please consider these two priorities.

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

Portland Adventist Elementary

Area Events

December 21, 3:00 pm A free classical music concert benefitting PACS and other local charities. Features local Portland Youth Philharmonic Musicians with special guest: Oregon Symphony’s Marilyn De Oliveria. Event Location:  Rose City Park United Methodist Church.

 December 24, 1:00 am: Voice of Prophecy’s ABC TV national Christmas special entitled “Peace On Earth.” Location: KATU TV Channel 2.

December 27, 6:00 pm A musical concert—“Jesus Christ: From Babe to Glory, . Happy Holidays from the Stone Tower family! Refreshments served afterwards. You don’t want to miss it! Event location: Stone Tower SDA Church.

May 29, 30, 2015: Hood View Church’s 50th anniversary homecoming. A small group of Adventists from Gresham and Sandy first met on April 3, 1965, in what is now the Bell Tower Chapel in Boring. They were formally organized on May 29 of that same year. Save the date and plan to join us as we recognize God’s providence over the years!Evemt Location: Hood View 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 “deadly wound.” For more information email:, or call 269-815-8624.


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