Greetings, Church Family!
Happy New Year! There is a certain exhilaration that comes with a new year. And there is a certain exhilaration that comes with the opportunity to pen a note to a church community in the heady time when new year’s resolutions are still full of promise and the disappointment that comes with broken resolve is still just a distant specter.
I love this time of year because of the promise it holds. We reflect on where we’ve been, and we recognize that we’re not yet where we want to be. We dream dreams and make plans and look forward to conquering our deficiencies in the coming year. It’s wonderful to strive to be better in some way. It’s exciting to have new goals. It’s inspiring to look toward the future.
Yet sometimes our drive to improve, our focus on our next thing, our vision of where we are headed, obscure a more basic truth. In the big picture, it’s not about us. Our self-improvement projects tend to bleed over into our spiritual life was well. “If only I had a less active temper,” we tell ourselves.
“If only I was more loving toward that person.” It’s easy to get into spiritual self-help mode when Scripture is clear that the only thing that helps is the grace of God.
My hope for you is that you have a prosperous new year. My hope is that you will strive for new goals and resolutions. And my hope for you is that you will rest easy in the grace of God, knowing there’s nothing to be done to be more loved or accepted by Him.
May God bless you and yours in this new year. See you tomorrow!
News & Notes
Our communion worship service will be led by Pastors Jonathan and Shirley. Pastor Jonathan brings the message, “Starting Gracefully.”
Our monthly fellowship potluck is this Sabbath, January 3. Please bring a dish to share as we enjoy a meal together.
The Devotional Books you ordered are now ready for pick up. Please see Lorrie Wescott for pick up.
Donations for Cherry Park School: Throughout December, Sunnyside has been gathering donations to support the families of our neighborhood’s elementary school. Thanks to those who have already donated gently used clothing for the children. We’ve received over 40 bags of clothing! Thank you for supporting outreach in our community.
Thank you to those who have helped to get one of our newest Sunnyside families settled. The transition from Democratic Republic of the Congo to Portland is extreme. There are still a few needs. If you have any of the following items, your donation to the family would be appreciated:
Dressers / night stands, curtains and rods, silverware, cooking utensils, toaster, blender, washer/dryer, broom, mop, household cleaning items, hairbrushes, socks, underclothes and warm clothes, Personal hygiene items and toiletries, jackets and coats, diapers and wipes for the baby.
New Bible Study Group at Sunnyside! Our outreach team is leading a Friday night Bible study utilizing Ty Gibson’s TruthLink Bible study series. Fridays at 6:30 PM.
Sunnyside on Mission: It seems Sunnyside members are always involved in a foreign mission project of some type. This week, Deffo Mebrat is travelling with a team to Ethiopia, representing Sunnyside in the area of Arsi Nagele. Please be praying for Deffo and the team as they serve the people of Ethiopia.
Coming Soon to Sunnyside:
January 11: Felix Hell in Concert. Dr. Hell is an internationally known organist, heralded as the, “most well known young concert organist worldwide.” He will be in Portland for one day to perform on our Rieger instrument Plan to attend at 4 PM on Sunday, January 11.
February 7: NPUC Young Adult Day of Worship. Our 11:15am service will begin this annual event. Pastor Seth Pierce will be our guest, with inspirational music by local recording artist, Elise LeBlanc and our own Vivace young adult choir. Young adults from across the Pacific Northwest will be here for an inspirational worship experience. 8:45am service will be a more traditional service.
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Elementary
January 11, 5 PM: VEGAN potluck and fascinating presentation by Robert Ellis, DO, PhD on Nutritional Approaches to Cancer Prevention. Dr. Ellis works in the Hematology and Oncology Department at Kaiser Permanente in Longview, Washington, where he is developing a program that integrates healthy eating in the treatment regimen for patients with malignant disorders. January 11, 5pm @ Healing Hope SDA Fellowship, 15150 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR. This is a NW Veg sponsored event. Please bring a vegan (plant-based with no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert and a card listing its ingredients.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 269-815-8624.