A couple weeks, back it was time to take the Christmas light off the house. The way our house is laid out, it’s much easier to do that from the roof than from a ladder. The boys were desperate to join me up there so I did what any good daddy would do: I put them in rock-climbing harnesses and anchored them in up there so they could help AND stay safe. Needless to say, they had fun.
It was a couple of hours later that Lucy decided she wanted her chance on the roof with Daddy. It was to be a date of sorts. So we harnessed her up and headed for the roof. As we laid on the roof looking up at the heavens, the stars started to appear, one by one.
The moment was magical. With every appearing star, Lucy became more and more excited. She bubbled with enthusiasm and delightful conversation as she tried to discern between stars, airplanes and satellites.
Her fresh perspective and her excitement at this new experience inspired me. For a moment, I saw the sky through her eyes and it gave me a new wonder for God’s creation.
That’s the goal of the Millennial Matrix Project. Many of us have been inside the church for a long time. As rich and meaningful as our experience is, seeing it through another’s eyes will bring new perspective, and inspire us to embrace our faith anew.
That’s why I hope you are making plans to join in the journey. It all starts February 21 with the 99One Conference at Sunnyside. (Look below for details.) We’ll spend the day together listening to another perspective and asking God to open our eyes to His will.
Everyone is invited. And should you choose to come, you’ll be inspired for the next steps of your own spiritual life.
On social media? Use #99One and #OCMMatrix to share your experiences and perspectives on the journey!
News & Notes
Welcome to Young Adult Day of Worship!
We welcome today’s speaker, Seth Pierce. Seth has been the pastor of the Puyallup Seventh-day Adventist Church for the past four years. He also has written a number of books and articles for publications such as the Gleaner, Adventist Review, and Insight Magazine, among others.
Dan Linrud is the Assistant to the President in the Oregon Conference. The father of two young adults, he has a passion to see our church connect with the next generations. He will be leading us in our prayer time.
Jesse Churchill is our worship-leader today. He currently hails from College Place, Washington, where he is a theology student at Walla Walla University. With him are Anthony Lyder (keyboard), David Olson (electric guitar), Braden Stanyer (bass), River Davis (acoustic guitar and vocals), Haley Coon (vocals), and Tony Six (drums).
Elise LeBlanc recorded her first album in 2014. She comes from Ontario, Canada, but now makes her home in Portland, Oregon. Her music is born from her life experience and exploration of faith, love, and the pursuit of God.
Vivace was started in 2013 as a group of young adults who loved to sing together. Organized by Bethani King and Lisa Riffel, Vivace performed at Oregon Camp Meeting in 2014 and is excited to be together again today. Director Lisa Riffel is a choral-conducting graduate student at Portland State University.
At the end of today’s service, children will be at the back doors to collect our Little Lamb’s offering. This offering is used to support Christian Education. Thanks for helping keep kids in Adventist schools.
Children’s Church will be February 14, 10:00 am. Bring your children and have them invite their friends. This will be a very special day for kids ages 4-14. They will learn that God is Dependable (even in stormy weather).
BIRDERS! Local Bird Watching Trip on Sabbath afternoon February 21st, – Possible locations are; Sauvies Island, Ridge Field Wildlife Refuge, Crystal Springs & Westmoreland Park (suggestions welcome). Support your Pathfinder staff as they mentor 10 Pathfinders learn to identify birds for their BIRD Honor.
Contact: Russ Davidson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 622-1825 or voice mail. Jeremy Gates, (760) 495-247, text or voice mail.
We’re excited to hear that Cherry Park Elementary School has announced in their school newsletter to all the parents about the partnership that has developed between the school and Sunnyside Church. We value the connection and they have been very appreciative of our helping their children in need.
99One Conference: The Millennial Matrix Project officially kicks off with the 99One Conference on February 21. Throughout the day, we will learn together, listen together, eat together and become more inspired to connect with those on the fringes of our faith.
Sabbath, February 21, schedule at Sunnyside Church:
9:15 am Continental Breakfast Potluck (bring your favorite fruit, pastries, etc. to share)
10:00 am General Sabbath School: “Listening to a Generation” Panel Discussion
11:30 am Worship Service
12:45 pm Lunch (Provided)
1:45 pm-4 pm Breakout Sessions
Session 1: “Understanding the Environment: Growing up in Digital Babylon”– Jeremy Barber
Session 2: “What’s the Goal Here? And What Isn’t? Making Space for Millennials Church” – Pastor Jonathan Russell
Session 3: What’s Next? Q & A with Millennial Matrix Team
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
February 14, 10:00 am: Children’s Church – Galactic Quest
February 15, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra
February 21: 99 One Conference
March 8, 5:30 pm: Moving Forward Benefit Dinner and Auction
March 14, 6:00 pm: Sunnyside Family Spring Concert
March 21, 7:00 pm: Christian Edition Concert
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Elementary
Portland Adventist Elementary School Kindergarten/1st Grade Round-Up. PAES would like to invite all prospective 2015/2016 Kindergartners, First Graders and their parents,to a fun filled K/1st Round-Up on Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015. Registration starts at 5:10 pm.
ABC New Hours and Sale: The Adventist Book Center has new hours of operation and the Winter Clearance sale is Jan. 18 to Feb. 15, 2015. For all the details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
February 8, 9:30 am: Lents 7th Annual Spiritual Needs of Women – S.N.O.W. Event! Ginny Allen, Cheri Corder, Patti Jackson, Silvy Ririhena and Kamille Ross are guest speakers this year. The theme is “Simply Beautiful, Part 2! A Woman’s Heart.” Please call 503-774-7290 and leave a message as to how many will be in your party. Luncheon will be served. Bring lady family and friends! As always, this is a FREE event, and donations are welcome. There is no child care, but free parking. If you possibly can, please bring a clean pair/s of men’s socks for a new outreach called, “Sock It To Me” that will benefit the Union Gospel Mission Homeless. Also, if you have gently read book/s that you would like to bring for the Book Exchange Table they are welcome!
Event Location: Lents Church.
February 15, 3:00 pm: Healthy Supper Club featuring a health presentation with a healthy plant-based meal by Barbara Harrison.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
February 17, 18, 7:00 pm: It’s January, which means it’s time for Oregon Conference Town Hall Meetings. This year however, you won’t see “Town Hall Meetings” on any conference calendar. Instead, you will see this annual time sharing time aptly named “Conference Connect.” The format will give the chance for church members and conference personnel to share. In fact, this year an important question will be asked: Why do our congregations exsist? What is our reason for being? And we’ll discuss those questions both in a general sense, from the “Members in Ministry” point of view, and also in breakout groups, including those focused on Education, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Elders, Children’s Ministry, and Member Ministries.
Another important item to note is that this year the February 18 Conference Connect gathering will be live streamed, and then will follow each of the focus groups in a separate stream, allowing you to choose the discussion you want to follow. Chat participation will also be included, so even if you can’t make it in person, you can be there virtually.
Event Locations: February 17: Meadow Glade Church
February 18: Beaverton Church
February 18: Live streamed at www.OregonConference.org
March 13, 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 pm: Concordia Chorale with Kurt Berentsen, Director.
Event Location: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on the Corner of NE 29th and NE Dekum
March 27-29: Oregon Prayer Retreat features Jeffrey Rosario, speaker and teacher at Light Bearers Ministry and ARISE as our keynote speaker. We will meet at the Twin Rocks camp at Rockaway Beach on the beautiful Oregon coast. For more info, or to register, go to: http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2015-prayer-retreat
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: email@example.com, or call 269-815-8624.