Happy Valentine’s Day Sabbath!
No the two are not mutually exclusive. God is love! Love is not God, rather, God is the source of love. The human capacity for affection, let’s even say, the human need for love and affection, is our strongest drive. Hunger and thirst might become momentarily all encompassing, but our drive to want to live in the first place, comes from having a personal sense of value in the hearts of God and other human beings.
And speaking of Valentines?!? Have you loved a young adult today, called them, or sent a card to them? I ask because 2015 at Sunnyside is going to be the year of the young adult. Sabbath’s sermon title, “This Can Be Our Finest Hour!” is all about the challenge we all face. Never before has there been a more pressing need than to create real family community within the walls of our church, and that includes becoming a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and multi-socioeconomic church.
Young adults feel that the “church” has done more than anything in society to build walls separating people, because people want to worship with “only like me” people. This is one of several reasons that the “church” in America is paying a heavy price that it cannot afford. We cannot go backwards; we must move forward. Don’t worry, if God be for us, who can be against us?
See you tomorrow and remember Children’ Church starts at 10:00 in the children’s classroom area.
Pastor Scott and Staff
News & Notes
We welcome Pollyanna Moody, accompanied by Levis Dragulin and Martha Natiuk, as she provides special music for our worship services. “Let the Bright Seraphim” is from Handel’s “Samson.” This was sung by an Israelite woman singing joyfully about the angels united in their praise to God in using Samson to pull down the Philistine Temple. Pollyanna will, also, be presenting a concert here at Sunnyside on February 28, 4:00 pm, that you will not want to miss (see announcement below). She is an instructor for voice and piano, and is on staff at Marylhurst University and Portland Community College.
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.
Tomorrow, Sunday, February 15, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will be in concert playing “In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Alexander Borodin, “Printemps” by Claude Debussy, and “Symphony #3, ‘Scottish’, Op. 56, a minor” by Felix Mendelssohn. Plan now to come and support our orchestra.
BIRDERS! Local Bird Watching Trip on Sabbath afternoon February 21st, – Possible locations are; Sauvie Island, Ridgefield 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.
A special thank you to all the Pathfinders (and leaders) that donated their time last Sunday and cleaned the church. They did all the extra cleaning that is not normally done on a weekly basis. Thank you, Pathfinders!
Another big thank you to all the kitchen volunteers who cleaned, scrubbed, and painted the kitchen this week!
The American Guild of Organists extends its thanks for sharing our beautiful organ with world-renowned Felix Hell, and for Sunnyside’s great hospitality. Felix stated “that he wished he was treated at all of his engagements the way he was treated in Portland.”
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
Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist Academy has scheduled a constituency meeting. All constituent delegates for PAA, please take note of this date and time. We need your support for this very important meeting.
Sunday, March 8, 4:45 pm, the Moving Forward Benefit Dinner and Auction will take place in the Fellowship Hall. Donations will benefit the Family Resource Network. They provide assistance for those in need. Some of those needs have included: vehicles, medical, physical therapy, food, housing, electricity, and much more. If you have sponsored a table, please e-mail your guest list to Becky Haggerty as soon as possible. Payments for the tables are requested by February 20, with checks made payable to Sunnyside Adventist Church, memo: Family Resource Network, account #9387. To make the evening an exciting success, we need the following:
* donations for the silent and/or live auction
* helpers for the auction
* table servers
* helpers for child care
* at least 10 men to bake a cake for the Dessert Dash!
For more information, to volunteer, or for ticket purchase contact Becky Haggerty at email@example.com or 503-804-1863. For table sponsorship contact Carl Haggerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-374-6453. If you are not able to attend, your donation of a silent auction item will be greatly appreciated.
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.
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
February 21-22: Adventist Community Services are doing things that matter in their communities: community gardens, medical clinics, mobile food banks, free clothing shops, and more. Special guest presenter, Dr. Sung Kwon, has dramatically broadened the course of Adventist Community Services for the Adventist Church in North America. Training and activities begin at 2:00 pm, February 21. Sunday, February 22, “Ministering to the Homeless” will be the focus with feeding the homeless at 7:30 am, then returning to the church at 1030 am for interactive training until 3:00 pm. Sunday’s lunch will be free. Sponsored by the Oregon Conference. For more information call Cheri Corder at
Event Location: Tabernacle Church
March 6, 7:00 pm: Evening vespers concert featuring Matt and Josie Minikus. Singer/songwriters, their concert will be a special time to connect together to reflect on the goodness and faithfulness of God. Please join us!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church
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 20, 7:30 pm: Christian Edition Men’s Chorus in concert. Christian Edition is directed by Pleasant Valley’s own Calvin Knipschild. Bring a friend!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
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.