This Sabbath Sunnyside Church embarks on a discussion on the future of our mission as a church family. Many times over the years we have spoken of foreign missions and home missions. But this will be on church family mission. The 99One Conference this weekend will be very pivotal in examining who we really are as a church family, and who we might wish to become.
The Millennial Matrix, as it has been labeled, is a rich body of research telling us a lot about ourselves, some good and some, well, not as good as maybe we would like. In fact, some of it is rather arresting when we look at it. It has to do with the church’s mission to our young adults, our children, and our grandchildren. It is information that we cannot afford to ignore.
As you can see (and probably already know), this weekend is going to be a family fireside chat. This is a time to come and ask your questions, hear from others, and share your thoughts. This is a time to share where you want to see Sunnyside go in the years to come. This conference, (or family symposium or powwow) must have all of us in attendance to accomplish its goals. The genius of this time together is that no one is coming to us and saying, “This is who Sunnyside needs to become.” It is for all of us to decide together. The only future is the one which we create for ourselves.
In this newsletter you will see the agenda for the day. Please note the timing. This day is going to be historic and it needs your attendance for the day. Please, join us at 9:15 a.m. for a potluck continental breakfast of fresh fruits, rolls, muffins, or whatever you would like to bring. Please, bring it ready to serve. Bring your whole family! Lunch will be genuine Adventist haystacks provided. (Some things change not!)
See you Sabbath,
Pastor Scott and Staff
News & Notes
Welcome to Sunnyside’s 99One Conference. Today’s conference has been coordinated by the Millennial Matrix Team. After the service, plan to stay for lunch (provided) and join in our afternoon sessions. Welcome to our music leaders:
Elise LeBlanc: Lead vocal, banjo uke, piano
Jeremy Barber: Guitar, vocal
Jason Chase: Guitar, vocal
Sara Johnson: Vocal
Emilie Butler: Cello & vocal
Adoniah Simon: Vocal
Gabe Pinto: Percussion
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 General 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
BIRDERS! Local Bird Watching Trip this Sabbath afternoon, February 21 – possible locations are: Sauvie Island, Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, Crystal Springs, and Westmoreland Park (suggestions welcome). Support your Pathfinder staff as they mentor 10 Pathfinders learn to identify birds for their BIRD Honor. Contact: Russ Davidson email@example.com, (503) 622-1825 or leave a voice mail, or Jeremy Gates
(760) 495-2470, text or voice mail.
Attention Adventurers! Roller Skating, Sunday, February 22, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. At Mt. Scott Community Center (in the basement). Water bottles provided, parents may bring snacks (no food provided).
Tuesday, February 24, 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 is rapidly approaching! We have limited sponsored seats available at no charge for those who would like to attend. Just let Becky know you would like to attend. To make the evening an exciting success, please help with the following: donations for the silent and/or live auction, helpers for the auction, table servers, helpers for child care, and at least 10 men to bake a cake for the Dessert Dash! Contact Becky Haggerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
February 28, 4:00 pm: Pollyanna Moody and Friends Concert
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
March 28, 11:00 am: Hymn Fest with Melvin West
April 4, 8:45 am, 11:15 am: Easter Worship Services
April 17, 7:00 pm: Sacramento Academy Concert, Bethani King, director
May 3, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 9, 4:00 pm: Organ Concert, Karl Helton, organist
May 17, 3:00 pm: Oregon Sinfonietta
May 30, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist String Concert (Youth Orchestra)
June 13, 5:00 pm: Strawberry Festival
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
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
February 22-28: “Let Every Voice” Choir Workshop and Concert.
To register for the workshop or for more information on the event visit: www.sharonsda.net or call 503-287-7649. Concert: Saturday, February 28, 6:00 pm.
Event Location: Sharon Seventh-day Adventist 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 15, 4:30 pm: Oregon Conference Jr. High Choir Festival 2015. Hear 7th and 8th graders from the Oregon Conference Adventist schools perform in this annual event.
Event Location: Rockwood Church
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.