My wife awakened in the pre-dawn hours to prepare for her busy day. In the darkness, she could just make out the form of our 3-year-old snuggled down in our bed. He was pressed tightly up against his daddy as we both slept peacefully. But what caught Jaclyn’s attention was the simple symmetry of the moment. Daddy and son, sleeping peacefully, one arm overhead, same facial expression, not yet ready to welcome dawn. Even in our states of unconsciousness, I had a mini-me.
Seeing the photo of that moment was an acute reminder that whether we like it or not, our kids reflect us. They use our phrases. They adopt our mannerisms. They unconsciously adopt our values. It’s a good thing really. It gives the kids a foundation, and gives us a mirror into our own values and behaviors.
It’s a good thing. But it’s scary.
Jesus-followers are often developed in a similar way. As they come into contact with a church community, they begin to use our phrases, adopt our mannerisms and, sometimes unconsciously, adopt our values. That’s the power of community as we pursue life in Jesus together. It’s a good thing. But it’s scary.
If I saw a mini-me believer, would I be excited? Or would I cringe? Would I clearly see the image of God in another, or would I see values and actions that didn’t reflect Jesus?
When I think about those questions, it leaves me feeling pretty humble. I have a long way to go. But I’m thankful for the promise of Philippians 1 that, “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” We’re not there yet, but by God’s grace and power, He continues to lead us into a life that reflects His life.
I’m glad we’re on that journey together. May God grant you a rich Sabbath blessing as we live and worship together.
News & Notes
Did you know….
Sunnyside has a prayer meeting every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. We meet in the chapel over at CherryWood Village. Sunnyside’s elders rotate in leading out. Mark your calendars and plan on attending on a regular basis. This service is open to everyone, not just CherryWood residents.
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message titled “We (Still) Have This Hope.”
Sunday, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will be in concert, featuring
Fred Korman on the oboe.
The Church Board and Elders will meet this week on Wednesday, October 28. Elders will meet for a light supper at 5:30 pm, and immediately following will be the Elders meeting. Church Board will meet at 7:00 pm in the Board room (Room 62).
The Induction and Family Blessing Ceremony for Adventurers and Pathfinders will be on Sabbath, October 31, during the second service. We are honored to have you – our church family – be part of this very special event in our lives.
Seniors, save the dates:
Tuesday, November 10, 11:30 am, in the fellowship hall – join us for a free delicious lunch followed by a meeting for Senior Ministries to plan a variety of activities for the coming year.
Wednesday, November 11, 9:00 am, in the fellowship hall for our senior exercise group. Hope you can come for both dates–you will be missed if you are not with us!
Sunnyside will be sponsoring a mission trip to Ethiopia during Spring Break 2016. Plan to join the mission team for evangelism, building, heath ministry, and children’s ministry. Express your interest by contacting Ted Mackett, chair, Foreign Missions Facilitation Committee; or visit with Dick Fenn this morning in the Mission office.
We are excited to announce a joint mission project to Belize between Oregon and Moldova SDA Conferences. A group of missionaries from Romania will travel with a group from Sunnyside to Belize and work together in various projects: two evangelistic series, children’s ministries, and construction. Everyone can participate! We will leave Portland on November 9 and return November 24. For more information contact
Vasile Gramada 503-705-3072.
The annual Awards Dinner and Auction held October 11 for Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) raised more than $102,000 to sustain current food and health programs for people in need throughout Portland. Through its innovative food pantry, PACS provides emergency food to more than 70,000 low –income people each year. The health clinic serves many uninsured and under-insured patients each week. This year’s event also helped highlight support for a new PACS dental program which will open in 2016.
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy is having their annual Student Scholarship Auction on November 15, 2015. Tickets are $20/person or $125/table of 8 people. We are also looking for auction items such as event tickets, vacation homes, and gift certificates. If you would like to come to our event or donate, please call Heidi Woodworth at 503.255.8372 ext. 230 or email her at email@example.com.
Portland Adventist Elementary
Follow the Star is accepting actors for its 14th annual production portraying the story of the birth of the Messiah the first two weekends of December. Also, singers may join the angel choir or audition for the singing angel at the manger. Contact Paul or Corleen Johnson for details, 503-970-1693 or 503-702-5639, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Volunteers staff this production that is free to the community. Please reply ASAP.
October 18–November 8 is The Adventist Book Center’s fall case food and book sale at Gladstone. Save $10-$15 off the case price on our food super specials. Many Bibles, cookbooks, and other books are also on sale. Download our sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
October 29-November 1: Medical Evangelism Conference – CrossTraining: Are you a physician or dentist interested in learning how to effectively share Christ with your patients? Then the AMEN conference is for you! We will discuss how health professionals can be CrossTrained, meeting not only their patients’ physical needs but their spiritual needs also. Together we will learn how to focus our attention, and the attention of our patients, on God’s heart of love as revealed in the cross of Christ. Featured speakers include: pastors Steven Grabiner and Mark Finley; physicians Peter Landless and Kelly Kinsley; dentists Steve Chang and Ronald Hold; and many others. All physicians, dentists, healthcare professionals, and pastors are welcome. For more information please visit www.amensda.org or call 530-883-8061.
December 4, 5: Women of Faith – Loved. If you are interested in attending this exciting event and would like more information or discounted tickets, please contact Heidi Hill at 503-412-9600.
Event Location: Moda Center, Portland.