This weekend is the end of Daylight Saving Time. As a kid, my pathfinder club would go can-collecting once a year on Sunday morning. Unfailingly, it was the Sunday of the DST switch. And unfailingly, there would be confusion among us. It was inevitable that a few kids would show up at the wrong time. I hated the time change. Over the years, it has gotten easier to deal with the switch. Cell phones, computers, and tablets automatically reset themselves at the appointed hour of 2:00 am to help minimize the confusion. But those of us with young kids will still get the joy of 5:00 am wakeup calls over the next week as we attempt, in vain, to explain the concept of time to our little ones.
As quirky and annoying as this detail of American life can be, it also can be a helpful reminder. The fire department reminds us that switching clocks is a great time to also switch batteries in our smoke detectors. Along the same lines, thinking about time can help us think a bit more carefully about the time available to us.
Time is our most precious commodity. 168 hours each week. That’s all we get. We’re all equal in that regard. Our common narrative (of which I’m guilty) is that there is just no time to spare. We’re too busy. Too programmed. Too overwrought to have any time to do what we want. Or so we say.
But as Christians, we are called beyond the rhetoric to be good stewards of our most precious commodity. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)
Maybe the clock switch is a good excuse for us all to look again at the way in which we use our time. Maybe we’ll find a few minutes here or a few hours there that we’ll choose to use differently. Maybe we’ll have the courage to take just one more step toward the inspired life that God envisions for us.
This Sabbath, we will have two unique worship services. In the first service, I’ll be preaching a message in which we will look a bit more closely at our responsibility to each other as people of God. In the second service, we will welcome new Pathfinder and Adventurer members at their induction and I’ll be preaching a much-shortened version of the morning message.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Sabbath morning.
News & Notes
If you missed the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, you really missed out. The music they performed was absolutely outstanding. Check the schedule for their next concert and put it on your calendar. You will not be disappointed!
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message titled “Beyond Words.”
Sunday, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta directed by Donald Appert will provide a concert here at Sunnyside Church.
DVDs are ready! Our equipment is repaired and we have caught up with our pending orders. Please check the table in the narthex to pick up any DVDs you may have ordered.
Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests.
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 an exercise class sponsored by Sunnyside Senior Ministries. Everyone is welcome. The class is suitable for seniors, but not limited to seniors. Discover the benefits of a fitness routine designed for adults of all ages every Wednesday. Everyone can workout at his/her own level of ability and pace. The class includes a warmup, aerobic portion, followed by cool down, strength training, balance, and flexibility. Everyone works at their own pace, and no complicated moves. Wear comfortable clothing. Join this group of fun-loving people who have the goal of improving their health in a Christian environment.
Elise Hilde is offering family music class for ages birth to five, Thursdays 10:00-10:45 am, for ages birth to five, in the Earliteen room. Classes begin November 4. She is also teaching beginner ukulele classes for all ages on Thursday nights: 6:00-6:45,
ages 6-12; 7:00-7:45, for ages 12-adult. For details and to register go to joyfulnoisefamily.com, or call Elise at 760-608-9844.
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.
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.
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
Rivergate Elementary School would like to invite you to their Veteran’s Day program honoring both active and non-active veterans, Wednesday, November 11, 10:00 am, in the school gym. The program will include a guest speaker, and musical numbers from the students. If you are a veteran please join us. If you know a veteran, please invite them.
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. 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.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.
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 cross-trained, 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.
November 6-7: Evangelism Training. Want to learn how to start a wildfire of evangelism? Join a two-day church growth conference. This training will feature presentations by evangelism and ministry experts along with small group discussion. While the focus is on inspiring and equipping young adults, all ages are welcome. Thanks to sponsors, the registration fee (for meals and materials) is $25 each. You will need to arrange your own lodging. Come learn creative and practical ways to share your faith! Learn more at startawildfire.org.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Conference Center.
November 7, 4:00 pm: Gospel Concert. In the book of Psalms it says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands….” Come and hear the beautiful music from traditional instruments of Indonesia. A gospel concert performed by the Angklung and Kolintang Ensemble from Washington.
Event Location: Lents Church.
November 14, 7:00 pm: Elise LeBlanc Hilde will be presenting a concert. Bring your family and friends for a night of fresh, positive acoustic music. Elise’s original songs speak of faith, healing, and relationships. Refreshments to follow. Listen to her music at: www.eliseleblanc.com.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church .
November 14, 7:00 pm: Walla Walla University alumni dinner. Join President, John McVay, for a complimentary alumni dinner. Please RSVP no later than November 12 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Spaghetti Factory, Clackamas.
Saturday, November 21, 7:00 pm, Adventist Health presents a Celebration of Thanksgiving, featuring Jaci Valasquez and Nic Gonzales. Adventist Health invites you to the annual community Thanksgiving concert highlighting our commitment to hope and healing. Ushering in a new era of multicultural worship, Dove Award winning Nic Gonzales with the band Salvador, and multiplatinum, Grammy nominated Jaci Valesquz are Nic + Jaci. Called into lives of music, this Latin-influenced husband-wife duo teams up for the first time ever, merging their ministries to continue to advance the kingdom of God. Free admission with your concert ticket and a nonperishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank. Tickets required and available on a first come, first serve basis. Visit AdventistHealth.org/NW/Thanksgiving or call 503-251-6174.
Tickets now available at Sunnyside Church office.
Event Location: New Hope Community Church.
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.
July 25-28, 2016: Great Controversy Tours with Dr. Gerard Damsteegt of the Seminary, Andrews University. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive. Visit Rome and the Reformation sites in the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, and Germany. These tours give you a new vision in how to inspire church members for Jesus’ coming and future challenges. A most exciting experience! Call 269-815-8624, or email email@example.com.