Greetings Church Family,
In 1986, Psychologist John Gottman began pursuing the question of what factors or traits determined whether couples would stay together for the long term or end up with broken relationships. Through decades of research, he was eventually able to predict with 94% accuracy whether couples would still be together within six years. Of all the factors that came into play in a relationship, he identified two keys that would make or break the partnership: Kindness and generosity. Partnerships that demonstrated these traits tended to thrive and last the longest. Here’s what I found interesting: the relationship masters tended “to think about kindness as a muscle. They (knew) that they have to exercise it to keep it in shape.” The researchers went on to suggest two ways to cultivate kindness.
* Kind partners are generous about their partners’ intentions. They assume the best about their partner. They do their best to look for the best and cultivate an environment of trust and encouragement.
* Kind partners share in another’s joy. When someone expresses excitement about an event or an accomplishment, kind partners enter into that joy with the other. They don’t understate it or ignore it. They share together in the moment of joy.
Business Insider did a nice summary of Gottman’s research and you can read more if you’d like by clicking here: Business Insider
I was encouraged and reminded of what’s important as I read the research, even as I realize that it generally amounts to common sense. But what interests me is how it relates to our faith community. God has called us all together from all corners of the world, from all sorts of professional backgrounds, from all sorts of family backgrounds, to be the physical representation of the body of Christ in East Portland, Oregon, USA. That thought is a mystery to me: The Holy Spirit brings such different people together for His glory. And as we live out this gospel partnership, it’s a good common sense reminder that our partnership for the gospel is fed and fostered when we relate to each other with kindness and generosity. We build up the body when we think the best of one another, giving the benefit of the doubt and partnering together in the work of God’s kingdom here.
The funny thing is, a church where kindness and generosity are the hallmarks of human interactions is a church where people want to be. Sunnyside members are some of the kindest and most generous people I know. I’m thankful to live and serve in a community such as this one. As we look forward to the future together, may our community continue to be fueled by the Spirit of God who leads us to be continually more kind and generous with each other and with those whom we serve.
Tomorrow, we continue our sermon series on “The Inspired Life.” I hope that you’ll be there to experience it as we continue to set our course for the new year. If you missed last week, you can get caught up by seeing Part 1 of the series on Youtube at the following link: “The Inspired Life: Part 1″
See you Tomorrow!
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: Time and Space” (Part 2 of 6).
ETHIOPIA 2016: Mission team meeting at 6:15 today. Registered participants should bring passports. Upcoming: Tuesday, January 12: Final day for team member contributions. Thursday, January 14: Final day for airline seats. Wednesday, March 16: Takeoff to Ethiopia. Sunday, April 3: Return to Portland.
Every Wednesday evening at 7:00, there is prayer meeting in the CherryWood Chapel. During January and February the Lee Venden series will be featured: “The Revelation of Whom.” Mark your calendar, come, and be blessed. Everyone is welcome.=
Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #9387. Special request: We have a family of four, with two children ages 3 and 4, who need everything for setting up a household. If you can help with anything, please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754.
Attention Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses: Sabbath, January 16, immediately follow the second service there will be a potluck/meeting for you and your families. This will be a great way to start the new year as we serve our Savior and others.
January 20, 7:00 pm, will be our next Church Business meeting. The agenda is as follows: 1) Devotional, 2) Membership Business, 3) Finance Report, 4) Trubey Fund Administration, 5) Sunnyside Mission and Values.
January 24, 11:00 am, Reinette Boshoff and Lou Wildman invite you to share in the joy of their wedding here at Sunnyside. Please join them in the reception to follow for a light nuptial luncheon.
Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA Day is coming up on February 2nd. All 8th grade students are invited to spend the day at Portland Adventist Academy experiencing all the school has to offer! It begins at 8:30 am with worship and tours of academic departments. Lunch is free and all students get a t-shirt. Parents should attend Parent Night at 6:00 pm to ask questions about scholarships, academics, spiritual opportunities, and more. All parents who attend Parent Night and all students who attend PAA Day will be entered into a drawing. We’re giving away two months of free tuition as well as application fee waivers. – but you must attend! Let us know you’re coming by calling 503.255.8372 x.0.
English students are dipping their toes in media writing:
How PAA’s climbing class can benefit students with a fear of heights: http://paasda.org/news/rock-climbing-club-and-class-benefits-students-afraid-of-heights/
Portland Adventist Elementary
Area Events and Announcements
January 9, 3:00-6:00 pm: Oregon’s Adventist Recovery Ministries’ quarterly meeting will feature one of the authors of “Journey to Wholeness” (JTW), Shelley Weaver. JTW is an Adventist 12-step program designed to give Christians a specifically Christ-centered weekly meeting to supplement their other addiction-specific 12-step groups. Join with other Adventists who care about this issue.
Event Location: Oregon Conference Office.
January 10, 5:30 pm: NW Veg Vegan Community Potluck.
Join us for a vegan community potluck. Please bring a vegan dish to share (fruit and veggie trays work well also), a copy of your recipe, and your own tableware. Jeanne Schultz, plant-based cooking instructor and NW VEG volunteer, will conduct a plant-based food demonstration on how to prepare tofu in two ways — a tofu egg salad and a tofu chocolate mousse, Delicious samples and recipes will be given out.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.
January 15-February 6: Discover Hope Series.
Discover hope in a world of constant change and turmoil, is there a reliable hope? Join us for an exciting, interactive journey to discover the hope that God offers us. Absolutely free. Free resources, drawings for books, and DVDs. Free dinner each night, and childcare will be provided.
Event Location: Hood View Church.
January 15-17: Seminar addressing the foundational differences between Islam and Christianity.
This seminar will provide tools to understand the nature of the challenge of Islam. Please plan to attend and invite any friends interested in spiritual renewal and greater understanding of our Muslim friends. Event is free, but registration required. Call
503-658-2248 to register and for time details.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
January 29, 6:30 pm; January 30 1:30 pm. R-E-S-T Seminar.
This four-part seminar deals with Respect, Encouragement, Significance, and Trust. It is about how church members care for one another, and is presented by Ewart Brown. This will be a life-changing experience. Please plan to attend and encourage a church member to come along with you. Fellowship luncheon will be served.
Event Location: Ohana Christian Fellowship
February 26-28, Oregon Conference Marriage Getaway.
“It’s a Wonderful Life!” is the theme for Oregon Conference’s marriage getaway featuring Richie and Timi Brower, and Gary and Shelly Parks. No writing assignments, no confrontations or confessions—just great concepts to explore with great people, great food, great music…and a lot of fun! You’ll both be glad you came! Bonus session: Starting a marriage ministry in your church. Early bird rate of $199 per couple through Valentines’ Day (February 14) then $225. For more information, visit www.OregonConference.org Departments / Family Ministries
Event Location: Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.
March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat.
Save the date! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.