Greetings Sunnyside Family,
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of announcing that Pastor Kara Dale would be joining our staff here at Sunnyside. It’s still true! We look forward to having Pastor Kara join us in ministry here near the end of February. Many people have been asking about her so I thought I’d take a few minutes this week to interview her. Due to the wonders of modern technology, we’ve been able to record the interaction for your viewing pleasure. The video is 18 minutes long, but here are a few highlights from our interaction. I hope you enjoy getting to know a bit more about our newest pastor.
From the interview: Before pastoring, Pastor Kara was a high school teacher. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and Australia in a family four. She has been really enjoying serving as a pastor in the Brisbane area, but sent her résumé to Oregon Conference at the urging of her boyfriend, Terry Johnsson. Though a native Australian, Kara has been to the United States a few times. While she has been to Washington DC and New Orleans, Louisiana, Portland is definitely her favorite city.
A few other fun facts:
Kara likes to cook.
She enjoys playing Settlers of Catan.
She can’t wait to get to Sunnyside to get to know the people here.
She doesn’t think she’ll mind the rain in Portland.
She has seen God work personally in her life at various times.
If you want to see the entire interview, you can find it at Sunnyside’s YouTube channel. I’m thankful that the Lord has made it clear that Pastor Kara is the right pastor to join our pastoral team here at Sunnyside. Many have been asking how responsibilities will be divided among us. That question hasn’t been answered yet. As we complete the staff, we will be dividing responsibilities and communicating those divisions clearly to our community. Until then, we can praise God that we are assembling the right people for the journey. Keep praying for Pastor Kara as she travels to join us. And keep praying for our search committee as they seek God’s plan for the final member of our pastoral team.
I’m excited for tomorrow as Pastor Colby continues our series on “The Inspired Life.” As he has shared parts of his study with me, I’m excited to hear the rest as he unpacks the scriptures for us on Sabbath morning. I hope that you’ll be there.
One last thing: If you’ve had issues connecting to the live stream recently, you’ll appreciate knowing that we converted our streaming server to one you might be familiar with: YouTube. While we may have to work out a couple kinks in the transition process, I expect that we will have higher quality video more consistently. Best of all, you don’t have to do anything different. Just head to the church website and click “Live@Sunnyside” to access the video feed.
May God bless each of you as you experience the Sabbath.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: Fuel” (Part 3 of 6).
Attention Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses: This afternoon immediately following the second service there is 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.
Encounters With God at 5:00 this afternoon features Alexander Bolotnikov. He will share his life experience as first a devoted Communist, then a devout Jew, and finally a committed Seventh-day Adventist Christian.
We pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of:
Violet Lang who passed away December 21, 2015. A memorial service is planned for her here at Sunnyside tomorrow, Sunday, January 17, 10:30 am.
Gary Glenn Johnson, Hawaii Conference Treasurer, who passed away January 11. Gary’s celebration of life service will be at Pleasant Valley Church, Monday, January 18, 2:00 pm.
Sandy Clayton who passed away January 11, 2016. A memorial service will be conducted Sabbath, January 23, 3:00 pm, here at Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Sunnyside Family Resource Network, Maranatha, or ADRA.
Emery Rakes who passed away on Christmas Eve. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel, Monday, February 8, 10:00 am.
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.
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.
FREE . . . TO BE ON MISSION
America’s next president will, on Jan. 20, 2017, take the oath of office “to defend the Constitution . . . against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The president’s pledge to defend the Constitution is a pledge to protect your religious freedom and mine. Note: The Constitution does not provide religious freedom; it guarantees a natural right. So it behooves us Adventists to watch for any and all encroachments on this right, to inveigh against such, and then to live blamelessly as witnesses to the spiritual freedom God’s grace guarantees.
Here’s one way to witness effectively: Support the annual offering for religious liberty to be received next Sabbath, January 23. The dollars we donate distribute Liberty magazine to America’s thought leaders who are thus persuaded to join us and the president in defending the Constitution–the Constitution which guarantees us the right to go, to preach and teach, to heal and build. If that sounds like mission at Sunnyside, you are tuned in!
ETHIOPIA 2016 launches in 60 days–March 16. Sunnyside’s team of 33 persons–including Lead Pastor Jonathan Russell and Head Elder Arnold Petersen, M.D.–will build (a foundation for a new church in Nagele), heal (through health education and basic clinical services), teach (seminars for local pastors and church officers), and preach (a 10-day evangelistic series). Mission activity doesn’t come free. Our mission objective in dollars: $30,000. Direct your gift to Fund 806 for ETHIOPIA 2016. You are free to do so! / RLF
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 16, 3:00 pm: Memorial Service. A memorial service for Kyle Polk will be conducted at Sharon Church.
Event Location: 5209 NE 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97211.
In an attempt to provide the reports given at Conference Connect to a wider audience, the main 2016 Conference Connect session will be live streamed on January 21 at 7:00 pm. You will be able to personally view the live stream by going to www.OregonConference.org. Just look for the live stream banner. The live stream will include reports on the state of the conference, finances, and education. You will also have the opportunity to email questions and comments to the administration.
Please note, the only way to attend this year’s Conference Connect meeting will be through watching the live stream.
In addition to the live stream, there will be focus groups held around the conference at the end of January and into February. You are welcome to attend any of these focus groups and participate in discussion with representatives from conference departments including: Education, Sabbath School, Member Ministries, Youth and Young Adults, and Ministerial.
The focus group for the Portland area will begin at 7:30 pm, February 11 – Tabernacle 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.
January 17-February 7: ABC Clearance Sale. The Adventist Book Center’s clearance sale starts January 17 and runs through February 7, 2016. Download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com for the details. Print the sale flyer and bring to the ABC on January 17 and we will give you a $10-off food coupon to the first 100 customers as specified in the flyer. If you are on the ABC email list the details have been sent.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.
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.
Housing Available: A fairly new townhouse with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a garage is currently available in the Milwaukie area – would prefer to rent to an Adventist family. For more information contact the church office at 503-252-8080.