Dear Church family & friends,
Lately I have been pondering the significance of the values of North American society. Although there are many differences between my homeland of Canada and the United States of America, one thing is clearly held in common; freedom. It is an incredible privilege and honor to live in a country where freedom is a pivotal cornerstone. It makes me proud to be Canadian, as I’m sure it makes many of you proud to be American. However, even with such encouraging values placed at the core of the Constitution, there are many things in our society that we are simply not proud of, such as murder, violence, deceit, hatred, and death. We know this world is not our true home, and therefore we must always maintain our citizenship of a much better country, the Kingdom of Heaven.
The book of Hebrews words things perfectly, referring to the hopeful patriarchs of the past, “…and they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:14-16).
Although I am grateful to live in a free country, the Word of God reveals the superiority of the heavenly country awaiting us; one without pain, heartache, and death. A country where the tree of life is blooming, where the streets are laid with gold, and where the roses will never fade! But in the meantime, we serve as ambassadors for Christ in this foreign land, and we represent our heavenly King during our short time on this earth. Therefore, let it be in Portland as it is in heaven. Let Christians everywhere showcase the beautiful and eternal values of the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I say, in Portland as it is in heaven.
Your brother in Christ,
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Students of Portland Adventist Academy will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “What Is Mission?”
The 2016 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up. In the hallway near the deacons office, look for the boxes containing alphabetical tabs, then, please look through the envelopes and retrieve those with your name on it.
We pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of:
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.
Betty Kramer who passed away January 15. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Sunday, February 7, 11:00 am.
Emery Rakes who passed away on Christmas Eve. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel, Monday, February 8, 10:00 am.
Sunday, 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 Seventh-day Adventist Church is seeking a director of music ministry. If you are interested in a challenging and varied opportunity to use your musical abilities coordinating people and programs at Sunnyside, please stop by the church office where you can pick up a job description and an application. To be considered for this position, the personnel committee also needs your résumé which may also be turned in to the church office.
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.
ETHIOPIA 2016: Toothbrushes, toothpaste (small tubes), and floss will brighten the smiles of families in Nagele, principal site of Sunnyside’s mission starting March 16. Fill the boxes on the Ethiopia 2016 table in the Narthex. And keep in mind and heart your part in the goal of $30,000 to support all the ministries of our 33-person team. Direct your generous gift to Foreign Missions Fund No. 806.
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
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 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.
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 2-June 28, Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm: Binding the Wounds. This class is great for anyone who would like to learn more about connection, healthy relationships, and how to heal your heart. The material is written by Ron and Nancy Rockey, who are both Harvard trained psychologists and have an amazing personal story that they share a little of each week in their DVD. After watching the DVD, we will go through a workbook in gender specific small groups. We all sign a confidentially agreement which helps us all feel safer about sharing our experience. Sharing is encouraged, but not required. It’s just nice to know there are others who have ben through similar things in their lives as we have. It’s a great way to find relief for emotional pain, deal with unwanted or repeating habits or patterns in your life, learn how to reconcile with those you’ve been estranged from, find motivation for things, or just make new friends.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church
February 7, 1:00-5:0 pm; February 8, 6:00-8:15 pm: Live Better, Live Longer Nutrition Seminar.
Presented by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH, and Neva Brackett, BS, RN, with over thirty years’ experience helping people succeed in living better, living longer. You can lose weight without starving! The Heart of the Matter — preventing/reversing heat disease The Diabetes Epidemic. This seminar includes a meal on Sunday and food samples on Monday. Fee: $20 per person. Registration required. www.NutritionSeminarVACC.eventbrite.com.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.
February 14, 2:30 pm: Widows Valentine Luncheon.To register call 541-367-4913 or email email@example.com. Mail $15 check to Tawny Sportsman, 4913 Mimosa Circle, Sweet Home, OR 97386.
Event Location: Spring Hill Country Club, Albany, Oregon.
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.