Greetings Church Family,
Everybody has a story. Sometimes when it’s time to write, I’ll head to the public library. The library is quietly chaotic. But somehow, I find the activity of the place good for writing. Most of the time. Sometimes, I sit and watch the people as they come and go, imagining the story behind the human form. Across the way I see a man at a table, head down on his gym bag for a quick morning rest. Just behind him there’s a younger man on a laptop, apparently hard at work in his pajamas. Nearby, two young women quietly work together on a project that I imagine to be related to their college studies. Each person appears as a one-dimensional character on the periphery of my life in this moment. And yet everybody has a story. Beneath what is seen is a lifetime of experiences, success and failure, joy and pain. Each story has its own unique twists and turns, its own distinct rhythm of activity and stillness, its own heroes and villains.
And I can’t help but think that if I knew these stories, I might relate to the people just a bit differently. I might extend a bit more compassion, a bit more grace. If I knew the stories, I might take a step beyond the cursory friendly smile into something a bit more meaningful.
As I reflect on all of these stories that intersect, however inconsequentially, for one moment I can’t help but think about church. Last Sabbath morning, we had over 700 people at Sunnyside. Over 700 stories intersected at that time and in that place. Seven hundred people with similar intentions: to worship our Creator God. With so many people in one place, it’s impossible to know everyone. Most are merely one-dimensional characters in the background of our story, the results of a pleasant coincidence of time and space. But there were a few, I hope, that were 3-dimensional characters. There were a few whose stories you know, whose lives you connect with, whose prayer requests become your prayer requests. Because when we connect with others in a meaningful spiritual journey, our own journey becomes richer. When we can know and be known, the experience of worship is invested with even more meaning.
This weekend, we worship together and continue with part four of our series called “The Inspired Life.” If you haven’t caught up with it yet, you can binge-watch the first three episodes by logging on to Sunnyside’s Youtube channel. There you’ll find worship services, weddings and other special events and interviews that we’ve recently published. Part 4 of the series is called “Connection.” I hope you’ll be there.
May God’s blessing be upon each of you as we enter His Sabbath together.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: Connection.”
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:
Betty Kramer who passed away January 15. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Sunday, February 7, 1:00 pm.
Emery Rakes who passed away on Christmas Eve. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Chapel, Monday, February 8, 10:00 am.
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.
Adventist Medical Center’s First Friday will be held on February 5 from 7:00 to 8:15 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of AMC. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship. This month Ohana Christian Fellowship will be the host and features University of Oregon student Tammy Nguyen who will share her personal story.
On February 19 and 20, Sunnyside Church is honored to host The Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission, sponsored by Walla Walla University School of Theology. The main presenter is Darius Jankiewicz MDiv, PhD, a professor from the seminary and from Andrews University. He wrote the definitive paper on the history and meaning of ordination. On Friday, 7:00 pm, he will be giving a presentation titled “The History of Ordination.” Sabbath afternoon at 2:00 his presentation titled “The Meaning of Ordination” will be followed with an open forum discussion on what all this means for our church today. These will be very informative sessions. Plan now to attend. Sabbath worship services (8:45 and 11:00 am) will be presented by David Thomas, MDiv, of Walla Walla University. Sunnyside Adventist Church is located at 10501 SE Market Street, Portland, Oregon 97216.
February 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: CPR, AED, and First Aid Training here at Sunnyside Church in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a sack lunch.
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.
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
February 5, 7 pm: First Friday, Adventist Medical Center
February 19, 7:00 pm: CBFM – “The History of Ordination”
– Darius Jankiewicz, MDiv, PhD
February 20: 2:00 pm: CBFM – “The Meaning of Ordination” followed with a
discussion forum – Darius Jankiewicz, MDiv, PhD
February 20, 5:00 pm: His Praise Concert
February 21, 9:00 am: Pathfinder SunnyShine Day at the Church
February 28, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
March 13, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
March 19, 6:00 pm: Annual Family Spring Concert
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/
January 30, 6:00 pm: Free Movie Event:
“Do You Believe?” A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ … even if they don’t believe it. Yet. When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. This stirring new film from the creators of “God’s Not Dead” is more than a movie, it’s a question we all must answer in our lifetimes: “Do You Believe?”
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy. Doors open 5:30 pm.
Portland Adventist Elementary
February 1, 10:00 am. Big Lake Camp Registration.
Registration for Big Lake Youth Camp opens. To plan your awesome summer adventure at BLYC, and to register online, visit www.biglake.org. See you at the lake.
Through 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 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, 1:00-5:00 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 11, 7:30 pm: Conference Connect focus group – Portland area.
Event Location: Tabernacle Church.
February 12-13. Young Adult Day of Worship.
This free event is sponsored by NPUC Young Adult Ministries. All young adults are invited to Friday Vespers 7:00 pm, Sabbath School, 10:20 am, and worship, 11:30 am. Sabbath lunch is provided.
Event Location: Beaverton Church.
February 14, 2:30 pm: Widows Valentine Luncheon.To register call 541-367-4913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
February 28, 3:00 pm: Health Talk by Craig McDougall.
Dr. McDougall is a primary care physician at ZOOM+ Portland where his practice emphasizes changing your diet to cure and prevent common diseases like overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Share this special event with your neighbors, friends, and family. You won’t want to miss it. A light meal and Q&A time follows presentation.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.
March 4-6: Women’s Ministries Leader’s Retreat. Save the date! For more information email email@example.com.
Event Location: The Village Green Resort and Gardens, Cottage Grove.
March 6-8 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference.
Pastors, church elders, youth, and young adults leaders from across the Northwest will gather to listen to some of the best minds in youth and young adult ministry and discover practical ways they can impact this emerging generation for Christ. Featured speakers: Don Jackson, NAD president, Chap Clark, Brad Lomenick, Steve Case, Benjamin Lundquist, Tracy Wood, and Paul Graham. Cost: $75 for first 200 registrations, $105 after 200, and $30 for Sunday only (includes lunch and supper). To registration www.yyalconference.eventbrite.com. Deadline: February 25.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp, Washington.
March 25-27: 2016 Oregon Prayer Conference.
This year’s prayer conference will feature Randy Maxwell, author of the book “If My People Pray,” and five other inspiring books on prayer. His topic is “Unprecedented: Praying for Unprecedented Results.” Breakout presenters include Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and Tony and Sayuri Rodriguez from Grants Pass. For more info call
541-367-4913, or go to http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2016-prayer-retreat
April 1-3: Rosario Singles’ Retreat, Anacortes, Washington.
Come and enjoy the beauty of Rosario Beach, enjoy inspiring speakers, listen to amazing music, eat great food, have fund, and be rejuvenated. On Sunday afternoon, choose from whale watching, a jet boat ride through Deception Pass, or a driving/walking tour of the tulip fields in Mount Vernon. Register early for your best choice of lodging and activities. Request your registration packet by emailing RosarioRetreat@gmail.com or calling 360-588-3179. To get future news and updates, send an email to Washington ASAM@gmail.com.
April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugen. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvenit.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.
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.