Greetings Sunnyside Family,
In 39 days, two and a half dozen people will be starting the long, arduous journey from Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland, Oregon to Shashemane, Ethiopia. By bus, two planes, and a handful of minivans, the intrepid travelers will be ferried half-way across the world to bring the love of Jesus from the Sunnyside community, to the towns and villages in the Southeastern Ethiopian Field. The thing that makes me excited about this trip is that Sunnysiders will not be going to do things for the Ethiopian people. Instead, we will be working side by side in construction, in health clinics, in evangelism, and in community ministry. By partnering with local Adventists, we will be able to make a lasting impact in the community.
Nearly 40 people will travel to Ethiopia, but we all can have a part to play in the mission and ministry that will happen. Some of you know that nearly two years ago, the church board approved up to $50,000 in project funds for Ethiopia. Since then, the mission team has looked more closely at the project and believes that we can do much of what we want by carrying $30,000 for the project. The question is: where do we find these resources? Through the generosity of every member of the body of Christ, the Lord provides more than enough for His plans and purposes.
In anticipation of the trip, the Mission team is sponsoring an Ethiopian Mission benefit dinner, hosted by some of our Oromo families. The event will include authentic Ethiopian cuisine, stories and pictures from the area in which we will serve, and an opportunity to support the mission from the comfort of our city. The event is free. There’s absolutely no cost to attend. Keep your eyes open for sign-ups and be praying about how God may have you support the mission.
Already, there has been an anonymous matching grant of $8,000 offered for the mission trip. That means any donations made during the dinner will be matched dollar for dollar, up to that $8,000.
One last thing, it’ll be a great place to bring your sweetie on Valentine’s day.
Thank you to every Sunnysider who supports mission, both at home and across the world, with your energy, with your prayers, with your means. You demonstrate to the world that we are a Seventh-day Adventist community, eagerly awaiting the return of our Lord and keeping busy with sharing the gospel wherever the opportunity presents itself.
Have a blessed Sabbath. We’ll see you tomorrow.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will present the Bible message entitled “The Inspired Life: πορεύομαι.” Part 5 of 6.
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
Encounters With God will meet at 5:00 pm in the Youth Room for an “Old-fashioned Testimonial” meeting.
Sunday, 1:00 pm, a memorial service for Betty Kramer will be conducted here at Sunnyside in the Fellowship Hall.
At 3:00 pm there will be a Big Game Football party in the Fellowship Hall.
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:
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.
February 14, 6:00-8:00 pm: A Valentine’s Day Banquet to benefit the Sunnyside Ethiopian Mission in the fellowship hall. You will enjoy Ethiopian cuisine as you fellowship with our Ethiopian friends and with many who will shortly be leaving for Ethiopia on this year’s mission from Sunnyside. This event will provide you the opportunity to vicariously participate in the mission to that ancient land by enjoying the food, experiencing the customs, and learning the traditions and the history of a country with biblical roots. You will also hear of modern-day challenges that face our brothers and sisters there. And you will be encouraged to provide monetary support for the projects of the mission. those who are members of the mission team have already provided monies for the activities in Ethiopia in addition to the cost of their individual transportation, food, and lodging. All donations will be applied to the $30,000 that Sunnyside has voted in support of the mission. Thank you!
February 18, 11:30 am, seniors are invited to a President’s Day celebration! Join us for lunch followed by games and fellowship. Please RSVP: church office
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.
February 20, 5:00 pm: His Praise Men’s Chorus will be in concert here at Sunnyside.
February 21, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: CPR, AED, and First Aid Training will be conducted 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.
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.
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
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
The Constituency meeting for Portland Adventist Academy is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 pm, at the academy.
Portland Adventist Elementary
PAES K/1st grade round-up:
Portland Adventist Elementary School would like to invite all prospective Kindergarteners/First Graders and their families, to attend Round-Up for the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Sign-In will be at 5:10 pm, in the Library. The program will start at 5:30 pm.
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 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 24, 6 -8 pm: Disaster Preparedness.
Are you prepared in the event of a natural disaster of environmental emergency? If not, this information is for you. Sign-up is required for this free event with a special presentation by the American Red Cross. A light supper will be served at 5:00 pm. For more information and to register, call 503-232-6018.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A graduating student from Lanzhou University in China, is coming to Portland March 3 to begin his PhD program at Portland State University. He would like to live with a Christian family. For more information call Charlotte at 503-998-7888.
The Oregon Conference will be hiring an administrative assistant for the Education Department. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.