Greetings Sunnyside Family,
This week, close to a billion cards are being exchanged around the world. From the small pre-printed star wars-themed card distributed to twenty first-grade classmates, to the longer, more elaborative sentiments of lovers married three-quarters of a century, the country is awash in reminders of love and friendship. The flowers, chocolates, jewelry and gifts all serve as tokens of the value we place in each other as humans, as friends, as companions.
It seems the billions of dollars spent in telling people we care, betray a reality within us. We were created to experience love. We were created to know and be known by other human beings. And the thing that is sad to me is that many Americans will figure that with their valentine’s duty complete, they can go about their lives as usual until the next memorable moment. But the reality is that after the chocolates are eaten, after the flowers fade, after the diamonds get smudged, the people still need to experience love. Not in the way promoted by our retail industry, but in the way demonstrated by our Savior.
We were created to experience love. To give and to receive. To share meaningful experiences and gestures. To know and to be known. We have the God-given opportunity to remind those closest to us that we love them. Not just this weekend. But every day.
Have a blessed Valentine’s day, if that’s your thing. But more importantly, remember to express love to those closest to you next week also. And the week after that. And you get the picture.
When you do that, our community is stronger. When you do that, our church is more faithful to God’s call. When we all express our care and connection, we are all better prepared to inspire our community with the love of Jesus.
I hope to see you Sabbath.
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: Escaping the Undertow Part 6 of 6.
We ETHIOPIA 2016
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Sunday, February 14, 2016, 6-8 pm
Featuring the national cuisine of ETHIOPIA
lovingly prepared by our own Oromo congregation!
Sunnyside Adventist Church
10501 SE Market Street, Portland, Oregon
The Ethiopian members of our Sunnyside family cordially invite you to a Valentine’s Day dinner at Sunnyside 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 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!
The 2015 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:
Jackee Duvall. Her father passed away this last week.
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.
Thursday, 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 503-252-8080.
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.
Sunday, February 28, 1:00 pm, the Junior/Earliteen Sabbath School leaders would like to invite the Junior/Earliteen parents and kids to come bowling with us at Big Al’s in Vancouver. We will meet at the church at noon to carpool or you can meet us at Big Al’s at 1:00 pm. Our plan is to leave Big Al’s around 3 pm and be back at Sunnyside by 4:00 pm.Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before February 27.
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 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 20, 3:00 pm: Michael Card Live in Concert.
Michael Card will be in concert as a benefit for Livingstone Adventist Academy student scholarships. Tickets are available at livingstoneevents.com or iTickets.com; $20 general admission, $30 floor seating.
Event Location: Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, Salem.
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 fun, 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.