Greetings Sunnyside Family,
One hundred ten years ago today, the constituency of the Pacific Union Conference met together in Portland, Oregon, for their third biennial meetings. By a vote of 33-14, they supported the creation of the North Pacific Union Conference. It was a practical decision to support the Ministry of just over 5,000 Adventists in the Pacific Northwest. Over a century later, we belong to a faith community of over 99,000 across five states. Through the Division and GC, we are part of a family of over 18 million Seventh-day Adventists across the world.
Through the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the message of Jesus continues to go across the world into unreached hearts both near and far.
One thing that I love about being Adventist is that no matter where I go in the world, walking into church on Sabbath morning feels like home. Worship styles vary, attendance varies, the quality of preaching varies. But whether one is in Cuba or Africa or South America or Australia, we worship together knowing that we have more in common than what separates us. The reality of common beliefs and values gives strength and stability to the Advent movement.
One way we continue to demonstrate this unity of purpose is through the giving of tithe. Tithe supports church ministry in Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest, and across the world. While there are moments when I wish that more church resources were available locally to hire additional staff members or create other new ministry opportunities, I’m sincerely thankful for our continued opportunity to partner with our world-wide church to take the gospel even further into the rest of the world. I’m thankful that I live in a region where the family of God in the Adventist church has grown nearly twentyfold over 110 years.
On this anniversary of the formation of this territory, let us look back and celebrate the work of God in this little corner of God’s creation. And let us look forward to a future in which God is using every Adventist member to reveal His love and His presence wherever they go.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Dr. Dave Thomas, dean of the School of Theology and Apologetics at Walla Walla University will present the Bible message entitled “Praise of the Ordinary.”
This weekend 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
This afternoon at 5:00, His Praise Men’s Chorus will be in concert here at Sunnyside.
Sunday, 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. Call 503-252-8080 to register.
A baptismal class is being conducted in the Family Training room every Sabbath afternoon at 5:30 pm. All are welcome. For more information contact Vasile Gramada or Arthur Tolan.
Sunday, February 28, 4:00 pm, the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, directed by Travis Hatton, will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church. They will be playing “In Nature’s Realm,” Op. 91, by Anonnin Leopold Dvorak; En Saga, Op. 9, by Jean Sibelius; and Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”), Op. 27, E-flat Major by Robert Schumann.
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, 16615 SE 18th Street, at 1:00 pm. Our plan is to leave Big Al’s around 3 pm and be back at Sunnyside by 4:00 pm. For more information contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A memorial service for Lorraine Juberg will be conducted at Hood View Church Sunday, February 28, 2:00 pm. A potluck style reception of sandwiches, veggies, fruit, and cookies will follow.
A Men’s Bible Study group, sponsored by Senior Ministries, begins Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 am, in the Bridal Room, and will continue each Wednesday. Men of any age are welcome. For the first meeting the study will focus on Genesis 6-11. A rotating group of facilitators will help to bring a variety of perspectives.
The 2015 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up. This is the last week they will be available here at the church. 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.
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.
ETHIOPIA 2016: You’ve contributed scores of toothbrushes for the children of Oromia. Now the E-team (leaving March 16) is hoping the Sunnyside family will come through with clothes for infants and toddlers and tees, shorts, and sox for kids ages 4-10. Dollars too (Mission Fund 450.1)–which will help Ray Betz and fellow builders lay the foundation of a new church in Nagele.
ROMANIA V: Our fifth outreach to Romania–because Sunnyside and Romania are richly connected! Here’s a snapshot of the work Oregon Conference Vice President Dave Allen, Vasile Gramada, and Arthur Tolan will be doing starting March 2: (1) Seminar for pastoral families of the Moldova Conference. (2) Evangelistic series in Valea Enei. (3) Consultation with the president of Romania’s Human Rights Commission. And, actually, much more – because our connection to Romania is ongoing and unlimited. Support Pastor Dave, Vasile, and Arthur with your prayers as they journey on this mission. Multumesc!
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 #488.1.
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
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.
Rivergate Adventist Elementary will host an annual Round Up on Friday, March 11. This is an opportunity for students who will be in PreK, K, and 1st grade next school year to interact in the classroom. Students in grades 2-5 are welcome to join us as well. Visitation time for PreK & K will be 8:30-10:30 am. Classroom visitation for students who will be in 1st – 5th grades will be 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. A complimentary lunch will be provided for all students visiting through the lunch hour. Please RSVP by phoning 503-656-0544 if you would like your child to attend.
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 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 12, 5:00 pm: Sacred music and testimonies concert.
You are invited to attend a special concert, “An Ever-Present Savior,” featuring Shannon and Jeanine Goodwin and friends. Join the Goodwins as they share their love for the word of God with beautiful sacred music and testimonies. This is a benefit concert to help hungry children through The Weekend Backpack Lunch Program sponsored by People to People Ministries. For more information contact Carl at 503-893-9022.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
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 Eugene. 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.