Greetings Sunnyside Family,
Tomorrow is a day that we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Pastor Kara Dale will be joining our pastoral staff officially tomorrow during second service. I’m thankful for God’s clear leading in inviting her to join our ministry team. Pastor Kara is a passionate and engaging pastor who will add a lot to our team. Over the coming weeks, your pastors will be working to clearly define roles and responsibilities. As the Lord leads us through that process, we’ll keep you up to speed on what to expect.
Yesterday, I had the chance to catch up with Pastor Kara via email. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: How has the adjustment to the States been going?
A: Transitioning countries is a rather intense process, but I feel beyond blessed in the way God has led; from the day I stepped up to the airline counter and was given a row of seats free beside me on the plane for the long haul over, to the news that my goods took only three weeks to reach American shores, rather than the ten weeks they said I should allow for, God has opened door after door. Not to mention the incredible kindness that I have experienced from my new American family – strangers and friends alike have shown both grace and hospitality.
Q: Where are you making your home?
A: I am renting a little studio apartment in the SW area of downtown Portland, overlooking the river and Mt Hood. For my first two weeks I enjoyed the city on foot, slowly widening my “home vicinity.” Now that I have a car, that vicinity is increasing quite rapidly!
Q: Any favorite spots in the city yet?
A: It is such a beautiful city that I have a hard time choosing a favorite! But if I have to pick a few out of the downtown area, I would say that the Pearl District is a fun place to hang out. I also really love the river loop and am trying to get an early morning walk most days.
Q: What’s one area of ministry you can’t wait to get started in?
A: Again, how does one narrow that down!!! Pastoral Care and Community Building would be two areas that I am very excited about.
Q: If there were one thing that you wanted people to know about you, it would be….
A: I’m not real keen on spiders or snakes, so should any be found in the church, call Pastors Jonathan or Colby!
As I see the Holy Spirit moving amidst the people of Sunnyside, as I see God’s hand in bringing the leadership team together, I’m reminded of the words penned by Ellen White and recorded in This Day With God (p. 44). “Encourage your heart in the Lord. I rejoice in the bright prospects of the future, and so may you. Let us be cheerful, and praise the Lord for His loving-kindness to the children of men.”
I too rejoice in “bright prospects of the future” as we seek to follow the will of Jesus until He comes.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “Power In the Blood.”
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, 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 3:00 pm and be back at Sunnyside by 4:00 pm. For more information contact Mellissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Antonnin Dvorak; En Saga, Op. 9, by Jean Sibelius; and Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”), Op. 27, in E-flat Major, by Robert Schumann.
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.
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: The colorful Valentine’s Day dinner sponsored by Sunnyside’s Oromo congregation netted some $20,446 for our upcoming mission. Here now is an almost-final call to donate dollars (Mission Fund Account 450.1) and add to our clothing collection: Attire for infants and toddlers; tees, shorts, and sox for kids ages 4-10. The E-team will pack everything Sunday morning, March 6.
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
March 26, 8:45 & 11:15 am: Easter Services
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
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, March 15, from 1-2:30 pm. Everyone attending must pre-register with the school office by calling 503-665-4102 no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, March 11.
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 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, 12:00-4:30 pm: Oregon Conference VBS Fun Day:
Register now for the 2016 VBXperience! Kelly Pick and Jamison Wallington will unwrap the new Adventist Kidsville! Other VBS programs being showcased will include Deep Sea Discovery and Cape Quest. Join us! To register call 503-850-3537.
Event Location: Oregon Conference Holden Convention Center.
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.