Dear Church Family,
I wish you could have been around the church this week to see all the activity taking place. Last night, a group of generous-hearted church members gathered to develop plans for supporting Adventist refugees as they arrive in the Portland area. Another group met together to prayerfully seek God’s direction as we fill our final pastoral position. Two church members, as they do every week, walked through the sanctuary to straighten and re-stock tithe envelopes and communication cards. Others stopped in to re-organize Sabbath boxes for our kids. Some dropped by to help with lawn care. Others stopped in to help move construction materials or tables and chairs. A few gathered to plan for the maintenance of our facility and parking lot. Some appeared to rehearse music and prepare to lead God’s people in worship. Dozens arrived at various times to study Scripture together and connect with each other. Many gathered for children’s ministry to inaugurate a new Adventurer year and support the Pathfinder ministry.
Every day, in nearly every corner of the church, generous people gave of their time and energy to support this church community and, in turn, advance the cause of Christ. Without the generosity of so many, this church could not be what it is.
In addition, we’ve been making progress on our ReNew 2.2 goal. At least check, we had just under $39,000 left to meet our goal. Fixtures and building materials have been arriving daily. Demolition is set to begin in just 10 days. I’m thankful for everyone who has contributed and everyone who will contribute as we partner together to complete our restroom remodel before the holiday season.
The Lord has blessed us with energy and resources to serve in His work. May we draw closer together as we invest ourselves in His purpose.
Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow!
Pastor Jonathan Russell
News & Notes
Sabbath, September 17, our communion worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled “Why I Don’t Like Communion.”
The North Pacific Union Conference was organized 110 years ago to help members and local conferences share our Adventist message in the Northwest. That mission still binds us together toward a common purpose in preparing others for our Lord’s return. Delegates will gather next weekend here at Sunnyside for the 28th constituency session of NPUC. Sunday, September. 25, they will elect officers and executive committee members charged with leading our church’s mission for the next term. All are welcome, only delegates will vote. The weekend schedule is:
Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm: Vespers – Alex Bryant,
NAD Executive Secretary
Sabbath, September 24, 8:45 and 11:15 am – Dan Jackson, NAD President
Sabbath, September 24, 6:00 pm – Jamie Jorge Concert
Sunday, September 25, 9:00 am – NPUC Session (8:00 am registration)
September 24, 6:00 pm, Jaime Jorge will be in concert here at Sunnyside. His forceful, expressive mastery of the violin has delighted audiences around the globe. Jaime has dedicated his talents to sharing the love of God through sacred and classical concerts and special appearances the world over. For over two decades, through 15 albums and more than 2,500 concerts in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, Jaime’s music has touched the lives of millions. It can touch yours too. Come and enjoy!
Sunnyside Church Choir is open to new choir members! Practice is every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. This Thursday, September 29, we are meeting together at Ristorante Di Pompello in Troutdale for a meal together. Spouses and interested members are welcome. Come and join us. Please note: no practice this Thursday — meet for sharing a meal together instead!
Handbells – Competing schedules and moves have taken their toll on our ringers! We only need one more ringer. Please call Rosemayne at
503-730-5317; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 8, 5:00 pm, Encounters With God features Robert Glass as he takes us through his travels of “Modern & Ancient” Israel (Jerusalem) and Jordan. He will take us through his recent visit of temples, synagogues, churches, and incredible archeological digs, “tells” and monuments. Discover the Jewish people’s strength and their incredible relationship and faith in God. Follow as we walk in Jesus’ footsteps (from His birth to His death) as He traveled through the Middle East changing lives of millions of men and women from millenniums to come and yet to come. Walk up to the Western Wall, top of Masada, the Dome of the Rock, Petra, Dead Sea, Dead Sea Scrolls, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, River Jordan, and more. Follow along as we walk in, over, and around history dating back almost 5,000 years.
More than 60 children of all ages, joined by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were engaged and entertained last Monday night, during Steve’s Creature Feature Reptile Show. Adventurers and Pathfinders will continue their studies and explorations into God’s fantastic creation and they want you to know that you can help as a teacher for a specific class (curriculum, materials and support provided), or teach an Award or Honor (one or more meetings), or lead a devotional, game or activity. To schedule and plan your contribution, contact Evelyn, Natalia, Erin or Sally.
Family Resource Network Thank you for your continued support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network”/act. #488.
The Family Resource Network is forming a Cultural Navigator Team to support the SDA refugees from the Congo that are being resettled in Portland. There will be an informational meeting September 15, 7:30 pm, in the Sandy room (62). We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to at least come to the meeting and learn the various forms of support these people need. You can then decide if you feel you could be of help. Thank you for considering these worthy members of our church family.
Life At Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s Constituency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm at the academy.
We welcomed six new teachers and a new principal who was introduced earlier this summer. We are also expecting two new staff members to join us later this year! That’s nine total new staff members! All of this means a lot of changes and wonderful new programs for our students. The future is, indeed, bright Meet Portland Adventist Academy’s new teachers! : http://paasda.org/news/paa-welcomes-new-teachers/
Portland Adventist Elementary
September 10, 6:00 pm: Carl Parker & Friends benefit concert.
Join us for the weekend backpack lunch program which provides food for children over the weekend. Special Feature: Book signing by Lloyd Logan, author of “Run For Your Life.” For more information: www.peopletopeopleministries.com.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
September 11-October 2: Adventist Book Center Sale.
Save $2 per can on FriChick and Choplets plus many other specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer atwww.abcflyer.com . To receive future sale information by email, you can sign up at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.
October 8, 5:00 pm: Dr. Calvin Taylor in concert.
With an unusually large hand span of over 1 1/2 octaves, Dr. Taylor presents sounds and colors which would normally require four hands. Beloved hymns, well-known spirituals, classics, and patriotic music take on new significance.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.
October 28-30: Oregon’s 30th Annual Women’s Retreat.
“Living a Long and Beautiful Life”, will host Loretta Bacchiocchi, NP of Creation Health, and special musical guest Lisa Marie Buster. Breakout speakers are Rise Rafferty, RD, Peggy Casebier, RN, MA, Rachel Griebel, PT. Teen speaker: Elise LeBlanc. Teens coming with a mom or mentor come for only $25! To attend, register by going to AdventSource.org or by calling 800-732-7587. We have extended the discount rate of $129.00 to October 13th.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort , Redmond, Oregon.
Do you love to answer the phone?
Are you friends with everyone you meet?
Is your personal ministry one of hospitality and warmth to others?
If so, the Oregon Conference is looking for a Full-Time Receptionist to be the face and ambassador of the Conference for those who call and visit our headquarters. Available November 1, 2016. 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.