I was blessed this past week to join FaithLift, the weekly women’s Bible study, here at the church. As we studied Isaiah 3 and 4, I was comforted once again by God’s heart for the downtrodden, the assurance that those who use power to oppress will eventually reap what they sow, and His incredible comfort and mercy for all who turn to him. God makes plain the severe consequences of Israel’s continuous insistence in walking away from Him, choosing to resist His heart and ways of love in exchange for the exploitation of the disadvantaged in their nation (Isaiah 3:13-15); the removal of His protection and blessing.
Though we are born into vastly different stories, hundreds of year later, His message still speaks. Despite the very real cost of breaking God’s laws of love, in our selfishness we often try to go our own way, and like all God’s universal laws, there are consequences. Sin has its very real price, not only for us personally, but also those around us.
Our God of love, however, does not stop at chapter 3; He does not leave us alone to hopelessly reap all that we have sown. In the same breath that God uses to warn Israel of the very real consequences that they are about to experience, He gives them hope in Jesus. He promises to wash away their filth, to cleanse them from their self-centered exploitative behaviors and in doing so, bless them with His protective and comforting presence.
Pastor Kara Dale
News & Notes
Sabbath, October 8, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled “Jesus Wants Me.”
This afternoon at 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.
Our exercise class is back! It restarts Tuesday, October 11, 5:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. It will include warm up, cardio, strength training, balance, stretching, and cool down. Suitable for anyone – any age. No need to bring weights, we have lots of them. Come a few minutes early to make sure you have all the paperwork done before we start the class. Questions? Call Nancy 503-695-5794.
Sabbath, October 22, 5:00 pm, Evensong honors William Holmes Taylor MD, F.R.C.S. Plan now to attend this special event.
Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, directed by Travis Hatton, will be in concert Sunday, October 16, 4:00 pm, here at Sunnyside They will be performing the 2nd Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17, by Samuel Barber; Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Major by J. S. Bach with Kelly Gronli on the oboe, and Nelly Kovalev on the violin; and Symphony No. 5, Op. 82, in Eb Major by Jean Sibelius. Come and join us as for this lovely presentation.
Family Resource Network – We have a special need for a family in Haiti that was affected by the hurricane. Contact Marie – 503-998-3754. 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” account number 488.
The Family Resource Network has formed a Cultural Navigator Team to support the SDA refugees from the Congo that are being resettled in Portland. We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to join us in supporting the needs of these people. For more information contact Dick Gingrich, RichardAGingrich@aol.com
Portland Adventist 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
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 9: Upper Columba Academy Alumni Circle of Friends.
Foundation ONE is providing an opportunity for UCA alumni to get together with your Greater Portland Area schoolmates on Sunday, October 9. So if you do not make it to Homecoming on `the campus October 1, you have another chance locally a week later. If you have not received an invitation, contact Linda Klinger at (509) 939-1716 for information about the time and place of the event.
October 16-November 6: Adventist Book Center’s Fall Sale. Many of our food cases have significant discounts. Many Bibles, cookbooks and other books are also on sale. There will be samples of new vegetarian food October 16. Download our sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone, Oregon/
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.
October 30, 1:00-5:00 pm: |Annual Fall Festival.
Fun for the entire family! Festive games and activities! Fall inspired food and treats! Something for everyone. We will start our ticket presale on Thursday, October 13, and will sell tickets after school through October 28. Presale price is 100 tickets for $20. At the door tickets will cost $25/100. All are welcome! Plan to join us for a fun-filled time!
Event Location: Rivergate Elementary School