As I write this, our city is anticipating the worst storm in a decade. A glance outside reveals heavy overcast skies, yet it seems remarkably peaceful. It’s the proverbial calm before the storm. People around the city are using the lull to be sure that storm drains are cleared, sandbags are ready, and basic survival supplies are procured. Time will tell how bad the storm will be, but for now the calm persists.
It’s not unlike this time of year. Mid-October is so often the calm between the storms. So often, August is filled with the adrenaline of end-of-summer vacations and back-to-school planning. September settles us into the routine of new schools, new schedules, new friends. October is the calm before the storm of office parties, Christmas shopping, and family get-togethers.
I’m reminded from Scripture that God is found in the calm. It tells us that Elijah found the voice of God in the midst of silence, literally the “calm”( 1 Kings 19:12). The psalmist commands us to “Stop” and know that God is God (Psalm 46:10). The Prince of Peace commanded the waves to “stop” so that His disciples could acknowledge Him as commander of heaven and earth (Mark 4:39). It seems that in the calm of this calendar, it might be prime time for us to seek God anew.
I don’t know the storms that many of you are facing. I don’t know the challenges that lay before you. But I’m reminded that the God of All desires to create space, a calm, in which you can hear from Him. If this season of your life allows, I encourage you to embrace the calm and listen for the voice of God. If this season doesn’t allow, I encourage you ask the Prince of Peace to bring the calm through which He speaks.
May we as a community always seek to hear His voice and follow His lead.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow as it is my first opportunity to hear Pastor Kara speak in person. I’ve seen her online, I’ve heard great things, but I can’t wait to be there as she brings the next part of our series, “Life Together.” I hope you’ll join us in worship on Sabbath as we seek our God together.
Pastor Jonathan Russell
News & Notes
Sabbath, October 15, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am.
Pastor Kara Dale will bring us our Bible message titled “Our Life Together: That Which Is Overlooked.”
This afternoon, Sabbath at 5:00 pm, Encounters With God features Isaac Nziacharo.
Sunday, October 16, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, directed by Travis Hatton will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church. 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.
Our exercise class has restarted! We are meeting on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. This class is designed for everyone — work at your own pace and whatever you can do. Come and join us. If you have questions contact Nancy at 503-695-5694.
Sabbath, October 22, 5:00 pm, Evensong honors William Holmes Taylor MD, F.R.C.S. Plan now to attend this special event.
Sunday, October 30, 1:30 pm, there will be a baby shower in the fellowship hall to celebrate Amina and Patrick Shima’s new baby boy to be born in November. Refreshments will be served. They are registered at Target.
Family Resource Network – We have a special need for families in Haiti that were 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
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.
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.
November 19, 7:00 pm: Celebration of Thanksgiving.
Adventist Health invites you to the annual community Thanksgiving concert, an expression of gratitude for your faith and support. Join us in celebrating the season with three-time Dove Award, Billboard Music Award and Grammy winner, Laura Story. Free admission with your tickets, a nonperishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank and a new pair of socks for the Portland Rescue Mission. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Limit of six tickets per family. Get your tickets now at Sunnyside Adventist Church office. For more information contact: AdventistHealth.org/NW/Thanksgiving, or 503-251-6174.
Event Location: New Hope Community Church.