Dear Church Family,
What is happening in this world? I, for one, am tired of social media feeds and news headlines shouting the latest scandal of some leader or another. I’m tired of the toxic environment in which any conversation about societal issues devolves into a he-said/she-said shouting match that serves to reinforce division. I’m tired of our collective inability to listen carefully and dialogue responsibly with those with whom we disagree. In every sphere, our public discourse gets progressively more banal, adding little to the conversation yet inciting violent response.
I’m tired. Then I remember that all of this division and chaos, all of the trouble we see, is straight out of the Devil’s play book. This is what he intended from the beginning. This is his method to bring chaos and destruction to the world.
So what do we do?
It seems the world doesn’t need more armchair quarterbacks or rhetorical loudmouths. If we are going to push back against the Devil’s plan, we must follow a different path.
When faced with the same dilemma, Jesus chose to listen carefully to those who were forgotten. He chose to touch the untouchable. He chose to demonstrate compassion to those who were in pain.
We could shout our message louder, we could criticize the “others” more incisively. But the world already has plenty of that spirit.
Maybe it’s time to affirm what is good, wherever it can be found. Maybe it’s time for us to reflect the presence of Jesus wherever we are. Online, at home, in the workplace, in the church, even as we interact on social issues of our day. I hope you will join in pushing back against the toxic environment. May we be known as people who are thoughtful, reasonable, and above all, filled with the Spirit of God.
God bless you,
Pastor Jonathan Russell
News & Notes
Sabbath, October 29, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled “Life Together: Influence.”
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. For further information contact Dianne 503-760-5611.
Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. We will have many more guests than usual. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.
Sunnyside Pathfinders and Adventurers are doing a food drive to collect non-perishable foods for their annual Thanksgiving baskets. They plan on giving out 55 food baskets this year. Your help is appreciated. You may leave your food donations on the table in the Narthex. Cash donations may be put in a tithe envelope and marked “Family Resource Network.” Our specific needs are:
Turkey/Tofurkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy mix, green beans, mushroom soup, fried onions, cranberries, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, sparkling cider, rolls, sweet potatoes/yams, apples, oranges, pears, carrots and other root vegetables, onions, celery, eggs, butter, dried beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and any nonperishable food items.
Sunday, November 6, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, Director, will be in concert here at Sunnyside. Plan now to attend this outstanding concert.
Family Resource Network – We have a special need for families in Haiti that were affected by the recent 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.
Help End Child Homelessness! On October 30, 9:00 am, New City Initiative is planning their 2nd annual “Race to End Child Homelessness” at Mt. Tabor Park. Come and enjoy participating in the race or contribute funds for the cause. Click for more information.
Life at Sunnyside
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 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 4, 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm : First Friday.
First Friday will be take place in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship. It will feature praise and worship by Seaside Traverse and an inspirational thought from Herb and Linda Gregg. Registration for the free soup and salad dinner will open on October 24 and run through Tuesday, November 1. Be sure to reserve your spot! Registration is a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served fro 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday November 4. Register here.
November 4, 5: Boring Bible Studies.
Hood View Seventh-day Adventist Church is presenting “Boring Bible Stories,” featuring the storytelling of Dick Stenbakken, Kris Widmer, Terry Johnsson, and Brendan and Dick Duerksen. This “Joyful Celebration of Grace begins at 7:00 pm, Friday, November 4. Eight stories over two days. Super challenging. Nice!
Event Location: Hood View Church.
November 6, 5:00 pm: NW Veg Potluck and Presentation.
Dr. Craig McDougall, a practicing physician in the Portland area, will lead an informational discussion on reinventing primary care and integrating lifestyle medicine into a medical practice. The potluck is at 5:00 pm and the presentation at 6:30 pm. Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey, gelatin, etc.) main dish, salad, or dessert with a card listing its ingredients and your own tableware.
Event location: Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church.
November 12, 7:30 pm: WWU Alumni Dinner.
Join Walla Walla University President John McVay, and alumni and advancement staff for a complimentary alumni dinner. Seating is limited. Please RSVP no later than
November 9, at 800-377-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, Clackamas.
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.
June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.
Volunteers urgently needed: PACS Portland Adventist Community Services has an urgent need for morning truck drivers and riders, and general support volunteers in the food pantry. Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500.