This has been a difficult week for our country and for our city. As many of you, I was up late on Tuesday night, watching as returns came in and the nation did what few predicted. Then last night, my heart hurt as I saw protesters acting out their anger by destroying the city we love. This pastor’s message space is in not a political one, yet our external environment has a profound effect on our own faith community.
Sitting in our pews tomorrow, there will be some who are exultant at the opportunity to “Make America Great Again.” In the same pew, others will be hurt by the process, confused by what happened, and fearful of what the president-elect will do with our country.
There are few places in this country where people of such differing political views are called together for the same cause. It reinforces the necessity within our community of listening carefully to each other and believing the best about one another.
Beyond our differences in political philosophy, beyond the vast differences in the way we’ve experienced this election, beyond our various predictions about what this week means for our future and our children, we share the same calling to a life together through faith in Jesus. Together, we are a community called to follow Jesus and to demonstrate His character and compassion to a world in need of a Savior. Together, we are travelers whose true home is “across the Jordan.”
Since our true citizenship is elsewhere, I’m going to meddle a bit…
If you are exultant at the results this week, it’s important as a believer to dial back the zeal and dial up the humility. As important as this may feel, the president-elect isn’t the Savior.
If you’re discouraged, fearful, confused or hurting because of what transpired, don’t lose heart. The Lord our God is the Encourager of the discouraged, the Champion of the fearful, the Teacher to the confused, the Healer to the hurting. He hasn’t left you. He will lead us through the next chapter of history.
God has called us into Life Together. Maybe it’s for such a time as this. To come together to pray for our leaders. To demonstrate unity through diversity. To be the hands and feet of Jesus in a broken, divided country.
I’m praying for this nation. For those who hurt and for those who celebrate. I’m praying for those who have the monumental task of shepherding the peaceful transition of government that has been a hallmark of our republic for 240 years. I’m praying for our faith community that we may care for each other, journeying together until the Savior comes.
Can’t wait to see many of you tomorrow!
Pastor Jonathan Russell
Special thanks to Gene and Judy Denis for all their help in maintaining the facility during our recent concerts and memorial services.
News & Notes
Sabbath, November 12, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Dr. Paul Dybdahl of Walla Walla University will bring us our Bible message titled “Defending Legumes.”
This afternoon at 3:30, the Walla Walla University nursing students will have their dedication. Everyone is invited.
Week of Prayer, 7:00 pm, in the Youth Room, begins tonight. Come and enjoy the readings, discussion, and fellowship together each evening this week with the final reading on Sabbath morning at 7:00 in the Youth Room.
Pray for the family of William Taylor, MD, who passed away October 31. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church November 19, 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, he has requested donations be made to Walla Walla University. If you would like to share memories, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“Man of Mission—An Interview with Dr. Arnold Petersen” appeared in the most recent Loma Linda Alumni Journal. Follow this link (goo.gl/7lx8jv) to read it.
Family Resource Network – We currently have a special need for children’s cars seats. If you can help contact Dan Patchin
503-593-7956. If you would like to help the 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.
Holiday-Giving Toy Drive.
Sunnyside Church and Cherry Park Elementary School are teaming together to provide Christmas gifts for all their children. We did this last year, and successfully met the deadline of making sure each child had a Christmas gift. This year, we have a little bit more time, so please bring a toy, drop in the containers in the Narthex. We’re excited to be able to work together to ensure a lovely Christmas for each child.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s annual Fall Open House happens November 17, 6:30 pm. This is an informational meeting that includes a campus tour, live music from our students, hands-on demonstrations, and time to ask questions about scholarships, spiritual opportunities, and academic highlights. RSVP for a chance to win a month of free tuition! www.paasda.org.
Portland Adventist Academy invites you to help provide a miracle to a student and family. The Portland Adventist Academy Student Scholarship (PAASS) is funded by individual givers and through the annual PAASS Auction. Our Auction happens November 13, 4:00 pm at PAA. Tickets are $30 per person or $200 to host a table of eight. Can’t attend? You can bid on three online items or make a direct contribution at www.paasda.org. You may also purchase your tickets online as well. Contact Savannah for details: 503.255.8372 x232.
Here is a powerful story about a family whose lives are being changed because the miracle of student scholarships (through the student’s church, through the Oregon Conference’s “Every Child Deserves to Know Christ” scholarship, and through our PAASS funds). Please share! http://paasda.org/news/paass-provides-miracles/
Portland Adventist Elementary School
PAES’ annual wreath & poinsettia sale is going on now. Order your fresh quality wreaths and poinsettias by Friday, November 18. Pick-up at PAES on Wednesday, November 30, from 2:30-4:00 pm. See order forms in the Narthex.
Looking for musicians / singers to give 30-minute Christmas music concerts at Gladstone for the Follow the Star nativity program, the first two weekend evenings (Friday-Sab-Sun) in December. Come to bless and be blessed. Call or text Craig Gorton for details: 360-571-7101.
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 email@example.com.
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.
December 10, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Christmas Concert.
Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers will be coming from Canada to perform a live Christmas concert entitled “Birthday of a King.”
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church
November 27, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm): Fourth Annual Chamber Music Concert.
Let’s continue in the spirit of thankfulness, and enjoy music presented by violinists Byron & Victoria, and friends from the Oregon Symphony, the PYP Quartet, and “I Ragazzi” Baroque with countertenor Michael Kepler Meo. All donations will benefit PACS, Human Solutions, Street Roots, and JOIN. Reception follows (cake, coffee, tea). Let’s make this Winter warmer and brighter for those in need. Please come and bring your friends and family!
Event Location: Tabernacle 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.
International Children’s Care is looking for two part-time people that can really make a difference for the children of ICC. We need two people to help at our office, totally flexible with the hours and days needed. We are looking for one position for our building maintenance (approx. 6 hours per week). We are also needing someone to sort, box and catalogue all of the children’s clothing, school supplies, home items and other things that come into our office on a weekly basis (approx. 8 hours per week). If you have the time, you want to earn some extra money and you want to make a difference in the lives of children, please contact Doug Congleton at the ICC office at 360-573-0429.