Dear Church family,
By now, I imagine that your (veggie) turkey has been consumed, the leftovers are in the fridge and many of you know someone who is braving frantic crowds in search of that one (or more) killer deal. I hope that you spent time on Thanksgiving to verbally express gratitude to those who are important to you, and about things you find significant.
The power of gratitude is amazing to me. I can’t count the number of times that saying “thank you” has thawed an icy relationship or broken through a challenging situation. There’s something about expressions of thanks that help us feel better (here’s some research) and helps us to develop more meaningful relationships with those around us (the Gottman Institute is working on that one).
I imagine many of us had a mentor figure growing up that would remind us about an “attitude of gratitude.” Well, it turns out that Grandma was right and social scientists are quantifying just how right she was. I can’t help but think that if gratitude helps us feel better, if it makes relationships more meaningful, then maybe it can also deepen our relationship to God (more on that one tomorrow).
Here’s the punchline: Just because Thanksgiving is now behind us, don’t stop expressing gratitude to those around you. When you’re looking for things for which to express appreciation, life is simply better.
Today, I’m thankful for a church family that is willing to connect, willing to journey together, and willing to make a difference in the lives of those who need to see a glimpse of Jesus. Every day, I wake up thankful that I have the privilege to serve this loving community and I can’t wait to see how God will lead us.
I hope to see you tomorrow as we reflect once more on Thanksgiving.
Pastor Jonathan Russell
Dr. Arnold Petersen and Karen work endlessly and silently in the background to assist in the smooth operation of our church. A special thank you goes out to both of them for all they do.
News & Notes
Sabbath, November 26, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will give us our Bible message titled, “Level Up.”
Sunday, November 27, 4:00 pm, the Christmas Festival Choir will rehearse in the choir room.
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 until December 10 so please bring a toy and drop it in the container in the Narthex. We’re excited to be able to work together to ensure a lovely Christmas for each child.
Frist Friday, December 2: 7:15 pm: First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. December marks the one year anniversary of our First Friday services and we invite you to come help us celebrate. Praise and worship will be led by the Adventist Health Praise Band and Jon Davidson will be featured in concert. Registration for the free December 2, First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on November 21, and will run through Wednesday, November 30. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, December 2.
Family Resource Network – We have a special need for children’s car seats. Contact Dan Patchin – 503-593-7956. 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 email Dick Gingrich, RichardAGingrich@aol.com.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
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 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.
December 3, 5:30 pm. Screening of The Conscientious Objector.
This documentary explores the life of Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist and a US Army medic, who was the first Conscientious Objector to be awarded the congressional Medal of Honor. Admission is free and the event is family-friendly. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
December 8, 7:00 pm: Jamie Jorge Violin Concert.
Silent Night, Holy Night.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
December 10, 4:00-9:00 pm: Oregon/Washington Adventist Filipino Fellowship Christmas Event.
Highlights include, sundown worship, Christmas potluck dinner, games and parol contest, and grand marching (vegetarian dance). There will be a traditional “white elephant” gift exchange. Bring a unisex gift of $5.00 per person for this game. If inviting a guest, bring an extra gift. The criteria of the parol (Christmas lantern) contest is “best in originality.” You can submit several parols (lanterns). No limit. Come, enjoy the fellowship and bring your family and friends to our first OWAFF Christmas event. Contact Malyne Byram at 503-920-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Event Location: Lents Activity Center.
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.
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.