As we start this Christmas season together, I pause to reflect again on my favorite Christmas passage:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
There is so much in this passage, but for now, I pause in my busyness, in my worries and cares, and acknowledge that the government is on His shoulders, not mine. And in that, I have rest.
Looking forward to sharing this joyful season with you,
Pastor Kara Dale
PS: If you are not involved in rehearsals this Friday night, I encourage you to join First Friday at AMC where Pastor Jonathan will be honored for his contribution there.
Gratefulness is extended to our loyal and dedicated Interior Decorating crew! Konnie Geschke, Pauline Davis, Karen Davies, Linda Olson, Marilyn Patchin, and Vivian Robertson — and their helpers, Jim Robertson, Tom Davis, Wilfred Geshke, and all the others that lent a hand. Our church looks amazing. Thank you!
News & Notes
This Sabbath, December 3, our worship service is at 10:45 am, the first in our Christmas series. Pastor Kara Dale will bring us our Bible message titled “Hope on a Silent Night.”
Sunday, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, directed by Travis Hatton, will present a Christmas concert here at Sunnyside Church featuring sopranos Kimberly Goodwin-Helton and Reinette Boshoff Wildman. Bring a friend and enjoy!
First Friday, December 2: 7:15 pm: Come and join us in honoring Sunnyside’s Pastor Jonathan! 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. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, December 2. Registration link: https://www.adventisthealth.org/nw/event/first-friday-soup-and-salad-dinner.
Please take note: Exercise class is canceled December 6, but will resume
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.
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 Cultural Navigator Team
A description by Richard A. Gingrich
The Cultural Navigator Team (CNT) is a subcommittee of the Family Resource Network (FRN) that is charged with the support in the resettlement of SDA refugees. Most of the SDA refugees coming to Portland at this time are from the Congo in Africa, many of which escaped from the genocide 20 years ago and have been in a refugee camp in the Congo. Others have suffered physical or spiritual persecution in the Congo or neighboring states. There are also SDA refugees from Haiti.
All of the refugees have been vetted by the US before being brought to this country and are assigned to a contracted service. The services in Portland are Lutheran Community Services, Catholic Charities, and Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) under the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. The refugees are sponsored with funds, educational programs, job training, and healthcare supervised by a case manager for a period of eight months.
The Sunnyside CNT is charged with supporting the services of the organizations noted above by assigning volunteers from the church membership to become acquainted with the family and help educate
them in the basic chores of life such as buying, storing, and preparing food, bus travel, and aid in learning English.
One of the major efforts of the CNT volunteer is helping them spiritually by providing transportation to church and providing Bibles and SS quarterlies in their language. The church has organized a SS Class for the adults and the children attend the SS divisions. The church service is made more meaningful by providing simultaneous translation by one of our bilingual members.
The Sharon SDA Church is also serving refugees and we are looking forward to the involvement of other churches in the Portland area.
There have been questions about providing Christmas presents for the children. The support volunteers we call CNT mentors will buy small gifts for the children that they support and Bibles for adults that don’t have one, and then be reimbursed by the Family Resource Network. If you would like to participate in providing gifts for the refugee families designate your offering to Family Resource Network Christmas gifts. If you would like to provide a Bible and SS Quarterly in the Rwandan language, give $30 to the Family Resource Network, noted for Bible and SS Quarterly.
I never cease to be impressed and heartened by the reception of the Sunnyside family to our relatives from other countries and if you would like to become a member of the Cultural Navigator Team we would love to have you. Call or email (503) 252 9384, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Sunnyside for smiling, saying hello, your gifts, and your labor of love to these wonderful brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews of ours.
Christmas season, Sabbaths, December 3-24, our worship services will be combined. Sabbath School begins at 9:30 am; Worship Service begins at 10:45 am.
▪ December 3, 8:15 am: Christmas Breakfast Potluck
▪ December 4, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra
▪ December 9, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist Academy Christmas concert
▪ December 10, 10:45 am: Church Service, Kids Alive
▪ December 10, 5:00 pm: The King’s Herals concert
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
December 1-30: ABC Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s holiday sale is December 1-30, 2016. For all the details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.
December 3, 4:00 pm: Mission Benefit Concert.
Supporting Lilienne Stafford’s mission trip to the Philippines. There will be lots of music and a small mission talk, followed with a light supper. Come and support the Lord’s work!
Event Location: Hillsboro 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 email@example.com 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.