Portland Adventist Academy Concert scheduled for tonight (Friday) has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 pm, due to the weather.
Dear Church Family,
Shrieks of delight echoed through the house as three precious children caught their first glimpses of snowflakes. Rushing to their rooms, they quickly outfitted themselves in winter garb and gathered again on the back deck to dance for joy as snowflakes landed on their noses. As I sat and watched, I couldn’t help but enjoy their joy. I imagine the same scenario played out thousands of times across the city as we welcomed our first snow of the year.
The thing that unfailing impresses me in moments like these is the buoyant, unbridled joy, the unashamed wonder, over something as simple as a snowflake.
I’m thankful for snow. Not because I enjoy the cold and damp weather. Not because it has a tendency to close down our city. Not even because of the beauty it brings to the landscape.
I’m thankful for snow because it reminds me what it feels like to experience that joy. It reminds me how to express wonder. As we enter the season of celebrations that revolves around a baby King, sent from heaven for the sake of our salvation, it seems appropriate that we have a fresh reminder of joy and wonder. When reflecting on “God with us,” there are no better responses.
This week, our month of celebrations continues with PAA’s Christmas Concert (Friday Night), our KidsAlive Christmas Pageant (Sabbath morning), and the King’s Heralds Christmas Concert (Saturday night). While it makes for a full weekend, I hope you’ll participate with the community as we wonder at the Christ Child.
God’s blessing, and Merry Christmas!
When our choir(s) sing, when our bells ring, and when all our ensembles play, where does all the music they perform come from? And where does it go afterward? From–and back to–the Sunnyside Church Music Library. And just who keeps it all in precise order?
Our music librarian, of course: Rosemayne Thompson.
News & Notes
This Sabbath, December 10, our worship service is at 10:45 am, the second in our Christmas series. Sunnyside’s children divisions will provide our worship services titled “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
The King’s Heralds will be in concert here at Sunnyside this afternoon at 5:00 pm. Invite a friend and come enjoy this concert with us.
Next Sabbath, December 17, 5:00 pm, there will be a reception and carols honoring Melvin and Betty West. At the end of the month, they will be moving to Walla Walla. Invite your friends and family and join us in this special time together. Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.
Friday, December 23, 7:00 pm, the 35th annual Family Christmas concert will be here at Sunnyside. Invite your friends to enjoy an evening of Christmas music presented by some of Portland’s finest musicians. Bring your “Messiah” score and join in singing the program finale – the “Hallelujah Chorus.” An offering will be received to help feed the hungry homeless Sunday breakfast each week in O’Bryant Square.
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 10, 10:45 am: Church Service, Kids Alive Christmas Pageant ▪ December 10, 5:00 pm: King’s Heralds concert
▪ December 17, 10:45 am: Handbell choir and String Ensemble
▪ December 17, 5:00 pm: Reception and carols with Melvin & Betty West
▪ December 23, 7:00 pm: 35th Annual Family Christmas Vespers
▪ December 24, 10:45 am: Sunnyside Festival Choir
▪ December 30, 6:00 pm: Communion Service – Agape
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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.
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, 6:00 pm: Home and Heart Christmas Concert.
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Christmas season with Appalachian bluegrass and traditional songs performed by local artists. Refreshments to follow. All are invited to enjoy a time of down-home Christmas fellowship.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Adventist 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.
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.