I have been thinking about our God’s analogy of the Wedding Feast this past week and it has taken on new meaning as I await mine! How much God must long for the day that we are united with him! And what a picture to look forward to; celebration, reunion with loved ones we may not have had the joy of seeing for a long time, a chance to make new friends, joy, memories, space in time to just enjoy… but unlike the wonderful weddings we enjoy here, this one will not end with everyone going their separate ways. This time, the joy will continue.
Our bridegroom assures us that he has gone to prepare a place for us and will come back. Where ever this message finds you today, I pray that you are encouraged with the promise of hope. In the words of Isaiah:
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come.” Is 35:3-4
On a personal note, thank you family, for your kindness and encouragement over these past months. You have greatly added to the joy of our upcoming wedding, and we look forward to celebrating with you when we return.
Pastor Kara Dale
Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing good, or going beyond expectations.
Everyone who stayed late last week after the potluck to help the kitchen crew get home before the ice storm hit. Thank you!
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Reflections on Life: The Gift.”
Tomorrow, Sunday, January 15, 12:00 pm, there will be a baby shower for Erin and Ed Betz! They are registered at Target and BabiesRUs. For more information contact Laura Pinto, 503-358-8942.
Life Together Groups are displayed in the Narthex today. Browse and sign up for a group(s) you would enjoy If there is an interest that you don’t see there, but feel should be there (!!!) perhaps the Lord is laying it on your heart to lead one yourself! If that is the case, feel free to contact Pastor Kara, and we can add you to the list.
Sunnyside Church Business meeting will be on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm. Our agenda consists of: (1) Devotional (2) Past Business and Board Minutes (3) Membership Business (4) Finance Report and Budget Review (5) ReNew Report (6) Sunnyside 20/20. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Your input is vital to our church operations.
Coming to Sunnyside in January 2017: “Our Adventist Heritage.” This will be a seminar examining the origin and development of the Seventh-day Adventist church with an eye towards strengthening our faith in Jesus, our Leader. Produced by Warren Rushold, David Schmidt, and Scott LeMert. This seminar will feature a variety of presenters and presentation styles. Sessions will start Sabbath, January 21, at 4:00 pm. Look for a flyer on the Narthex table.
Romania for Christ 2017 – The Romanian Union plans for this project are under way. What is all about? Seminars, children ministries, evangelism, and much more. If all goes as planned, this will be the biggest mission project ever in that part of the world. Between February 10-25, over 2,000 cities will receive God’s plan for salvation. For more information regarding how you can be a part of this effort, please contact Vasile Gramada or Arthur Tolan.
Family Resource Network thanks you for your generous support. Many families have been helped thanks to you. Mark your envelope account #488.
Life at Sunnyside
Walla Walla University
How to Pay for College—Online Webinar
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents titled “How to Pay for College” on Wednesday, January 11, at 4:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services team and the Marketing and Enrollment Services team. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.
January 25, 7-9 pm: Heart Help Presents: The Passenger – Women’s Group. Curriculum Authors: Drs. Ron & Nancy Rockey.
This is a 10-week group experience that focuses on your beginnings and how you develop your unique attachment style. You learn what the 4 styles of attachment are and how science has shown these factors dramatically impact your life today. You will discover your style of attachment and how that relates to those around you and ultimately how to have a secure attachment. The class is 100% confidential and limited to no more than eight women. For more info, contact Audrey: 503-957-0809.
Event Location: Healing Hope 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.
Living Hope International is looking for a 27 to 30-foot Class C recreational vehicle to replace our aging truck. Using an RV rather than a newer truck would save the cost and effort of installing a generator, water reservoir, and water heater, plus it would have plenty of room to store tables, stoves, and our other equipment. If you have an RV you rarely use and would appreciate an end-of-year tax write-off, we would LOVE to hear from you. Help us to continue in our ministry to feed Sunday morning breakfast to the homeless and food-insecure in Portland. lease call Maurice Kivitt at 503-708-8464 or contact him by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Town House in Milwaukie available for rent. If interested, contact the church office, 503-252-8080.
Project Patch is looking for a temporary Administrative Assistant. For more information e-mail email@example.com.