Greetings Church Family,
This past Wednesday night, we met for our January business meeting. In addition to approving membership transfers and getting updates on the ReNew project, we spent a lot of time talking about our church budget and ministry needs. God has been faithful to us as we seek His will. And yet our finance committee shared the challenges that we face as a congregation.
As you are aware, many Americans live from hand to mouth, paycheck to paycheck, hoping that everything works out. Our finance committee shared that our church engages in the same practice, just barely covering the needs of ministry through our church budget offerings.
Two things complicate it a bit further:
Usually, December offerings are robust and generous, giving us reserves to carry through the traditionally lean times of the early year. This year, we don’t have those reserves.
While our reserves are low, we voted to increase our spending budget by $1,000/mo to cover appropriate janitorial needs for our church building.
It’s not easy to choose to increase spending when reserves are so low. Yet we feel it necessary to care for and maintain the building in which so much ministry happens every day.
Yet where the needs of ministry exist, God always has plans to care for them. Someone made the observation that if each Sunnyside attendee contributed an additional $3/mo to Church Budget, we would cover the additional budget expense. I’m sure that not ever family could do $3/mo, yet for many of us it’s no big deal.
The vitality of a church depends on the generosity of its members through time, energy, talent, and finances. Many people have been incredibly generous with all of these things. God is calling some of us to be more generous in one or more of these areas. I hope that you’ll prayerfully consider your generosity toward this faith community.
By God’s grace, we will continue to do the ministry of God’s calling right here in southeast Portland.
I’m looking forward to worship with many of you tomorrow. We will be back to the second part in our “Reflections on Life” series. I don’t think you’ll want to miss this thought-provoking message.
Pastor Jonathan Russell
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.
Would like to send a big “shout-out” to everyone who participated in the Pathfinder Program last week. It was spectacular! Turning the lights up and down, the great music, the beautiful pictures on the screens, the terrific sound effects of crickets, birds, and owls with corresponding music, Pastor Jonathan’s “little” stories and the adorable hand puppets made the whole program absolutely perfect! “Kudos” to all of you — your hard work really paid off in a big, entertaining way! And, thank you Pastor Jonathan, for reminding us to always “TRUST GOD”!! ~Donna Sitzman
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Reflections on Life: The Journey.”
The Adventist Heritage seminars will continue this afternoon at 4:00. We will be 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. [ Look for a flyer on the Narthex table.
Sunday, January 29, 12:00 pm, there will be a baby shower / going away party for Jonathon and Allie Thorp. In lieu of baby gifts, we will have a money tree for them. For more information contact Brenda Siaw, 503-577-8883.
Mission Vespers: February 18 at 5 pm, Sunnyside Church sanctuary. Plan to attend this special program, dedicating Jonathon, Allie (nee Westermeyer), & baby James Thorp. The Thorps are beginning a 5-year medical mission service term at Scheer Memorial Hospital, Nepal. Please join the church in praying for this family.
Family Resource Network thanks you for your generous support. Many families have been helped thanks to you. Mark your envelope account #488. Urgently Needed: Small apartment for nursing student asap. Please contact the church office for information.
Children’s Church will be February 11, 10:00 am–12:30 pm, in the children’s wing. This service is designed for children ages 4-9. Our theme is “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7. Plan now to bring your children, your grandchildren, and your neighbor’s children. We have a fun-filled, spiritual blessing in place for each child.
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.
Life at Sunnyside
Pathfinder Sabbath and participants.
PAA Friends & Family Movie Night:
PAA Friends & Family Movie Night:
Join Portland Adventist Academy for our annual Friends & Family Movie Night! We’ll be showing “God’s Not Dead 2” on January 28, 6 pm in our chapel. This is a free event, but you must reserve a seat. RSVP with Jason Bibb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Popcorn and drinks are also on us!
PAA Day / Parent Info Night: http://paasda.org/news/paa-day-parent-night/ PAA Day & Parent Night gives students and parents the chance to experience Portland Adventist Academy.
PAA Day starts at 9 am, February 7, with chapel and worship music led by PAA musicians. Students will tour departments, meet teachers, and visit academic departments as well as the computer labs, art studio, recording studio, and more. Lunch is free and students come away with a free t-shirt. All students are entered into a drawing for a chance to win a month of free tuition or to have application fees waived! Can you come? We’d like to know! Please RSVP at 503.255.8372 x 210.
Parent Night is at 6 pm, February 7, in the PAA library and serves as an information meeting for any and all questions. Parents will meet our academic advisers, administrators, and chaplain, and get questions answered about finances, scholarships, academics, and spiritual opportunities. All parents attending will also be eligible for a month of free tuition or to have application fees waived. Can you come? We’d like to know! Please RSVP at 503.255.8372 x 210.
Notice to constituents of Portland Adventist Academy: A Constituency Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00 pm, at the academy.
January 15 February 5: ABC Winter Clearance Sale.
The Adventist Book Center is having a “Winter Clearance Sale.” Please view their flyer here. Abcflyer.
A Mission Project for you! PACS is going to be starting construction on its new Medical/Dental/Ophthalmology Clinic in February as the weather permits. They are looking for skilled and some willing non-skilled volunteers to help. Please contact Paul Cole or Tim Zollbrecht at 503-252-8500. You will be a blessing and be blessed.
February 12, Noon. Take Heart Ministries.
Join us for our 5th annual Valentine Luncheon — widowed, divorced, alone, hurting, and those willing to come to support those of us who are. Register by February 1, and your name will be entered in a special drawing. To register or for more information 541-367-4913 or email@example.com. Tawny Sportsman, 4913 Mimosa Circle, Sweet Home, OR 97386. Attn: Take Heart Ministry. Cost:$30.
Please note: New venue: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial SE, Salem, Oregon.
March 17-26: Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy.
The headlines are unmistakable. Our world is on the precipice of extraordinary cataclysmic change. The conflict between two great religions – Islam and Christianity – is fast approaching a devastating climax that will shake the whole world. Indeed, the face of Western Europe has already been transformed through rapid Islamic expansion, and the fear of terror and holy war pervade the American psyche as multiple conflicts rage in the Middle East. But what happens next – and when? In an age of constant unpredictability, how can we really know what the future holds? After a decade of careful study and scholarly legwork, international speaker Tim Roosenberg unveils a staggering new study of Bible prophecy that demonstrates that God’s Word is not silent regarding Islam in these last days. Islam and Christianity in Prophecy carefully explores and unlocks the mysterious book of Daniel, specifically chapters 11 and 12, unveiling a thrilling picture of prophecy that includes the past, present, and future roles of Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and the United States in the final conflict ahead. Along the way, Tim Roosenberg provides the answers you need to survive the growing holy war, answers that will give you complete confidence in God’s Word the Bible, and faith in the promises of Christ. Event Location: Healing Hope Adventist Fellowship.
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.