Greetings Church Family,
The other night I saw a disturbing video in which protesters exerted violence against each other at the Portland Airport. I’m sure many of you saw it too. It’s one expression of the angst that many in the world feel right now. As I reflected on our times, I realized how often we take for granted the incredible gift of faith in God through Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, we can have a sense of certainty regarding our final destiny. Because of the Testimony of Jesus, we have rich prophetic understandings that anchor us in the midst of political storms, and remind us that the scope of this story is far larger than the good old Red, White and Blue.
In some corners of our country, we see sheer unbridled exuberance. In others, we see utter emotional devastation. It’s easy for us to get indignant at those whose responses are not like our own. “How dare they react that way,” we say. Yet I can’t help but think that both responses — exuberance and devastation —- are symptoms of a more basic condition: a lack of spiritual heritage.
The gospel of Jesus puts us in a challenging position as we hurdle through history. In John 17, Jesus says we are not of this world. As such, it would seem we could look beyond the political drama to remain steadily anchored in the hope of our eternal home, recognizing that tenuous times are part of the journey.
In Matthew 5, Jesus calls us the light of the world. This seems to suggest personal investment in illuminating the dark corners of this world: the pain, the injustice, the oppression, the evil. It requires a presence in the world to bring hope and healing to a doomed planet.
The gospel holds us in tension: reminding us not to get too caught up in the petty politics of a foreign land, while calling us to invest our energy and influence to bring hope and healing to those who are most pained. It holds us in tension, sensitizing us to the hearts and experiences of real people while insulating from the extreme reactions of the political landscape.
The gospel is radical in that it calls us back from the polar extremes into meaningful conversations and memorable experiences with children of God.
The gospel. We take it for granted. Sometimes we forget it completely. But my hope is that we will be gospel people, grounded in our eternal reality while working to bring hope and healing to those of every ideology who need a Savior.
May the Lord keep us grounded and focused on the things that matter most. May the Lord use us to bring hope and healing to our community.
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.
A very special thank you to Dianne Glovatsky who has so faithfully taken up the slack and filled in at the office while Rosie is out. She has done a phenomenal job and is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Dianne!
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Reflections on Life: Work.”
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
This afternoon at 4:00 pm our “Adventist Heritage” seminars continue in the Youth Room. We will examine 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, there will be a variety of presenters and presentation styles.
Please pray for comfort and peace for the friends and families of. . .
Edith Moor who passed away January 24. A memorial service will be held at Sunnyside Church, Sabbath, February 11,3:00 pm.
Margarete Ward who passed away January 24. A memorial service will be conducted at Healing Hope Church Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm.
Bonner Allen who passed away January 21. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Sabbath, February 18, 2:30 pm.
Ken Iverson who passed away January 16. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Sunday, March 12, 11:00 am.
Roger Gildersleeve who passed away January 20. A public memorial service is not planned.
Helen Lange, a long-time resident and musician in the Portland area, passed away on January 31. A memorial service is scheduled for Sabbath, February 11, 3:00 pm, at Pleasant Valley Church.
On February 10 and 11, Sunnyside Church is honored to host The Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission Scholarship weekend sponsored by Walla Walla University School of Theology: “Understanding Eschatology.”
Friday, 7:00 pm: “The End from the Beginning: Understanding Eschatology in the Old Testament” – WWU Assistant Professor Brant Berglin
Sabbath, 12:30 pm: Sabbath potluck for those attending the afternoon session
Sabbath, 2:00 pm: “Building on the Past: Reading Revelation in Light of the Old Testament” – Brant Berglin, WWU Assistant Professor
Sabbath, 3:30 pm: Panel discussion with WWU professors.
Sabbath, 5:00 pm: Vespers with Dr. Dave Thomas, Dean of School of Theology.
Sabbath After Vespers: WWU School of Theology book sale. The School of Theology professors will have their most recent works available.
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.
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.
Also Needed: Washing machine for one of our refugee families.
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
Portland Adventist Elementary
PAES wishes to invite all prospective kindergarteners, first graders and their parents,
To: K/1st Round-up. Thursday, February 23.
Registration begins at 5:10 at the front door.
We look forward to seeing you here!!
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.
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.
The Oregon Conference Treasury Department is looking for two part-time Auditors. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.