Just this week, the Adventist Office of Archives and Statistics announced that the church has recently crossed the threshold of 20 million members worldwide. When compared with the world population, that may be a small number. Yet the few who gathered to establish the SDA Church in 1863 would’ve had no idea that there’d be 20 million people ascribing to the faith today. Twenty million people who have heard the message of Jesus and His soon return, committing to the faith and to preparing for that day.
When we hear statistics like these, it serves to remind us how far this faith community has come. In everything we do, we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. Sunnyside itself is part of a broader picture, a worldwide network of people who are worshipping the same God and pursuing the same goal of helping others prepare to meet Jesus. It’s a sacred work, a holy calling, a direct invitation from the Savior to participate in the centuries-long work of introducing people to faith in Jesus.
Join me in praying for those who have most recently joined the faith. And join me in looking for Spirit-led opportunities to introduce another to Jesus.
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.
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Reflections on Life: Games of Chance.”
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, 4:00 pm, our Adventist Heritage seminar will meet in the Youth Room. The journey continues as we look back, enabling us to move forward with increased faith in Jesus our Leader.
Please pray for comfort and peace for the friends and family of. . .
Ken Iverson who passed away January 16. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Sunday, March 12, 11:00 am.
The month of March is “Update Our Directory” month. Please review your information to make sure it is current. We also need your picture. You may forward a photo you like, update it yourself through the online directory, or there will be a crew in each of the lobbies to take a snapshot we can use. Send your updated information and pictures to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.
March 6 and 13, 7:00-8:00 pm Gems, Rocks and Minerals Show – Display your collection for education of your Sunnyside Pathfinders! Contact Russ Davidson at 503-622-1825 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may know that rock and mineral products are critical to our health and economy. They are used in components of glittering skyscrapers, automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft, appliances, electronics, and pharmaceuticals. Gemstones are so beautiful we adorn our loved ones with them. Our God’s New Jerusalem will descend from heaven sparkling like crystal having a foundation of 12 gemstones etched with the apostle’s names. Pathfinders are learning about rock and minerals, their uses, and to describe and identify them. Come, support our quest for knowledge about nature.
Family Resource Network thanks you for your generous support. Many families have been helped thanks to you. Mark your envelope account #488. Urgent current need: Newborn baby boy clothes. Contact Marie 503-998-3754.
Life at Sunnyside
PAA Students Bring Project Based Learning to Small SDA School: http://paasda.org/news/paa-students-bring-project-based-learning-elementary-students/
Find out how Project Based Learning and Mission Focused Learning helped Portland Adventist Academy and McMinnville Adventist Christian School collaborate for a day of hands-on learning and mission building of Together As One.
We’re going to Cuba! http://paasda.org/news/were-going-to-cuba/
Portland Adventist Academy Spanish class students are among the select group of high school students invited to come on this mission led by Andrews University. In recent years, missionaries have been making paths and building strong relationships in Cuba. Andrews University professors of Theology have been working with SDA ministers in Cuba and helping them with the resources they lack. This is a powerful movement that we get to be a part of! We’re so excited to be watching these students prepare for what will be a life-changing experience for them and those they will help. Follow the link to read more about what they’ll be doing and how you can help. You can also follow their blog which is updated about their diligent preparation. The blog will be the main form of communication during their trip later this month, so we encourage you to follow along!
ABC Sale: The Adventist Book Center’s Case Food Sale is March 5-12. Deliveries are available. For all the details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
March 4, 6:00 pm: Matt and Josie Minikus in Concert.
Matt and Josie Minikus are a husband and wife team based in the Eugene, Oregon, area. Since beginning ministry as full-time touring musicians in 2010, they have had the opportunity to travel and sing extensively throughout North America, as well as Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Their music is a reverent contemporary-folk blend of vocals, guitar, piano, and a variety of other instruments. As singer-songwriters, they are passionate about writing meaningful, thought-provoking lyrics and beautiful melodies. Through music and stories, they seek to help others peer a little deeper into the unfathomable love of God—a love they have personally encountered and been drawn to.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
March 5, 9 am to 5 pm, “Hands-on Gardening” Workshop.
Learn how to grow the most nutritious, healthy, healing and tasty produce ever! Learn how to plant the garden and a fruit tree using methods given by inspiration over 100 years ago. Presented by Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com, master gardener and lifelong researcher into these methods. NEW! Bring your kids!….this is a great way to get them to love their veggies when they can grow their very own! There will be a special class with fun activities for them on Sunday and kid’s classes at the church garden all summer long! To register, email Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com, or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Vancouver Community Adventist Church.
March 5, 3:00 pm: Matt and Josie Minikus benefit concert.
Come and join us for a lovely afternoon concert with Matt and Josie. Immediately following the concert we will have our “Be the Match®” effort, where we will be looking for bone marrow donors and doing cheek swabs to check for eligibility. These are two ways of showing God’s love in this dark world.
About the Match:
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years, ”Be the Match®,” operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. We work every day to save lives through transplant.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Church.
March 14, 7:30 pm: Concert.
Featuring Burman University/Parkview Adventist Academy Choral Union (formerly Canadian Union College). The concert is free. A free-will offering will be taken.
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.