Dear Church Family,
This morning I awoke reflecting on a story from Matthew 22. In the story, a king hosts a wedding feast in which every invited guest declines the invitation. As a result, he instructs his servants to invite anyone they meet, “evil or good,” to attend the lavish event. Before long, the banquet hall is full and the guests are the beneficiaries of the finest food and entertainment. But what caught my attention this morning was the one poor guy who got singled out by the king. Apparently, he had the wrong clothes on and the king threw him out. Everyone had been invited on the spot. No guests would have been fully prepared with their wedding finest. Then I remembered the custom in the biblical world in which the king would gift the wedding clothes to the guests. Somehow, this one man felt his presentation was sufficient. He didn’t need the gift of the king. Or so he thought.
The kingdom of heaven is like a king giving a wedding feast. I’m thankful that we can have a settled confidence in the future. We can live with assurance that the gift of the King is sufficient, clothing His guests in the righteousness of Christ.
With salvation secured by the sacrifice of Jesus through faith in Him, we are free to experience the Joy of the Lord.
My prayer for you this Sabbath is to experience freedom and joy in Jesus our Lord.
For our worship time, we will be closing out the series on Ecclesiastes. This last message will be full of hope as we look to the ultimate answer to the confusion and tension of life on earth. I hope to see you there.
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.
Cheryl Ortner took a tumble on her bike, and still made it to Nominating Committee. Jan Clayton bandaged it up for her. Good job Cheryl! We’re happy you’re okay, and thank you for your commitment and dedication!
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Reflections on Life: The End.”
This afternoon, 4:00 pm, our Adventist Heritage seminar will meet in the Youth Room. You may pick up a summary of our “journey” thus far from the information table in the narthex. We hope to see you at 4:00 this afternoon.
Sunday, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta will be here at Sunnyside Church in concert. Plan now to bring a friend and attend this inspiring concert.
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.
Sabbath, March, 4:00 pm, the Sunnyside Handbell Choir will present a vespers program at the Village Church. Visit someone you know who lives there, join them for the vespers program, and support Sunnyside’s Handbell Choir at the same time.
Sunday, March 26, 10:30 am, join us in the Columbia room to celebrate Stephanie and Tim Taylor’s new baby to be born April 28. Refreshments will be served. They are registered at MyRegistry.com.
Family Resource Network thank 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, sofa, and blankets. Contact Marie 503-998-3754.
If you have four wheels, a drivers license, and a few free minutes on Sabbath morning, we need you! Actually, our refugee families need you. As a church, we have undertaken the mentoring of about 50 individuals who have come to our country from the Congo or Uganda seeking peace, security, a new start in this life, and the opportunity to worship with their Seventh-day Adventist family. Someday these folks will have their own vehicles and won’t need this help, but until that day they are depending on you and me. Each Sabbath morning we provide transportation for these wonderful folks to our Sunnyside Adventist Church. As summer approaches with vacations and other distractions, we are going to need help in this transportation project. Could you help? Or if you would like more information, please call Dick Gingrich (503 252 9384) or Dan Patchin (503 665 8500). More hands, or cars and drivers, will help lift the load for all involved. Thanks so much for considering this opportunity for Christian outreach.
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/
March 16-30, 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!
Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during Camp Meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.
We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety, and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at email@example.com or by phone at (503) 850-3350.
March 17-19: Celebrating Purim.
This year Beit Shalom Balevav Jewish-Adventist Congregations is holding a Shabbaton (a special extended weekend of learning and fun) for Purim, the celebration of Esther’s story. The weekend’s schedule is as follows: Friday, March 17, 7:00 pm: “The Book of Esther and Its Place in Biblical History,” Saturday, March 18, 4:00 pm: “Mordecai: Hero or Villain?” Saturday, March 18, 6:00 pm, there will be a Purim party with traditional foods and plenty of fun for children and adults alike. Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 pm: “The Jews in Exile and the Restoration of the Temple.” It is traditional to wear costumes on Purim. We invite adults to come dressed on Sabbath in a costume representing the career they dreamed of as a child (firefighter, nurse, pilot, etc.) Children may come dressed in a costume representing their current career goals. (Note: Your costume may represent the career you are currently in if you went into the career you dreamed of as a child.)
Event Location: Beit Shalom Balevav Jewish-Adventist Congregation, 7902 NE St. John’s Road, Suite 104, Vancouver.
March 17-26, 7:00 pm: 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.
March 31-April 2, 2017, Oregon Prayer Conference.
The 2017 Oregon Prayer Conference features Melody Mason, author of the book Daring to Ask For More. Her topic is “Above and Beyond.” The event is in Rockaway Beach. Register by March 16 to receive the $25 Early Bird Discount. For more info call 541-367-4913, or register at http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2017-prayer-retreat.
Event Location: Rockaway Beach.
April 7, 7:15 pm: First Friday.
First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The April First Friday service will feature music from the Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir and an inspirational thought from Darold and Barbara Bigger. Registration for the free April 7 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 27, and will run through Wednesday, April 5. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, April 7.
Event Location: Lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland.
April 7-9, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.
April 7-9: Columbia Adventist Academy Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
We will be honoring the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2017 and the honor group of 1956 and prior (The CAA Trailblazers). If you are interested in helping to coordinate your class reunion, please contact Larry Hiday at CAA at (360) 687-3161 or email@example.com. The weekend schedule will be as follows: Friday Evening Vespers – presented by the class of 2007. Sabbath School – presented by the class of 1997. Church – presented by the class of 1992. Sabbath afternoon program – presented by the Class of 1967. Saturday night event and basketball games. All weekend meetings will be held in the Meadow Glade Church. Registration will be in the school forum.
April 21-29, All About Jesus Seminar.
Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and week days at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.
May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.
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.
August 31-September 4, 2017: Single Adults Ministries Cruise.
The 2017 Adventist Single Adult Ministries Cruise to the Bahamas, sponsored by the North American Division, sets sail August 31 – September 4, 2017. Early bird rate for the event ends May 3, 2017, and group rates for cabins end Sunday, April 23, 2017. April 24, 2017, all cabins will be released and regular rates will apply. Our featured speaker will be Mike Tucker. Plan now to join single Adventists from across North America as we fellowship and worship together. To register go to AdventSource https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=427, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.