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As I reflect on the events of this past week, I am drawn again to the vision of Jesus as articulated in Luke 4:16:
He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” Luke 4:16-21 (NIV).
When articulating His mission, His purpose, the overriding theme of the three most important years in earth’s history, the clearest picture of God that would ever be revealed this side of heaven, He said that it was all about: good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, freedom for the oppressed and to tell everyone that God is for them, not against them. That was what Jesus was about. And that is what He is still about.
This is church. This is what it means to be church! It isn’t a message of pull up your socks, you’re about to meet your God. It is, “You’ve just met your God and He is for you!” It is not about being perfect. It is about being comforted and healed by a God who takes the ashes of regret and gives not just a second chance, but a whole new beautiful identity. It is not about living in fear about what may happen next, but living in hope because of the certainty that our God already knows. It is not just about making sure you are ready for the next world. It is about joining a reality that already is – the Kingdom of heaven now.
Further on in the same chapter of Isaiah that Jesus read from, God’s people are described as “oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” These trees stand firm come what may. Their roots are deep. They provide strength and shelter for those around them. Family, in a world that is ever retreating in fear, let’s hold firmly to the vision of Jesus, let us continue to love in the face of fear and hate, to stand for the marginalized, to be those trees of righteousness this world of ours so desperately needs.
Pastor Kara Johnsson
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.
Shout out to Canisius Gafishi! He has diligently and relentlessly been working on our grounds with a commitment to beautify our church for his Creator. Thank you, Canisius, for your commitment to such hard work through the heat of the day for our church.
Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Partners III.”
This afternoon, 5:00 pm, Encounters With God features Vasile Gramada.
Impact Your Health Free Clinic, will be held Friday, August 18 and Sunday, August 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, on the Portland Adventist Academy campus, serving medical, dental, and vision needs of those that need help.
Back to School! Children’s Ministries will be having a school supply drive August 19-27. The donated supplies will benefit Sunnyside families. Suggested donations: backpacks, pencils, pens, paper, glue, scissors, binders, etc. There will be a box in the foyer marked “School Supply Donations.” Please contact Jackee Duvall with any questions: email@example.com or 503-309-9400.
Vacation Bible School will be August 25-27. Volunteers are needed! Please see Cris Marin in the Narthex to sign up. Bring your children (ages 3-11), your neighbors’ children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren for a VBS weekend of learning about God. All are welcome.
Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:00 pm. Sunday, August 27. Mark the date, and plan to attend. It is a potluck with roasted corn on the cob and watermelon provided, along with a classic car show for entertainment. For more information or to enter your vehicle contact Lloyd Wescott 503-252-0165.
Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
The Eighth Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends concert will be here at Sunnyside Church September 2, 6:00 pm. Dr. Terry Johnsson will be the guest speaker for our church services that day.
Steve Green, a Christian recording artist, who has spread the gospel through music in almost 50 countries worldwide, will be presenting a concert at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland on September 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm.) Free tickets are required, available at www.SunnysideAdventist.org.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy is looking to fill 3 part-time positions for the 2017-18 school year:
- Teacher for Music Performance and Production class – covering music theory, performance, and recording. Must have experience in all three areas. One class, three days per week.
- Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 28 hours/week. Duties include supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task, closing library.
- Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 18 hours/week. Duties include opening library, supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.
August 25-27, 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.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon
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.
October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.
October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. 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.
Grand Piano Available:
A beautiful Maeari baby grand piano. Immaculately kept. It was owned by a school teacher who has passed and his widow has moved to an apartment. The home is up for sale so the piano will need to be moved quite quickly. It is 69 inches or 5 foot 9 inches in length. The sound is excellent and the cosmetic detail of the case is flawless. Please contact Gary Parks if interested at 503-551-4020.