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Greetings church family,
As my family and I were watching the eclipse we remembered a talk we heard regarding “shadow bands” that occur right before an eclipse. At just about the predicted time before the total eclipse we began to see the effect all around. This “shadow band” effect caused it to look like there were shadows of snakes that were everywhere you could see. It was out of the norm and eerie to experience the whole event. I hope you had an opportunity to witness the amazing beauty of the eclipse this past week. There were many people who came into our “neck of the woods” just to catch a glimpse of this amazing once in-a- lifetime event. It was amazing to see so many people looking up into the sky in amazement and anticipation.
Seeing all those people looking up reminded me that a different celestial event is quickly drawing close. It will be an event where people everywhere will be looking up to the sky in fear and/ or amazement. I am referring to the second coming of Jesus Christ. How awesome would it be to have millions of people across the United States waiting in anticipation for the return of their Savior. Of course, from studying the Bible we know that it will not be that way. The words from Matthew 24 echo in my ear, “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold” (verse 12). This lack of love is a problem that we continue to see all around our country and the world. With each new day, I am constantly reminded that this world is quickly coming to a point where it cannot continue without divine intervention. The good thing is that the following verse promises that, “the one who endures to the end, he will be saved” (verse 13). As the end continues to draw closer and closer I want to encourage each and every one of you to continue to draw closer and closer to Christ. We must “fight the good fight” and endure!
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23- 25). We must make sure that we continue to try and help build each other up. Notice that we are admonished, “not to forsake our assembling together.” As we continue to see the world around us fall apart let us stand firm, hold fast to our Hope and help each other in these last days. Let’s continue to gather together and encourage one another in love. Let’s continue to share the great hope that we have in Jesus Christ with all those around. If we do this we can be assured that we, along with many others, will be looking up on that day happily celebrating a different celestial event that will have eternal repercussions.
Pastor Juan Fresse
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 our VBS team for all the hours of work they have put in to organization, decorations, and planning for our Vacation Bible School this year: Cris Marin, Shannon Christenson, Heidi Hill, Jackee Duvall, Lily Baraka, Diane Glovatsky, and Gustavo Farfan. Thank you to each of you for such good work and dedication!
Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “On My Side.”
Vacation Bible School is continuing today from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Congratulations to . . .
Beau and Megan Snyder on the birth of
Emma Rey Snyder, born August 19, weighing
9 pounds 10 ounces.
Welcome babies — we’re happy you’re here!
Pray for the family of . . .
Doris Williams, mother of Cecily Geschke, who passed away August 5. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Friday evening, September 8,
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.
NEW TIME! Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:30 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.
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.
Friday, September 1, 6:30 pm, the Youth will be starting a new weekly meeting. Youth, join us starting next week in the Youth Room.
The Fifteenth 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.
Sunday, September 3, 1:00 pm, there will be a Youth party on the patio. Youth, plan now to be here for some fun times!
Life Together Groups are happening again! Get ready to have some fun and get to know your church family this September. Sign up will take place September 9 and 16. The groups this year are: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage / Financial Peace University / History Class / FaithLift Women’s Bible Study / Men’s Bible Study / Young Women’s Bible Study/ Enjoying the Great Outdoors / Biblical Languages / Card Making / Improving Your Health / Exploring Portland. There will be more information available at the signup tables September 9-16.
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
PAA Seeks Substitute Teachers
Portland Adventist Academy is excited to begin another school year. But great school years depend on a lot of people! Substitute teachers make a big impact on helping our program to run smoothly. It’s a rewarding job in which you can build relationships with staff and students. Can you join our team? Contact Jason Bibb for more information: 503.255.8372 x215 or firstname.lastname@example.org: tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.
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.
September 27-October 1. ARME Bible Camp.
Join us for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship for young and old alike! Our camp is devoted to inspire and train attendees to fall in love with studying their Bibles and spending time in meaningful prayer with the Lord. Born out of frustration in not being able to attend a 4-month Bible study training course, a group of friends and one pastor hatched a plan to design a camp that would focus on Bible study training and prayer over the course of an extended weekend. The results have been a tremendous blessing over the last eight years! Visit our website at www.armeministries.com to learn more, or watch our current promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAT3ohOgh8U.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Youth Camp, Washington.
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.