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The world needs good news! My wife and I learned that lesson the hard way about nine years ago. I was at seminary and it was nearing time for us to come home to Oregon for Christmas. It would be the trip that nightmares are made of.
* Ten days before we left, Lucy and I were in a nasty rollover accident on an icy highway.
* On the day of the trip, we accidentally slept in and almost missed our flight from Chicago.
* As we landed in Las Vegas, the snow began to fall. It was beautiful! Until 1/4” of snow closed the Las Vegas airport for almost 12 hours.
* We stayed overnight in a hotel without our clothes, baby supplies, and anything else.
* The next day, we landed in Portland just as Snowmaggedon 2008 began. Like many others, we were stuck inside for 4 days…with a 1-year-old.
* The 1-year-old got sick with longer term effects of the rollover.
As young parents, everything together felt like enough to do us in. But there was one thing that kept us going: Good News! Whenever we would get discouraged or felt like throwing in the towel, we’d remind each other to look for little rays of good news.
* On our way to the Las Vegas hotel, we saw the snow piling up on the palm trees. A unique sight. And Good News!
* In the hotel, they happened to have one last baby crib for us to use. Good News!
* We landed in Portland 15 minutes before the airport closed. Good News!
* The emergency room caught the baby’s infection before it got “really bad.” Good News!
There were many other tiny moments I’ve long since forgotten that reminded us of Good News! That Christmas, little glimpses of good news helped us find our way through.
When Jesus called us to be his hands and feet, part of the call was to bring good news to people who need it. In the big picture, the good news is the work of Jesus Christ that offers salvation from sin to all humanity. In the little picture? Maybe the good news is that it snowed at Timberline this week. Or the baby smiled. Or a car accident was averted. Or you got a note from your grandchild. Proverbs 25 reminds us, “Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.”
This week, let’s share some good news. Wherever we see it.
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 special thank you to Bruce and Joanne Dixon for their time and labor in producing the video for the “Parables of Jesus” series this past week.
Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am.
Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “Facing Injustice While Worshiping a Sovereign God.”
Parables of Rabbi Jesus” final meeting of the series is tonight at 7:00 pm. Join Dr. Alexander Bolotnikov as he leads us through an experience of mind and heart: understanding the stories of the Master Rabbi. A light supper will be provided at 6:00 pm, in the fellowship hall.
A celebration of life will take place for Wellington Manullang, Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church. He passed away September 17.
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm, there will be a Town Hall meeting here at Sunnyside to discuss and answer questions about our recent budget challenges.
Sunnyside’s Reformation Festival, October 28, 6:00 pm, features Greg Dodds, PhD, Chair of History at Walla Walla University. He will deliver a pre-concert lecture titled “500 Years of Reformation,” regarding the historical setting of the Reformation. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus and guest singers will present a festival of hymns and anthems celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.
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: Newborn clothes for a baby boy, dresser, shoes, blankets, and more for a family of six. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA’s Farm-to-Table Goals Grow a Community.
In just one year, Stephanie Torgerson and her growing group of volunteers have established gardens, compost bins, fruit shrubs, and, most importantly, an appreciation for healthy lunches.
Save the date, Sunday, November 12! PAA’s Annual Student Scholarship Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm, and will be followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. This fun event has supported many students who have or are attending PAA. Tickets are $30 per person or $200 to host a table of 8. For tickets or information contact Dawn Johnson at 503-255-8372 ext 210, or email@example.com. Thank you for supporting PAA and our wonderful students.
Rivergate Elementary School
You are invited to join us in the Rivergate gym on November 9, at 10:00 am, for our annual Veterans Day Program. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Terry Johnsson.
Walla Walla University
October 18, 7:00 pm, How to Pay for College—Workshop.
Walla Walla University will visit Portland Adventist Academy to provide a free workshop for prospective students and their parents titled “How to Pay for College” in the PAA library. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask
Area Events & Announcements
October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.
Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 pm, Southwestern Adventist University is hosting an Alumni & Friends Reunion and dinner is on us! Please join us for an opportunity to reconnect with friends, classmates, and Southwestern Adventist University’s Vice-President of Advancement, Tami Condon, at Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland, OR 97239. Don’t miss this great opportunity and RSVP today! Contact Director of Alumni Relations Vonda Seals at 817-202-6232, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
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.
October 30: Life Line Screening.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979
Event Location: Healing Hope Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship.
Volunteer Job Opportunities:
Needed Now • Adventist Health Hospice
Make a difference as a Hospice volunteer!
Needed Now – Throughout the Portland Area Adventist Health Hospice patients need your gift of time as a volunteer! There is no experience needed to be a Patient Companion Volunteer–just a compassionate heart for people and the desire to make a patient’s remaining days as fulfilling as possible. It is about the gift of your presence and spending just a little of your time to sit with those who are facing the end of their lives. Sometimes, it’s just to talk or read to them or share stories and laughter…at other times…you could help record a life history, play music, cards or board games with them, and even share a hobby with them. It’s as individual as you are. Help me match you with a waiting need. Caregivers need the blessing of your time to take care of themselves. This allows them to return “recharged” to tend to their loved one. Hospice patients sometimes have no family and can be greatly moved by your presence. These are momentous gifts. And there are numerous options in how you can help. Volunteers work out in the field – in patient’s homes, adult care homes, or nursing homes, wherever a patient might call home. The hours are flexible, whether you can commit a few hours a week, or just a few hours a month. We provide thorough training. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 503-251-6192, ext. 56420 or by email at email@example.com.