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Greetings church family,
I have been very thankful for all the opportunities that my children have been given here as part of our Sunnyside community. As a member of this community, those same opportunities are available to you as well. This includes the Seventh-day Adventist schools that we support. There, students can be part of a school band or choir, play sports and get an education in a Seventh-day Adventist Christian environment. Sometimes within these contexts, God allows us to get a glimpse of the divine.
This past week the Portland Adventist Elementary School coed soccer team had a playoff game. These youngsters practiced and played hard from the beginning of the school year. They had an excellent season and went undefeated not having lost one match all school year. My son played on this team and greatly enjoyed it. For the playoff game, they had a rematch with a team that they had previously defeated but had played a tough match. This team once again gave them a tough match and PAES wound up losing the match by a score of 2-1. After playing an undefeated season, it was very tough on the kids to lose in the semifinal round. They were hopeful of winning and advancing to the championship game. This whole experience allowed them an opportunity to experience loss and to learn how to deal with it.
As we prepared to leave I talked with my son and begin to tell him that they played a good game. His emotion and hurt began to show on his face. He was in the process of dealing with the loss and the emotions that it stirred in him. When I saw him hurting my heart also began to ache for him. My voice cracked a little as I put my arm around his shoulder and tried to compose myself. I did my best to help him deal with his situation. At that point, I just continued to hold him close and let him deal with his emotions. After a little while, we talked more in depth about what happened and how it made him feel. This experience made me think of our interaction with Jesus and what He does for each of us.
When we are hurting God hurts as well. We can see this through Jesus’ own example while on earth. The Bible says, “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (John 11:33 NIV). Two verses later we find the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept.” He wept because they were weeping, He hurt because they hurt, He was troubled because they were troubled. Jesus empathized with them. These people were struggling with emotions dealing with the death of a loved one, but Jesus knew that Lazarus was about to be brought back to life. Yet He still was troubled, hurt and wept with them.
We as sinful human beings are so moved by the emotions of our loved ones even over the simplest of things – what about Jesus? He who holds us in such high regard that He was willing to give His life for us is moved by our hurts, emotions, and feelings. Whether you are dealing with emotions regarding the loss of a game or a loved you, Jesus feels your pain. He not only feels your pain, but He is right there with you. He wraps His arms around you and holds you during your distress. So regardless of what you have dealt with this week, or are dealing with today know that Jesus cares. He wants to wrap you in His loving arms and help you to deal with the things happening in your life. Just let Him do it and talk it out with Him.
Blessings to you and yours,
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.
Have you noticed our new plants at the entrance of the church? These are provided by the Wescotts in celebration of the lives of Wellington Manullang and David Bradshaw. Thank you, Lloyd and Lorrie!
Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Gregg Dodds, PhD, from Walla Walla University, will present our Bible message titled “Luther’s Revolution – Protestantism’s 500th Anniversary.”
Sunnyside’s Reformation Festival, tonight at 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.
November 3, 7:15 pm: First Friday.
All are invited for an evening of inspirational music and a message of hope. This month we feature Pastor Doug’s Panel of Caring along with uplifting music by the Ohana Worship Band. Come early to enjoy a free soup and salad meal at 5:30 pm. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship, and we encourage you to join us. Register at https://www.adventisthealth.org/Portland/event/first-friday-soup-and-salad-dinner.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater.
Children’s Church will be November 11, 10:00 am. The children will have their own church service in the fellowship hall. This is a time for singing, praising, and worshiping God with their peers. Be sure to bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to join us. If you’d like to register in advance go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7.
November 18, 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word. “Reflections on Thanksgiving” will feature Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. Plan now to attend this spiritually enriching event.
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 Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
A memorial service for Bruce Crosby will be held at City Sanctuary SDA Church, 1640 NW Irving Street, Portland, OR 97209, on Sabbath, October 28, at 3:00 pm Bruce passed away unexpectedly with cancer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to City Sanctuary SDA Church.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Elementary School
PAES wishes to thank Pastor Fresse for spending time on campus both Tuesdays and Thursdays. We enjoy your visits and appreciate the time you are investing in our students. THANK YOU!!!
Please mark your calendars for the following events:
Home & School Meeting – 11/06
Parent/Teacher Conferences – 11/09
Harvest Festival – 11/18
Visit our website (paes.com) and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!
Portland Adventist Academy
The Portland Adventist Academy book fair happens Sunday, November 5, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center. You can also participate online at www.barnesandnoble.com, November 5 through 10 (use the PAA code at checkout: 12226049). The book fair will feature music from student musicians, work from art students, and visits with “Norm,” the cougar mascot. Portions of all Barnes & Noble and in-store Café purchases will help our English department fund Project Based Learning materials and events.
Volunteers are needed for the Portland Adventist Academy book fair event on Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event happens at the Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble store. You may contact Deanne Sparks for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or call PAA at 503.255.8372.
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
November 8, 4 pm and 7 pm: How to Pay for College.
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents. 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 questions.
Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.
Walla Walla University alumni are invited to join President John McVay for two events in the Battle Ground, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, areas.
- Friday, November 10, Vespers (light dinner provided) and WWU news update, Meadow Glade SDA Church, 11011 NE 189th Street, Battle Ground, 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday, November 11, Complimentary alumni dinner and a university update at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas, 7:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to email@example.com.
Area Events & Announcements
October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.
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 heartbeat 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 797979Event Location: Healing Hope Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship.
Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 7:00 pm: Reimagining God with Ty Gibson
God. The very word evokes the best and worst of feelings. What kind of God do you believe in? Or maybe you don’t believe, which begs the question, “What kind of God do you not believe in?” Join us nightly as international speaker and author Ty Gibson paints an astonishingly desirable picture of God that you may find irresistible. Join us nightly with free soup supper at 6:15 pm.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit http://fountainviewacademy.ca/music/ or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Bend First Presbyterian Church.
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! 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.
JOB OPENINGS (Immediate) – PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Must be able to lift 25+ lbs. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.
PACS also needs volunteers in the following areas:
- Thrift Store (item sorters and cashiers)
- Truck drivers (no CDL required)
- Truck riders
- Health Clinic (Doctors, LPN, RNs Mas)
- Food Pantry
- Translators (all areas, also COW)