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Dear Church Family,
Let me ask you a few questions (and these are rhetorical questions so you actually aren’t really supposed to answer them out loud.) Why do you go to church? Why are you a Christian? These questions, of course, assume that you do go to church and call yourself a Christian. After all, some people say they are Christian but never go to church. Some go to church but are not Christians. But really what is the point? Is it just about seeing certain people? Is it about meeting other people? Would people that you see at school or work even know that you went to church or were a Christian? Maybe your church friends wouldn’t even recognize you at school. Is it is possible that they would even be tempted to think that you really weren’t a Christian at all?
What about when you are chatting or messaging online, do you use the same shorthand as everyone else? You know those nice little abbreviations that allow you not to have to spell the whole phrase out … lol (laughing out loud), rofl (rolling on floor laughing), etc. Of course, some of those abbreviations have some words that a lot of Christians would not use. They might use a “veggie” version to fill in the space or use, but will anybody really know that you meant to use the “veggie” version of a shorthand.
Will anyone ever know that even though you are similar to them in many ways there are places where you draw the line, that there are things that you will not do!? Will anyone ever know that you are different and won’t do those things because you are a Christian? Maybe they wouldn’t because you act like them, talk like, even chat like them (lm _ _o) so they won’t know you are a little different. You know I heard something the other day on the radio and it really made me think. The person on the radio said, “If you have never shared anything about Jesus, if you have never had the desire to tell anyone about Jesus, if you have never done anything for Jesus, you probably aren’t a Christian.” Now those are some strong words but he clarified by saying that when you accept Christ the Spirit works in your heart and you can’t help but at least feel you should share that experience or do something because of it.
Sometimes we are scared to share or do something because it will make us different. Being different in any way at all is not something that most of us desire. But there is one area that we should not be afraid or ashamed to be different and that is in believing in Christ and what that means with the way we live our lives. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”(Romans 1:16). Going to church and being called Christian is not just a name or a title. Being a Christian should be about a lifestyle that is not ashamed of Jesus and not ashamed of standing out for Him. So I come back to my two original questions. Why do you go to church? Why are you a Christian?
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.
Shout out to Bob Glass and Richard Zaversnuke for getting the much-needed repairs for our bus accomplished!
Friday, January 5, 6:00 pm, Communion Service will take place here at Sunnyside followed with an Agape Supper. All are welcome.
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Juan will present our Bible message titled “Heroes of Faith: Wise Woman.”
Church Board members, Deacons, and Deaconesses, their spouses, and families are invited to lunch today. We ask that you bring a salad or dessert to share along with the soup and bread that will be provided. This will be a time for us to vision and discuss any questions regarding responsibilities.
There is a journal on the Narthex table for the Russell family. We invite you to stop by the table and write a message to the Russells for their memory book.
Devotional books! The devotional books you ordered are here. If you haven’t picked up your devotional book, please see Lorrie Wescott. Thank you.
Our new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. Please choose a date to share flowers with our Sunnyside family for our worship services and place your name on it. As the date gets closer, we will contact you to see what you would like to place in the bulletin about the flowers.
There is a ladies’ Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Adventurers Room. Join us as we study, discuss, share, and pray together to help us love and serve our Savior.
Sunday, January 14, 11:00 am, there will be a baby shower for Laura and Gabe Pinto. They are expecting a baby girl in March. Come and celebrate with us in the fellowship hall. Brunch will be served. They are registered at Target and Amazon.com. Everyone is welcome!
Sunnyside Church Business meeting will be Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 pm. Our agenda consists of 1) Fiscal Year Financial Review, 2) Membership Review. Please take time to attend, your input is vital to our church operations.
Sabbath January 20, 3:00 pm, His Praise Men’s Chorus will present a concert. You will not want to miss this inspiring service.
Sunday, January 21, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta, directed by Donald Appert will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church.
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, dining room table, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA has much for which we are thankful! Our annual PAASS Auction was a huge success and we thank YOU for helping to spread the word to rally the support. More than $100,000 was raised for student scholarships and that is a record for this event! Here is the enews story we’d love for you to share in your digital communications: http://paasda.org/news/100000-raised-students/.
Walla Walla University
How to Pay for College—Online Webinar.
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents titled How to Pay for College on Wednesday, November 8, at 4 pm and 7 pm 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.
Area Events and Announcements
First Friday will be held on January 5 from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The January First Friday service will feature praise and worship by Oasis Praise and an inspirational thought from Pam Strachan-Proudfit. Registration for the free January 5 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on December 22 and will run through Wednesday, January 3. 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, January 5.
October 15-26, 2018. Bible Exploration Tour – Israel and Jordan.
Explore Israel and Jordan with Alexander (Sasha) Bolotnikov, who has been leading Bible Exploration tours for 20 years. Born in Communist USSR Dr. Bolotnikov is a specialist in the Old Testament and Judaic studies. His tours have a unique flavor. You will be immersed not only in the world of the Old and New Testament but will also have a first-hand experience in reaching the Jewish and Middle Eastern culture and heritage. The tour starts on October 14 and ends October 26, 2018. The price is $1950 (excluding airfare). For the brochure, please contact Bob Glass at 541-261-2381 or firstname.lastname@example.org