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Greetings church family,
This past Tuesday night I had the opportunity to watch a great basketball game at Portland Adventist Academy. It was a game that came down to the very last play. It was a one-point game with .8 seconds on the clock. Caitlin Gabel had the ball and was trying to steal a victory from the Portland Adventist Academy boy’s junior varsity basketball team. The game was already in overtime thanks to one of our own Sunnyside freshman, Kort Petersen, scoring on a layup with little time on the clock in regulation. Now with .8 seconds left in the overtime period, the Caitlin Gabel player inbounded the ball by whipping it down the court into waiting hands of his teammate. His teammate caught the ball and put up a turnaround jumper that just barely clanged off the rim. Portland Adventist Academy had finished up and sealed the victory. As I looked at the faces of all these young men it was interesting to see their expressions. There was a mixture of exuberance and exhaustion all at once on the faces of those victorious young men.
It is an interesting thing to think about all the time and energy that went into making that one game a success. There was countless number of shots, passes, and plays that were practiced with a lot of energy expended. The players also used up a lot of energy playing a game that included an overtime session. We can learn a lot from those young men. The Bible says, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win” (1 Corinthians 9:24). The runners race to win and the basketball players play to win. This verse is not just talking about running a physical race or playing in a basketball game but it is talking about effort and energy. We are instructed that we should put just as much energy and effort into our spiritual race as people put into sports. So what does the effort in your spiritual race look like?
If you were to take a schedule and write down all the hours that we put into your spiritual weekly race what would the total be? Would it be a total that you would be proud of? It is important to understand that we are not talking about earning salvation. Salvation is a free gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). We receive that gift and seek to develop a relationship with the Giver of that gift. Every relationship takes effort. We must make sure that we are putting in the effort. Those kids put so much time and energy into winning that game. Can we say that we are doing the same thing in our spiritual race? I invite you to take this opportunity to do a self-evaluation. Learn from those young men and make sure that you are putting in all the time and effort you should be. Run in such a way that you may win.
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.
A special thank you to the team of ladies who put together such a lovely baby shower for Laura and Gabe Pinto
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Juan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “Heroes of Faith: Tabitha.”
Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Rippey Sabbath School Class will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.
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.
Congratulations to our own Dr. Terry Johnsson on receiving the prestigious Martin Luther King Junior Lifetime Achievement Award. Terry was selected from among more than 400 candidates throughout Oregon to receive the award.
As a child, he was told he would never succeed due to his severe dyslexia and inability to focus. Terry proved them wrong. He was the first African-American from Oregon to serve as a U.S. Air Force Presidential Honor Guard at the White House for three United States Presidents. His passion for service and focus on whole-person care is changing the world. Today he serves as VP for Mission Integration at Adventist Health Pacific Northwest Region. Terry and his wife, Kara, are ministering to the needs of others and making this world a better place for generations to come.
There will be a memorial service for Verna Mae Dixon January 25, 2018, 1:00 pm, at the Cherrywood Village chapel. Sunnyside members who wish to attend are welcome. Earlier that day there will be a private interment at Willamette National Cemetery. Verna passed to her rest on Thanksgiving day 2017; she lived 98 years full of love for her blessed Jesus.
A special thank you to all who have provided flowers for our services. Our flower calendar is posted in the hallway. There are still a lot of blank dates available. 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.
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, refrigerator or freezer, dining room table, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA’s Lunch Revolution Needs You
Last Sabbath, Portland Adventist Academy’s Stephanie Torgerson (or “Chef Stef” as she’s known) did a short presentation about the school’s lunch revolution. “Healthy eating is part of our heritage as Adventists,” says Torgerson. “With urban farms cropping up all over our city, and vegan and vegetarian lifestyles trending, why shouldn’t we be leaders in this movement?” It is for this reason, PAA’s cafeteria provides students with non-processed lunches, with plenty of vegan choices, a bountiful colorful salad bar, and the invitation to return for vegetables and fruit as often as one wishes.
And there’s more! PAA students can now harvest organic produce at school. New garden beds, brimming with vegetables in the fall and spring, give students the satisfaction of knowing they helped grow some of the food they get to eat at lunch.
Chef Stef is leading the way and there are many more goals to accomplish. If you are an avid gardener, a carpenter, or someone who simply loves food and cooking healthy meals, you could be a part of making a difference for current and future students. We would love to hear from you! Contact Chef Stef directly at 703.338.5747 or email@example.com.
Jason Bibb Named Principal:
God is so good! We’ve been praying for the right man for the right time and our answer was clear. God brought Mr. Bibb to PAA four years ago to prepare for this new role as principal. We are blessed. And we thank you for the ongoing prayers and support you’ve shown PAA. Read and share the full news story here: http://paasda.org/news/paa-board-unanimously-votes-mr-bibb-principal/
PAA Day & Parent Night is February 6:
This is such a great way to encourage any of your public school or homeschool families to seek out Adventist education for those tender high school years. If taking a full day to attend isn’t possible, we offer personal tours and shadow days. http://paasda.org/news/february-6-paa-day-parent-night/
International Food Day: Home Cooks Wanted!
Share a favorite recipe and hang out in the kitchen for a day! Being a Guest Chef at PAA is a fun and rewarding way to get to know our school family and share your talent. Guest chefs are needed for February through May. Learn more here: http://paasda.org/news/international-food-day/
Area Events and Announcements
January 14-February 4: ABC January Clearance.
Download flyer at ABCflyer.com.
Friday, February 2, 7:15 pm: The February First Friday service will feature praise and worship by the Pleasant Valley Church worship band and an inspirational thought from Pastor Greg Phillips. Registration for the free, February 2, First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on January 22 and will run through Wednesday, January 31. 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, February 2.
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.
The Oregon Conference Legal, Planned Giving and Trust Services Department is hiring a full-time administrative assistant. For the job description, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home