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Many of you will know that Terry and I took a few days vacation this past week for our first year anniversary (thank you for being gracious in giving me that time!) and we spent those days in New Orleans. It was lovely to retrace our steps, this time in a much more relaxed way, through that beautiful old city. Some have asked, “Why New Orleans?” and one of the reasons is the history. There is something soul-enriching about walking through streets and buildings that have witnessed so much that has gone before. The trees too have seen a great deal, in fact, there is a grove of Oaks in City Park which is thought to be the oldest in the world – 900 years old! They reminded me of the promise in Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61:1- 3
As I read these verses again, I am reminded that God’s people, Oaks of Righteousness, have not had it easy; they have experienced struggle in life, they have seen a great deal. But they have also endured. They have endured not in their own strength, but in God’s redemption. And as they have allowed him to release them, heal them, provide for them, they have become a witness, able to bless others who walk by them.
Pastor Kara Johnsson
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 all of you for such a great attendance at our recent Business Meeting. We are grateful for your support and input. Thank you!
Shout out to our deacons who handle the church’s safety and emergency needs so efficiently.
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “Hero of Faith.”
Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.
At our recent business meeting the following members were voted to be on the Pastoral Search Advisory Committee:
Krissy Barber Jackee Duvall Ted Mackett Donna Schmidt
Ben Krueger-Blehm Dianne Glovatsky Isaac Nziacharo Andre Wang
Paul Dragulin Olivian Gramada Arnold Petersen Phyllis Woods
If you have a suggestion of someone you would like to see come to Sunnyside Church as a pastor, feel free to contact one of these members or stop by the church office or Elders’ office to fill out a “Pastoral Candidate Recommendation Form.”
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.
February 18, 6:00 pm, join us for the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra fundraiser dinner at Sunnyside Church in the Fireside Room immediately following the regular winter concert. Tickets are $30 per person. It will be hosted by our own Andre Wang and music will be provided by oboist Fred Korman and pianist Rob Fishel. Visit sunnysidesymphony.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Come and support your Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra!
Pray for the families of. . .
Cheryl Youker, daughter of Gerald and Nancy Youker, who passed away last Sabbath, January 20. There will be a memorial service for her this afternoon, 3:00, at Tabernacle Church.
Grace Cafferky, Carmen and Bob Cafferky’s mother, who passed away January 16 in College Place, Washington. A memorial service will be conducted February 3, 4:00 pm, at the Village Church in College Place.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
PAA’s Lunch Revolution Needs You
Portland Adventist Academy’s Stephanie Torgerson (or “Chef Stef” as she’s known) recently 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Sunday, February 11, 11:30 am: Take Heart Ministry.
The sixth annual Valentine Luncheon and Program for widows, women alone, divorced, alone, hurting and for all other women willing to come in support of those of us who are. There will be a catered lunch, music, and a special program, so go to takehearetministry.info or call Tawny Sportsman, 541-367-4913 to register – $25 each. It’s a great time to practice friendship evangelism and bring someone that could use a boost. Don’t let money be the reason you’re not there – contact your church and ask if they will help you attend. This event is open to everyone.
Event Location: Salem Convention Center
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm. Are you an Andrews University alum? Or are you a student considering attending Andrews University? Join us for a complimentary dinner at our Portland regional event at The Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, Oregon, 97015. Network with Andrews alums, enjoy a delicious meal and hear the latest news from Andrews University. Reserve your spot (it’s free!) at alumni.andrews.edu/rsvp or by contacting us at (269) 471-3591, email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, March 4, 4:00 pm: Nedley Lifestyle Program.
A free information session will be conducted on a program that will assist in achieving optimal emotional and mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression and anxiety or simply want to learn how to deal with the northwest blues and feel good again, you will find something of value. For more information call 503-496-7145.
Event Location: Lents Activity Center.
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.
Moving to the area in June, looking for 1000-1500 sq ft house to rent. If you have one available or know of one please contact the church office, info@SunnysideAdventist.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