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Greetings church family,
As I am writing this there are a lot of gifts being given, cards being written up, plans being made for the evening and people dressed in red. By the time you read this, another Valentine’s Day will have come and gone. It is a day when a lot of money gets spent to show others how much love we have for them. This year it is estimated that Americans will spend a near record high of $19.6 billion dollars on this holiday. The only year that has been higher, since they began tracking this information 15 years ago, was 2016 during which Americans spent $19.7 billion dollars. What does all that money get spent on? The top five most given gifts on Valentine’s Day (allowing for multiple gifts) are cards (52% – 85% purchased by women) followed by candy (47.5%), dining/eating out (35%), flowers (34% – 73% purchased by men) and jewelry (17%). So how much money did you add to that total? What kind of things did you get for your loved ones?
Maybe some of you were part of the crowd that refuses to participate in this holiday. I have heard a wide range of reasons why some don’t participate. Some have claimed that it is simply a “made up” holiday. The confectioners and publishing companies came up with an excuse to make us buy more candy and cards and thus increase their profitability. There have been others who refuse to participate in the festivities of the day and they reference the history and origins of the day. They reference names that most of us have never heard and traditions we don’t know while connecting them to some of the current items or things people do. If you don’t celebrate the day, that is your prerogative. I don’t believe that you need to celebrate Valentine’s day, but I do believe that you should always celebrate love. God puts great emphasis on love and the Bible describes Him as being love. First John 4:8 says, “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
God is love and He has shown us love in action. If you want to know what God would do, all you have to do is look at what Jesus did. When asked by Philip to show the disciples the Father, Jesus replied, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” If you want to know what “God is love” means in action, all you have to do is look at what Jesus did. Jesus never failed to celebrate and exhibit love in His interactions with people. So whether you choose to do it on a day in February or not, one thing is sure, we must celebrate and exhibit love. My challenge to you is don’t just show love one day out of the year but show it every day. We must show love consistently and persistently. We could have all sorts of gifts and talents, but if we don’t show love we are missing the point of the gospel of Jesus. The Bible puts it this way, “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2). So as you continue to go through the rest of this year don’t forget to show love consistently and persistently every day.
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 Karen Davies for the magnificent bouquet of red roses and camellias. Thank you, Karen. We are truly blessed with this arrangement of flowers.
Shout out and thank you to Jan Clayton for sharing your wide-range of talents as a long-time volunteer at Sunnyside!
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Dr. Andrea Luxton, president of Andrews University, will present our Bible message titled “A Place at the Table.”
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 Moller Sabbath School Class will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.
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. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
February 18, 4:00 pm, join us for the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra concert!
February 24, 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word featuring Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. Plan now to attend this spiritually enriching event.
March 3, Walla Walla University’s Brass Choir will be with us for our worship services along with staff from the University’s Center for Bible Faith and Mission. This will be a weekend you will not want to miss! We are in need of “Bed and Breakfast” for the students on Friday, March 2, and Sabbath March 3 (breakfast and transportation). There is a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex to let us know if you can take care of some of the students. Thank you for your willingness to fill this need.
Save the date! March 10, 6:00 pm. LET THEM EAT CAKE! It’s back better than ever — get your ideas flowing. We will have a great time together.
Our database has changed! If you have been using the “My Church” app, it no longer is available. You may now access our Church Directory by going to our website: SunnysideAdventist.org and clicking on “Church Directory,” then “Sign up.” and follow the directions. Your email must match what we have in the database for you. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to call the church office.
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 your 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.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Elementary School is hosting our annual Kindergarten -1st Grade Round-Up, March 8, for all prospective Kindergarten and 1st-grade students for the 2018-2019 school year. This event is a meet and greet with teachers, a chance to learn more about our school programs, and to obtain registration packets and information. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the program begins at 5:30 pm. Children are welcome to attend with parents. Hope to see you there!
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy Constituency Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm at the academy.
Rivergate Elementary School
Friday, March 9, 8:30 am-12:30 pm: Discover Rivergate! You are invited to our annual Discovery Day. This is an opportunity for your child to participate in a classroom experience and “discover” what Rivergate is all about. Please RSVP to attend:
503-656-0544 or email: email@example.com.
Area Events and Announcements
February 24 Elizabeth Talbot Spiritual Emphasis Weekend.
Save the date! Join us for a day of spiritual enrichment with Elizabeth Talbot, Director of Jesus 101 Institute. For more information call or email the church: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
March 2, 7:15 pm, First Friday will be held in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Health-Portland Medical Center. The March First Friday service will feature praise and worship by the Ohana Christian Center praise band and an inspirational thought from Roger O’Kane. Registration for the free March 2 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on February 19 and will run through Wednesday, February 28. 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, March 2.
Sunday, March 4, VBS Fun Day.
Oregon Conference Children’s Ministries will host VBS Fun Day again this year on March 4, 12:00-4:30 pm at the Holden Convention Center at Gladstone Park. Learn about new resources, get ideas, and network with other children’s ministries teams. Registration is $15 if you register by February 26, $20 after February 26. Go to http://bit.ly/VBSFunDay2018 to register. Call or email Shirley Allen with questions at 503-850-3537 or email email@example.com. Scholarships are available! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/219826608586858/ to learn more.
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.
March 30-April 1: Oregon Prayer Conference.
This is a weekend prayer event designed to bring you into a closer personal experience with Jesus your Savior. You will hear how others have experienced Jesus in their lives as our speaker shares insights in trusting God in all of life’s adversity. The speaker will be Kevin Wilfley. Pastor Wilfley is the senior pastor of the Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist Church and Prayer Ministry Director for the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In addition to his conference and pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Wilfley is a life coach and author. For the past 35 years, he has served various churches in the Oregon, Upper Columbia, and Washington conferences. Pastor Wilfley has spoken at ministerial gatherings, revival weekends, prayer conferences and camp meetings all over North America and Scotland on the subjects of prayer, the Holy Spirit, spirituality, and evangelism. Find Out More Here.
Event Location: Twin Rocks Camp, Rockaway Beach, Oregon.
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