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On the Pinnacle, by Malcolm Guite
Temples and spires are good for looking down from;
You stand above the world on holy heights,
Here on the pinnacle, above the maelstrom,
Among the few, the true, unearthly lights.
Here you can breathe the thin air of perfection
And feel your kinship with the lonely star,
Above the shadow and the pale reflection,
Here you can know for certain who you are.
The world is stalled below, but you could move it
If they could know you as you are up here.
Of course they’ll doubt, but here’s your chance to prove it,
Angels will bear you up, so have no fear…
I was not sent to look down from above.
It’s fear that sets these tests and proofs, not Love.
It was such a blessing and honor to have Dr. Luxton share at Sunnyside this past week. I appreciated her thoughts on “God’s table” and the challenge and beauty it presents to us as we consider who are invited to our own tables, personal and corporate. This morning I read a poem by Malcolm Guite on the temptation of Jesus and it challenged me. It was a spiritually dark temptation; prove yourself from above, without really connecting, building relationships, entering into the pain of life and sin that humanity experiences. And of course, He did not. Jesus, the Word, ‘became flesh’ and entered our messy world completely. The challenge is, do we, as his wider body, do the same? Are we truly entering the worlds that we have been placed in, messy as they are, to know, to connect, to bless? Or are we “existing among the few,” breathing “the thin air of perfection?”
In a few weeks time, we will be taking time to celebrate life as a family in “Let Them Eat Cake.” It is spiritually important to take time to just enjoy each other, to celebrate life together, so I hope that you will make that date a priority on your calendar. But as a small step in being a blessing in our wider community, we will be sharing any proceeds from the cake auction with Portland Rescue Mission, a local interdenominational shelter for women and children.
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.
Thank you to Richard Zaversnuke and Bruce Dixon for doing such a nice job of installing the transitions in our doorways.
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am.Pastor Juan will present our Bible message titled “It’s All His.”
This afternoon at 4:00, 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 only on Sabbath morning). 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. Haystacks will be served at 6:00 pm and the auction will begin at 7:00 pm. 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.
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.
Life at Sunnyside
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
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 4-11: ABC Sale: Stop by and sample delicious Taco Soup, BBQ Vegetarian Meat Balls, and other great tasting recipes (FREE recipe cards) on March 4. Flyer available at www.abcflyer.com.
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.
International Children’s Care is looking for someone who has experience in fundraising and public relations work. We currently have an opening in our development department for the right person who could fill this full-time, salaried position. Please contact Doug Congleton at our ICC office at 360-573-0429 for a possible interview. Thank you, and God bless.