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Greetings church family,
Have you ever considered what it would take to make your friends truly stand up and take notice of Christ? Maybe this experience will give you a new perspective on one way to be able to help others meet Jesus. In his article, “Entertained to Death,” Ken Moser shares this experience, “I became a Christian… because of a girl named Linda and her youth group. Linda was in one of my university classes, and she was different from anyone I’d ever met. She radiated purity and seemed to be on good terms with God. I was perplexed and intrigued. As we became friends, she kept telling me about her relationship with Jesus. In addition, she backed her words up with a lifestyle that reflected her walk. After a few months, I decided to give her youth group a shot. I went on a camping trip and was completely blown away by this group of people who loved each other and took God and the Bible very seriously. Seeing them love each other and living lives of faith had an immediate and eternal impact on me. This group was certainly “salt” and “light”
(Matthew 5:13-16). In fact, they were so bright and so salty that they changed my life forever.”
Now imagine that – the size of the group, the type of entertainment provided and the activities that were planned by the group were not the main thing that drew this young man in. It was the fact that he saw something in the life of Linda, and later her group, that he did not see anywhere else. Believe it or not, there are people like this in your school, work, neighborhood and in the groups that you are involved with. They are watching the things that you wear, the things you do, the things you say and the way that you act. They are doing this to see if there is something different in you that might be able to help them.
So how do you like them apples? Being different can sometimes lead others to get to know Jesus. I strongly believe this is what Jesus had in mind when he said in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”(NIV).
So what kind of witness are you giving to those you interact with? Would they get the sense that you are different at all or do you talk, walk, dress and do all the things they do? Do you practice what you preach or would people around you question if you really are a Christian? Does your “walk” back up the Christian words that come out of your mouth when you sing praises to God? I challenge you to practice what you preach, to keep it real, and witness for the One who will be a Witness for you before the Heavenly Father!
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 Robert Schmidt, organist and James Robertson, spoken word, for the lovely Evensong last Sabbath.
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Dave Thomas will present our Bible message titled “The Hardest Prayer.”
We extend a very special welcome to Dave Thomas, PhD, dean of the School of Theology at Walla Walla University, and representing the University’s Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission; and the WWU Brass, directed by Brandon Beck. We are honored to have you worship with us. This afternoon at 2:30, Dave Thomas will present “The Search for Certainty,” and at 4:00, “Knowing God.” These are seminars you will not want to miss.
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
The floral tribute is presented in memory of Ruby Jacoshenk by her family. She passed away February 15. A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday,
March 4, 1:00 pm, here at Sunnyside Church.
Our selection committee has finished selecting people for the Nominating Committee. They are as follows: New members serving from 2018-2020 –
Jan Edmondson, Vasile Gramada, Silvia Huckaby, Roger Rosenquist,
Patrick Shima. Continuing members through 2019: Barbara Plubell (Chair),
Cheryl Ortner (Secretary), Carl Buchanan, Dean Browning, Jason Chase,
Jenny Dalusong.Thank you to each member of the selection committee for a job well done!
March 10, 6:00 pm. Let them eat cake is back – better than ever! This is a social event with lots of fun, and a fundraiser. A haystack supper will be served at 6:00 pm, and the auction will begin at 7:00 pm. Plan on baking a creative cake with creative ingredients, and creative looks! We will auction these off to the highest bidder, and enjoy good fellowship together. Plan to be here, you won’t want to miss it.
Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta will be present a concert here at Sunnyside.
Please pray for the family of Lucille Gryte, who passed away Thursday,
February 22. A memorial service is being planned.
A memorial service for Sharron Iverson will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church, Sunday, March 25, 11:00 am. She passed away December 6.
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. Current need: Sofa and living room set (tables, etc.)
“Thank you to our Sunnyside Church family for all the prayers, cards, food, visits, and flowers during my recent illness. You have all made me feel loved.” ~Rajamma Philip
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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.
Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School has a job opening for a maintenance worker for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. Looking for an individual with prior experience in a large school or other large facilities. This individual must be a self-starter with prior general knowledge of electrical, plumbing, construction, and servicing and maintenance of buildings and fleet equipment. Please send resume and three references to Ric Peinado at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the school at 360-687-5121 for a full job description.