To Seek & Save the Lost!

November 18, 2023

Devotional Thought

Surprises When We Get to Heaven

By Ellen G. White, Maranatha, p. 320

“The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself.... Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from appearance, but God judges the heart.

Some among the redeemed will have laid hold of Christ in the last hours of life, and in heaven instruction will be given to these, who, when they died, did not understand perfectly the plan of salvation.

To Jesus in His agony on the cross there came one gleam of comfort. It was the prayer of the penitent thief.... In Jesus, bruised, mocked, and hanging upon the cross, he sees the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world. Hope is mingled with anguish in his voice as the helpless, dying soul casts himself upon a dying Saviour. “Lord, remember me,” he cries, “when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Quickly the answer came.... Verily I say unto thee today, Thou shalt be with Me in paradise.

Such faith may be represented by the eleventh hour laborers who receive as much reward as do those who have labored for many hours. The thief asked in faith, in penitence, in contrition. He asked in earnestness, as if he fully realized that Jesus could save him if He would.

Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles.... Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God.

How surprised and gladdened will be the lowly among the nations, and among the heathen, to hear from the lips of the Saviour, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”! How glad will be the heart of Infinite Love as His followers look up with surprise and joy at His words of approval!

Sabbath School Information

Sabbath School Mission Statement:

"Learning to be like Jesus, to Seek and Save the Lost"


Sabbath School is better when we can study the Bible for ourselves during the week. Check out all the Sabbath School resources

and equip yourself for an even better Sabbath School experience

by clicking the lesson cover below.

Lesson 7 - Mission to My Neighbor

Worship Service Information

SERMON: The Grateful Stranger

SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:15-16

SPEAKER: Elder Leonid Zakhariya

Prayer Meeting


"Pray Without Ceasing." (1 Thess. 5:17)

Come to the Hour of Power at Stone Tower!

Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. Please ring the doorbell or knock hard. We will meet in the kitchen, thank you.

*** Our next regularly held prayer meeting will be on Wednesday, November 29 ***

And come to Special Prayer time on Sabbath Mornings

Sabbaths at 9:30 AM, in the front of the Sanctuary

Prayer Group meets EVERY evening at 7:00pm PDT. Join the North America Prayer Group through zoom by clicking this link:

Password: 247247

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Stone Tower Church Announcements

Our dear brother, Ron Zabudsky fell asleep in Jesus yesterday morning. We extend our condolences to his wife Alice, and their family. We also rejoice knowing that he is resting and awaiting that great resurrection morning when we shall see Jesus! Please keep the family in your prayers; thank you.


Please keep our Nominating Committee in prayer while they meet to select church officers for 2024.

Our annual Thanksgiving Banquet is tomorrow; please join us in the Fellowship Hall after church service.

Vespers & Family Meeting tomorrow evening, November 18, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Women's Ministry Secret Sister Activity starts December 2nd! If you want to participate, please visit https://forms.gle/3EwZdAqYWGwA1fge8 to complete the survey online. Please submit your responses by next Sabbath, November 11th. 

Women's Ministry Cookie Decorating Social on December 7, 2023! Bring the children and spend an evening baking and decorating yummy cookies to share with someone special. Baking starts at 6:30p.m. in the church kitchen. Hope to see you there!

Current Ministry Leaders, if you will need funding for your ministry for 2024, please submit a tentative budget request to Jed Lee, Finance Committee Chair, ASAP. The Finance Committee will begin to plan the

church budget for 2024. 

Kids Connect

Kids Connect Fellowship Group is a fellowship group for children and parents to meet mid-week to connect with one another. The group activity for December will take place indoors, in the warmth of our church. Please join us on December 7 at 6:30 PM as we join the Women's Ministry Cookie Decorating Social in the kitchen. Let’s express our creative talents while having fun!

Sabbath Fellowship Group -- Meets following the worship service at approximately 1:15 PM in the Amazing Bible Class room. Come fellowship with us and share how God is working in your life.

To see the training video and browse a variety of personal evangelism resources, please click on the button below:
Training Video/Resources

Announcements From

Around The Oregon Conference

A memorial service for Lee Schneider will be held on November 18 at 3:00 pm at Pleasant Valley Church. Lee was a charter member of both Hood View and Pleasant Valley churches and will be missed. All are invited. Reception to follow. Pleasant Valley Church is located at 11125 SE 172nd Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086.

A memorial service will be held for Nancy Franzke on November 18 at 3PM at Sunnyside Adventist Church. The church is located at 10501 SE Market St. Portland, Oregon. You are invited to attend.


Young Adult Night of Worship at the Holden Center, 19800 Oatfield Rd, Gladstone OR 97027 on tonight at 7:15pm will include a meal, a message, and feature live worship with Markis Zarate & Friends. 

Big Lake Youth Camp: Ross and Erinn von Pohle are leaving Big Lake Youth Camp after 14 years of service. Help celebrate their legacy by attending a come-and-go farewell event at the Oregon Conference Livesay Boardroom on Sunday, November 19, from 3 - 5 p.m. Snacks are provided and there will be special video tribute presentation at 3:30 p.m. Link to RSVP: click HERE. If you have questions, please contact the Big Lake office at (503) 850-3583 or by email at office@biglake.org.

PAA's Choir and Alegria will be performing at The Festival of Lights at the Grotto on December 2nd at 9:00 pm. The Grotto is located at 8840 NE Skidmore Street, Portland. Tickets are required and this year all tickets to “The Festival of Lights” will be sold online at their Ticketing website. Be sure to select December 2!

PAA Christmas Vespers Concert will be held on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at Sunnyside SDA Church. The church is located at 10501 SE Market Street, Portland.

The Adventist Book Center's Fall Case Food & Book Sale runs until  November 30, 2023. Sale prices are also good for all delivery locations. Click here to see the flyer: www.abcflyer.com

Job Opening: Adventist Book Center - Part-Time Customer Service

For full details, download the job description and application at: 


2023 PACS INFORMATION (Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220) PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru is OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00 am – 11:00 am with an after-work option once a month from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm every first Thursday of the month. If you or someone you know needs food, please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call 503-252-8500 or email info@pacsonline.org.

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN Sun 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Mon-Thurs 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, & Friday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Our donation drop-off center is open and needs your donations! Mon – Thurs 9:00 am – 1:00pm and Sun 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. If you have any questions about what items we accept, please give us a call at 503-252-8500. Depending on volunteer availability, we offer pick-up service for a small fee. If you have furniture or larger items and no way to get rid of them, give us a call and we’ll do our best to help you out!

Gateway Grace Dental Clinic at PACS is OPEN and accepting uninsured patients for low-cost preventative dental care. If you or someone you know needs to schedule an appointment with us, please call 503-907-6768 or email dental@pacsonline.org.

Empty Egg Cartons? PACS Needs Them! If you have any 12-count empty egg cartons we would love to take them off your hands to use in our food pantry! Please drop them off at our Office or Donation Receiving. Thank you in advance!

First Friday at Adventist Health Portland Medical Center on the first Friday of each month at 7:15 p.m. on the lower level in Amphitheaters C & D. A free soup and salad dinner will be served from 6:00 to 7:00 PM but you must register. Remember that dinner registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each guest must register separately at: http://www.adventisthealthfirstfriday.com/.

GYC is coming to Portland this year! Click here for more information: GYCweb.org

PAA Vista Verde: News for alumni and friends of PAA - latest issue can be downloaded at https://paasda.org/development/alumni/
New Video on Leadership Features PAA Alumni

The second installation of videos focused on PAA’s core values, aka “CLICC” (Courage, Leadership, Integrity, Curiosity, Concern) has been posted and available for your viewing. In this video, focused on Leadership, several alumni share their thoughts on the meaning of leadership and how PAA influenced and prepared them to be leaders in their communities. You can see why we are proud of our alumni and how they’ve grown into leadership roles. You may view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4OqY3irPz0

You may view the first video, in which students talk about the Courage value, visit the PAA website here: https://paasda.org/news/lets-talk-about-paas-core-values-videos/

A Thought to Ponder:

The question is often asked, Why is there not more power in the church? why not more vital godliness? The reason is, the requirements of God’s Word are not complied with in verity and in truth; God is not loved supremely, and our neighbor as ourselves. This covers the entire ground. Upon these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Let these two requirements of God be obeyed explicitly, and there would be no discord in the church, no inharmonious notes in the family. With many the work is too superficial. Outward forms take the place of the inner work of grace.... The theory of the truth has converted the head, but the soul temple has not been cleansed from its idols....

Our Father Cares, p. 333

Upcoming Sessions for 2023
PACS is Hiring! Come join our non-profit organization in the Portland area that serves the community with a Thrift Store, Food Pantry, and Dental Clinic. We are hiring a Full-Time Assistant Store Manager, and a Patient Care Coordinator in our Dental Clinic. If you are interested in these positions, please visit our website (pacsonline.org/jobs) for job descriptions or email info@pacsonline.org for more information.

Volunteers Needed! To find out more information about becoming a volunteer, go to: PACS Volunteers or call 503-252-8500, extension 1130.


Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School located in North Clark County, Washington—serves students in kindergarten through grade eight. MGAES provides a family-oriented Christian atmosphere, and we are intentional about developing students who are serious about their studies and living out their faith from a Biblical world-view as stated in our school vision, mission and motto. for more information about open positions and the application process, contact the school at 360-687-5121 or go to: Job Opportunities – Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School (mgaes.org)

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Upcoming Events & Church Meetings
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  1. Thanksgiving Fellowship Program -- Sabbath, November 18 @ 11:00 am
  2. Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal -- Sabbath, November 18 @ 1:00 pm
  3. Vespers & Family Meeting -- Sabbath, November 18 @ 5:00 pm
  4. No Prayer Meeting on November 22
  5. Happy Thanksgiving! -- Thursday, November 23
  6. Sabbath Fellowship Group -- Sabbath, November 25 @ 11:00 am
  7. Prayer Meeting -- Wednesday, November 29 @ 7:00 pm

The Sabbath begins at 4:38 pm

Bulletin & Newsletter info. due: Wednesdays by 12:00 pm 
E-mail items to: secretary@stonetowersda.org


Stone Tower Seventh-day Adventist Church

3010 NE Holladay St., Portland, OR 97232

(503) 232-6018 | StoneTowerSDA.org

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