“Daddy, why is it called a reflector?” I heard the seven year-old voice call out from the back seat of the gold Toyota Sienna.
My mind scrambled to catch up with her inquiry as we wheeled down the road. “What do you mean?” Lucy went on to tell of the small red circles with lights in them along the edge of that rural street, asking again, “why are they called reflectors?”
We went on to talk about how reflectors were made to take the light from headlights, streetlights, or even the sun and send it back into the world for others to see. While they looked like lights, they actually reflected another light source. As Lucy’s mind came to understand this new idea, my mind turned another way.
In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world. We live in a world where many religious systems teach us of a deep intrinsic value, a light in one’s own soul that guides their way. But the beauty of our faith is that when we are called to be light, the call is to reflect the true Light of the world (John 8). The name of our church evokes the largest light source that gives life and light to our physical planet. May the people of Sunnyside reflect the Light of the world so effectively that, in comparison, the light of the sun becomes dim. With clear eyes and clean hearts, may we see the beauty of our Savior and reflect it to those whom we meet.
I’m looking forward to our Sabbath services. We’ll have good music and diverse participation. And we’ll talk about fruit salad. May God bless and inspire each of us as we enter into Sabbath rest.
Lead Pastor Selected! The Oregon Conference has announced that they have invited Pastor Jonathan Russell and his wife, Jaclyn, to serve as the next Lead Pastor of Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Jonathan has served at Sunnyside for the past six years in various capacities and will assume the Lead Pastor role on October 3, 2015. The Conference and Sunnyside will continue the pastoral search for two additional associate pastors. Sunnyside solicits your prayers as they enter this transitional time.
We now have a bus! It will be put to good use here at Sunnyside. Pathfinders will have priority, and when it is not in use for them, we can use it for transportation to and from our church services. We are very excited about this new acquisition and its potential.
New Tile! By now, you will have noticed that we have new tile in the entry ways. This week it is being expanded in the North hallway near the kitchen. Sunnyside is definitely being “Renewed!”
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “A Heavenly Fruit Salad.”
Next Sabbath, September 5, Dan Matthews will be speaking for our church services and Paul Richardson will be leading out in a General Sabbath School study. The 13th Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends Vespers will begin at 6:00 pm. Bring a friend for this outstanding presentation. Immediately following, there will be continued fellowship and pizza at Stark Street Pizza. The first $400 is prepaid! (Thank you Bobby!)
Seniors, save the date: September 10, 11:30 am! Senior picnic in the fellowship hall.
Close out the Sabbath on September 12, 6:00 pm, by attending a vesper concert benefitting People to People Ministries’ Weekend Backpack Program. This special concert will be held here at Sunnyside, and will feature youth and young adults in music ministry including Allison Cheng, the 300 Watts String Trio, and others. Invite your friends!
Carpet pullers needed! If you can help pull carpet, Carl Haggerty would like your help. No experience needed — he will show you what to do. We just need volunteers. It would be helpful if you bring gloves, channel lock pliers, and a dust mask. Call Carl at
In Your Church Library:
For Adults/Teens: New book additions are No More Broken Strings by Jaime Jorge, the candid story of his early years; and True Believer by Alexander Bolotnikov, a man’s search for belief in one who deserved his loyalty.
For Primary/Junior: Read Treasure on Spyglass Hill by Paul Ricchiuti, the exciting story of two boys trying to solve a mystery; or The King’s Book by Louise Vernon, a gripping story of the mystery surrounding the King James Bible.
For Parents/Families: Read together the story of Lass by Roland Gebauer, the story of a sheepdog with spiritual applications; or watch together Baker’s Hawk, a coming of age story for the whole family.
For Preschool: New story DVDs now available are the Forever Stories by Carolyn Byers and My Bible Friends by Etta Degering.
A memorial service for Jack Just will be conducted this afternoon, August 29, 3:30 pm, at the Gladstone Park Church.
Housing Need: A family needs temporary housing while one of their family members receives treatment from OHSU. If you can help, please call the church office for further details 503-252-8080.
Portland Adventist Academy
Fantastic Four! Strengthening our academics, Portland Adventist Academy introduces four gifted new teachers and several compelling new classes. Read more here: http://paasda.org/news/exciting-new-teachers-and-classes/.
Portland Adventist Academy Constituency Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 pm, at the academy. Constituents please make note of this date.
Portland Adventist Elementary
One of the area churches is looking for “The Bible Stories,” the ten-volume set, to add to their library. If you have one to offer, please contact V.J. at 360-609-4905.
August 29,7:00 pm, Vespers Concert, “Behind Enemy Lines,” presented by a cross-generational worship team. They share many styles of music, but with one spirit. Come enjoy classics, gospel, celtic, acappella, and contemporary music.
Event Location: Hood View Church.
September 12, 11:30 am: Stephen Lundquist will be commissioned to the gospel ministry by the Oregon Conference. All are invited.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy’s Chapel.
September 13 – November 15, Financial Peace University. We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks. Open to the community! Sign up on-line at www.DaveRamsey.com/fpu/classfinder.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
September 14-20, Newstart Health and Wellness Seminar/Expo. Free healthy cooking school and health seminar. Topics covering how to improve your overall health and how to help with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, weight loss, and increase energy. Learn to lower your health care costs. Free Health Expo on September 20 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, including health screenings, blood pressure reading, glucose reading, lung capacity, cardiac fitness, massage, food demos/samples, live music…and more! Call 503-774-7290 for more information.
Event Location: Lents Church
September 24-27, 2015: Children’s Leadership Conference
Sabbath School, Adventurer, Children’s Church and VBS leaders, teachers and assistants: You give and give and give. You pour yourselves, your hearts and your energy into our children and now it is time for you to come apart and rest awhile at this event that we have prayed over and prepared just for you. At this conference we are praying that:
- The Lord will pour out His Spirit on you
- You will be refreshed, renewed, reinvigorated
- You will know that God has called you to serve this generation of children
- The presenters will share their passion for leading children to Jesus with you
- You will learn concepts and practical ideas
- You will grow a support network
- You will be better trained and equipped for service
Please book soon!!!! The special hotel rates are only until August 31. Lodging arrangements can be made at the DoubleTree Hilton, in Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, by going to: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLLC-DT-NPU-20150923/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Make sure to enter Personalized Group Code of “NPU” to get a special group rate before August 31st. (After that rooms will be much more expensive if they are available. Only 25 days left…) To register for the conference, log on to www.adventsource.org or
Event Location: Double Tree Hilton, Portland.
September 26, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm: Filipino rally with worship, fellowship, and food. Lunch will be potluck, so bring your favorite entrée, salad, or desert for 12. Bring your friends and appetites – both physical and spiritual. For more information call
Ardina Wang, 503-255-0075.
September 26-27: Seeking dental professionals who would be interested in providing medical evangelism services at the Lane Country Fair, serving along with the Light Bearers Ministry and the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN). This event will be to relieve the suffering of 1,000 people. There will be pastors providing counseling and praying with the patients as well. We need both medical and dental professionals as well as other volunteers to help with setup and registration. To volunteer go to http://impactyourhealtheugene.org or contact Randy Meyer at 541-937-2786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Lane Country Fairgrounds.
October 9-11: Hillsboro Church 100th Anniversary Celebration:We invite you to join us for a Friday night vespers and a celebration Sabbath service followed by a fellowship meal. For more details contact 503-648-3922 or email email@example.com.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.
October 29-November 1: Medical Evangelism Conference – CrossTraining: Are you a physician or dentist interested in learning how to effectively share Christ with your patients? Then the AMEN conference is for you! e will discuss how health professionals can be “CrossTrained” meeting not only their patients’ physical needs but their spiritual needs also. Together we will learn how to focus our attention, and the attention of our patients, on God’s heart of love as revealed in the Cross of Christ. Featured Speakers include: Pastors Steven Grabiner and Mark Finley; Physicians Peter Landless and Kelly Kinsley; Dentists Steve Chang and Ronald Hold; and many others. All physicians, dentists, healthcare professionals, and pastors are welcome. For more information please visit www.amensda.org or call 530-883-8061.