I am continually amazed and blessed by the incredible commitment and generosity that I witness here in our family at Sunnyside.
On Wednesday morning, I was blessed to spend time with ladies who gather every week to pray for each other and study God’s word. At the same time a group of men also meet in another room of the church for the same purpose. As I write, others in our family are gathering to help a young single mom and her family get back on their feet. In the office across from me, Rosie is faithfully taking care of all the details that keep our church smoothly running and I can hear Tom’s voice, which means that he is here taking care of maintenance needs.
I am humbled by the selfless love expressed in this community. You truly are the body of Christ, his hands and feet, a bright light in an ever-darkening world. Thank you for your love, thank you for choosing to be a part of our family. It is a joy to serve with you.
In the words of Paul,
I thank my God every time I remember you. In every prayer for all of you, I always pray with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
News & Notes
Sabbath, August 27, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Richard Hart, MD, DrPH will bring us our Bible message, “Finding Meaning.”
Pray for comfort and peace for the family and friends of Nelliemae Taylor who passed away August 11. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Monday, August 29, 3:00 pm.
Bobby McGhee Friends and Family 14th annual weekend is coming September 3, 6:00 pm. Our worship services will feature guest speaker Buell Fogg, Union College associate chaplain. There will be a fellowship potluck immediately following the second service. After vespers we will meet at Stark Street Pizza for pizza together. Plan now to attend this remarkable weekend and meet up with current and former friends.
At 4:00 pm, September 3, there will be a special birthday/retirement party for Ron Cronk, a long time physical education teacher in the Northwest with many years at Portland Adventist Elementary School. Ron and his wife Pam are returning for this occasion and would love your attendance to celebrate some great times with wonderful friends in the fellowship hall. To the many students, teachers, and ball-playing buddies through the years, please mark this down and know for sure to connect with loving folks that need to be together more often in our lives. See you there and remember, no presents, just your presence.\
September 12, 6:00-7:00 pm, the Adventurer Club will have an open house. The age group for the Adventurer Club is Pre-K to 4th grade. Come, and bring your friends! We will have a special guest and fun activities.
Sunnyside has adopted a second family to move from a homeless shelter to their own apartment. Our team will help the family for six months to settle into their new environment and direct them to resources to help themselves. It’s a big step. Our adopted family is a single mom and two teenage children. They need everything it takes to set up a “home.” We are working with the Family Resource Network to support this family, and to show what love looks like. Their specific requests are: basic items for kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, to a small chest freezer. All donations are welcome. If you can help, please call Kathy Pruitt 360-241-1345.Romans 12:10-12: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above ourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual favor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Handbells – We will have open positions for the coming season which begins in September. Competing schedules have taken it’s toll on our ringers! Please call Rosemayne at 503-730-5317; or email email@example.com.
Family Resource Network – If you have a pickup truck, we have an occasional need for someone to help move furniture. Please call the church office, 503-252-8080, and let us know of your availability.Thank you for your continued support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” account number 488.
Life at Sunnyside
Sunnyside’s Annual Church Picnic and Classic Car Show
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s Constituency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm. at the academy.
Summer Learning at PAA
Portland Adventist Academy continues learning opportunities all summer long: http://paasda.org/news/learning-never-stops-paa-even-summer-break/
Summer Camps at PAA
More than 150 elementary students swarmed PAA’s campus for summer camps. This provided work opportunity for PAA students, activity for younger students, and a chance to build relationships with potential future families. http://paasda.org/news/summer-camps-bring-future-cougars-campus/
Portland Adventist Elementary
Men, do you enjoy singing? If you would like to sing gospel music with His Praise Men’s Chorus, come join us. Rehearsals are held at 7:00 pm on Monday evenings in the Sunnyside Adventist Church choir room. Contact Charlie Drury at (503) 935-7995 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm practice schedule and to receive access information as the church is secured at all times and requires the use of an access code to unlock the door.
October 28-30: Oregon’s 30th Annual Women’s Retreat.“Living a Long and Beautiful Life”, will host Loretta Bacchiocchi, NP of Creation Health, and special musical guest Lisa Marie Buster. Breakout speakers are Rise Rafferty, RD, Peggy Casebier, RN, MA, Rachel Griebel, PT. Teen speaker: Elise LeBlanc. Teens coming with a mom or mentor come for only $25! To attend, register by going to AdventSource.org or by calling 800-732-7587. Early bird special is good through September 8.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort , Redmond, Oregon.
Portland Adventist Academy is in need of a school bus driver, and a cook. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Sheldon Parris at 805-791-6159 or email Sparris@paasda.org.