A couple of weeks ago, my family and I found ourselves traveling through the countryside on the way to the tulip fields near Woodburn. Now, you have to understand something: I’m not that much of a flower guy. I admire people who can get anything to grow. I appreciate those who can name almost every flower they see. I recognize that flowers are pretty, but the nuances of species or color are lost on me. In my experience, a flower is a flower. (I know that this may be a form of heresy for some of you. Please don’t hate me!) Even my long-suffering wife has tried to help me learn, but mostly to no avail.
But even my flower-related ineptitude was challenged by the sheer expanse of the tulip fields. There’s a mesmerizing power that exists in a field of thousands of blooms of such diverse color and shape. One can’t help but admire the creativity of our Lord in the rich palette of color. And when viewed as a whole, the fields are simply breathtaking.
My afternoon in the tulip fields got me thinking about the creativity of God in how He brings people together. Christian community is so much richer when we experience all of the diversity that God has designed. When we worship and connect with people of different races, nationalities, age groups, or professional backgrounds, we are enriched and encouraged in ways that would be impossible otherwise.
This is why I’m so thankful to be part of the Sunnyside family. We are truly a diverse community in almost every way. It encourages me to realize that for all of our differences, we have one thing that holds us together: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There’s another thought I had as I gazed across the tulip fields. The view wouldn’t be the same if a color or two were absent. If there were no yellow or no pink or no red, the whole picture would be a bit more bland.
For the past month, we’ve been talking about surveys that will help us get a picture of Sunnyside Church. The power of the surveys is that they can help us capture a picture of our church. We’ll use that picture to prayerfully ask God’s guidance for our future. But the picture will be a lot more bland if your voice is absent. If you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to fill out the Millennial Matrix surveys to help us get a clear picture of where we stand. You can find the surveys at SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1 and SunnyideAdventist.org/survey2. Both surveys will close in just a few days. Thanks for investing your time in the future of your church. Don’t have a computer? There will be some people standing by this Sabbath to lend a computer and help you navigate the survey. (We’d love to offer a paper copy, but the survey structure doesn’t allow for it.)
Thanks for all that you do to make Sunnyside an amazing place to connect and worship! See you on Sabbath!
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week
Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message entitled “Ready to Relate.”
This afternoon at 2:00 pm the Adventurers will be having their investiture and immediately following at 3:30 pm the Pathfinders will have their investiture. Our kids are so valuable; take time to come out and let them know you support what they are doing.
Tomorrow, Sunday, 4:00 pm the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church. They will be playing Sibelius Symphony #3 and the Schumann Cello Concerto with Marilyn de Oliveira will be featured.
Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.
Kids Check-in – Own a smartphone or tablet? Download the “My Church” App to access an up-to-date church directory. Plus, use your device to check your kids or grandkids into their Sabbath School classrooms. Public trials of the check-in system begin today. Be ready by downloading the app now at your device’s app store.
Church Pictorial Directory – We are missing many pictures in our directory. In an effort to update and let everyone know who each other is, we are asking that you either submit a picture or snapshot to the office for scanning (the size doesn’t matter), upload it yourself to your details, or ask someone that has a smartphone to take your picture and send it to the office, info@SunnysideAdventist.org. This keeps our directory current and gives a face to your name! Thank you.
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
May 9, 4:00 pm: Organ Concert, Karl Helton, organist
May 17, 3:00 pm: Oregon Sinfonietta
May 23, 7:00 pm: Laura Whidden and Alison Brook Concert
May 30, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist String Concert (Youth Orchestra)
June 13, 5:00 pm: Strawberry Vespers
June 15-19,8:30 pm: Vacation Bible School
Portland Adventist Academy
More than 100 Portland Adventist Academy students will be a part of PAA history this week as they travel with Linda Neel, PAA Music Teacher for 31 years, on her 44th and last music tour. Read the story and enjoy photos by clicking here!
PAA Alumni weekend will be May 2-3. The schedule is as follows:
Sabbath, May 2: 10:30 am: Church Service with Dr. Randal Wisbey. Class photos following church. Lunch provided.
3:00 pm Alumni concert featuring PAA’s band and choir.
4:30 pm Retirement party for Linda Neel.
Sunday, May 3, 10:00 am: Tea Party Benefit: Calling all women! Delicious food, tea, and conversation. Free, but must reserve a seat. Call 503-255-8372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland Adventist Elementary
The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:00 pm, in the PAES Gymnasium. The agenda is: 1) Worship/Prayer, 2) Minutes for May 2014 meeting, 3) Finance Report/Budget 2015-2016, 4) Administrative Report.
NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed close to 4,000 people so far with thousands more injured and homeless. The need is great and immediate action is critical. ADRA is responding and we need your support. Please donate at ADRA.org, call 1.800.424.ADRA (2372), or text ADRA to 41444.
You’re invited! Visit a new website, www.Called2Pray.org, to join together in prayer with fellow Oregon Conference church members. Together we will pray for personal needs, local church needs and Oregon Conference needs. We will thank and praise God together. And we will ask for God’s special blessing on the Oregon Spanish and English Camp Meeting, July 16-25, 2015. Visit often for inspirational posts. Like us on Facebook too at occalled2pray.
YOU are Needed!
The Oregon Conference is requesting all who are willing and able to volunteer during Camp Meeting this year. We are seeking volunteers for both Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 16-18) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 21-25). We need volunteers for hospitality, shuttle drivers, safety and security, as well as licensed RNs and EMTs for 8-hour shifts. Whether you would like to work a shift daily or only have time for a single shift, your services would be greatly appreciated. To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at email@example.com or by phone at
100 Days of Prayer for the 2015 General Conference Session will begin March 25 and continue through to the end of GC Session on July 11. Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be fully experienced by our church members and leaders during GC Session. For more information view www.100daysofprayer.org.
April 19-May 5: Adventist Book Center’s Spring Sale. For all the details download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center.
May 2, 3:30 pm: Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus presents is 21st annual festival concert. For free tickets go to www.oamc.org or call 503-501-7161.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver.
May 3, 10 am-2 pm: Plant and Shrub Sale. Are you looking to spruce up the outside of your house and flower beds? We will be having a nursery stock plant and shrub sale. All nursery stock will be sold for wholesale price (2-3 times under retail value). All proceeds will benefit the Student Scholarship Fund at the school.
Event Location: Hood View Jr. Academy.
May 8-17, 2015, 7:30 pm: Tim Roosenberg presents Islam and Christianity evangelism meetings. Each nights’ meetings are repeated at 5:45 pm the next evening with a light meal of soup and bread in-between. Come and be blessed as you hear the latest update from Pastor Tim.
Event Location: Ohana Christian Fellowship.
May 23, 7:00 pm: Sunnyside Adventist Church
May 30, 7:00 pm: Pleasant Valley Adventist Church
Laura Whidden and Alison Brook in concert. Laura and Alison are singer/songwriters from Michigan with a heart for ministry. Besides being great friends, they have 25 combined years of touring, writing, and recording experience that lends itself to a beautifully blended presentation. For the tour “The Heart and The Healer” Alison and Laura are setting out to serve the people of the Pacific Northwest. During each presentation, they plan to weave together story and song to tackle topics such as addiction, depression, and mental health. They will top off each program by exploring the victory they have found in Christ and community. Laura and Alison will show that through The Healer there is a remedy for the wounds of the heart.
May 29, 30, 2015: Hood View Church’s 50th anniversary homecoming. A small group of Adventists from Gresham and Sandy first met on April 3, 1965, in what is now the Bell Tower Chapel in Boring. They were formally organized on May 29 of that same year. Save the date and plan to join us as we recognize God’s providence over the years!
Evemt Location: Hood View Church.
May 30, 6:00 pm: Spring Concert featuring Shannon and Janine Goodwin, Craig King, Carl Parker, and Tsikirai Family.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
June 12-13: Better Life Camp Meeting. Register early because our guest speaker this year is Doug Bachelor. There will be children’s and youth programs as well. We have rooms, RV spots and tent camping available as well as cafeteria meals from Friday evening through Sunday morning breakfast. You won’t want to miss this Spirit-filled Christ-centered weekend. For more information or to register go to www.betterlifetv.tv or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.