Greetings Church Family,
Maybe you’ve heard the old adage, “The only thing that is constant is change.” This saying, sometimes attributed to the greek philosopher Heraclitus, rings true again in the life and future of Sunnyside. Many of you received an email from Pastor Scott yesterday, detailing his plans for retirement in 2015. Click here for letter.
With Pastor Shirley moving to the conference office within the month and Pastor Scott slowing down a bit to care of his own health, the pastoral team that you’ve come to know is changing. As a result of Pastor Scott’s announcement, we will convene a business meeting on April 15 at 7 PM to begin the process of finding a new Senior Pastor for Sunnyside Church. Every member is encouraged to attend so that your voice can be heard in the process.
As unsettling as change can be, I have confidence that the best days of Sunnyside are yet to come. A church, at its best, is not dependent on the individual efforts of a pastor or a pastoral team. Instead, it is dependent on the faithful devotion to God, a passion borne of God to take the gospel into the world, and a commitment inspired by God to make sure the church is a community in which everyone can feel at home.
Sunnyside is a faithful, passionate, committed community, built on the foundation of the chief cornerstone, Jesus. So I have no fear for the future of this faith community. I’m reminded of a few words Peter wrote to a little flock of Christians:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
(1 Pet. 2:9-10)
God continues to call the people of Sunnyside forward to “proclaim the excellencies of God.” He has blessed us over the last five years with the leadership of Pastor Scott (who isn’t through yet.) By His grace, God will continue to lead His community forward with vision for the future.
This Sabbath, like many at Sunnyside, will be a busy one. Pastor Scott will be preaching and leading us in our communion service.
Immediately following the worship service, we will screen the second video in our Millennial Matrix Series. The title: “Reaching the Millennials.” Please bring your lunch and eat while we watch and discuss the video. Two weeks ago, we had 25 people stay to watch the video after potluck. That was a good showing, but there are many more of us who would benefit from seeing it. Please consider bringing your lunch and joining in the conversation.
Tomorrow evening, we will be blessed to host Christian Edition in concert at 7 PM. Plan to come and enjoy the music as we close the Sabbath together.
May God grant each of you a rich Sabbath blessing! See you tomorrow!
News & Notes
Our communion worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Scott LeMert will present our Bible message entitled Betrayed, Broken, Bruised, Risen.
Immediately following the second service the Millennial Matrix will be showing the video: “Reaching the Millennials” in the Youth Room. (Bring a sack lunch.)
This evening at 7:00 pm, Christian Edition, directed by Calvin Knipschild, will be in concert here at Sunnyside. Bring a friend!
Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:30 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room
All women are invited to attend Sunnyside’s two-day Women of Faith – Unwrap the Bible event on Friday April 10 at 7:00 pm and on Sabbath April 11 at 2:00 pm. There will be a women’s potluck on Sabbath, 1:00 pm, before the meeting begins. Suggested donation is $25. Please contact Heidi Hill 503-412-9600 Kathy Pruitt 360-241-1345 for more information.
In Your Church Library
For Youth and Adults: Newly added to the library are two older, but oh-so-good books – “Captured by the Comanches” by Edmee Nystel Wieden and “Refined by Fire” by Brian and Mel Birdwell. Also we have a new book “The Prodigal Daughter” by Kay Rizzo.
For Primary/Junior: Read a true story of “Escape” by Sandy Zaugg or a Guide true story “Just Plane Crazy” by Melanie Scherencel Bockmann.
For Preschool: We now have Volume 1 of the Eric B. Hare missionary stories on CD. Children will want to listen over and over to all 8 stories from the Master Storyteller!
Lost and Found has a wide variety of items that have been left behind. Please check out the table in the lower hallway and retrieve any items you may be missing. If you are missing anything musical contact Kathy Rosenquist at 503-860-3976.
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
March 28, 8:45 am Worship Service with Pastor Scott LeMert presenting Daniel’s Messiah.
11:15 am: Worship Service with be a Hymn Fest with Dr. Melvin West.
April 4, 8:45 am, 11:15 am: Easter Worship Services
April 17, 7:00 pm: Sacramento Academy Concert, Bethani King, director
May 3, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 9, 4:00 pm: Organ Concert, Karl Helton, organist
May 17, 3:00 pm: Oregon Sinfonietta
May 23, 7:00 pm: Laura and Alison Concert
May 30, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist String Concert (Youth Orchestra)
June 13, 5:00 pm: Strawberry Festival
June 15-19,8:30 pm: Vacation Bible School
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy is sending more than 70 students and staff to four different countries around the world for mission work. Our annual dedication chapel happened this week. You can read more about where they’re going and what they’re doing at: http://paasda.org/news/
Portland Adventist Elementary
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 503-850-3575.
March 25, 6:30 pm: “The Gathering” presents good food and Christian fellowship featuring special guest: 300 Watts String Trio. To register call 503-503-6018.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
March 27-29: Oregon Prayer Retreat features Jeffrey Rosario, speaker and teacher at Light Bearers Ministry and ARISE as our keynote speaker. We will meet at the Twin Rocks camp at Rockaway Beach on the beautiful Oregon coast. For more info, or to register, go to: http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2015-prayer-retreat
March 29 and April 26, 10 am-4 pm: Two-Day “Hands-On” Gardening Workshop. Calling all gardeners! Beginners or experienced, children welcome. Learn how to grow the most nutritious, healthful healing and tasty produce ever! We will have classroom instruction and we will plant the garden and a fruit tree using methods given by the Pen of Inspiration over 100 years ago. Cost: $15/person or $25/family. Includes handouts. Bring your own brown bag lunch, garden rake and shovel. Instructors: Lynn Hoag, SunCountryGardens.com and Jon Frank, International Ag Labs (via DVD) For information call Marilyn Puccinelli at 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Church.
April 4, 3:00 pm: Easter Cantata entitled, At the Cross: Where Love and Mercy Meet, an inspirational musical. The message through song, narration, orchestration, and visuals directed by Richard Herington, will be a powerful witness to the love of God on Easter weekend.
Event Location: Hood View Church
April 10, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm and April 11, 9:30 am-7:30 pm: Vancouver Seeds Church Planting and Innovative Evangelism Conference. Special speakers and Josh Jamieson musical guest. Sponsored by the Oregon Conference NADEI.
April 12, 4:30 pm: Rivergate Adventist Elementary Auction. “A Night in Paris” is a catered, adult-only event held at the Tumwater Room in Oregon City. Silent auction with dinner and an oral auction following. Tickets $25/per person available at the school office. For more information call 503-656-0544 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 12, 5:00 pm: NW Veg Gresham Area Vegan Community Potluck. Please join NW Veg in welcoming Paige Common, owner at Eatin’ Alive, as we hop into Spring with some delicious new ideas on how to use fresh greens to prepare wraps and sauces as well as a light decadent sweet treat. Please bring a Vegan (plant-based) dish with no animal products (including honey) and a card listing its ingredients. NW Veg strives for a zero waste event, so please bring your own plates and utensils. For more details go to: www.nwveg.org.
April 15, 6:30 pm, Healing Hope Church
April 22, 6:00 pm, Mt Tabor Church
April 25, 7:00 pm, Hood View Church
The Asante Children’s Choir, made up of children from Uganda, Rwanda, & Burundi, will be performing “The Jericho Tour.” The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope, and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, and sweet voices demonstrate their hope and dream for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform. This is a free performance.
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
July 17-30, 2015: 2015 Great Controversy tour with Dr. Gerard Damsteegt of the Seminary, Andrews University. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive in Europe. Visit Rome, the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Experience Early Christianity, the Dark Ages, the Reformation, and the “deadly wound.” For more information email: email@example.com, or call 269-815-8624.