May 2 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnysiders,

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 ofMM 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 Survey2will 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!

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

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.

Church Announcements

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

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/

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.
http://paasda.org/news/celebrate-lindas-44th-and-last-year-of-teaching/
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 tcouch@paasda.org.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com

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.

Area Events

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at
503-850-3575.

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 kp@betterlifetv.tv.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.

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April 25 Communiqué

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Hello Sunnyside Family,

Those who know me know that I am not a doom and gloom person.  But how does one stay in touch with the events in the world and not be taken back by the degree of cold heartedness and rueful evil in the world today.

Nonetheless, we should be encouraged that in the darkest hour, a little bit of light goes a long way.  This is a time when we can all make a big difference in the world.  God has always been unintimidated by black forces.  Twenty-five hundred years ago during one of Earth’s darkest hours, the Jerusalem wall was rebuilt in fifty-two days under the most trying circumstances.  Note Nehemiah’s words at the completion of the wall:

“When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.”  Neh 6:16

Our God is able!

We are praying that you will join us this Sabbath for continued Sabbath School studies in Luke.  Our worship services will be centered under the sermon title: “Sharing Wisdom as an Act of Love.”  In it we are going to look at biblical ways to effectively share the eternal truths about God from one generation to the next.  What we teach and how we teach can never be divorced from each other.  A growing church is a mentoring church; how then do we become that church?

See you Sabbath,

Pastor Scott and Staff

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Scott LeMert will present our Bible message entitled “Sharing Wisdom is an Act of Love.”

 Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.

Church Announcements

Millennial Matrix Survey 2. Thanks to everyone who filled out the fSurvey2irst survey for our Millennial Matrix Project. This week, we have one final survey for everyone to participate in.  Please take a few minutes to answer the questions found at www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey2 or use the QR code with your smartphone. Thank you for contributing to a full and accurate picture of the Sunnyside family. 

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 on May 2. 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.

There are  two very interesting articles in this week’s Adventist Review Online. 1) “The Cost of Discipleship” an excellent overview of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer a German/Lutheran theologian. Bonhoeffer resisted taking the easy course of going along with Hitler’s Nazi Germany and paid the ultimate price – his life. 2) “Adventism Through Millennial’s Eyes”. Research from Andrews University about SDA young adults understanding of our fundamental beliefs and who is important to them as spiritual mentors. This reflects on Sunnyside’s own Millennial Matrix Project.
~submitted by Warren Rushold

Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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 Whidden and Alison Brook 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

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/

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 tcouch@paasda.org.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com
PAES Open House – We would like to invite all families to join us for our annual Open House and Book Fair on Thursday, April 30. Sulzle’s famous veggie burger dinner is being served from 5-6:30 pm for $5.00, root beer floats $1.00; the book fair will be open from 5-7:30 pm; classrooms will be open from 5:30-7 pm. Come hang out with friends and family, have some yummy food, buy some books, and see what the kids have been doing!!

Area Events

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at
503-850-3575.

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.

April 25, 7:00 pm: 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.
Event Location: Hood View Church.

April 26, 10 am-4 pm:  “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 26, 1:00 pm: Adventist Health’s Women’s Works Fair. This free event features educational breakout sessions on women’s health topics, and includes door prizes, healthy food samples, and exhibitors with samples and information to help you find simple and beautiful ways to improve your life. The event is free but please let us know you are coming at AdventistHealth.org/NW.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center.

April 26, 2:00 pm: Disc Golf Tournament. Big Lake Youth Camp is excited to invite you to our 1st Annual Spring Fling! This disc golf tournament is a family event and is for all ages The Spring Fling will feature a 20-hole, par-3 disc golf course, individual prizes and snacks. Big Lake’s rock wall will be out, so come prepared to do some climbing following the tournament! For more information, please visit http://biglake.org/blyc-spring-fling-2015/.
Event Location: Oregon Conference – Gladstone.

May 1-3: The 2015 Oregon Men’s Summit is presenting Elder C. A. Murray, a speaker and producer at 3ABN. For more info and to register, go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2015-men.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp, east of Cottage Grove by beautiful Dorena Lake.

May 1-3: Weekend Family Camp. Family Challenge – Hope and healing for families. You can have a fun, peaceful and loving family! Join other families for the tools and support. For more information and registration: www.familychallengecamp.org.
Event Location: Tualatin Valley Academy.

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 3, 4:00 pm: Silent Auction to benefit orphans and high risk kids.
Event Location: International Children’s Care (ICC).

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 kp@betterlifetv.tv.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.

 

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April 18 Communiqué

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Hello Saints,

I am hearing great reports on the Sunnyside business meeting last night.  For obvious reasons, I was not there.  I must say that I am also most pleased with the election of the new pastoral search committee; this group should well represent the varied interests of Sunnyside and it is a team of dedicated people who do a good job at matching the collective vision of Sunnyside to the right team to coach the church in the chosen direction.  May God richly add His Holy Spirit to guide this group; give them your prayers in the coming months!

This Sabbath will be special in that Sunnyside’s own Bethani King, now director of music at Sacramento Adventist Academy will be at Sunnyside with her 93-student strong musically talented entourage.  They will start with a concert at the church Friday evening at 7:00, and will join us in both worship services Sabbath morning.  Much of the musical selections and groups will be different at each of the two worship services.  Bring guests!

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Erika Puni from the General Conference Stewardship Department.  Drs. Erika Puni and Larry Evans are here at the invitation of the Oregon Conference and Sunnyside will be hosting both the morning worship services and a five-part afternoon stewardship workshop intended for local church finance and stewardship committees.  However, anyone wishing to attend is welcome.  A dinner after second service will be provided for those attending this program.  We will have guests from other area churches.

Did you do your part in the Millennial Matrix survey?  It is easy; just go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1.  We need everyone’s participation.  Thanks!

See you Sabbath,

With you in Christ,

Pastor Scott

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week

Dr. Erika Puni, General Conference Stewardship Secretary, will present our Bible message entitled “A Matter of the Heart.”

 Welcome to Drs. Erika Puni and Larry Evans from the General Conference Stewardship Department presenting the 2015 Oregon Conference Stewardship Summit. They are focusing on wholistic stewardship and how to live our lives and share our blessings “All for God.” This summit will provide the foundation for the ministry of facilitating faithfulness in all things in the context of loving God and others. Ultimately, everything is stewardship and stewardship is everything! Come and hear more this afternoon starting at 2:00 pm. There will be a lunch provided immediately following the second service for those who stay for the afternoon session. The topics are:

  • Stewardship in a Changing World
  • All Grown Up and No Place To Go
  • An Expression of Faithfulness
  • Offering Our Best
  • Disappointed with God – The Gospel According to Judas

A special welcome to Sacramento Adventist Academy students and Bethani King, director, as they worship with us today. They presented us with a wonderful concert last evening and will present our ministry of music this morning. Welcome home Bethani!

 TomorrBaby Showerow, Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:00 pm, you are invited to a party celebrating Isabeau, Chandra and Alin Dragulin’s daughter. She soon will be 10 months old, and wears size 12-months. We will be welcoming Isabeau in Sunnyside Church’s fellowship hall. Everyone is invited; gifts are welcome. For more information contact Darlene Manullang at 503-698-1364.

 Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.

Church Announcements

The Pastoral Placement Advisory Committee was chosen at the church business meeting last Wednesday. They will begin the search for our new pastors. Members are: Krissy Barber, Tom Davis, Dianne Glovatsky, Brian Gosney, Natalia Gramada, David Huckaby, Crystal Kielman, Ted Mackett, Arnold Petersen, Jim Robertson, Megan Snyder, Andre Wang, and Phyllis Woods.

 Millennial Matrix has a survey that we’re asking everyone to take. It gives usMM more information to help lead the church in the direction you want it to go. Please go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1, or read the QR code. It takes just a few minutes and will help us make educated decisions for your church. It is anonymous, so you have nothing to fear – we just need your input!

Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Thanks to modern technology, Portland Adventist Academy has been able to stay in touch with most of their missionary groups. Read the (nearly) day-by-day account of what’s happening in the Dominican Republic at an International Children’s Care orphanage:
http://paasda.org/news/dominican-republic-missionary-report/

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 tcouch@paasda.org.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com
PAES Open House – We would like to invite all families to join us for our annual Open House and Book Fair on Thursday, April 30. Sulzle’s famous veggie burger dinner is being served from 5-6:30 pm for $5.00, root beer floats $1.00; the book fair will be open from 5-7:30 pm; classrooms will be open from 5:30-7 pm. Come hang out with friends and family, have some yummy food, buy some books, and see what the kids have been doing!!

Area Events

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at
503-850-3575.

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

March 28-April 25, Sat. thru Tues eves, 7:00 pm: Lyle Albrecht will be presenting a series entitled “Prophetic Signs.” Lyle has degrees in communications, history and theology. He has studied Bible prophecy extensively, especially focusing on Daniel and Revelation, and has visited 55 countries, most recently returning from a tour of the Middle East where he observed firsthand the explosive situation there.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

April 20, 6:30 pm:  Cooking class featuring exciting breakfast ideas.
Event Location: Beaverton 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.

April 24-25: Native American Camp Meeting. The 2015 theme is “Cooperating With Our Creator.” Edward Dunn, First Nations, Canada and Monte Church, Native Ministries, NPUC, will be the speakers. There will be a Fun Run/Walk Friday afternoon with a meeting in the evening and a full day on Sabbath. Sabbath lunch is a potluck but all other meals (Friday through Sabbath supper) are provided. Bring a musical instrument and join in!
Event Location: Belknap Adventist Church, Harlem, Montana.

April 26, 10 am-4 pm:  “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.  

May 1-3: The 2015 Oregon Men’s Summit is at Grove Christian Camp, east of Cottage Grove by beautiful Dorena Lake. Our speaker this year is Elder C.A. Murray, a speaker and producer at 3ABN. For more info and to register, go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2015-men.

May 1-3: Weekend Family Camp. Family Challenge – Hope and healing for families. You can have a fun, peaceful and loving family! Join other families for the tools and support. For more information and registration: www.familychallengecamp.org.
Event Location: Tualatin Valley Academy.

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 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.

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 kp@betterlifetv.tv.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.

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: gctours@mac.com, or call 269-815-8624.

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Special Communiqué

Concert tomorrow night!

We want you to be aware of the special concert we are having here at Sunnyside Church Friday night, April 17 at 7:00 pm.

Sacramento Adventist Academy 100-member band and choir, directed by Bethani King, will bring us a very special concert. Many of you know Bethani — she was involved in the music programs here at Sunnyside before she took the position at Sacramento Adventist Academy as Music Director.

This will be a concert you will not want to miss. Bring a friend!

Sunnyside Adventist Church is located at 10501 SE Market Street, Portland, Oregon 97216.

Sunnyside Pastoral Staff
http://www.sunnysideadventist.org
503-252-8080

 

 

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April 11 Communiqué

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Sunnyside Members and Friends!

We pray that you have each had a wonderful and fruitful week.  We are aware of a number of families and friends on our prayer list and please know, you are remembered.

This Sabbath is going to be a special time for Sunnyside in that Portland Adventist Elementary School is going to be doing our worship service.  Lots of music is planned and Annika Geschke is our guest speaker.  The nervous kids all deserve our support.  They are tomorrow’s church in action today.

Also, during second service, we are going to witness the baptism of Robert (Bob) Glass.  Many of you have had an opportunity to meet Bob who has been attending Sunnyside for over a year.  He has also been attending the Nielsen/Geschke SS Class.  A little over a year ago, Bob’s mother-in-law, Irene Robinson, was baptized.  Bob, who is of Jewish background, started thinking and inquiring.  After  hours of Bible study and dialogue, Bob has requested to take this step.  From time to time you will see Bob’s wife, Cynthia, attend.  She is in a wheelchair from a car accident years ago that almost took her life; you will find her to be a very special person with a passion for Christ.

Assisting with the baptism will be Pastor (Rabbi) Alexander Bolotnikov.  Sasha, as he is called, is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister who has assisted in getting started about a dozen Adventist Jewish congregations in North America.  He is now working with new congregations in Vancouver and Belleview, Washington.  Sasha, a native from Russia, also travels the world for the church facilitating in this same regard.  Sasha has also played a part in Bob’s spiritual growth, and as a result, Sasha and I (Scott) will together baptize Bob.  A tribute to Bob will be presented by Helen Salo, a professional soprano from Russia who, from time to time, assists Sasha in holding public meetings.  Her song, Moses Rejoice, will be sung in Hebrew with the English words on the screen.

I do want to encourage everyone to plan to come to the church this week, Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, as Sunnyside continues in its quest of envisioning our mission for the next five years and finding the pastoral staff to lead out in this journey.  Many of you have already been part of group visioning sessions, but others have not had an opportunity to voice your dreams for Sunnyside.  If you are one of those, then Monday is especially for you.  Wednesday’s business meeting is being called for the purpose of electing a pastoral search committee.  Pastor Dave Allen will chair this meeting.  Please, come and lend your voice and vote for this committee.

See you tomorrow,

Pastor Scott & Staff

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Annika Geschke
will present our Bible message entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

TherMMe is a survey that we’re asking everyone to take. It gives us more information to help lead the church in the direction you want it to go. Please go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1, or read the QR code. It takes just a few minutes and will help us make educated decisions for your church. It is anonymous, so you have nothing to fear – we just need your input!

All women are invited to attend Sunnyside’s Women of Faith – Unwrap the Bible event. The first session was last evening, and the second will be this afternoon starting at 2:00 pm. There will be a women’s potluck right after the second service, before the meeting begins.

Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.

Church Announcements

Monday, AMark Calendarpril 13, 7:00 pm, there will be a 20/20 Visioning Focus Group. This is your most direct opportunity to have a say in the vision and direction of Sunnyside into the future.

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm, a Church Business Meeting, for the purpose of selecting a Pastoral Search Committee, will meet in Room 62. Your opinion matters and we want each of you to be there.

 

On April 18 we are honored to host the 2015 Oregon Conference Stewardship Summit. Dr. Erika Puni, GC Director of Stewardship, will present our worship services. Dr. Larry Evans will present a General Sabbath School at 10:00 am.
The afternoon sessions begin at 2:00 pm, and the topics are:

  • Stewardship In A Changing World
  • All Grown Up and No Place To Go
  • An Expression of Faithfulness
  • Offering Our Best
  • Disappointed With God – The Gospel According to Judas

Lunch will be provided immediately following the second service for those attending the afternoon sessions. 

On April Baby Shower19, 2015, 3:00 pm, you are invited to a party celebrating Isabeau, Chandra and Alin Dragulin’s daughter. She soon will be 10 months old, and wears size 12-months.. We will be celebrating Isabeau in Sunnyside Church’s fellowship hall. Everyone is invited; gifts are welcome.  For more information contact Darlene Manullang at 503-698-1364.

Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Thanks to modern technology, Portland Adventist Academy has been able to stay in touch with most of their missionary groups. Read the (nearly) day-by-day account of what’s happening in the Dominican Republic at an International Children’s Care orphanage:
http://paasda.org/news/dominican-republic-missionary-report/

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 tcouch@paasda.org.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com
PAES Open House – We would like to invite all families to join us for our annual Open House and Book Fair on Thursday, April 30. Sulzle’s famous veggie burger dinner is being served from 5-6:30 pm for $5.00, root beer floats $1.00; the book fair will be open from 5-7:30 pm; classrooms will be open from 5:30-7 pm. Come hang out with friends and family, have some yummy food, buy some books, and see what the kids have been doing!!

Area Events

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at
503-850-3575.

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

March 28-April 25, Sat. thru Tues eves, 7:00 pm: Lyle Albrecht will be presenting a series entitled “Prophetic Signs.” Lyle has degrees in communications, history and theology. He has studied Bible prophecy extensively, especially focusing on Daniel and Revelation, and has visited 55 countries, most recently returning from a tour of the Middle East where he observed firsthand the explosive situation there.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

April 8-12 7:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm: Health Seminar: From Sickness to Health. Learn simple and practical health principles. How to optimize your health and increase your energy, overcome lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure from national health coach and author, Rico Hill. To register email fromsickness2health@gmail.com or call 503-609-0780.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Medical Center.

April 10-12:  Young Adult Spring Retreat. Join us; our guest speaker will be Pastor Nick Jones. The registration fee is $25 per person before April 3, $35 per person after April 3. The cost includes lodging, food, and activities. You must be 18 or older to attend. To learn more or to register fro the weekend, visit http://bit.ly/1ET9ljh.
Event Location: Camp Magruder, Rockaway Beach.

April 10-12: Columbia Adventist Academy Homecoming. Honor classes are 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2015. If you have questions or need further information please contact Larry Hiday at 360-687-3161.
Event Location: Columbia Adventist Academy.

April 11, 5:00 pm: Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir Benefit Concert.
Event Location: Sharon Adventist Church.

April 11, 7:30 pm: Violinist Jamie Jorge, celebrating twenty-five years of incredible music, will present an unforgettable, life-changing concert.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver, Wash.

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 office@rgsda.org.
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist Elementary.

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 treats. 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.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

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.

April 17, 4:00-6:00 pm: Cherry Park Elementary Fit Family Fun Fair. Our neighboring school is putting on a community engaging health fair offering services and information. This fair is designed for all ages featuring age-appropriate activities for the whole family. Free haircuts / prizes / self care demonstrations / fun games for the kids / cooking demonstrations / entertaining skits / free refreshments / goodies and much more!
Event Location: Cherry Park Elementary School, 1930 SE 104th Ave, Portland 97216, in the gym.

April 20, 6:30 pm:  Cooking class featuring exciting breakfast ideas.
Event Location: Beaverton Church.

April 24-25: Native American Camp Meeting. The 2015 theme is “Cooperating With Our Creator.” Edward Dunn, First Nations, Canada and Monte Church, Native Ministries, NPUC, will be the speakers. There will be a Fun Run/Walk Friday afternoon with a meeting in the evening and a full day on Sabbath. Sabbath lunch is a potluck but all other meals (Friday through Sabbath supper) are provided. Bring a musical instrument and join in!
Event Location: Belknap Adventist Church, Harlem, Montana.

April 26, 10 am-4 pm:  “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.  

May 1-3: The 2015 Oregon Men’s Summit is at Grove Christian Camp, east of Cottage Grove by beautiful Dorena Lake. Our speaker this year is Elder C.A. Murray, a speaker and producer at 3ABN. For more info and to register, go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2015-men.

May 1-3: Weekend Family Camp. Family Challenge – Hope and healing for families. You can have a fun, peaceful and loving family! Join other families for the tools and support. For more information and registration: www.familychallengecamp.org.
Event Location: Tualatin Valley Academy.

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 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.

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 kp@betterlifetv.tv.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.

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: gctours@mac.com, or call 269-815-8624.

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April 4 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnysiders,

I’m not particularly good with pain. There.  I’ve said it.  I like to work hard and be active.  I like to go on adventurers. I like to do challenging things.  But I don’t like pain.  And it doesn’t take much to turn my perfectly splendid experience into a gloomy sort of day to which only Eeyore could relate. Physical pain. Emotional pain. Spiritual pain. I just don’t like it and I’m pretty sure that God didn’t create us to experience it. So, when something hurts or seems like it could hurt, I do everything I can to avoid it or get past it as quick as I can. And I am sure that I’m not the only one.  It’s not that odd for humans to avoid the uncomfortable, to minimize the pain, or try to move on to the more cheery side of life as quickly as possible.  After all, nobody likes hanging out with a sourpuss. 

If ever we were to resist the urge to shun the discomfort and move on to brighter days, Good Friday would be the right time.  Good Friday is dark.  It’s foreboding. It’s depressing. It exposes the awfulness of sin. It reminds us that there is a real cost for our imperfection. It seems to go against the grain of everything that we tend to embrace in modern Christianity: love, grace, joy, and happiness. Since it’s not what we’re used to, it’s easy to skip right across Good Friday and leap headlong into an Easter celebration.  But when we do that, we lose.  Because being present in the discomfort of Good Friday reminds us of our human condition. It reinforces that we will not arrive at goodness on our own.  It affirms our deep need for a personal Savior.

And it sets the table for the overwhelming joy of Resurrection Morning.

So I hope that you’ll take time on Good Friday to be present in the awful reality of Good Friday. I hope that you’ll live in the darkness that the world felt when its Light was extinguished. I hope that you will recognize your own need for rebirth and renewal. I hope that you’ll embrace the pain.

Just don’t forget.  Sunday’s a-comin’.

See you tomorrow.

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message entitled “Darkness Before Dawn.”

Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service.  You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.

Millennial Matrix: Screens for Jesus, will be shown at 2:00 pm in Room 62. EveryoMMne is invited. There is a survey that we’re asking everyone to take. It gives us more information to help lead the church in the direction you want it to go. Please go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1, or read the QR code. It takes just a few minutes and will help us make educated decisions for your church. It is anonymous, so you have nothing to fear – we just need your input!

Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.

Church Announcements

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.

 

April Mark Calendar15, 7:00 pm, there will be a Church Business Meeting for the purpose of selecting a Pastoral Search Committee. Your opinion matters and we want each of you to be there.
On April 13, 7:00 pm, there will be a Church Business Meeting Pre-session: 20/20 Visioning. This is your most direct opportunity to have a say in the vision and direction of Sunnyside into the future.

On April 18 we are honored to host the 2015 Oregon Conference Stewardship Summit. Dr. Erika Puni, GC Director of Stewardship, will present our worship services. Dr. Larry Evans will present a General Sabbath School at 10:00 am.
The afternoon sessions begin at 2:00 pm, and the topics are:

  • Stewardship In A Changing World
  • All Grown Up and No Place To Go
  • An Expression of Faithfulness
  • Offering Our Best
  • Disappointed With God – The Gospel According to Judas

Lunch will be provided immediately following the second service for those attending the afternoon sessions. 

On April 1Baby Shower9, 2015, 3:00 pm, you are invited to a party celebrating Isabeau, Chandra and Alin Dragulin’s daughter. She soon will be 10 months old. This will be held in Sunnyside Church’s fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. Age-appropriate gifts are welcome. For more information contact Darlene Manullang at 503-698-1364.

“Thank you Sunnyside family for your kind, encouraging wishes, delightful cards, flowers, and gifts as I transition to the Children’s Ministry at the Oregon Conference. It has been a privilege to be on the pastoral team with Pastors Scott and Jonathan. Thank you for your prayers. You have blessed my life in so many ways. The Lord bless you and keep you!” Thankfully, Pastor Shirley

Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Thanks to modern technology, Portland Adventist Academy has been able to stay in touch with most of their missionary groups. Read the (nearly) day-by-day account of what’s happening in the Dominican Republic at an International Children’s Care orphanage:
http://paasda.org/news/dominican-republic-missionary-report/

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 tcouch@paasda.org.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com

Area Events

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at
503-850-3575.

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

March 28-April 25, Sat. thru Tues eves, 7:00 pm: Lyle Albrecht will be presenting a series entitled “Prophetic Signs.” Lyle has degrees in communications, history and theology. He has studied Bible prophecy extensively, especially focusing on Daniel and Revelation, and has visited 55 countries, most recently returning from a tour of the Middle East where he observed firsthand the explosive situation there.
Event Location: Healing Hope 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 8-12 7:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm: Health Seminar: From Sickness to Health. Learn simple and practical health principles. How to optimize your health and increase your energy, overcome lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure from national health coach and author, Rico Hill. To register email fromsickness2health@gmail.com or call 503-609-0780.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Medical Center.

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.
Event Location Community Adventist Church, Vancouver.

April 10-12:  Young Adult Spring Retreat. Join us; our guest speaker will be Pastor Nick Jones. The registration fee is $25 per person before April 3, $35 per person after April 3. The cost includes lodging, food, and activities. You must be 18 or older to attend. To learn more or to register fro the weekend, visit http://bit.ly/1ET9ljh.
Event Location: Camp Magruder, Rockaway Beach.

April 10-12: Columbia Adventist Academy Homecoming. Honor classes are 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2015. If you have questions or need further information please contact Larry Hiday at 360-687-3161.
Event Location: Columbia Adventist Academy.

April 11, 5:00 pm: Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir Benefit Concert.
Event Location: Sharon Adventist Church.

April 11, 7:30 pm: Violinist Jamie Jorge, celebrating twenty-five years of incredible music, will present an unforgettable, life-changing concert.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver, Wash.

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 office@rgsda.org.
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist Elementary.

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 treats. 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.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

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.

April 17, 4:00-6:00 pm: Cherry Park Elementary Fit Family Fun Fair. Our neighboring school is putting on a community engaging health fair offering services and information. This fair is designed for all ages featuring age-appropriate activities for the whole family. Free haircuts / prizes / self care demonstrations / fun games for the kids / cooking demonstrations / entertaining skits / free refreshments / goodies and much more!
Event Location: Cherry Park Elementary School, 1930 SE 104th Ave, Portland 97216, in the gym.

April 24-25: Native American Camp Meeting. The 2015 theme is “Cooperating With Our Creator.” Edward Dunn, First Nations, Canada and Monte Church, Native Ministries, NPUC, will be the speakers. There will be a Fun Run/Walk Friday afternoon with a meeting in the evening and a full day on Sabbath. Sabbath lunch is a potluck but all other meals (Friday through Sabbath supper) are provided. Bring a musical instrument and join in!
Event Location: Belknap Adventist Church, Harlem, Montana.

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.  

May 1-3: The 2015 Oregon Men’s Summit is at Grove Christian Camp, east of Cottage Grove by beautiful Dorena Lake. Our speaker this year is Elder C.A. Murray, a speaker and producer at 3ABN. For more info and to register, go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2015-men.

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 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: gctours@mac.com, or call 269-815-8624.

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March 28 Communiqué

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Happy Spring, Sunnysiders!

The rains have moved east and the sun is warming the land.  Have you seen the “green” coming across the horizon as the trees leaf out? The promise and fulfillment of spring always inspires me to trust in the promises of eternal life in the words of Jesus, “I am the Resurrection!”

This Sabbath will be a high day for Sunnyside.  As most always, there will be two services, but they will be completely different.  The first will feel more traditional, however, I invite you to come if you can and be blest from the service as we look at “Daniel’s Messiah.”  In this we will look at how the book of Daniel set a new direction in understanding of whom the Messiah would be and the nature of His mission to this earth.  It is a study of hope, a study truly of “God with us.”  Many are the lessons for us to carry, in our walk in this life, living in a society that largely says, “Where is the promise of His coming.”

Second service will be a one of a kind and you will not want to miss it.  This is one of those services that warrants each of us inviting someone to join us.  Dr. Melvin West developed this musical program and last fall celebrated this service at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church on the east coast.  We have been waiting for our opportunity and it is this Sabbath.  It is a service that specifically celebrates the crucifixion, resurrection, and promised return of Jesus Christ.  The service entails lots of singing as we progress through the events of the cross and relive the story.  The service will be long remembered.  If you wish, come for both services.

Don’t forget to come back at 4:00 pm and join us as we pause to remember the life of Bob Manley, friend, physician, and fellow believer in Christ.

See you Sabbath,

Pastor Scott and Staff

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

We have two worship services today. Our first service will be a traditional worship service (8:45 am) with Pastor Scott presenting the Bible Message entitled Daniel’s Messiah. Our second worship service (11:15 am) features a Hymn Fest with Melvin West. Through his talents and dedication, Dr. West has ennobled, enriched, and inspired the lives of countless students and worshipers. Over a fifty-year career as an Adventist musician, he is best known for his gifts in teaching and performing. He is Sunnyside’s Organist Laureate. Bring a friend and share in these special programs.

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, there will be a memorial service here for
Robert E. Manley, M.D.

Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:30 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.

Church Announcements

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
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

 Adventist Education

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
www.paes.com

Area Events

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at
503-850-3575.

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

March 28-April 25, Sat. thru Tues eves, 7:00 pm: Lyle Albrecht will be presenting a series entitled “Prophetic Signs.” Lyle has degrees in communications, history and theology. He has studied Bible prophecy extensively, especially focusing on Daniel and Revelation, and has visited 55 countries, most recently returning from a tour of the Middle East where he observed firsthand the explosive situation there.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

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 8-12 7:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm: Health Seminar: From Sickness to Health. Learn simple and practical health principles. How to optimize your health and increase your energy, overcome lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure from national health coach and author, Rico Hill. To register email fromsickness2health@gmail.com or call 503-609-0780.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Medical Center.

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.
Event Location Community Adventist Church, Vancouver.

April 10-12:  Young Adult Spring Retreat. Join us; our guest speaker will be Pastor Nick Jones. The registration fee is $25 per person before April 3, $35 per person after April 3. The cost includes lodging, food, and activities. You must be 18 or older to attend. To learn more or to register fro the weekend, visit http://bit.ly/1ET9ljh.
Event Location: Camp Magruder, Rockaway Beach.

April 10-12: Columbia Adventist Academy Homecoming. Honor classes are 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2015. If you have questions or need further information please contact Larry Hiday at 360-687-3161.
Event Location: Columbia Adventist Academy.

April 11, 5:00 pm: Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir Benefit Concert.
Event Location: Sharon Adventist Church.

April 11, 7:30 pm: Violinist Jamie Jorge, celebrating twenty-five years of incredible music, will present an unforgettable, life-changing concert.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver, Wash.

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 office@rgsda.org
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist Elementary.

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 treats. 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.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

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: gctours@mac.com, or call 269-815-8624.

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