July 4 Communiqué

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4th of July

Greetings,

Thursday morning at 9 AM, the 60th General Conference Session of the Adventist Church commenced with worship in San Antonio, Texas. Over 2,500 delegates will do the business of the church over nine days. Among the items on the agenda: re-electing General Conference officers, some revisions to our “28 Fundamentals” statement, and a question relating to women and ministry.

The issues sound serious, and they are.  But in spite of the breathless rhetoric about the potential irreparable to the work of God, the Lord is still guiding the church to be light and salt in a dark and needy world.  Last time I checked, the church of God is still grounded on the rock of Jesus Christ so we need not worry, but to be faithful to His calling.

Some of you may be curious about the happenings at GC over the coming days.  You can find good updates on the business and goings on in San Antonio from lots of sources, but the two official publications are the Adventist Review and the GC Session Homepage.  Many of the sessions will also be broadcast on Hope Channel.

For the brave few that are interested in the flavor and the tone from the floor of the Alamodome as discussion and votes take place, simply go to Twitter or Facebook and search for #GCSA15. That will connect you to the live observations of delegates and onlookers as they participate in the GC process.

Whether you’re interested in the proceedings or not, please pray for those involved. Be praying that the Spirit of God will be moving in San Antonio to lead over 2,500 delegates toward unity. By all human measures it seems impossible, but we serve a God who does impossible things.

Keep the faith. And keep praying for your church both locally and around the world.

See you 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 Ralph Martin will present our Bible message entitled “We Hold These Truths Self-Evident.”

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.

Church Announcements

A memorial service for Jonathan Crosby will be conducted Monday, July 6, 7:00 pm, at Pleasant Valley Adventist Church. 

Aristide Dorotfei passed away June 26. A memorial service will be conducted for him here at Sunnyside July 18, 5:00 pm.

Nadine Hansen passed away June 20, 2015, following a massive stroke. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Sunday, July 26, 2:00 pm.

The Adventist Book Center’s Camp Meeting Sale will be July 21 to August 2, 2015. Save $12-$25 off the case price on our food super specials. Many Bibles, books, cook books, and music are also on sale. Download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com. After July’s Camp Meeting Sale, ABC flyers are going paperless! That means we need your email address to be sure you receive notice of every sale. Please take a minute to visit abcflyer.com and fill out the short form to share your address with us.

 Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com

Area Events

As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.

NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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.

July 23, 24, 2015: Camp Meeting Blood Drive: Reserve your appointment time now! You can reserve your blood donation appointment time for Thursday, July 23 or Friday, July 24 now! Choose appointments between 10:30 am – 4:30 pm either day. To schedule an appointment, go towww.redcrossblood.org. Sponsor code: SDAConference. Call 1-800 RED CROSS or contact Jeanie.Greisser@redcross.org or Jeanie at 503-866-2023 for assistance. For eligibility info call the Eligibility Hotline at 1-866-236-3276. If you are not eligible to donate, please consider helping as a recruiting, registration, or canteen volunteer July 21 -24th.

July 24, 2015: You are invited to sing with Belle Cantori at Gladstone Camp Meeting. A special invitation to women… YOU ARE INVITED! If you are a woman who loves to sing, chorus member or soloist, please consider this your personal invitation to sing for the Friday evening service at Camp Meeting, July 24! No vocal training required, even just be able to sing the melody. This is your opportunity for the very special experience and blessing of joining your voice with a larger women’s chorus. There will be even a more joyous sound and personal reward singing with a larger ensemble when you make that possible by joining. Hesitant? Fearful? Lack confidence? It’s been years, perhaps, since you sang in a choral ensemble. Talk to me and let me encourage you! Give God the opportunity to gift you a special blessing, and for others, too. You will be singing with Belle Cantori from Meadowglade and with ladies from Sunnyside. Please communicate and let me know of your interest, providing your name, the vocal part you are comfortable singing, your email address, the church community from which you come, and your phone number. Martha Natiuk, manatiuk@yahoo.com, 360-666-9684.

August 2015: Did you know that hospice is also about living life? Make a difference. Adventist Hospice patients need your gift of a little time as a Volunteer! Good with tools, play an instrument, like to garden, or play cards? Does it feed you to make people feel better? Let us match you with a waiting need. Caregivers need breaks to “recharge” their energies to tend to their loved one. Hospice patients with no family, especially, are greatly moved by your presence. You will be treated as an employee of Adventist Hospice and held with the honor that you deserve. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at (503) 251-6192 to learn more about the application process! Training to be offered in August. Date forthcoming.

August 1: “Media on the Brain” with Scott Ritsema of Belt of Truth Ministries. Pre-registration special ends July 5. Registration is now open at: www.whipplecreekadventist.org. Contact Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777 for further information.
Event Location: Whipple Creek Church.

August 3, 4: ASI Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries presents “Your Best Pathway to Health Spokane.” They will provide free medical, dental, and eye care services to an estimated 3,000 patients this summer. This event will be held at the Spokane County fairgrounds on August 3 and 4 with set-up on August 2. Volunteers (500 – 1,000) are needed in all areas: dental, vision, medical, child care, food service, hospitality, chaplaincy, and more. Medical and dental professionals in all specialty areas are especially needed. You may register to volunteer at www.pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org.
Event Location: Spokane, Washington.

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June 27 Communiqué

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Business meeting update:

On Wednesday night, about 60 church members gathered for our business meeting. Foremost on the agenda was the approval of our church budget for the next fiscal year. Finance committee presented a budget that plans for $525,000 in expenses and reserves over the next 12 months. In arriving at these numbers, finance committee was able to drive down operational and overhead costs while increasing resources available for the ministries of the church.

The budget is bigger than last year’s budget.  Here’s why: Last year, we had expenses for VBS, music and collegiate outreach in special (non-budgeted) funds. The finance committee realizes the vital nature of these ministries and so included them inside of our church budget plan. They were also able to work with our music committee to increase our financial commitment to the director of music ministries in the coming year.

While the budget goes up by about $40,000 for the year, it represents a similar level of spending compared with last year.

As with in any church, the budget is only as good as our commitment to help fund it together. This budget represents our attempt to identify and care for our church ministry priorities. As we serve together, it will be significant that we give together to hold up the ministries that we’ve agreed to support.

Some may not realize that tithe giving does not support the local church budget. We are blessed to be a part of a worldwide church movement that is supported by the tithe of faithful Adventists around the world. Our local ministries are supported and funded by the “Church Budget” line on the tithe envelope, or in your online giving. Thanks for your faithfulness as we serve and give together to promote the cause of Christ in this corner of the world.

Throughout the business meeting, we expressed confidence that as the Lord has lead in our past, He will continue to lead us into the future. With Christ as our leader, we can be confident in His plan.

Keep faith.  Stay connected. Let’s serve together as we step into the future that God has planned.

Rumor has it that Sabbath could see temperatures reaching past 100 degrees. Air conditioning will be on in the church, but it’ll still be a warm one. I hope you’ll feel free to dress for the weather so we can worship God together while staying safe and comfortable.

See you Sabbath.

Blessings,

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 “Something Old.”

Church Announcements

Sabbath afternoon, June 27, 5:00, Encounters With God will meet in the Youth room. Darlene Manullang will present “World War II Years From a Child’s Perspective.”

Family MusFamilyic Classes: Starting July 2, Sunnyside will offer “Joyful Noise” music classes for children birth-5 and their parents/caregivers. Discover the joy of making music with your child – with song, movement, and rhythm – in a fun, playful environment! Sign up to try a free demo class on Thursday July 2, 10:00-10:45 am in the Earliteen Room. The summer 4-week session runs Thursday mornings, July 9 through August 6. Cost is $60 per family. (Ask about scholarships.) For info/ registration contact Elise Hilde at
760-608-9844, www.joyfulnoisefamily.com.

Nadine Hansen passed away June 20, 2015, following a massive stroke. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Sunday, July 26, 2:00 pm.

The Adventist Book Center’s Camp Meeting Sale will be July 21 to August 2, 2015. Save $12-$25 off the case price on our food super specials. Many Bibles, books, cook books, and music are also on sale. Download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com. After July’s Camp Meeting Sale, ABC flyers are going paperless! That means we need your email address to be sure you receive notice of every sale. Please take a minute to visit abcflyer.com and fill out the short form to share your address with us.

 Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com

Area Events

As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.

NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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.

July 23, 24, 2015: Camp Meeting Blood Drive: Reserve your appointment time now! You can reserve your blood donation appointment time for Thursday, July 23 or Friday, July 24 now! Choose appointments between 10:30 am – 4:30 pm either day. To schedule an appointment, go towww.redcrossblood.org. Sponsor code: SDAConference. Call 1-800 RED CROSS or contact Jeanie.Greisser@redcross.org or Jeanie at 503-866-2023 for assistance. For eligibility info call the Eligibility Hotline at 1-866-236-3276. If you are not eligible to donate, please consider helping as a recruiting, registration, or canteen volunteer July 21 -24th.

July 24, 2015: You are invited to sing with Belle Cantori at Gladstone Camp Meeting. A special invitation to women… YOU ARE INVITED! If you are a woman who loves to sing, chorus member or soloist, please consider this your personal invitation to sing for the Friday evening service at Camp Meeting, July 24! No vocal training required, even just be able to sing the melody. This is your opportunity for the very special experience and blessing of joining your voice with a larger women’s chorus. There will be even a more joyous sound and personal reward singing with a larger ensemble when you make that possible by joining. Hesitant? Fearful? Lack confidence? It’s been years, perhaps, since you sang in a choral ensemble. Talk to me and let me encourage you! Give God the opportunity to gift you a special blessing, and for others, too. You will be singing with Belle Cantori from Meadowglade and with ladies from Sunnyside. Please communicate and let me know of your interest, providing your name, the vocal part you are comfortable singing, your email address, the church community from which you come, and your phone number. Martha Natiuk, manatiuk@yahoo.com, 360-666-9684.

August 2015: Did you know that hospice is also about living life? Make a difference. Adventist Hospice patients need your gift of a little time as a Volunteer! Good with tools, play an instrument, like to garden, or play cards? Does it feed you to make people feel better? Help me match you with a waiting need. Caregivers need breaks to “recharge” their energies to tend to their loved one. Hospice patients with no family, especially, are greatly moved by your presence. You will be treated as an Employee of Adventist Hospice and held with the honor that you deserve. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at (503) 251-6192 to learn more about the application process! Training to be offered in August. Date forthcoming.

August 1: “Media on the Brain” with Scott Ritsema of Belt of Truth Ministries. Pre-registration special ends July 5. Registration is now open at: www.whipplecreekadventist.org. Contact Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777 for further information.
Event Location: Whipple Creek Church.

August 3, 4: ASI Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries presents “Your Best Pathway to Health Spokane.” They will provide free medical, dental, and eye care services to an estimated 3,000 patients this summer. This event will be held at the Spokane County fairgrounds on August 3 and 4 with set-up on August 2. Volunteers (500 – 1,000) are needed in all areas: dental, vision, medical, child care, food service, hospitality, chaplaincy, and more. Medical and dental professionals in all specialty areas are especially needed. You may register to volunteer at www.pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org.
Event Location: Spokane, Washington

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June 20 Communiqué

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Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

This has been a great week for Sunnyside Vacation Bible School.  One-hundred ten plus kids have come out nightly to join in the summer festival about “Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid.”

Over the years I have participated in many great VBS programs, but I doubt that any topped this one for the level of organization, participation, quality of program, and clear spiritual message.  A heart-felt thank you of appreciation is due to Emilie Butler, Shannon Christensen, Erin Betz, and Natalia Gramada for their tireless and positive leadership.  But how do I dare cite four names when so many helped in so many ways?  This was a team effort and it has really been a top-notch program.  Visiting parents were overheard commenting on the organization and quality of this program.  The team did us all proud.  Thanks team!!!

Tomorrow, you will be able to get a taste of this program with VBS church.  Now, first service will be more traditional with just a few VBS items as part of the worship service.  However, second service will definitely feel like Sunnyside church, but will feature a real feel for VBS.  Pastor Jonathan is speaking both services with a sermon titled, “Transfused.”

If you haven’t been able to assist, VBS teardown is always a big project.  Should you be willing, you might inquire from Emilie Butler as to how you might help.

One last thing, please, don’t forget the church business meeting scheduled for this Wednesday evening at 7:00.  See the announcement for full details, but be mindful that this is the time of year when we vote the church budget for our fiscal year, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.

See you tomorrow as we lift up our voices and join together on our knees.

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 Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message entitled “Transfused.”

Church Announcements

School

June 22 is the last day to submit student assistance applications! The closing date is coming fast! If you need financial assistance for next school year, forms are available at the church office.

Our Church Business meeting will be June 24, 7:00 pm. The agenda is as follows: (1) Devotional, (2) Membership Transfers, (3) Church Budget 2015-2016, (4) Children’s Ministries Leadership, (5) Pastors Report, (6) ReNew Sunnyside Update.

Friday, June 26, 7:00 pm, we will host a concert by a small singing group from Fiji. They are on their way to the General Conference session and are doing a short Northwest tour before traveling to San Antonio. Come and welcome the Sabbath with this special event.

Sabbath afternoon, June 27, 5:00, Encounters With God will meet in the Youth room. Darlene Manullang will present “World War II Years From a Child’s Perspective.”

Family MusFamilyic Classes: Starting July 2, Sunnyside will offer “Joyful Noise” music classes for children birth-5 and their parents/caregivers. Discover the joy of making music with your child – with song, movement, and rhythm – in a fun, playful environment! Sign up to try a free demo class on Thursday July 2, 10:00-10:45 am in the Earliteen Room. The summer 4-week session runs Thursday mornings, July 9 through August 6. Cost is $60 per family. (Ask about scholarships.) For info/ registration contact Elise Hilde at
760-608-9844, www.joyfulnoisefamily.com.

The Adventist Book Center’s Camp Meeting Sale will be July 21 to August 2, 2015. Save $12-$25 off the case price on our food super specials. Many Bibles, books, cook books, and music are also on sale. Download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com. After July’s Camp Meeting Sale, ABC flyers are going paperless! That means we need your email address to be sure you receive notice of every sale. Please take a minute to visit abcflyer.com and fill out the short form to share your address with us.

Larry Halleson, a long-time Portland resident, member of Mt. Tabor Adventist Church, and former employee of PAES passed away June 11. A memorial service will be conducted for him this afternoon, 3:00, at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

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                      ~Happy Father’s Day ~

Thank you, Dad, for being there, the times I needed you,
When it really mattered most, you were there to walk me through,
You showed me the love of God, and taught me how to live,
You thought nothing of your time with me, but were willing to give.                                                                                                                                                ~M.S. Lawndes
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 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Portland Adventist Academy has been blessed with incredible events and stories this spring. Read more about their annual Service Day, Linda Neel’s final concert, Gospel Choir’s music tour, and more! www.paasda.org/news.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com

Area Events

As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.

NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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.

August 1: “Media on the Brain” with Scott Ritsema of Belt of Truth Ministries. Pre-registration special ends July 5. Registration is now open at: www.whipplecreekadventist.org. Contact Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777 for further information.
Event Location: Whipple Creek Church.

August 3, 4: ASI Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries presents “Your best Pathway to Health Spokane.” They will provide free medical, dental, and eye care services to an estimated 3,000 patients this summer. This event will be held at the Spokane County fairgrounds on August 3 and 4 with set-up on August 2. Volunteers (500 – 1,000) are needed in all areas: dental, vision, medical, child care, food service, hospitality, chaplaincy, and more. Medical and dental professionals in all specialty areas are especially needed. You may register to volunteer at www.pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org.
Event Location: Spokane, Washington

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June 13 Communiqué

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Good morning church,

Have you hit the spring fruit stands yet?  Oh my, the taste of fresh picked right from the field is so-so good.  This is our northwest summer; let’s enjoy it to the full!

This weekend and upcoming week will see Sunnyside alive nonstop. Please, come and welcome Pastor David Schmidt back into the Sunnyside pulpit after a twelve year absence; his sermon will be titled, “Feet of Clay, But Longing for Better.”  Do note the young families potluck right after second service.

Take an afternoon break and be back at Sunnyside at 6:00 for the 34th Annual Strawberry Vespers, where we will celebrate Sunnyside’s rich tradition of sacred music and feast on fresh strawberry shortcake.

Sunday morning at 10:00 is a special memorial service for Dr. Harold Lickey, a man who dedicated his life to our denomination’s music ministry, a ministry too broad for words right now.  At this time, and through the afternoon, the church will be busy setting up for our 2015 VBS.

And speaking of VBS, the theme is, “Hometown Nazareth, and will run each evening Monday through Friday, 6:30-8:30.  Pray for a dedicated staff who will be giving much of their week to insure that this program is a success in pointing children to Jesus.

Oh, yes, and about Pastor Jonathan, he is hurting and healing on schedule and is planning to be here for the full week of VBS.  Thanks for all of your prayers.

Critics often say that the most unused buildings in a community are churches.  Like most weeks, that cannot be said of Sunnyside.  Thank God for this wonderful facility to do ministry!

To God be the Glory.

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 David Schmidt will present our Bible message entitled “Feet of Clay, But Longing for Better.”

Today, the Young Families potluck will be immediately following our second service. All families with young children, please join us as we get more acquainted with each othStrawberry shortcakeer.

This evening, 6:00, our annual 34th Strawberry Vespers will present us with some of Portland’s finest musicians followed with strawberry shortcake!

Tomorrow, Sunday, 10:00 am, there will be a memorial service for Harold Lickey, D.M.A., here at Sunnyside Church. Dr. Lickey was Sunnyside’s Choral Director Laureate

VBS

Vacation Bible School, June 15-19, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Your children and grandchildren will not want to miss this.

Watch Hometown Nazareth video on our website to see what the children will experience.

Church AnnouncementsSchool

June 22 is the last day to submit student assistant applications! If you need financial assistance for next school year, forms are available at the church office.

Join our women’s Bible study group every other Thursday this summer starting June 11 in the Youth Room at Sunnyside. We start with dinner at 6:00 pm, and finish by 8:00 pm. Discussions will be based on Margaret Feinberg’s book The Organic God. Study materials will be provided. Contact Laura Pinto at 503-358-8942 or pintogabelaura@gmail.com for more details. All ages welcome. 

FaFamilymily Music Classes: Starting July 2, Sunnyside will offer “Joyful Noise” music classes for children birth-5 and their parents/caregivers. Discover the joy of making music with your child – with song, movement, and rhythm – in a fun, playful environment! Sign up to try a free demo class on Thursday July 2, 10:00-10:45 am in the Earliteen Room. The summer 4-week session runs Thursday mornings, July 9 through August 6. Cost is $60 per family. (Ask about scholarships.) For info/ registration contact Elise Hilde at 760-608-9844, www.joyfulnoisefamily.com.

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Congratulations to our 2015 graduates!

Classes came, classes went;Picture2
It’s worth a lot, the time you spent.
Congratulations are now due
To the graduate, special you!
                                                             Joanna Fuchs  

Eighth Grade:
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Brianna Dalusong
Megan Duong
Justin Evans
Kirsten Helton
Andrew Mebrat
Josie Petersen
Michael Vickroy
Rivergate Adventist Elementary School
Mikhaila Lorenson
Helen Stanton
Home School
Josh Miller

High School:
Portland Adventist Academy
Andreea Hutuleac
Josephine Lian
Amanda Marx
Melissa Vickroy
Corbett High School
David Miller
Westview High School
Hunter Wescott
Grandson of Lloyd and Lorrie Wescott

College:
Walla Walla University
Carolyn Green, Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Craig Nash, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Kira Nash, Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion
Grandchildren of Dick and Arlene Thompson
Heather Schosnig, Bachelor of Science in Heath Science
Holly Schosnig, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Daughters of Manfred and Jerilyn Schosnig
San Jose State University
Thomas Fenn, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
Grandson of Dick and Joan Fenn

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 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Portland Adventist Academy has been blessed with incredible events and stories this spring. Read more about their annual Service Day, Linda Neel’s final concert, Gospel Choir’s music tour, and more! www.paasda.org/news.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com
Area Events

As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.

NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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.

June 13, 7:30 pm: Michael Harris, president of “Restoration in the Son Ministries International,” will share his testimony in word and song with his strong bass voice. Come join us in this spirit-filled service.

June 18, 10:30 am: Annual Car Show and Strawberry feed. If you have a vehicle to show contact Ann.Axt@ah.org.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center parking garage (entrance off SE Main Street) Level C.

August 1: “Media on the Brain” with Scott Ritsema of Belt of Truth Ministries. Pre-registration special ends July 5. Registration is now open at: www.whipplecreekadventist.org. Contact Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777 for further information.
Event Location: Whipple Creek Church.

Volunteer Opportunity
Help somebody by volunteering! Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) has an urgent need for volunteers in the food pantry, thrift store, and health clinic (specific clinic needs include MDs/NPs who can see patients, and a pharmacist). Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503.252.8500 for more information

 

 

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June 6 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside!

As the Irish love to sing, “Oh, the summer winds are a blowing, and the trees are gently swaying.”  So can be Portland’s mantra this weekend.  Sabbath and summer are in the air and what a wonderful time to celebrate creation’s God.

And yes, this is me, Pastor Scott writing from my office.  It is amazing what one more week can do to bring the body around.  Dorothy and I plan to join you tomorrow for church and potluck.  I’m not planning on being up front, but we will be here to encourage the members.  We’ve missed you!

As you have prayed for me, if you would please, turn your prayers on behalf of Pastor Jonathan this week.  On Monday he is going in for a long delayed arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.  That could knock him down for a week.  I’ll be taking my turn at the church this coming week so don’t be afraid to call.  I’m really doing quite well.

Tomorrow’s worship service has been coordinated by our women’s ministry team. Our women’s triple trio will provide our music and Pastor Jonathan will share a Bible message (“Unlikely Partnership”) exploring the unlikely partnership between Jesus and an ostracized Samaritan woman.

As you are aware, this is a potluck Sabbath, so please, come prepared to eat and share your bounty.  Since it is expected to be around 90 degrees tomorrow, I am sure the kitchen staff would appreciate fewer hot dishes that they have to heat in the ovens.

There are many more announcements to follow.  Please, give them your prayers and attention.

See you tomorrow!

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 Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message entitled “Unlikely Partnership.”

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.

VBS

Vacation Bible School, June 15-19, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Your children and grandchildren will not want to miss this.

This afternoon following our potluck we will be taking a walk throughout our neighborhood distributing invitations for our Vacation Bible School. Please join us — all are welcome!
VBS leaders are looking for volunteers. If you can help in any way, contact Emilie Butler at b.emilie@gmail.com or 503-853-4264.
If you are able to furnish grapes, berries, melons, fruit snacks, chips or crackers contact Lorrie Wescott at 503-252-0165.

Millennial Matrix Video – Today is the last installment of our Millennial Matrix video series. The topic is “Vocational Discipleship.”  Over 30 minutes, we will explore a basic model for supporting young people in discovering God’s calling on their lives in the Youth Room at 2:00 pm.

Baby Shower

Tomorrow, Sunday, 4:00 pm, in the Junior Room, you are invited to attend a baby shower for  Ross and Kassy Eichele. They are registered at Amazon.com.Please RSVP to 503-367-7651 or samarlane@gmail.com.

Church Announcements

Thank you
Pastor Scott and Dorothy LeMert wish to express their thanks to Sunnyside’s caring prayer warriors and for the many cards, emails, flowers, food, words of encouragement, and helping hands at our home. Scott is healing nicely from heart surgery and gaining strength by the day.

Harold Lickey, D.M.A., passed away June 1. A memorial service will be conducted Sunday, June 14, 10:00 am here at Sunnyside.

June 22 is the last day to submit student assistant applications! If you need financial assistance for next school year, forms are available at the church office.

Join our women’s Bible study group every other Thursday this summer starting June 11 in the Youth Room at Sunnyside. We start with dinner at 6:00 pm, and finish by 8:00 pm. Discussions will be based on Margaret Feinberg’s book The Organic God. Study materials will be provided. Contact Laura Pinto at 503-358-8942 or pintogabelaura@gmail.com for more details. All ages welcome. 

Mark your calendar! June 13 is the Young Families potluck immediately Mark Calendarafter church.

June 13Strawberry shortcake, 6:00 pm, our annual Strawberry Vespers will present us with some of Portland’s finest musicians followed with strawberry shortcake for all!

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Congratulations to our 2015 graduates!

Classes came, Classes went;
It’s worth a lot, The time you spent.
Congratulations Are now due
To the graduate, Special you!
                                                             Joanna Fuchs  

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Special congratulations to each of you!

Eighth Grade:
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Brianna Dalusong
Megan Duong
Justin Evans
Kirsten Helton
Andrew Mebrat
Josie Petersen
Michael Vickroy
Rivergate Adventist Elementary School
Mikhaila Lorenson
Helen Stanton
Home School
Josh Miller

High School:
Portland Adventist Academy
Andreea Hutuleac
Josephine Lian
Amanda Marx
Melissa Vickroy
Corbett High School
David Miller
Westview High School
Hunter Wescott
Grandson of Lloyd and Lorrie Wescott

College:
Walla Walla University
Carolyn Green, Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Craig Nash, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Kira Nash, Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion
Grandchildren of Dick and Arlene Thompson
Heather Schosnig, Bachelor of Science in Heath Science
Holly Schosnig, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Daughters of Manfred and Jerilyn Schosnig
San Jose State University
Vincent Fenn, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
Grandson of Dick and Joan Fenn

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 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Graduation June 7, 2:00 pm.

Portland Adventist Academy has been blessed with incredible events and stories this spring. Read more about their annual Service Day, Linda Neel’s final concert, Gospel Choir’s music tour, and more! www.paasda.org/news.

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com
Graduation, June 11, 7:00 pm.

Area Events

As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.

NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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.

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.

June 18, 10:30 am: Annual Car Show and Strawberry feed. If you have a vehicle to show contact Ann.Axt@ah.org.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center parking garage (entrance off SE Main Street) Level C.

August 1: “Media on the Brain” with Scott Ritsema of Belt of Truth Ministries. Pre-registration special ends July 5. Registration is now open at: www.whipplecreekadventist.org. Contact Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777 for further information.
Event Location: Whipple Creek Church.

Volunteer Opportunity
Help somebody by volunteering! Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) has an urgent need for volunteers in the food pantry, thrift store, and health clinic (specific clinic needs include MDs/NPs who can see patients, and a pharmacist). Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503.252.8500 for more information

 

 

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May 30 Communiqué

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Greetings!

Life with three humans under the age of eight has a way of keeping things in perspective. Take this morning, for instance. I was in the process of installing the 3-year-old’s car seat into my car. Most of the time, his car seat goes in Mommy’s van so this was certainly a different morning for him. But I don’t think I’ll ever forget the wide-eyed wonder, smile flashing across his face, as he exclaimed, “I’m riding in Daddy’s bug!” (If you didn’t know, I drive a 2001 VW Beetle.) His whole little body wriggled with energy as his excitement grew. Once he got strapped in and began on the journey, his little mind was still in awe and wonder at the miracle of riding in Daddy’s bug.

If not the novelty of riding in a car, the joy could come from following a bug through the dirt, or seeing the first star in the night sky, or discovering a new flavor of ice cream.

When I think of the joy of life through my kids’ eyes, I begin to get inspired. It seems that when we’ve been in church life for a while, the things that used to bring us joy and wonder lose their luster. It’s as if we forget the beautiful simplicity of the gospel. The profound hope of the second coming begins to fade. The great blessings that come with knowing Jesus are taken for granted.

When Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the children, this is one piece of what he meant. He wished to encourage us to see the world through the eyes of the children.

My prayer for each of us is that we will rest in the joy of knowing Jesus on this Sabbath.

I’m looking forward to this Sabbath. While Pastor Scott is on leave, we will have occasional guest speakers, most of whom will be Sunnyside members. Tomorrow, Pastor Don Reynolds, one of our church elders, retired pastor, conference and GC employee, will be sharing the Bible Message with us. I look forward to hearing what he will share as we worship together.

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 Don Reynolds will present our Bible message entitled “Jesus, the Right Choice.”

This afternoon at 3:30 pm, Don Hall, DrPH, will present insights on healthy eating and disease prevention.

This evening at 7:00 pm, the Portland Adventist String Orchestra will present their season finale concert, “Building Bridges.” They will be featuring Manos Musicales, a group of ten budding musicians from Beaverton Spanish SDA Church. Come and be inspired by these young musicians. They are our legacy; our future.

Church Announcements

Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.

Join our women’s Bible study group every other Thursday this summer starting
June 11 in the Youth Room at Sunnyside. We start with dinner at 6:00 pm, and finish by 8:00 pm. Discussions will be based on Margaret Feinberg’s book The Organic God. Study materials will be provided. Contact Laura Pinto at 503-358-8942 or pintogabelaura@gmail.com for more details. All ages welcome.

Graduation 2015 is almost here.  Do you have someone in your family graduating? Please let the Sunnyside Church office know – we would like to recognize them for their accomplishments – info@SunnysideAdventist.org or 503-252-8080.

On JBaby Showerune 7, 4:00 pm, you are invited to attend a baby shower for Ross and Kassy Eichele. They are registered at Amazon.com. Please RSVP to 503-367-7652 or samarlane@gmail.com.

 

JunStrawberry shortcakee 13, 6:00 pm, our annual Strawberry Vespers will present us with some of Portland’s finest musicians followed with strawberry shortcake for all!

 

Vacation Bible School, June 15-19, 6:30-8:30 pm, is looking for volunteers. If you can help in any way, contact Emilie Butler at b.emilie@gmail.com or 503-853-4264.

Seminar in the Sanctuary: Absent any setbacks, Dick Fenn plans to return to SITS next Sabbath (June 6), 10:05 am. He thanks the scholars who stood in while he was on medical leave.

On June 10, 4:00 pm, a memorial service will be conducted forJerry Madden, a long-time Portland resident.

 Adventist Education

Student assistance applications for 2015-2016 are now available. If you need assistance for next year’s tuition, please pick up the application forms at the church office and have them completed and returned to Rosie by June 22.

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Graduation June 7, 2:00 pm.

Portland Adventist Academy art students won 1st and 2nd place prizes at the Mount Hood Community College High School Art Exhibit. Read the full story and see photos on the PAA website: http://paasda.org/news/students-win-1st-2nd-in-art-show/

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com
Graduation, June 11, 7:00 pm.

Area Events

As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.

NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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.

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 29-30: Dr. Bob Cundiff presents a “True Revival” on a journey deep into David’s story to discover how we can become a people after God’s own heart. For more time and more information visit http://www.vancouveradventist.com/concerts-and-events.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

May 30, 2:30 pm: Livingstone Adventist Academy in concert. There will be a handbell choir and vocal choir. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to share in musical inspiration of these young people Free admission.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Church.

May 30, 6:00 pm: Spring Concert featuring Shannon and Janine Goodwin, Craig King, Carl Parker, and Tsikirai Family. The theme for this event comes from Revelation 21:5 where Jesus says, “Behold, I make all things new.” Please invite your family and friends to join in for an evening of glorious Christ-centered music provided by very gifted musicians and vocalists from within our local churches. A reception of light refreshments will follow the concert’s conclusion.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.

May 30, 7:00 pm: 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.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley 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.

June 18, 10:30 am: Annual Car Show and Strawberry feed. If you have a vehicle to show contact Ann.Axt@ah.org.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center parking garage (entrance off SE Main Street) Level C.

August 1: “Media on the Brain” with Scott Ritsema of Belt of Truth Ministries. Pre-registration special ends July 5. Registration is now open at: www.whipplecreekadventist.org. Contact Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777 for further information.
Event Location: Whipple Creek Church.

Volunteer Opportunity
Help somebody by volunteering! Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) has an urgent need for volunteers in the food pantry, thrift store, and health clinic (specific clinic needs include MDs/NPs who can see patients, and a pharmacist). Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503.252.8500 for more information

 

 

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May 23 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, I can’t help but reflect with gratitude on the lives of those who gave everything to protect our freedom in this country. I think of the hundreds of thousands who gave their lives for the cause in World War II, and the families they left behind. I consider over 12 million Americans who served in the US armed services at that time. Not to mention millions more who sacrificed and served on the homefront to enable a successful war effort. We owe our lives as we know them in this country to the selfless commitment of the Greatest Generation. It’s because of them that we have freedom to assemble and to worship. It’s because of them that the Constitution still means something. While Memorial Day is the time to remember those who gave their life, it also seems fitting to say thanks to those who were willing to offer up theirs.

To each of our veterans: Thank you for putting your life on the line to defend our freedom. To every spouse and family member of a veteran: Thank you for standing behind your veteran as they stood up for us.We all could learn something from the dedication, sacrifice, and camaraderie that you have exemplified.  Thank you.

May the Lord lead each of us toward the same dedication, sacrifice and camaraderie as we strive together for His cause.

This week, we are also thankful as Pastor Scott continues to recover from his heart surgery. You’ll find his update below. What a blessing it is to serve as a pastor in this amazing church community. I wake up every morning encouraged and energized by the faithfulness and the prayers of so many.  Thank you for making Sunnyside a wonderful church community.

This Sabbath is the last in our series on mentoring. I hope that you’ll be moved and inspired as we worship our Creator together. See you Sabbath!

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

Dear Sunnyside Members and Friends,

I am writing this as I sit at my computer, at my desk, in my office, at the church.  It was one week ago  today that I went forward with the planned cardiac procedure.  As I am sure you have heard it was a  successful surgery.  The extra tissue object inside of the heart was located and easily removed, since it  was attached by only a couple of filaments.  I am glad to know it is gone.  And, I cannot say enough good things about AMC and the Northwest Regional Cardiac Team.  They are a wonderful, professional, and  caring team.

The first couple of days after surgery were the hard ones; it was painful!  But each day thereafter has been progress in the right direction.  I am sleeping well at night, able to get up and around, bathe, eat, watch a news cast, and back to bed for either a nap or the night.  Food, in small amounts, tastes okay,  but not one bite more.  The good news is that this should be a once in a lifetime event nevermore to  return.  It is rather scary to think how different it all could have been should this not have been discovered, or should a large piece, or the whole tissue, have broken off completely.  God is good!

I’ll need a few more weeks to get my strength back and then you will start to see me around the church more frequently.  We’ll start by coming to church, maybe even announcements.  Hopefully, by early  July, or soon thereafter, I should be getting back into the swing of church duties.

Our daughter from Arizona is with us presently.   All three of our kids and grandkids will be home this weekend.  Dad is not cooking or washing dishes.  They have divided all the duties up among them.  I  think I could get used to this arrangement!

My thanks extend to each of you at Sunnyside, God’s truly caring and praying church.  It is comforting to know that in one’s absence, there are dedicated members who step up to the call of duty and carry the church forward.  From all of the reports that I have received, you have indeed “pressed together” and kept Sunnyside a church moving forward.  A big thanks to Pastor Jonathan for the work he has done for the Lord at this time and his personal friendship and support.

May God be will you all!

Pastor Scott and Dorothy LeMert

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 “Throwing It in Reverse.”

This evening at 7:00 pm Laura Whidden and Alison Brook will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church. Laura and Alison are singers/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 theThro wounds of the heart.

Church Announcements

Next week, Sabbath, May 30, 7:00 pm, we will be presented with a concert from Portland Adventist String Orchestra (PASO). Plan now to attend. This will be an outstanding presentation.

Graduation 2015 is almost here.  Do you have someone in your family graduating? Please let the Sunnyside Church office know – we would like to recognize them for their accomplishments – info@SunnysideAdventist.org or 503-252-8080.

Student assistance applications for 2015-2016 are now available. If you need assistance for next year’s tuition, please pick up the application forms at the church office and have them completed and returned to Rosie by June 22.

SUNNYSIDE . . . GRATEFUL FOR FREEDOM
We observe Memorial Day once a year. We observe the Creator’s Memorial Day every
Sabbath.
Both celebrate liberty, the preservation of which is not cheap.
Men and women have died to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The Creator Himself died for one and all, thus to purchase with His own blood freedom
from death. Jesus Christ, Creator, became Jesus Christ, Savior.
The liberty of our land and the liberty of our very selves are both sacred because they were
bought at a great price. What would we give in thanksgiving? What should we give?
So far this year the Sunnyside Church family has contributed over $2,000 to the cause of
religious liberty in America and beyond.
Let us not weary in well-doing.   /   RLF

Mark Calendar

June 13, 6:00 pm, our annual Strawberry Vespers will present us with some of Portland’s finest musicians followed with strawberry shortcake for all!

Vacation Bible School, June 15-19, 6:30-8:30 pm, is looking for volunteers. If you can help in any way, contact Emilie Butler at b.emilie@gmail.com or
503-853-4264.

 

 Adventist Education

Student assistance applications for 2015-2016 are now available. If you need assistance for next year’s tuition, please pick up the application forms at the church office and have them completed and returned to Rosie by June 22.

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Graduation June 7, 2:00 pm.

Portland Adventist Academy art students won 1st and 2nd place prizes at the Mount Hood Community College High School Art Exhibit. Read the full story and see photos on the PAA website: http://paasda.org/news/students-win-1st-2nd-in-art-show/

Portland Adventist Elementary
www.paes.com
Graduation, June 11, 7:00 pm.

Area Events

As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.

NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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.

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.

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.

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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