Snippets of Sunnyside’s Story
Portland Central Church
Some Sunnysiders may remember Portland having a Central Church. In fact, the roots of Sunnyside Adventist Church grow through a church called Portland Central Church, built in the 1880’s on the corner of NE 11th Avenue and NE Everett Street.
Today this address is central to a combination of buildings and parking areas owned by Franz Bakery. A while back, Elder Dick Fenn and I were permitted to visit their heritage room, downstairs under their current main office entrance. On the wall there, they keep a record of the Adventist Church building that was on this site:
I am reminded that as much as we value a church building, and as much as a building may be associated with many wonderful memories of God’s providential leading and blessing, in God’s Kingdom, Church is not a building or a temple, but a group of believers. People that make up a Church Family like Sunnyside. I am grateful for the sense of Church in our Sunnyside Family.
Pastor Dave Allen
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.
Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “The Thing Behind the Thing.”
Please pray for the following family:
Stan Lehman, father of Jared Lehman, passed away July 7, 2020.
Renewed Sanctuary — Almost there! The ReNew Committee has been very active in planning ahead for the next steps of the refurbishment of our sanctuary. Platform concrete is in place and tiling will be done soon. These next steps include carpeting, choir chair upgrade and pew reupholstering. Most of the funds are in place. We are about $20,000 short of what is needed for these next steps. Please consider contributing to making this happen. Thank you!
If you need a Sabbath School quarterly contact the office at
503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org and we’ll make sure your get one! You may also access it online at https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.
Getting Ready for a Virtual Camp Meeting! The countdown is on for Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 21-25), this year in virtual, COVID-safe form! While the campus will be pretty empty, we’re excited to share some great spiritual content together. This year, it’s all about Serving Jesus and Others! Devotionals, seminars, and corporate worship are all on the schedule, and there will be programming for all ages! Download the app “Socio” then search for “Gladstone Camp Meeting” in the app, or find other instructions by clicking on the link on our Sunnyside website www.SunnysideAdventist.org. And don’t forget to pre-register your kids for camp meeting and get ready to experience Rocky Railway Online! The first 500 children to register will receive a Stay-on-Track pack. Go to https://bit.ly/cmchildren to register.
At the urgent request of the Red Cross we are going ahead with our annual blood drive next week Thursday & Friday, July 16 & 17 from 11:00 am–4:00 Here are some facts to note: No walk-ins. Appointments must be made online or by phone (1-800-733-2767) for pre-screening. To sign up online go to https://www.redcrossblood.org Our zip code is: 97027; Our site is called “Seventh-day Adventist Conference Center.” 1) Social distancing will be strictly enforced; 2) FREE COVID-19 Antibody Testing will be done for each blood donor. Because of this, the Red Cross says the spots will fill quickly. If you are interested in donating blood please sign up ASAP!
During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.
Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.
Portland Adventist Academy
Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Area Events and Announcements
Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.
September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks. The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
Event Location: Dorena Lake.
PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)
PACS’ Annual Camp Meeting Book Sale | July 20 – 24
Hey! We know you’ll be missing camp meeting, but guess what? You don’t have to miss PACS’ Annual Camp Meeting Book Sale. We have great books coming your way and price is only $2 per 1-inch. Yes, you read correctly. Get a 1-inch-tall stack of books for only $2. Event Date: July 20 – 24 │Mon.- Thurs.
9:00 – 5:00 pm & Fri. 9:00 – 2:30 pm. Location: 11020 NE Halsey St. Portland, OR 97220 │ Contact: 503-252-8500.
PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-1:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email email@example.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220
PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting,
503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220
PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore
Temporary Housing Needed:
Stranded missionary seeking housing solution in Vancouver/north Portland area; a spare room, trailer or RV would be much appreciated. (Mission country borders are all still closed due to Covid-19.) If you have any solutions or recommendations, contact the church office at 503-252-8080.
ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.
The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.
We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!
Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.
Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.
Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.
Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46