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As a teenager, I hated camp meeting. As an introverted kid, interacting with dozens of other kids in the midst of thousands of adults was way too much. Whatever spiritual blessing could’ve happened was obliterated by the social terror.
Fast forward ten years from that point and I still couldn’t stand camp meeting. This time as an employee, I associated camp meeting with open trailers upon which we would load hundreds of benches, picnic tables, and ministry props over four days. The exhaustion of “assembling the campground” and “disassembling” it at the end of the week overshadowed any perceived benefits. My introverted self still could not imagine how all the thousands of people on the grounds could have any sort of positive experiences.
But over the last decade, my perspective has begun to change. I’m still an introvert. The masses of humanity still extract a lot of energy from my being. At some moments in the week, I cross paths with people and can’t even muster the social energy to acknowledge them. (It’s not that I don’t like you or that I’m ignoring you. I’d look forward to grabbing a bagel or drink at a nice quiet café. Call me next week.) But in the midst of the masses of humanity, there is still an inherent value in the camp meeting experience. Many of the worship services and seminars are religiously valuable and spiritually uplifting. And there’s even more value in remembering that we are not alone as individuals of faith. We are not alone as a local church. We are a part of a much larger tapestry of faith in which we share a rich heritage. Even with so many people in one place, introverts can still find a quiet corner of the campground in which to catch up with a friend for a meaningful conversation.
Camp meeting is still almost as much work as it’s ever been for volunteers and staff. It’s still a mighty challenge for my introverted heart. But it’s growing on me.
I hope that you’ll engage in the camp meeting festivities. On Sabbath morning at the main tent, you’ll recognize some Sunnysiders as we lead the Oregon Conference community in worship. If you can’t make it to the campground, the event will live stream at OregonConference.org. We also will have one service at Sunnyside for those who can’t face the uneven terrain, the heat, or overwhelming crowds.
However you find to worship this Sabbath, may God remind you of His blessing through our faith tradition. May we be challenged to build on the foundation of the past to effectively fulfill the gospel commission in our time, in our place.
God’s blessings on each of you.
Pastor Jonathan Russell
Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing good, or going beyond expectations.
A special shout out to Don Reynolds for taking on the responsibility of assembling and leading the Sunnyside worship service on camp
Today’s services are: Sabbath School class at 10:00 am, and Worship Service at 11:15 am. Pastor Don Reynolds will lead Sabbath School, and Dr. Rex Edwards will present our Bible message titled “The Man Who Learned the Hard Way.”
This afternoon, 2:30 pm, there will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church for Thelma Winter who passed away July 6. She would have been 102 in August.
Sunday, July 23, 11:00 am, a memorial service for Bob Brooks will be conducted. He was known by many in the area, and a member of Healing Hope Church. He passed away July 12.
Sunday, July 23, 2:30 pm, there will be a bridal shower in the fellowship hall for Julie Betz.
Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of. . .
Ray Jacoshenk who passed away July 3. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church July 29 at 4:00 pm.
Vera Smith, a former member, Jeanine Linder’s mother, passed away July 10 in Avondale, Arizona. A memorial service will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, August 5.
Vacation Bible School will be August 25-27. Bring your children (ages 3-11), your neighbors’ children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren for a weekend of learning about God. All are welcome. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Shannon Christiansen, 503-367-0036.
Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:00 pm. Sunday, August 27. Mark the date, and plan to enjoy roasted corn on the cob, watermelon, and a classic car show. For more information or to enter your vehicle contact Lloyd Wescott 503-252-0165.
Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
We are privileged to assist in filling a container to send to Pohnpei SDA School in Micronesia. We are asking you to bring any of the following to the church and we will prepare it for shipping. Deadline date: July 26.
- Copy paper (blank) (25 boxes)
- Duct tape for covering the textbooks (20 rolls)
- White dry eraser markers (50 total)
- Erasers for white board and chalk board (15)
- Posters for the classrooms (history, English, science, Bible, etc., both for high school and elementary.
- Wall clocks (15)
- Crayons – both for classrooms and outreach
- Electric Pencil Sharpeners (15)
- Construction paper
- Basketballs, volleyballs, volleyball net (5 of each)
- Light bulbs (preferably LED, but white day light not soft white).
- Mop buckets (2)
- Classroom dictionaries (40)
- Scissors for classrooms
- Glue for classrooms
- Bibles for students (40)
- Teacher’s desk (5) (could use some of the plastic rectangular folding tables)
- Peanut Butter (creamy) for kitchen
- Battery back-up (5)
- Books and educational CDs
- Pressure treated 1/2” plywood (50)
- Pressure treated 2x4x16 (50)
- Used work-out stuff, like bench press and cycling equipment.
Life at Sunnyside
Summer Camps for Kids
Portland Adventist Academy has summer camps for Kindergarten through 9th graders. Camps include soccer, basketball, softball, and volleyball. Parents may register on our website at www.paasda.org. Look for a link on our homepage.
ASL Teacher Needed
Portland Adventist Academy is looking for a part-time American Sign Language (ASL) teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking for someone who is fluent in ASL, values Adventist education, loves kids, and is excited about teaching. If you are interested, please email any questions and your resume to Sheldon Parris at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 503-255-8372, ext. 212.
July 18-30, 2017: ABC Camp Meeting Sale.
Specials on food, books, Bibles, music CDs, and used books. Download our flyer at ABCflyer.com.
July 22: Singles at Camp Meeting.
There will be a singles potluck after the noon service at Camp Meeting and it will be held under the trees below the Snack Shack. Following the evening meeting, we will have our annual Ice Cream Social at Zull Hull.
Event Location: Oregon Camp Meeting, Gladstone.
August 18, 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm: Two-Day Free Clinic.
Calling all medical professionals! We are partnering with Adventist Medical Evangelism Network once again to provide a two-day free clinic which will include: Medical – hypertension/diabetes screenings, diagnoses, and referrals; Health education; Dental: fillings, extractions, cleanings, and restorations; Vision: Comprehensive eye exams and free prescription glasses. If you are a professional in any of these areas, there is a place for you to serve either or both days of this clinic. Visit http://volunteer.impacthealthpdx.com to sign up or call Dr. Bob Hessong at 503-475-6816 if you have questions.
August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at email@example.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon
August 31-September 4, 2017: Single Adults Ministries Cruise.
The 2017 Adventist Single Adult Ministries Cruise to the Bahamas, sponsored by the North American Division, sets sail August 31 – September 4, 2017. Early bird rate for the event ends May 3, 2017, and group rates for cabins end Sunday, April 23, 2017. April 24, 2017, all cabins will be released and regular rates will apply. Our featured speaker will be Mike Tucker. Plan now to join single Adventists from across North America as we fellowship and worship together. To register go to AdventSource https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=427, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.
October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.