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Easter weekend is almost here. In my mind it is associated with Camp Meeting. Friday and Monday are public holidays in South Africa and several conferences would begin Camp Meeting on Thursday night and end Monday morning. In a way this weekend is like a Sunnyside Camp Meeting to me.
Friday night we begin with the Service of Darkness. You may be wondering what it is about If you have never attended one before. Scripture readings and music will be enhanced through the extinguishing of candles and the dramatic use of lights, setting the mood as we contemplate Jesus crucifixion.
“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land….”
Sabbath morning Pastor Jonathan will share thoughts on The God Who Was Alive with us. At Easter time, we celebrate together the moment that the Living Christ left the tomb behind. For us who have faith in Scripture, we know that Jesus was alive. He rose from the grave and ascended to heaven. But where is the evidence that He remains alive and present in our world today? Together, we will explore this question and be challenged to think about response to the cross and, more importantly, the empty tomb. We will, also, be blessed by music from the choir, organ and bells. It will be a high Sabbath.
Sunday morning there will be a special service arranged by the Sunnyside Women’s Ministry. A dramatic reading entitled He Is Risen will be presented along with some wonderful music by some guests.
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… (NIV)
To complete our celebration the cooks will be busy from very early preparing for our brunch. Thank You!
Do invite your friends and neighbors to come and share in the services. This is an opportune moment. Pray about it as you do so.
Thank you also to each one who has a part in each of the services. From our behind the scenes video and audio crews, to our organists, choir, bell ringers, readers and musicians. May Christ be glorified and worshipped in all we do this Easter weekend.
My prayer is that the services will touch our hearts in new and meaningful ways as never before so that we can go forward into the new week with new hope as we grasp just how great the cost.
Pastor Shirley and pastoral team
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us the sermon entitled “The God Who Was Alive.”
Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, at 9:00 am, we will be blessed with an Easter play presented by the Women’s Ministries. Immediately following we will enjoy a wonderful brunch together. Brunch is free; however, donations will be accepted. Plan now to come, enjoy the presentation, and the tasty brunch.
The Week Ahead
Sunset: Today 7:37 pm • Friday 7:44 pm
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)
Easter Sun, Mar 31
9:00 am He Is Risen, followed with brunch
Mon, Apr 1
6:00 pm Hazelwood-NET (formerly NET 7)
6:30 pm Nominating Committee (Rooms 73/74)
Tue, Apr 2
Noon Bulletin Deadline
5:30 pm Baptismal Class (Workroom)
6:30 pm Adventurers
6:30 pm History: American Revolution (Room 63)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
Wed, Apr 3
10:00 am FaithLift – Job 12 (Rooms 71/72)
5:00 pm Women’s Ministries Committee (Room 21)
6:30 pm Children’s Ministries Admin (Workroom)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer and Readings (Prayer Room)
Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 1 Earth’s Last Crises
7:00 pm Worship Committee (Room 21)
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Arnold Petersen
Thr, Apr 4
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Room 82)
Fri, Apr 5
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sermon: Heartburn – Pastor Jonathan
Women’s Health Series presents Dr. Pam Bullock speaking on “Memory Loss” on April 14. We will start with lunch at 12:30 pm.
The Women’s Chorus will be singing June 1 (rather than June 8). Our second rehearsal will be immediately following potluck (approximately 2:00 pm) in the Choir Room on Sabbath, April 6. Plan now to stay after potluck, arrange with your spouse or a non-singing friend to watch your children, and enjoy singing with other women.
A School for Siret . . . and So Much More!
Projects for our August mission adventure in Siret, Romania: Finish and dedicate new elementary school. / Hospital upgrade. / SunnyCity Siret and Jesus’ Kids in the Kitchen. / Youth-with-youth greenspace green-up. / MedExpo for physicians and community. / Church services and seminars.
With your support, mission participants will do the work. Direct your special gift today to the Sunnyside Mission Projects Fund.
Living Lands of the Bible offers to Sunnyside members and friends the first official announcement of three fall tour programs directed by Dick and Joan Fenn. Follow Jesus from Egypt to Galilee to Golgotha. Accompany Paul from Jerusalem to Caesarea to Puteoli to Rome. Program I: Jerusalem and Rome: Cities of the Church (Nov 7-24; Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Italy). Program II: Going to Jerusalem (Nov 7-18; Egypt, Israel, Palestine. Program III: Seeing Rome (Nov 12-24; Israel, Palestine, Italy). As with previous LLB tours (featured by InsideOut@Sunnyside), these are all-inclusive, comprehensive, and biblically illuminating. The Fenns suggest early registration before national ads appear later this spring. Pick up a brochure in the Narthex.
Family Resource Network – Thank you for your support of our Family Resource Network. Your gifts help prevent homelessness and many other acute needs. Mark your contribution to Account # 9387, Family Resource Network.
SunnyShare Cooperative – There is a table located in the hallway near the Fellowship Hall for food, extra produce, and goods from Sunnyside homes and gardens to share.
For physical healing and spiritual well-being of . . .
Bob Brunese, Johnetta Fuller (Danette’s sister), Norval Gryte, Norm and Verna Price, and all who have financial, spiritual, and health needs.
For comfort and peace . . .
For the family and friends of Rosemary Vasquez, born October 25, 1929, who passed away March 21, 2013.
In gratefulness . . .
The Nelliemae Taylor and Beverly Johnson families wish to express their thanks to the church family for the many prayers, love, cards, flowers, and food during Woodrow’s passing.
“Thank you for the visits, the plant, and prayers.” ~The Grytes
Sunday: Maygene Wesslen Tuesday: Glen Heagy, Gregory Hurlbert, Cassandra Reck, Luzviminda Tulipat Wednesday: Sara Ballance, Victor Dragulin, Jeanne Fleming, Franklin Gearhart, Alvin Kimble, Lorin Stanculescu Thursday: Keith Petersen, Lindsay Shaw Friday: Sheree Busi
April 14, 12:30 pm
Women’s Ministries Health Series – Memory Loss
April 21, 6 pm
May 5, 4 pm
Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, Travis Hatton, director
My 8, 7:30 pm
Classical Up Close by Oregon Symphony
May 11, 4 pm
Southern Adventist University Wind Symphony
May 12, 3 pm
Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, director/conductor
May 18, 7 pm
PASO Portland Adventist String Orchestra
June 22, Worship Service
Living Last Supper
June 22, 6 pm
June 23, Noon to 4 pm
June 24-28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Vacation Bible School
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April 2, 7:00 pm: Pleasant Valley Church. Founder and Board Chair of Wellsource® Donald Hall, DrPH, CHES, will be presenting “9 Ways to Prevent Diabetes.” Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases and also one of the most costly, both in terms of expense for treatment and in costs to an individual’s health. One out of 10 adults already has diabetes and one out of 3 has pre-diabetes. The good news is that most cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable by making wise lifestyle choices. Even if you have diabetes, you can do much to prevent serious complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and other serious problems.
April 5-6: Holden Convention Center in Gladstone. “Gays in the Family. How Would Jesus Respond?” sponsored by the North Pacific Union Conference. Speakers include pastors, a family therapist, and a theologian, along with three men and two women who will share beautiful testimonies about being redeemed from the gay lifestyle. Cost: $15 per person. Please register ahead of time to ensure a seat – and plan to attend both Friday evening and Sabbath. Cost includes Sabbath lunch. Register by calling 360.857.7033 or by visiting www.gaysinthefamily.com. The website – recently updated – now has more information about the speakers and their presentations as well as resources on the topic.
April 7, 10 am to 3 pm, registration 9:30 am: Lents Church hosts Spring Fling formerly known as Spiritual Needs of Women or S.N.O.W. The theme is What Is Growing in YOUR Garden? Plant A Seed! Speakers this year are Cheri Corder, Jan Bishop, Carmen Bravo, Elizabeth McDonald, and Kamille Ross. Vegetarian lunch provided with music, singing, and lots of laughter. Call 503-774-7290 to preregister by leaving your name/s and how many will be attending.
April 12-14: Gladstone Park Conference Center hosts “Vibrant Health Ministry.” Adventist Health Ministries of the North Pacific Union Conference invites you to a regional symposium on building a vibrant health ministry in your community. Registration $25 by April 1 or $40 after. For more information: call 360-857-7013, view npuc.org/health2013, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 13, 7 pm: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver presents The King’s Hearlds Quartet in concert. This is a free concert, a free-will offering will be taken.
April 13-14, Saturday, 2 pm to 6:30 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Columbia Christian School, 413 NE 1st Ave., Portland, Ore. Most people live in the shadows of Acceptance, Belonging, Freedom and a Bright Future rather than experiencing the light of truth, understanding, and positive change. Learn with Drs. Ron & Nancy Rockey, PhD about turning 180 degrees and facing the light! (lunch served on Sunday). Cost: $29/person. To register or for more info contact Audrey at 503-957-0809 or email email@example.com
April 19-21, 2013, Camp Lacamas, hosts the Collegiate-Young Adult Spring Retreat. Hearing God’s Voice — Sensing His Presence — Living Beyond Natural with guest speaker Pastor Tracy Wood. Online registration only, $25 before April 14. Fees include lodging, food, and activities. For more information contact Oregon Conference Young Adult Ministries at 503-850-3521.
April 27, 5:00 pm: Hood View Church is hosting the Blackwood Legacy in concert.
April 27, 7:00 pm: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver. Come hear the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus’ 19th annual Spring Festival Concert! Be inspired by 100 singing men including northwest Adventist academy students. Sign up online for your free tickets at www.oamctickets.eventbrite.com, or call 503-410-6970. Seating is limited – reserved tickets required.
June 17-20: Oregon Conference Board Room hosts “Certified Senior Advisor Training (CSA), an extensive education and senior designation about the health, financial and social issues that impact seniors such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, nutrition, caregiver stress, grief, etc. Register by March 30 to receive SDA reduced rate – 1-888-828-9209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 12, 9 am to 4 pm: Open Arms Church. First Pinterest Bazaar. Vendors wanted: Handcrafted items and/or Food Vendors. Cost: $20/day or $30 for both days includes 1 six foot table. Contact Open Arms church office at 503-253-8595 or email@example.com for more info or to register as a vendor.”
JOB OPENING at the Adventist Book Center! Receiving dept., occasional cashiering; 25-28 hours a week, plus 2 Sundays per month. Download application at oregonconference.org and bring in completed application in person.
Received March: $23,419/ Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $248,646 / YTD Budget: $297.000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $31,309