Greetings Sunnyside Church Family,
I hope that you’ve been appreciating our seven-part series on the cross of Jesus. I know that I have been blessed as I have looked at the cornerstone of our faith with fresh eyes. Tomorrow, we are blessed to continue the series with Oregon Conference President Al Reimche as our guest speaker. He will be preaching on Jesus’ proclamation, “It is Finished.”
This morning, I took some time to go with my wife and William to see a doctor. Part of the visit was to draw a vial of blood. William is a pretty chill little guy. There’s not too much that phases him. But even with his trusty lollipop, this relaxed demeanor didn’t quite match up to the pair of nurses trying to get blood out of his little arm. If you know me, you know that I don’t handle blood or needles (or both) very well at all. So while little William screamed for all he was worth, I simply had to look away. I had to try to ignore the cries. After all, I know he needed that blood draw.
And in that moment, I knew what the Father must have felt looking down at Calvary so many years ago. His desire to hold His Son. To shield Him from the pain. To respond to His cries. And yet, He couldn’t. He wouldn’t. Because of us.
So when Jesus said, “It is finished,” it must have been a relief to the Father. Relief because Jesus’ pain was over. Satisfaction because the mission was accomplished. And joy because He knew that dawn would break anew Sunday morning.
As we near the end of our series, I hope that you have been blessed. But more so, I hope that you have been overwhelmed by the love of the Father for you.
Tomorrow will be another great worship experience! I hope to see you there.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Al Reimche, president of the Oregon Conference, will bring us the Bible message entitled It Is Finished.
Immediately following second service SunnyCity volunteers will gather together for a potluck meeting in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunset: Today 8:58 pm • Friday 9:01 pm
12:45 SunnyCity Planning Potluck
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)
Sun, June 16
Happy Father’s Day
6:00 pm Living Last Supper Rehearsal (Room 20)
Tue, June 18
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)
6:30 pm Finance Committee (Workroom)
Wed, June 19
10:00 am FaithLift – Job 40, 41 (Room 21)
5:30 pm Elders Meeting
6:30 pm Music Committee (Room 21)
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Jim Johnstone
7:15 pm Church Business and Board meeting
7:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer and Readings (Prayer Room) Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 8 “The Cities”
Thr, June 20
6:30 pm VBS General Meeting (Room 63)
7:00 pm Living Last Supper Dress Rehearsal
Fri, June 21
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sab, June 22
Sermon: Living Last Suppera
6:00 pm Strawberry Vespers
Sunnyside Church Business meeting will be Wednesday, June 19, 7:15 pm. Our agenda consists of: 1) Clerk’s Business, 2) Membership Business, 3) Budget, 4) ReNew Sunnyside, 5) Safety Committee Report. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Your input is vital to our church operations.
The Living Last Supper is a reenactment of the Lord’s Last Supper based on Leonardo da Vinci’s painting. This is an event you will not want to miss. Invite your friends and family. It will be presented for both worship services on June 22. You can help the team by lending any of the following items: Stoneware or wooden pitchers, wooden cups, large wooden bowls, and 24” stools. Contact Tracey at 503-481-5698.
Sunnyside will celebrate its 32nd Annual Strawberry Vespers, Sabbath evening, June 22, 6:00 pm. It will be a program with great music from some of Portland’s finest musicians. Plenty of good fellowship, and lots of strawberry shortcake to follow. Come, bring your friends, and join us for a wonderful evening.
SunnyCity 2013 ~ Kids’ Career Quest: “Imagine Your Future”: What are you passionate about? What do you do for living? What is your hobby? Do you work for a wonderful company or do you own a business? What do you still want to be “when you grow up”? Be an inspiration for young children and join us here, at Sunnyside, on the day before VBS, Sunday, June 23, 12:00 to 4:00 pm for SunnyCity. To sign-up and volunteer, see Natalia Gramada today, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Please join the team and help us create a beautiful event for everyone! We need people who are happy to serve the community: greet visitors, coordinate parking, help at registration, lead stations or assist in booths that are short staffed, help with set-up and take down, prepare supplies ahead of time, spread the word, invite community organizations or business people to host a booth, supervise inflatables, paint or play with children, sing for them or play musical instruments, teach them how to fix a bike, change a tire or check the engine’s oil, and many other possibilities! There’s something to do for everyone! Let us know how you’d like to help, and plan to join us for potluck tomorrow right after the second service. Contact Natalia ASAP: 503-750-9151 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer forms are available at the information table.
Vacation Bible School will be June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 pm, with graduation on June 29 at 10:00 am. We have an exciting program this year about Athens – Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth. Go to our website to see more details. If you haven’t yet signed up to volunteer, consider doing so. Bring your children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors. They will remember their experience at VBS for a lifetime!
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 No. 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.
Miller and Bonner Allen, Rob Brunese, Johnetta Fuller (Danette’s sister), Norval Gryte, Nancy Ruhl, and all who have financial, spiritual, and health needs. Special prayer for the meetings Don Reynolds is holding at CherryWood Village.
Sunday: Andrew Mebrat, Jesse Meyer Monday: Natalie Colby, Verna E. Dixon,
Jennifer Rippey Monday: Emily Eng, Andre Wang Tuesday: Gregory Anderson,
Julie Betz, Jackueline Buroker Wednesday: Avalon Blaire-Brown, Judith Johnson, Stephen Lundquist, Martha Zeleke Thursday: Lucille Gryte, Jesse Jenkins, Marie Pierre Friday: Emanuel Ursu
June 22, 8:45 am and 11:15 am
Living Last Supper
June 22, 6 pm
June 23, Noon-4 pm
June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Vacation Bible School
Portland Adventist Academy
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June 17-20: Oregon Conference Board Room hosts “Certified Senior Advisor Training” (CSA), Register by March 30 to receive SDA reduced rate – 888-828-9209 or email@example.com.
July 11-13 & 14-21: Oregon Gladstone Camp Meeting volunteers needed! 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 11-13) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 14-21). We need volunteers for Hospitality, 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.orgor contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-850-3573.
September 11-14, 2013: Festival of the Laity free virtual conference via your computer. Get equipped for effective ministry with no registration, travel, or hotel expenses! The North American Division Adult Ministries Department is offering free online training for Sabbath School, Personal Ministries, and Prison Ministries leaders. Attend from the comfort of your home, church, or office—all you need is a computer with internet access. All of your church’s leaders can benefit these live broadcasts presented by globally respected facilitators. Visit www.festivalofthelaity.com to sign up.
The North American Division Music Committee for the 2015 General Conference Session (July 2-11 in San Antonio, Tex.) is now accepting applications from musicians/groups desiring to perform at the 2015 General Conference Session. Applications can be downloaded at the 2015 General Conference website atwww.gcsession.org. Click the “Music Application Packet” tab and follow all directions. Applications will be processed through December 31, 2013.
Resumes for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Hispanic ministries administrative assistant position are being accepted until June 17. For more information, contact Robert Sundin, NPUC undertreasurer, at 360-857-7014, or e-mail email@example.com
Received June: $11,498 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $3113,966 / YTD Budget: $363,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $48,911