Dear Sunnyside Church family,
A little boy was asked what his favorite Bible story was. He said, “I like the one where everyone loafs and fishes.” That is not exactly what happened with the Feeding of the Five Thousand, but it is a great story.
Sabbath is a Family Church Service so please invite any families you may know to the church service. We would love to have them worship with us. The reason I was led to share this miracle in the ministry of Jesus was because a child played a significant role. It is one of the better known miracles and because of that we often skip over it. Thank you to each participant, parent, grandparent and the AV crew. May you be blessed as I am sure we will be this Sabbath.
Monday one of our members baked homemade bread. At the time she didn’t know that the SAFE group would receive word that our formerly homeless family would move from Goose Hollow Shelter into their own apartment. When she did she hastily put together the bread, some basic food, sheets, towels, blankets and other necessities from her supplies and several other people. She and her husband went to the home that was basically empty. They filled the air mattresses and made the beds while the 10 year old unpacked the supplies and put them in the cupboard. They then had the opportunity to offer a prayer of blessing on the home and family and our newly acquired families’ mother thanked Jesus for them and the group.
I know that loaf of homemade bread tasted wonderful!
Bread was used in Feeding of the Five Thousand. Nothing fancy, just the ordinary barley bread that the poorer people used as their staple food. Bread symbolizes the life-giving love that Jesus gives us! That love is plentiful, it is generous, it never ends.
Perhaps it was a foreshowing of the time, soon to come, when Jesus said, “Take this and eat from it.”
Next Sabbath we will have the opportunity to “take eat” during the Last Supper service. Easter is upon us. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to invite colleagues, family and friends to worship with us. Give them the brochure you have received today and if you need more there are some on the information table.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Our Bible message entitled “What Can God Do With a Happy Meal?”will be presented by
Pastor Shirley Allen.
Immediately following our second service we will enjoy our monthly Fellowship Potluck. Plan ahead, bring extra food for our guests, and enjoy developing some great friendships.
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus 20th Anniversary Festival concerts this afternoon here at Sunnyside Church. Two identical concerts at 3:30 and 7:30 pm. Seating for these concerts are at capacity. There are often tickets released at concert time by those who are unable to attend at the last moment. You are welcome to sign up on a waiting list at the door, enjoy the concert in an overflow room with live video broadcast, or watch the concert online at www.oamc.org or www.SunnysideAdventist.org. Both concerts will be live-streamed.
Our Easter celebration begins a week early on April 12:
Living Last Supper, 8:45 and 11:15 am.
– A reenactment of the Lord’s Last Supper based on Leonardo da Vinci’s painting.
Tenebrae, the Service of Darkness, Friday, April 18, 7:00 pm.
And I, If I Be Lifted Up, Sabbath, April 19, 8:45 and 11:15 am.
– Pastor Scott LeMert will be presenting our Bible message for the worship services.
No More Night, Saturday night, April 19, 5:00 pm.
– An Easter musical will feature the combined groups of His Praise Men’s Chorus, Belle Cantori, and Portland Adventist String Orchestra.
The Mary Monologues, Easter Sunday, April 20, 9:30 am
– Easter readings told by the four Marys.
Easter brunch will immediately follow the Sunday morning service.
Invite your family, friends, and neighbors for this Easter celebration.
One of our Pathfinders is trying to earn extra money to go to Oshkosh by babysitting. If you have a need or know of someone that does, please contact the church office for more information at 503-252-8080.
Ethiopia: Sunnyside’s seven-member advance survey team leaves Sunday night for Addis Ababa, Awassa, and other places in the ancient domain of the queen of Sheba. Ted Mackett (chair, Foreign Mission Facilitation Committee), JonathanRussell, Deffo Mebrat, Alaka Worana and wife Martha Zeleke, and Ray and MarionBetz will assess opportunities for building projects, children’s and women’s ministries, medical services, pastoral training, and public evangelism. Pastor Jonathan, participating in his first overseas mission, is slated to preach at a mini-camp meeting. The team will be formally commissioned during worship services this Sabbath, April 5.
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Elementary http://www.paes.com
There is a need for host families for one or two 4th-6th grade students visiting PAES from Taiwan for the week of April 20-27. If you are interested, please contact the program coordinator, Julie Feng, directly, 503-244-0879.
April 5, 7:00 pm: Pleasant Valley Church hosts Mary Grace will share her testimony in word and song. Bring a friend.
April 8, 9, 2-4:30 pm: Adventist Community Services leadership meetings will include inspiring presentations from Al Reimche, Gary Parks, Cheri Corder, and fellow ACS leaders. Dates and locations in our area will be as follows:
Tuesday, April 8, Meadow Glade Church, Battle Ground
Wednesday, April 9, Beaverton Church
Attendance is free, but please RSVP to 503-850-3555, or email@example.com with the names of those attending.
April 11, 7:00 pm: The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland hosts Milo Adventist Academy One Voice and Handbells in concert. Free Admission.
April 13-17, Sun. 1-7 pm, Mon-Thur 6-8 pm: Vancouver Church hosts a “Gardening Workshop.” Learn secrets to a healthy garden with Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com. Grow nutritious foods year round using methods given by inspiration over 100 years ago. Cost: $50/person, $75/couple/family, $10 off when you bring a friend/neighbor. Includes supper on Sunday and handouts. For more information and to RSVP contact Marilyn Puccinelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
May 2-4: Grove Christian Camp hosts Oregon Men’s Retreat. Mike Tucker, speaker/director of Faith for Today, will speak on “Your Identity in Christ. for more information or to register go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2014-men.
May 16-18: Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Oregon will host the Rockwood Women’s Retreat featuring Kay Rizzo. Cost $140 per person. Vegetarian meals provided. To register call 503-661-4100 or 503-667-0230. Please register by March 31.
July 1-5, Jasper, Oregon: Light Bearers’ 30th Annual Convocation. This year’s theme is “Faith to Faith.” We will be focusing our attention on the beautiful message of righteousness by faith, exploring god’s transforming love for each of us as revealed in Christ. Powerful preaching. Interactive Bible study. Children’s meetings. A spiritual feast for the whole family. To register, visit www.lightbearers.org or call 541-988-3333.