You just have to praise the Lord for the wonderful weather. I love it when the rain comes overnight (Tuesday night) and by morning the sun is out in full and the sky its bluest. And we might add to the list the fact that we have the miracle of a set of eyes to behold it all in living color. The heavens tell of His handiwork!
We, and many guests, were immensely blessed this last weekend by the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus. We were full to the maximum seating capacity at both presentations and some were seated in the overflow room. A big thanks to all (and that is a big number) who made last weekend, morning, afternoon, and evening a blessing. We should mention a big thanks to the deacons and hospitality crews for a great potluck and the new layout of the room. It allowed us to have more tables and chairs and we needed all of them.
This Sabbath we will feature Sunnyside’s signature, “Living Last Supper,” at both the 8:45 and 11:15 am services. We would like to encourage everyone to dismiss their Sabbath School lesson studies on time and encourage people to make their way into the sanctuary for the start time. There are very few preliminaries and we will be right into the program. This is also a prime program to invite a friend and neighbor. This program is the first of five major worship services (the other four are all next weekend) celebrating the event surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus. See the rest of the letter for a full description.
If you have not heard, our advance team to Ethiopia is on the ground and running. Pray for them, their mission, and safe return.
With you in the Lord,
Pastor Scott & Staff
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am featuring the Living Last Supper, a reenactment the Lord’s Last Supper based on Leonardo da Vinci’s painting.
This afternoon at 5:00, Encounters With God features Bob McDonald, former principal of Portland Adventist Elementary School. Bob’s life is a testament as to what God can do. He came from a violent and alcoholic home with strong influences against Adventism. Come and hear the full inspiring story of how God worked through Bob to be such a strong witness for so many.
If you have any interest or know of someone that enjoys writing and marketing, the Nominating Committee would like to hear from you. They are currently searching for someone to fill our Public Relations position. Contact Dick Gingrich at 503-252-9384.
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.
Easter Services — April 18-20, 2014
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Our Easter weekend includes:
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.
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.
North American International Student Services, NAISS, is looking for native English-speaking host families. Host families will help Chinese youth overcome Mute English. The program begins in July and runs for approximately 30 days. For more information please visit our website www.naiss-us.com or call 541-228-0667.
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 email@example.com or call 360-609-1461.
April 19, 7:00 pm: Hood View and Pleasant Valley Churches. Join us for the first time screening of the feature film, “Jesus – The Desire of Ages”.
April 21, 6:00 pm: Newberg Church hosts celebrity chef Mark Anthony who will be presenting his “Free Dinner and a Message” cooking show. For more information contact Kay Heath 503-319-8525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.