Greetings Sunnyside Family,
What a blessing it is to be a part of a church community such as ours! Most of you know that I recently spent 12 days traveling around Ethiopia with seven other Sunnysiders, touring and evaluating potential projects for our 2015 foreign mission trip. Once we all get back into town and collate our findings, you will be hearing MUCH more about Ethiopia and the opportunities to serve there.
One thing that surprised me about being gone was the sense of missing out on something significant. In the short time we were overseas, some iconic Sunnyside events took place. The Living Last Supper. Tenebrae. Easter services. (For those of you splitting hairs, some of us attended Easter Sabbath in body. It doesn’t mean we were completely there.) It reminds me that the life of our community is in our shared experiences. Yes, we have many common beliefs. But we share those beliefs with over nearly 18 million other people across the world. The thing that makes community, the type of connection that matters in our lives, is our shared experience. In a few short days, I recognized how much is lost when we fail (or neglect) to participate in shared experiences and expressions of faith.
Those experiences and expressions are the things that make Sunnyside valuable as a community of believers. Shared moments such as meaningful conversations over dinner or on the trail. Shared events like worship services and concerts. Shared time as we celebrate milestones or mourn losses. These are the things that make up the fabric of our community.
I’m sure some of you have noticed that on Sabbath mornings over the past few months we have seen many unfamiliar faces, visitors, and people “just checking out church.” Many of these people are seeking just the type of community that you and I experience each week. Sometimes all they need is an invitation. An invitation to share dinner. An invitation to attend a concert together. An invitation to a Bible study or a ball game. As we enjoy the community of Sabbath morning, let us not forget to find ways to invite others into the same community we cherish.
Sunnyside is an incredibly special community. As God continues to bring more people in the doors, may we have the courage and grace to help them become a part of the community we love.
May God grant you many Sabbath blessings!
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message entitled “Fear Factor.”
This afternoon at 4:00, Auburn Adventist Academy Orchestra and Wind Ensemble directed by Trenton Russell will present a concert. Following last year’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, the Orchestra will present works from Sibelius and Handel along with the Wind Ensemble playing pieces by Mozart and Whitacre. The ensembles have toured California, British Columbia and, most recently, Utah. The instrumental department at AAA strives to show Christ through music: Changing lives one note at a time, while becoming more in tune with Christ.
Graduation is coming quickly! If you know of someone graduating this year, please let the church office know. We would like to officially congratulate them through our bulletin and newsletter.
Vacation Bible School begins June 23. We are in the planning stages and are in need of several 15 oz. size cans that we can reuse for a craft. Also we need nylon stockings, preferably knee highs (no reinforced toes). If you can help us with this, please deliver them to the church office.
Adventurer Family Fun Day, June 1, at Oregon Conference Campgrounds is themed “Pioneers for Jesus.” Families with children between 4 and10 years of age are invited to participate. Stations include Pioneer Faith, Pioneer Village, Pioneer Home Life, Pioneer Work, and Pioneer Play. The cost is $5 per child, and registration ends May 5. Registration forms are available at the Information table.
Is your gift sewing? The Adventurer leaders are looking for some volunteer seamstresses who would love to make Pioneer bonnets for the Adventurer Clubs Family Fun Day. We have the pattern and fabric. For further details contact Natalia Gramada 503-750-9151 or Evelyn Hull 503-560-9608.
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.
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PAES Book Fair and Open House Is Coming!The Scholastic Book Fair will start Monday, April 28, and continue through May 2. Hours are Mon-Wed. 8:30 am-4:00 pm, Thurs. 8:30 am-7:30 pm, and Friday 8:30 am-Noon.Thursday, May 1, is our annual Open House from 5:30-7:30 pm. Classrooms will be open to visit and a veggie burger dinner will be available for $5.00.Come bring the family and enjoy some fellowship, dinner and classroom displays.
YOU are 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 10-12) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 15-19). We need volunteers for hospitality, shuttle drivers, 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.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-850-3575.
Camp Meting Children’s Division are in search of individuals that can provide a special feature for children (ages 4-5 and 7-10) about car racing or demonstrating of remote control cars. If you can help, please contact Sherri Uhrig 503-850-3537.
Job Opening: The Oregon Conference has a full-time opening for a bilingual administrative assistant in the Hispanic Ministries Department. A job description and employment application are available online at www.oregonconference.org on the Employment page. For questions, please call the HR department at 503.850.3510.
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 19 & 20, 7:00 pm: Lents Church hosts Dr. Ron Clouzet. Saturday: “Why Jesus Is the First-born of the Dead,” and Sunday: “Why Christ Promised to Return.” For more details call 503-774-7290.
April 19, 7:00 pm: Hood View, Pleasant Valley Churches, and Forest Grove 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 email@example.com.
April 26, 3 pm: Hood View Church presents “Two Crowns,” a resurrection musical with full choir, orchestra, and narration.
April 28, 6:30 pm: Adventist Medical Center Education Center A hosts CHIP, the Complete Health Improvement Program – attend a free information session to witness the amazing benefits of CHIP. Regular sessions begin Thursday, May 8, 6:30 pm , Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 10. For more information call 503-512-9055 or HoodViewCHIP@gmail.com.
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 4, 9:00 am—6:00 pm Oregon Conference Holden Convention Center hosts “Camera 101 Certification Series.” Attend this new class series to become a certified church video camera operator! One class to be offered each quarter. Learn the basics of video camera operation, lighting, how to use the tools of the trade, such as a light meter, and more. Cost $15. No experience necessary. To register visit http://bit.ly/1mNBtuY.
May 3, 8:00 am-5:00 pm: Prison Fellowship Volunteer Conference “Rescued and Transferred” at New Harvest Church, 4290 Portland Rd NE, Salem, Oregon. Eight workshops will be offered to help you sharpen your ministry skills and understanding. No charge. For more information call 800-251-7411 x8130.
May 3, 6:00 pm: Healing Hope Church hosts Daystar Adventist Academy presenting a sacred musical program featuring the vocal group Voice of Praise and the Daystar Choir and Handbells. Admission is free.
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.
May 18, 6:00 pm: Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland Airport, 7900 NE 82nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon . You’re invited to join Project Patch in celebrating 30 years of miracles, faithfulness, transformation, and restoration! There will be a celebration dinner and concert featuring Jaime Jorge. For rates/information, call 360-690-8495, or visit: www.projectpatch.org/30years. Come and learn about all that Patch is doing to build thriving families, restore hope to teens, and empower supportive communities. If you’re unable to attend, please consider supporting Project Patch.
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.
Aug. 17-Sept 14, 2014: Interested in missions? Pleasant Valley Church has teamed up with Jabez Humanitarian Foundation to help build a church in Rabi, Fiji. We are looking for volunteers. We will also be sending a shipping container of supplies to Fiji in conjunction with the mission trip. A list of needed supplies is available if you would like to contribute. Call 503-658-2248 for details.