May 10 Communiqué

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Greetings to All!

First, let us say a big thanks to those who made last week’s worship services so inspirational.  I am not talking about the sermon which I gave, but the music that was such a blessing.   And then if you were there, special guest Julia Gish-Salerno, was just awesome on her violin during Sunday’s concert with the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra.

This weekend is Mother’s Day, and it’s time to celebrate again.  I would like to urge that on this holiday that we include the many women in our church and families who, while they might not have children of their own, have given so much to so many others.  Sunnyside has been blessed with these women!

The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, under the influence of Anna Jarvis who had been campaigning for women’s rights.  In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

By the early 1920’s, Jarvis became bitter over the commercialization of Mother’s day and organized boycotts against Hallmark Cards, candy makers, and flower companies—even getting herself arrested.  In the end, we have Mother’s day, not as Jarvis imagined it, but wonderful nonetheless!

This Sabbath we will celebrate Mother’s Day with special guest speaker, Pastor Gordon Pifher, Director of Stewardship, Leadership, and Innovation for the North Pacific Union.  Come, and be sure to bring your mom’s if possible.

Pastor Scott & Staff

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This Weekend
Church Announcements
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This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Gordon Pifher, Director of Stewardship, Leadership, and Innovation of the North Pacific Union Conference will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “Good News or GOOD News: Which Do YOU Want to Hear?

Church Announcements

Adventurers 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.

Sewing Bee – Join us any time on Friday, May 16, and/or Sunday, May 18, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to help us make about thirty pioneer-style bonnets for the girls in the Adventurers Club. Bring a sewing machine, iron & board, fabrics or ribbons, snacks to share, or just your willing self. Just like in the good ol’ days!For further details contact Natalia Gramada 503-750-9151 or Evelyn Hull 503-560-9608.

Handbells – Several have expressed interest in the handbell choir. There may even be enough to form a beginning handbell choir for next year. If you might be interested now or in the future, please call Rosemayne at 503-730-5317 or let her know you are curious and would like to learn more.

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. 

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.

Portland Adventist String Orchestra and Opus Strings invite you to join them in welcoming Jamie Jorge, violinist, as part of our final vesper concert, “Learning God’s Universal Language: Music,” Sabbath, May 17, 7:00 pm, here at Sunnyside Church. They will be performing music by Bach, Borodin, Jamie Jorge, Vivaldi, and others. Please invite your family and friends to enjoy a wonderful evening of music, friendship, and God’s love. Admission is free. A light reception will follow.


ETHIOPIA   It’s homecoming next week for the last two members of our seven-person advance survey team: Martha Zeleke and Deffo Mebrat. In Ethiopia the team saw multiple opportunities for service in various ministries: Pastoral, evangelism, women, children, medical, and building. Foreign Mission Facilitation Committee Chair Ted Mackett plans a brainstorming session to sort out what will be doable and productive during the major mission early next year.

ROMANIA   As a specific follow-up to the winter preaching series conducted by Senior Pastor Scott LeMert, Emeritus Ministers Ralph Martin and Dick Fenn, and Vasile Gramada, Romania has asked Sunnyside to show some love to a whole bunch of Roma children in the village of Tigmandru. Here’s the plan: Distribute food boxes to poverty-stricken families in this tiny gypsy town in the hills south of Turgu Mures. Viorica Gramada will go to Tigmandru later this month to represent Sunnyside in the presentation. The South Transylvania and Moldova conferences are helping. An official of the European Union’s Roma office in Romania has stated she wants to help. Wouldn’t it be special if Viorica could distribute 50 food boxes sponsored by Sunnyside? Big boxes full of really good stuff to help sustain a needy family! It’s Sunnyside love at just 30 bucks a box! Visit with Vasile or Dick in the Elders / Mission office today for details. P.S. This ministry is really something more than anonymously humanitarian; many of the Roma families of Tigmandru are becoming the nucleus of a new Adventist congregation.


Portland Adventist Academy e-Headlines!

Portland Adventist Elementary
Kindergarten Visitation Day!Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 1-3 pm at Portland Adventist Elementary School. Register your child for this event with the PAES office at 503-665-4102. Plan to drop off your child to experience two hours ofKindergarten Fun!

Area Events & Announcements

Housing needed for a 21-year old male student arriving May 10 and attending classes for 90 days. If you have a room available, please contact the church office 503-252-8080.

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 or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at or by phone at 503-850-3575.  

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 or call 541-228-0667.

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 pmEmbassy 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:  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 or call 541-988-3333.


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