Greetings Sunnyside Family,
This past weekend, I had the joy and privilege of attending my little brother’s graduation from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Many of you know him, if only because he descended into our sanctuary mid-worship one August Sabbath. Since both my brother and cousin were graduating, it turned into quite a family reunion. Four generations of Russells spent three days together celebrating two significant milestones. As I look back on the weekend, it is notable to me that the best memories and most meaningful connections were not made during baccalaureate or commencement. They were made at the pizza parlor. By the lake. Playing football in the pool. Eating s’mores around a campfire. Cheering for the Blazers at the top of our lungs in a hotel lobby after midnight. Standing in a parking lot together as the rains fell, the winds roared, and the tornado warning sirens howled. It was in experiencing things together that our weekend was made richer. It was in sharing life that the celebration found its meaning. The commencement service was excellent. We have a few hundred formal pictures to prove that we were there to witness the march and celebrate the academic achievement. But the most rewarding part of the weekend, even for the graduates, was the time we spent together.
It reminds me of church. We come together regularly for the specific purpose of worshipping our God together. We need those moments of corporate worship. They feed our souls and tune our hearts toward Jesus. Yet the “family” part of church so often happens outside of the morning worship service. “Family” happens when we work together in committee. “Family” happens when we share stories over a meal at Family night. “Family” happens when we sweat together to clean up the yard, or deep clean the kitchen, or work together to support a family in need. “Family” happens in all of the shared experiences.
There are some that are so involved in the experiences of Sunnyside “family” that they sometimes wish for a little break. There are others, I expect that would be deeply blessed by embracing the family experiences. After all, there’s nothing like worshipping with family.
May God bless our Sunnyside family as we work, play, serve, and worship together.
See you tomorrow!
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “Living a Questionable Life.”
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,” this evening, May 17, 7:00, 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.
Join us for a baby shower tomorrow, Sunday, May 18, 11:30 am, in the Youth Room. Jessica and Michael Curtis are expecting a baby boy soon. Plan now to come and share in the fun of showering them with gifts. For more information contact Darlene Manullang at 503-698-1364.
Sunday, May 18, 6:00 pm
Featuring: “Preventing Osteoporosis” by Dr. Don Hall
Assisted Hearing Device Seminar (by professionals)
Free hearing test and information
Organized by Franklin Gearhart
For Kids: Videos just for you!
ROMANIA: The Food Boxes for Tigmandru table is set in the Narthex today. See pictures of the Roma people who will receive Sunnyside-sponsored food boxes in a special ceremony early next month.
The Pathfinders thank you for the offering last week of $600 for Oshkosh. We need another $19,000 by mid-July. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated. You may place them in an envelope and mark it for “Pathfinder Oshkosh.”
Reminder! Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituents please remember the Constituency Meeting Monday, May 19, 7:00 pm. It will be held in the PAES Gymnasium.
Portland Adventist Academy announces a Special Constituency Meeting to discuss updates on the Capital Campaign and New School Development Plans, on Wednesday,
June 4, 2014, 7:00 pm. All PAA delegates from Sunnyside are encouraged to attend.
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 Academy e-Headlines!
Portland Adventist Elementary http://www.paes.com
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!
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 email@example.com 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 www.naiss-us.com or call 541-228-0667.
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.
June 7, 7:00 pm: James Appel, MD will be presenting his experiences in the Republic of Tchad.
Event Location: Rockwood Church.
June 13-15: Better Life Camp Meeting featuring Kenneth Cox. Registration is now open. For more information or to register go to: http://goo.gl/IlN1iF or call 541-474-3095.
Event Location: Milo Academy.
July 1-5: 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.
Event Location: Jasper, Oregon
PACS is hiring for two positions:
1) Mobile Pantry Coordinator to lead the operations of the PACS COW Mobile Pantry.
2) Goods Processing Supervisor to handle thrift donations and supervise volunteers.
Applicants should be friendly, able-bodied, and active members of the Adventist Church. Call 503.252.8500 to request an application.