Greetings Church Family,
Just over a year ago, Sunnyside Church decided to join in with the North American Division’s “Let’s Move Day.” The nearly 4-year-old program is designed to encourage healthy living and combat childhood obesity. Last year, a fantastic team organized the “Life on the Sunnyside Family Fun 5k” and Health Expo. The event was a resounding success, with over 80 registered participants and scores of volunteers.
In fact, it was so successful that it comes back for an encore performance this weekend on Sunday morning. The race numbers are ready, the finisher medals are prepared, a team of people will be ready to set up shelters and outline the course.
But there’s still one missing ingredient: You.
Why does Sunnyside put on community events such the Family Fun 5K, concerts, or VBS? First, it’s to use the resources that God has given us to inspire our community toward a better way of life. Second, it’s to build meaningful connections with the people of our community.
Here’s the thing: People don’t build connections with events or programs. People build connections with people. That’s why we need you. We already have event coordinators and volunteers. Those are the people that are “supposed to” be there. But it’s the dozens of friendly Sunnysiders who participate in this event that will set it apart.
That’s why we need you. Each of you who read this are the pulse and the lifeblood of Sunnyside. You are the people that make a difference in anything we attempt to do together. So I hope that you’ll carve out an hour or two of your Sunday morning and participate in the Family Fun 5k. I hope that once you arrive, you’ll attempt to meet someone you haven’t met before. (It’s not that hard. Make eye contact. Smile. Say, “Hi, I’m <your name here>!” You’re off and running.) I hope that you will choose to be the connection in this event. And who knows? You might even make a friend.
Don’t think you can walk 5 kilometers? Come anyway! The course is laid out so that you can do anything from 0-5 K easily . Don’t let that be an excuse.
If you’re willing to participate, Sign Up Here!
As always, thanks for doing your part to make Sunnyside a fantastic community in which to live and worship.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will be bringing us our Bible message entitled “Love Lost.”
Today at 5! Encounters With God presents Viroel Sestun, Director of Youth Ministries, Moldova Conference, Bacau, Romania. “Viorel has been a blessing to Sunnyside’s missions to Romania. He’s an engaging person and a fine speaker!” RLF
Nominating Committee Partial Report – Second Reading:
Arlyss Dixon – Sunnyside/Oregon Conf. Volunteer Information Coordinator
David Huckaby – Chairman, Student Aid Committee
Roberta Minck is hosting a Bible study class in her home weekly on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm. This class is led by Pastor David Schmidt. If you would like to attend contact Roberta at 503-650-4461.
A vase is missing. On August 23, there was a lovely bouquet of flowers on the table at the North door (near the back parking lot). If you know where the vase might be, please contact the office, 503-252-8080, or just return it to the office. Thank you.
We have an exciting announcement to make. We are planning on starting a Moms and Preschoolers Playgroup and would like to invite your input. Would you please fill out our online survey and let us know your level of interest. http://goo.gl/jzRJPk
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
October 29 – November 1, 7:00 pm: Week of Prayer with Ty Gibson
November 2, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra Concert
November 9, 3:00 pm: Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
November 15, 10:00 am -12:30 pm: Children’s Church
November 16, 4:00 pm: Adventurers Harvest Party
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Elementary
September 14-28: ABC’s Open House Sale. Download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com for all the details.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.
September 18, 6:30 pm: CHIP, the complete Health Improvement Program information session. Regular CHIP sessions begin October 9-December 11, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 pm. For more information call 503-512-9055 or email HoodViewCHIP@gmail.com
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center, Education Center A
October 3-5: Adventist Recovery Ministries Training. Are you interested in ministering to those with addictions? This is the official Journey to Wholeness training offered by the North American Division of Adventist Health Ministries Department and will feature speakers such as Dr. David Sedlacek and Dr. Duane McBride from Andrews, and Dr. Ricardo Whyte from Loma Linda. Cost: $55 or $75, depending on desired materials. Registration deadline is September 25 but register soon as space is limited to 100. For more info or to register, contact Kristina at the NPUC office, 360.857.7013, or visit npuc.org/health2014.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center
October 12: 4 pm: 2014 PACS Awards Dinner and Auction. There will be a silent auction and a gourmet meal with an awards presentation. For more information call
Event Location: Embassy Suites Hotel – Airport.
October 12-17: Big Lake Youth Camp Alumni Work Party. Big Lake is hosting a work party for alumni and their spouses. This is an awesome opportunity for Big Lake alumni to work together once again and to support Big Lake Youth Camp. Food and lodging will be provided. A limited number of RV spaces are available; please call 503-850-3583 to check availability. We look forward to having you be a part of this fun week of reconnecting and ministry. Register at http://goo.gl/z7LToK.
Event Location: Big Lake Youth Camp
October 17-19: Women’s Retreat with Dr. Jo Ann Davidson from the seminary at Andrews University and special musical guest: Margie Salcedo-Rice. Breakout speakers are Rise Rafferty, Maureen O’Kane, Sherri Uhrig, and Margie Salcedo-Rice. Teen speaker: Elise LeBlanc. Teens coming with a mom or mentor come for only $25! To attend, register by going to AdventSource.org or by calling 800.732.7587.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort
October 24-26: Preparing for the Harvest sponsored by the Oregon Conference and North Pacific Union Conference. Sabbath speaker: Dr. Ramon Canals, with breakout sessions and a variety of instructors. For more information view http://bit.ly/prepare4harvest.
Event Location: Holden Convention Center, Oregon Conference
The Oregon Conference is still accepting positions for a half-time administrative assistant in the Education Department. This position could transition to full-time. The job description and application are available online at www.oregonconference.org/employment-home. Please call the HR department at
503-850-3510 if you have questions.