Dear Sunnyside Family,
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4
It’s been a week ago since I was invited and accepted an invitation to serve as the Oregon Conference Children’s Ministry Director. Sunnyside has been my church and family ever since we arrived in the USA July 1, 2002. First Dave, and then both of us, and then I have had the opportunity to serve as a pastor at Sunnyside for the last thirteen years and for me, personally, seven and a half years. As I go through this month of transition from Sunnyside to the Oregon Conference it is with much thankfulness.
How can we be anything but thankful considering what Christ has done for us. Sarah Young writes. “Be awed by the vast dimensions of My Love for you: wider, longer, higher, and deeper than anything you know. Rejoice that this marvelous Love is yours forever!
The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in thankfulness. Every time you thank Me, you acknowledge that I am your Lord and Provider. This is the proper stance for a child of God: receiving with thanksgiving. Bring Me the sacrifice of gratitude, and watch me to see how much I bless you.”
Both Dave and I have been truly blessed to serve at Sunnyside. You took us into your hearts and blessed our lives and we are truly thankful. You allowed me the opportunity to serve the families of this church and being close to the children filled my heart with joy. I have had the opportunity to make friends with incredible women in this church who God uses to minister in so many ways. I don’t want to leave the men out knowing that I have depended on you for so much help in my ministry.
I have been blessed to pastor with my best friend and mentor, my husband Dave, and currently with Pastors Scott and Jonathan. Thank you for including me in your dream team as we each used our talents for the glory of God. Rosie, this church couldn’t function without you, thank you, thank you. We are thankful and blessed to have Kathy as part of the team.
Then to the wonderful friends and volunteers who God called to serve in this church and that I have personally ministered with, shoulder-to-shoulder, in committees, in the classes, in so many ways and so many places. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. May Sunnyside continue to exist to inspire a community of people toward a life transformed by Jesus.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you and make His face to shine upon you.
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Shirley Allen will present our Bible message entitled Words to Live By.
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
This afternoon, 5:00 pm, Archaeological Artifacts and Bible Stories will be presented by Drs. Larry Geraty, Doug Clark, and Kent Bramlett. This will be a show-and-tell program with several genuine artifacts from the Holy Lands.
Tomorrow, Sunday, March 8, 4:45 pm, we will enjoy the Moving Forward Benefit Dinner. If you would like to attend, we have seats available at no charge. Just contact Becky Haggerty at email@example.com or 503-804-1863, to let her know you would like to be there.
If you can speak Kenyarwanda, or know of someone that can, we are looking for assistance with translation services. Please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.
The Family Resource Network is looking for storage space for household goods. If you can help, please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754.
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
March 14, 6:00 pm: Sunnyside Family Spring Concert
March 21, 7:00 pm: Christian Edition Concert
March 28, 11:00 am: Hymn Fest with Melvin West
April 4, 8:45 am, 11:15 am: Easter Worship Services
April 17, 7:00 pm: Sacramento Academy Concert, Bethani King, director
May 3, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 9, 4:00 pm: Organ Concert, Karl Helton, organist
May 17, 3:00 pm: Oregon Sinfonietta
May 30, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist String Concert (Youth Orchestra)
June 13, 5:00 pm: Strawberry Festival
June 15-19,8:30 pm: Vacation Bible School
Portland Adventist Academy
Five Portland Adventist Academy students were recently recognized for achievement in the Spanish language and inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, a national honor society for Spanish students.
Read more about PAA students who excel in Spanish here:
Portland Adventist Elementary
YOU are Needed!
The 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 16-18) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 21-25). 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
March 7, 2:00 pm: Lincoln Steed, Editor of Liberty magazine will present “The Road to Freedom.”
Event Location: Rockwood Adventist Church
March 11, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm: Cherry Park Elementary School Fundraiser. Join us at the 122nd and Stark Burgerville. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Cherry Park Elementary SUN Program which offers a variety of free programs to the Cherry Park community including an extended day program, free events, workshops, and resources.
Event Location: Burgerville – 122nd and Stark
March 13, 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 pm: Concordia Chorale with Kurt Berentsen, Director.
Event Location: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on the corner of NE 29th and NE Dekum
March 15, 4:30 pm: Oregon Conference Jr. High Choir Festival 2015. Hear 7th and 8th graders from the Oregon Conference Adventist schools perform in this annual event.
Event Location: Rockwood Church
March 20, 7:30 pm: Christian Edition Men’s Chorus in concert. Christian Edition is directed by Pleasant Valley’s own Calvin Knipschild. Bring a friend!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church
March 27-29: Oregon Prayer Retreat features Jeffrey Rosario, speaker and teacher at Light Bearers Ministry and ARISE as our keynote speaker. We will meet at the Twin Rocks camp at Rockaway Beach on the beautiful Oregon coast. For more info, or to register, go to: http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2015-prayer-retreat
April 25, 7:00 pm: The Asante Children’s Choir, made up of children from Uganda, Rwanda, & Burundi, will be performing “The Jericho Tour.” The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope, and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, and sweet voices demonstrate their hope and dream for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform. This is a free performance.
Event Location: Hood View Church
May 29, 30, 2015: Hood View Church’s 50th anniversary homecoming. A small group of Adventists from Gresham and Sandy first met on April 3, 1965, in what is now the Bell Tower Chapel in Boring. They were formally organized on May 29 of that same year. Save the date and plan to join us as we recognize God’s providence over the years!
Evemt Location: Hood View Church
July 17-30, 2015: 2015 Great Controversy tour with Dr. Gerard Damsteegt of the Seminary, Andrews University. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive in Europe. Visit Rome, the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Experience Early Christianity, the Dark Ages, the Reformation, and the “deadly wound.” For more information email: email@example.com, or call 269-815-8624.