I’m not particularly good with pain. There. I’ve said it. I like to work hard and be active. I like to go on adventurers. I like to do challenging things. But I don’t like pain. And it doesn’t take much to turn my perfectly splendid experience into a gloomy sort of day to which only Eeyore could relate. Physical pain. Emotional pain. Spiritual pain. I just don’t like it and I’m pretty sure that God didn’t create us to experience it. So, when something hurts or seems like it could hurt, I do everything I can to avoid it or get past it as quick as I can. And I am sure that I’m not the only one. It’s not that odd for humans to avoid the uncomfortable, to minimize the pain, or try to move on to the more cheery side of life as quickly as possible. After all, nobody likes hanging out with a sourpuss.
If ever we were to resist the urge to shun the discomfort and move on to brighter days, Good Friday would be the right time. Good Friday is dark. It’s foreboding. It’s depressing. It exposes the awfulness of sin. It reminds us that there is a real cost for our imperfection. It seems to go against the grain of everything that we tend to embrace in modern Christianity: love, grace, joy, and happiness. Since it’s not what we’re used to, it’s easy to skip right across Good Friday and leap headlong into an Easter celebration. But when we do that, we lose. Because being present in the discomfort of Good Friday reminds us of our human condition. It reinforces that we will not arrive at goodness on our own. It affirms our deep need for a personal Savior.
And it sets the table for the overwhelming joy of Resurrection Morning.
So I hope that you’ll take time on Good Friday to be present in the awful reality of Good Friday. I hope that you’ll live in the darkness that the world felt when its Light was extinguished. I hope that you will recognize your own need for rebirth and renewal. I hope that you’ll embrace the pain.
Just don’t forget. Sunday’s a-comin’.
See you tomorrow.
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message entitled “Darkness Before Dawn.”
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.
Millennial Matrix: Screens for Jesus, will be shown at 2:00 pm in Room 62. Everyone is invited. There is a survey that we’re asking everyone to take. It gives us more information to help lead the church in the direction you want it to go. Please go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1, or read the QR code. It takes just a few minutes and will help us make educated decisions for your church. It is anonymous, so you have nothing to fear – we just need your input!
Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.
All women are invited to attend Sunnyside’s two-day Women of Faith – Unwrap the Bible event on Friday April 10 at 7:00 pm and on Sabbath April 11 at 2:00 pm. There will be a women’s potluck on Sabbath, 1:00 pm, before the meeting begins. Suggested donation is $25. Please contact Heidi Hill 503-412-9600 Kathy Pruitt 360-241-1345 for more information.
April 15, 7:00 pm, there will be a Church Business Meeting for the purpose of selecting a Pastoral Search Committee. Your opinion matters and we want each of you to be there.
On April 13, 7:00 pm, there will be a Church Business Meeting Pre-session: 20/20 Visioning. This is your most direct opportunity to have a say in the vision and direction of Sunnyside into the future.
On April 18 we are honored to host the 2015 Oregon Conference Stewardship Summit. Dr. Erika Puni, GC Director of Stewardship, will present our worship services. Dr. Larry Evans will present a General Sabbath School at 10:00 am.
The afternoon sessions begin at 2:00 pm, and the topics are:
- Stewardship In A Changing World
- All Grown Up and No Place To Go
- An Expression of Faithfulness
- Offering Our Best
- Disappointed With God – The Gospel According to Judas
Lunch will be provided immediately following the second service for those attending the afternoon sessions.
On April 19, 2015, 3:00 pm, you are invited to a party celebrating Isabeau, Chandra and Alin Dragulin’s daughter. She soon will be 10 months old. This will be held in Sunnyside Church’s fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. Age-appropriate gifts are welcome. For more information contact Darlene Manullang at 503-698-1364.
“Thank you Sunnyside family for your kind, encouraging wishes, delightful cards, flowers, and gifts as I transition to the Children’s Ministry at the Oregon Conference. It has been a privilege to be on the pastoral team with Pastors Scott and Jonathan. Thank you for your prayers. You have blessed my life in so many ways. The Lord bless you and keep you!” Thankfully, Pastor Shirley
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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 23, 7:00 pm: Laura and Alison Concert
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
Thanks to modern technology, Portland Adventist Academy has been able to stay in touch with most of their missionary groups. Read the (nearly) day-by-day account of what’s happening in the Dominican Republic at an International Children’s Care orphanage:
PAA Alumni weekend will be May 2-3. The schedule is as follows:
Sabbath, May 2: 10:30 am: Church Service with Dr. Randal Wisbey. Class photos following church. Lunch provided.
3:00 pm Alumni concert featuring PAA’s band and choir.
4:30 pm Retirement party for Linda Neel.
Sunday, May 3, 10:00 am: Tea Party Benefit: Calling all women! Delicious food, tea, and conversation. Free, but must reserve a seat. Call 503-255-8372 or email email@example.com.
Portland Adventist Elementary
You’re invited! Visit a new website, www.Called2Pray.org, to join together in prayer with fellow Oregon Conference church members. Together we will pray for personal needs, local church needs and Oregon Conference needs. We will thank and praise God together. And we will ask for God’s special blessing on the Oregon Spanish and English Camp Meeting, July 16-25, 2015. Visit often for inspirational posts. Like us on Facebook too at occalled2pray.
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
100 Days of Prayer for the 2015 General Conference Session will begin March 25 and continue through to the end of GC Session on July 11. Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be fully experienced by our church members and leaders during GC Session. For more information view www.100daysofprayer.org
March 28-April 25, Sat. thru Tues eves, 7:00 pm: Lyle Albrecht will be presenting a series entitled “Prophetic Signs.” Lyle has degrees in communications, history and theology. He has studied Bible prophecy extensively, especially focusing on Daniel and Revelation, and has visited 55 countries, most recently returning from a tour of the Middle East where he observed firsthand the explosive situation there.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.
April 4, 3:00 pm: Easter Cantata entitled, At the Cross: Where Love and Mercy Meet, an inspirational musical. The message through song, narration, orchestration, and visuals directed by Richard Herington, will be a powerful witness to the love of God on Easter weekend.
Event Location: Hood View Church.
April 8-12 7:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm: Health Seminar: From Sickness to Health. Learn simple and practical health principles. How to optimize your health and increase your energy, overcome lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure from national health coach and author, Rico Hill. To register email email@example.com or call 503-609-0780.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Medical Center.
April 10, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm and April 11, 9:30 am-7:30 pm: Vancouver Seeds Church Planting and Innovative Evangelism Conference. Special speakers and Josh Jamieson musical guest. Sponsored by the Oregon Conference NADEI.
Event Location Community Adventist Church, Vancouver.
April 10-12: Young Adult Spring Retreat. Join us; our guest speaker will be Pastor Nick Jones. The registration fee is $25 per person before April 3, $35 per person after April 3. The cost includes lodging, food, and activities. You must be 18 or older to attend. To learn more or to register fro the weekend, visit http://bit.ly/1ET9ljh.
Event Location: Camp Magruder, Rockaway Beach.
April 10-12: Columbia Adventist Academy Homecoming. Honor classes are 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2015. If you have questions or need further information please contact Larry Hiday at 360-687-3161.
Event Location: Columbia Adventist Academy.
April 11, 5:00 pm: Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir Benefit Concert.
Event Location: Sharon Adventist Church.
April 11, 7:30 pm: Violinist Jamie Jorge, celebrating twenty-five years of incredible music, will present an unforgettable, life-changing concert.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver, Wash.
April 12, 4:30 pm: Rivergate Adventist Elementary Auction. “A Night in Paris” is a catered, adult-only event held at the Tumwater Room in Oregon City. Silent auction with dinner and an oral auction following. Tickets $25/per person available at the school office. For more information call 503-656-0544 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist Elementary.
April 12, 5:00 pm: NW Veg Gresham Area Vegan Community Potluck. Please join NW Veg in welcoming Paige Common, owner at Eatin’ Alive, as we hop into Spring with some delicious new ideas on how to use fresh greens to prepare wraps and sauces as well as a light decadent sweet treats. Please bring a Vegan (plant-based) dish with no animal products (including honey) and a card listing its ingredients. NW Veg strives for a zero waste event, so please bring your own plates and utensils. For more details go to: www.nwveg.org.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.
April 15, 6:30 pm, Healing Hope Church
April 22, 6:00 pm, Mt Tabor Church
April 25, 7:00 pm, Hood View Church
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.
April 17, 4:00-6:00 pm: Cherry Park Elementary Fit Family Fun Fair. Our neighboring school is putting on a community engaging health fair offering services and information. This fair is designed for all ages featuring age-appropriate activities for the whole family. Free haircuts / prizes / self care demonstrations / fun games for the kids / cooking demonstrations / entertaining skits / free refreshments / goodies and much more!
Event Location: Cherry Park Elementary School, 1930 SE 104th Ave, Portland 97216, in the gym.
April 24-25: Native American Camp Meeting. The 2015 theme is “Cooperating With Our Creator.” Edward Dunn, First Nations, Canada and Monte Church, Native Ministries, NPUC, will be the speakers. There will be a Fun Run/Walk Friday afternoon with a meeting in the evening and a full day on Sabbath. Sabbath lunch is a potluck but all other meals (Friday through Sabbath supper) are provided. Bring a musical instrument and join in!
Event Location: Belknap Adventist Church, Harlem, Montana.
April 26, 10 am-4 pm: Two-Day “Hands-On” Gardening Workshop. Calling all gardeners! Beginners or experienced, children welcome. Learn how to grow the most nutritious, healthful healing and tasty produce ever! We will have classroom instruction and we will plant the garden and a fruit tree using methods given by the Pen of Inspiration over 100 years ago. Cost: $15/person or $25/family. Includes handouts. Bring your own brown bag lunch, garden rake and shovel. Instructors: Lynn Hoag, SunCountryGardens.com and Jon Frank, International Ag Labs (via DVD) For information call Marilyn Puccinelli at 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Church.
May 1-3: The 2015 Oregon Men’s Summit is at Grove Christian Camp, east of Cottage Grove by beautiful Dorena Lake. Our speaker this year is Elder C.A. Murray, a speaker and producer at 3ABN. For more info and to register, go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2015-men.
May 2, 3:30 pm: Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus presents is 21st annual festival concert. For free tickets go to www.oamc.org or call 503-501-7161.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver.
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.