I am hearing great reports on the Sunnyside business meeting last night. For obvious reasons, I was not there. I must say that I am also most pleased with the election of the new pastoral search committee; this group should well represent the varied interests of Sunnyside and it is a team of dedicated people who do a good job at matching the collective vision of Sunnyside to the right team to coach the church in the chosen direction. May God richly add His Holy Spirit to guide this group; give them your prayers in the coming months!
This Sabbath will be special in that Sunnyside’s own Bethani King, now director of music at Sacramento Adventist Academy will be at Sunnyside with her 93-student strong musically talented entourage. They will start with a concert at the church Friday evening at 7:00, and will join us in both worship services Sabbath morning. Much of the musical selections and groups will be different at each of the two worship services. Bring guests!
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Erika Puni from the General Conference Stewardship Department. Drs. Erika Puni and Larry Evans are here at the invitation of the Oregon Conference and Sunnyside will be hosting both the morning worship services and a five-part afternoon stewardship workshop intended for local church finance and stewardship committees. However, anyone wishing to attend is welcome. A dinner after second service will be provided for those attending this program. We will have guests from other area churches.
Did you do your part in the Millennial Matrix survey? It is easy; just go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1. We need everyone’s participation. Thanks!
See you Sabbath,
With you in Christ,
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week
Dr. Erika Puni, General Conference Stewardship Secretary, will present our Bible message entitled “A Matter of the Heart.”
Welcome to Drs. Erika Puni and Larry Evans from the General Conference Stewardship Department presenting the 2015 Oregon Conference Stewardship Summit. They are focusing on wholistic stewardship and how to live our lives and share our blessings “All for God.” This summit will provide the foundation for the ministry of facilitating faithfulness in all things in the context of loving God and others. Ultimately, everything is stewardship and stewardship is everything! Come and hear more this afternoon starting at 2:00 pm. There will be a lunch provided immediately following the second service for those who stay for the afternoon session. 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
A special welcome to Sacramento Adventist Academy students and Bethani King, director, as they worship with us today. They presented us with a wonderful concert last evening and will present our ministry of music this morning. Welcome home Bethani!
Tomorrow, Sunday, 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, and wears size 12-months. We will be welcoming Isabeau in Sunnyside Church’s fellowship hall. Everyone is invited; gifts are welcome. For more information contact Darlene Manullang at 503-698-1364.
Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.
The Pastoral Placement Advisory Committee was chosen at the church business meeting last Wednesday. They will begin the search for our new pastors. Members are: Krissy Barber, Tom Davis, Dianne Glovatsky, Brian Gosney, Natalia Gramada, David Huckaby, Crystal Kielman, Ted Mackett, Arnold Petersen, Jim Robertson, Megan Snyder, Andre Wang, and Phyllis Woods.
Millennial Matrix has 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!
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
PAES Open House – We would like to invite all families to join us for our annual Open House and Book Fair on Thursday, April 30. Sulzle’s famous veggie burger dinner is being served from 5-6:30 pm for $5.00, root beer floats $1.00; the book fair will be open from 5-7:30 pm; classrooms will be open from 5:30-7 pm. Come hang out with friends and family, have some yummy food, buy some books, and see what the kids have been doing!!
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 20, 6:30 pm: Cooking class featuring exciting breakfast ideas.
Event Location: Beaverton 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 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: “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 1-3: Weekend Family Camp. Family Challenge – Hope and healing for families. You can have a fun, peaceful and loving family! Join other families for the tools and support. For more information and registration: www.familychallengecamp.org.
Event Location: Tualatin Valley Academy.
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.
June 12-13: Better Life Camp Meeting. Register early because our guest speaker this year is Doug Bachelor. There will be children’s and youth programs as well. We have rooms, RV spots and tent camping available as well as cafeteria meals from Friday evening through Sunday morning breakfast. You won’t want to miss this Spirit-filled Christ-centered weekend. For more information or to register go to www.betterlifetv.tv or email to email@example.com.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 269-815-8624.