Hello Sunnyside Family,
Those who know me know that I am not a doom and gloom person. But how does one stay in touch with the events in the world and not be taken back by the degree of cold heartedness and rueful evil in the world today.
Nonetheless, we should be encouraged that in the darkest hour, a little bit of light goes a long way. This is a time when we can all make a big difference in the world. God has always been unintimidated by black forces. Twenty-five hundred years ago during one of Earth’s darkest hours, the Jerusalem wall was rebuilt in fifty-two days under the most trying circumstances. Note Nehemiah’s words at the completion of the wall:
“When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.” Neh 6:16
Our God is able!
We are praying that you will join us this Sabbath for continued Sabbath School studies in Luke. Our worship services will be centered under the sermon title: “Sharing Wisdom as an Act of Love.” In it we are going to look at biblical ways to effectively share the eternal truths about God from one generation to the next. What we teach and how we teach can never be divorced from each other. A growing church is a mentoring church; how then do we become that church?
See you Sabbath,
Pastor Scott and Staff
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Scott LeMert will present our Bible message entitled “Sharing Wisdom is an Act of Love.”
Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.
Millennial Matrix Survey 2. Thanks to everyone who filled out the first survey for our Millennial Matrix Project. This week, we have one final survey for everyone to participate in. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions found at www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey2 or use the QR code with your smartphone. Thank you for contributing to a full and accurate picture of the Sunnyside family.
Kids Check-in – Own a smartphone or tablet? Download the “My Church” App to access an up-to-date church directory. Plus, use your device to check your kids or grandkids into their Sabbath School classrooms. Public trials of the check in system begin on May 2. Be ready by downloading the app now at your device’s app store.
Church Pictorial Directory – We are missing many pictures in our directory. In an effort to update and let everyone know who each other is, we are asking that you either submit a picture or snapshot to the office for scanning (the size doesn’t matter), upload it yourself to your details, or ask someone that has a smartphone to take your picture and send it to the office, info@SunnysideAdventist.org. This keeps our directory current and gives a face to your name! Thank you.
There are two very interesting articles in this week’s Adventist Review Online. 1) “The Cost of Discipleship” an excellent overview of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer a German/Lutheran theologian. Bonhoeffer resisted taking the easy course of going along with Hitler’s Nazi Germany and paid the ultimate price – his life. 2) “Adventism Through Millennial’s Eyes”. Research from Andrews University about SDA young adults understanding of our fundamental beliefs and who is important to them as spiritual mentors. This reflects on Sunnyside’s own Millennial Matrix Project.
~submitted by Warren Rushold
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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 Whidden and Alison Brook 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
More than 100 Portland Adventist Academy students will be a part of PAA history this week as they travel with Linda Neel, PAA Music Teacher for 31 years, on her 44th and last music tour. Read the story and enjoy photos by clicking here!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
April 19-May 5: Adventist Book Center’s Spring Sale. For all the details download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center.
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.
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
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Church.
April 26, 1:00 pm: Adventist Health’s Women’s Works Fair. This free event features educational breakout sessions on women’s health topics, and includes door prizes, healthy food samples, and exhibitors with samples and information to help you find simple and beautiful ways to improve your life. The event is free but please let us know you are coming at AdventistHealth.org/NW.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center.
April 26, 2:00 pm: Disc Golf Tournament. Big Lake Youth Camp is excited to invite you to our 1st Annual Spring Fling! This disc golf tournament is a family event and is for all ages The Spring Fling will feature a 20-hole, par-3 disc golf course, individual prizes and snacks. Big Lake’s rock wall will be out, so come prepared to do some climbing following the tournament! For more information, please visit http://biglake.org/blyc-spring-fling-2015/.
Event Location: Oregon Conference – Gladstone.
May 1-3: The 2015 Oregon Men’s Summit is presenting Elder C. A. Murray, a speaker and producer at 3ABN. For more info and to register, go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2015-men.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp, east of Cottage Grove by beautiful Dorena Lake.
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 3, 10 am-2 pm: Plant and Shrub Sale. Are you looking to spruce up the outside of your house and flower beds? We will be having a nursery stock plant and shrub sale. All nursery stock will be sold for wholesale price (2-3 times under retail value). All proceeds will benefit the Student Scholarship Fund at the school.
Event Location: Hood View Jr. Academy.
May 3, 4:00 pm: Silent Auction to benefit orphans and high risk kids.
Event Location: International Children’s Care (ICC).
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.
May 30, 6:00 pm: Spring Concert featuring Shannon and Janine Goodwin, Craig King, Carl Parker, and Tsikirai Family.
Event Location: Stone Tower 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.