Dear Church Family,
This morning, many of you received a letter from Pastor Scott in which he shared the latest update on his medical journey. You can see it here. (Side note: If you did not receive that email, it means that we don’t your email address on file. Please share it with us so that you too can hear “breaking news.”) The short story is that Pastor Scott is going on medical leave, effective immediately. He had been looking forward to preaching a three-part sermon series this month and he hopes to be ready to return to Sunnyside to preach that series in August or September. After he recovers from his cardiac surgery, he still intends to retire with his last Sabbath at Sunnyside being October 3. Please hold up Pastor Scott and Dorothy in your prayers. Two months ago, none of us would have dreamed that they would be walking this road of medical uncertainty. More than ever, they need their spiritual community to lift them up before God to give them courage for the days ahead and strength to be restored to health.
Naturally, this brings up questions about the future of our church community. I met with a few elders last evening to look toward the future in this time of rapid change. One thing that we agreed on: God is calling this community forward to do the work and ministry of God. God has been calling his people at Sunnyside to do the work of His kingdom. And He continues to do that, even as the pastoral staff has changed. Sunnyside has been blessed with many capable committee leaders and more than two dozen spiritual and wise elders. I will be working with all of our volunteers and spiritual leaders to provide a team approach to the leadership and pastoral care of this congregation. There’s nobody that can do it alone, but with the gifts that God has given this community, we CAN all do it together.
Some have asked, will we have an interim pastor? That question remains unanswered. Right now, there are no interim pastors available from the Oregon Conference. But I will say this: Regardless of who may come to Sunnyside to help serve in pastoral roles, Sunnyside will not be entering into an “interim period.” God has called us to serve our community through VBS, our concert series, and other events that are already scheduled. God has called us to ReNew our facility and to care for resources He has given us. God has called us to reach out to people of all types and all ages and become a place where everyone feels at home. God has called us to inspire a community of people toward a life transformed by Jesus.
And where God calls, we must follow. The Pastoral Placement Advisory Committee continues its work to find Sunnyside’s next senior pastor. It’s still uncertain how long that process will take. But for now, let’s press together and press ahead, responding to the call of God on this community. Let’s be about the mission together.
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Dan Linrud, DMin, will present our Bible message entitled “Mentors Matter.”
Elders please note: Immediately following the second service there will be an Elders meeting. A light lunch will be provided. Spouses and families are welcome.
This afternoon, 4:00 pm, we will host an organ vespers by Karl Helton. He will be performing music from composers such as Bach, Franck, and others. This will be a concert you will not want to miss. Bring a friend!
Thank you! Due to your generosity, we were able to help more than 15 children attend our schools. We have disbursed nearly $20,000 this year in making this happen. Your continued dedication to and support of our schools and Sunnyside children is an investment in the future of the Church. For those families seeking aid for the 2015-2016 school year, please pick up forms at the church office and have them completed and returned to Rosie by June 22.
On May 17, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta with Donald Appert directing, will present a concert here at Sunnyside Church. They will be featuring Schumann – piano concerto in A Minor, Op 54. with Jordan Strang at the piano, and Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op 36.
In Your Church Library:
For Youth and Adults: Two new books:“Red Coats and Scimitars” by Patty Knittel, the story of Karl Schwartz, a German boy growing up in the Ukraine in the late 1800s.
“The Fighter” by Ken Vogel, about Piari of Papua New Guinea, a tribal warrior who ultimately traded his weapons for a Bible.
For Primary/Juniors: Learn about the “Adventures of the Littlest Dolphin” in a family of spinner dolphins of Hawaii written by Arlene R. Taylor; or read “A Change of Heart” by Kristian F. Hart, the exciting story of a young boy, Micah, growing up in Capernaum during the reign of Tiberius Ceasar.
For Preschool: Another book by Arlene R. Taylor, “Aimi at the Hospital” teaches how doctors and nurses help us when we hurt. Or read to your preschooler a lesson in working for what you want, “The Super Red Racer” by Dave Ramsey.
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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 Vespers
June 15-19,8:30 pm: Vacation Bible School
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy art students won 1st and 2nd place prizes at the Mount Hood Community College High School Art Exhibit. Read the full story and see photos on the PAA website: http://paasda.org/news/students-win-1st-2nd-in-art-show/
Portland Adventist Elementary
The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:00 pm, in the PAES Gymnasium. The agenda is: 1) Worship/Prayer, 2) Minutes for May 2014 meeting, 3) Finance Report/Budget 2015-2016, 4) Administrative Report.
NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed close to 4,000 people so far with thousands more injured and homeless. The need is great and immediate action is critical. ADRA is responding and we need your support. Please donate at ADRA.org, call 1.800.424.ADRA (2372), or text ADRA to 41444.
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.
May 8-17, 2015, 7:30 pm: Tim Roosenberg presents Islam and Christianity evangelism meetings. Each nights’ meetings are repeated at 5:45 pm the next evening with a light meal of soup and bread in-between. Come and be blessed as you hear the latest update from Pastor Tim.
Event Location: Ohana Christian Fellowship.
May 23, 7:00 pm: Sunnyside Adventist Church
May 30, 7:00 pm: Pleasant Valley Adventist Church
Laura Whidden and Alison Brook in concert. Laura and Alison are singer/songwriters from Michigan with a heart for ministry. Besides being great friends, they have 25 combined years of touring, writing, and recording experience that lends itself to a beautifully blended presentation. For the tour “The Heart and The Healer” Alison and Laura are setting out to serve the people of the Pacific Northwest. During each presentation, they plan to weave together story and song to tackle topics such as addiction, depression, and mental health. They will top off each program by exploring the victory they have found in Christ and community. Laura and Alison will show that through The Healer there is a remedy for the wounds of the heart.
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 email@example.com.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.
NOW HIRING – PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking a part-time assistant food processing supervisor to help out in the food pantry. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.