Greetings Sunnyside Family,
Every phone call I have received over the last 24 hours has started with the same question: How’s Pastor Scott? I’m thankful to report that Pastor Scott’s heart surgery went as well as could be expected and he is now in the process of recovering. Although it was not a robotic procedure, it was less invasive than they feared and his outlook for a full recovery is excellent. I was able to sit with him and Dorothy for a few minutes last evening and they are thankful for your prayers and support as they made it through the day yesterday. Right now, they expect that Pastor Scott should be able to go home on Sunday to continue to get stronger. Keep Scott and Dorothy in your prayers as they face the recovery from this serious surgery.
I had the privilege of meeting with the church elders last Sabbath to talk about how we will partner in pastoral care at Sunnyside while we have a single pastor. They were a great encouragement to me as we planned together. A couple of things that we’re planning for:
1.) You’ll see a bit more of our church elders in our worship services and as a part of our visiting plan. While I expect to spend lots of time in the coming weeks and months getting to know lots of members from different groups in our church, I won’t be available at every moment for everything. The elders are well equipped to assist in spiritual care where necessary and I look forward to partnering with them to make sure that we can visit members when they need it most. If you are aware of a situation where we can serve well in connecting with a member or a family, call me or the church office and we will care for the situation.
2.) It’s important for us to know what to expect when we come for worship on Sabbath mornings. With Pastor Scott off the preaching schedule for now, you will see a bit more of me preaching on Sabbath mornings. When I am unavailable, we will have a mix of our Sunnyside elders and well-qualified guests from around the Oregon Conference and Union. I think you will find that the Sunnyside tradition of meaningful, cohesive worship experiences will continue.
Please keep God’s church in your prayers as we all work together to provide for the ministry of this spiritual community.
Hope to see you tomorrow as we worship our Creator together.
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 “Practice and Principle.”
Tomorrow, Sunday, May 17, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, conductor, will present a concert here at Sunnyside Church. Featured works will include the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, with soloist Jordan Strang at the piano; and the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36.
Student assistance applications are now available. For those families seeking aid in attending one of our Adventist schools 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.
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.
On May 23, 7:00 pm, Laura Whidden and Alison Brook will be in concert at Sunnyside Church. Laura and Alison are singers/ 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.
Sabbath, May 30, 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist String Orchestra will be in concert here at Sunnyside.
June 13, 6:00 pm, our annual Strawberry Vespers will present us with some of Portland’s finest musicians followed with strawberry shortcake for all!
Sunnyside Upcoming Events
May 23, 7:00 pm: Laura Whidden and Alison Brook Concert
May 30, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist String Concert (Youth Orchestra)
June 13, 6:00 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.
As you know Nepal has been reeling with violent earthquakes. Stan Sturges has kindly forwarded information to us that will fill you in on the activities surrounding Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal. There are two links: scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com, and http://goo.gl/Ls6bzS.
NEPAL: URGENT HELP NEEDED. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed over 7,000 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 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, Portl