May 23 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, I can’t help but reflect with gratitude on the lives of those who gave everything to protect our freedom in this country. I think of the hundreds of thousands who gave their lives for the cause in World War II, and the families they left behind. I consider over 12 million Americans who served in the US armed services at that time. Not to mention millions more who sacrificed and served on the homefront to enable a successful war effort. We owe our lives as we know them in this country to the selfless commitment of the Greatest Generation. It’s because of them that we have freedom to assemble and to worship. It’s because of them that the Constitution still means something. While Memorial Day is the time to remember those who gave their life, it also seems fitting to say thanks to those who were willing to offer up theirs.

To each of our veterans: Thank you for putting your life on the line to defend our freedom. To every spouse and family member of a veteran: Thank you for standing behind your veteran as they stood up for us.We all could learn something from the dedication, sacrifice, and camaraderie that you have exemplified.  Thank you.

May the Lord lead each of us toward the same dedication, sacrifice and camaraderie as we strive together for His cause.

This week, we are also thankful as Pastor Scott continues to recover from his heart surgery. You’ll find his update below. What a blessing it is to serve as a pastor in this amazing church community. I wake up every morning encouraged and energized by the faithfulness and the prayers of so many.  Thank you for making Sunnyside a wonderful church community.

This Sabbath is the last in our series on mentoring. I hope that you’ll be moved and inspired as we worship our Creator together. See you Sabbath!

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

Dear Sunnyside Members and Friends,

I am writing this as I sit at my computer, at my desk, in my office, at the church.  It was one week ago  today that I went forward with the planned cardiac procedure.  As I am sure you have heard it was a  successful surgery.  The extra tissue object inside of the heart was located and easily removed, since it  was attached by only a couple of filaments.  I am glad to know it is gone.  And, I cannot say enough good things about AMC and the Northwest Regional Cardiac Team.  They are a wonderful, professional, and  caring team.

The first couple of days after surgery were the hard ones; it was painful!  But each day thereafter has been progress in the right direction.  I am sleeping well at night, able to get up and around, bathe, eat, watch a news cast, and back to bed for either a nap or the night.  Food, in small amounts, tastes okay,  but not one bite more.  The good news is that this should be a once in a lifetime event nevermore to  return.  It is rather scary to think how different it all could have been should this not have been discovered, or should a large piece, or the whole tissue, have broken off completely.  God is good!

I’ll need a few more weeks to get my strength back and then you will start to see me around the church more frequently.  We’ll start by coming to church, maybe even announcements.  Hopefully, by early  July, or soon thereafter, I should be getting back into the swing of church duties.

Our daughter from Arizona is with us presently.   All three of our kids and grandkids will be home this weekend.  Dad is not cooking or washing dishes.  They have divided all the duties up among them.  I  think I could get used to this arrangement!

My thanks extend to each of you at Sunnyside, God’s truly caring and praying church.  It is comforting to know that in one’s absence, there are dedicated members who step up to the call of duty and carry the church forward.  From all of the reports that I have received, you have indeed “pressed together” and kept Sunnyside a church moving forward.  A big thanks to Pastor Jonathan for the work he has done for the Lord at this time and his personal friendship and support.

May God be will you all!

Pastor Scott and Dorothy LeMert

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message entitled “Throwing It in Reverse.”

This evening at 7:00 pm Laura Whidden and Alison Brook will be in concert here 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 theThro wounds of the heart.

Church Announcements

Next week, Sabbath, May 30, 7:00 pm, we will be presented with a concert from Portland Adventist String Orchestra (PASO). Plan now to attend. This will be an outstanding presentation.

Graduation 2015 is almost here.  Do you have someone in your family graduating? Please let the Sunnyside Church office know – we would like to recognize them for their accomplishments – info@SunnysideAdventist.org or 503-252-8080.

Student assistance applications for 2015-2016 are now available. If you need assistance for next year’s tuition, please pick up the application forms at the church office and have them completed and returned to Rosie by June 22.

SUNNYSIDE . . . GRATEFUL FOR FREEDOM
We observe Memorial Day once a year. We observe the Creator’s Memorial Day every
Sabbath.
Both celebrate liberty, the preservation of which is not cheap.
Men and women have died to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The Creator Himself died for one and all, thus to purchase with His own blood freedom
from death. Jesus Christ, Creator, became Jesus Christ, Savior.
The liberty of our land and the liberty of our very selves are both sacred because they were
bought at a great price. What would we give in thanksgiving? What should we give?
So far this year the Sunnyside Church family has contributed over $2,000 to the cause of
religious liberty in America and beyond.
Let us not weary in well-doing.   /   RLF

Mark Calendar

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!

Vacation Bible School, June 15-19, 6:30-8:30 pm, is looking for volunteers. If you can help in any way, contact Emilie Butler at b.emilie@gmail.com or
503-853-4264.

 

 Adventist Education

Student assistance applications for 2015-2016 are now available. If you need assistance for next year’s tuition, please pick up the application forms at the church office and have them completed and returned to Rosie by June 22.

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news/
Graduation June 7, 2:00 pm.

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
www.paes.com
Graduation, June 11, 7:00 pm.

Area Events

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at
503-850-3575.

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 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.

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.

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 kp@betterlifetv.tv.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.

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