Life with three humans under the age of eight has a way of keeping things in perspective. Take this morning, for instance. I was in the process of installing the 3-year-old’s car seat into my car. Most of the time, his car seat goes in Mommy’s van so this was certainly a different morning for him. But I don’t think I’ll ever forget the wide-eyed wonder, smile flashing across his face, as he exclaimed, “I’m riding in Daddy’s bug!” (If you didn’t know, I drive a 2001 VW Beetle.) His whole little body wriggled with energy as his excitement grew. Once he got strapped in and began on the journey, his little mind was still in awe and wonder at the miracle of riding in Daddy’s bug.
If not the novelty of riding in a car, the joy could come from following a bug through the dirt, or seeing the first star in the night sky, or discovering a new flavor of ice cream.
When I think of the joy of life through my kids’ eyes, I begin to get inspired. It seems that when we’ve been in church life for a while, the things that used to bring us joy and wonder lose their luster. It’s as if we forget the beautiful simplicity of the gospel. The profound hope of the second coming begins to fade. The great blessings that come with knowing Jesus are taken for granted.
When Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the children, this is one piece of what he meant. He wished to encourage us to see the world through the eyes of the children.
My prayer for each of us is that we will rest in the joy of knowing Jesus on this Sabbath.
I’m looking forward to this Sabbath. While Pastor Scott is on leave, we will have occasional guest speakers, most of whom will be Sunnyside members. Tomorrow, Pastor Don Reynolds, one of our church elders, retired pastor, conference and GC employee, will be sharing the Bible Message with us. I look forward to hearing what he will share as we worship together.
See you tomorrow!
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Don Reynolds will present our Bible message entitled “Jesus, the Right Choice.”
This afternoon at 3:30 pm, Don Hall, DrPH, will present insights on healthy eating and disease prevention.
This evening at 7:00 pm, the Portland Adventist String Orchestra will present their season finale concert, “Building Bridges.” They will be featuring Manos Musicales, a group of ten budding musicians from Beaverton Spanish SDA Church. Come and be inspired by these young musicians. They are our legacy; our future.
Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.
Join our women’s Bible study group every other Thursday this summer starting
June 11 in the Youth Room at Sunnyside. We start with dinner at 6:00 pm, and finish by 8:00 pm. Discussions will be based on Margaret Feinberg’s book The Organic God. Study materials will be provided. Contact Laura Pinto at 503-358-8942 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. All ages welcome.
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.
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 email@example.com or 503-853-4264.
Seminar in the Sanctuary: Absent any setbacks, Dick Fenn plans to return to SITS next Sabbath (June 6), 10:05 am. He thanks the scholars who stood in while he was on medical leave.
On June 10, 4:00 pm, a memorial service will be conducted forJerry Madden, a long-time Portland resident.
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
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
Graduation, June 11, 7:00 pm.
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 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 29-30: Dr. Bob Cundiff presents a “True Revival” on a journey deep into David’s story to discover how we can become a people after God’s own heart. For more time and more information visit http://www.vancouveradventist.com/concerts-and-events.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.
May 30, 2:30 pm: Livingstone Adventist Academy in concert. There will be a handbell choir and vocal choir. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to share in musical inspiration of these young people Free admission.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Church.
May 30, 6:00 pm: Spring Concert featuring Shannon and Janine Goodwin, Craig King, Carl Parker, and Tsikirai Family. The theme for this event comes from Revelation 21:5 where Jesus says, “Behold, I make all things new.” Please invite your family and friends to join in for an evening of glorious Christ-centered music provided by very gifted musicians and vocalists from within our local churches. A reception of light refreshments will follow the concert’s conclusion.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
May 30, 7:00 pm: 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.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley 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.
June 18, 10:30 am: Annual Car Show and Strawberry feed. If you have a vehicle to show contact Ann.Axt@ah.org.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center parking garage (entrance off SE Main Street) Level C.
August 1: “Media on the Brain” with Scott Ritsema of Belt of Truth Ministries. Pre-registration special ends July 5. Registration is now open at: www.whipplecreekadventist.org. Contact Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777 for further information.
Event Location: Whipple Creek Church.
Help somebody by volunteering! Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) has an urgent need for volunteers in the food pantry, thrift store, and health clinic (specific clinic needs include MDs/NPs who can see patients, and a pharmacist). Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503.252.8500 for more information