Happy Father’s Day Weekend!
This has been a great week for Sunnyside Vacation Bible School. One-hundred ten plus kids have come out nightly to join in the summer festival about “Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid.”
Over the years I have participated in many great VBS programs, but I doubt that any topped this one for the level of organization, participation, quality of program, and clear spiritual message. A heart-felt thank you of appreciation is due to Emilie Butler, Shannon Christensen, Erin Betz, and Natalia Gramada for their tireless and positive leadership. But how do I dare cite four names when so many helped in so many ways? This was a team effort and it has really been a top-notch program. Visiting parents were overheard commenting on the organization and quality of this program. The team did us all proud. Thanks team!!!
Tomorrow, you will be able to get a taste of this program with VBS church. Now, first service will be more traditional with just a few VBS items as part of the worship service. However, second service will definitely feel like Sunnyside church, but will feature a real feel for VBS. Pastor Jonathan is speaking both services with a sermon titled, “Transfused.”
If you haven’t been able to assist, VBS teardown is always a big project. Should you be willing, you might inquire from Emilie Butler as to how you might help.
One last thing, please, don’t forget the church business meeting scheduled for this Wednesday evening at 7:00. See the announcement for full details, but be mindful that this is the time of year when we vote the church budget for our fiscal year, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.
See you tomorrow as we lift up our voices and join together on our knees.
Pastor Scott and Staff
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 “Transfused.”
June 22 is the last day to submit student assistance applications! The closing date is coming fast! If you need financial assistance for next school year, forms are available at the church office.
Our Church Business meeting will be June 24, 7:00 pm. The agenda is as follows: (1) Devotional, (2) Membership Transfers, (3) Church Budget 2015-2016, (4) Children’s Ministries Leadership, (5) Pastors Report, (6) ReNew Sunnyside Update.
Friday, June 26, 7:00 pm, we will host a concert by a small singing group from Fiji. They are on their way to the General Conference session and are doing a short Northwest tour before traveling to San Antonio. Come and welcome the Sabbath with this special event.
Sabbath afternoon, June 27, 5:00, Encounters With God will meet in the Youth room. Darlene Manullang will present “World War II Years From a Child’s Perspective.”
Family Music Classes: Starting July 2, Sunnyside will offer “Joyful Noise” music classes for children birth-5 and their parents/caregivers. Discover the joy of making music with your child – with song, movement, and rhythm – in a fun, playful environment! Sign up to try a free demo class on Thursday July 2, 10:00-10:45 am in the Earliteen Room. The summer 4-week session runs Thursday mornings, July 9 through August 6. Cost is $60 per family. (Ask about scholarships.) For info/ registration contact Elise Hilde at
The Adventist Book Center’s Camp Meeting Sale will be July 21 to August 2, 2015. Save $12-$25 off the case price on our food super specials. Many Bibles, books, cook books, and music are also on sale. Download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com. After July’s Camp Meeting Sale, ABC flyers are going paperless! That means we need your email address to be sure you receive notice of every sale. Please take a minute to visit abcflyer.com and fill out the short form to share your address with us.
Larry Halleson, a long-time Portland resident, member of Mt. Tabor Adventist Church, and former employee of PAES passed away June 11. A memorial service will be conducted for him this afternoon, 3:00, at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.
~Happy Father’s Day ~
Thank you, Dad, for being there, the times I needed you,
When it really mattered most, you were there to walk me through,
You showed me the love of God, and taught me how to live,
You thought nothing of your time with me, but were willing to give. ~M.S. Lawndes
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy has been blessed with incredible events and stories this spring. Read more about their annual Service Day, Linda Neel’s final concert, Gospel Choir’s music tour, and more! www.paasda.org/news.
Portland Adventist Elementary
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.
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.
August 3, 4: ASI Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries presents “Your best Pathway to Health Spokane.” They will provide free medical, dental, and eye care services to an estimated 3,000 patients this summer. This event will be held at the Spokane County fairgrounds on August 3 and 4 with set-up on August 2. Volunteers (500 – 1,000) are needed in all areas: dental, vision, medical, child care, food service, hospitality, chaplaincy, and more. Medical and dental professionals in all specialty areas are especially needed. You may register to volunteer at www.pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org.
Event Location: Spokane, Washington