Business meeting update:
On Wednesday night, about 60 church members gathered for our business meeting. Foremost on the agenda was the approval of our church budget for the next fiscal year. Finance committee presented a budget that plans for $525,000 in expenses and reserves over the next 12 months. In arriving at these numbers, finance committee was able to drive down operational and overhead costs while increasing resources available for the ministries of the church.
The budget is bigger than last year’s budget. Here’s why: Last year, we had expenses for VBS, music and collegiate outreach in special (non-budgeted) funds. The finance committee realizes the vital nature of these ministries and so included them inside of our church budget plan. They were also able to work with our music committee to increase our financial commitment to the director of music ministries in the coming year.
While the budget goes up by about $40,000 for the year, it represents a similar level of spending compared with last year.
As with in any church, the budget is only as good as our commitment to help fund it together. This budget represents our attempt to identify and care for our church ministry priorities. As we serve together, it will be significant that we give together to hold up the ministries that we’ve agreed to support.
Some may not realize that tithe giving does not support the local church budget. We are blessed to be a part of a worldwide church movement that is supported by the tithe of faithful Adventists around the world. Our local ministries are supported and funded by the “Church Budget” line on the tithe envelope, or in your online giving. Thanks for your faithfulness as we serve and give together to promote the cause of Christ in this corner of the world.
Throughout the business meeting, we expressed confidence that as the Lord has lead in our past, He will continue to lead us into the future. With Christ as our leader, we can be confident in His plan.
Keep faith. Stay connected. Let’s serve together as we step into the future that God has planned.
Rumor has it that Sabbath could see temperatures reaching past 100 degrees. Air conditioning will be on in the church, but it’ll still be a warm one. I hope you’ll feel free to dress for the weather so we can worship God together while staying safe and comfortable.
See you Sabbath.
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 “Something Old.”
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
Nadine Hansen passed away June 20, 2015, following a massive stroke. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Sunday, July 26, 2:00 pm.
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.
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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 email@example.com 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.
July 23, 24, 2015: Camp Meeting Blood Drive: Reserve your appointment time now! You can reserve your blood donation appointment time for Thursday, July 23 or Friday, July 24 now! Choose appointments between 10:30 am – 4:30 pm either day. To schedule an appointment, go towww.redcrossblood.org. Sponsor code: SDAConference. Call 1-800 RED CROSS or contact Jeanie.Greisser@redcross.org or Jeanie at 503-866-2023 for assistance. For eligibility info call the Eligibility Hotline at 1-866-236-3276. If you are not eligible to donate, please consider helping as a recruiting, registration, or canteen volunteer July 21 -24th.
July 24, 2015: You are invited to sing with Belle Cantori at Gladstone Camp Meeting. A special invitation to women… YOU ARE INVITED! If you are a woman who loves to sing, chorus member or soloist, please consider this your personal invitation to sing for the Friday evening service at Camp Meeting, July 24! No vocal training required, even just be able to sing the melody. This is your opportunity for the very special experience and blessing of joining your voice with a larger women’s chorus. There will be even a more joyous sound and personal reward singing with a larger ensemble when you make that possible by joining. Hesitant? Fearful? Lack confidence? It’s been years, perhaps, since you sang in a choral ensemble. Talk to me and let me encourage you! Give God the opportunity to gift you a special blessing, and for others, too. You will be singing with Belle Cantori from Meadowglade and with ladies from Sunnyside. Please communicate and let me know of your interest, providing your name, the vocal part you are comfortable singing, your email address, the church community from which you come, and your phone number. Martha Natiuk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-666-9684.
August 2015: Did you know that hospice is also about living life? Make a difference. Adventist Hospice patients need your gift of a little time as a Volunteer! Good with tools, play an instrument, like to garden, or play cards? Does it feed you to make people feel better? Help me match you with a waiting need. Caregivers need breaks to “recharge” their energies to tend to their loved one. Hospice patients with no family, especially, are greatly moved by your presence. You will be treated as an Employee of Adventist Hospice and held with the honor that you deserve. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at (503) 251-6192 to learn more about the application process! Training to be offered in August. Date forthcoming.
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