Thursday morning at 9 AM, the 60th General Conference Session of the Adventist Church commenced with worship in San Antonio, Texas. Over 2,500 delegates will do the business of the church over nine days. Among the items on the agenda: re-electing General Conference officers, some revisions to our “28 Fundamentals” statement, and a question relating to women and ministry.
The issues sound serious, and they are. But in spite of the breathless rhetoric about the potential irreparable to the work of God, the Lord is still guiding the church to be light and salt in a dark and needy world. Last time I checked, the church of God is still grounded on the rock of Jesus Christ so we need not worry, but to be faithful to His calling.
Some of you may be curious about the happenings at GC over the coming days. You can find good updates on the business and goings on in San Antonio from lots of sources, but the two official publications are the Adventist Review and the GC Session Homepage. Many of the sessions will also be broadcast on Hope Channel.
For the brave few that are interested in the flavor and the tone from the floor of the Alamodome as discussion and votes take place, simply go to Twitter or Facebook and search for #GCSA15. That will connect you to the live observations of delegates and onlookers as they participate in the GC process.
Whether you’re interested in the proceedings or not, please pray for those involved. Be praying that the Spirit of God will be moving in San Antonio to lead over 2,500 delegates toward unity. By all human measures it seems impossible, but we serve a God who does impossible things.
Keep the faith. And keep praying for your church both locally and around the world.
See you Sabbath!
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Ralph Martin will present our Bible message entitled “We Hold These Truths Self-Evident.”
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
A memorial service for Jonathan Crosby will be conducted Monday, July 6, 7:00 pm, at Pleasant Valley Adventist Church.
Aristide Dorotfei passed away June 26. A memorial service will be conducted for him here at Sunnyside July 18, 5:00 pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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, email@example.com, 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? Let us 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.