Dear Church Family,
I wish I could have been in San Antonio last Saturday night for the General Conference session’s parade of nations. It has become a tradition of sorts that every country represented at GC join in the parade of costume and color as we celebrate together the work of God throughout the history of Adventist faith.
I’ve only seen the pictures, but I can only imagine the moving of the Spirit of God in that place as God’s people reflect on the powerful and diverse work of God on this planet. While some may not be into the pomp and pageantry, the sight of so many people walking together in harmony is a sight that galvanizes us and inspires us to press forward as people of God to take the gospel to the world.
It celebrates the wonder that God’s word can reach into the hearts of millions of people with diverse backgrounds of every “tribe and tongue and people and nation.” It affirms the miracle of the power of God to change the lives of score of people as they give their lives to Him.
It’s that image that reminds me that even when I may get discouraged, even when the actions of my church may not make sense to me, even when a disagreement between people or an argument over direction takes place, even then: God has still called us to faith in a powerful gospel.
The story of Jesus and His sacrifice still convicts our hearts and calls us to make a difference both here in Portland and around the world.
I praise God that we are a part of a diverse community in which different people with different experiences and different perspectives can pursue the same God with similar faith.
I’m thankful that we even live and serve in a local church that represents such rich diversity. Because if the gospel has brought us together, then God has plans for us to bind together to take the gospel to this part of the world.
Thanks for being on the journey with Sunnyside. May God bless and inspire you this Sabbath as we worship our Creator together.
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Alden Weaver will present our Bible message titled “The Call Which Unites Us.”
Aristide Dorotfei passed away June 26. A memorial service will be conducted for him this afternoon at 5:00 here at Sunnyside.
Robert and Martha Natiuk and family express our deepest gratitude to all of Sunnyside church members and friends for your expressions of sympathy, prayers and gifts. You have grieved with us since the loss of our precious daughter, Juli-Ann Rose (Natiuk) Williams, on June 14, 2015. You have rejoiced with us in the hope and love that Jesus imparts to us, and the memories of our loved ones. The families of David and Aletha Natiuk and Jonathan and Julie Natiuk also join us in thanking you for your graciousness. A second memorial service will be held during the White-Kubrock-Natiuk family reunion at Yountville SDA Church, Yountville CA, 6:00 pm July 18, 2015. We appreciate your prayers as we go through this difficult time.
Memorial service for Robert (Bob) Robinson will be held at 4:00 pm, August 15 at the Adventist Community Church of Vancouver, 9711 NE St. Johns Road, Vancouver, WA 98665. Bob served as a pastor, educator, and missionary. He is especially remembered as the catalyst for evangelism and building churches in India.
Camp Meeting is July 21-25 at Gladstone. Sunnyside Church will be having Adult Sabbath School and Church services here at the church on July 25. There will not be any services specifically for the children. If you feel like you don’t want to spend the day in the heat, or for some reason can’t make it to Gladstone, come and enjoy our services in the temperature-controlled church. Richard Fenn will be presenting the Bible message entitled The Touch of Love.
Gladstone Camp Meeting for children – together we will search for God’s amazing plan for the Universe and for us, – past, present and future! The awe begins as you step into God’s universe of wonder. July 25 Sabbath services are 9:30 am-12:15 pm, 3:00-5:00 pm, and 7:00-9:00 pm. For daily details for July 21-25 view the 2015 Gladstone Camp Meeting booklet.
2015 Gladstone Camp Meeting’s theme is “Called to Love…Members in Ministry.” As you can see this is not a finished thought because love is only possible as we experience God’s love first of all. And ministry without that component is missing both motivation and effectiveness. So join me in opening your heart to the beautiful and energizing reason for being “Called to Love….” – Jesus. The evening speaker Lee Venden is passionate about this topic. You will be blessed as he looks into the pictures of Jesus within the book of Revelation. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
His Praise Men’s Chorus is looking for a pianist to rehearse with them Monday evenings at Sunnyside Church and perform with them at two concerts on the third weekend of the month from September through May (excluding December). Interested persons should contact director Charlie Drury @ (503) 935-7995 email@example.com.