It feels like August in Portland is supposed to feel like! And, it is wonderful! I’m not ready for summer to be done, but normal sure feels good again.
Last Sabbath’s attendance at Sunnyside looked very August—lots of visitors and lots of members on vacations or outings. And by the way, welcome to the many new people who have turned in membership requests recently to our Sunnyside church office. We look forward to getting more acquainted and worshiping with you in the upcoming weeks, months, and years. Thank you for choosing Sunnyside.
This coming Sabbath is going to be special to me in that since my surgery, this will be the first time that I have taken the pulpit for our worship time. This will be the first of three sermons of which I have a deep heart-felt sense of urgency to share with you. There are interesting parallels between our own Adventist Church and the return of the Jews after the Babylonian captivity. For both groups, “Babylon is fallen, come out of her my people,” but only a remnant comes out, the Messiah is coming (did and will), and the ensuing next generations will go through many of the same issues and challenges. The lessons are many and that will be the subject content of this series.
Each of the next three Sabbaths we will focus on one of the last three books of the Bible – Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Each is from that tumultuous period, each has a distinct message, and each comes with deep lessons for modern-day Adventists. This Sabbath’s sermon is from Haggai and is titled, “From Stones to Glory.”
Please, do read the other announcements in the bulletin and newsletter; it might be summer, but Sunnyside never sleeps.
Pastor Scott and Staff
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Scott LeMert will present our Bible message titled “From Stones to Glory.”
Deacons, Deaconess, and Executive Elders! Tomorrow at 11:00 am, there will be a potluck here at Sunnyside especially for you. Each of you, please mark this on your calendar and take time to enjoy a great time together.
Encounters With God, August 15, 5:00 pm, in the Youth Room, will feature
Raymond Betz II sharing his “Encounters With God While in the Mission Fields.”
Carpet pullers needed! If you can help pull carpet, Carl Haggerty would like your help. No experience needed — he will show you what to do. We just need volunteers, Call Carl at 917-374-6453.
Our Annual Sunnyside Picnic featuring roasted corn on the cob, watermelon, and a classic car show will be Sunday, August 23, 3:30 pm. Bring your favorite veggie hotdogs for grilling and picnic foods: salads, finger foods, casseroles, entrees, or desserts. You may want to bring some lawn chairs and if you have canopies for shade, bring those along. We will feature the “Classic Car Show.” If you have any old vehicles you would like to display, contact Lloyd Wescott at 503-252-0165.
Sunnyside is offering Joyful Noise music classes for kids birth to 5 and their parents/caregivers. Discover the joy of making music with your child – with song, movement, and rhythm – in a fun, playful environment! Register for a free demo class: Thursday, August 6 or Thursday, August 27 from 10-10:45 am. Fall classes will be Thursday mornings September 3 to October 22. Cost: $60-$78/family per 4-week session. Ask about scholarships. For info/registration: contact Elise Hilde at
760-608-9844, or view www.joyfulnoisefamily.com.
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s annual Service Day gave Advanced Placement Psychology students a peek into the realities of helping professions like social work and counseling. With Adventist Health, they spent the day helping a family with a hoarding disorder begin to put the pieces of their home back together. Read the full story here.
Portland Adventist Elementary
Sabbath School, Adventurer, Children’s Church and VBS leaders, teachers and assistants:
You give and give and give. You pour yourselves, your hearts and your energy into our children and now it is time for you to come apart and rest awhile at this event that we have prayed over and prepared just for you. At this conference we are praying that:
- The Lord will pour out His Spirit on you
- You will be refreshed, renewed, reinvigorated
- You will know that God has called you to serve this generation of children
- The presenters will share their passion for leading children to Jesus with you
- You will learn concepts and practical ideas
- You will grow a support network
- You will be better trained and equipped for service
Please book soon!!!! The special hotel rates are only until August 31. Lodging arrangements can be made at the DoubleTree by going to: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLLC-DT-NPU-20150923/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Make sure to enter Personalized Group Code of “NPU” to get a special group rate before August 31st. (After that rooms will be much more expensive if they are available. Only 25 days left…)
To register for the conference, log on to www.adventsource.org. http://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=296