Greetings Church Family,
Family time is a precious commodity. I’ve been reminded of this over the past couple of weeks as I’ve spent more time than usual with mine. Our vacation didn’t consist of any exotic trips or extraordinary stories. But it was a great time to spend time together. We played football in the yard, wrestled with the dog, put smoked ghost chilies on each other’s Mac & Cheese, and spent time swimming in pools or across rivers. It was simply delightful family time.
But the most interesting development of that time was my daughter’s growing affinity for things creepy and crawly. Lucy has always enjoyed bugs and critters (since her birth her nickname is Bug, after all). But last week she found a small garter snake in the back yard and promptly fell in love. She found a Costco cashew jar, punched a couple of (tiny) holes in the top, and proceeded to create a tiny habitat for her new friend, Speedy. Every day since then, she has paid careful attention, hunting for bugs and slugs for meal time, lining the nest with moss and dirt, and doing all she can to care for the little reptile. I’ve enjoyed watching Lucy as her instincts for protection and care kick in with a little wriggling part of God’s creation. Just yesterday she found another little snake, dubbed Speedo, and added it to her collection. For the moment, it’s a fun family adventure. Just pray for us that Speedy and Speedo don’t get out in the house.
But as I watch my kids caring for a growing zoo of critters, I’m reminded and reassured of God’s provision for us. Sometimes we forget that God promises to lovingly provide sustenance and shelter to His creation. We forget that He is invested in the details, insuring there’s moss in the nest and bugs in the jar. That’s what he promised in Matthew 6 saying, “do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.” It is God who sustains and provides for us. It is God who is invested with tender care.
Whether we have a lot or a little, we have much for which to be thankful. May this Sabbath be a day of thanksgiving for the provision of God. Provision for our physical needs. Provision for our spiritual needs. Provision for our salvation and life eternal with Him.
Tomorrow is our communion service in which we reflect again on the gift of God for us. I hope you’ll make plans to join in as we reflect on Jesus, the bread of life, and experience His grace anew.
See you in the morning!
News & Notes
Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week is Communion Sabbath and Pastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Broken Bread.”
Encounters With God this afternoon, 5:00, will feature Arthur Tolan. Dr. Tolan works as the director for Forensic and Legal Services at the state psychiatric hospital in Salem. His message is titled “Pillars of Remembrance.” He will share some of his experiences that changed his life and helped him to become closer to God. All are invited. Translation to the Romanian language will be provided.
Tomorrow, Sunday, 9:00 am, we are looking for a team of volunteers to rake rocks at the back of the church. We are preparing the soil and need your help to accomplish this so grass can be planted and a sprinkler system installed. Bring gloves and rakes. Lunch will be provided. Questions? Call Tom Kramer 503-515-7991.
Also tomorrow, Sunday, at 12:00 pm, Women’s Ministries and Senior Ministries will sponsor a health talk by Dr. Don Hall entitled “Healthy Protein.” A light lunch will be provided. All are invited.
On Sabbath, October 3, we will have a special service. This will be Pastor Scott’s last Sabbath as Sunnyside’s senior pastor. This week only we will have just one church service. Sabbath School will be from 9:30-10:30 am. Church worship service will begin at 10:45 am. A potluck will follow the church service.
A memorial service for George W. Geppert will be conducted at the Lents Seventh-day Adventist church located at 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd. (one block south of Foster Road) on Sunday, October 4, 2:00 pm. A potluck style dinner will follow in honor of how much George loved to cook for them and work on the church.
Hans U. Hielscher, organist, will be in concert at Sunnyside Church, Wednesday evening, October 21, 7:00. Hans Hielscher is a German organist and composer and has played more than 2,500 concerts worldwide. This is a concert you will want to attend.
We are pleased to announce a joint mission project to Belize between Oregon and Moldova SDA Conferences. A group of missionaries from Romania will travel with a group from Sunnyside to Belize and work together in various projects: two evangelistic series, children’s ministries, and construction. Everyone can participate! We will leave Portland on Nov. 9 and return Nov. 24. Contact Vasile Gramada 503-705-3072.
Just so you know – the volunteers that helped pull up our carpet saved us nearly $2,000. Again, a very special thank you!
Portland Adventist Academy
Fantastic Four! Strengthening our academics, Portland Adventist Academy introduces four gifted new teachers and several compelling new classes. Read more here: http://paasda.org/news/exciting-new-teachers-and-classes/.
Portland Adventist Elementary
PAES is debt free! Thanksgiving has arrived early. Come celebrate with us in the school gymnasium on Sunday, October 4, 5:00 pm. We look forward to sharing the story with you.
September 26, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm: Filipino rally with worship, fellowship, and food. Lunch will be potluck, so bring your favorite entrée, salad, or dessert for 12. Bring your friends and appetites – both physical and spiritual. For more information call Ardina Wang, 503-255-0075.
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist Elementary School.
September 26, 7:00 pm: Elise LeBlanc Concert. Bring family and friends for a night of fresh, positive acoustic music. Elise’s songs speak of faith, healing and relationships. Refreshments to follow concert. View www.eliseleblanc.com
Event Location: Sandy Church.
September 26, 5:30 pm; September 27, 10:00 am: Jennifer Jill Schwizer will share God-given secrets to psychological and spiritual wellness as put forth in her latest book 13 Weeks to Peace. Be prepared to hear the gleanings of her clinical expertise, life experience, and knowledge of scripture and science, all delivered with passion, conviction and humor.
Event Location: Tabernacle Church.
October 1, 6:30-8:30 pm: Heart Help classes continuing weekly for 10 weeks. “The Passenger” focuses on our beginnings, the 4 attachment styles, and how science has shown these factors dramatically impact our lives today. During each 30 minute DVD presentation Drs. Ron & Nancy Rockey enrich the weekly chapter reading and self-study homework by adding their insightful and personal perspective to each lessons’ topic. Workbooks are $49/ea. To register or for more info, call Audrey, 503-957-0809.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.
October 3, 3:00 pm: Did you miss the earthquake seminars at Camp Meeting? You get another chance to hear them! Are you prepared for the Big One? What about your family? Will we as a church be ready to assist our neighbors? Special guest Alice Busch, Emergency Manager for Multnomah County, explains what can be expected when the great earthquake hits our area and how we can best prepare for it. Ms. Busch, who has worked closely with the leadership of Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS-DR), has a contagious enthusiasm for disaster resilience. Training for Donations Operations (the ACS-DR role in a disaster) will follow on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 8:30 am – Noon. Sunday’s training is $30 for first timers; $10 for renewal. For info, contact Laura Pascoe at 360 991-5201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver
October 5, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop. “Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse: How to Treat Non-Offending Pedophiles” is for mental health professionals, social workers, youth leaders, students, and other interested parties. Based on the Dunklfeld model. For more information and registration go to ASAPinternational.org (the Association for Sexual Abuse Prevention International) or contact Gary Gibson at 541-891-6168.
October 9-11: Collegiate and Young Adult Fall Retreat: Enjoy an inspiring weekend of praise & worship, friendship, food and outdoor activities with Christian young adults at Big Lake Youth Camp! Cost $25 per person, $35 per person after Oct. 2. Register online at www.yafall15.eventbrite.com.
Event Location: Big Lake Youth Camp.
October 9-11 Hillsboro Church 100th Anniversary Celebration: We invite you to join us for a Friday night vespers and a celebration Sabbath service followed by a fellowship meal. For more details contact 503-648-3922 or email email@example.com.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.
October 16-18: “Joy! The Road Trip” Women’s Retreat with Dr. Carla Gober-Park from Loma Linda University. Special musical guest: Elise LeBlanc. Breakout speakers are Cheri Gatton, Karen Pearson, Sher Carlton and Dr. Mable Dunbar. Teen speaker: Macy McVay. Teens coming with a mom or mentor come for only $25. To attend, register by going to AdventSource.org or call 800-732-7587.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.
October 29-November 1: Medical Evangelism Conference – CrossTraining: Are you a physician or dentist interested in learning how to effectively share Christ with your patients? Then the AMEN conference is for you! We will discuss how health professionals can be “CrossTrained” meeting not only their patients’ physical needs but their spiritual needs also. Together we will learn how to focus our attention, and the attention of our patients, on God’s heart of love as revealed in the Cross of Christ. Featured Speakers include: Pastors Steven Grabiner and Mark Finley; Physicians Peter Landless and Kelly Kinsley; Dentists Steve Chang and Ronald Hold; and many others. All physicians, dentists, healthcare professionals, and pastors are welcome. For more information please visit www.amensda.org or call 530-883-8061.