There is so much to say in these few words. As I sit here and look at the date on the top of this page I realize that the month of October, my retirement month, is actually here. Such mixed emotions!
To add to this day, I have been on the phone this last hour dealing with the crisis in Roseburg. When I first received word of what happened in Roseburg; my first panic was that our grandson has been taking some classes at Umpqua Community College — you can understand how my knees went weak.
The family there is all okay but so many traumas in the community. Our son, being an orthodontist, surely had many of these kids as patients. I am also thinking that Dorothy and I might know some of the families involved for we lived there for seven years. Please, hold that community up in your prayers.
Again, thank you in advance to so many who are doing so much to make this last Sabbath a memorable one for us. I truly hope you are all there, not just for Dorothy and me, but also for Jonathan and Jaclyn. Plan to join us this day for the sake of Sunnyside as well. Events like this are more about Sunnyside than the pastors.
See you Sabbath. Remember, Sabbath School starts at 9:30, and the single enlarged worship service starts at 10:45.
Pastor Scott and Staff
News & Notes
Rock Raking! Last week we made a call for people to come rake rocks in the back of the church in preparation for a new lawn. We had a great turn out and within just a few hours we had the job done. Thank you. You made short work of a laborious job!
This week Sabbath School will begin at 9:30 am. We will have only one worship service that will begin at 10:45 am. Pastor Scott LeMert will present our Bible message titled “The Lord Be With You!”
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.
The 2015 PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Awards Dinner is October 11, 4:00 pm, at Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland Airport. It will feature a silent auction, gourmet meal, and an awards presentation. Call 503-252-8500 by Wednesday, October 7, for seat reservations or more information. By letting PACS be our partner in service, we give disadvantaged families in the Portland area a leg up in their quest to get out of poverty.
Sabbath, October 17, Pastor Eliseo Lozano from Changing People’s Lives Ministries (cplives.org) will share first-hand experience in taking the gospel to communist countries. He will be preaching for our services and sharing a special Encounters With God at 5:00 pm. Because of the sensitive nature of his experience, we will be unable to live-stream our worship service on that Sabbath. Plan now to attend this unique Sabbath experience.
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.
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy is having their annual Student Scholarship Auction on November 15, 2015. Tickets are $20/person or $125/table of 8 people. We are also looking for auction items such as event tickets, vacation homes and gift certificates. If you would like to come to our event or donate, please call Heidi Woodworth at 503.255.8372 ext. 230 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.