Greetings Sunnyside Family,
As I have been making my way around the church this week, it has been a beehive of activity. At one end of the hallway, many women have been busily measuring, cutting and sewing, preparing gifts for the girls and women of Ethiopia. In another corner of the church, men gathered together for prayer and study. In yet another area, women gathered supporting each other, praying, and studying God’s word. At another time, a dozen volunteers gathered to insure that our children had meaningful experiences in church programming. Another group of volunteers committee’d together to labor over how they could faithfully follow God’s calling. Still others were found on ladders or in closets, faithfully seeing to the needs of the facility that we all appreciate. Another was giving time and energy to artwork that will make a difference in the life of the church. Others labored and pondered over ministry goals and vision for our children’s ministry. Others worked in silence, faithfully recording offerings and payments required to keep the ministry going. Beyond that, I’m sure there was more that I didn’t even see.
In thinking about it, even the bees might be jealous of the activity that occurs on a weekly basis at Sunnyside.
Everyday, I’m reminded that it’s a blessing to be a part of the community of God. It’s a blessing to serve side by side, shoulder to shoulder as we strive together to make the gospel real to Sunnyside members and others. I’m reminded of the countless volunteer hours that are spent, without expectation of recognition or applause. I’m reminded of people that love God and love the community enough to invest time, energy and resources into making a difference.
Without the network of volunteers, the church couldn’t function. Thanks to each person who gave time this week to make this world a better place. hanks to each person who will serve in the coming week.
You’re noticed. You’re appreciated. And this community is better off because of your investment in it.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow as we will dedicate the missionaries and the projects they will serve in over the next month. God continues to reveal His plan for taking the gospel message to the world, both near and far. And as long as we have breath, we will answer the call to make a meaningful difference in communities, revealing His love and His truth wherever we go.
See you tomorrow!
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “A Task Unfinished.”
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 Men’s Bible Study group, sponsored by Senior Ministries, started last Wednesday. It was well attended and will continue each Wednesday at 10:00 am. Men of any age are welcome. A rotating group of facilitators will help to bring a variety of perspectives.
Women’s Ministries is collecting 100+ bookmarks – any size, any type, regular, 3D, fabric, beaded, crocheted, knitted, printed, plain, or stamped. They are hoping you may have a few around the house you can donate. These bookmarks will be sent to Ethiopia along with 100+ books, i.e., New Testaments, Steps to Christ, and the Great Controversy, etc. Deliver your bookmarks to the Elders/Mission office.
ETHIOPIA 2016: With the formal commissioning of the 37-member E-team today, the final pre-launch activity is scheduled tomorrow morning: Packing three dozen bags (up to a total of 1,800 pounds) of materials for the 19-day (inclusive) mission starting March 16. The E-team is grateful to all the Sunnysiders who have donated clothes for kids; supplies for ministries for women, youth, and children; and scores of toothbrushes. Dollars contributed to Mission Fund 450.1 today will enable the E-team to lay the foundation of a new church in Nagele; conduct programs for women, youth, and children; provide field clinics and hospital consultations; and support Pastor Jonathan’s preaching series in Kuyera and Nagele.
Sunnyside Youth, ages 15+, will be involved in a mission trip to Los Angeles during Spring Break, March 18-27. The Dream Center was founded twenty years ago with a compelling vision to impact all of Los Angeles by addressing people’s physical, material, and spiritual needs in unique and practical ways, The Dream Center has grown into a phenomenon that now reaches more than thirty thousand people each week through its multiple church services and more than two hundred need-centered ministries. We will be driving a bus to Los Angeles and some of the activities we may be involved in are: adopt-a-block, construction, discipleship, food bank, food truck, kitchen, His hands extended, kid’s ministry, family floor, and foster care intervention. Come prepared to share Jesus in practical ways. For further information and to register, contact Pastor Colby at Colby.Maier@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-334-8095.
Save the date, April 22, 23, and 24, for a Women’s Ministries sponsored retreat for both men and women – more to come.
Family Resource Network thanks you for your gifts that have made it possible in recent months to help a number of families through difficult times. You may continue to contribute to account #488.1.
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
March 13, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
March 19, 6:00 pm: Annual Family Spring Concert
March 26, 8:45 & 11:15 am: Easter Services
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
Portland Adventist Academy
As you may have heard, beloved teacher of 20 years, Mr. Ellis is no longer teaching at PAA and is home on hospice after being diagnosed with advanced melanoma in December. He had been teaching through most of his treatments but is no longer able to. It has been hard on our students, staff, and alumni. We appreciate your prayers.
Portland Adventist Elementary
PAES K/1st grade round-up:
Portland Adventist Elementary School would like to invite all prospective Kindergarteners/First Graders and their families, to attend Round-Up for the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, March 15, from 1-2:30 pm. Everyone attending must pre-register with the school office by calling 503-665-4102 no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, March 11.
Rivergate Adventist Elementary will host an annual Round Up on Friday, March 11. This is an opportunity for students who will be in PreK, K, and 1st grade next school year to interact in the classroom. Students in grades 2-5 are welcome to join us as well. Visitation time for PreK & K will be 8:30-10:30 am. Classroom visitation for students who will be in 1st – 5th grades will be 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. A complimentary lunch will be provided for all students visiting through the lunch hour. Please RSVP by phoning 503-656-0544 if you would like your child to attend.
March 6, 12:00-4:30 pm: Oregon Conference VBS Fun Day:
Register now for the 2016 VBXperience! Kelly Pick and Jamison Wallington will unwrap the new Adventist Kidsville! Other VBS programs being showcased will include Deep Sea Discovery and Cape Quest. Join us! To register call 503-850-3537.
Event Location: Oregon Conference Holden Convention Center.
March 6-8 Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference.
Pastors, church elders, youth, and young adults leaders from across the Northwest will gather to listen to some of the best minds in youth and young adult ministry and discover practical ways they can impact this emerging generation for Christ. Featured speakers: Don Jackson, NAD president, Chap Clark, Brad Lomenick, Steve Case, Benjamin Lundquist, Tracy Wood, and Paul Graham. Cost: $75 for first 200 registrations, $105 after 200, and $30 for Sunday only (includes lunch and supper). To registration www.yyalconference.eventbrite.com. Deadline: February 25.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp, Washington.
March 6-13: ABC Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s Case Food Sale is March 6-13. Deliveries are available. For all the details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone, Oregon.
March 12, 5:00 pm: Sacred music and testimonies concert.
You are invited to attend a special concert, “An Ever-Present Savior,” featuring Shannon and Jeanine Goodwin and friends. Join the Goodwins as they share their love for the word of God with beautiful sacred music and testimonies. This is a benefit concert to help hungry children through The Weekend Backpack Lunch Program sponsored by People to People Ministries. For more information contact Carl at 503-893-9022.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
March 16, 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm: How to Pay for College–Online Webinar.
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents – How to Pay for College. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.
March 20, 3:00 pm: Michael Card Live in Concert.
Michael Card will be in concert as a benefit for Livingstone Adventist Academy student scholarships. Tickets are available at livingstoneevents.com or iTickets.com; $20 general admission, $30 floor seating.
Event Location: Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, Salem.
March 20 and May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com via DVD how to grow healthy, tasty fruits and veggies using EGW methods and more. Bring your lunch, garden rake, and shovel. Cost is $25 per person/couple. Free to previous attendees. Bring someone new and get $5 credit! Early registration is recommended. Email Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461 to register.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.
March 25-27: 2016 Oregon Prayer Conference.
This year’s prayer conference will feature Randy Maxwell, author of the book If My People Pray” and five other inspiring books on prayer. His topic is “Unprecedented: Praying for Unprecedented Results.” Breakout presenters include Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and Tony and Sayuri Rodriguez from Grants Pass. For more info call
541-367-4913, or go to http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2016-prayer-retreat
April 1-3: Rosario Singles’ Retreat, Anacortes, Washington.
Come and enjoy the beauty of Rosario Beach, enjoy inspiring speakers, listen to amazing music, eat great food, have fun, and be rejuvenated. On Sunday afternoon, choose from whale watching, a jet boat ride through Deception Pass, or a driving/walking tour of the tulip fields in Mount Vernon. Register early for your best choice of lodging and activities. Request your registration packet by emailing RosarioRetreat@gmail.com or calling 360-588-3179. To get future news and updates, send an email to Washington ASAM@gmail.com.
April 1-3: NW Prison Ministries Convention.
Early registration discount is available until March 6. Go to www.NWPrisonRetreat.eventbrite.com to register. Registration fee assistance is available through the Oregon Conference Prison Ministry Department. Contact Chuck Burkeen at Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to receive assistance.
Event Location: Hold Convention Center, Gladstone.
April 21-24: NW ASI Annual Retreat and Conference.
Featured speakers include James Rafferty of Light Bearers, Dr. Rick Westermeyer, Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and many more! For more information about ASI or to register for the convention, please call the North Pacific Union Conference at 360-857-7000, email email@example.com or visit http://asinw.netasi.org.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond.
April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvenit.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.