Dear Church Family,
If you were at Sunnyside last Sabbath, you’ll remember that we talked about the mission statement of Jesus. We saw from scripture that His mission statement is also our mission statement as we serve together as a church community. Jesus came to release spiritual captives, to preach the good news, to heal the sick and to free those who had been oppressed by their religion and society. His invitation to His disciples – to us – is to continue doing the same thing.
Tomorrow, Pastor Colby will continue the theme of mission as he and the pathfinders lead us in worship experience. All of this mission talk got me thinking about a couple that I met while in Cuba a few months ago.
They were poor, as it seems all regular Cuban citizens are. They both had nearly unsurmountable health problems. I didn’t ask how old they were, but their rough hands, hunched backs and weathered faces betrayed the struggle of years. Walking through their home one could sense the desperation of their situation. Exposed block walls. Low, crumbling ceilings. A single small room for cooking and living space. They had nothing. But press through the curtain and there was a larger room, packed with benches. It was attached to the house: a space dedicated as the gathering place for a house church. A bit further back, a kitchen converted into Sabbath School space.
As they told their story, they expressed their gratefulness that God had preserved their lives and their dedication to insuring that His work would continue. They didn’t have money. They couldn’t travel. They didn’t have much energy with which to do things. But they did offer their home. I left their home that day inspired by their sacrifice, moved by their devotion to the Creator.
This week, two separate teams of people will be leaving Portland to continue fulfilling Jesus’ mission statement. But I’m reminded that it is the gifts and sacrifices of every church member that keep the mission of Jesus alive. One does not have to travel to fulfill the mission. One does not have to give their house or spend all their time at the church. But the call of Jesus is such that it demands each of us to offer what we can, where we can, how we can. The call of Jesus invites all of us to participate in the work of the gospel.
I’ve been inspired as I see how the Holy Spirit has inspired the people of Sunnyside. And I can’t wait to see how He will continue to reveal Himself.
See you tomorrow in church!
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will present the Bible message entitled “Mission Impossible.”
Encounters With God, this afternoon at 5:00, will feature Pastor Colby Maier.
Tomorrow, Sunday, at 4:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta directed by Donald Appert will present a concert here at Sunnyside. Invite a friend; come and enjoy the blessing of a top-quality orchestra.
ETHIOPIA 2016: Join the send-off Wednesday afternoon (March 16) when Sunnyside’s E-team embarks from the church on a comprehensive mission in the heartland of Ethiopia. Our missionaries will load and board a Blue Star coach to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport between 2 and 2:30. They’ll fly to Washington, then on to Addis Ababa, arriving early Friday morning local time.
Photo night resurrected! Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 pm, come and see the pictures Roger Rosenquist will share: “Myanmar – Brimming with Optimism.”
The Los Angeles Dream Center Mission group, including many of Sunnyside’s youth, directed by Pastor Colby, will be leaving Sunnyside Church on a bus to Los Angeles, Friday, March 18, 1:15 pm. Come and wish them well, and assure them that our prayers are accompanying each of their endeavors while they are gone. They will return March 27.
March 19, 6:00 pm, our Annual Family Spring Concert will feature music from some of Portland’s finest musicians. Bring your friends and enjoy our Sabbath afternoon vespers.
Clyde Nelson is turning 90! There will be an open house in his honor, March 27, from 12:30 – 5:00 pm in the fellowship hall. You are invited to stop by and wish him the best. Cake and punch will be available.
Save the date, April 22, 23, and 24 for a Women’s Ministries sponsored retreat for both men and women – watch for more to come.
Family Resource Network
There have been over 90 “thank yous” for your generous gifts supplying physical needs to members of our own church family, and friends from the community during this past year. There are many stories that could be told about your gifts helping keep their lights on,
keeping food on the table, or helping to prevent eviction from home, but I would like to tell you about one of our family members that has been especially close to our hearts, Alex Buchanan.
Ever since that day in June 2013 when Alex went on a bicycle ride ending in an accident, resulting in paralysis of all four extremities, the Sunnyside family has experienced the sorrow of one of our own being so disabled.
It was just a year ago that we had a church dinner featuring Alex, giving us the opportunity to show him our concern and love.
Alex is enjoying the van made possible by the dinner. Just be able to see the spring flowers is a joyful experience. The van is also making it possible for him to participate in the specialized physical therapy that is directed toward maximal development of his physical abilities, preventing joint stiffness, relieving spasm, and preparing him to be a excellent candidate for any proven procedure that may help him regain more extremity function.
Though progress is never as fast as one would like, he is making progress and actually able to shake your hand. Alex is maintaining an optimistic, but realistic attitude about the future, is experiencing a close relationship with God, and enjoys attending Sabbath School and church.
In looking to the future he recognizes the financial demands that his therapy requires and is eager to supplement his income. Just like the rest of us, he would like to be as independent as possible. Fortunately, Alex is computer and I-Pad savvy and has sold several items on E-Bay already and is ready to sell many more. He feels he could sell electronic devices, cameras, collectables, antiques, and hobby collections such as stamps and trains. Also he is able to sell more expensive items on consignment. If you have items of this nature or other items you have questions about call Carl Haggerty 917-374-6453 or Richard Gingrich 971-400-1218. Let’s help Alex help himself.
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
Get ready for some fun and join us at Rivergate’s Big Fat Greek Auction on Sunday evening April 10! Enjoy a delicious Greek dinner including falafels, hummus and more from The Falafel Chef for only $15 per person, and bid on some great baskets and weekend getaways! Childcare for potty-trained children ages 3 and up is available across the parking lot in the Rivergate gym. Call the Rivergate office before April 1 at
503-656-0544 to arrange for auction and childcare tickets.
Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it. We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.
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 for March 20, and Lynn will be here to present on May 15th). Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
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.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.