In this world we can sometimes feel continually bombarded by difficulty and distress; there are wars and natural disasters, ever increasing crime, family turmoil – hope can sometimes seem as if it is fading, that life is just one series of traumas! When Paul wrote to the Ephesians, they were living in similar difficulties; their city of Ephesus was part of the great Roman Empire and a center for pagan worship. It too was not an easy place to live; their lives were fraught with difficulty. And so Paul prayed that the “eyes of the hearts” would be “enlightened” so that they could see past the present difficulties, to the “hope” – a hope that transcends this world. He assured them that the same power that raised Christ from the dead, defeating the powers of darkness, was available to them if they believed! This Easter, as we remember not only Christ’s death but His resurrection, may we also hold onto the “hope to which He has called us.”
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength which He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that can be invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
We have a very special program tomorrow, praising God for His grace and victory over the enemy. I am looking forward to worshipping with you all.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Dale will present the Bible message entitled “God’s Oath.”
Seminar in the Sanctuary (Sabbath at 10:05 am): In a guest appearance, Pastor Dick Fenn shares in the quarter’s final topic: “Redemption: The Great Controversy Resolved.”
Clyde Nelson is turning 90! There will be an open house in his honor, Sunday, 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.
First Friday will be held on April 1 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to invite you to come and share. Pleasant Valley Church will be featured, and an inspirational thought from Pastor Bobby McGhee from Worthington, Ohio, will be presented.
Pastor Bobby is sharing in the week of spiritual emphasis at AMC. If you would be interested in hearing his presentations, they will be at 11:15 am, noon, and 12:45 pm, Monday through Thursday, March 28-31, followed with his final presentation for First Friday. If you would like to join in lunch, the cost is $5.
Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.
Join us Sunday, April 3, 2:00 pm, in the fellowship hall to learn about wills, trusts, and advance health directives with guest speaker Gary Parks, planned giving consultant from the Trust Department of the Oregon Conference. This is sponsored by Senior Ministries, and everyone is welcome. Adult children may want to attend with their parents to get information and ask questions as they plan for the future.
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus 22nd Annual Festival Concert –
5:00 pm, Sabbath, April 9, at the Adventist Community Church in Vancouver. Free tickets are required, available at www.oamc.org or call 503-970-1693 if you do not have internet access. Register early as seating is limited.
Seniors, save the date: Tuesday, April 12 or Thursday April 14! We’re planning a day trip to the tulip gardens sponsored by Senior Ministries. We will use the church bus. More details to follow.
A “Spiritual Retreat” coming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 22-24, for both men and women, to be held in the fellowship hall, sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Join us for programming from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith to enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.
Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.1.
Paulette Bishop passed away March 17. A memorial service will be conducted at Pleasant Valley Church on March 26, 3:00 pm. Thank you for your prayers and support for Marlynn, Mark, Michel, and the entire Bishop Family.
Lyle Werner passed away March 22. A memorial service will be conducted at Mt. Tabor Church, Sabbath April 2, 3:00 pm.
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
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
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
Portland Adventist Elementary
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 email@example.com or by phone at 503- 850-3575.
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.
The North Pacific Union Conference is hosting a NW Prison Ministries Convention where they will celebrate the miracles happening in the lives of inmates; provide training for new and seasoned volunteers that work both inside and outside prison walls; and inspire and challenge all toward more effective and efficient service. The event will also feature special guest Wintley Phipps. Register at http://bit.ly/1pXyc0v. Contact Chuck Burkeen for more information: Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.netadvent.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.
May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.
May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com 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.
The Oregon Conference has two job openings. They are hiring an administrative assistant for the Adventist Risk Management Department; and another one Youth Ministries Department. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.