Dear Church family & friends,
Our Church exists for those who are not yet followers of Jesus. That’s it. That is why we go on. That is why we exist. This spring Sunnyside saw a number of missionary teams go across the globe, each with the intent of spreading the Gospel and seeing people give their hearts over to Jesus. With teams travelling to Romania, Ethiopia, and even Los Angeles the gospel ministry was furthered. However, while all this is exciting and even beneficial we must never forget that our mission must not be only global but more significantly it must always be local. Let us not overlook the importance, even the commandment, to spread the love of God right here in our local community, in the city of Portland.
In the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus spoke to His disciples saying “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Sometimes I am convinced we have this equation backwards and moreover, even unfinished. Assuming that our local regions have been saturated with the Gospel, we start with the farthest realms and slowly work our way to the inside, rather than starting with the inner communities and working our way out. As you can imagine, this type of evangelism is contradicting the commandment and hindering its effectiveness. But when the Gospel’s starting point is in our municipality, our very own city of Portland, a phenomenal exchange happens. As we begin to witness to others “in” here, and see people encounter Jesus in Portland, we gain the momentum to witness to others out there, to the ends of the earth.
Yes, may Sunnyside be ever so a missional community, but may our mission never lose sight of the right equation and proper vision. If we are faithful in the small things, He will enable us to be faithful in the bigger things. Jesus said, “whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Therefore, if Sunnyside is faithful right here in Portland, we will also be faithful to the ends of the earth – by the grace of Jesus.
Your brother in Christ,
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will present the Bible message entitled “Who’s Got Your Back?”
Immediately following our second service we will enjoy our monthly fellowship potluck. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
Join us tomorrow, 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.
The Landscape Committee is soliciting your assistance. They need more help in keeping our grounds looking good. There is a lot of ground to care for, and the weeds just keeping growing! If you can help, please call Shirley Schoepflin at 503-740-7567.
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.
Lyle Werner passed away March 22. A memorial service will be conducted at Mt. Tabor Church, this afternoon (April 2) at 3:00.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.
April 15-17: Northwest Youth Conference.
We’ll learn from God’s word, praise Him in song, and spend time with Him in prayer. Plan to grow deeper in your walk with God, connect with old friends, and create new friends! See www.nwyc.org for more details and to register.
Event Location: Stateline Church, Milton-Freewater, Oregon.
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 for the 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.