Dear Church Family,
This past week I was blessed to share in FaithLift’s study of Colossians. There Paul concludes his letter with the counsel to “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Col 4:6). It is quite amazing how much counsel the Bible has in regards to our words – both Old Testament and New. Proverbs states the case in no uncertain terms: “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). And it made me pause and consider, how much life is imparted by my words? And sadly, how often do my words fail to impart life?
I personally found Paul’s analogy of salt as a seasoning in regards to my conversation, as both challenging and beautiful. Salt can be used in many ways; in larger doses it can be both a preserving agent and antiseptic. But when used as a seasoning, it enhances flavors already present. In fact, if you try to add more and more salt in order to combat unwanted flavors, the results are unpalatable! Salt as a seasoning can only enhance flavors already present and it must be used carefully.
I know that the people who have had the greatest impact in my life, are those that used their words to lift me up, affirming God’s work in my life, celebrating the good. And I am challenged to do the same. In a world where criticism often takes sway, may our words highlight God’s active presence in people’s lives, lifting them up, affirming the good, conversation full of grace, seasoned with salt.
Looking forward to worshipping with you tomorrow,
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “Transformed Life: Love For No Reason.”
Encounters With God, this afternoon at 5:00 pm, features Eileen Robinson.
Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of…
Pastor Shirley Allen whose father in South Africa passed away last week.
Margie Whitmore who passed away March 30. A memorial service will be conducted for her Sabbath, April 23, 2:00 pm, at CherryWood Gabriel Chapel.
Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him Sunday, May 22, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.
Robert Hillberg who passed away April 6. A memorial service will be conducted for him Monday, May 9, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.
A “Sunnyside Spiritual Staycation” is 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.
April 29, 6:00 pm: Join the Sunnyside Family for our Passover seder event. In the hours before He died, Jesus led a Passover seder with His disciples. Come and experience the seder together to gain deeper insight into the Last Supper and our present-day communion service. Free tickets required. SunnysideAdventist.org/tickets.
Lee Venden will be here May 13-21, presenting an All About Jesus Revival Seminar. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper beginning at 5:30 pm; meetings at 6:30. Sabbath, the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this seminar, it is our prayer that you will come to see Jesus in a whole new light, and that fresh glimpse of Him will move you beyond religious theory into a deeper walk with God.
There are a few devotional books that were ordered at the beginning of the year that have not yet been picked up. If you ordered a book and did not receive it, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.
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.
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
April 23, 6:00 pm: Passover Seder
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
Congratulations to Kort Petersen and the PAES Panther Robotics-First Lego League team! They performed very well at the North Pacific Union Conference sponsored North Pacific Regional Adventist Robotic League Challenge at Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place this last weekend, April 10th. The PAES Panthers Robotic Team qualified and were invited to the North American Division Championship Tournament at Sacramento Adventist Academy on May 1, 2016. Wish us well! Francie and Russ Davidson, and Frank Jin (Korean SDA Church) are coaches of the PAES Panther Robotics-First Lego League team.
PAES would like to invite all church members to attend our Open House on Thursday April 21 from 5-7:30 pm:
5-6:30 Veggie Burger dinner with chips and drink, $5 in the gym
5-7:30 Scholastic Book Fair
5:30-7 K-8 classrooms open
6-7 Preschool open
6-7 Middle Wing Robotics room open
Come and bring the whole family and friends for a great evening of fellowship!
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 16, 3:00–6:00 pm: Addiction Recovery Ministries’ Spring Meeting.
Hear about lives being changed and even a baptism that came from an addiction recovery group! Resources featured at this meeting will be Cheri Peters’ True Step material (including a sampling of her video clips), and the Unhooked video series. A light supper will be served.
Event Location: Oregon Conference Office, Gladstone.
April 17-May 8: ABC Vegetarian Food and Book Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s vegetarian food and book sale is featuring some exceptional super specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center.
April 18, 6:30 pm: Vegan Cooking Class.
Entrée dishes and salads will be served as a meal, followed with a demonstration.
Event Location: Beaverton Church Fellowship Hall.
April 22, 6:30 pm and April 23, 4:00 pm: God Against Cancer:
Join the Hillsboro Church for prayer to ask the Lord for healing and prevention from the horrible disease of cancer. Can’t join in person? Join us live online at: HillsboroSDAstream.yourstreamlive.com.
On Saturday, April 23rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Health Fair. Learn what you can do in your own life to help fight cancer.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.
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.
August 26-28, 2016: Impact Your Health Portland 2016.
A free medical, dental, and vision clinic weekend. You can volunteer for this event by visiting www.AmenSDA.org/mission/info/Portland-OR. Needed volunteers include physicians, nurses, EMTs, lifestyle counselors, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, translators, greeters, registration clerks, barbers/hair stylists, massage therapists, food coordinators, security, and prayer warriors. Contact Jenny Jin at jenny@JinFamily.com or 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at PeopleMinistries@gmail.com or 971-803-2337. This special event is being sponsored by Adventist Medical Evangelism Network – AMEN.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy Gym.
La Sierra University pre-med student needs housing from June 15-August 19. She will be taking an MCAT Prep course at Portland State University and will be studying in her free time and be very quiet. (MCAT is the medical school entrance exam). She is willing to pay rent. If you have an extra room in your home that you would be willing to rent out for two months, please contact Hannah Garza at 979-492-0815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Now hiring! PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Please send resume to email@example.com or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.