Dear Church Family,
I’m so thankful for the dozens of people that invest their time and energy into the Sunnyside community each week. This week alone, Tom and Dean spent hours making sure our kitchen is safer and more accessible. Gene and Judy spent hours setting up tables and preparing space for tonight’s event. A team of deaconesses has ben preparing food for over 200 people. Kathy and Konnie spent all day at the church preparing beautiful table coverings for future events. Organists and other musicians have spent hours rehearsing. Children’s ministries volunteers have developed programming for our Pathfinders, Adventurers and Sabbath Schools. Everywhere one turns, people who care about the Sunnyside community are investing their lives in making it great! Every time I see it, my heart overflows with gratitude.
Over the past year or so, Sunnyside has been developing our 2020 Vision priorities. One of the top seven (of more than 50) is, “Children’s Ministries is thriving and well-supported.” We have been privileged to have top-flight kids’ ministries over the past decade at Sunnyside and we look forward to many more years of life-changing ministry to our children. We have some of the most dedicated, caring people involved in our children’s ministries. Yet if our vision for the future is to become a reality, the Lord will call more people into service with our Kid’s Ministry team. Some events like Vacation Bible School or community outreach events are shorter-term commitments. Sabbath School is for a bit longer term. All of our volunteers work together to inspire our kids to love Jesus more.
If you’d like to invest your energy and skills into our community, I’d love to talk with you. Whether it be in KidMin or in personal ministries, technology support or kitchen support, there is a place for every person to make a difference.
God is calling us to a journey of transformation that will have an impact on our community, both inside and outside the walls of Sunnyside. As we each do our part in the family of God, the Lord will bless the journey.
I’m looking forward to serving with each of you as we discover how God will direct the future.
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “Transformed Life: Peace Makers.”
This afternoon join us for a review of the Ethiopia Mission at 5:00 pm, in the Columbia Room.
Tomorrow, Sunday, May 1, 4:00 pm the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Spring Concert to be held in conjunction with its first annual fundraiser – a silent auction to take place following the concert with previews before the concert and during intermission. A preview of auction items and information on donating will also be posted to our website. Please visit our Facebook page and invite your friends to “like us!” http://www.SunnysideSymphony.org;https: /www.facebook.com/sunnysidesymphony/
Event Location: Sunnyside Church.
Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of…
Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him Sunday, May 22, 10:30 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.
May First Friday will be held on May 6 from 7:15–8:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of the Adventist Medical Center. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship. The May First Friday launches soup and supper dinner. First Friday attendees can come early and have dinner on us from 5:30-6:30 pm. Registration is required; please register each individual separately at https://goo.gl/SeuCEZ Our spiritual focus will feature praise and worship by Holy Hypertribe from City Sanctuary Church and an inspirational thought from Nelson of the Fish 104.1 morning show. We really hope you will be able to join us. Flyers are available on the Narthex table.
All About Jesus revival series with Lee Venden will be here May 13-21. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper available for purchase on weeknights beginning at 5:30 pm (complimentary on Fridays) and meetings at 6:30 pm. Please check our website, http://www.SunnysideAdventist.org, for more details on food and presentations. Sabbath the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this series, 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.
ReNew Sunnyside is quickly making a difference throughout our facility. It is time once again to do a carpet pull! We need volunteers to help pull carpet on May 15,10 am–noon and May 22, 2–4 pm. If you can help, please contact Carl Haggerty 917-374-6453.
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.
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
May 21, 7:00 pm: PASSO Concert (Portland Adventist String Orchestra)
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
The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency is scheduled for May, 16, 2016, 7:00 pm. in the PAES Gymnasium. The agenda is a follows: (1) Worship/Prayer (2) Minutes for May 2015 meeting (3) Finance Report/ Budget 2016-2017 (4) Administrative Report (5) Dreams for our School (6) Closing Prayer.
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 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.
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.
May 15, 10 am-5 pm: Pathfinder Fair.
The Oregon Conference Pathfinder Fair is an annual end-of-the-Pathfinder-year event. Pathfinders gather from around the Conference to share their accomplishments. The opening ceremony starts with a parade followed by a day filled with activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and good food. Closing prayer concludes the day.
Event Location: Oregon State Fair Expo Center, Salem, Oregon.
May 21, 7:00 pm: Multicultural Benefit Vespers with Esther Nakashima.
Join Esther Nakashima & friends for a wonderful evening of culture and music. A love offering will be taken to benefit the Nakashima family’s school in the Philippines. Invite a friend!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
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.
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.