Dear Sunnyside Family,
I grew up in a little town in central Missouri. The town had around 10,000 residents. “Downtown” consisted of a few blocks of “mom & pop” shops. The big attractions in town were high school football and the junior college basketball team. The Adventist church had just over 100 members. For us, it was clear that “church” meant the people. We met for Sabbath in the gymnasium of the school building that the church members built because they wanted to be sure their kids had Christian education. Maybe I look back on it with the rose-colored glasses of a 10-year-old. Or maybe it was a different time.
Back then, there were two things that kept us together as a church family: working together and worshipping together. The church members built that school a brick at a time together. We participated together in ingathering and evangelism. And we worshipped together in the gym with the concrete floor and the uncomfortable metal folding chairs. But the work and worship held the church together.
And the more things change, the more things stay the same. Even now, work and worship hold a church family together. That’s why I’m excited that this weekend, we get to experience both.
Friday night begins our revival series with Lee Venden. Lee is arriving today (Thursday) and preparing to inspire us with his love for Jesus. Tomorrow, “All About Jesus” will continue with different presentations at 8:45 and 11:15 am. IF ever there were a time to attend both worship services, this Sabbath is it! You won’t be disappointed. The series will continue each evening between now and next Sabbath. Most nights, there will be some food available. Check the website, www.SunnysideAdventist.org, for the details. We’ve done our best to create some great options that minimize the work for our volunteers and are affordable for each of us.
On Sunday morning, we will need the help of a few dozen people to prepare the children’s divisions for carpet-laying next week. We’ll start early by removing all of chairs and props from each classroom, then remove the carpet so that everything is ready for Monday. We could use up to 75 people, so I hope that many will choose to join. As they say, many hands make light work.
I hope you’ll join in wherever you can as we work and worship together this weekend. God continues to lead our church family forward into His plan. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
See you Friday night for a light supper and the opening meeting of “All About Jesus.”
News & Notes
Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Lee Venden will continue his series on “All About Jesus,” For our first worship service he will present the topic of “It’s Who You Know” and the second service topic is titled Born Twice.
At 6:30 pm today, we will enjoy another presentation by Lee Venden titled “Blessed Assurance.”
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.
All About Jesus revival series with Lee Venden continues throughout this week at 6:30 pm. 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. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to share food and build community here at Sunnyside. Please check our website, 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.
It’s almost graduation time! If you have a graduate or know of one please let the office know so we can appropriately extend our congratulations to them.
Student assistance applications are now available. For those families seeking aid in attending one of our Adventist schools for the 2016-2017 school year, contact the church office on how to receive assistance. Applications must be received by June 1.
The Oregon Sinfonietta, directed by Donald Appert, will be in concert here at Sunnyside May 15, 3:00 pm, featuring Jonathan Liao, CMOS winner, playing Mozart.
May 21, 7:00 pm, PASO Portland Adventist String Orchestra & Opus Strings will present a concert “Reunited for Heaven,” celebrating their 10th year of music. This will be their season finale reunion concert directed by Hunter Petty.
Vacation Bible School is July 11-15. This year’s theme is Cave Quest – Following Jesus, the Light of the World. As always, we are soliciting volunteers. If you have helped in years past, please give Emilie a call; if you have never helped, we have a place for you. Please contact Emilie Butler, 503-853-4264 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are available to help.
Family Resource Network – 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 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
Portland Adventist Academy needs substitute teachers. Substitutes do not need a teaching certificate but must have a college degree. Please contact PAA at 503.255.8372 if you’re interested and have a few flexible hours a week to share.
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 email@example.com or by phone at 503- 850-3575.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant.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.