Dear Sunnyside Family,
Recently, it was my turn to serve as an on-call chaplain at the hospital. As I stepped into one room, I asked someone how they were doing. “Blessed,” they answered. Over the next 10 minutes they recounted in detail every medical challenge they’d had over more than a decade, including really serious illnesses. The litany was punctuated with, “I’m really blessed.” Sometimes you expect a statement like that to be tinged with irony or sarcasm. Yet I couldn’t detect even a hint of either. From a sincere heart, this human could honestly look at their life and give thanks to God for His blessings. I was challenged and inspired. It reminded me that a heart devoted to God is a heart filled by His Spirit. This person was a living, breathing personification of Nehemiah’s statement that the “Joy of the Lord is my strength.” I’m sure there are many others that have similar stories: joyful before God in spite of nearly impossible circumstances.
I walked into that room hoping to encourage a person in physical distress. In the end, they were the one to encourage me. That’s the way it goes when God’s people allow the joy, peace or love in their experience bubble over into the lives of people near them. Many think that “sharing my testimony” means sharing one’s entire faith journey, or pointing to a profound dir unbelievable “before and after” story. But on that day, a whole testimony consisted of, “I’m blessed.” As you go through this weekend of worship with fellow believers, find a way to share a brief testimony of what God has been doing with you this week. If He’s real to you, you have a story. If you have a story, sharing it will inspire somebody else.
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend and hearing the stories of what God has been doing in our midst.
News & Notes
Sabbath, May 28, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan will bring us our Bible message titled, In Memoriam.z
It’s almost graduation time! If you have a graduate or know of one, please contact the church office with their name, email a picture, list their grade and the school they are attending as soon as possible so we can extend our congratulations to them – email: info@SunnysideAdventist.org, phone 503-252-8080.
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.
Our Church Business meeting will be June 1, 7:00 pm in the Sandy Room. Our agenda is: (1) Devotional (2) Past Business and Board Minutes (3) Membership Business (4) Financial Report (5) 2016-2017 Budget (6) ReNew Report (7) 20/20 Vision. Place this date on your calendar and come join us for this very important meeting.
Elders will meet at 5:30 pm, June 1, for a light meal followed at 6:00 pm with an official Elders meeting. Elders please mark your calendar. We need you!
First Friday will be held June 3 from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship.
This month’s First Friday will feature praise and worship by Sunnyside’s praise team and an inspirational thought from Manny Taiblum who survived a German detention camp in WWII Poland. Flyers are available on the Narthex table.
Registration for soup and salad is currently open and runs through Tuesday, May 31. Reserve your spot now! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served 5:30–6:30 pm, Friday, June 3. Register here: https://goo.gl/X4YzMq.
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.
June 18, our Strawberry Vespers begins at 5:30 pm, followed with strawberry shortcake. We will enjoy a brief break and gather to enjoy a concert by the Heritage Singers at 8:00 pm. Plan now to attend this very special evening!
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. We need volunteers in every area. 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.
Portland Adventist Academy
Our principal search is over, thanks to God’s incredible timing. He is good! http://paasda.org/news/welcome-principal-parris/
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
Adventist Book Center Sale:
The Adventist Book Center’s Vegetarian Food and Book Sale is May 15 to June 5. A variety of new books are now available. For all the details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com.”
Event Location: ABC in Gladstone.
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 29, 10:30 am. Join Washington Conference singles for a day at Northwest Trek. Meet us at the gate Admission gives us access to the entire park, a tram tour, and parking. See www.nwtrek.org for details on cost and what to expect. Bring your camera and appropriate clothes for the weather. To RSVP or if you have questions email WashingtonASAM@gmail.com or call 360-588-3179. We are not arranging carpooling.
Event Location: Northwest Trek, Tacoma.
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.
His Praise Seeks a new Support Coordinator
His Praise Men’s Chorus is looking for someone who can devote their third Sabbath each month between September and May (except December) to helping the chorus move their equipment to the venue where they will be performing, set it up and run the sound for the chorus, put it all back in the trailer then move it to the next venue and do the same thing again. Members of the chorus help load/unload the equipment. A vehicle with a trailer hitch would be needed to haul the trailer full of equipment. Anyone interested in this position should contact the chorus president, Wes Wilbur at 360-936-1401 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete job description.