This week I have been reminded again of both life’s beauty and fragility, and the necessity of surrender. Ecclesiastes says that when God created the human race, he placed eternity in their hearts (Ecc 3:11). We were not designed for the transitory life that we all experience in this world of sin; we were created to lives of permanence. Like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we are “living in tents” as we look forward to “a city with foundations,”, a life that will last. Until then however, God calls us to journey with him, to leave our life of self sufficiency and set out, like Abraham, on an adventure, trusting Him to guide us step by step along the way.
We so often want to have all the particulars in place before we set out – remove the risks prior to moving. We want the road map! But this is not the walk of faith that Abraham is commended for; he “obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going!” EVEN – Paul himself in our passage, highlights the unnaturalness of the action, but commends it as representative of faith. We are called to trust God with our futures implicitly. In Matthew Jesus himself assures us that we are not to worry about tomorrow, for like the birds of the air and the flowers in the fields, our Heavenly Father knows our needs and wants to supply them (Matt 6:25-26).
This does not mean that life is clear sailing. We are foreigners in this land; death, pain, loss are all experiences that we were not designed for. Yet, even as we are experiencing these struggles in the foreign land where Satan still dwells, we can be sure of God’s promised inheritance. We know God’s promise to Abraham was true, and can be assured that it is the same for us. Until then, let’s take God’s invitation to leave our lives of self-sufficiency, and join him on a journey of adventure into the unknown, trusting him to supply our needs.
News & Notes
Sabbath, June 4, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will present our Bible message titled: “Transformed Life: Payback!”
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
Laura Gren Taylor, B.A. in Religion, daughter of Conrad and Barbara Gren
Timothy Taylor, MDiv, son-in-law of Conrad and Barbara Gren
Portland State University:
Jane Evanado, B.S. in Business Administration in Business Supply Chain and Logistics Management; daughter of Richard and Donna Evanado
Southern Adventist University:
Cassie (Miller) Van Barriger, Bachelor of Social Work, daughter of
David and Sally Miller
Walla Walla University:
Jonathan Stephan, B.A. in Theology; son of Jon and Donna Stephan
Columbia Adventist Academy:
Kara Hatton, granddaughter of Melvin & Betty West;
daughter of Travis and Lynelle Hatton
Corbett High School:
Zac Miller, son of David and Sally Miller
Caitrin Kramer, granddaughter of Tom and Judy Kramer
Portland Adventist Academy:
Taina Allen, daughter of Terrill and Ivonne Allen,
granddaughter of Margie Allen
Bianca Hutuleac, daughter of Vasile and Lidia Hutuleac
Calvin Kramer, grandson of Tom and Judy Kramer
Lydia Krueger-Blehm, daughter of Ron Blehm and Tracey Krueger,
granddaughter of Angie Krueger, and Shirley Blehm-Hartnell
Genevra Lorenson, daughter of Ron and Stephanie Lorenson
Salem Christian Academy:
AnneMarie Chavez, daughter of Carolyn Akerman;
granddaughter of Dick and Joan Fenn
We are excited about the scripture text on the Narthex wall. The pastoral staff selected a scripture that reflects the vision and mission of Sunnyside. . . . “How precious is your unfailingly love, O God.” Psalm 36:7. The calligraphy, cut bronze, and installation were done by artists from Walla Walla, Washington, and funded by the Design Committee.
Our exercise class has discontinued for the summer months. Watch for it to start up again in the fall.
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
Great News about Big Lake!!
We have been given permission by the Forest Service to rebuild cabins in the Girl’s Village! They have lifted the moratorium on new building (after many decades of master plan negotiations). To fundraise for the new cabins we are working to find counselors that lived in cabins, 20, 21, 25, 27, 30, or GV directors. We are hoping that they might be willing to share a positive, life-changing experience that they had while they were counseling in that particular cabin. If you fit this category or know of someone who does, please contact Les Zollbrecht, Director Big Lake Youth Camp 503-850-3578.
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.