After recounting the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana, John notes that this was the first of the signs in which Jesus revealed His glory. From a human’s perspective, a very unusual choice in miracles to kick off any world-changing ministry; raising the dead would have been much more dramatic for a first! But of course, God knows best, and tomorrow we will be exploring the amazing glory of God that Jesus revealed in this particular trip to Cana.
I particularly love the fact that he was invited to go in the first place – Jesus, God in the flesh, was someone that people wanted to have at their parties. There was nothing about being God which made the common person pull back, or avoid Him – He brought life to a party! Joy! And secondly, He chose to go – He chose to walk all that way to attend a party. He valued people, he took time to celebrate life, demonstrating an integral part of the Christian life; having fun together!
As Summer starts, let’s take time to celebrate life together as a church family. Do you like hiking? Perhaps biking? Walking? Visiting restaurants? Picnicking? Invite a few people you know as well as people that you may have just met, and take time to enjoy the life that God has blessed us with.
Next weekend we have our annual STRAWBERRY VESPERS on Saturday night (with the Heritage Singers!!!) as well as an evening with Manny Taiblum on Sunday (dinner included), so if you haven’t done so already, mark it on your calendars!
Looking forward to worshipping our incredible God with you tomorrow, Family.
News & Notes
Sabbath, June 4, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Dale will bring us our Bible message titled, Transformed Life: Better Than Good!
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
Kila Gebeyessa, daughter of Genemo Wariyo and Zewiditu Hinsen
Edatu Gebeyessa, daughter of Genemo Wariyo and Zewiditu Hinsene
Columbia Adventist Academy:
Kara Hatton, granddaughter of Melvin & Betty West;
daughter of Travis and Lynelle Hatton
Zac Miller, son of David and Sally Miller
David Douglas High
Sabinna Pierre daughter of Marie Pierre
Caitrin Kramer, granddaughter of Tom and Judy Kramer
Portland Adventist Academy:
Taina Allen, daughter of Terrill and Ivonne Allen,
granddaughter of Margie Allen
Christopher Green, grandson of Dick and Arlene Thompson
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
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!
Sunday, June, 19, 5:00 pm, we will enjoy a light supper together, and immediately following at 6:00 pm, we will spend an evening with Menachem (Manny) Taiblum. He is a Holocaust survivor and will tell us his story of God’s faithfulness and strength in the face of immense struggle. Register at www.SunnysideAdventist.org.
Vacation Bible School is July 11-15, 6:30 pm. 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, or would like to start this year, we have a place for you. Please sign up online at www.SunnysideAdventist.org, if you are available to help, or if you would like to attend register for our VBS on the same site.
Sabbath, June 25, 12:45 pm, immediately following our second worship service, a meal will be provided for all volunteers. We’ll gather together for a brief training, and then spread out through the neighborhood distributing flyers to our friends about our VBS.
Family Resource Network – We have another specific need! Two families have arrived from the Congo, and need everything to set up their home. If you can donate anything, please contact Marie at 503-998-3754. Thank you for your continued 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
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for all your support with getting me physical therapy training hours at ADAPT. It’s going well over there with each week of training. Your donations of sellable items for eBay to be used for ADAPT hours are also going well. I enjoy listing items because it helps me feel as though I have a part in raising money for my ongoing recovery. I greatly appreciate all the help everyone has contributed and am ready to take on more sellable items for eBay for those who wish to donate them. Thank you. ~Alex Buchanan
ReNew Projects: It has been another busy week at church – we have been regrading and installing drainage and sprinkler systems in order to facilitate greater use of our grounds. Meanwhile, continued Sunnyside Renew progress is taking place inside! Thank you to everyone who has been busily making this happen!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
July 10, 5-7:45 pm: Vegan Potluck and the Power of Raw Foods:
Join Northwest VEG in welcoming Kathy Peterman, RN as she shares her journey in raw food, detoxifying, juicing, and trying out various ways to lose weight. It’s a journey that got her to now do a raw cleanse three times as a way to enhance her health and focus on caring for her body, mind, and spirit. Come learn more about her journey and how it might be helpful to you. Recipe and samples of a raw smoothie will be provided. Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. NW VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. Questions? Email Jeanne at email@example.com or call the Healing Hope Church office 503-253-8595.
Event Location: Healing Hope SDA Fellowship.
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.