A Good Father
Most of us are born into families which fall into one of two categories. Some of us were fortunate enough to be born into homes where love, grace, and acceptance are the norm. While others are born into homes where abuse, scorn, and neglect are present. However, even the best of human families have their downfalls and even the “best” fathers are certainly anything but perfect. Although some of us take Father’s Day to appreciate the goodness of our dads, others may be thinking quite the opposite, those whom fall into that second category. Despite your upbringing and regardless of the benevolence of your biological dad, I have great news for you; our God is a good, good father!
The Bible often corresponds our relationship to God as to a child’s relationship to his or her father. For example, the Gospel tell us that “if you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him” (NIV, Matthew 7:11). The point here is from less to more. If sinful man is able to show any goodness to his children, then how much more so will God – who is our Father in heaven, who is perfect and complete in love, who is lacking nothing and who withholds no good thing from us – take care of us and provide for us thoroughly. Our Heavenly Father is the ultimate Dad! He gives us the best gifts and in his sovereignty provides those things which He knows we need, not necessarily want.
In sending His Son, Jesus Christ into the world, our Heavenly Father “proves His love for us in this: while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (NIV, Romans 5:8). He gave us the most precious gift He could ever offer, namely, the death of His one and only Son on a stake so that we might enter into the family of God, so that Jesus might be our brother and we might be called His children. If God, our Father, is good enough to give us Jesus, most assuredly then we can say with great confidence that He is a good, good Father.
Pastor Colby F. Maier
News & Notes
Sabbath, June 4, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled, Broken.
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.
Handbells – if you have enjoyed hearing the handbells for worship services, perhaps you would enjoy even more ringing with the team. We will have several open positions for the coming season which begins in September and would like to learn of your interest now. Competing schedules have taken it’s toll on our ringers! Please call Rosemayne at 503-730-5317; or email email@example.com.
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
First Friday will be held July 1, 7:15-8:30 pm, in the lower level amphitheater of Adventist Medical Center. This is a time of music and spiritual fellowship. This month Ohana praise and worship band will present the music; an inspirational thought will be from Alex and Liesl Geschke who have a miraculous story to share. Flyers are available on the Narthex table.
Wanted: CD of E.G. White Bible Commentary / 7 volumes: If you have this CD or know of someone that does, we have a request for someone to borrow it. Please call the church office if you have one to loan: 503-252-8080.
Trinette Weber, a long-time friend of Sunnyside recently passed away. Many of you know her as co-owner of Trinette’s Floral. She prepared and delivered many flowers for us and many of you. A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, June 21, 1:30 pm, at Abundant Life Church, 17241 SE Hemrich Road, Damascus. Flowers are welcome.
Life at Sunnyside
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.
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.