Dear Church family & friends,
Very soon we will be celebrating and commemorating the day of our national independence, July 4th, Independence Day. Although we can be proud to be residents and citizens (not all of us) of such a beautiful, free, and prosperous country, we must always bear in mind that we are also citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. The book of Hebrews words things perfectly, referring to the hopeful patriarchs of the past: “they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.” People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return. Instead, “they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:14-16).
I personally find great comfort in these words. As you look at the country you call home, as you look at the countries others may call home, one thing is clear: this world and this country is falling apart. It is falling apart because of sin, and it is falling apart because the Adversary has sown bad seed, and both the good seed and the bad seed must grow together until the time of the harvest, the second coming of Jesus Christ, when we will be taken to our final home.
Although I am grateful to live in the wonderful country of the United States of America, the Word of God reveals the superiority of the heavenly country awaiting us; one without pain, heart-ache and death. A country where, as Elsie Osborn puts it, “the tree of life is blooming, where the streets with gold are laid, and where the roses will never fade.” But in the meantime, we serve as ambassadors for Christ in this foreign land, and we seek to represent our heavenly Kingdom during our short time on this earth. Keep the end in mind as you sojourn in this world, always being “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,” but most importantly, hang on tight to Jesus Christ and the country that awaits you.
Pastor Colby F. Maier
News & Notes
Sabbath, July 2, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will bring us our Bible message titled, Transformed Life: Gentleness.
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. We will be specializing in cold picnic foods since this is the hot time of year! You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
Encounters With God this afternoon at 7:00, in the sanctuary, features
VBS 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.
August 26-28, 2016: Impact Your Health Portland 2016 is a free medical, dental, and vision clinic weekend. Please volunteer for this event. We need physicians, nurses, EMTs, lifestyle counselors, physical & 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. Take time to sign up in the Narthex today. Contact Jenny, jenny@JinFamily.com, 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at PeopleMinistries@gmail.com, 971-803-2337.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
account number 488.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
Summer is busy at PAA, especially with a new leader at the helm! We said goodbye to three staff members and welcomed Sheldon Parris as our new principal. The introduction of our new Principal is available here: http://paasda.org/news/getting-know-principal-parris/ . You can read all of our news stories on our news feed: www.paasda.org/news.
Portland Adventist Elementary
Become a Hospice Volunteer!
Did you know that the word “companion” is not only a noun, but also a verb? “Companion” means “to accompany.” To be a companion volunteer is not only to be a friend and companion, but it also means to accompany someone on a journey. In the case of being a hospice companion volunteer, you are one who accompanies another on their journey at the end of life. This is not only a ministry to the dying, but also one of the most sacred journeys that you will ever take with another person. Many of us are called to such a ministry. When asked why we do this, we are often unsure of what the answer is other than that it is something that we must do. If this sounds like you, then perhaps you would like to learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer. Adventist Health Hospice is currently looking for people who feel called to serve in this capacity. There are many opportunities available. Give us a call today at 503-251-6192 and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator if this feels like an opportunity you would like to explore.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Healing Hope Church office 503-253-8595.
Event Location: Healing Hope SDA Fellowship.
July 23, after Church: Camp Meeting Lunch.
Filipinos of Oregon and Washington! You are invited to camp meeting July 19-23 in Gladstone. Please plan to have lunch, potluck style, following the Sabbath morning service.
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist School.
August 20: Filipino Rally.
Filipinos of Oregon and Washington! Let us all come together for a Filipino Rally with worship, fellowship and food, Sabbath, August 20. Services will begin with Sabbath School at 9:45 am and continue into the afternoon until 4:30 pm. Lunch will be potluck style, so bring your favorite entrée and salad or dessert for 12. Bring your friends, appetites – spiritual and physical. For information call Ardina Wang at 503-255-0075.
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist School
August 26-28: Northwest Christian Motorcycle Rally.
Come join motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the northwest for the 6th annual Northwest Christian Motorcycle Rally hosted by the Oregon Conference. Beginning Friday with registration at 10:00 am, the weekend features fellowship, worship, inspiring messages, and of course, group rides on Friday and Sabbath afternoon. For more information call (503) 850-3507.
Event Location: Gladstone Campgrounds.