Dear Church Family,
Love has been on my mind a great deal this week, family, as the most amazing man in the world asked me to marry him last Monday! Of course, I said “yes” and we are now in the exciting journey of planning a wedding!
One of my all time favorite authors, C.S Lewis, wrote a most profound and challenging truth about love.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” C.S Lewis, The Four Loves.
Being vulnerable does not come easily for a people born into a world where evil still has sway, where people can and do choose to hurt you, where promises can be broken. However, God asks us to choose love, to choose to follow him in laying down our lives (Matt 10:39, 1 John 3:16).
Sometimes we can view that particular text in quite dramatic terms such as martyrdom and make grand promises to ourselves that we will indeed choose to do that should the need arise.
However, I believe that when God asks us to lay down our lives for him, he is speaking to our day to day existence rather than just a dramatic moment in time. Vulnerability rather than self protection.
Helping others, even if it sometimes means we could get hurt in the process. Choosing to give, rather than store away.
Pastor Kara Dale
News & Notes
Sabbath, July 9, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled, Transformed Life: Going for the Gold.
Vacation Bible School begins Monday evening, 6:30 pm. This year’s theme is Cave Quest – Following Jesus, the Light of the World. We are looking forward to a great week with our kids next week — bring your children, grandchildren, and neighborhood children! Please sign up on our website at www.SunnysideAdventist.org and come enjoy our week together.
Sabbath, July 23, is Sunnyside’s camp meeting Sabbath! Gladstone will be concluding its week of camp meeting. However, as usual, Sunnyside will open our doors for Sabbath worship services. Pastor Don Reynolds will be leading in our worship service and Pastor Dick Fenn will conduct a general Sabbath School study. Sabbath School is at 10:00 am and the worship service will begin at 11:15 am. (There will be only one worship service this week.) Feel free to join us and invite others who may want to enjoy an air-conditioned building in which to worship.
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. 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 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 act. #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
2016 Gladstone Camp Meeting
July 19-23 ~ Called Together…Members in Ministry
Join us for camp meeting! There is a special blessing that God gives as we fellowship, worship, and work together, and this becomes even more significant as we move closer to the return of Christ.
Morning Devotionals: Review the early church just after Jesus retuned to heaven. Find the powerful parallels found in those chapters from the book of Acts that are still significant for us today.
9:00 am: Carl Cosaert will give you a whole new insight into mentoring, modeling, and ministry of Paul and Timothy.
Workshops: Many from which to choose!
Evenings: Mike Tucker unpacks the Bible stories of salvation.
Birth-Age 10: Experience adventures of living in God’s family.
Kids in grades 5-8: Listen to stories by Dick Duerksen as well as play, serve, and worship together!
Youth: 7 am: Devotions with Pastor Michael; fun afternoon activities; Evenings: with Paddy McCoy.
Collegiate/Young Adult: “This Is My Story!” Every night hear powerful testimonies from young adults who have found real hope, strength, and life change in Jesus. Featured speaker: Manny Arteaga. View the entire camp meeting booklet by clicking on: http://orgccampmeeting.adventistnw.org/uploaded_assets/288364. Event Location: Adventist Campgrounds, Gladstone.
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.