Greetings Church Family,
Have you ever imagined what heaven will be like?
Since the start of time many have anticipated its arrival and the commencement of its splendor. After all, heaven is an indispensable hope of the Christian faith. Heaven is not simply an ideal or theological perspective of a type of world we wish to experience now, but on the contrary, it truly is a better world to come.
In recent years, speculation concerning heaven and what it entails has reached a startling peak. Books have been written, movies produced, stories told about what heaven is all about! Whether from a fictional perspective, or an all-to-true reality, it’s a topic that is on the hearts and minds of many.
The Bible shares with us in the book of Revelation the wonderful truth about heaven:
“And I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.” -Revelation 21:3
Let me put it like this: if you can currently live in a world that is defined by sin, pain, and ultimately alienation from God, and yet in some way still experience the fruit of His Holy Spirit, then I want you to imagine what those same fruits will taste like in heaven! In a world governed by perfection, love, and reconciliation with God. And on that day, when you are standing in the very “presence” of God, you will experience something which you have never experienced before, that is, the fruits of the Spirit fully MAGNIFIED to the highest degree! These are the real rewards of heaven, the presence and power of the fruits of the Spirit.
Think about it for a moment. For example, let’s talk about one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit which is peace. If you can experience God’s peace amid the distress and chaos of a world which has been separated from God, then what will it be like THEN, when the reality of heaven is already governed by peace and reconciliation with God? Right now you may be separated, but then you will be completely restored, completely reconciled, and at perfect peace! No more barriers, no more breaches, no more sin between YOU and GOD forever! Just imagine, what will heaven be like?
News & Notes
Camp Meeting Sabbath, July 23 at 10:00 am we will have a general Sabbath School lesson study, and at 11:15 our worship service. Pastor Don Reynolds will present our Bible message titled, “The Last Message of Mercy.”
Sunday, July 24, 2:00 pm there will be a memorial service for Jack Killinger here at Sunnyside, followed with light refreshments in the fellowship hall.
August 5, 7:15 pm: First Friday will feature the praise and worship team from our own Sunnyside church family, and is in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. Pastor Jonathan will give the inspirational thought. Flyers are available on the Narthex table. Registration for the August 5 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open Monday, July 25 and run through August 2. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, August 5. Registration link: https://www.adventisthealth.org/nw/event/first-friday-soup-and-salad-dinner
August 21, 3:00 pm: Our Annual Sunnyside Picnic featuring roasted corn on the cob, watermelon, and a classic car show will be Sunday, August 21, 3:00 pm. Bring your favorite veggie hotdogs for grilling and picnic foods: salads, finger foods, casseroles, entrees, or desserts. You may want to bring some lawn chairs and if you have canopies for shade, bring those along. We will feature the “Classic Car Show.” If you have any old vehicles you would like to display, contact Lloyd Wescott at 503-252-0165.
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.
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
Enjoy our pictures of Vacation Bible School!
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
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.