Greetings Sunnyside Family,
Tomorrow will be a bittersweet day at Sunnyside. It’ll be bitter because we will say goodbye to Pastor Colby as he makes his transition back to Andrews University. In just over 10 months, Colby has endeared himself to us. We’ve been blessed by thoughtful preaching. We’ve seen him grow in his ministry. We’ve recognized that God has blessed Colby with a unique ability to connect with people quickly and make a difference. Yet the result of that gift is that when he leaves, he leaves a noticeable gap. There’s no question that Colby will be missed in this community. So it will be a bitter day.
And it will be a sweet day. It’ll be sweet because we go with confidence, knowing that God is leading Colby in this next phase of his life. I sat with him this week, reflecting on the months we’ve had together. That day he spoke with conviction, “I still believe that I’ve made the right choice. School is the right thing for me right now.” So we accept the separation, knowing that Colby is following the call of God to grow in his education, to more fully prepare for ministry in the kingdom of God. So even in our own sorrow and discomfort, we recognize it is sweet day because Colby has answered the call.
Tomorrow, we will send Colby off, asking God’s blessing as he packs his apartment, travels and begins his studies on Monday. On Sabbath, we will hear his farewell sermon and follow worship with a potluck lunch in which you can wish him well and let him know the impact that he’s made. I hope you’ll join in as we wish Colby the very best.
Life at Sunnyside continues on. I’ve already been working with Dan Linrud and the pastoral placement advisory committee to seek the third member of our pastoral team. In the meantime, your pastors are re-distributing responsibilities so as to continue caring for the needs and the vision of the Sunnyside community.
Transitions are tough. No doubt, we’ve had plenty of them over the past 18 months. Yet the work continues as we all partner together to answer God’s call to make a difference: to inspire this community toward a life transformed by Jesus.
Today I’m thankful that we’re together on the journey.
Pastor Jonathan Russell
News & Notes
Sabbath, August 6, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Colby Maier will bring us our Bible message titled, “Were You There?”
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
Sunnyside’s website needs a facelift! Now is your chance to speak up – the communication team is listening to your input. There is a survey at http://bit.ly/SSWebSurvey, or click on the QR code. Please fill out this survey by August 18, and if we receive 100 responses, the team will serve ice cream on August 20 following the church service!
On August 20, during our second service, we will be having a teacher dedicatory prayer. If you are a teacher, please plan to join us for a special dedication for you and for the upcoming school year.
Alison Brook will be in concert August 20, 7:00 pm, here at Sunnyside. She is a singer/songwriter from southwest Michigan. In her latest music, her contemporary folk style meets the timeless meaning of classic hymns. Her music inspires listeners as it explores issues of faith. Learn more about Alison at Alisonbrook.com.
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 with special worship services on Sabbath here at Sunnyside. We still need more of the following volunteers on Friday and Sunday: 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, jenny@JinFamily.com, 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at PeopleMinistries@gmail.com, 971-803-2337.
Bobby McGhee Friends and Family 14th annual weekend is coming September 3, 6:00 pm. Our worship services will feature guest speaker Buell Fogg, Union College associate chaplain. There will be a fellowship potluck immediately following the second service. After vespers we will meet at Stark Street Pizza for pizza together. Plan now to attend this remarkable weekend and meet up with current and former friends.
A medical student from Loma Linda University will be doing a rotation at OHSU September 26–October 22, and is looking for a room with kitchen privileges. Please contact Lorie Ramey at 503-632-7335 for details.
Family Resource Network – A special thank you to all of you who have helped us with the recent needs for the families from the Congo. They are settling in and now have what they need to set up their home. 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”/act. #488.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
Summer Learning at PAA
Portland Adventist Academy continues learning opportunities all summer long: http://paasda.org/news/learning-never-stops-paa-even-summer-break/
Summer Camps at PAA
More than 150 elementary students swarmed PAA’s campus for summer camps. This provided work opportunity for PAA students, activity for younger students, and a chance to build relationships with potential future families. http://paasda.org/news/summer-camps-bring-future-cougars-campus/
Portland Adventist Elementary
August 12, 7:00 pm: Melissa Otto Concert.
Come welcome in the Sabbath hours with Melissa as she presents her restful music. She’s an international artist from Australia and will be stopping in Portland to share her ministry of Christian life through her music. All are invited, and a dessert bar reception will be hosted by Tabernacle SDA Church young adults afterward.
Event Location: Tabernacle Church, 26 SW Condor Way, Portland.
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.