When Paul wrote that God placed eternity in the hearts of men, he was not joking. It always amazes me how the grand themes of God’s story are found in so much literature, even movies. Yes, they are there in varying degrees, but they are definitely there! A favorite classic of mine is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. It is a musical set in the turbulent era of the French Revolution and at its core, traces the story of a downtrodden man’s salvation juxtaposed by a police inspector’s drive for penal justice.
Jean Valjean is a convict whose desperate hunger one cold winter night, leads him to steal from a priest. When captured by Inspector Javert, the priest chooses to give mercy to Jean Valjean rather than bring him to justice, and graciously sends him on his way. The story follows the two trajectories of the ideologies of grace and works, revealing how God’s mercy can save a life while striving for works will ultimately break you.
It reminds me of Jesus’ comments in regard to the sinful woman whose presence and interaction with Jesus invited condemnation from the ‘less sinful’ guests.
“I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47
I pray that you are experiencing the incredible healing and freedom that comes from God’s grace. May we be a community committed to living this reality, this true identity, that God has given, and in doing so, sharing it with others.
I leave you with the lyrics of the final song, sung by the entire cast, inviting all to join in proclaiming the love and freedom of God.
Do you hear the people sing, lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light
For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
They will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord
We will walk behind the plough-share, we will put away the sword
The chain will be broken and all men will have their reward!
Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing? Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that we bring when tomorrow comes!
Pastor Kara Dale
News & Notes
Sabbath, August 13, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message, “Life Together: Angels on Earth.”
Attention Children’s Ministry Volunteers: Please join Pastor Kara for a special devotion this Sabbath in the Adventurer Room. Tea and treats begin at 9:00 am; the devotion is at 9:15 am. We hope you will join us for a Morning Cup of Joy!
The Sunnyside Children’s Ministry Team will be collecting school supplies for Sunnyside families in need from August 13 to 27. There will be boxes located outside the sanctuary to drop your donations in. Crayons, colored pencils, pencils, markers, glue, glue sticks, paper, notebooks, rulers, scissors or back packs are just a few examples of supplies needed. Thank you for your continued support of Sunnyside families. Questions? Contact Jackee Duvall at 503-309-9400 or email@example.com.
Sunnyside’s website needs a facelift! Now is your chance to speak up – the communication team is listening to your input. Please fill out the survey at http://bit.ly/SSWebSurvey, or click on the QR code, by August 18. 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.
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.
Sunnyside has adopted a second family to move from a homeless shelter to their own apartment. Our team will help the family for six months to settle into their new environment and direct them to resources to help themselves. It’s a big step. Our adopted family is a single mom and two teenage children. They need everything it takes to set up a “home.” We are working with the Family Resource Network to support this family, and to show what love looks like. Their specific requests are: basic items for kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, to a small chest freezer. All donations are welcome. If you can help, please call Kathy Pruitt 360-241-1345.Romans 12:10-12: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above ourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual favor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Family Resource Network – 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.
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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 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.
October 28-30: Oregon’s 30th Annual Women’s Retreat.“Living a Long and Beautiful Life”, will host Loretta Bacchiocchi, NP of Creation Health, and special musical guest Lisa Marie Buster. Breakout speakers are Rise Rafferty, RD, Peggy Casebier, RN, MA, Rachel Griebel, PT. Teen speaker: Elise LeBlanc. Teens coming with a mom or mentor come for only $25! To attend, register by going to AdventSource.org or by calling 800-732-7587. Early bird special is good through September 8.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort , Redmond, Oregon.
Portland Adventist Academy is in need of a school bus driver, and a cook. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Sheldon Parris at 805-791-6159 or email Sparris@paasda.org.