Not long ago, I came home from work to the beaming face of my precious 4-year-old. His smile was so wide, it threatened to tear his face in two. His eyes lit up like the sunrise at my arrival. “Do you hear that?” he asked with wonder. I listened intently for a moment, and heard nothing remarkable. “It’s an echo.” I listened again. Indeed, if I focused enough, I could hear the echo of everyday sounds reverberating back from the walls and ceiling. My dear son has had ear trouble nearly since the day he was born. Not too many infections, but for whatever reason his ears could never clear the fluid after infections. In short, he was as deaf as a post. But with the miracle of tubes in the ears, the fluid drained and within hours he was hearing things he’d never heard.
Throughout that first day, William consistently shrieked with delight at the sensation of hearing. Even a month later he occasionally shrieks and squeals, just for the joy of hearing the ear-piercing reverberations. Recently, he went to the audiologist to confirm what we knew: Now he can hear.
It has made me think about the joy that kids express at things so simple: The ability to hear an echo or the crickets in the woods. The wonder of a flower, blooming through a crack in the sidewalk. The 344 legs of a centipede moving through the garden. For children, the world is full of awe and wonder, sights and sounds that bring joy.
Somehow, it seems that the older we get, the more we forget. We forget what it was like to see a sunrise for the first time. We forget the sense of accomplishment from taking our first step or riding a bike. As we get older, we forget. Yet I can’t help but think that this is one part of what Jesus meant in Matthew when he said, “become like children.”
God placed us within His creation with a sense of awe. Yet given enough time, the extraordinary becomes ordinary. The awe-inspiring becomes ho-hum. The breath-taking becomes invisible.
My hope for us is that this Sabbath will allow us to recapture the awe of the children, if only for a moment. May God open our eyes to catch a glimpse of His majesty through the eyes of a child.
This Sabbath is a full one as we welcome Bobby McGhee back to lead our community in worship. He has worked hard to organize our worship services and our Saturday evening concert. Looking forward to sharing the Sabbath with you as we worship together.
News & Notes
Sabbath, September 3, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Buell Fogg, M. Ed, associate chaplain of Union College will bring us our Bible message titled “Being the Heart of Jesus.”
Welcome to Bobby McGhee friends and family as they lead out in our worship service today. They are here celebrating the 14th annual weekend of Bobby McGhee Friends and Family Vespers tonight at 6:00. Immediately following vespers we will meet at Stark Street Pizza for pizza together.
At 4:00 pm, there will be a special birthday/retirement party for Ron Cronk, a long-time physical education teacher in the Northwest with many years at Portland Adventist Elementary School. Ron and his wife Pam are returning for this occasion and would love your attendance to celebrate some great times with wonderful friends in the fellowship hall. To the many students, teachers, and ball-playing buddies through the years, please connect with loving folks that need to be together more often in our lives. See you there and remember, no presents, just your presence.
September 12, 6:00-7:00 pm, the Adventurer Club will have an open house. The age group for the Adventurer Club is Pre-K to 4th grade. Come, and bring your friends! We will have a special guest and fun activities. We meet every Monday night during the school year: 6:00-7:00 pm. Questions? Call 503-750-9151.
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.”
Handbells – We will have open positions for the coming season which begins in September. Competing schedules have taken its toll on our ringers! Please call Rosemayne at 503-730-5317; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 24, 6:00 pm, Jaime Jorge will be in concert here at Sunnyside. His forceful, expressive mastery of the violin has delighted audiences around the globe. Jaime has dedicated his talents to sharing the love of God through sacred and classical concerts and special appearances the world over. For over two decades, through 15 albums and more than 2,500 concerts in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, Jaime’s music has touched the lives of millions. It can touch yours too. Come and enjoy!
Family Resource Network – If you have a pickup truck, we have an occasional need for someone to help move furniture. Please call the church office, 503-252-8080, and let us know of your availability.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” account number 488.
Life at Sunnyside
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s Constituency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm. at the 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
Men, do you enjoy singing? If you would like to sing gospel music with His Praise Men’s Chorus, come join us. Rehearsals are held at 7:00 pm on Monday evenings in the Sunnyside Adventist Church choir room. Contact Charlie Drury at (503) 935-7995 or email@example.com to confirm practice schedule and to receive access information as the church is secured at all times and requires the use of an access code to unlock the door.
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.
PAES is looking to hire a part-time treasurer. Knowledge of QuickBooks and accounting is needed. Interested applicants please email resume to Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org