As I write, I am sitting in the living room of a house belonging to one of my best friends. It is new to me but because of her presence, feels like home. I have walked the halls of my alma mater, full of rich memories and wonderful lecturers who still know my name, and again, I feel home. It has been a wonderful thing to come “home” for just a little bit. Yet as I touched the familiar of places and people, I have also been very aware, that Portland is now home to me too. There is a new familiar that I look forward to returning to.
As I child growing up, my idea of home was a permanent dwelling that would not be left, roots that found themselves in physical soil. However, I have come to experience home in the love of people, the blessings of God, the certainty of His presence with me.
There are many people who long for a place to call home, and through His church, us, God longs to provide it. May we be a place where those who are weary, can enjoy rest, where the broken can find healing and safety, the wanderers community. Sunnyside family, you are dear to my heart, you have indeed blessed me with that sense of home. It is my prayer that we continue to extend that belonging to all those God brings to us.
“I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40, The Message.
Pastor Kara Dale
News & Notes
Sabbath, September 10, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled “Invested.”
At 5:00 pm, there will be a Romanian Mission report in the Youth room.
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.
Handbells – We have open positions for bell ringers. Competing schedules and moves 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 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.
The Family Resource Network is forming a Cultural Navigator Team to support the SDA refugees from the Congo that are being resettled in Portland. There will be an informational meeting September 15, 7:30 pm, in the Sandy room (62). We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to at least come to the meeting and learn the various forms of support these people need. You can then decide if you feel you could be of help. Thank you for considering these worthy members of our church family.
Life At Sunnyside
14th Annual Bobby McGhee & Friends Weekend
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s Constituency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm. at the academy.
We welcomed six new teachers and a new principal who was introduced earlier this summer. We are also expecting two new staff members to join us later this year! That’s nine total new staff members! All of this means a lot of changes and wonderful new programs for our students. The future is, indeed, bright Meet Portland Adventist Academy’s new teachers! : http://paasda.org/news/paa-welcomes-new-teachers/
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.
September 10, 6:00 pm: Carl Parker & Friends benefit concert.
Join us for the weekend backpack lunch program which provides food for children over the weekend. Special Feature: Book signing by Lloyd Logan, author of “Run For Your Life.” For more information: www.peopletopeopleministries.com.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
September 11-October 2: Adventist Book Center Sale.
Save $2 per can on FriChick and Choplets plus many other specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer atwww.abcflyer.com . To receive future sale information by email, you can sign up at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.
October 8, 5:00 pm: Dr. Calvin Taylor in concert.
With an unusually large hand span of over 1 1/2 octaves, Dr. Taylor presents sounds and colors which would normally require four hands. Beloved hymns, well-known spirituals, classics, and patriotic music take on new significance.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.
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. We have extended the discount rate of $129.00 to October 13th.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort , Redmond, Oregon.
Do you love to answer the phone?
Are you friends with everyone you meet?
Is your personal ministry one of hospitality and warmth to others?
If so, the Oregon Conference is looking for a Full-Time Receptionist to be the face and ambassador of the Conference for those who call and visit our headquarters. Available November 1, 2016. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.