Greetings Sunnyside Family,
A faith community is a place where we can experience the life-changing grace of God. So argues Larry Crabb in his book titled Connecting. As a career psychologist, Dr. Crabb teaches that many things we go to counselors or pastors for could be cared for just as (or more) effectively through meaningful spiritual community with other believers. A healing, helpful community is one in which people experience a taste of Christ’s delight in humanity. “The absolute center of what God does to help us change is to reveal Himself to us. God loves to delight in people.”
So many times in our faith tradition, we’ve focused on what we should do, how we should change, or which rules must be followed. While it’s valuable to be conscientious of what God desires for us, sometimes the focus is all wrong. Throughout the New Testament, we see Bible authors that remind us that change happens, habits are overcome, character grows through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we take time individually and in community to go deeper in relationship with God, to learn more of His character, to notice what He is doing around us, then God uses that journey to change us into His image.
That’s why I hope you’ll engage with us for the teaching journey called, “Indescribable.” In our worship services, we’ll be focusing on who God is. And I hope you’ll engage in community through small group options and service opportunities.
By God’s grace, we will grow closer together and closer to God as a faith community that brings spiritual healing and vitality.
May God bless each of us as we experience His Sabbath together.
See you tomorrow,
Pastor Jonathan Russell
Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing good, or going beyond expectations.
Shout out to Dennis and Melissa Gramada and Autumn Stallman for crawling around in the ceiling helping the tech team string cable. Thank you!
Today, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “Indescribable: Adonai – Lord .”
At 4:00 pm, this afternoon, a memorial service will be conducted for Shannon Goodwin, a former member of Sunnyside.
Please pray for comfort and peace for the family of . . .
Ellen “Nadine” Jursnick who passed away Monday, April 24. A memorial service is not planned.
Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.
Brooke Benfield, organist, and Cameron Herbert, soprano, will be presenting a concert April 30, 4:00 pm, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 SE Market Street. Invite a friend and come enjoy a musical feast. Refreshments following.
Adventurers invite you to their Investiture Sabbath, May 6, 2:00 pm, in the sanctuary. Please come and support our children and learn about what they have been doing.
At 3:30 pm, May 6, Pathfinders invite you to their Investiture, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for your support of our Pathfinders and their leaders.
Sunday, May 7, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will present a concert here at Sunnyside Church.
Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488.
Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during Camp Meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.
We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety, and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.
April 16– May 7: Adventist Book Center Spring Food and Book Sale.
Download the full flyer here: www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.
May 5, 6: Ladies Road Trip and Spiritual Feast.
Pastor Kara has been asked to be the guest speaker for the Upper Columbia Women’s Conference this year. Some of us are thinking of doing a “Ladies Road Trip” to join her – if you are interested in joining us, register for the event at the link below and let the church office know 502-252-8080. We plan on driving up on Friday, May 5, and staying the night – you will need to organize your own accommodation there.
May 6, 10 am-4 pm: Ladies, treat yourselves to a wonderful Sabbath at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s One-Day Retreat. Our time together will be one of food and fellowship with spiritual nutrition by keynote speaker Kara Johnsson along with a special feature by stained glass instructor Lorrie Kravig. Special music is provided by Alana Alves. Space is limited, so please invite your family and friends to register today. For more information, contact Tamara Terry, (509) 242-0478, email@example.com, or order tickets here. Theme: Unfailing Love.
Event Location: Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane, Washington.
May 5, 7:45 pm: Young Adults Night of Worship.
Pacific NW young adults! This is an excellent opportunity to invite friends and co-workers alike. At NOW, Jesus will be uplifted, all will hear an encouraging word, and we will do our best to make sure everyone feels welcome and connected. If you are a bit more seasoned (older than a young adult) you are invited to pull a group of young adults together and attend with them as a “sponsor.” This is a young adult event and we appreciate your support of this mission. Young adults and sponsors, we will see you there. For more information visit https://vimeo.com/208087854.
Event Location: Holden Center at the Gladstone Park Conference Center grounds.
May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.
May 5, 7:15: First Friday.
First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The May First Friday service will feature praise and worship by the OHANA Praise Band and an inspirational thought from Maureen ‘Kane. Flyers are available at the Narthex table. Registration for the free May 5 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on April 24, and will run through Wednesday, May 3. 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 5:30-6:30 pm on Friday,
May 5. Click here for registration link.
May 7, 3:00 pm: Women’s Tea Party.
Please join us in fellowship as we celebrate Alumni Weekend and fundraise for PAA faculty supplies and projects. An afternoon tea service will be served. Please RSVP to Sonia Shim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-806-8947.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy.
May 13, 5:00 pm: Special Mothers’ Day weekend event.
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert. Free tickets are required, available at www.oamc.org or call 503-970-1693 if you do not have internet access. Register early as seating is limited.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.
May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.
July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.
July 22: Singles at Camp Meeting.
There will be a singles potluck after the noon service at Camp Meeting and it will be held under the trees below the Snack Shack. Following the evening meeting, we will have our annual Ice Cream Social at Zull Hull.
Event Location: Oregon Camp Meeting, Gladstone.
August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at email@example.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon
August 31-September 4, 2017: Single Adults Ministries Cruise.
The 2017 Adventist Single Adult Ministries Cruise to the Bahamas, sponsored by the North American Division, sets sail August 31 – September 4, 2017. Early bird rate for the event ends May 3, 2017, and group rates for cabins end Sunday, April 23, 2017. April 24, 2017, all cabins will be released and regular rates will apply. Our featured speaker will be Mike Tucker. Plan now to join single Adventists from across North America as we fellowship and worship together. To register go to AdventSource https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=427, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.
Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School, Battle Ground, WA.
Positions currently open:
Please submit resume with three references to Gail Roberts, Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the school at 360-687-5121 for a full job description.