Just this week, I was pulling into our driveway when three precious, small humans came bounding out the front door. “Daddy,” they shrieked, “the strawberries are almost ripe.” I emptied my hands and followed them to our little strawberry patch. Sure enough, there were a few vaguely pink berries scattered throughout the leaves. For a few precious moments together we scoured the leaves, looking for that first berry that was ripe enough to share between us. That night, we didn’t find it. But that didn’t matter. The moment of exuberant anticipation at the simple gift of fruitful agriculture was enough in that moment. For me, it was a welcome reminder of the joy God can bring at the simple things of life.
One need not look far to see the struggle, strain, and stress that life tends to bring. No matter our age or experience, the devil finds ways to needle us, distracting and discouraging us from experiencing God’s joy. Sometimes, we just need a quick reminder to stop and enjoy a strawberry.
Tonight when I get home, we’ll go check the strawberry patch again. If we’re lucky, we’ll enjoy the first fruit of the season together. That is if they haven’t eaten them all before I get there.
Here’s hoping that as you experience the sweet bliss of local strawberries this season, you’ll be reminded to live in the joy of the Lord.
See you Sabbath,
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.
A special thank you to our Cultural Navigation team for your commitment in providing transportation every Sabbath morning.
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Indescribable: With Us.”
Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of . . .
David Petersen, brother of Dr. Arnold Petersen, who passed away May 26. An outdoor memorial service will be conducted for him June 25, 2:00 pm, at 10899 S. Wildcat Road, Molalla.
Ricky Best, father of four children, who was killed on the Max train last week. He and his family were friends and neighbors of Don and Trish Hall. If you would like to help the family, contact Trish Hall at email@example.com or
Wedding Shower! There will be a wedding shower for Megan Pritchard and Jeremy Gates Sunday, June 11, 2:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited. They are registered at Target and Amazon.com. If you have any questions contact Cassie Van Barriger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-761-8483.
June 14, 7:00 pm, Sunnyside Church Business Meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Our agenda is: 1) 2017-2018 Budget, 2) ReNew Sunnyside.
VBS Volunteer sign-up party, June 17, 1:00 pm, in the Youth room. Food provided. For more details please contact Shannon at 503-367-0036 or email@example.com.
Sunnyside’s Annual Strawberry Vespers will be on Sabbath, June 17, at 6:00 pm. This promises to be a great program for you to enjoy with your family and friends! There will be lots of great music from some of Portland’s finest musicians, plenty of good fellowship, and lots of strawberry shortcake! This is an evening you won’t want to miss. Come early for a good seat.
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 pm, there will be a free piano trio concert here at Sunnyside. The performers are from the 21st Century Artist Initiative and members of the Oregon Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Manhattan Symphony. and are Ron Blessinger, violin, Jonathan Butler, cello, and Daniel Dickson on piano. Take advantage of this free concert and come enjoy some absolutely beautiful music.
The SunnyCity event is happening on July 2, and we need YOU! We’re looking for 20-30 volunteers to help at the event. We also need to borrow 8-10 canopies and at least one generator for the day. If you can help with any of these items, please contact Elise Holcomb at 503-519-4790 or Lorraine Jacobs at\
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.
Life at Sunnyside
Summer Camps for Kids
Portland Adventist Academy has summer camps for Kindergarten through 9th graders. Camps include soccer, basketball, softball, and volleyball. Parents may register on our website at www.paasda.org. Look for a link on our homepage.
ASL Teacher Needed
Portland Adventist Academy is looking for a part-time American Sign Language (ASL) teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking for someone who is fluent in ASL, values Adventist education, loves kids, and is excited about teaching. If you are interested, please email any questions and your resume to Sheldon Parris at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 503-255-8372, ext. 212.
June 10, 6:00 pm: Farewell Vespers.
It is with sadness in our hearts that we will be bidding “farewell” to two beloved teachers who are retiring this year. Mrs. Hamstra has been teaching Kindergarten at Rivergate for 17 years, and Mr. Smith has been teaching 1st & 2nd grade for 31 years. Please plan to join us for this occasion.
Southern Adventist University
Carina Ivonne Allen
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Cum Laude
Walla Walla University
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Accounting and Management
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Hood View Junior Academy
Rivergate Adventist Elementary School
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 email@example.com or by phone at (503) 850-3350.
Ministries Booth at Camp Meeting.
If you would enjoy working with Prison Ministries, they are looking for volunteers for their booth at Camp Meeting this year (July 18-22). During Camp Meeting, there will be a special workshop held by Prison Fellowship to teach us how to help inmates while inside, when they get out, as well as assisting their families. If you are interested, contact Karen Tait at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June, Tuesdays and Thursday, 7-8:30 pm: Self-defense Class.
Beginning June 6, 7-8:30 pm, there will be free beginners self-defense classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June. Ages 5+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult). RSVP at the doors, or call 503-655-2614. Visit www.gladstonepark.org for more information.Event Location: Gladstone Park 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 18, 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm: Two-Day Free Clinic.
Calling all medical professionals! We are partnering with Adventist Medical Evangelism Network once again to provide a two-day free clinic which will include: Medical – hypertension/diabetes screenings, diagnoses, and referrals; Health education; Dental: fillings, extractions, cleanings, and restorations; Vision: Comprehensive eye exams and free prescription glasses. If you are a professional in any of these areas, there is a place for you to serve either or both days of this clinic. Visit http://volunteer.impacthealthpdx.com to sign up or call Dr. Bob Hessong at 503-475-6816 if you have questions.
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.
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.