Greetings Church Family,
Today, I’m full of gratitude. I’m grateful for the opportunity to live in a country such as this one. I’m grateful to be able to live and serve in my chosen calling. I love Independence Day celebrations for all sorts of reasons. Good time with family. Good food. Fireworks. But every July 4, there’s a particular moment that turns me toward reflection and sometimes even causes me to choke up. When the music is playing and the playlist cues the classic patriotic anthem. “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free…God bless the USA.”
It may be the only thing Lee Greenwood ever wrote that I appreciate. But there’s something about that song that reminds me: in spite of the immense challenges we face in our society, in spite of the partisan bickering in our government, in spite of the economic challenges that many families face, this is still a remarkable country in which we live. The hard-won freedoms of expression and assembly are still a cherished gift given by generations past. The freedom to worship the God of our choice, in public and without reprisal, is a reality in which not all Christians live.
So today I’m grateful to God for preserving a nation in which we can practice faith as we choose. I’m grateful that in our city, we can live out our faith by serving our community and proclaiming Jesus.
I hope you’ll take advantage of our American freedom by joining the community in worship tomorrow morning. As we worship, we will explore one story of Jesus’ disciples, their response to adversity, and it’s implications for our lives and times.
See you tomorrow!
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 all the members of the VBS team who are working so hard to create an awesome program for our kids in August. Not many know the amount of work it takes to make such a successful event. Kudos to you!
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Still Free.”
Sabbath, July 15, 3:00 pm, Karen Ferry, will present “Happy Kids, Happy Families.” Karen is a featured speaker at Camp Meeting and has offered to give us a slight preview. Her seminar looks at growing happy, healthy kids with a love for God, the community, and themselves. It provides understandings of the brain and the neuroscience behind our need for secure attachments and connections, the need to experience a sense of orientation and control, the need for distress and pain avoidance and the need to feel valued and validated. Positive discipline approaches are also addressed with tips on fostering positive relationships, motivation strategies and creating physical and emotional security for children.
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.
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.
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.
July 12, 11:00 am-2:00 pm: Summer Festival Classic Car Show.
Summer is almost here and we want you! If you have a classic car, specialty car, truck, tractor, motorcycle, tricycle, vintage bicycle, etc., that you would like to enter in the car show for the Summer Festival please contact Audrey at email@example.com.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.