Greetings Church Family,
The other day I once again reminded my children they should do their best. Elizabeth and I have worked very hard to ingrain this idea in our children. It is not always easy but we work at it. I believe that all of us want our children to do their best and be the best they can be. The best way to help any child learn something is to model that behavior to them. This is true regardless of age even though the younger they are the more impressionable they will be. If we want our children to do their best, we must do our best.
This line of thinking brought me to the question, “Are we doing the best we can for our children here at Sunnyside?” This is especially true considering the recent arrest of a church deacon on charges of sexual assault against children in a Seventh-day Adventist church in Houston with about half the membership of Sunnyside. Sometimes we want to believe that things like this cannot happen in our faith communities and churches. We were warned, however, in
2 Timothy 3 that in the last days, “men will be lovers of self… unholy, unloving… without self-control… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.…” Along with this warning we have been admonished that we must, “give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3, 4) Children can fit the description of “weak and needy” and we must make sure that we are “delivering them from the hand of the wicked.”
So I ask myself and you this question: are we doing our best to make sure we are protecting our children from the hands of the wicked? I believe that just as we work hard with our children to make sure they are doing their best, we must make sure we work hard at doing our best to keep them safe and protected. I pray and hope that together we can make this more of a reality. In the meantime, blessings to you and yours!
Pastor Juan Fresse
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 Jim Robertson and Robert Schmidt for giving us an amazing Evensong program. Thank you to both of you.
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Faithful In the Fault Line.”
This afternoon, 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.
This afternoon, 5:00 pm, Encounters With God features Gene Hamlin.
Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of. . .
Thelma Winter who passed away July 6, and would have been 102 in August. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Church, July 22 at 2:30 pm.
Bob Brooks, known by many in the area, a member of Healing Hope Church, passed away July 12. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church July 23, 11:00 am.
Ray Jacoshenk who passed away July 3. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church July 29 at 4:00 pm.
Vera Smith, a former member, Jeanine Linder’s mother, passed away July 10 in Avondale, Arizona. A memorial service will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, August 5.
Camp Meeting at Sunnyside, July 22, 10:00 am. There will be a special service here at Sunnyside with a general Sabbath School class and church service. This will be during the Oregon Conference Camp Meeting in Gladstone. Everyone is welcome to worship with us.
Our special guest speaker next Sabbath at 11:15 am will be Dr. Rex Edwards, a New Zealander by birth, who has ministered on three continents– Australia, Europe, and North America. His sermon title is “The Man Who Learned the Hard Way.” He was educated at Canterbury, Andrews, and Vanderbilt Universities. His ministry includes pastor, evangelist, author of five books, and numerous articles in professional journals, director of ministerial continuing education for the General Conference, vice president of Griggs University and research assistant at the Biblical Research Institute
Vacation Bible School will be August 25-27. Bring your children (ages 3-11), your neighbors’ children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren for a weekend of learning about God. All are welcome. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Shannon Christiansen, 503-367-0036.
Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:00 pm. Sunday, August 27. Mark the date, and plan to enjoy roasted corn on the cob, watermelon, and a classic car show. For more information or to enter your vehicle contact Lloyd Wescott 503-252-0165.
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. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.
We are privileged to assist in filling a container to send to Pohnpei SDA School in Micronesia. We are asking you to bring any of the following to the church and we will prepare it for shipping. Deadline date: July 26.
- Copy paper (blank) (25 boxes)
- Duct tape for covering the textbooks (20 rolls)
- White dry eraser markers (50 total)
- Erasers for white board and chalk board (15)
- Posters for the classrooms (history, English, science, Bible, etc., both for high school and elementary.
- Wall clocks (15)
- Crayons – both for classrooms and outreach
- Electric Pencil Sharpeners (15)
- Construction paper
- Basketballs, volleyballs, volleyball net (5 of each)
- Light bulbs (preferably LED, but white day light not soft white).
- Mop buckets (2)
- Classroom dictionaries (40)
- Scissors for classrooms
- Glue for classrooms
- Bibles for students (40)
- Teacher’s desk (5) (could use some of the plastic rectangular folding tables)
- Peanut Butter (creamy) for kitchen
- Battery back-up (5)
- Books and educational CDs
- Pressure treated 1/2” plywood (50)
- Pressure treated 2x4x16 (50)
- Used work-out stuff, like bench press and cycling equipment.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
July 18-30, 2017: ABC Camp Meeting Sale.
Specials on food, books, Bibles, music CDs, and used books. Download our flyer at ABCflyer.com.
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
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. 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.