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This morning as I was reading about Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7), I was reminded again of God’s faithfulness, the heart of a father. So often we can fall into the role of servant, looking up toward the heavens in a transactional mindset, wondering if we have done enough to receive a blessing from Him. Our circumstances can be such that we are too busy to even look up, scrounging around our “houses” searching for “flour and olive oil” that appear to be running out. When people ask us to share, like the widow, we hesitate, wondering if there will be enough to go around. And our Father patiently lifts our eyes, and reminds us once again that we are His children, that He wants to be our provider (Matthew 6:25), and that He gives good gifts to us (Matthew 7:9-11).
It has been called the Theology of Abundance. The understanding that God is for us, He is our provider, and because of that, we don’t have to worry, we don’t have to hoard, we can be generous. And this is not just physical generosity – it encompasses our whole outlook. It means we are not threatened by other’s successes, instead we celebrate them, giving them a space to shine, secure in the knowledge that both the “oil and flour” are sure – for them and us.
Pastor Kara Johnsson
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 the Sunnyside team members who put together an amazing Sabbath program for the Gladstone Camp Meeting. Thank you for all your time and dedicated work! It was a very inspirational program.
Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:00 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “Such a Time as This.”
This afternoon, 4:00 pm, there will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church for Ray Jacoshenk who passed away July 3.
First Friday, August 4, 7:15 pm, will meet in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. This is a time of music and spiritual fellowship. This month it is sponsored by Sunnyside Church. If you will remember, a few months ago, we were praying for a little boy named Owen who had a traumatic head injury. We will hear his full story at First Friday. Sunnyside will be presenting the music, and Laura and Andy Monahan will be presenting our spiritual emphasis talk. Come and join us – all are welcome. Also, there will be a soup and salad dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Each individual must register separately. Use this link to register by August 2: https://www.adventisthealth.org/nw/event/first-friday-soup-and-salad-dinner.
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.
Vacation Bible School will be August 25-27. Volunteers are needed! Please see Cris Marin in the Narthex to sign up. Bring your children (ages 3-11), your neighbors’ children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren for a VBS weekend of learning about God. All are welcome.
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.
Handbells for everyone—yes, for you, too! In September we will begin two handbell/ handchime choirs: a 3-octave team for those fairly new to handbells and handchimes, and the 5-octave team for the more experienced ringers. We have 18 ringers who have made the commitment so far. We still need 1 or 2 more for the 3-octave team, and 3 or 4 more for the 5-octave team. Working together in a team is a wonderful way to make friends in a larger church setting. It also provides a very rewarding experience making music together in praise to God through music. Explore the possibilities by calling Rosemayne at 503-730-5317.
SunnyCity was a big hit this year. View the published article here: http://eastpdxnews.com/general-news-features/sunnycity-again-brightens-summer-sunday/
Portland Adventist Academy is looking to fill 3 part-time positions for the 2017-18 school year:
- Teacher for Music Performance and Production class – covering music theory, performance, and recording. Must have experience in all three areas. One class, three days per week.
- Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 28 hours/week. Duties include supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task, closing library.
- Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 18 hours/week. Duties include opening library, supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.
July 18-30, 2017: ABC Camp Meeting Sale.
Specials on food, books, Bibles, music CDs, and used books. Download our flyer at ABCflyer.com.
Event Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.
August 10-13 and October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.
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.
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.