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Dear church family,
It was great to see all the young faces of the Portland Adventist Academy students leading us in worship last Sabbath. The part I enjoyed the most was the music by the different choirs that sang. There has been one song that has been ringing in my ears. It has been a personal challenge that continues to bounce around my thoughts and mind.
Portland Adventist Academy’s Alegria group sang the song titled, “Who Will Be a Witness.” If you have ever heard this song you know it begins with the question, “Who will be a witness for my Lord?” being sung. Immediately after the question is asked another part of the choir sings in response, “Oh, I’ll be a witness for my Lord!” As I sat there I could see the energy and enthusiasm that one particular young lady was singing with. It struck me in that moment that maybe my energy and enthusiasm for being a witness for my Lord was not at the level it should be. Sometimes the cares, concerns, and worries of this world detract from the call that God has given to us all. We are called to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). In order to make disciples and baptize people, we must be witnesses for our Lord as the disciples were. Everywhere the disciples went people knew they were followers of Jesus Christ without them having to explicitly say so. I believe that this byproduct of allowing the Holy Spirit to work through them is the same power available to us today.
Sometimes I think that we do not ask for or allow the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through us on a daily basis. We get so caught up in the cares, concerns, and worries of this world that we put God in the back seat and forget we put Him there. The problem with this is that we need that power to truly be witnesses and impact our world for Christ. At the very beginning of the New Testament Jesus says the following to His disciples:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).
When I look at verse it would seem that once we receive that power and the Holy Spirit comes upon us we WILL BE witnesses. It will not be something that we have to think about or process but something that will just happen.
I want to challenge you the way that I was challenged by that song. I ask you, “Who will be a witness for my Lord?” Really as long as we are receiving the power of the Holy Spirit this is something that should come as naturally as it did for the disciples. After all, Jesus promised us that the Comforter would come and that when we received Him we would be witnesses. My prayer and hope are that you are as enthused and energized as that young lady in the Alegria choir. That you will reply, “I will be a witness for my Lord!”
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.
A special shout-out to our Pathfinder leaders who were able to change plans at a moments notice due to the inclement weather. The kids all had a good time, and they all accomplished what needed to be done. Thank you Pathfinder leaders for a job well done!
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message title “Raw Prayer.”
Betty Wicklund passed away March 15. There will be a memorial service conducted here at Sunnyside Church for her tomorrow, Sunday,
April 15, 2:00 pm.
The Music Committee, on behalf of the Sunnyside members, expresses appreciation for the time James Newell served as the Director of Music Ministries. His diligent planning and implementing provided varied and quality music experiences that enhanced Sunnyside’s worship times. For your dedication, James, to serving this congregation, thank you.
Bell Ringers – The 5-octave choir needs another ringer for the smaller handbells. Someone with either experience or a willingness to learn to ring 4-in-hand is our current need. Please call Rosemayne at 503-730-5317 and share your interest. Let’s discuss the possibilities.
Sabbath, April 21, our worship service will be presented by Gerald Babanezhad, coordinator of Muslim Outreach at the Pacific Union Conference and board member of NAD Adventist Muslim Relations. He will share the historical setting and perspective of Islam, and the role of the Adventist church in sharing the Three Angel’s Message with Muslims. At 2:00 pm, there will be a mini piano concert by Gerald Babanezhad. At 2:30 pm, Gerald Babanezhad will present a seminar titled “Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes.” Mark your calendar.
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: Sofa and living room set (tables, etc.)
Family Day at Sunnyside! We invite you to join us for a fun family experience on Sunday, April 22 from 4-7 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is included but RSVP will be needed by April 15 to ensure we have enough food. RSVP to Debbie (503) 703-3070 or Evelyn (503) 560-9608. Please bring your favorite board game. Everyone is invited!
Save the date! May 12, 7:00 pm, The Heritage Singers, live in concert! The Heritage Singers are a group of professional Christian musicians who have dedicated themselves to using their talents in service for Christ. Known and loved all over the world, these singers will thrill your hearts with their powerful testimony and unique vocal sound. Take this opportunity to invite your friends and family to join you in an unforgettable time of inspiration and praise. This is a free concert and takes place at Sunnyside Church.
SunnyCity Sunday, July 1 on the Portland Adventist Academy campus. Interactive booths will be open from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by a lawn concert. Sponsors are needed to help cover costs of additional canopies and bottled water. Please send your gift by May 5 and mark it for “SunnyCity”. Contact Elise Holcombe with questions.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
April 19, 5:30 pm: PAES would like to invite all of our church families to “STEAM NIGHT” on Thursday, April 19 starting with dinner in the Gym from 5:30-6:30, Book Fair opens at 5:30 in the Round, K-8 Classrooms open 6-7:15, Preschool is open 6-7. Come Create-Explore-Build-Play.
April 27, 1-2:30 pm: PAES would like to invite all prospective Kindergarteners and First Graders to “K/1st VISITATION.” Everyone attending needs to call 503-665-4102 or e-mail Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org by 2:00 on Friday, April 13. We look forward to seeing you!
Portland Adventist Academy
Snow Days are eLearning Days at PAA
Last year’s record number of weather-related school-closures prompted Oregon Conference educators to solve the problem of lost learning through a modern solution. Snow days are now eLearning days and PAA got to experience them officially for the first time last month. Read more here: http://paasda.org/news/education-survives-snow-storm/
Area Events and Announcements
Renee Geppert passed away March 13. A memorial service will be conducted for her, Sunday, April 22, 4:00 pm, in the Lents Church sanctuary. A light supper reception will follow in the Lents Activity Center.
April 21, 5:00 pm: OAMC in Concert.Come and enjoy our 24th annual spring concert of the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus. Free tickets are now available at www.oamc.org or by calling 503-970-1693. Limited seating. Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver.
April 22, 9:00 am-5:00 pm: Hands-on Gardening Workshop.
Learn techniques guaranteed to grow a robust garden of healing foods, high in nutrients which are so lacking in today’s produce. Learn how to plant a tree using methods first introduced by Ellen White. Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com has made a lifetime study of these principles and will present a wealth of information so you too can grow your ideal garden! Bring a shovel, garden rake, brown bag lunch, and be prepared for a lot of fun! Kids welcome! Free if you bring a non-Adventist friend! For information and to register by April 8, email Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461. See you there!
Event Location: Vancouver Community Adventist Church.
April 26-29: Alumni and friends of WWU are invited to Homecoming Weekend. We’ve planned more than 50 events especially for you, including a banquet celebrating our core theme of generosity in service, educational seminars, a special PRISM concert, a Bowers Hall open house, and an Alleluias and Meditations concert Sabbath evening. A full list of events and registration information is available at wallawalla.edu/homecoming or by calling (800) 377-2586.
April 28, 3:00 pm: International Children’s Care Anniversary.
International Children’s Care cordially invites you to attend a special 40th-year-anniversary program. This inspirational program will feature testimonies from ICC children, a special video presentation of ICC founders, Ken and Alcyon Fleck, as well as music and much more.
Event Location: Meadow Glade Church.
May 7-11, 7:00 pm: Stones That Cry Out. Speaker: Daegeuk Nam, professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.
May 19, 9:30 am: Singles One-Day Event with Karl Haffner. Singles Emphasis Sabbath, May 19, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.Karl will be speaking on the theme of “Created in Jesus to do Good Works.” Karl teaches, preaches, writes, and is crazy about his wife Cherié, and his daughters. He also loves good stories, frequent flier miles, and ice cream (he even orders broccoli, a la mode!) He serves as senior pastor of the Kettering Adventist Church and is an award-winning author of fourteen books. To register for this event go to: https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Registration is $35.00 and includes Sabbath lunch. Register by May 15.
Event Location: Holden Convention Center, Gladstone.
July 12-14 and July 17-21: Gladstone Camp Meeting.
Come be 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, consider volunteering during camp meeting this year! We’re looking for hardworking individuals who want to serve God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it! We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 12-14) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 17-21) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety, and security. We will also need licensed RNs and EMTs/paramedics. Whether you can work one day or all week, we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer, visit http://volunteers.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez at email@example.com or at 503-850-3350.
October 15-26, 2018. Bible Exploration Tour – Israel and Jordan.
Explore Israel and Jordan with Alexander (Sasha) Bolotnikov, who has been leading Bible Exploration tours for 20 years. Born in Communist USSR Dr. Bolotnikov is a specialist in the Old Testament and Judaic studies. His tours have a unique flavor. You will be immersed not only in the world of the Old and New Testament but will also have a first-hand experience in reaching the Jewish and Middle Eastern culture and heritage. The tour starts on October 14 and ends October 26, 2018. The price is $1950 (excluding airfare). For the brochure, please contact Bob Glass at 541-261-2381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon Conference Treasury Department is hiring a full-time Assistant Treasurer. For the job description, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home
Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School has a job opening for a maintenance worker for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. Looking for an individual with prior experience in a large school or other large facilities. This individual must be a self-starter with prior general knowledge of electrical, plumbing, construction, and servicing and maintenance of buildings and fleet equipment. Please send resume and three references to Ric Peinado at email@example.com, or contact the school at 360-687-5121 for a full job description.
Secretary needed at Gladstone Park Church. To be a good fit you must be supportive of local church leadership, mission, and vision, as well as a supportive member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; have an ability to exhibit clear, prompt, and positive communication; value punctuality, and be dedicated to meet project deadlines in a timely manner; have excellent organizational skills, and a willingness to take direction, and coaching. For a complete job description, contact Pastor Nate Hellman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 541-391-2543. Applications are available at the church office or at https://orgchr.netadvent.org/uploaded_assets/297467.
Help someone by volunteering: PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) has volunteer opportunities in the Food Pantry and Thrift Stores. We are currently in need of morning drivers/riders, cashiers, and goods processing. Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 and ask for Kellie for more information.