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Greetings church family,
Spring is a time of rebirth and beauty. It is a time when all of creation comes back to life and the power of the Creator is evident everywhere. I also love spring because it is a time when we can plant our gardens and grow some of our own food. One of the first things we did last year when we moved into our home was to plant some blueberry bushes and some fruit trees. These plants have always been a constant reminder and a lesson to me.
The first is that verse from Genesis 3:19, “By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” If you have never tried to grow a garden you cannot fully appreciate the words of that verse. After all, there are some plants (weeds) that seem almost impossible to get rid of and/ or eliminate. Before I had ever grown a garden, I figured it would be easy once you got the thing started. The plants that are grown for food, however, are a totally different story than other plants. These plants require the right mixture of sun, water, and nutrients and if anyone of these is off just a bit the plant might not survive. It can be a struggle to make sure you get all of these right, and even when you do it doesn’t guarantee a bountiful harvest.
There is then a second area of concern when gardening or growing fruit trees. Even if you manage to get all the previously mentioned variables correct, there are then other concerns such as pests and diseases to deal with. These can be really devastating to any crop. I have had several times when my fruit trees were growing beautifully and loaded with fruit only to have a disease devastate it. These diseases can spread and infect every leaf and every fruit and can even cause that tree to die. Thankfully I have usually caught these before they have taken the whole tree.
Every spring as I contemplate these issues with my garden and my fruit trees I am reminded that in many ways they can teach us a spiritual lesson. The fact is that our spiritual health is like a plant in our garden or a fruit tree. The Bible tells us we are meant to bear fruit. However, we will have a hard time doing so if we are not getting the right amount of critical elements that will help us produce fruit. We must be getting the right spiritual nutrients in order to be productive members of the kingdom of God. Even when we are getting those elements, along can come a pest or disease that will begin small and grow unless we allow the Master Gardener to take care of it. Sometimes eliminating those diseases can require careful pruning and removal of leaves, but under His skillful hand, it can be done in the best way possible.
I love this time of year because of what I can grow, eat and learn. I love it also because of the lessons that I can glean from my experiences working by “the sweat of my face” that might help me understand what God is doing in my life. I challenge you to look at the things that you or others do in their gardens and find the spiritual lessons that help us to understand our Creator better.
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 our landscaping crew for keeping our grounds fresh and beautiful. Thank you for all you do!
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. PastorJuan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “The Reluctant Messenger.”
Spring Work Bee! Coming up tomorrow, Sunday, April 29, starting at 9:00 am, we will have a Spring Work Bee here at the church, both inside and out. The more hands we have the faster we will get done. To work outside, bring gloves, rakes, and brooms. Inside: bring cleaning rags, and your expert cleaning skills! This is an opportunity for all of you to volunteer and help our church look great!.
First Friday will be held on May 4, 7:15 pm, in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. The May First Friday program will feature praise and worship by the Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church praise team with an inspirational thought from Pastor Garth Dottin. First Friday soup and salad dinner registration will be open from April 23 to Wednesday May 2. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad is served from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
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.)
The Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will present their spring concert Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm. They will be performing Finlandia, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, and Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 92.
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.
Sunday, May 19, 7:00pm: The Portland Adventist String Orchestra will present their spring concert at Sunnyside Church.
Sunday, May 20, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta will present their final concert of the season.
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.
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This is to notify the constituency of Portland Adventist Academy that the February Constituency Meeting, which was canceled due to the weather, has been rescheduled on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:00 pm at the academy.
Area Events and Announcements
Lillian Ringering passed away April 11. A memorial service will be conducted for her Monday, May 28, 11:00 am at Woodburn SDA Church, 1253 5th Street, Woodburn.
April 15 – May 6: ABC Spring Food and Book Sale. Download flyer at abcflyer.com.
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 4, 5: Oregon Young Adults Weekend.
Friday, 7:45 pm: “Night of Worship,” for Young adults and high school seniors. Worship Leader: Markis Zarate and Worship Guests: Joel Ortiz, Jr. and Terrell Davy.
Sabbath, 3:00-5:00 pm: “Leadership Mastermind.” Launching and growing successful small groups. Designed for Young adult ministry leaders.
Sabbath, 7:00 pm: “Community Concert” by Terell Davy. Concert is open to the community.
Event Location: Holden Center, Gladstone.
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 3-7: Light Bearers Annual Convocation.
The Minor Prophets—Major Salvation Promises in the Minor Prophets. They are called the Minor Prophets because of their size not their spiritual depth. Hidden in these little books are found sublime pictures of God’s unrelenting love. That’s why we plan to plumb their depths to mine rich nuggets of God’s golden love that promises to keep our love alive in the coming crisis. We warmly invite you to join Light Bearers and our speakers, Ty Gibson, James Rafferty, David Asscherick, Jeffrey Rosario, Fred Bischoff, Nathan Renner, and Risë Rafferty for a Spirit-led journey that promises to build hope, faith and love at our annual convocation. For more information, go to www.lightbearers.org, or call 541-988-3333.
Event Location: Jasper, Oregon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-850-3350.
Save the date! Volunteers Needed!
Portland Impact Your Health PDX is coming back to Portland in August! Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN), along with local volunteers, will provide a free medical, dental and vision clinic in Portland connecting people to the resources and services they need and deserve. The clinics will be held at Portland Adventist Academy, 1500 SE 96th Ave., Portland, on Friday, August 10 and Sunday, August 12, from 8 am to 4 pm.
Volunteers needed: Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, registered dental assistants, physicians, NP’s, PA’s, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, lifestyle counselors, food service, nurses, EMT’s, PT’s, RN foot care specialists/podiatrists, chiropractors, beauticians/barbers, massage therapists, child care attendants, students, general volunteers. To Volunteer, go to: volunteer.ImpactYourHealthPDX.com For more information, go to: ImpactYourHealthPDX.com or contact Clinic Coordinator Brenda Duerksen at email@example.com; ImpactHealthPDX@gmail.com;
916-223-3896 or 971-202-9042.
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.
Job Opening: Gladstone Park Church is now searching for a quality church secretary. For a job description, contact Pastor Nate Hellman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 541-391-2543.
Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) is seeking a part-time Assistant Thrift Store Manager. Experience preferred: experience in driving a box truck (no CDL required), lifting furniture, management skills, and customer service. Please send resume to Executive Director Mark Fulop at email@example.com.
International Children’s Care is looking for someone who has experience in fundraising and public relations work. We currently have an opening in our development department for the right person who could fill this full-time, salaried position. Please contact Doug Congleton at our ICC office at 360-573-0429 for a possible interview.
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.