Greetings Church Family,
Two weekends ago the Pathfinders had the opportunity to go out on their club camping trip. It was a very rainy Friday night and Saturday morning. When I came in to church, I asked first service to pray for the Pathfinders and their time out at the campsite. Unbeknownst to us here at the church, around the very same time we prayed, the Pathfinders were finishing their story at their worship. The story chosen by the Pathfinders in charge of the worship was the story of the flood. As the church prayed and the story got to the part where the rain finished in the Noah story, the rain at the campsite stopped too. Everyone felt this was a miracle as the forecast had the chance of rain at 90% or greater and it continued to rain all around the area except for where the Pathfinders were camping and doing activities.
Later in the evening after the activities were finished for the day the rain began to come down again. It would have been very easy for the Pathfinders to get dissatisfied and complain. The rain did not dampen their spirits as they continued to enjoy their time together. They talked, laughed and ate under the tarps and near the fire while the rain continued to come down. As I sat there and observed the attitude and actions of the Pathfinders I was amazed by their spirits. I wondered if the attitude and actions would have been the same if the group was composed only of adults. This could be one of the reasons that the Jesus said, “truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3, NIV). These Pathfinders decided to be content regardless of the cold and the rain.
Sometimes in our own life and spiritual journeys, there are times when it seems like it’s pouring rain and things are not going as we would like. We can learn from the Pathfinders that regardless of circumstances we can choose to be content. Eventually, the rain will stop and God can help us to have peace in the midst of the storm. I pray that God will give you the strength, peace and joy to deal with whatever situation you might find yourself in.
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 well, or going beyond expectations.
Friday, April 19, 7:00 pm, Service of Darkness will be presented. As we contemplate the last hours of Jesus’ life in Bible readings and hymns, we are reminded once more of the enormity of His sacrifice and the wonder of His love. As we share the gathering darkness, we will be more prepared to appreciate the sunrise of His resurrection as we attend our Easter service Sabbath morning.
Happy Easter! We have one worship service this week, 11:15 am. Pastor Mark will be presenting our Bible message titled “Resurrection Hope.”
There will not be a guest potluck today.
Please pray for the families of:
Jim Reynolds, a long-time member who passed away last week. He was the son of the late Frank & Evelyn Reynolds.
Lorie Ramey, whose mother passed away this last week.
A memorial service for Jack Harris, who passed away in January, is being planned for Sunday, May 5, 11:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.
One of our church family members has a walker for loan if you or you know of someone that needs one. It is a rolling walker with a seat. There is no cost for its use. Contact the church office if this is something you can use: 503-252-8080.
Sabbath, April 27, 2:30 pm, we will enjoy a presentation of “Hell and Mr. Fudge,” which is based on a true story of a young Bible-belt preacher standing up for what he sees as truth. This also ties in with the sermon of the day. Come and enjoy this presentation on how someone emerges as a defender of faith, Scripture, and a champion for God’s love.
May 11, 1:30 pm – An all-church picnic is being planned at Happy Valley Park. Take time to come and join us. There are covered shelters, a nice playground for the kids, as well as many walking paths to enjoy. Pets are also welcome.
SunnyCity Children’s Fair and Family Concert will be on Sunday, June 23 from 1:00-4:00 pm on the campus of Portland Adventist Academy. This is Sunnyside’s outreach to the local neighborhood. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Elise Holcombe at 503-575-9845 for more information.
Interested in a garden plot? Adventist Health Portland is partnering with the non-profit, Outgrowing Hunger, to create the new Market Street Garden. Garden plot reservations are going quickly and almost full! There are many nations represented, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, USA, and others. (Slavic families have also expressed interest). Many are fairly recent immigrants and refugees. This is an amazing opportunity for Adventists who have a passion for growing fresh produce/flowers, AND for joining with the Spirit in sowing and possibly reaping souls for God’s glory. Consider having your family, or join with other families to “farm a plot with God” in this amazing ministry opportunity. To apply for a garden plot, please complete the special form (located on the Narthex table) ASAP, and/or contact Adam Kohl at 971-231-4191, https://outgrowinghunger.org/.
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. Immediate needs are: Living room/dining room set, kitchen items, and blankets — any house furnishings will help.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
PAES STEAM Night Thurs, May 2.
Dinner: Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Water for $5, Floats $2 from 5:30-6:30(Gym).
Book Fair: 5:30-7:45(Library).
Preschool Open 6-7. K-8 Classrooms Open 6-7:15.
All Family & Friends come Create-Explore-Build-Play.
Portland Adventist Academy
May 3-5, Portland Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend.
We’re so excited to invite our alumni and friends back to campus for a full weekend of activities designed to reconnect friends, teachers, and community. For details, visit https://paasda.org/alumni/.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy.
Rivergate Adventist Elementary School
Please join Rivergate Adventist Elementary School for their annual auction at Gladstone Park Church fellowship hall on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 4:30 pm. Tickets are now available at $15 per adult, including dinner, and $7 per child for childcare with games and dinner in the Rivergate gym. Funds raised will go towards science, music, sports, our playground, and our Jr. High classrooms.
Area Events and Announcements
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 hard working 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 11-13) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 16-20) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety, and security. We will also need licensed RNs, 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.OregonAdventist.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-850-3350.
April 20, 5:00 pm: “King of Kings and Lord of All” Concert.
Belle Cantori women’s chorus and His Praise men’s chorus will be presenting an Easter concert 5:00 pm, Saturday, April 20, at Meadow Glade Adventist Church, located at 11001 NE 189th Street in Battle Ground, Wash. Belle Cantori singers are 25 women drawn from Clark County, Wash., and His Praise is a group of about 25 men drawn from the Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., area and from all walks of life, directed by Martha Natiuk and Charlie Drury, who have one thing in common: they love to sing gospel music. Come and enjoy their music followed by a reception where you can meet the singers following the concert.
Event Location: Meadow Glade Adventist Church.
April 23, 5:30 pm: PACS Constituency Meeting,
PACS is hosting a constituency meeting as required in our bylaws, April 23 at 5:30 PM (light dinner) followed by a program starting at 6:30. The meeting will be held in the Holden Center at the conference office. This year, PACS is opening the meeting to all of the SDA churches in our region. Attend and give input to the PACS 3-year Strategic Plan! RSVP to PACS at 503-252-8500 by April 16th or email@example.com. Hope to see you there – Mark Fulop, Executive Director.
Event Location: Holden Center.
April 25-29: Walla Walla University Homecoming Weekend.
Walla Walla University alumni and friends are invited to attend Homecoming Weekend 2019, April 25–28. Events are planned around the WWU core theme of excellence in thought and will include a banquet on Thursday evening, the annual Awards Celebration on Friday morning, a variety of fun and interesting seminars on Friday afternoon, PRISM Vespers, class reunions, and more. A full list of weekend events and registration information is available at wallawalla.edu/homecoming or by calling Alumni and Advancement Services at 509-527-2631.
Event Location: Walla Walla University, College Place, Washington.
April 28, May 19, June 23, 10:00 am—Noon. Free estate planning workshop co-sponsored by the Care Ministry and Senior Ministry.
Part 1 – April 28 Understanding Wills & Trusts, Estate taxes, what documents are needed, what is a beneficiary designation? What if I have no estate planning documents?Presenter: Leanne M. Bowker, ESQ expertise in estate planning Resource Consultant: Ted Perry, Planned Giving and Trust Consultant for the Oregon Adventist Headquarters
Part 2 – May 19 Why is it important to have an advance Directive and how to fill one out using the 2019 Oregon Advance Directive form.
Presenter: Corrine Ramirez, MSW, LCSW, medical social worker.
Part 3 – June 23 Learn the options for long-term care. A representative from a long-term care facility will be available to answer questions and what the costs of care look like.
Presenter: Corrine Ramirez, MSW, LCSW, medical social worker
Event Location: Hood View Church.
May 31-June 2: Men’s Summit – Men save the Date! The Oregon Conference Men’s Summit is featuring Dick Duerksen. Pre-registration (Early Bird Discount) is $125 through March. Registration in April is $135.00, and the At-The-Door rate is $140.00. Registration will be opening soon. Watch your bulletin for updates. Have any questions? Please call me, Bret McKay at 503-577-4686 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp.
June 21-July 4, 2019: 2019 Great Controversy Tour.
Dr. Gerard Damsteegt, a specialist in church history and development of prophetic interpretation, will lead this tour. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive. Visit Rome and the Reformation sites in the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, France, and Germany. These tours give you a new vision of how to inspire church members for Jesus’ coming and future challenges. A most exciting experience! Call 269-815-8624, or email GCTours@mac.com.
September 22-26: Deaf Christian Women’s Retreat.
In 2002, a group of deaf women decided to start a Women’s Retreat for deaf women in the Pacific Northwest. The deaf women are members of a completely different people group with their own rich language and culture. There is an average of 20 women attending the Deaf Women’s Retreat, and the deaf women who attend come from as far as the east coast. They enjoy gathering together – it’s like a family reunion. This year they are hoping to rent a bus to take the women to the coast for the day; however, they do not yet have the funds for this to happen. Also, this year, for the first time, they will be selling shirts with their logo on them to help raise funds for future events. They are hoping and praying they will be able to earn enough money so they can pay the expense for the weekend, and bring in a speaker from another state. If you would like to help sponsor the retreat, you can send a check made payable to “Tabernacle Adventist Church” and mark it for “Deaf Christian Women’s Ministries,” 26 SW Condor Way, Portland, OR 97239.
Event Location: Camp Tilikum, 15321 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg.
Help someone by volunteering: PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) has volunteer opportunities available. Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 and ask for Kellie for more information.
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, email@example.com, call or text 503-758-1892.