Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
I think if you want to know what the crux of Jesus’ point is here you have to go to the next sentence. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Where is your treasure?
In Luke chapter 10 Jesus speaks to a friend about where her treasure is.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary’s heart was at the feet of Jesus. And it showed. If you were to look at Mary’s checkbook ledger, if she would have had one, you would have seen that priority reflected. Mary’s treasure and her heart were reflected in how she lived her life.
In the book Steps to Christ, Ellen White asks a simple question and gives a simple answer; her question? “By what means shall we determine whose side we are on?” The next paragraph doesn’t look at the outward appearance, it looks at the heart. Here’s her answer: “Who has the heart? With whom are our thoughts? Of whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and our best energies?”
The answer to these questions will be found in what is found in the stores of our hearts.
Pastor Mark Witas
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.
Wow! What an amazing Vacation Bible School. Another shout out to all the volunteers! Our facility was gorgeous and totally transformed into an African atmosphere. The children’s program was so well done. Thank you to all the VBS leaders and volunteers!
This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will be presenting the Bible message for our worship services titled “What’s In Your Safe?”
Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.
It’s July! Time for Oregon Conference Camp Meeting and our own Camp Meeting Sabbath on July 20, 2019. Sunnyside Church will be open for worship with Richard L. Fenn presenting our Bible Message and Ralph Martin leading out in our General Sabbath School. Sabbath School will begin at 10:00 am and our Worship Service will be at 11:00 am. All are welcome — we’ll have the air conditioning on!
This year at Gladstone Camp Meeting Sunnyside Pathfinders will be in charge of providing Pronto Pups at the Snack Shack. Stop by and support our Pathfinders when you need some food! Also, this year they will be providing packs of 10 frozen Pronto Pups you can take home and enjoy all year long!
Congratulations to our new church officers and committee members. This is the month many have either completed a term of service or you have taken a new position. Thank you so much for your contributions. If you are leaving an office and have a key, now would be a good time to return your key to the church office so we can issue it to someone else that is taking a new position.
A special thank you to all who have provided flowers for our services. Our flower calendar is posted in the hallway. There are still a lot of blank dates available. Please choose a date to share flowers with our Sunnyside family for our worship services and place your name on it. As the date gets closer, we will contact you to see what you would like to place in the bulletin about the flowers.
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.
We, as a church are partnering with the nearby Cherry Park School in giving support to their 500 students, from preschool through the 5th grade. A large number of these children live below the poverty level.
The principal, Kate Barker, thanks all of you for the recent donations and has let us know they have enough travel-sized containers of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc., but they could use some full sizes of each. They still need underwear and socks and when school starts in September there will be a big need for sweat pants and sweatshirts (especially zip up) and especially sizes 8 and 10.
If we continue donating supplies throughout the summer, the needs will be filled by fall. Thank you for all of your wonderful participation. Baskets will be available in the lobby to place your donations in.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
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.
Children in the Primary Tent at Oregon Camp Meeting this year will have a special service project opportunity to help pack a gift box for a child going into the foster system. We need your help! We are collecting donations of kids toiletries, small toys, puzzles, books, socks, and more. We will be accepting donations until Camp Meeting for our organizing event! Please drop off your donations at the conference office or call the Oregon Conference Children’s Ministries 503-850-3538 with questions.
Filipinos of the Oregon Conference…You are invited to Gladstone Camp Meeting, July 16-20, at Gladstone Park Conference Center! Please plan to have lunch, potluck style, with us following the Sabbath morning service, on July 20. We have reserved an area on the campground, at the corner of Main and Plaza, across from the Locations building. Bring your own chairs. If it rains, we will meet at the Rivergate Adventist School, 1505 Rivergate School Road, next to Gladstone Park Adventist Church.
Veterans we want to honor you this year at Gladstone Camp Meeting by holding a special reception July 20th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Board Room in the Conference Office. To register for this special event please email us a jpg.file picture of yourself in uniform with your name, branch, dates of service, and email. Send to: email@example.com
July 2-6: 2019: Light Bearers Convocation.
Genesis is a book of beginnings—the beginning of the world as God made it to be, the beginning of all human misery, the beginning of God’s plan to set things right, the beginning of God’s covenant plan, to be enacted in history through a covenant people to bring forth a covenant Savior. Genesis takes us back to the beginning so we can understand the present and the future from the vantage point of the beginning. Please join us in Jasper, Oregon for the 2019 Light Bearers Convocation as we explore the book of Genesis. For more information, go to www.lightbearers.org.
Event Location: Jasper, Oregon.
August 3, 7:00 pm: An Evening of Hymns & Praise.
Join us for An Evening of Hymns and Praise featuring Fernanda Rinza with special guest John Danilich and John Carter on August 3 at the Gladstone Park Adventist Church at 7:00 pm. This free concert is brought to you by Ultimate Mission, a Christian life empowerment group.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Church.
September 6-7: Adventist Single Adult Ministries Convention.
Single adults 18 years and older join us for the annual convention titled “This is US” featuring Pastor James and Rise Rafferty. Special Breakout Session with Gary and Shelly Parks. Registration fee is $65 and includes two meals on Sabbath. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Follow our Facebook page to register: https://www.facebook.com/singlesoregon/notifications/
Or Oregon Conference Singles Website https://www.oregonadventist.org/ministries/relational#other-ministries
For more information contact Angelica Dull (360) 600-9212 or email@example.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.
Starting in August 2019, International Children’s Care–Church Outreach & Donor Relations Associate is needed, located in Vancouver, Washington. Passionate about God and children, able to travel, good public speaker, and fundraiser, can move to SW Washington. ICC is prayerfully expanding its reach to minister to more children around the world. Contact William Hurtado at 800-422-7729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at https://www.forhiskids.org/.
PACS Thrift Store Is Hiring
Part-time, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wed -Fri, Thrift Store Donation Receiving Supervisor – receive donations, pricing, and various other duties. For more information contact and/or send resume to Tim Zollbrecht, Thrift Store Manager, email@example.com.
PACS DENTAL CLINIC GETTING CLOSE TO OPENING!
We are ready to hire our staff! We are looking for:
*Dental Front Office 3-4 days per week, 28-32 hours/wk, $15-$18/hr DOE. Some dental front office experience is preferred.
*Dental Hygienist 4 days per week, 28-32 hours/wk, $32-$40/hr DOE. New grads welcome.
For more information, contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503/758-1892 (call or text).