March 23 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

Recently I was not feeling the very best that I could. I did not feel like going to work out as I was tired and exhausted.  I decided that I needed to go to the gym anyway. It was a joy to see some Sunnysiders there trying to stay fit as well. I worked through the tiredness for most of the time but when I got in the pool to swim my laps it really hit me. It was just a lot harder than normal. As I struggled more than normal I noticed something.

I noticed that when I kept my eyes on the end of the pool it seemed like I got there quicker. Each stroke seemed more productive and beneficial in getting to that end line. Having that goal in mind and keeping my eyes and thoughts on it helped me not to focus on the drudgery and struggle. Instead, it helped me to feel more positive that with each passing stroke I was getting that much closer to reaching the goal. In that very moment in that pool, the words of a Bible verse bounced around my mind.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, King James Bible). Even though I did not feel well, was exhausted and was having a hard time- keeping my eyes on the mark kept me going. Paul tells us that there is a spiritual application to certain aspects of athletic events. I want to encourage you that regardless of how you feel, whether you are exhausted or having a hard time- keep your eyes on the Prize. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Keeping your eyes on Him will help you to keep going and will take your mind off the drudgery and struggles of this world.

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.

Special shout out to the Women’s Ministries team in putting together such an amazing staycation for our ladies. Thank you to each of you for all of your work.

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath we are celebrating Communion Service. We will have only one service beginning at 11:115 am, where our entire family can celebrate together. Pastor Mark Witas will be presenting the Bible message for our worship services titled “All About Jesus / What We Are.”

Today we are celebrating Communion. All are invited to share in this sacred service. If you are in need of gluten-free bread, stop by the table in the lobby to pick up your bread upon reentering the sanctuary.

If you or you know of someone that would like Communion brought to them in their home, please contact one of our pastors or one of Elders. We will arrange to take Communion to you/them personally.

Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Rippey Sabbath School Class will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

Announcements

New Believers’ Class – Beginning March 30, Pastor Mark will begin a “New Believers’ Class.” They will meet in his office at 10:00 am, on Sabbath mornings.

Sabbath, March 30, 4:30 pm, we will be blessed with Evensong with Robert Schmidt at the Organ and Jim Robertson with the spoken word.

 Sabbath, April 13, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus will present their inspiring annual Spring concert. Free tickets are now available at www.oamchorus.org or 503-970-1693. Get your tickets now; seating is limited.

Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28 and 29. We are now looking for volunteers to help us this year. If you can help in any capacity please see Beverly Merino or call the church office
503-252-8080.

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.

Life at Sunnyside

Donna Mitchell

Patrick Shima

Scott LeMert

Troy Scholz, Marlan Glovatsky, Dave Schmidt

Terril and Ivonne Allen

Advent Trombone Quartet

Carter Noland, Jerry Davis, Dennis Springer, Jim Newell

Pastor Kara

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

http://www.paes.com: Check out our new website!
And our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/PAESPanthers/ or use the QR code.

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

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.

Area Events and Announcements

March 25, 6:00 pm: Andrews University Alumni. Are you an Andrews University alum? Or are you a student considering attending Andrews University? Join us for a complimentary dinner at our Portland regional event on at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, Oregon. Network with Andrews alums, enjoy a delicious meal, and hear the latest news from Andrews University. Reserve your spot (it’s free!) at alumni.andrews.edu/rsvp or by contacting us at (269) 471-3591, alumni@andrews.edu. We hope to see you there!
Event Location: Old Spaghetti Factory, Clackamas.

March 29-31: Twin Rocks Friends Camp.
Explore the privilege of praying as God’s friend with “Communion with the Creator” at the 10th annual Oregon Prayer Conference. Speaker Dr. Paul Dybdahl will join us as we explore how friendship with God impacts our overall perspective on life, which then has a profound impact on our prayers lives. Find more information and register now at http://bit.ly/ORPrayerConference2019. Or call Tawny at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Rockaway Beach.

April 12-14: NW Prison Ministries Convention.
Holden Convention The Northwest Prison Ministries Convention, which takes place every two years, has become a much-anticipated event for prison ministries volunteers. Learn more and register here…
Event Location: Holden Center, Gladstone.

April 14: Your Organic Powerhouse Garden Workshop
by Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com. Grow delicious, fully-mineralized and biologically better than organic, healthy-healing fruits and veggies, with an abundant harvest freshly picked from your garden this summer! See what else you’ll learn! Go to Information and Registration at GardeningVancouver.eventbrite.com.

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 bret_mckay@fulfillmentcorp.com.
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.
Event Location: Camp Tilikum, 15321 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg,

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
Dentists
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, carol.james@pacsonline.org, call or text 503-758-1892.

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March 16 Communiqué

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Dear family,

I was one year into serving a church when it happened. A disaster. A child had lost their life in the blink of an eye. One minute they were on their bicycle, the next minute the bicycle was bent, a car bumper was stained and a life was lost. I’ll never forget it. The phone call I received was from a friend of the family. “Pastor, there’s been an accident. Johnny is dead.” They gave me the family’s name. It was just a few hours after the accident that I received the news. I jumped into my vehicle to drive to the home of the grieving family. What I saw when I got there was one of the biggest blessings I’ve ever experienced in my 34 years of ministry. Church members were stationed on the front walk, screening all that wanted to come in and see the wounded family. As I entered the house, several other church members were surrounding the family, weeping with them, mourning with them, comforting them. I listened as the church planned on who would stay the night with the young family, who would arrange for food, who would deal with arranging a service…the list went on. I saw the church surrounding this family and touching them with the love of Jesus.

As we continue our series called The Life and Times of Jesus here at Sunnyside, we will be stepping into the Sermon on the Mount. Pastor Kara is going to lead us this week into Jesus’ opening statements from this epic sermon. The Beatitudes lays the foundation for what the New Community, the Kingdom of God is to look like here on this earth. Blessings on us all as we live the truths of Jesus, as He commanded them on the side of that blessed mountain.

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.

A shout out thank you to Ted and Linda Mackett for the beautiful flowers in honor of Lloyd Wescott’s 90th birthday last week. Thank you!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will be presenting the Bible message for our worship services titled “All About Jesus / The New Community.”

Today, the Women’s Ministries Weekend Retreat continues, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, we will enjoy a potluck lunch, Jean Boonstra applying the “Story of Esther” to our lives (on screen), and sharing some of our ladies’ spiritual moments. Ladies, let’s enjoy the bonding experience of spending time together.

Tomorrow, Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta will be here at Sunnyside Church in concert. Reserve the date and come, enjoy the special music blessing!

Announcements

New Believers’ Class – Beginning March 30, Pastor Mark will begin a “New Believers’ Class.” They will meet in his office at 10:00 am, on Sabbath mornings.

Phone System: Many of you already know, but our church phone system is not currently working properly. So, if you call the church and someone doesn’t answer, please call again. We are not able to access our phone messages. Thank you.

Sabbath, March 23, 11:15 am, will be Communion Sabbath – we will be having only one worship service. Be sure and join us for the blessed event.

Sabbath, March 30, 4:30 pm, we will be blessed with Evensong with Robert Schmidt at the Organ and Jim Robertson with the spoken word.

 Sabbath, April 13, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus will present their inspiring annual Spring concert. Free tickets are now available at www.oamchorus.org or 503-970-1693. Get your tickets now; seating is limited.

Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28 and 29. We are now looking for volunteers to help us this year. If you can help in any capacity please see Beverly Merino or call the church office
503-252-8080.

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.

Life at Sunnyside

Pathfinder Sabbath

Happy 90th birthday, Lloyd!

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

http://www.paes.com: Check out our new website!
And our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/PAESPanthers/ or use the QR code.

PAES Kindergarten/First Grade Visitation is Thursday, March 21 from 1-2:30pm.  All children entering Kindergarten/First Grade for the 2019-20 school year must pre-register for this event by calling the school office at 503-665-4102 or by e-mailing krista.lott@paes.com no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19.”

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

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.

Area Events and Announcements

March 25, 6:00 pm: Andrews University Alumni. Are you an Andrews University alum? Or are you a student considering attending Andrews University? Join us for a complimentary dinner at our Portland regional event on at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, Oregon. Network with Andrews alums, enjoy a delicious meal, and hear the latest news from Andrews University. Reserve your spot (it’s free!) at alumni.andrews.edu/rsvp or by contacting us at (269) 471-3591, alumni@andrews.edu. We hope to see you there!

March 29-31: Twin Rocks Friends Camp.
Explore the privilege of praying as God’s friend with “Communion with the Creator” at the 10th annual Oregon Prayer Conference. Speaker Dr. Paul Dybdahl will join us as we explore how friendship with God impacts our overall perspective on life, which then has a profound impact on our prayers lives. Find more information and register now at http://bit.ly/ORPrayerConference2019. Or call Tawny at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Rockaway Beach.

April 12-14: NW Prison Ministries Convention.
Holden Convention The Northwest Prison Ministries Convention, which takes place every two years, has become a much-anticipated event for prison ministries volunteers. Learn more and register here…

April 14: Your Organic Powerhouse Garden Workshop
by Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com. Grow delicious, fully-mineralized and biologically better than organic, healthy-healing fruits and veggies, with an abundant harvest freshly picked from your garden this summer! See what else you’ll learn! Go to Information and Registration at GardeningVancouver.eventbrite.com.

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 bret_mckay@fulfillmentcorp.com.
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.
Event Location: Camp Tilikum, 15321 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg,

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
Dentists
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, carol.james@pacsonline.org, call or text 503-758-1892.

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March 9 Communiqué

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1.

 

 

Dear family,

Terry and I recently spent a week vacationing in the warm waters of the Caribbean. There were many highlights during this week – warm weather and a chance to spend quality time with my bestie being pretty high on the list! An unexpected joy, however, was the brilliance of the stars as we sailed far away from the lights of land.

I have always enjoyed star gazing. When I was young and lived far away from those I loved, I used to take comfort in the knowledge that those I loved and missed, could see the same stars that I saw. I know, I was pretty sentimental!

As science has advanced, the stars have revealed an incredible depth of beauty in God’s creation. What to the naked eye is a simple dot of light in the sky, sometimes even covered over by clouds, is in reality, a complex stunning work of art. It reminds me to pause before jumping to conclusions when it comes to God’s human creation. In our “naked eye’s perspective,” we may only see a very dim dot of light. Sometimes the clouds of life can even block out that light altogether. But God’s creative ability gives us the assurance that a work of art is present. Time and circumstances may need to pass before we can see, but it is there nonetheless.

Wishing you a blessed Sabbath,

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 well, or going beyond expectations.

A special shout out to our Pathfinder leaders and assistants. They have created a wonderful program for our Sabbath worship and put in many hours of coaching, and prop building! Thank you!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am, with the Sunnyside Pathfinder Club presenting our worship services. Pastor Juan will present the Bible Message.

Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Children’s Sabbath School Classes will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning at 2:00 am. Remember to set your clocks forward by one hour!

Announcements

March 15-16, Women’s Ministries Weekend Retreat right here at Sunnyside Church. Beginning Friday night, 6:30 pm, Jean Boonstra, associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy, will present her testimony of God’s leading in her life (on the screen). Refreshments will be served. Sabbath, March 16, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, we will enjoy a potluck lunch, Jean Boonstra applying the “Story of Esther” to our lives, and sharing some of our ladies’ spiritual moments. Ladies, let’s enjoy the bonding experience of spending time together. Come together for a phenomenally blessed weekend!

Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta will be here at Sunnyside Church in concert. Reserve the date and come, enjoy the special music blessing!

Sabbath, March 23, 11:15 am: This is Communion Sabbath – we will be having only one worship service. Be sure and join us for the blessed event.

Sabbath, March 30, 4:30 pm, we will be blessed with Evensong with Robert Schmidt at the Organ and Jim Robertson with the spoken word.

Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28 and 29. We are now looking for volunteers to help us this year. If you can help in any capacity please see Beverly Merino or call the church office 503-252-8080.

Church Library – The church library has a wide selection of books available for our members to borrow.  If you enjoy stories, this is the perfect time to read one of the many volumes of Christmas In My Heart.

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.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

PAES Kindergarten/First Grade Visitation is Thursday, March 21 from 1-2:30pm.  All children entering Kindergarten/First Grade for the 2019-20 school year must pre-register for this event by calling the school office at 503-665-4102 or by e-mailing krista.lott@paes.com no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19.”

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

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.

Area Events and Announcements

ABC’s Spring Case Food and Book Sale
Prices effective March 3-10, 2019. Please join us on Sunday, March 3, for complimentary vegetarian food samples.
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center.

March 9, 6:30 pm: Cowboy Camp Meeting.
Attention ATV enthusiasts and horsemen – The Adventist Horseman’s Association is inviting you to participate in their annual Cowboy Camp Meeting. If you enjoy camping in the national forest and riding the trails you will love this event. Find out more by attending an informational meeting at the Gladstone Park Church Fellowship Hall, March 9 at 6.30 pm.  For more info call 360-607-7446.

March 25, 6:00 pm: Andrews University Alumni. Are you an Andrews University alum? Or are you a student considering attending Andrews University? Join us for a complimentary dinner at our Portland regional event on at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, Oregon. Network with Andrews alums, enjoy a delicious meal, and hear the latest news from Andrews University. Reserve your spot (it’s free!) at alumni.andrews.edu/rsvp or by contacting us at (269) 471-3591, alumni@andrews.edu. We hope to see you there!

April 12-14: NW Prison Ministries Convention.
Holden Convention The Northwest Prison Ministries Convention, which takes place every two years, has become a much-anticipated event for prison ministries volunteers. Learn more and register here…

April 14: Your Organic Powerhouse Garden Workshop
by Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com. Grow delicious, fully-mineralized and biologically better than organic, healthy-healing fruits and veggies, with an abundant harvest freshly picked from your garden this summer! See what else you’ll learn! Go to Information and Registration at GardeningVancouver.eventbrite.com.

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 bret_mckay@fulfillmentcorp.com.
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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
Dentists
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, carol.james@pacsonline.org, call or text 503-758-1892.

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March 2 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

One of the vision points of our new Lead Pastor Mark is to grow our ministry to the immediate community around our church. I have always been most appreciative of the way Sunnysiders minister in so many relevant and effective ways to people they are connected to in and from Sunnyside. One such member is Ron Meisner who recently “retired” from Portland Adventist Community Services. Ron started working at PACS in February 2006, on Valentine’s Day! When he started managing the PACS Food Pantry there were about 40-60 families daily receiving food. Now, thirteen years later, there are more than 80 such families being helped every day! Wow!

The neat thing about Ron’s retirement is that he continues to volunteer at PACS each Thursday fetching, carrying, and delivering food hither and yon to keep this ministry thriving and relevant to our community. Thank you, Chief!

Jesus says, in Matthew 25:40  “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Blessings,

Pastor Dave Allen

 

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.

Shout out to the team who worked so diligently in preparing for the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra concert this last Sunday, those who performed,  and those who helped clean up following the reception. Thank you to each of you!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am, with Pastor Mark Witas presenting our Bible message titled “All About Jesus / Tested, Tried, and True.”

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.

Announcements

Nominating Committee is now beginning to meet. Please make it a matter of prayer, and if you are asked to serve, thank you for your consideration, and we will look forward to adding your name to our list of officers. We have included a survey this week in the bulletin, please take time to review it, mark your interest, including your name and best contact information. You may place it in the offering plate as it is passed, or give it to one of our deacons.

March 9, 6:30 pm: Cowboy Camp Meeting.
Attention ATV enthusiasts and horsemen – The Adventist Horseman’s Association is inviting you to participate in their annual Cowboy Camp Meeting. If you enjoy camping in the national forest and riding the trails you will love this event. Find out more by attending an informational meeting at the Gladstone Park Church Fellowship Hall, March 9 at 6.30 pm.  For more info call 360-607-7446.

March 15-16, Women’s Ministries Weekend Retreat, right here at Sunnyside Church. Beginning Friday night, 6:30 pm, Jean Boonstra, associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy will present her testimony of God’s leading in her life (on the screen). Refreshments will be served. Sabbath, March 16, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, we will enjoy a potluck lunch, Jean Boonstra applying the “Story of Esther” to our lives, and sharing some of our ladies’ spiritual moments. Ladies, let’s enjoy the bonding experience of spending time together. Come together for a phenomenally blessed weekend!

March 16, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Studies have shown that “families who play together stay together.” We have planned another opportunity for our family to play together. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to splash around with your family at the East Portland Community Center on March 16 at 4:30 pm. Come enjoy a swim in the lap pool, relax on the lazy river, go down the water slide or bring your young ones to play in the splash pad. Some light refreshments will be provided along with a great time in the water. This is a free event and open to everyone. Come and let’s have a fun time together!

Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta will be here at Sunnyside Church in concert. Reserve the date and come, enjoy the special music blessing!

Sabbath, March 30, 4:30 pm, we will be blessed with Evensong with Robert Schmidt at the Organ and Jim Robertson with the spoken word.

Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28 and 29. We are now looking for volunteers to help us this year. If you can help in any capacity please see Beverly Merino or call the church office 503-252-8080.

Church Library – The church library has a wide selection of books available for our members to borrow.  If you enjoy stories, this is the perfect time to read one of the many volumes of Christmas In My Heart.

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.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

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.

Area Events and Announcements

ABC’s Spring Case Food and Book Sale
Prices effective March 3-10, 2019. Please join us on Sunday, March 3, for complimentary vegetarian food samples.
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center.

March 2, 3:00 pm: Memorial Service for George Ulloa. George Ulloa passed away January 25. A celebration of life will be conducted for him at Meadow Glade Adventist Church.

March 3, 12:00-3:00 pm: Women and Kid’s clothing/small items SWAP. Come freshen up your closets for free and have fun! Only bring items in good repair please. Spread the word! Questions? Contact 503-223-0623.
Event Location: Tabernacle Adventist Church, Fellowship Hall.

March 9, 6:30 pm: Cowboy Camp Meeting.
Attention ATV enthusiasts and horsemen – The Adventist Horseman’s Association is inviting you to participate in their annual Cowboy Camp Meeting. If you enjoy camping in the national forest and riding the trails you will love this event. Find out more by attending an informational meeting at the Gladstone Park Church Fellowship Hall, March 9 at 6.30 pm.  For more info call 360-607-7446.

April 12-14: NW Prison Ministries Convention.
Holden Convention The Northwest Prison Ministries Convention, which takes place every two years, has become a much-anticipated event for prison ministries volunteers. Learn more and register here…

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 bret_mckay@fulfillmentcorp.com.
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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
Dentists
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, carol.james@pacsonline.org, call or text 503-758-1892.

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February 23 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

This past week I was at Portland Adventist Academy for chapel.  I enjoy going over there every week for chapel which usually occurs on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. This past chapel the presenter, a parent of one of the students, was a guest lecturer brought in to share her experiences and those of her family to educate the students on the history of the African-Americans in our community. This was done because February is black history month. It was interesting to hear how even in her lifetime she and her family had to break down barriers.

This made me think about what Pastor Mark has been talking about in church lately. Pastor Mark has been talking about the fact that we should “make room for everyone to sit at the table.” This lady and some others she knows have not always been given the opportunity to “sit” at the table with everyone else. At times I have had conversations with my children about the difficulties that people of different ethnicities have had in our country. Even in the lifetimes of some of our own Sunnyside members, there were times when my marriage to my wife would have been frowned upon by many. There were some who did not want everyone to have a seat at the table.

I want to join Pastor Mark in challenging us as a community of faith to not fall into this same historical pattern. Jesus summarized the commandments in two ways. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Loving our neighbor as ourselves requires us to make room at the table for all God’s children. It does not mean that we condone anyone’s sins but just that we love everyone just like Jesus does. Let us love each other regardless of ethnic background, socioeconomic status, skin color, sexual orientation or any other thing that might divide us as children of God.

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.

Shout out to Manfred Schosnig for the many vegetables he delivers to our giveaway table each week. Thank you, Manfred!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This weekend is brought to us by Dave Thomas, PhD, and Alden Thompson, PhD. They are here representing Walla Walla University’s Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission. Friday evening, 7:00 pm, Dr. Thompson will present “How to Change a Doctrine: The Biblical Foundation for what Adventists Have Done with the Trinity.” Sabbath during our worship service Dr. Thomas will present “A Pilgrim Journey.” Sabbath afternoon at 2:30 pm, Alden Thompson will present “Uncharted Territory: Adventists Plot Their Way Toward the Trinity.” At 3:45 pm, Dr. Thomas will present “The Trinity, So what?” Be sure to join us for each of these insightful presentations.

February 24, 4:00 pm, the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will in concert here at Sunnyside Church.

Announcements

The 2018 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up in the lobby. Look for the boxes containing alphabetical tabs, then, please look through the envelopes and retrieve those with your name on it.

 

March 1, 7:15 pm, First Friday will feature Curtis Young from the YMCA sharing his story. Music will be provided by the Oasis Church. Registration for the free March First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 21 and will run through Wednesday, March 27.  Be sure to reserve your spot!  Remember that registration is on a first-come, first served basis and each dinner guest must register separately.  Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, March 1.

March 15-16, Women’s Ministries Weekend Retreat, right here at Sunnyside Church. Beginning Friday night, 6:30 pm, Jean Boonstra, associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy will present her testimony of God’s leading in her life (on the screen). Refreshments will be served. Sabbath, March 16, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, we will enjoy a potluck lunch, Jean Boonstra applying the “Story of Esther” to our lives, and sharing some of our ladies’ spiritual moments. Ladies, let’s enjoy the bonding experience of spending time together. Come together for a phenomenally blessed weekend!

Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28 and 29. We are now looking for volunteers to help us this year. If you can help in any capacity please see Beverly Merino or call the church office 503-252-8080.

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.

Mel and Betty West will be celebrating their 89th birthdays this year. in March. It would be nice to send a “blitz” of greetings (one card for both of them) on March 2 (Mel’s birthday). It might be helpful for those that may not know you well, to include a sender snapshot. They enjoy phone calls as well. Contact information: Mel and Betty Ann West, 1500 Catherine Street, Apt. 319A, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-24-4140. Thank you.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

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.

Area Events and Announcements

ABC’s Spring Case Food and Book Sale
Prices effective March 3-10, 2019. Please join us on Sunday, March 3, for complimentary vegetarian food samples.
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center.

February 23, 2:00 pm: Adventist Community Services and Prison Ministries Afternoon Meetings with Byron Dulan  Pastor Dulan is Vice President for Regional and Multicultural Ministries and Human Relations at the North Pacific Union Conference.  He would like to connect with volunteers involved in prison ministries at 2 pm and volunteers involved in Adventist  Community Services at 3 pm.
Event Location: East Salem Adventist Church.

February 24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm: S.N.O.W (Spiritual Needs Of Women) party. Presented by Lents SDA Church Women’s Ministry. The fee is $10.00 per person. Please bring a $5.00 gift to exchange. There will also be a book exchange table for used books, limit of five books. Please RSVP to Jackie Flores at 503-989-5049 or Linda Dahl at 503-577-1285. There is a limit of 90 attendees, so an RSVP is required. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 am; lunch will be at approximately 1:00 pm.
Event Location: Lents SDA Church.

March 2, 3:00 pm: Memorial Service for George Ulloa. George Ulloa passed away January 25. A celebration of life will be conducted for him at Meadow Glade Adventist Church.

March 3, 12:00-3:00 pm: Women and Kid’s clothing/small items SWAP. Come freshen up your closets for free and have fun! Only bring items in good repair please. Spread the word! Questions? Contact 503-223-0623.
Event Location: Tabernacle Adventist Church, Fellowship Hall.

May 3-5, 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 bret_mckay@fulfillmentcorp.com.
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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
Dentists
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, carol.james@pacsonline.org, call or text 503-758-1892.

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February 16 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

I had to get new tires on a vehicle today. Since I didn’t want to just sit and wait for an hour I decided to Uber to the gym I workout at and pass the time spinning on a stationary bike. It was a good workout. When I cooled down I summoned another Uber driver to pick me up.

As I got into the car I noticed that she quickly silenced what seemed to be a sermon playing through her sound system. I told her that I didn’t mind at all if she wanted to play the sermon as we drove back to the tire store. As she turned it back up she asked, “So, what do you do for a living?” I told her that I am a pastor. That’s when she lit up. “Really? That’s so cool!” She said.

She asked me if I was familiar with the pastor that she was listening to. I was. Then she asked, What church do you pastor? I told her that I was the pastor of the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church. Again she lit up. She told me she’s passed it several times and then said, “One of my good friends is a Seventh-day Adventist.” As we talked she told me what she knew of the denomination and that she really liked her friend. Before I got out of the car I invited her to join us one Sabbath for our second service and then prayed over her.

It was a wonderful opportunity that God gave me to share the good news and fellowship with a fellow believer. Let’s all look for opportunities like this to share our faith. I believe that when we do, we bring a smile to the Creator of all these little God moments.

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.

A special shout out to all those who showed up during our snow storm last week and helped to make our facility ready for those who ventured out. Thank you to all of our helpers!

 

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath, our worship services are at, 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “All About Jesus – Repent and Submit.”

Tonight, February 16, 7:00 pm, Walla Walla University’s I Contori will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church.  I Cantori is Walla Walla University’s select choir, an auditioned group chosen from the 1,900-member student body. They have enjoyed a history of touring extensively that began in 1929. Kraig Scott is currently their director.

Announcements

The 2018 tithe and offering receipts are now ready for pick up in the lobby. Look for the boxes containing alphabetical tabs, then, please look through the envelopes and retrieve those with your name on it.

February 23 weekend, Walla Walla University’s Center for Bible, Faith and Mission will present “Inching Toward the Trinity: The Astonishing Adventist Story.” The schedule and speakers are as follows:

7:00 pm, Friday: “How to Change a Doctrine: The Biblical Foundation for what
Adventists Have Done with the Trinity” – Alden Thompson
8:45 am & 11:15 am Sabbath: A Pilgrim Journey – Dave Thomas
2:30 pm, Sabbath, “Uncharted Territory: Adventists Plot Their Way Toward the
Trinity.” – Alden Thompson
3:45 pm: “The Trinity: So What?” – Dave Thomas

February 24, 4:00 pm, the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will in concert here at Sunnyside Church.

March 1, 7:15 pm, First Friday will feature Curtis Young from the YMCA sharing his story. Music will be provided by the Oasis Church. Registration for the free March First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 21, and will run through Wednesday, March 27.  Be sure to reserve your spot!  Remember that registration is on a first-come, first served basis and each dinner guest must register separately.  Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, March 1.

Friday, March 15, 6:30 pm. Mark your calendar!
Jean Boonstra, associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy will present her testimony and other devotionals. Sponsored by Women’s Ministries.

Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28 and 29. We are now looking for volunteers to help us this year. If you can help in any capacity please see Beverly Merino or call the church office 503-252-8080.

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.

Mel and Betty West will be celebrating their 89th birthdays this year. in March. It would be nice to send a “blitz” of greetings (one card for both of them) on March 2 (Mel’s birthday). It might be helpful for those that may not know you well, to include a sender snapshot. They enjoy phone calls as well. Contact information: Mel and Betty Ann West, 1500 Catherine Street, Apt. 319A, Walla Walla, WA 99362; 509-24-4140. Thank you.

Life at Sunnyside

Carl Buchanan

Arnold Petersen

Patrick Knapp, Guy Dove

Eli Makoko

Karl Helton

Kimberly Helton-Goodwin

Pam Bullock

Arnold Petersen

Pastor Dave Allen, Margaret Lacatus

Wendy Witas (Pastor Mark Witas)

Wendy Witas

Pastor Mark Witas

Wendy Witas, Pastor Mark Witas

 

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School
http://www.paes.com

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

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.

Area Events and Announcements

February 23, 2:00 pm: Adventist Community Services and Prison Ministries Afternoon Meetings with Byron Dulan  Pastor Dulan is Vice President for Regional and Multicultural Ministries and Human Relations at the North Pacific Union Conference.  He would like to connect with volunteers involved in prison ministries at 2 pm and volunteers involved in Adventist  Community Services at 3 pm.
Event Location: East Salem Adventist Church

February 24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm: S.N.O.W (Spiritual Needs Of Women) party. Presented by Lents SDA Church Women’s Ministry. The fee is $10.00 per person. Please bring a $5.00 gift to exchange. There will also be a book exchange table for used books, limit of five books. Please RSVP to Jackie Flores at 503-989-5049 or Linda Dahl at 503-577-1285. There is a limit of 90 attendees, so an RSVP is required. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 am; lunch will be at approximately 1:00 pm.
Event Location: Lents SDA Church.

March 2, 3:00 pm: Memorial Service for George Ulloa. George Ulloa passed away January 25. A celebration of life will be conducted for him at Meadow Glade Adventist Church.

March 3, 12:00-3:00 pm: Women and Kid’s clothing/small items SWAP. Come freshen up your closets for free and have fun! Only bring items in good repair please. Spread the word! Questions? Contact 503-223-0623.
Event Location: Tabernacle Adventist Church, Fellowship Hall.

May 3-5, 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 bret_mckay@fulfillmentcorp.com.
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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) Now hiring part-time
Dental Front Office, and part-time Dental Hygienist
Volunteer positions open:
Dentists
For more information contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Manager, carol.james@pacsonline.org, call or text 503-758-1892.

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WEATHER NOTICE

WEATHER ALERT FOR SABBATH FEBRUARY 9, 2019:

First Church Service at 8:45 am is CANCELED due to the extreme weather.

Second Worship service will begin at 11:15 am.

Stay safe and warm!

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