January 18 Communiqué

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Dear church family,

There have been some things lately that have really been making me think about the times that we are living in. Specifically, we have been seeing a series of events in nature that have reached epidemic proportions. We can see the evidence of creation groaning as in the pains of childbirth (Romans 8:22). Pastor Kara and I have especially watched with vested interest as some of these calamities directly impacted Puerto Rico and Australia.

Puerto Rico has experienced about 2,000 quakes since late December. Of these quakes, approximately 123 have been of magnitude 3 or higher. Six of these earthquakes were of magnitude 5 or greater, including the largest (6.4) which occurred on January 7. This was the biggest quake to hit Puerto Rico in a century and it altered the landscape in Puerto Rico, caused damage to an estimated 600 buildings and caused $110 million in damage. All this while the island was still attempting to fully recover from the damages inflicted by the two massive hurricanes that had impacted the islands in the last couple of years.

The estimates of the amount of area affected by the fires in Australia continues to increase. The most recent numbers as of the writing of this message were 10 million hectares (24.7 million acres). Those numbers require some comparisons to be fully understood. That amount of acreage is an area larger than the countries of Belgium and Denmark combined. The deadly fires in California in recent years covered 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) in 2019 and 404,690 hectares (1 million acres) in 2018. The claims are that 500 million animals have been affected in New South Wales alone and as many as 1 billion nationwide.

There have also been other events that could be added to this list of catastrophic events in nature. The earth has not just been shaken in Puerto Rico as there have also been earthquakes in other parts of the world. There are also other areas of the world that have been dealing with volcanic eruptions and other dangerous natural events. When we add these natural events with the current political climate it should make us wonder about the times we are living in. Let’s pray and ask God to use us to positively impact the world while we still have life and time.

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.

A special shout out to Pastor Dave Allen, our own person-in-charge of interment of Humphrey. Thank you, Pastor Dave and Wilfred Geschke, for finding a special place for Humphrey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Mark Witas presenting our Bible message “Three Angels’ Messages–Empire Fallen.”

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.

Announcements

Please pray for the following families:

George White who passed away December 16. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood  Village  Retirement Community, Gabriel Chapel, January 26 at 2:00 pm.

Melvin West who passed away December 27. A memorial service here at Sunnyside Adventist Church will be conducted Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am. An additional service will take place in  College Place, Washington, at the Walla Walla University Church on Sunday, February 23, 4:00 pm.

Communion will be conducted on Friday, January 17, at 7:00 pm. You will not want to miss this special time together.

The new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. 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.

Sunday, January 19, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church performing works by Barber, Weber, and Brahms featuring Caleb Hutchins, the CMSO Concerto Competition winner.

A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.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

The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.

February 22, The Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission of Walla Walla University will be here for the weekend. Paul Dybdahl, PhD, will be presenting our worship services.


Im
pact Your Health free clinics will be March 27 and 29, 2020.

 

Life at Sunnyside

Mark Witas

HandChime Choir with Director Rosemayne Thompson

 

 

HandChime Choir

Edson Simon

Gustavo Farfan

Derrick Matongo, Pastor Scott LeMert

Karl Helton, Tim Hill

Tim Hill

Maria Nzicharo

Ammalyn Schneider

Annalise Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Area Events and Announcements

Planned Giving and Trust Services.
Did you know that nearly 60% of Americans don’t have a will? Not having a will can make it costly and difficult on your heirs to sort out and distribute your estate. If you are in need of an estate plan or just need to update the one you have, remember that the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is here to help. You can contact Tim Peterson, the representative for your area, at 503-850-3570, or check out our webpage on the Conference’s website in the “support” menu at the top of the page at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love and support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

January 18, 1-3:30 pm: Natural Remedies Class
This class will be presented at Adventist Community Church of Vancouver. A delicious meal will be provided. Our speakers Elizabeth Steinweg and Tiffany Brenton have teamed up to share their wealth of knowledge. Both Graduates of Weimar College, they have a passion for educating people about the powerful remedies found in nature and the vibrant health their creator wants for them. Admission is free but space is limited. Please register at Vancouveradventist.com under “News” and “more” or call 360-696-251.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

February 9, 11:30 am:  7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or kellie.stephens@pacsonline.org.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.

 

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January 11 Communiqué

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Dear church family,

The clarion call assigned to the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to share the Three Angel’s Messages of Revelation 14 with the whole world. In summation, the Three Angels are circling the globe and simultaneously announcing their messages. The first message contains the eternal Gospel that we have received from Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. The Second Angel contains a warning, that the ways of this world and its empires have filled up the cup of wrath and they are about to take a huge fall. The Third Angel announces that anyone who persists in living an empire life will live an empty life of restlessness and dissatisfaction. The only way to gain peace on this earth and access to the earth to come is by following Jesus’ commandments and having faith that His way is the only way to lasting peace–in our lives and in this world.

I’m looking forward to our teaching in the next few weeks. I hope you plan to join us.

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 our hospitality team and all their helpers. You have made our potlucks efficient, tasteful, and a delight. Thank you for all the hard work that goes into this.

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Mark Witas presenting our Bible message “Three Angels’ Messages–Eternal Gospel.”

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 Geschke, Johnson and Young Adult  Sabbath School Classes will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

Announcements

Please pray for the following families:

       Melvin West who passed away December 27. A memorial service here at Sunnyside Adventist Church will be conducted Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am. An additional service will take place in  College Place, Washington, at the Walla Walla University Church on Sunday, February 23, 4:00 pm.

       Jan Hansen who passed away December 30. A funeral will be conducted at Riverview Cemetery, Adams Chapel, Sunday, January 12, at 2:00 pm.

       Ron Ermshar. He was not one of our Sunnyside members, but a friend of many. A memorial service is planned for Sabbath, January 11, 3:00 pm, at Meadow Glade Adventist Church.

Our Bible reading week of January 11 has been canceled. We did not have enough people sign up. However, we will be celebrating Communion on Friday, January 17, at 7:00 pm. You will not want to miss this special time together.

The new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. 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.

Sunday, January 19, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church performing works by Barber, Weber, and Brahms featuring Caleb Hutchins, the CMSO Concerto Competition winner.

A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.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

The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.

February 22, Center Bible, Faith, and Mission of Walla Walla University will be here for the weekend. Paul Dybdahl, PhD, will be presenting our worship services.


Im
pact Your Health free clinics will be March 27 and 29, 2020.


Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Kara

Troy Scholz, Janine Hudkins

Cami Oetman

Jeffrey Wilson

Mark Bond

Sue Hinkle

Mark Bond, Chelsea Eissman

Dr. Duane McKey

Dr. Duane McKey, Cami Oetman

Dr. Duane McKey, Kathy McKey, Cami Oetman

Kathy McKey

Kathy McKey, Dr. Duane McKey

Area Events and Announcements

Planned Giving and Trust Services.
Did you know that nearly 60% of Americans don’t have a will? Not having a will can make it costly and difficult on your heirs to sort out and distribute your estate. If you are in need of an estate plan or just need to update the one you have, remember that the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is here to help. You can contact Tim Peterson, the representative for your area, at 503-850-3570, or check out our webpage on the Conference’s website in the “support” menu at the top of the page at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love and support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

February 9, 11:30 am:  7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or kellie.stephens@pacsonline.org.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.

A Tribute to Humphrey

by Warren Rushold, Sunnyside Communications

The church secretary, Janet Sample, came to work one warm day in August 2002, and found a dove prancing around in front of Sunnyside’s front door. She opened the door to come in to work and he1 followed her inside as if to make himself at home. Janet rigged up a makeshift cage, intending to take care of him until his family could come to claim him. No family ever came, so he became a part of the Sunnyside family – a mascot2,, so to speak. When his residence seemed to be permanent, Tonya Geschke offered the loan of a more suitable cage – Humphrey now was here to stay.

Once suitable environs had been arranged the next obvious task was, “What shall we call him?” Pastor Dave Allen, who along with his wife, Shirley, had arrived at Sunnyside just that July. He recalled visiting friends in South Africa some time before and during that visit they became acquainted with a family pet bird named “Humphrey;” Dave thought that the name sounded right – and it stuck.

Over the years Humphrey was treated with loving care by church secretaries Janet Sample (now Janet Flowers), Olive Caswell (now passed to her rest), April Johnson (who moved away), and Rosie Bixel (current). Other than the church office, he has on occasion been on the front platform by the preacher (too noisy and distracting), and in the front foyer (too cool especially in the colder months). He, in his cage, is occasionally placed outside the office during special events to the delight of all – especially the children. Humphrey was present on “stage” during Janet Sample’s wedding and added beautifully to the décor.

Lloyd Wescott: I would occasionally come into the office with some pretzel crumbs, place them on the counter, and he would come over and nibble at the crumbs. (Rosie’s ad-lib: Humphrey would often watch for Lloyd to come in and go directly to him begging. He recognized who fed him and who didn’t!)

Pastor Ivan Blake:3 I am thrilled to know that the bird lived this long! My story is about Humphrey perching himself on the door closure hinge at the top of the door to the office. While the door was closed all was well, but then someone would open the door from the outside. The bird shook with the door’s momentum but stayed perched. Now, with the open door, the bird was perched immediately above the person coming through the door. A bird shaking from a moving door closure is apt to drop something “messy.” We who were inside the room held our tongues and our breath that the drop would miss the human. We decided not to ban the bird from the closure, the entertainment was just too good. Did the dropping ever hit a target? I don’t know, but the humorous anticipation kept us spellbound. This was not always a “harmless” dove.

Pastor Dave: Once Humphrey got a foot caught in the door closure hinge that drew blood. A trip to the vet was successful, antibiotics were prescribed resulting in an $80 vet bill. The expense was categorized as “office supplies” – Sunnyside church morale could have fit as well.

Humphrey’s home base was the church office. He was often allowed out of his cage and loved to perch on the computer monitor where he kept a close eye on Rosie as she worked. Of course, birds do often drop things (as mentioned above) so a “poop catcher” was rigged to keep the area clean; it greatly aided in clean-up!

Rosie Bixel: Often when Humphrey was sitting on the computer monitor, he would be aware of the many crows that showed up outside. As soon as he was sure of what he saw, he headed to the top of the cabinets to hide! Also, many people would come to the window to say “hi” to Humphrey. He was very much aware of everyone. He was, also, a very good watch-bird. He would always alert me when there was someone outside.

Humphrey was a Eurasian Collared-Dove; these birds were introduced to North America from Bermuda – either deliberately or via escape from an enclosure on the island. Either way, they came and spread quickly. The lifespan of a dove in the wild is
1 ½ years, in captivity 17 years or more. So, Humphrey certainly benefitted from Sunnyside’s tender, loving care, and we benefitted immeasurably from his presence.

There are few sounds in nature as soothing as the cooing of a dove; the purr of a cat and the soft babbling of a brook also come to mind. Humphrey’s cooing, his unobtrusive presence, and his watchful eye all endeared him to us.

Humphrey passed away on December 30, 2019. He was greatly loved by all, members and visitors alike, and will be greatly missed. He will be buried somewhere in the churchyard with a commemorative plaque marking the spot. RIP dear friend!

Thank you, God, for allowing Humphrey to be part of our lives!

Rest in Peace, Humphrey! Resident 2002-2020

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January 4 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

It’s good to be here writing to you again. The last couple of months have been big ones and I am relieved to say that my dissertation is ready to be submitted! Thank you for the prayers and encouragement that you have shared in this journey. Thank you also for the amazing Christmas season that you contributed to in different ways – I was able to enjoy it via Facebook and the website and could see that it was a blessing to so many.

As I write, I am listening to the Jewish song ‘Elohai, N’Tzor’ that is popularly played during the Christmas and New Year seasons. I have listened to it for years, but it was only this past New Year’s Eve that I heard the words translated. I found them particularly inspiring as we start a new year together as a family of God.

O God, guard my tongue from evil
And my lips from speaking falsehoods.
And to those who curse me – may my soul be silent.

 O God, open my heart to Your Word
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
Be acceptable before You, my God, my Rock, and my Redeemer

May this be our prayer as we continue to lean in to our God and each other in the coming year.

In Him,

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 all our musicians, worship planners, decorators, and everyone involved in making this Christmas worship season so special for all of us!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Dr. Duane McKey and Cami Oetman from Adventist World Radio presenting our Bible message “Troubled About Many Things.”

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Duane McKey, President of Adventist World Radio, and his team, to worship with us today. Immediately following our potluck today there will be an afternoon meeting at 2:00 pm. Join us to hear some very exciting stories of how “God Still Works Miracles.”

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

Please pray for the following families:

       George White who passed away December 16. Details regarding a memorial service are not yet available.

       Melvin West who passed away December 27. Memorial services here in Portland and in Walla Walla, Washington, are pending.

       Jan Hansen who passed away December 30. A funeral will be conducted at Riverview Cemetery, Adams Chapel, Sunday, January 12, at 2:00 pm.

       Humphrey, our local church mascot, passed away December 30. He will be missed! Watch for a tribute in next week’s Communiqué.

       Ron Ermshar. He was not one of our Sunnyside members, but a friend of many. A memorial service is planned for Sabbath, January 11, 3:00 pm, at Meadow Glade Adventist Church.

Beginning Sabbath, January 11, Sunnyside Church is going to start a new tradition during January. We are going to read the whole Bible, out loud, cover to cover in one week. We are asking interested people to sign up for an hour (you can sign up multiple times if you like) and read a portion of Scripture. On Friday night, January 17, we will end our reading by gathering together to read the last chapters of Revelation and then move into a celebration of the Lord’s supper together. There are sign up sheets in the lobby.

Our new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. 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.

Sunday, January 19, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church performing works by Barber, Weber, and Brahms featuring Caleb Hutchins, the CMSO Concerto Competition winner.

A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.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

The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Area Events and Announcements

January 7: Plant-based Cooking Classes with the Gracious Vegan!
Jumpstart your new year! Gracious Vegan’s cooking classes give hands-on experience making tasty, easy, plant-based recipes in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Class will meet every other Tuesday for five weeks, starting January 7, and ending on March 3. Cost is $12/class or $50 for the series. Find out more, register, and pay in advance at www.graciousvegan.com.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Adventist Church.

February 9, 11:30 am:  7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or kellie.stephens@pacsonline.org.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.

PACS is Hiring – Donation Receiving Supervisor
Seeking a person who enjoys interacting with customers, able to lift large furniture, likes to sort and organize donations, work side by side with volunteers etc. Please send resume to Tim Zollbrecht, Thrift Store Manager at tim.zollbrecht@pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 x1111 for more information.

 

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December 28 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

Did you enjoy your Christmas holiday? It is always interesting to ask that question to a young person. Many times, the answer to that question will be impacted by the level of pleasure with the gifts that have been received. Do the gifts received still impact your feelings on the holiday? I want you to know that there are other gifts you have received as well. There are gifts we received long before Christmas. Have you considered the many gifts that we have all received from God?

We have all received spiritual gifts. These are not given simply for our own use. The Bible says, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good”

(1 Corinthians 12:4-7, NIV). We have all been given gifts by God through the Holy Spirit. These gifts have been for the common good. As you look back at the past year I would challenge you to ask yourself a question. How have you used the gifts God has given you?  Have they been used for the common good?

The great thing is that no matter what your answer to the question, there is an opportunity to change. The new year brings a new opportunity to use those gifts you have received for the common good. As we consider what the new year brings we should ask ourselves the question, “How will we use the gifts God has given us for the common good in the new year?” I challenge you to contemplate this question and see where God may lead you as the new year begins.

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 all of you! Thank you for participating at Sunnyside Church.  If you are an attendee or a volunteer, we appreciate you and your service to each other. Praise God for all of you, and thank you for making Sunnyside Church what it is!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Mark Witas presenting our Bible message “A Child is Born, The Empire Strikes Back.”

Announcements

Next Sabbath, we will return to having two worship services, 8:45 and 11:15 am, with Bible study classes beginning at 10:00 am.

January 3, 7:15 pm, First Friday will be held at the Adventist Medical Center’s Amphitheaters. This is a time for praise, fellowship, and inspiration. Joy-filled music will be featured and Dr. Terry Johnsson will present the inspirational message.

Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.

Next Sabbath, January 4, Dr. Duane McKey, President of Adventist World Radio, will be presenting our Bible message titled “Troubled About Many Things.” There will, also, be an afternoon meeting immediately after the potluck, about 2:00 pm. Join us to hear some very exciting stories of how “God Still Works Miracles.”

Beginning Sabbath, January 11, Sunnyside Church is going to start a new tradition during January. We are going to read the whole Bible, out loud, cover to cover in one week. We are asking interested people to sign up for an hour (you can sign up multiple times if you like) and read a portion of Scripture. On Friday night, January 17, we will end our reading by gathering together to read the last chapters of Revelation and then move into a celebration of the Lord’s supper together. There are sign up sheets in the lobby.

Our new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. 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.

A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.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

The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.

Life at Sunnyside

Photo taken by Timothy Taylor

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Sale: The Adventist Book Center’s Holiday Sale is December 2-30, 2019. We will be open extended hours during the Follow The Star Program at the Conference Office grounds. Extended Hours Saturday night, Dec. 7 & 14 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Extended Hours Sunday, Dec. 8 & 15 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For all the sale details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com .

January 7: Plant-based Cooking Classes with the Gracious Vegan!
Jumpstart your new year! Gracious Vegan’s cooking classes give hands-on experience making tasty, easy, plant-based recipes in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Class will meet every other Tuesday for five weeks, starting January 7, and ending on March 3. Cost is $12/class or $50 for the series. Find out more, register, and pay in advance at www.graciousvegan.com

February 9, 11:30 am: 7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or kellie.stephens@pacsonline.org.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.

PACS is Hiring – Donation Receiving Supervisor
Seeking a person who enjoys interacting with customers, able to lift large furniture, likes to sort and organize donations, work side by side with volunteers etc. Please send resume to Tim Zollbrecht, Thrift Store Manager at tim.zollbrecht@pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 x1111 for more information.

 

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December 21 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year according to Eddie Pola and George Wyle, the writers of the famous song made popular by Andy Williams. And while some may disagree, I do love that the whole world is compelled to pay attention to the story of a flesh-draped God in a manger. I love the old old story of how God came to earth to show us the way, to show us the Father, to redeem us from the scourge of the evil one.

When Jesus came to earth, the Roman Emperor had already declared himself the “son of God.” The Herod family were running Israel much like Rome wanted them to. The religious leaders were power-hungry and looking for a military coup to overthrow their oppressors. All of this was happening as a young couple was going through the pains of childbirth in a room reserved for animals.

Our world today isn’t much different than it was in Jesus’ day. The empire is in strife, local governments don’t seem to have any answers, and all the flashing lights and loud noises are telling us to spend our money on things that entertain, things that are temporary. Amidst all the noise, let’s take some precious moments and see the Baby in a manger. Let’s ponder with Mary the significance of the first appearance of the Christ. Let’s join the shepherds and the wise men and worship Him, who humbled Himself and committed to being God with us.

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.

Shout out to everyone involved in making Thursday and this Sabbath’s “Night of Wonder, Night of Joy” such an awesome event. A special thank you to Matt Mandrones for bringing it all together!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 20, 7:00 pm, the 38th Annual Family Christmas Musical, organized by Lloyd Wescott, and using some of Portland’s finest musicians, will be presented here at Sunnyside Church. Invite your friends to this program. Bring your musical score and participate in the finale, Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah. An offering will be received to support feeding Portland’s homeless each Sunday morning downtown Portland. Refreshments will be served following the program.

 This Sabbath at 11:15 am, our program, Night of Wonder, Night of Joy, will feature a live camel here at Sunnyside Church. You will not want to miss this program with a reenactment, Sunnyside Chamber Orchestra, the Festival Choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabbath, December 21, 4:00 pm, Evensong features Robert Schmidt at the organ and Jim Robertson with the spoken word for a special meditative close of the Sabbath at Sunnyside Church.

Announcements

Please take note: During the month of December, we will have only one Worship Service on Sabbath starting at 11:15 am. Bible study classes will begin at 10:00 am.

Cherry Park Elementary School Toy Drive was a glowing success! We have very exciting news. We delivered 320 toys, over 4 dozen books, plus socks, gloves, and hats. Each child will receive gloves or hat, socks, and a stuffed animal. Each family will get a board game. Parents will then select a couple of presents for each child. They are planning on helping 125 families. Thank you, church family! Below are pictures of the truck loaded with toys leaving Sunnyside to deliver to the school. The next pictures is some of the students around the toys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.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

The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 20, 7:00 pm  Family Christmas Musical
    Sabbath, December 21, 11:15 am Christmas Musical / Worship Service
Sabbath, December 21, 4:00 pm Evensong: Robert Schmidt and Jim Robertson Wednesday, December 25 Merry Christmas!


Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Sale: The Adventist Book Center’s Holiday Sale is December 2-30, 2019. We will be open extended hours during the Follow The Star Program at the Conference Office grounds. Extended Hours Saturday night, Dec. 7 & 14 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Extended Hours Sunday, Dec. 8 & 15 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For all the sale details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com .

January 7: Plant-based Cooking Classes with the Gracious Vegan!
Jumpstart your new year! Gracious Vegan’s cooking classes give hands-on experience making tasty, easy, plant-based recipes in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Class will meet every other Tuesday for five weeks, starting January 7, and ending on March 3. Cost is $12/class or $50 for the series. Find out more, register, and pay in advance at www.graciousvegan.com

February 9, 11:30 am: 7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or kellie.stephens@pacsonline.org.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.

PACS is Hiring – Donation Receiving Supervisor
Seeking a person who enjoys interacting with customers, able to lift large furniture, likes to sort and organize donations, work side by side with volunteers etc. Please send resume to Tim Zollbrecht, Thrift Store Manager at tim.zollbrecht@pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 x1111 for more information.

 

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December 14 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

The Bigger Story
(A More than Mere “Merry Christmas”)

This morning I was reading from Revelation 12. It is a very different rendition of the Christmas story. It is the cosmic context of this well known, much loved and celebrated advent of Messiah. But it is still the story of the Christ Child born in a world of conflict and controversy for Christ and the Church.

It is a much bigger story than the way you and I may celebrate Christmas from year to year. It is THE big story! Of course, it is not unrelated to my particular experience of the Advent Season in 2019. But it gives deeper, broader, and longer-lasting meaning to my Christmas season.

Midst the political turmoil of my national and international world, the tragedies and triumphs of my personal world, the push and pull of everyday existence, somehow through it all …

…a Child is born…

…and with the Christ Child, peace, joy, hope, love, and all-sufficient grace. The makings of a more than mere “Merry Christmas.” A much bigger story to make my little story more meaningful this Christmas.

 

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 Evie Blehm. Evie is our head greeter and arranges every week to have greeters at each of our doors. She, also, makes sure we have flowers for our new members. Thank you, Evie, for all you do.

 

Volunteers make a difference! “Shout-outs” and a huge thank you to ALL of our Sunnyside volunteers that made the Kings Brass Concert a blessing and success!
Jan Clayton & Dianne Glovatsky: Program Coordinators
Host families that provided two B&B stays in their homes for the Kings Brass players;
          ***Dick and Gwen Gingrich, Ted and Linda Mackett, Erik and
Alice Nielsen, Roger and Kathy Rosenquist, and Dave and
Donna Schmidt***
Elizabeth Fresse, Rosie Bixel, and our communication team. Program Advertising; Ed Betz: Lighting; Guy Dove: Audio; Alex Tapu: Projection; Deacons, Deaconess Team, and Sunnyside Greeters.
If you volunteered and we didn’t know about it, thank you! Please know that your every effort is very much appreciated.

~Jim Newell and Pastor Mark Witas

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday, December 13, 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist Academy will present their Christmas concert here at Sunnyside Church.

This Sabbath our worship service is at 11:15 am with our children presenting their Christmas program “A Child Is Born.

Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra presents their Christmas concert here at Sunnyside Church. They feature the best of Handel’s Messiah and Christmas selections.

Announcements

Please take note: During the month of December, we will have only one Worship Service on Sabbath starting at 11:15 am. Bible study classes will begin at 10:00 am.

Cherry Park Elementary School Toy Drive – November 23 to December 15. Cherry Park School is a neighboring school we have taken on the privilege to help. More than 70% of the families live in poverty and a lot of their basic needs are met at school. Resources for holiday gifts are few and far between, and each year we serve at least 120 families with our event. This is our sixth year of partnering with the school to collect toys. Pastor Mark has challenged us to bring in 120 toys this year. There is a red box in the foyer where you may place your unwrapped, new toy. If you have any questions feel free to contact Jackee Duvall at 503-309-9400.

Night of Wonder, Night of Joy will feature a live camel and is presented for the community on Thursday, December 19, 7:00 pm, with the same program featured on Sabbath, December 21, 11:15 am. You will not want to miss this program with a reenactment, Sunnyside Chamber Orchestra, the Festival Choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 20, 7:00 pm, the 38th Annual Family Christmas Musical, using our amazing local talent, will be presented here at Sunnyside Church.

Sabbath, December 21, 4:00 pm, Evensong features Robert Schmidt at the organ and Jim Robertson with the spoken word for an afternoon service at Sunnyside Church.

A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.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

The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.

Cherry Park Elementary is hosting its annual holiday gift giveaway! Cherry Park is a community whose families come from all over the world and over 26 languages are represented among our students. More than 70% of our families live in poverty and a lot of their basic needs are met at school. Resources for holiday gifts are few and far between, and each year we serve at least 120 families with our event. Here, families can choose a gift for their child from a huge variety of creative toys and games. Each family also gets a child’s winter hat or gloves, two books, a stuffed animal, and art supplies. For many children, the gifts their parents get from our event are the only gifts they receive for the holidays. If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season and want to be sure your donation is loved and appreciated, consider donating to the children at Cherry Park Elementary. You can choose from our Amazon wish list and donations are shipped directly to Cherry Park, or you may drop an unwrapped gift at the church in the red box in the lobby. Thank you! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/J5CGR5EQFLDB?ref_=wl_share

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 13, 7:00 pm Portland Adventist Academy Christmas Concert
    Sabbath, December 14, 11:15 am Children’s Christmas Program / Worship Service
    Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm   Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra
    Thursday, December 19, 7:00 pm Christmas Musical for the Community
Friday, December 20, 7:00
pm  Family Christmas Musical
    Sabbath, December 21, 11:15 am Christmas Musical / Worship Service
Sabbath, December 21, 4:00 pm Evensong: Robert Schmidt and Jim Robertson Wednesday, December 25 Merry Christmas!

Life at Sunnyside

Christmas Decor

Pastor Juan Fresse

Lloyd Wescott announcing the 38th Annual Family Christmas program

Kari Richardson-Olsen, Andre Wang,        Brenda Siaw, Wendy Witas

 

 

Jerilyn and Manfred Schosnig

Elizabeth Fresse

Deborah and Edwin Meelhuysen

Kassy Eichele / Deborah

Marya Nziacharo

Wendy Witas

Pastor Mark Witas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Sale: The Adventist Book Center’s Holiday Sale is December 2-30, 2019. We will be open extended hours during the Follow The Star Program at the Conference Office grounds. Extended Hours Saturday night, Dec. 7 & 14 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Extended Hours Sunday, Dec. 8 & 15 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For all the sale details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com .

December 2019: Africa Mission Trip – Rwanda with Impact Hope.
Travel to Rwanda and empower young refugee students! You can make a difference in the life of a refugee youth simply by teaching basic but useful life skills that will help them build a better life for themselves and their families. December training program at Rwankeri Adventist School in Rwanda. All Impact Hope students from five schools in Rwanda will be gathered here to learn technical skills such as English training, Gardening, sewing, health/hygiene, bookkeeping: personal finance & budgeting, art/music, masonry, advanced computer skills or maintenance. We are looking for individuals or groups who can assist in these areas and more! Medical volunteers needed for the local clinic: doctors, RN’s, NP’s, PA, OB, and optometrists. Game park safari Included! *There will also be lots of time for singing, playing games, playing soccer, and much more. Accommodations: Housing is brand new, basic but clean. Terrain consists of some hills; must be able to walk everywhere and navigate uneven surfaces. Tentative schedule, goals, costs and trip preparation information can be found at https://www.impact-hope.org/mission-trips/. For questions, email Liz at liz@impact-hope.org. Join us! Can’t go but want to help? Go to impact-hope.org to help sponsor a student – make a life-changing difference!

February 9, 11:30 am: 7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or kellie.stephens@pacsonline.org.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.

PACS is Hiring – Donation Receiving Supervisor
Seeking a person who enjoys interacting with customers, able to lift large furniture, likes to sort and organize donations, work side by side with volunteers etc. Please send resume to Tim Zollbrecht, Thrift Store Manager at tim.zollbrecht@pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 x1111 for more information.

 

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December 7 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

Our family had a great time over the Thanksgiving holiday. We had the opportunity to see loved ones we had not seen for quite some time. The kids got to play with their cousins for hours and days on end. The grandparents even let them drive several vehicles all over the farm. There was no doubt that we all enjoyed ourselves greatly. However, the holidays can be a time of mixed emotions. As the time came to say the final goodbyes, tears were shed.

The tears were the calling card of loving, wanting to continue to live in close proximity. The interesting thing is that tears are often shed in different places that are far apart, not just in one place. We do not seem to want to be apart from any of the ones we love. Sometimes life on this third rock from the sun causes a longer term separation. It has been about a year that my family and I lost a dad and a grandfather. These special holidays sometimes bring memories of those who have gone to their rest in Jesus.

As I watched the tears flow during our farewells, I could not help but long for a different day. I longed for the day when we will see all our loved ones again. I longed for the day when we will not have to say goodbye. I longed for the day when He will wipe every tear from our eyes. I longed for the day when there won’t death, mourning, crying or pain. These longings made me remember that indeed God has the same desire.

This was the reason that He sent Jesus. My prayer for you this holiday season is a special one. I pray that regardless of the emotions that the holidays might bring to you, that God would help you find the peace that surpasses all understanding. May God help you to find the peace and hope we have in Jesus during this special season.

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.

This week we have another very special shout out to a lady that has done so much for her church. We cannot begin to list the amazing things Lorrie has done and is doing for us — from cooking to greeting to helping feed the nurses, and always making sure we have flowers on Sabbath. These are just a few things Lorrie does for us. Thank you, Lorrie Wescott!

 

 

 

 

 

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Mark Witas presenting our Bible message “A Child Is Born.”

Announcements

Please take note: During the month of December, we will have only one Worship Service on Sabbath starting at 11:15 am. Bible study classes will begin at 10:00 am.

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.

Cherry Park Elementary School Toy Drive – November 23 to December 15. Cherry Park School is a neighboring school we have taken on the privilege to help. More than 70% of the families live in poverty and a lot of their basic needs are met at school. Resources for holiday gifts are few and far between, and each year we serve at least 120 families with our event. This is our sixth year of partnering with the school to collect toys. Pastor Mark has challenged us to bring in 120 toys this year. There is a red box in the foyer where you may place your unwrapped, new toy. If you have any questions feel free to contact Jackee Duvall at 503-309-9400.

Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm, the King’s Brass will present a concert here at Sunnyside Church. The King’s Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion, and keyboards. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations. “Their concerts are superb in every way, innovative, and well played. Truly, an unforgettable experience!”

Friday, December 13, 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist Academy will present their Christmas concert here at Sunnyside Church.

Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra presents their Christmas concert here at Sunnyside Church. They feature the best of Handel’s Messiah and Christmas selections.

Night of Wonder, Night of Joy will feature a live camel and is presented for the community on Thursday, December 19, 7:00 pm, with the same program featured on Sabbath, December 21, 11:15 am. You will not want to miss this program with a reenactment, Sunnyside Chamber Orchestra, the Festival Choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 20, 7:00 pm, the 38th Annual Family Christmas Musical, using our amazing local talent, will be presented here at Sunnyside Church.

Sabbath, December 21, 4:00 pm, Evensong features Robert Schmidt at the organ and Jim Robertson with the spoken word for an afternoon service at Sunnyside Church.

A special International program is being planned for Sabbath, February 8. We want to feature all the nationalities represented in our Sunnyside Church. If your country wasn’t represented last year, please contact Rosie at the church office with your country of birth or the country you identify with so we can include it this year. Call 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.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

The Family Resource Network thanks you for your donations. They still need two twin beds and a couch. Please contact Marie Pierre at 503-998-3754 if you can help.

Cherry Park Elementary is hosting its annual holiday gift giveaway! Cherry Park is a community whose families come from all over the world and over 26 languages are represented among our students. More than 70% of our families live in poverty and a lot of their basic needs are met at school. Resources for holiday gifts are few and far between, and each year we serve at least 120 families with our event. Here, families can choose a gift for their child from a huge variety of creative toys and games. Each family also gets a child’s winter hat or gloves, two books, a stuffed animal, and art supplies. For many children, the gifts their parents get from our event are the only gifts they receive for the holidays. If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season and want to be sure your donation is loved and appreciated, consider donating to the children at Cherry Park Elementary. You can choose from our Amazon wish list and donations are shipped directly to Cherry Park, or you may drop an unwrapped gift at the church in the red box in the lobby. Thank you! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/J5CGR5EQFLDB?ref_=wl_share

Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm The King’s Brass Concert
Friday
, December 13, 7:00 pm Portland Adventist Academy Christmas Concert
    Sabbath, December 14, 11:15 am Children’s Christmas Program / Worship Service
    Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm   Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra
    Thursday, December 19, 7:00 pm Christmas Musical for the Community
Friday, December 20, 7:00
pm  Family Christmas Musical
    Sabbath, December 21, 11:15 am Christmas Musical / Worship Service
Sabbath, December 21, 4:00 pm Evensong: Robert Schmidt and Jim Robertson Wednesday, December 25 Merry Christmas!

Life at Sunnyside

Craig King

Randy Kim, Pastor Mark Witas

Craig King, Levis Dragulin

Pastor Mark Witas, Pastor Kara, Johnsson, Rosie Bowman

Rosie Bowman, Pastor Kara Johnsson

Rosie’s family

Janine Hudkins

Arthur Tolan

Ron Blehm, Tracey Krueger

Craig King, Allison Cheng

Robert Nyakwara

Pastor Mark Witas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Sale: The Adventist Book Center’s Holiday Sale is December 2-30, 2019. We will be open extended hours during the Follow The Star Program at the Conference Office grounds. Extended Hours Saturday night, Dec. 7 & 14 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Extended Hours Sunday, Dec. 8 & 15 are 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For all the sale details, download the sale flyer at www.abcflyer.com .

December 6 & 7, 6:00-8:00 pm: A Night in Bethlehem.
Orchards Adventist Church is presenting their annual, “A Night in Bethlehem” program December 6 and 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm each evening. Part of this program is outdoors so dress warmly. There will be cookies and cider afterwards in the church as well as a Christmas crafts for the children. For more information, call 360 892-2925.
Event Location: The Orchards Adventist Church, Vancouver.

December 7, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Youth Orchestra and Choir.
Join us for our free concert and be blessed by 85 young people praising God with their voices and instruments as they perform a variety of Christmas carols and classics. No ticket required – it’s free! The world-renowned youth orchestra and choir from Fountainview Academy is based in British Columbia, Canada. The young people tour the West Coast every year sharing beautiful Christmas carols and classics. For more information, you can visit their website: www.fountainviewacademy.ca or check out their  YouTube channel www.youtube.com/fountainviewacademy.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver

December 2019: Africa Mission Trip – Rwanda with Impact Hope.
Travel to Rwanda and empower young refugee students! You can make a difference in the life of a refugee youth simply by teaching basic but useful life skills that will help them build a better life for themselves and their families. December training program at Rwankeri Adventist School in Rwanda. All Impact Hope students from five schools in Rwanda will be gathered here to learn technical skills such as English training, Gardening, sewing, health/hygiene, bookkeeping: personal finance & budgeting, art/music, masonry, advanced computer skills or maintenance. We are looking for individuals or groups who can assist in these areas and more! Medical volunteers needed for the local clinic: doctors, RN’s, NP’s, PA, OB, and optometrists. Game park safari Included! *There will also be lots of time for singing, playing games, playing soccer, and much more. Accommodations: Housing is brand new, basic but clean. Terrain consists of some hills; must be able to walk everywhere and navigate uneven surfaces. Tentative schedule, goals, costs and trip preparation information can be found at https://www.impact-hope.org/mission-trips/. For questions, email Liz at liz@impact-hope.org. Join us! Can’t go but want to help? Go to impact-hope.org to help sponsor a student – make a life-changing difference!

February 9, 11:30 am: 7th Annual Take Heart Ministry Widows & Women Alone Valentine Luncheon.
Join us for the 7th annual Take Heart Ministry Widow’s and Women Alone Valentine Luncheon, whether you are widowed, divorced, alone, or just hurting or willing to come in support of those of us who are. Catered lunch, keynote speaker, music, prizes, and resources. Register by February 1st to be entered in a special drawing. For ladies 16 and older, no children, please. Invite someone you know with a hurting heart. Valet parking is available at your request. To register or to learn more, visit www.takeheartministry.info, or contact Tawny Sportsman at 541-367-4913.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

Now is the time to volunteer at PACS – We will be honest. We could use a few more volunteers! Join our community of service and volunteer at PACS even once a week for 4 hours! If you or someone you know would like to give the gift of service as a thrift store cashier, driver/rider, help in our food pantry or any other volunteer positions, please call Kellie Stephens at, 503-252-8500 ext 1120 or kellie.stephens@pacsonline.org.
Below are some of the more urgent volunteer positions that are needed.
*Truck Driver – no special drivers license required but drivers must have experience driving larger vehicles
*Truck Rider – co-pilot with the driver, helping load and unload trucks at various grocery stores
*Cashiering – run cash register and occasionally help straighten and tidy the store
*Donations receiving – help receive, sort and organize dropped off donations

HOUSING AVAILABLE
Room available in a shared 3-bedroom, 2-bath house in Gresham. Room is available now. For more information, contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

HOUSING NEEDED
A Canadian student is moving to Portland to attend Western Seminary. She would like to deepen relationships in the SDA community here and is looking for a place to live from January-September with a church member. To give deeply as a student as well as save money, she is hoping to live with an elderly woman who could use help to cook, clean, do yard work, as well as keep an eye out at night – in place of paying rent; however, she is able to supplement as needed. Ideally, she would like to find a place near the school at Mount Tabor. Character references available upon request. If you can share your home, please contact the office at 503-252-8080 or info@SunnysideAdventist.org

 

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