Greetings Church Family,
When was the last time you took a stand? Sometimes we get so used to the routines that our lives become that we forget about those around us and what they are experiencing. Recently I spoke with a student at one of the schools that I visit. I spoke with a student who broke down crying because he felt he was not being treated well by others. I understand that sometimes our perceptions are different than our realities so I began to ask questions to better understand the situation.
What happens? Has it been happening a long time? When did it start (you seemed to be friends before)? As the answers came to the questions and I listened closely something quickly became apparent to me and the student. There had recently been an incident where the friend of this student was saying rude things to a third student. The student did not feel good about what he heard his friend saying to this third student so he stood up for that other student. Ever since that incident, the friend had started to have issues with the student and alienate him a little. I commended this student for taking that stand for the third student and doing what Jesus would have done. We came up with a solution for the situation and I again commended the student for doing the right thing. The situation was resolved between the students and they are back to being friends.
The Bible tells us, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8, 9, ESV) There are also other verses in the Bible with a similar message. The actions of this student were in line with this appeal from God’s word. This young heart stood up for the rights of others even though it affected him to do so. Let’s not get so stuck in our routines that we miss out on opportunities around us to take a stand. People will know that we truly care and love them by our actions. Stop and consider how you could show the love of Jesus to those around you by taking a stand.
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 Kathy Rosenquist for the wonderful music she arranges for our worship services and special events. Thank you, Kathy, for all that you do and the time you spend to make it all happen!
Shout out to the Video Crew and Camera people for the fine job they do for us. Streaming is looking good! Thank you.
This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will be presenting the Bible message for our worship services titled “All About Jesus / Stand Up for Yourself.”
This evening at 6:00, Evensong will present an inspirational evening with Martha Natiuk at the organ, and Phyllis Woods with the spoken word. Add this to your calendar.
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta will be here at Sunnyside in concert. Their featured guest is Avery Hsieh, CMSO Concerto Competition Winner. This is a free concert.
Please pray for the friends and families of the following:
Lynn Drury, a former member, passed away May 9. A memorial service will be conducted June 22, 3:00 pm, at The Village Church.
Carter Noland, a friend of many and a member of our own Advent Trombone Choir, passed away May 10. A memorial service is not being planned.
Roger Van Tassel passed away May 11. A memorial service is in the process of being planned.
We are actively seeking volunteers to join our Audio and Video teams. Experience is not required. If you would like to join one of these teams, please contact the church office, 503-252-8080, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org.
One of our church family members has a walker for loan if you or you know of someone that needs one. It is a rolling walker with a seat. There is no cost for its use. Contact the church office if this is something you can use: 503-252-8080.
On May 20, 7:00 pm, the annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency meeting is scheduled in the PAES library. PAES constituent delegates please attend.
We would like to congratulate our graduates! If you are graduating this year, or know of someone graduating (8th grade, high school or college) we would like to include your name in our Communiqué. Please forward the name, a photograph, the school name, and degree you will be receiving to the church office at info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, not later than May 28.
June 15, 6:00 pm, our annual Strawberry Vespers will take place!
SunnyCity Children’s Fair with Ben Roy, the science guy, will be on Sunday, June 23 from 1:00-4:00 pm, on the campus of Portland Adventist Academy. This is Sunnyside’s outreach to the local neighborhood. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Elise Holcombe at 503-575-9845 for more information.
Vacation Bible School will be conducted the weekend of June 29. To register go to https://vbspro.events/p/events/ffeb99.
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.
The Family Support Network Committee has voted to partner with the nearby Cherry Park School in giving support to their 500 students, from preschool through the 5th grade. A large number of these children live below the poverty level.
The principal, Kate Barker, has identified to us several pressing needs–one is for basic hygiene/toiletry items such as toothbrushes/toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, etc. and the second is for underwear and socks.
If you would like to participate in this outreach ministry and would be willing to donate these items, baskets will be positioned on the shelf outside Rosie’s office window, to collect such items.
Thank you so much. You will be such a blessing to these dear neighbors of ours.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s $2,000 Enrollment Promotion
Every PAA enrollment application will be included in a drawing for a $1,000 voucher to be used towards tuition in the 2019-2020 school year. There will be one drawing for new students and a second drawing for returning students. All applicants must be completed by midnight on June 15 to be included in the drawing. Learn more and apply at www.paasda.org.
We’re so excited to share that a Vice Principal has been found, right here at home! Drechelle McCray, current English teacher, has accepted the invitation and will begin her new role this summer. Read all about the special announcement here: https://paasda.org/news/paa-announces-drechelle-mccray-as-vice-principal-of-administration/
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of PAA.
Area Events and Announcements
Come be part of the team! Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, consider volunteering during Camp Meeting this year! We’re looking for hard working individuals who want to serve God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it! We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 11-13) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 16-20) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety, and security. We will also need licensed RNs, EMTs & paramedics. Whether you can work one day or all week, we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer, visit http://volunteers.OregonAdventist.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-850-3350.
Children in the Primary Tent at Oregon Camp Meeting this year will have a special service project opportunity to help pack a gift box for a child going into the foster system. We need your help! We are collecting donations of kids toiletries, small toys, puzzles, books, socks, and more. We will be accepting donations until Camp Meeting but our goal is to have as much as possible by May 1, for our organizing event! Please drop off your donations at the conference office or call the Oregon Conference Children’s Ministries 503-850-3538 with questions.
May 19, June 23, 10:00 am-Noon. Free estate planning workshop co-sponsored by the Hood View Church’s Care Ministry and Senior Ministry.
Part 2 – May 19 Why is it important to have an Advance Directive and how to fill one out using the 2019 Oregon Advance Directive form.
Presenter: Corrine Ramirez, MSW, LCSW, medical social worker.
Part 3 – June 23 Learn the options for long-term care. A representative from a long-term care facility will be available to answer questions and what the costs of care look like.
Presenter: Corrine Ramirez, MSW, LCSW, medical social worker
Event Location: Hood View Church.
May 28, 6:30 pm: With G-D At My Side: A Holocaust Documentary with Menachem Taiblum, Survivor.
Event Location: Adventist Health Portland Amphitheater C-Lower Level.
May 31-June 2: Men’s Summit – Men save the Date! The Oregon Conference Men’s Summit is featuring Dick Duerksen. 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 email@example.com.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp.
June 8, 5:30 pm: Newbold College Alumni Meeting.
Dr. John Baildam, Principal of Newbold College invites you to an alumni and informational meeting on Sabbath afternoon, June 8, 2019, at 5:30 pm. Hear current Newbold news, renew memories of your time at Newbold College and enjoy an English Tea. If you know of someone who attended or is interested in attending, please invite them. Please respond to this invitation by texting 909-239-5779 by June 6, 2019. Local Hosts: Bert (attended Newbold 65-66) and Evelyn Connell and Newbold College Councilors.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.
June 21-July 4: 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.
June 26-30, FaithCamp West, Hayden Idaho.
Jesus for Asia is hosting Faith Camp West at Hayden Lake Adventist church in Hayden, Idaho. Register now at faithcamponline.org to attend. Lodging and meal information is available on the website. Come have your faith encouraged by people who are trusting God’s word to the extreme. Plan now to attend! Bring your friends and family! We look forward to seeing you there! Contact us at 423-413-7321 with any questions.
July 2-6: 2019: Light Bearers Convocation.
Genesis is a book of beginnings—the beginning of the world as God made it to be, the beginning of all human misery, the beginning of God’s plan to set things right, the beginning of God’s covenant plan, to be enacted in history through a covenant people to bring forth a covenant Savior. Genesis takes us back to the beginning so we can understand the present and the future from the vantage point of the beginning. Please join us in Jasper, Oregon for the 2019 Light Bearers Convocation as we explore the book of Genesis. For more information, go to www.lightbearers.org.
Event Location: Jasper, Oregon.
September 6-7: Adventist Single Adult Ministries Convention.
Single adults 18 years and older join us for the annual convention titled “This is US” featuring Pastor James and Rise Rafferty. Registration fee is $65 and includes two meals on Sabbath. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
September 22-26: Deaf Christian Women’s Retreat.
In 2002, a group of deaf women decided to start a Women’s Retreat for deaf women in the Pacific Northwest. The deaf women are members of a completely different people group with their own rich language and culture. There is an average of 20 women attending the Deaf Women’s Retreat, and the deaf women who attend come from as far as the east coast. They enjoy gathering together – it’s like a family reunion. This year they are hoping to rent a bus to take the women to the coast for the day; however, they do not yet have the funds for this to happen. Also, this year, for the first time, they will be selling shirts with their logo on them to help raise funds for future events. They are hoping and praying they will be able to earn enough money so they can pay the expense for the weekend, and bring in a speaker from another state. If you would like to help sponsor the retreat, you can send a check made payable to “Tabernacle Adventist Church” and mark it for “Deaf Christian Women’s Ministries,” 26 SW Condor Way, Portland, OR 97239.
Event Location: Camp Tilikum, 15321 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg.
Help someone by volunteering: PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) has volunteer opportunities available. Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 and ask for Kellie for more information.
PACS DENTAL CLINIC GETTING CLOSE TO OPENING!
We are ready to hire our staff! We are looking for:
*Dental Front Office 3-4 days per week, 28-32 hours/wk, $15-$18/hr DOE. Some dental front office experience is preferred.
*Dental Hygienist 4 days per week, 28-32 hours/wk, $32-$40/hr DOE. New grads welcome.
For more information, contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Coordinator, at email@example.com or 503/758-1892 (call or text).