September 23 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

This past weekend I had the privilege of participating in the North Pacific Union’s “Pray Like Daniel” Pathfinder Camporee.  Like most camping trips there were some unplanned setbacks that made our trip more interesting.  We already knew the trip would take longer than usual because of the closure of Interstate 84 due the Eagle Creek Fire.  What we did not know and could not plan for was the two flat tires on two separate vehicles that happened on the way to the camporee site in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Also in typical Pathfinder spirit, we stopped along the way to help another Pathfinder Club whose truck had experienced a mechanical failure.  After all the delays were dealt with, we finally arrived safely at the campsite five hours after originally planned.  This did not dampen the spirits of the Pathfinder staff or members.  Once they arrived they quickly proceeded to get everything set up to hunker down for the chilly nights ahead.

The weekend was filled with time spent admiring God’s wonderful creation and in spiritual worships.  We had opportunities to see the Hagerman Fossil Beds, Shoshone Falls and visit a national hatchery.  It was also a blessing to sit around and watch as the Pathfinders themselves brought up Biblical and spiritual issues for discussion.  At the final group worship meeting Dr. Bill Kilgore (the featured speaker from Southwestern Adventist University) made an appeal.  The appeal consisted of three options, which were accepting Jesus as best friend / Savior, wanting to prepare for baptism and wanting to rededicate to Jesus.  Praise be to the, Lord we had five Pathfinders from our club come down for one of those three options.  There were not enough setbacks in the world to stop so many other kids as well from coming down and making decision for Jesus.   After a great fun and spiritual weekend, we set out to come back home.  Thankfully the trip back was a lot less eventful and we got back without any incidents.  Even though we all enjoyed our time together there were many who couldn’t wait to be back home.  It hit me as I pondered that feeling, that as Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, “there’s no place like home.”

Though a great time was had by all there is just something special about home.  The reality is that no place on this world is our “real” home.  The Bible says, “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.” (Hebrews 13:14; TLB)  It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with setbacks and incidents that are slowing you down these are just small things on your journey.  The other side of the coin is that no matter how much you are enjoying the things going on around you or in your life right now this world is not your home.  In essence, you are on a big “trip” awaiting your final destination and real home which is heaven.  We should all be looking forward to going to our heavenly home as much as we are to get home after a long trip.  Enjoy what God has blessed you with just as the Pathfinders did last weekend but remember this place is not your home and there is no place like home.

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 good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to the team of volunteers who worked so diligently and gave of their time to make the Steve Green concert such an awesome event. Thank you to each one of you.


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Instead of Fear.”

Sunnyside’s Nature Walking Group will be taking a walk through the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sabbath, September 23, immediately following our second service. Plan to join us; meet in the Youth Room, and bring a sack lunch. Karen Ulloth will lead the walk. Let us know if you plan to go, 360-936-3373.

At 4:00 pm, Encounters With God features Marlan Glovatsky.

Baby Shower, Sunday, September 24, 3:00 pmTasha O’Neill and Jason Chase will be having a baby boy the end of October! Come and celebrate with us in the Fellowship Hall (refreshments). They are registered at Babies R Us and Amazon.com. Everyone is welcome.

 

Church Announcements

Pray for the families of . . .

Alvina Preston, mother of Judy Denis, who passed away Monday, September 18. A memorial service is not planned.

Vera Smith who recently passed away in Arizona. A memorial service will be held at the Imperial Pavilion at Lincoln Memorial Park at 2:00 pm, Sabbath, September 30. A reception will be at the Kirkwood residence, 16202 Sigs Way, Damascus, at 4:00 pm. For more information call 503-572-3998.

Norval Gryte who passed away September 8. A memorial service will be conducted for him at CherryWood Chapel, Sabbath, October 7, 3:00 pm.

Wellington Manullang who passed away September 17. A memorial service will be conducted for him here at Sunnyside Church, Sunday, October 15, 10:00 am.

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. Current Need: Newborn clothes for a baby boy, dresser, shoes, blankets, and more for a family of six. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

The 58th Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Constituency Session took place September 17, 2017, at Portland Adventist Academy Gymnasium. The administration voted in for the next quinquennium of the Oregon Conference Dan Linrud as president, Dave Allen as vice president for administration, Brian Gosney as vice president for finance, and Gale Crosby as vice president for education. The delegates also voted to hold the constituency session every five years now instead of every four. So the next Oregon Conference Constituency Session will be in 2022.
      Special congratulations to our own Dave Allen and Brian Gosney!

Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Kara’s Commissioning

Pastor Kara and Terry Johnsson

Bill Johnsson, PhD

Dave Allen and Pastor Kara

Bob Allen, Pastor Kara and Terry Johnsson, Stan Beerman, Chuck Burkeen

Emilie Butler, Janis Dove & Jaclyn Russell

Pastor Kara

Troy Scholz

Megan, Emma & Beau Snyder

Sam Heiser

Pastor Jonathan

Reinette Wildman

Bill Johnsson, PhD

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org
News:  www.paasda.org/news

PAA Seeks Substitute Teachers
Portland Adventist Academy is excited to begin another school year. But great school years depend on a lot of people! Substitute teachers make a big impact on helping our program to run smoothly. It’s a rewarding job in which you can build relationships with staff and students. Can you join our team? Contact Jason Bibb for more information: 503.255.8372 x215 or jbibb@paasda.org: tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

There will be a Constituency Meeting of Portland Adventist Academy Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 pm at the academy.

Save the date, Sunday, November 12!  PAA’s Annual Student Scholarship Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm, and will be followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.  This fun event has supported many students who have or are attending PAA.  Tickets are $30 per person or $200 to host a table of 8. For tickets or information contact Dawn Johnson at
503-255-8372 ext 210, or djohnson@paasda.org. Thank you for supporting PAA and our wonderful students.

Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Elementary is currently looking for a part-time preschool/aftercare teacher for 16-20 hours per week. If interested, please contact Mr. O’Neal at Brandon.o’neal@paes.com or call the school at 503-665-4102.

Rivergate Elementary School
Our Fall festival will be on Sunday, October 8. Tickets available in advance or day of event. This year we are excited to add Scholastic’s Wild West Book Fair to our fantastic community event.

Walla Walla University
A busy school year is underway at Walla Walla University, and we would love for you to visit sometime. We’ve planned a variety of events throughout the year, including musical performances, special lectures, sporting events, Family Weekend, alumni events, and more! Find details about these events, read the latest WWU news, and see our online calendar at wallawalla.edu. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Area Events & Announcements

Used prescription, reading, and sunglasses are being collected for an upcoming mission trip to Cuba with Quiet Hour. If you have glasses to share, please bring them to Sunnyside Church office by October 10. Thank you.

September 27-October 1. ARME Bible Camp.
Join us for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship for young and old alike! Our camp is devoted to inspire and train attendees to fall in love with studying their Bibles and spending time in meaningful prayer with the Lord. Born out of frustration in not being able to attend a 4-month Bible study training course, a group of friends and one pastor hatched a plan to design a camp that would focus on Bible study training and prayer over the course of an extended weekend. The results have been a tremendous blessing over the last eight years! Visit our website at www.armeministries.com to learn more, or watch our current promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAT3ohOgh8U.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Youth Camp, Washington.

Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 pm, Southwestern Adventist University is hosting an Alumni & Friends Reunion and dinner is on us! Please join us for an opportunity to reconnect with friends, classmates, and Southwestern Adventist University’s Vice-President of Advancement, Tami Condon,  at Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland, OR 97239. Don’t miss this great opportunity and RSVP today! Contact Director of Alumni Relations Vonda Seals at 817-202-6232, or email alumni@swau.edu. Hope to see you there!

September 27-December 13, Wednesday, 7-9 pm.
Expand Your Horizons!
Learn reasons for what you do. Build better connections! Finally dump your past! If you can dream it, you can create it! Be happier than you thought possible! Come to Learn! This course is a 10-week course on how rejection sets us up for feelings of worthlessness, fear, anger, sadness or depression. BUT . . .“If You’re Teachable, You’re Fixable.” Not sure if this is for you? Informational Meeting – Sept 27, 7 pm. Unfortunately at this time, we can only offer a women’s group due to lack of a facilitator for men. To register or for more info contact Audrey Woods, 503-957-0809, or by email @ healinghopesda@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Healing Hope SDA Fellowship.

September 30, 6;00 pm. Vesper Concert.
Join us for a vesper concert featuring 300 Watts, Wanda Vaz, Jeanine and Shannon Goodwin, Rebecca Stevenson, and Carl Parker. A free-will offering be taken to help hungry children and families in the Portland Metro area. For more information call 503-893-9022 or visit peopletopeople ministries.com.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.

October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunities:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

Montavilla United Methodist Church is seeking a Sunday School Teacher. Applicants from all denominational backgrounds are welcome to apply. Experience in teaching (and attending) Sunday school is preferred but not required. Compensation is $40 per Sunday worked. Please contact Holly Dolan, Director of Children’s Ministries, at hollydolan@msn.com, for a full job description.

You Are Needed By PACS!
Several of our truck drivers and riders are taking time for vacation and a couple are facing surgery. PACS is in need of several drivers and riders.  You do not need a CDL.  Would you be willing to dedicate one morning a week to help?  If so call Kellie Stephens at 503-252-8500 Ext. 120.  We also need volunteers for the Food Pantry.

Housing Available:
Two rooms available to rent in a 3beds/2bath house in Gresham for an adult female(s). Available October 1. For more information call 503-558-6441.

Needed! If anyone took a video of Bobby McGhee’s evening concert, we have someone who would like to have a copy. Please call the office for more information at
503-252-8080.

 

 

 

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September 16 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

In a faith community such as ours, we have many people on many faith journeys. This week, some among us are grieving the loss of cherished loved ones. Others are anticipating loss at any moment. This week, some among us have chosen to join together with Christ through baptism. This week, some among us have traveled more than 12 hours to be at camp with hundreds of other pathfinders from across the North Pacific Union Conference. This week, some among us have defied certain death to climb ladders and change lightbulbs high above the sanctuary floor.  This week, some among us have diligently worked, preparing to serve the Lord by teaching a Sabbath School class on Sabbath. This week, some among us have moved out of their house and into another. This week, some among us have fought physical illness and overcome. This week, some among us have received bad news from their doctor. This week, some among us have announced publicly that they are expecting an addition to their family. This week, some among us have begun preparing for the day they will dedicate their precious little one to the Lord. This week, one among us has been reflecting on her call from God as we prepare to acknowledge it as a community.

So many experiences. All are different. Yet they all have one common thread: they all benefit from fervent prayer. Samuel Chadwick was a Methodist minister in England at the turn of the 20th century.  He said, “Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”

Whatever our journey has been this week, God calls us to call on Him in prayer, that He may bring power to bear in our experience. He desires to journey with us, to be present in our world as we walk through the varied seasons of human life.

This weekend, there is so much happening.

  •  Friday, our community gathers to publicly acknowledge Pastor Kara’s call to ministry.
  • The Pathfinders are already in Idaho at a Camporee.
  • Saturday night, nearly 1,000 people will be here to experience Steve Green in concert.
  • Sunday, hundreds of delegates will gather to chart the course for Oregon Conference’s next few years.

I hope that you will join me in praying for all of these events, these moments and milestones in the life of our church. Pray for God’s power. Pray for God’s presence. Pray that this weekend won’t be simply a flurry of activity. Pray that it will be a series of moments in which God reveals Himself to His people and reaffirms His calling and His presence in each of our lives.

May you each individually experience God’s blessing as we approach this Sabbath together.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

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 good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to:
Erik Nielsen and Ed Betz for replacing light bulbs in our sanctuary. Thank you!


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday evening, 7:00 pm, we will be honored to share in Pastor Kara Johnsson’s commissioning service here at Sunnyside Church. 

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amAt 8:45 am, Pastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “A Little Piece of the Big Picture,” and at 11:15 am, Bill Johnsson, PhD, will present our Bible message titled “It’s All About Jesus.”

The Steve Green Concert will be Saturday night, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm). Bring your ticket and a generous donation of non-perishable food for Portland Adventist Community Services. Collection barrels will be stationed at the church entrances.

Church Announcements

Pray for the families of . . .

Vera Smith who recently passed away in Arizona. A memorial service will be held at the Imperial Pavilion at Lincoln Memorial Park at 2:00 pm, Sabbath, September 30. A reception will be at the Kirkwood residence, 16202 Sigs Way, Damascus at 4:00 pm. For more information call 503-572-3998.

Norval Gryte who passed away September 8. A memorial service will be conducted for him at CherryWood Chapel, Sabbath, October 7, 3:00 pm.

 

 

Sunnyside’s Life Together Groups are happening again! Sign up and join a group. Check the tables in the Narthex for more information.

Financial Peace University Class will begin on Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm, in the Youth Room and will continue for nine weeks. Please pre-register at www.fpu.com/1048356. You will need to have a member kit to attend the class; reduced kits are available through Becky. Please contact her directly if you need one: Becky.Haggerty@live.com or 503-804-1863.

Sunnyside’s Nature Walking Group will be taking a walk through the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sabbath, September 23, immediately following our second service. Plan to join us; meet in the Youth Room, and bring a sack lunch. Karen Ulloth will lead the walk. Let us know if you plan to go, 360-936-3373.

 

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage class will begin Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm, in the Columbia Room.

 

 

Baby Shower, Sunday, September 24, 3:00 pmTasha O’Neill and Jason Chase will be having a baby boy the end of October! Come and celebrate with us in the Fellowship Hall (refreshments). They are registered at Babies R Us and Amazon.com. Everyone is welcome.

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. Current Need: Newborn clothes for a baby boy, dresser, shoes, blankets, and more for a family of six. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

 

Sunnyside Choir
by Virlys Moller

I wonder just how many of Sunnyside’s members sang in a choir at one time or another in their life.  I’m only guessing, but I think a guess of at least 50% – I am being conservative – have joined their voices with other singers to make music.  Each week that Sunnyside’s choir members sit in the choir loft, they look out at the congregation and see musical friends sitting on the pews and wish that they were singing with us.

That is what this little message is about.  We want to spread the word and grow our numbers.  Perhaps you have noticed that some weeks the choir is quite small.  While small is good, medium, or large are even better when it comes to singers in Sunnyside’s choir.  Sunnyside choir has a long history with memorable choir directors, singers, soloists, and performances.  This may be a bold statement, but in order to continue Sunnyside’s history, we need to grow our choir.

This final paragraph is more of a list than a paragraph.  Read down the list to learn about the reasons that you are invited to consider joining or rejoining the choir.  The need is great.

  • Choir is worship. Choir is praise. We share the gift of singing as well as the message of the anthems each time we sing at church.
  • Choir is fun! It’s okay for worship to be fun and we certainly laugh and visit and get to know one another in a special way. Director, Karl Helton, knows his stuff, but he also knows that he is directing people.  He is very long-suffering and kind.  No shouting or throwing his music across the room.
  • Choir is Christian fellowship. Regularly members share their prayer requests or stories of how God has worked in various situations in their lives. How affirming that is!
  • Choir is a way to keep your voice in top shape. On some level it is “use it or lose it.” After a practice or two at the start of the choir season in September, things began to sound more mellow and less strained.
  • Choir practice is just once a week on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm and our season ends in the spring – May this year. About practice – Karl encourages members to come regularly but also recognizes that not everyone can do that – work obligations, family travel, etc. may come first at times.

Seek out a choir member to chat with about their experience in Sunnyside’s choir.  Make it a matter of prayer; God may just have something musical in mind for you.  “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:3.

Life at Sunnyside

Jim Newell

Evelyn & Chloe Hull, Celia & Debbie Stanton

Michael Fresse

Barbara Grignon

Andre Wang, Matt Mandrones

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org
News:  www.paasda.org/news

PAA Seeks Substitute Teachers
Portland Adventist Academy is excited to begin another school year. But great school years depend on a lot of people! Substitute teachers make a big impact on helping our program to run smoothly. It’s a rewarding job in which you can build relationships with staff and students. Can you join our team? Contact Jason Bibb for more information: 503.255.8372 x215 or jbibb@paasda.org: tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

There will be a Constituency Meeting of Portland Adventist Academy Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 pm at the academy.

Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Elementary is currently looking for a part-time preschool/aftercare teacher for 16-20 hours per week. If interested, please contact Mr. O’Neal at Brandon.o’neal@paes.com or call the school at 503-665-4102.

Area Events & Announcements

“Reflections” SDA homeschool choir is looking for SDA students who are homeschooled (or attend a public school), ages 12-19, to join their spiritually uplifting and fun singing group! Practices have started – call ASAP for info.  Brenda Zollbrecht
503-805-5407.

Better Life/Redeem International – Volunteers Needed.
As you may have heard, Better Life TV is morphing into Redeem International. As our mandate and scope expands, we are in greater need of volunteers to support us. Currently, we need assistance with audio editing, closed caption, and master control for internet radio. Should you have a willingness to serve and some computer skills, we need you! Please call Gia at 541-474-3089 to learn more about this opportunity to bless and be blessed.

September 27-October 1. ARME Bible Camp.
Join us for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship for young and old alike! Our camp is devoted to inspire and train attendees to fall in love with studying their Bibles and spending time in meaningful prayer with the Lord. Born out of frustration in not being able to attend a 4-month Bible study training course, a group of friends and one pastor hatched a plan to design a camp that would focus on Bible study training and prayer over the course of an extended weekend. The results have been a tremendous blessing over the last eight years! Visit our website at www.armeministries.com to learn more, or watch our current promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAT3ohOgh8U.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Youth Camp, Washington.

September 27-December 13, Wednesday, 7-9 pm.
Expand Your Horizons!
Learn reasons for what you do. Build better connections! Finally dump your past! If you can dream it, you can create it! Be happier than you thought possible! Come to Learn! This course is a 10-week course on how rejection sets us up for feelings of worthlessness, fear, anger, sadness or depression. BUT . . .“If You’re Teachable, You’re Fixable.” Not sure if this is for you? Informational Meeting – Sept 27, 7 pm. Unfortunately at this time, we can only offer a women’s group due to lack of a facilitator for men. To register or for more info contact Audrey Woods, 503-957-0809, or by email @ healinghopesda@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Healing Hope SDA Fellowship.

September 30, 6;00 pm. Vesper Concert.
Join us for a vesper concert featuring 300 Watts, Wanda Vaz, Jeanine and Shannon Goodwin, Rebecca Stevenson, and Carl Parker. A free-will offering be taken to help hungry children and families in the Portland Metro area. For more information call 503-893-9022 or visit peopletopeople ministries.com.
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.

October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunities:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

Montavilla United Methodist Church is seeking a Sunday School Teacher. Applicants from all denominational backgrounds are welcome to apply. Experience in teaching (and attending) Sunday school is preferred but not required. Compensation is $40 per Sunday worked. Please contact Holly Dolan, Director of Children’s Ministries, at hollydolan@msn.com, for a full job description.

You Are Needed By PACS!
Several of our truck drivers and riders are taking time for vacation and a couple are facing surgery. PACS is in need of several drivers and riders.  You do not need a CDL.  Would you be willing to dedicate one morning a week to help?  If so call Kellie Stephens at 503-252-8500 Ext. 120.  We also need volunteers for the Food Pantry.

Housing Available:
Two rooms available to rent in a 3beds/2bath house in Gresham for an adult female(s). Available October 1. For more information call 503-558-6441.

 

 

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September 9 Communiqué

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Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NAS).

Dear Family,

One of the many reasons that I love Portland, is our beautiful Willamette River and all the bridges that cross it. Each is quite distinct in its own style but all two things in common; their surfaces are nearly always a hive of busyness with cars, people and bicycles coming and going while their foundations are strong, reaching deep into the water and beyond. It makes me think about our lives, so often a hive of busyness themselves, so many demands, so many responsibilities, so many things we want and need to do. And in all of that, there is the risk of allowing all our focus and energy to be sucked to the “surface,” giving no time for our foundations to reach deep into the water of life.

The Apostle Paul speaks of this in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 as he describes our journey as an intentional race. As someone preparing for a race, there is intentionality in when and where he trains, as well as taking time to be healthy. I think of our own lives of ministry, and it’s tempting to take on everything that comes our way, but as the body of Christ, we are actually called to share in ministry, allowing everyone to do their part. This not only shares the blessing that comes from serving, but also gives us the endurance to make it to the end.

As a family, let us be intentional in growing our roots deep.

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 good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to:
Tom Davis for his unrelenting dedication this past weekend.
Terrill Allen for such effective live streaming of our services!


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday evening, 6:30 pm, Youth, don’t forget to join us for our Friday evening gathering in the Youth Room.

Friday evening, 6:30 pm, a memorial service will be conducted for Doris Williams, mother of Cecily Geschke, who passed away August 5.

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Staring Down Fear.”

Church Announcements

Pray for the families of . . .

Clara Staples, mother of Lucy Adams Trepanier, and grandmother of Tim Adams, recently passed away. A memorial service will be conducted at Cedar Creek Adventist Church September 9, 3:00 pm.

Vera Smith, mother of Jeanine Linder, who recently passed away in Arizona. A memorial service will be held at the home of daughter Colette and Steve Kirkwood, September 30, 3:00 to 6:00 pm, 16202 Siggs Way, Damascus. For more information call 503-572-3998.

Adventurers — come join us for Adventurer Open House September 11, 6:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall as we kick off our exciting new year. There will be a bounce house, snacks,  and all sorts of fun. For more information call or text Evelyn at 503-560-9608.

Pathfinder family picnic at Timber Park / Estacada Lake after church on September 9, approximately 1:30 pm. Bring a picnic potluck dish to share for lunch. Activities for the kids provided, including swimming and basic water safety instruction. Club transportation may be arranged by contacting Erin at 760-217-1778.

Life Together Groups are happening again! Get ready to have some fun and get to know your church family this September. Sign up will take place September 9 and 16. The groups this year are: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage / Financial Peace University / History Class / FaithLift Women’s Bible Study / Men’s Bible Study / Young Women’s Bible Study / Enjoying the Great Outdoors / Biblical Languages / Card Making / Improving Your Health / Exploring Portland. There will be more information available at the signup tables September 9-16.

Steve Green, a Christian recording artist, who has spread the gospel through music in almost 50 countries worldwide, will be presenting a concert at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland on September 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm.) Free tickets are required, available at www.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. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

As a church family, we are blessed to worship and serve together as the body of Christ at Sunnyside.  One way the ministry at Sunnyside is made possible is by the generous support of Sunnyside Partners who consistently contribute to our general fund. As part of our Sunnyside Partners campaign, we encourage each person in the Sunnyside family to direct part of their offering toward our general fund. If you have not yet signed a banner to show your support for local ministry, we invite you to find one in the hallway and to do so. With each person investing in local ministry, we will able to continue the ministry to which God calls us.

 

Life at Sunnyside

Praise Team

300 Watts Trio and Praise Team

300 Watts Trio

Dan Wright

Bobby McGhee

Pastor Kara, Bob Barnes

Dr. Terry Johnsson

Joyce Newmyer

Bobby McGhee

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org
News:  www.paasda.org/news

PAA Seeks Substitute Teachers
Portland Adventist Academy is excited to begin another school year. But great school years depend on a lot of people! Substitute teachers make a big impact on helping our program to run smoothly. It’s a rewarding job in which you can build relationships with staff and students. Can you join our team? Contact Jason Bibb for more information: 503.255.8372 x215 or jbibb@paasda.org: tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

Area Events & Announcements

Better Life/Redeem International – Volunteers Needed.
As you may have heard, Better Life TV is morphing into Redeem International. As our mandate and scope expands, we are in greater need of volunteers to support us. Currently, we need assistance with audio editing, closed caption, and master control for internet radio. Should you have a willingness to serve and some computer skills, we need you! Please call Gia at 541-474-3089 to learn more about this opportunity to bless and be blessed.

September 27-October 1. ARME Bible Camp.
Join us for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship for young and old alike! Our camp is devoted to inspire and train attendees to fall in love with studying their Bibles and spending time in meaningful prayer with the Lord. Born out of frustration in not being able to attend a 4-month Bible study training course, a group of friends and one pastor hatched a plan to design a camp that would focus on Bible study training and prayer over the course of an extended weekend. The results have been a tremendous blessing over the last eight years! Visit our website at www.armeministries.com to learn more, or watch our current promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAT3ohOgh8U.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Youth Camp, Washington.

October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

Montavilla United Methodist Church is seeking a Sunday School Teacher. Applicants from all denominational backgrounds are welcome to apply. Experience in teaching (and attending) Sunday school is preferred but not required. Compensation is $40 per Sunday worked. Please contact Holly Dolan, Director of Children’s Ministries, at hollydolan@msn.com, for a full job description.

 

 

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September 2 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

Vacation Bible School is over for another year!  It took many hours of dedicated preparation.  It took lots of energy from every volunteer that participated.  But the testimony of parents is that it was worth it.  One parent told me that their kids just keep singing and singing the songs about God their Maker. Another told me that at bedtime, their little one kept repeating, “Wow God,” as she drifted off to sleep. Still, another parent said that their children felt incredibly welcomed here and that something like this should happen more often.

Over three days last weekend, many children saw God through new eyes as they experienced Him through Maker Fun Factory. Many of them came from environments where church is not a part of their life. And some of those were so moved by their experience that they plan to be back to Sunnyside soon. Maker Fun Factory made a difference for the Kingdom of God. And it wouldn’t have happened without the dedicated support from the Sunnyside Family: Partners who contribute to the General Fund/Church Expense, Participants who were with us through the Sabbath morning experience, and Volunteers who gave so much time and energy to make sure the kids had a great time learning! And in all of it, we give thanks to God who gives us breath and His Spirit who moves hearts and minds to follow Him.

We follow up a great weekend, with another.  Tomorrow will have the feel of a homecoming as many people return to Sunnyside to see old friends and re-connect with Bobby McGhee.  From the worship service with Terry Johnsson, to the concert in the evening with a bit of everyone, this Sabbath is significant because of our opportunity to reconnect with old church family.  On their return to Sunnyside, may they find a place that is inspiring, and a community of people that are infused with God’s Spirit.  May God do for us and our guests tomorrow what He did for the kids last week: make Himself known through His Spirit.

Happy Sabbath!

Anticipating Great Things,

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

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 good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to Wendell, Carl, Larry, Lloyd, and Matt for all their preparation and participation in making our annual church picnic amazing. Thank you.


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amDr. Terry Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “A Grandmother’s Prayer.”

 If you play an instrument, bring your instrument to church to play along with our hymns.

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.

The Fifteenth Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends concert will be at 6:00 pm this evening. After vespers we will meet at Stark Street Pizza for pizza together. Plan now to attend this concert and meet up with current and former friends.

Sunday, September 3, 1:00 pm, there will be a Youth party on the patio. Youth, plan now to be here for some fun times!

Church Announcements

Pray for the family of . . .
Doris Williams, mother of Cecily Geschke, who passed away August 5. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Friday evening, September 8,
6:30 pm.

Adventurers — come join us for Adventurer Open House September 11, 6:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall as we kick off our exciting new year. There will be a bounce house, snacks,  and all sorts of fun. For more information call or text Evelyn at 503-560-9608.

Pathfinder family picnic at Benson Lake Recreation Area after church on September 9, approximately 1:30 pm. Bring a picnic potluck dish to share for lunch. Activities for the kids provided, including swimming and basic water safety instruction. Please carpool as much as possible as there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Club transportation may be arranged by contacting Erin at 760-217-1778.

Life Together Groups are happening again! Get ready to have some fun and get to know your church family this September. Sign up will take place September 9 and 16. The groups this year are: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage / Financial Peace University / History Class / FaithLift Women’s Bible Study / Men’s Bible Study / Young Women’s Bible Study / Enjoying the Great Outdoors / Biblical Languages / Card Making / Improving Your Health / Exploring Portland. There will be more information available at the signup tables September 9-16.

Steve Green, a Christian recording artist, who has spread the gospel through music in almost 50 countries worldwide, will be presenting a concert at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland on September 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm.) Free tickets are required, available at www.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. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Life at Sunnyside

Andreea Hutuleac

Pastor Jonathan

 

Emilie Butler

Emilie Butler, Adoniah Simon

Annual Church Picnic

Kettle Corn with Matt Russell

Corn Roaster (Wendell White)

John Kieper with his classic car (Wanda Krein)

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org
News:  www.paasda.org/news

PAA Seeks Substitute Teachers
Portland Adventist Academy is excited to begin another school year. But great school years depend on a lot of people! Substitute teachers make a big impact on helping our program to run smoothly. It’s a rewarding job in which you can build relationships with staff and students. Can you join our team? Contact Jason Bibb for more information: 503.255.8372 x215 or jbibb@paasda.org: tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

Area Events

September 27-October 1. ARME Bible Camp.
Join us for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship for young and old alike! Our camp is devoted to inspire and train attendees to fall in love with studying their Bibles and spending time in meaningful prayer with the Lord. Born out of frustration in not being able to attend a 4-month Bible study training course, a group of friends and one pastor hatched a plan to design a camp that would focus on Bible study training and prayer over the course of an extended weekend. The results have been a tremendous blessing over the last eight years! Visit our website at www.armeministries.com to learn more, or watch our current promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAT3ohOgh8U.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Youth Camp, Washington.

October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

 

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August 26 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

As my family and I were watching the eclipse we remembered a talk we heard regarding “shadow bands” that occur right before an eclipse.  At just about the predicted time before the total eclipse we began to see the effect all around.  This “shadow band” effect caused it to look like there were shadows of snakes that were everywhere you could see.  It was out of the norm and eerie to experience the whole event.  I hope you had an opportunity to witness the amazing beauty of the eclipse this past week.  There were many people who came into our “neck of the woods” just to catch a glimpse of this amazing once in-a- lifetime event.  It was amazing to see so many people looking up into the sky in amazement and anticipation.

Seeing all those people looking up reminded me that a different celestial event is quickly drawing close.  It will be an event where people everywhere will be looking up to the sky in fear and/ or amazement.  I am referring to the second coming of Jesus Christ.  How awesome would it be to have millions of people across the United States waiting in anticipation for the return of their Savior.  Of course, from studying the Bible we know that it will not be that way.  The words from Matthew 24 echo in my ear, “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold” (verse 12).  This lack of love is a problem that we continue to see all around our country and the world.  With each new day, I am constantly reminded that this world is quickly coming to a point where it cannot continue without divine intervention.  The good thing is that the following verse promises that, “the one who endures to the end, he will be saved” (verse 13).  As the end continues to draw closer and closer I want to encourage each and every one of you to continue to draw closer and closer to Christ.  We must “fight the good fight” and endure!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23- 25).  We must make sure that we continue to try and help build each other up.  Notice that we are admonished, “not to forsake our assembling together.”  As we continue to see the world around us fall apart let us stand firm, hold fast to our Hope and help each other in these last days.  Let’s continue to gather together and encourage one another in love.  Let’s continue to share the great hope that we have in Jesus Christ with all those around.  If we do this we can be assured that we, along with many others, will be looking up on that day happily celebrating a different celestial event that will have eternal repercussions.

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 good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to our VBS team for all the hours of work they have put in to organization, decorations, and planning for our Vacation Bible School this year: Cris Marin, Shannon Christenson, Heidi Hill, Jackee Duvall, Lily Baraka, Diane Glovatsky, and Gustavo Farfan. Thank you to each of you for such good work and dedication!


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “On My Side.”

 Vacation Bible School is continuing today from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Church Announcements

Congratulations to . . .


Gustavo and Absalenys Farfan on the birth of
Avzaleighn Farfan, born August 17, weighing
7 pounds 11 ounces.

 

 

Beau and Megan Snyder on the birth of
Emma Rey Snyder, born August 19, weighing
9 pounds 10 ounces.

 

Welcome babies — we’re happy you’re here!

Pray for the family of . . .
Doris Williams, mother of Cecily Geschke, who passed away August 5. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Friday evening, September 8,
6:30 pm.

Back to School! Children’s Ministries will be having a school supply drive August 19-27.  The donated supplies will benefit Sunnyside families. Suggested donations: backpacks, pencils, pens, paper, glue, scissors, binders, etc. There will be a box in the foyer marked “School Supply Donations.” Please contact Jackee Duvall with any questions: jackeeduvall@hotmail.com or 503-309-9400.

NEW TIME! Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:30 pm. Sunday, August 27. Mark the date, and plan to attend. It is a potluck with roasted corn on the cob and watermelon provided, along with a classic car show for entertainment.

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. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Friday, September 1, 6:30 pm, the Youth will be starting a new weekly meeting. Youth, join us starting next week in the Youth Room.

The Fifteenth Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends concert will be here at Sunnyside Church September 2, 6:00 pm. Dr. Terry Johnsson will be the guest speaker for our church services that day.

Sunday, September 3, 1:00 pm, there will be a Youth party on the patio. Youth, plan now to be here for some fun times!

Life Together Groups are happening again! Get ready to have some fun and get to know your church family this September. Sign up will take place September 9 and 16. The groups this year are: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage / Financial Peace University / History Class / FaithLift Women’s Bible Study / Men’s Bible Study / Young Women’s Bible Study/ Enjoying the Great Outdoors / Biblical Languages / Card Making / Improving Your Health / Exploring Portland. There will be more information available at the signup tables September 9-16.

Steve Green, a Christian recording artist, who has spread the gospel through music in almost 50 countries worldwide, will be presenting a concert at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland on September 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm.) Free tickets are required, available at www.SunnysideAdventist.org.

Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Kara

Jaclyn Russell

 

Becky Haggerty

 

Jan Clayton

 

Dean Browning

Reinette Wildman

Dolce Hamstra with Sunnyside Chamber Orchestra

Signing Sunnyside Partners Banner

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org
News:  www.paasda.org/news

PAA Seeks Substitute Teachers
Portland Adventist Academy is excited to begin another school year. But great school years depend on a lot of people! Substitute teachers make a big impact on helping our program to run smoothly. It’s a rewarding job in which you can build relationships with staff and students. Can you join our team? Contact Jason Bibb for more information: 503.255.8372 x215 or jbibb@paasda.org: tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

Area Events

August 31-September 4, 2017: Single Adults Ministries Cruise.
The 2017 Adventist Single Adult Ministries Cruise to the Bahamas, sponsored by the North American Division, sets sail August 31 – September 4, 2017. Early bird rate for the event ends May 3, 2017, and group rates for cabins end Sunday, April 23, 2017. April 24, 2017, all cabins will be released and regular rates will apply. Our featured speaker will be Mike Tucker. Plan now to join single Adventists from across North America as we fellowship and worship together. To register go to AdventSource https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=427, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.

September 27-October 1. ARME Bible Camp.
Join us for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship for young and old alike! Our camp is devoted to inspire and train attendees to fall in love with studying their Bibles and spending time in meaningful prayer with the Lord. Born out of frustration in not being able to attend a 4-month Bible study training course, a group of friends and one pastor hatched a plan to design a camp that would focus on Bible study training and prayer over the course of an extended weekend. The results have been a tremendous blessing over the last eight years! Visit our website at www.armeministries.com to learn more, or watch our current promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAT3ohOgh8U.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Youth Camp, Washington.

October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

Grand Piano Available:
A beautiful Maeari baby grand piano. Immaculately kept. It was owned by a school teacher who has passed and his widow has moved to an apartment. The home is up for sale so the piano will need to be moved quite quickly. It is 69 inches or 5 foot 9 inches in length. The sound is excellent and the cosmetic detail of the case is flawless. Please contact Gary Parks if interested at 503-551-4020.

 

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August 19 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

As I reflect on the events of this past week, I am drawn again to the vision of Jesus as articulated in Luke 4:16:

He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” Luke 4:16-21 (NIV).

When articulating His mission, His purpose, the overriding theme of the three most important years in earth’s history, the clearest picture of God that would ever be revealed this side of heaven, He said that it was all about: good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, freedom for the oppressed and to tell everyone that God is for them, not against them. That was what Jesus was about. And that is what He is still about.

This is church. This is what it means to be church! It isn’t a message of pull up your socks, you’re about to meet your God. It is, “You’ve just met your God and He is for you!” It is not about being perfect. It is about being comforted and healed by a God who takes the ashes of regret and gives not just a second chance, but a whole new beautiful identity. It is not about living in fear about what may happen next, but living in hope because of the certainty that our God already knows. It is not just about making sure you are ready for the next world. It is about joining a reality that already is –  the Kingdom of heaven now.

Further on in the same chapter of Isaiah that Jesus read from, God’s people are described as “oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” These trees stand firm come what may. Their roots are deep. They provide strength and shelter for those around them. Family, in a world that is ever retreating in fear, let’s hold firmly to the vision of Jesus, let us continue to love in the face of fear and hate, to stand for the marginalized, to be those trees of righteousness this world of ours so desperately needs.

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 good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to Canisius Gafishi! He has diligently and relentlessly been working on our grounds with a commitment to beautify our church for his Creator. Thank you, Canisius, for your commitment to such hard work through the heat of the day for our church.


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Partners III.”

This afternoon, 5:00 pm, Encounters With God features Vasile Gramada.

Church Announcements

Impact Your Health Free Clinic, will be held Friday, August 18 and Sunday, August 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, on the Portland Adventist Academy campus, serving medical, dental, and vision needs of those that need help.

Back to School! Children’s Ministries will be having a school supply drive August 19-27.  The donated supplies will benefit Sunnyside families. Suggested donations: backpacks, pencils, pens, paper, glue, scissors, binders, etc. There will be a box in the foyer marked “School Supply Donations.” Please contact Jackee Duvall with any questions: jackeeduvall@hotmail.com or 503-309-9400.

Vacation Bible School will be August 25-27. Volunteers are needed! Please see Cris Marin in the Narthex to sign up. Bring your children (ages 3-11), your neighbors’ children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren for a VBS weekend of learning about God. All are welcome.

Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:00 pm. Sunday, August 27. Mark the date, and plan to attend. It is a potluck with roasted corn on the cob and watermelon provided, along with a classic car show for entertainment. For more information or to enter your vehicle contact Lloyd Wescott  503-252-0165.

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. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

The Eighth Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends concert will be here at Sunnyside Church September 2, 6:00 pm. Dr. Terry Johnsson will be the guest speaker for our church services that day.

Steve Green, a Christian recording artist, who has spread the gospel through music in almost 50 countries worldwide, will be presenting a concert at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland on September 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm.) Free tickets are required, available at www.SunnysideAdventist.org.

Life at Sunnyside

Allison Cheng

Kristina Kozakova

 

 

Lorraine Jacobs

Isaac Nziacharo

 

Pastor Jonathan, Ron Blehm

Shawn Mandrones

Pastor Jonathan

Newly Elected Deaconess Meeting

Worship Service

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org
News:  www.paasda.org/news

Portland Adventist Academy is looking to fill 3 part-time positions for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Teacher for Music Performance and Production class – covering music theory, performance, and recording. Must have experience in all three areas. One class, three days per week.
  • Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 28 hours/week. Duties include supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task, closing library.
  • Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 18 hours/week. Duties include opening library, supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

Area Events

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at  https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon

August 31-September 4, 2017: Single Adults Ministries Cruise.
The 2017 Adventist Single Adult Ministries Cruise to the Bahamas, sponsored by the North American Division, sets sail August 31 – September 4, 2017. Early bird rate for the event ends May 3, 2017, and group rates for cabins end Sunday, April 23, 2017. April 24, 2017, all cabins will be released and regular rates will apply. Our featured speaker will be Mike Tucker. Plan now to join single Adventists from across North America as we fellowship and worship together. To register go to AdventSource https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=427, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.

October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

Grand Piano Available:
A beautiful Maeari baby grand piano. Immaculately kept. It was owned by a school teacher who has passed and his widow has moved to an apartment. The home is up for sale so the piano will need to be moved quite quickly. It is 69 inches or 5 foot 9 inches in length. The sound is excellent and the cosmetic detail of the case is flawless. Please contact Gary Parks if interested at 503-551-4020.

 

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August 12 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

The warm humidity this week reminds me of my years growing up in Missouri. Back in those days, the long humid summer evenings would be embraced by my family as we’d spend time on the lake in bright red Larson runabout boat. Even before I turned ten, my brothers and I could have the boat prepared and the trailer connected, awaiting my dad’s arrival from work so we could enjoy the waning moments of daylight on the water. But some nights, the anticipation would give way to disappointment when we knew that the weather just wouldn’t cooperate. On those nights, there was a certain stiffness to the breeze, a different smell in the air that signaled trouble was ahead. A glance to the horizon would reveal the dark clouds gathering themselves in towering arrays, preparing themselves to unleash their fury. On those nights we knew there’d be no boating. Instead, we’d experience the sounds of rushing winds, the flash of lighting reflecting through the windows, the sharp crack and slow roll of thunder echoing across the sky. Yet before the storm, a moment came when the wind would stop. The birds would settle.  It was as if Mother Nature herself was taking a long, slow inward breath, marshaling all of her strength for the moments ahead. It was the calm before the storm.

This weekend, we experience that calm; the long slow breath before the action starts. It’s only a few days before over 400 people, including many Sunnysiders, will descend on PAA to serve the dental, medical, and vision needs of the most underserved in our community. Through our time, energy and resources, we are praying that God will reveal Himself in tangible ways to our guests, just as Jesus revealed Himself in the flesh so many centuries ago.

The following weekend August 25-27, we will participate in our Vacation Bible School pilot program.  For the first time in Sunnyside history, our VBS program will run from Friday night through Sunday.  That means every one of us will participate in part of VBS, just by showing up for worship Sabbath morning.  That day, we will have close to 100 non-Adventist guests in our building, during worship, to experience God’s love through children’s ministry.

The first weekend of September, we will fling open the doors once again to invite many people from Sunnyside’s past to come and worship with us once again.  Bobby McGhee will lead the program.  Dr. Terry Johnsson will be the preacher. It will be a full house as we embrace old friends and get acquainted with new.

Three weekends.  Three intentionally designed programs that will open our arms and hearts toward our community, inviting them into the presence of God.  I hope that you’ll join me in praying that these endeavors will fulfill God’s desire and purpose for these events. I hope that you’ll join me in being the hands and feet of Jesus as we warmly interact with those we don’t know, doing our part to make sure they feel welcomed, belonging to the body of Christ.

It’s the calm before the storm. Let’s breathe deeply the fragrance of God’s grace. Let’s pray passionately for God’s Spirit to be among us as we serve and connect. Then let’s work together as one body, participating in worship, interacting with guests, and using our influence and energy for God’s glory.

By the way, if God has been laying someone on your heart, prompting you to invite them to check out this faith community, these three weeks will be three great opportunities to do so.

This week in the calm, we continue our Partners series. Also, you won’t want to miss our guest musician. She’s phenomenal!

Sabbath Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

 

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 good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to Canisius Gafishi! He has diligently and relentlessly been working on our grounds with a commitment to beautify our church for his Creator. Thank you, Canisius, for your commitment to such hard work through the heat of the day for our church.


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Partners II.”

This afternoon, 12:45 pm, join the Sunnyside Nature Walking Group for a walk in the Hoyt Arboretum. Meet in the Adventurers Room right after the second service for a potluck lunch, then we’ll carpool.

Church Announcements

Impact Your Health Free Clinic, will be held Friday, August 18 and Sunday, August 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, on the Portland Adventist Academy campus, serving medical, dental, and vision needs of those that need help.

Back to School! Children’s Ministries will be having a school supply drive August 19-27.  The donated supplies will benefit Sunnyside families. Suggested donations: backpacks, pencils, pens, paper, glue, scissors, binders, etc. There will be a box in the foyer marked “School Supply Donations.” Please contact Jackee Duvall with any questions: jackeeduvall@hotmail.com or 503-309-9400.

Vacation Bible School will be August 25-27. Volunteers are needed! Please see Cris Marin in the Narthex to sign up. Bring your children (ages 3-11), your neighbors’ children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren for a VBS weekend of learning about God. All are welcome.

Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:00 pm. Sunday, August 27. Mark the date, and plan to attend. It is a potluck with roasted corn on the cob and watermelon provided, along with a classic car show for entertainment. For more information or to enter your vehicle contact Lloyd Wescott  503-252-0165.

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. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Handbells for everyone – yes, for you, too! In September we will begin two handbell/handchime choirs: a 3-octave team for those fairly new to handbells and handchimes, and the 5-octave team for the more experienced ringers. We have 18 ringers who have made the commitment so far. We still need 1 or 2 more for the 3-octave team, and only 1 more for the 5-octave team. Explore the possibilities by calling Rosemayne at 503-730-5317.

The Eighth Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends concert will be here at Sunnyside Church September 2, 6:00 pm. Dr. Terry Johnsson will be the guest speaker for our church services that day.

Steve Green, the Christian recording artist who has spread the gospel through music in almost 50 countries worldwide, will be presenting a concert at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland on September 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm.) Free tickets are required, available at www.SunnysideAdventist.org.

If you would like to be a part of Steve Green’s “backup choir,” contact Pollyanna Moody at 503-502-1376 to join. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, August 29, September 5, and 12.
Dress rehearsal is September 16, 5:30-6:00 pm.
Concert: September 16 at 7:00 pm.
There will be a plucking notes rehearsal for those who want it on Thursday, August 2, 7:00 pm.
All rehearsals are at Sunnyside Adventist Church.

Life at Sunnyside

Ruby Hohensee

Allison Cheng

 

Elizabeth Fresse

Elders’ Ordination

Prayer for Elders

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org
News:  www.paasda.org/news

Breaking News! The Portland Adventist Academy board made the decision to name Jason Bibb as acting principal while the search for PAA’s next principal continues.

Portland Adventist Academy is looking to fill 3 part-time positions for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Teacher for Music Performance and Production class – covering music theory, performance, and recording. Must have experience in all three areas. One class, three days per week.
  • Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 28 hours/week. Duties include supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task, closing library.
  • Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 18 hours/week. Duties include opening library, supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

Area Events

August 10-13 and October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at www.thefamilyexperience.org.
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at  https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon

August 31-September 4, 2017: Single Adults Ministries Cruise.
The 2017 Adventist Single Adult Ministries Cruise to the Bahamas, sponsored by the North American Division, sets sail August 31 – September 4, 2017. Early bird rate for the event ends May 3, 2017, and group rates for cabins end Sunday, April 23, 2017. April 24, 2017, all cabins will be released and regular rates will apply. Our featured speaker will be Mike Tucker. Plan now to join single Adventists from across North America as we fellowship and worship together. To register go to AdventSource https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=427, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church, will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home

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