July 11 Communiqué

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                   Snippets of Sunnyside’s Story

                        Portland Central Church

Some Sunnysiders may remember Portland having a Central Church. In fact, the roots of Sunnyside Adventist Church grow through a church called Portland Central Church, built in the 1880’s on the corner of NE 11th  Avenue and NE Everett Street.


Today this address is central to a combination of buildings and parking areas owned by Franz Bakery. A while back, Elder Dick Fenn and I were permitted to visit their heritage room, downstairs under their current main office entrance. On the wall there, they keep a record of the Adventist Church building that was on this site:

 

I am reminded that as much as we value a church building, and as much as a building may be associated with many wonderful memories of God’s providential leading and blessing, in God’s Kingdom, Church is not a building or a temple, but a group of believers. People that make up a Church Family like Sunnyside. I am grateful for the sense of Church in our Sunnyside Family.

Blessings

Pastor Dave Allen

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “The Thing Behind the Thing.”

Announcements

Please pray for the following family:
Stan Lehman, father of Jared Lehman, passed away July 7, 2020.

Renewed Sanctuary — Almost there! The ReNew Committee has been very active in planning ahead for the next steps of the refurbishment of our sanctuary. Platform concrete is in place and tiling will be done soon. These next steps include carpeting, choir chair upgrade and pew reupholstering. Most of the funds are in place. We are about $20,000 short of what is needed for these next steps. Please consider contributing to making this happen. Thank you!

If you need a Sabbath School quarterly contact the office at
503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org and we’ll make sure your get one! You may also access it online at https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

Getting Ready for a Virtual Camp Meeting! The countdown is on for Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 21-25), this year in virtual, COVID-safe form! While the campus will be pretty empty, we’re excited to share some great spiritual content together. This year, it’s all about Serving Jesus and Others! Devotionals, seminars, and corporate worship are all on the schedule, and there will be programming for all ages! Download the app “Socio” then search for “Gladstone Camp Meeting” in the app, or find other instructions by clicking on the link on our Sunnyside website www.SunnysideAdventist.org. And don’t forget to pre-register your kids for camp meeting and get ready to experience Rocky Railway Online! The first 500 children to register will receive a Stay-on-Track pack. Go to https://bit.ly/cmchildren to register.

At the urgent request of the Red Cross we are going ahead with our annual blood drive next week Thursday & Friday, July 16 & 17 from 11:00 am–4:00 Here are some facts to note: No walk-ins.  Appointments must be made online or by phone (1-800-733-2767) for pre-screening. To sign up online go to https://www.redcrossblood.org Our zip code is: 97027; Our site is called “Seventh-day Adventist Conference Center.” 1) Social distancing will be strictly enforced; 2) FREE COVID-19 Antibody Testing will be done for each blood donor.  Because of this, the Red Cross says the spots will fill quickly. If you are interested in donating blood please sign up ASAP!

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS’ Annual Camp Meeting Book Sale | July 20 – 24
Hey! We know you’ll be missing camp meeting, but guess what? You don’t have to miss PACS’ Annual Camp Meeting Book Sale. We have great books coming your way and price is only $2 per 1-inch. Yes, you read correctly. Get a 1-inch-tall stack of books for only $2. Event Date: July 20 – 24 │Mon.- Thurs.
9:00 – 5:00 pm & Fri. 9:00 – 2:30 pm. Location: 11020 NE Halsey St. Portland, OR 97220  │ Contact: 503-252-8500.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-1:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting,
503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Temporary Housing Needed:
Stranded missionary seeking housing solution in Vancouver/north Portland area; a spare room, trailer or RV would be much appreciated. (Mission country borders are all still closed due to Covid-19.) If you have any solutions or recommendations, contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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July 4 Communiqué

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Snippets of Sunnyside’s Story

There are so many ways to think about our Church family and the story of our congregation. Today I share the following, relating to two of the plaques in our Church yard:

Plaque #1
Secured to a parking area lamp pole, next to our beautiful rose garden at our Market Street entrance, is a small plaque reminding us, especially at this time of year, that while we are grateful for the many hands that tend the roses today, it was originally planted by Harold Miller. Harold cared for this garden from 1981 to 1992.

Plaque #2
When next you come into our facility through the main entrance, take a peek around the other side of the pillar where the number pad is located and you will find the newest remembrance for little Humphrey, the dove we all learned to love.

Humphrey is interred in the garden area between this pillar and the Fellowship Room. The inscription on the plaque reads:

Remembering Humphrey, the dove that lived at Sunnyside 2002-2019 and the joy and happiness he shared as he reminded us of God’s Spirit of peace, grace, and blessing.

Pastor Dave Allen

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “Jesus. All.”

Announcement

Please pray for the following families:

Alice Willoughby who passed away on June 24, at home, after being placed on hospice. A memorial service is not being planned.
Chris Perry passed away July 2. Chris was the husband of Stacy (Summers) Perry, daughter of Lloyd Summers, and they are extended family of Betsy and Wendell White.

Renewed Sanctuary — Almost there! The ReNew Committee has been very active in planning ahead for the next steps of the refurbishment of our sanctuary. Platform concrete is in place and tiling will be done soon. These next steps include carpeting, choir chair upgrade and pew reupholstering. Most of the funds are in place. We are about $20,000 short of what is needed for these next steps. Please consider contributing to making this happen. Thank you!

If you need a Sabbath School quarterly contact the office at
503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org and we’ll make sure your get one! You may also access it online at https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

July 6 — VBS is Coming to Your House This Summer! Heroes Home Edition, is an exciting Vacation Bible School (VBS) that families can enjoy in the safety of their own homes. This program is all about kid heroes from the Bible. On July 6-10, the North American Division will host a division-wide live VBS using Heroes program will include all the songs, skits, Bible stories, and activities that kids look forward to at VBS. Heroes Home Edition will be available online or as a free download at HeroesHomeEdition.org on July 6, 2020. It will include a practical guide for using technology and hands-on learning to experience Heroes VBS at home! Sign up to receive updates at https://bit.ly/HeroesHomeEdition.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

Strawberry Vespers has been canceled due to the restrictions of COVID-19.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS’ Annual Camp Meeting Book Sale | July 20 – 24
Hey! We know you’ll be missing camp meeting, but guess what? You don’t have to miss PACS’ Annual Camp Meeting Book Sale. We have great books coming your way and price is only $2 per 1-inch. Yes, you read correctly. Get a 1-inch-tall stack of books for only $2. Event Date: July 20 – 24 │Mon.- Thurs.
9:00 – 5:00 pm & Fri. 9:00 – 2:30 pm. Location: 11020 NE Halsey St. Portland, OR 97220  │ Contact: 503-252-8500.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon-Fri from 9:00-1:00 am. We are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food. Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Our donation drop off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting,
503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping: www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore

Temporary Housing Needed:
Stranded missionary seeking housing solution in Vancouver/north Portland area; a spare room, trailer or RV would be much appreciated. (Mission country borders are all still closed due to Covid-19.) If you have any solutions or recommendations, contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

Life at Sunnyside in Pictures

Pastor Mark Witas

Praying with Fresse family

Pastor Juan Fresse

Marya Nziacharo

Raymond Baker

John Carter

Michael Fresse & Pastor Juan

Fresse family

Pastor Kara Johnsson & Terry

Pastor Kara & Terry

Pastor Kara & Terry

Pastor Juan Fresse family

Fresse family

Fresse family

Line of cars

Line of cars for dirve-thru goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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June 27 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

Three years ago, on this very date, I was writing my first article for the Sunnyside Communiqué . We had just recently moved across the country and come to Sunnyside and start a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest. This move had left us with a lot of anxiety, concerns, and things to do. One of the primary motivators for coming out this way was the practice of not moving pastors every three years in the Oregon Conference. We were looking forward to putting down roots in the same place for a while after serving in conferences where that was a lot harder to do.

Of course, no one could have envisioned the circumstances that would bring us to this year where our family is getting its second best option. Our preferred option would have been to have nothing change. The second best option was to have as little change for our family as possible. God decided that the second best option would have to do. Our family is happy with getting our second option where just one thing will change, the church we serve in. 

I echoed the words that I shared in that first communiqué article. The signs of the times continue to point to the big change (move) that is coming. The hope is that we will all take part in that move. The good news is that this move will not require us to pack, load, unload, and unpack. We will not have to or get to take “stuff” with us. Jesus will return to take us to heaven for a short while before He remodels the earth. So am I attached to my stuff? Would I be happy leaving it all behind? How attached am I to it? I can honestly say that even though I have accumulated some stuff, it is not my treasure because my heart is NOT attached to it.  I would happily leave it all behind with no second thoughts.

What about you, are you ready for that big move? My prayer, hope and challenge is that you can answer, “Yes, I am ready!” Looking forward to the day when we will never have to part from our family. Blessings to you and yours!

Pastor Juan Fresse

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Juan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “God Calls, We Follow!”

Saturday evening,  June 27 between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, Sunnyside Church will have a drive-thru appreciation and goodbye party for Pastor Juan, Pastor Kara, and their families. Come and drive through to express your well- wishes, give a gift, and say goodbye in the Sunnyside parking lot. Enter through the hospital parking lot, drive along the east, CherryWood side and exit on Market Street.

Announcement

Renewed Sanctuary — Almost there! The ReNew Committee has been very active in planning ahead for the next steps of the refurbishment of our sanctuary. Platform concrete is in place and tiling will be done soon. These next steps include carpeting, choir chair upgrade and pew reupholstering. Most of the funds are in place. We are about $20,000 short of what is needed for these next steps. Please consider contributing to making this happen. Thank you!

A new quarter is coming up quickly. New Sabbath School quarterlies are now available. Just call 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org, and we’ll make sure you get what you need! There is no charge for getting your quarterly online at https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

VBS is Coming to Your House This Summer! Heroes Home Edition, is an exciting Vacation Bible School (VBS) that families can enjoy in the safety of their own homes. This program is all about kid heroes from the Bible. On July 6-10, the North American Division will host a division-wide live VBS using Heroes program will include all the songs, skits, Bible stories, and activities that kids look forward to at VBS. Heroes Home Edition will be available online or as a free download at HeroesHomeEdition.org on July 6, 2020. It will include a practical guide for using technology and hands-on learning to experience Heroes VBS at home! Sign up to receive updates at https://bit.ly/HeroesHomeEdition.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

Strawberry Vespers has been canceled due to the restrictions of COVID-19.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Is Hiring! – Volunteer Manager – seeking a person who enjoys interacting with volunteers, public speaking at churches and events, build relationships with schools and agencies, maintain a database, collaborate with team members, and more. If these qualities suit you please contact Executive Director Laura Pascoe to learn more at 503-252-8500 x1113 or laura.pascoe@pacsonline.org.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon – Fri from 9:00 am – 11:00 am – we are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food.
Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. We are requesting that there are no more than 15 customers in each store, social distancing, and wear a face-covering while shopping in Thrift Stores. Our donation drop off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping Available through Facebook – If you cannot physically come to our storefront here’s another option! Join our Facebook Group Page –www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore – to search and purchase items.

Temporary Housing Needed:
Stranded missionary seeking housing solution in Vancouver/north Portland area; a spare room, trailer or RV would be much appreciated. (Mission country borders are all still closed due to Covid-19.) If you have any solutions or recommendations, contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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June 20 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

 One of the coolest things about being a human being is the realization that we are made in God’s image. Now, I’m not exactly sure I know what that means, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mean that we look like Him. As I looked in the mirror this morning while brushing my teeth, I didn’t think, “Wow, I’ll bet God looks like this.” For starters, I’m guessing He’s in better shape than I am.

Some have suggested that maybe we are made in God’s image though the emotions that we experience. People suppose that God experiences anger, joy, sadness and elation. Maybe this is true, but I don’t think God is subject to emotional swings like we are.

Some have suggested that we are only truly replicating the image of God when we come together as male and female. This is due to the expression in Genesis that “male and female, He made them.” I can see this having some merit too. God is neither male nor female, but He certainly cannot be represented solely by one gender.

As we contemplate what constitutes the image of God we should always keep in mind that we are made in God’s image and not the other way around. All too often we are tempted to create God in our own image. We think of all the best parts of who we are, deify them and think this is who God is. This is a mistake. In fact, it’s idolatry.

God is God, and we are not. He’s always better than we think He is. And that, I can live with.

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 this week to Lloyd Wescott in appreciation for the perfectly groomed grounds we have had for many, many years. We appreciate you and your work, Lloyd!


Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at
11:15 am.
Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “God Is Not.”

Announcement

Our Wednesday prayer meeting is taking a break. We will let you know when it will start again. No prayer meetings now until further notice.

Please pray for the family of Michelle Jewell. Her father passed away this last week.

Sunday, June 28 between 2 and 5 pm, Sunnyside Church will have a drive-thru appreciation and goodbye party for Pastor Juan, Pastor Kara, and their families. Come and drive through to express your well wishes, give a gift, and say goodbye in the Sunnyside parking lot. 

Renewed Sanctuary — Almost there! The ReNew Committee has been very active in planning ahead for the next steps of the refurbishment of our sanctuary. Platform concrete is in place and tiling will be done soon. These next steps include carpeting, choir chair upgrade and pew reupholstering. Most of the funds are in place. We are about $20,000 short of what is needed for these next steps. Please consider contributing to making this happen. Thank you!

A new quarter is coming up quickly. New Sabbath School quarterlies are now available. Just call 503-252-8080, text 971-238-9680, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org, and we’ll make sure you get what you need! There is no charge for getting your quarterly online at https://absg.adventist.org/nextquarter#lessons.

We can change the world — one refugee at a time! Every refugee is made in the image of God. “A refugee is someone who survived and who can create the future.” – Amela Koluder, former refugee. Today, on June 20, we commemorate the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees, and invite you to help us change futures. Current levels of displacement are some of the highest ever recorded. World Refugee Day is a way to broaden public understanding of refugees and raising support and help. Please read here about the real plight of refugees in the world today.

VBS is Coming to Your House This Summer! Heroes Home Edition, is an exciting Vacation Bible School (VBS) that families can enjoy in the safety of their own homes. This program is all about kid heroes from the Bible. On July 6-10, the North American Division will host a division-wide live VBS using Heroes program will include all the songs, skits, Bible stories, and activities that kids look forward to at VBS. Heroes Home Edition will be available online or as a free download at HeroesHomeEdition.org on July 6, 2020. It will include a practical guide for using technology and hands-on learning to experience Heroes VBS at home! Sign up to receive updates at https://bit.ly/HeroesHomeEdition.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

The Strawberry Vespers that was originally scheduled for June is now tentatively rescheduled for August 15.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Is Hiring! – Volunteer Manager – seeking a person who enjoys interacting with volunteers, public speaking at churches and events, build relationships with schools and agencies, maintain a database, collaborate with team members, and more. If these qualities suit you please contact Executive Director Laura Pascoe to learn more at 503-252-8500 x1113 or laura.pascoe@pacsonline.org.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon – Fri from 9:00 am – 11:00 am – we are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food.
Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. We are requesting that there are no more than 15 customers in each store, social distancing, and wear a face-covering while shopping in Thrift Stores. Our donation drop off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping Available through Facebook – If you cannot physically come to our storefront here’s another option! Join our Facebook Group Page –www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore – to search and purchase items.

Temporary Housing Needed:
Stranded missionary seeking housing solution in Vancouver/north Portland area; a spare room, trailer or RV would be much appreciated. (Mission country borders are all still closed due to Covid-19.) If you have any solutions or recommendations, contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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June 13 Communiqué

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      Andikwazi Ukuphefumla!

I don’t know how many times I have started to write or rewrite these Communiqué comments. With the loaded sensitivity of the outcry, “I can’t breathe!” I did not want to offend anyone. I try not to be divisive in what I say. But then today, I received a note from a Sunnyside member who did not realize that their letter encouraged me to go ahead.

You see, for me, I Can’t Breathe, has become a very powerful metaphor. For me! For ME! It has caused me to reflect on my life and my ministry over decades and I have thought again how at various times and places, I have been on one or other side of the I-Can’t-Breathe line in the way I have impacted the lives of others, especially people of color. You see, while for some it may be a political line, I see it as a moral line. In my life I reflect that often I have been on the wrong side of this line. Particularly my early years, while growing up among Xhosa people and as a privileged white, British colonial and South African Apartheid systems made my racist prejudices glaringly obvious especially as I think back. And yet at the time, it was all so normal and so me! Lord have mercy!

As forces of change were reshaping South Africa, my own attitudes, impacted by deeply rooted racist prejudices, began to change.

It became a steep learning curve, through teaching and pastoral ministries at historically white campuses and congregations, conferences and church institutions. Shirley and I each had our story of growing to value people – all people. Sometimes it was a painful path, mostly it was a journey of joy.

When I was called to be president of a historically white conference, I was given the mandate to negotiate with two other racially segregated conferences for a merger of the three administrations. We each represented a sisterhood of churches in the same region! In the process of these difficult discussions I started to learn the importance of friendships across dividing lines. We were trying to help our church to breathe.

Later I accepted an invitation to be president of the historically white college that became the one pastoral training institution in the Southern African Union, where there had previously been at least three such colleges. Racial and cultural integration on this campus became the order of our days, a moral necessity that many still regarded as political in nature. I admit we felt ourselves deeply enmeshed in the protocols of redressing racist policies and practices in the church and the constituencies we served. We did what we could so that people could breathe. I learned that it is important to listen more to others, to hear their stories. You can hear the rhythm of life-giving breath as you enjoy someone else’s being.

It was during this time that I was challenged by Stephen Covey to reflectively formulate a personal vision statement. I based it on the words of Jesus in John 10:10, “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” and ever since it has been my striving,

To Live and Help Live

Maybe today I would strive,

To Breathe and Help Breathe

The reality of Shirley and my Southern African ministry years has been an ongoing series of discovering the right or wrong side of the I-Can’t-Breathe line. We continue to learn. Sunnyside Church Family is a helpful part of the journey. But looking back to then and looking around us today, after all that has happened, we find ourselves in our new home, and George Floyd has cried out his dying words, I Can’t Breathe! Lord, have mercy!

Pastor Dave Allen

 

 

Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing well, or going beyond expectations.

 

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at
11:15 am.
Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “Touch Is What Is Needed.”

Announcement

Our Wednesday prayer meeting is taking a break. We will let you know when it will start again. No prayer meetings now until further notice.


Congratulations to Dr. Gerald and Shirley Schoepflin
on their 50th wedding anniversary on June 10!

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

The Strawberry Vespers that was originally scheduled for June is now tentatively rescheduled for August 15.

 

 

Congratulations to all the graduates of 2020.


Below are listed those that submitted their information:

8TH GRADE

Meadow Glade SDA Elementary
Collin Delaney

Portland Adventist Elementary School
Dennis Gramada
Melissa Gramada
Reilly Olsen

West Orient Middle School
Jasmine Gramada

HIGH SCHOOL

Clackamas High School
Evelina Avdeev

Milwaukie Academy of the Arts
Savannah Johnson Phillip, Grand niece of Judy Johnson

Portland Adventist Academy
Braden Judd
Diana Kyuzuzo
Summer Neil, Granddaughter of Ted & Linda Mackett
Olive Nyirabwiza

Rex Putnam High School
Margaret Lacatus

COLLEGE

Oregon State University
Kallie Hagel
   Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Photography

Pacific Union College
Shekinah Francis
   Bachelor of Arts in World Language and Culture, emphasis in Spanish, 
   Biology Minor, and Associate of Science in Health Science

University of California
Allison Cheng
   Master of Music in Contemporary Teaching Practices K-12
   Thornton School of Music

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUNNYSIDE’S STUDENTS 
RECEIVING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Walla Walla University
   Madison Boskind
   Jared Evans
   Ben Krueger-Blehm
   Lydia Krueger-Blehm
   Josh Miller

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Is Hiring! – Volunteer Manager – seeking a person who enjoys interacting with volunteers, public speaking at churches and events, build relationships with schools and agencies, maintain a database, collaborate with team members, and more. If these qualities suit you please contact Executive Director Laura Pascoe to learn more at 503-252-8500 x1113 or laura.pascoe@pacsonline.org.

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon – Fri from 9:00 am – 11:00 am – we are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food.
Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. We are requesting that there are no more than 15 customers in each store, social distancing, and wear a face-covering while shopping in Thrift Stores. Our donation drop off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220.

PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping Available through Facebook – If you cannot physically come to our storefront here’s another option! Join our Facebook Group Page –www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore – to search and purchase items.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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June 6 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

There are many people that have been looking at the events unfolding around us and wondering if these events are indicators of the soon return of Jesus. It is important to remember that while Christ gave us the signs of the time, He also stated, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36, New International Version). It is because of those words from the mouth of Jesus that I do not pretend to know how soon His coming will be. I am amazed though at the signs that continue to be fulfilled.

The other day in our family worship we were asking the kids to share things for which they were thankful. One of my younger kids said that they were thankful for being able to go out for a walk and be safe. As I reflected on these words, it became evident that those words were sharing a difficult truth. It is a difficult truth that some people have a lot more to worry about when they go for a walk or jog than others. It is such a difficult truth that we don’t always want to talk about those things.

The sharing of difficult truths is actually a spiritual gifting that falls under the gift of prophecy. We often think of prophecy as being about predicting the future but, that is a minute part of what the biblical prophets did. One of the main functions that prophets served was the sharing of difficult truths. The prophets would many times have to go before a king or leader and share something without knowing how well it would be received.

The gift of prophecy has been given to the Adventist Church in visions and in the fact that we have difficult truths to share with the world. This was what my child was also doing. They were sharing a difficult truth. This thought brought a verse to my mind. The Bible says that “in the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17). While we await the visions and dreams, I ask what is God asking you to prophecy about? What difficult truths are you being asked to ponder and share? I pray that you will embrace the spirit of prophecy and speak difficult truths to a world in need of them.

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 Gene and Judy Denis for deep cleaning our carpets during this quiet time at the church. We appreciate all that you do, Gene and Judy! Thank you!

 

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at
11:15 am.
Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “A Story.”

Announcements

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, virtual Bible study and prayer. You may connect by going to Sunnyside’s page on Facebook, or go to our website, www.SunnysideAdventist.org, and click on “Live Stream” then “You Tube Channel” on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

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, the school name, and degree you will be receiving to the church office at info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

The Strawberry Vespers that was originally scheduled for June is now tentatively rescheduled for August 15.

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS Is Hiring! – Volunteer Manager – seeking a person who enjoys interacting with volunteers, public speaking at churches and events, build relationships with schools and agencies, maintain a database, collaborate with team members, and more. If these qualities suit you please contact Executive Director Laura Pascoe to learn more at 503-252-8500 x1113 or laura.pascoe@pacsonline.org

PACS Food Pantry Drive-thru OPEN Mon – Fri from 9:00 am – 11:00 am – we are still operating with social distancing and social responsibility. If you or someone you know needs food please tell them about us. If you cannot make it to PACS please send a note with someone and they can get you food.
Any questions please call PACS at 503-252-8500 or email pacsfood2020@gmail.com. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220

PACS Thrift Store is OPEN – we have temporary hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am-2:30 pm. We are requesting that there are no more than 15 customers in each store, social distancing, and wear a face-covering while shopping in Thrift Stores. Our donation drop off center is open and we value your donations but due to a high volume of donations please call ahead to see if we are accepting, 503-252-8500. Located at 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220PACS Thrift Store – At Home Shopping Available through Facebook – If you cannot physically come to our storefront here’s another option! Join our Facebook Group Page –www.facebook.com/groups/pacsthriftstore – to search and purchase items.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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May 30 Communiqué

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Greetings family,

 Justice is an interesting concept in the Bible. Most people think of justice as a mechanism in which people get what they deserve. This week in the news we hear a lot of cries for justice to be administered or done in more expedient ways. When we are wronged by someone we want justice to be served. I’ve been passed by reckless drivers who were speeding and weaving around me. It irritated me. A lot. I wanted justice. When a police car pulled them over I thought, “Justice has been served!”

In the words of Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.” The Old Testament prophets didn’t count justice as getting what you deserved, but defined it as making wrong things right. To them, justice was served when poor people were cared for, widows were looked after, orphans were adopted, and people were treated equally well across the spectrum. In other words, in the Bible, justice looks an awful lot like grace.

Today, I want to lift up my Sunnyside family and call for all of us to be dispensers of Biblical justice. Let’s all consider being the hands of justice in a world that’s thirsty for it.

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 all of you who are “stuck” at home! We miss you and send love and hugs to all. May you have a lovely Sabbath day. Stay well. We send God’s blessings to each of you!
~Pastoral Staff

 

 Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at
11:15
am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “In Times Like These.”

Announcements

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, virtual Bible study and prayer. You may connect by going to Sunnyside’s page on Facebook, or go to our website, www.SunnysideAdventist.org, and click on “Live Stream” then “You Tube Channel” on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

Pray for the following families:

Luther Johansen, MD, beloved by many in this community, passed away on May 25. A memorial service is being planned at a later time.
▪ Ethel Wall, a former member, passed away this past week. She was living in Colorado.

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, the school name, and degree you will be receiving to the church office at info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080.

The pastors have been posting weekly messages on Sunnyside’s Facebook page. We have now uploaded these messages to YouTube. If you do not have Facebook, you can view these messages via YouTube.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

The Strawberry Vespers that was originally scheduled for June is now tentatively rescheduled for August 15.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

PAA/PUA Virtual Alumni Gathering
Portland Adventist Academy and Portland Union Academy former students, graduates, and teachers are gathering online in a private alumni group (HERE) to share personal updates, connect with long lost friends and teachers, post favorite PUA / PAA photos and favorite memories. To join, search “Portland Adventist Academy Alumni” on Facebook or use this URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PAA1910/.

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Notice: Good News! Your ABC has returned to normal hours of operation!

  • In-store shopping is now available — use of face masks recommended.
  • Shopping guidelines are posted and protective measures implemented.
  • Disruptions are anticipated in the delivery of some food products, and some shortages may occur.
  • For those preferring it, pre-order/”drive through” pickup services will be available throughout the month of May.
  • Check out our latest sale: Pre-Camp Meeting Case Food and Book Sale
    May 10 – 31, 2020

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS is still operating as normal with social distancing and social responsibility. If you know people who are in need of food let them know the information below:

PACS COVID-19 Update
Please keep PACS in your prayers. The need for our Drive-thru Food Pantry is increasing everyday and without our Thrift Store income we are struggling to stay operational. Thank you to everyone who has supported us thus far through financial giving and volunteering. If you are able to help us during this time you can text “PACS Family” to 44-321, donate online at ww.pacsonline.org/donate, or mail in your gift (11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220).

If you have any 12 count empty egg cartons PACS would love to take them off your hands! As one of our food pantry items we give out eggs and some cartons are broken or an egg has cracked. Please drop them off to a PACS staff or volunteer Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued support as we invest in the families in our community.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next few Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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May 23 Communiqué

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2

Dear Family,

In an effort to increase our levels of fitness, my household has taken on “step challenges” using Fitbit. Essentially, Terry, my sister-in-law, and myself, are in competition for the most steps each day, as well as an overall weekly average. And when I say competition, I mean, competition. It is fierce! Just to give you a picture of the level of intensity we are currently experiencing, last Friday morning, my husband, who is not typically a morning person, secretly crept out at 5:00 am in order to get ahead! I have to say, this added incentive has been good for me.

But more than that, the walks outside, particularly early in the morning, have really quieted my soul. Taking time to notice God’s beauty is such a balm for our hearts and minds. If you haven’t had a chance to pause and take in our Creator’s beauty lately, I encourage you to. Even in the lock down, we can get caught up in mundane routines, and miss the blessings along the way. This weekend, as we enter our Sabbath rest, I pray you are blessed with a pause for your spirit and peace for your soul.

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.

Shout out again to our Audio and Video departments. Thank you for making us always look good on streaming. You take time to show up early, do all the necessary duties to make sure everything goes out without a flaw. Thank you to each of you for your committed dedication each week!

 Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at 11:15 am. Pastor Juan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “I Want to Go Home.””

Announcements

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, virtual Bible study and prayer. You may connect by going to Sunnyside’s page on Facebook, or go to our website, www.SunnysideAdventist.org, and click on “Live Stream” then “You Tube Channel” on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

Student Aid applications – DEADLINE  IS HERE!  If you are in need of financial aid to attend one of our schools, please fill out an application. It can be emailed to you. Please contact Rosie at info@sunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, for the application to be sent to you. Applications are past due. Get your application in to the office as soon as possible. You may email, mail, or drop your completed application at the church office for processing.

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, the school name, and degree you will be receiving to the church office at info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080.

The pastors have been posting weekly messages on Sunnyside’s Facebook page. We have now uploaded these messages to YouTube. If you do not have Facebook, you can view these messages via YouTube.

Get your Sabbath School quarterly at https://absg.adventist.org/next-quarter#lessons, or call the office to get a printed copy.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

Rebuild Big Lake Youth Camp Lodge. Due to deterioration beyond repair, we have an urgent need to rebuild the Big Lake Lodge. The Lodge is the most essential building in the camp operations of Big Lake. During a typical summer, approximately 1,000 meals a day are served from this building; and classes, worships, Bible studies, and activities all happen in the Lodge. We have a small window of opportunity to accomplish the most urgent building project we have had at Big Lake in decades, during a summer when camp is forced to close. The estimated cost of rebuilding the Lodge is $2.5 million — we have already raised $1,007,040. Take the Big Lake Lodge Challenge, submit your pledge today by clicking on the following link and we will follow up with you shortly: Lodge Challenge Pledge Form. More details: click here.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

RV or Trailer Needed: If you have an RV or trailer you are not using, we have a family that needs to borrow or rent one from the middle of June to the end of July or so. They have family coming into the United States and they need space for them to self-quarantine for a period of time. If you can help with this, please call the church office at
503-252-8080 or email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

PAA/PUA Virtual Alumni Gathering
Portland Adventist Academy and Portland Union Academy former students, graduates, and teachers are gathering online in a private alumni group (HERE) to share personal updates, connect with long lost friends and teachers, post favorite PUA / PAA photos and favorite memories. To join, search “Portland Adventist Academy Alumni” on Facebook or use this URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PAA1910/.

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School is looking for a qualified Lead Preschool and After School Care Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Must have a great love and patience for children. For information on qualifications and to submit a resume please contact School Principal Sharilyn Smith  sharilyn@rgsda.org

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Notice: Good News! Your ABC has returned to normal hours of operation!

  • In-store shopping is now available — use of face masks recommended.
  • Shopping guidelines are posted and protective measures implemented.
  • Disruptions are anticipated in the delivery of some food products, and some shortages may occur.
  • For those preferring it, pre-order/”drive through” pickup services will be available throughout the month of May.
  • Check out our latest sale: Pre-Camp Meeting Case Food and Book Sale
    May 10 – 31, 2020

Impact Your Health — On Hold! It was originally scheduled to be held at Portland Adventist Academy campus this year, but due to the Coronavirus it has now been placed on hold. If you were a volunteer, watch for the new dates to be posted. We will need you then!

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

August 21-23: Motorcycle Camp Meeting 2020.
Mark your calendars with the dates for this year’s Motorcycle Camp Meeting, August 21-23, at Gladstone Park Conference Center in Gladstone, Oregon! This year’s speaker will be Tim Journey, pastor of the Boulder City, Nevada Adventist church. Camping/RV parking will be available on the property. Watch for more details!
Event Location: Gladstone Park Conference Center.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS is still operating as normal with social distancing and social responsibility. If you know people who are in need of food let them know the information below:

PACS COVID-19 Update
Please keep PACS in your prayers. The need for our Drive-thru Food Pantry is increasing everyday and without our Thrift Store income we are struggling to stay operational. Thank you to everyone who has supported us thus far through financial giving and volunteering. If you are able to help us during this time you can text “PACS Family” to 44-321, donate online at ww.pacsonline.org/donate, or mail in your gift (11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220).

If you have any 12 count empty egg cartons PACS would love to take them off your hands! As one of our food pantry items we give out eggs and some cartons are broken or an egg has cracked. Please drop them off to a PACS staff or volunteer Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued support as we invest in the families in our community.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next four Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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May 16 Communiqué

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Sunnyside and Mount Saint Helens – The Connection!

The following is written by Elder Dick Fenn, affectionately known at Sunnyside as Father Fenn. Pictures accompanying this column were curated from Sunnyside Church archives by Pastor Dave Allen.

 Forty years ago come Monday, Mount Saint Helens blew her top, sending molten rock sky high. Within hours, the city of Spokane went dark. In 15 days, wind-blown ash and smoke had circled the world.

     Today, tomorrow, and Monday for sure, the media will recall this earth-moving event.

    But the news people will likely miss remembering is another event that took place May 18, 1980.

    We must not.

    Because, in Scripture, 40 years is frequently generational.

    Because the generation of participating witnesses to this event is passing.

    Because successor generations need to know the story and then give thanks.

     On May 18, 1980–it was a Sunday–members of a congregational family broke ground for the building of a new Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

    Construction commenced immediately.

    Remarkably, Sunnysiders themselves built Sunnyside. What we see today–and tend to take for granted–is the craftsmanship of members and friends from a generation who, 40 years ago, envisioned an edifice for worship of the God who both creates and redeems, a center of Christian service to the city, and a place of constant, happy fellowship.

     Forty years ago, Mount Saint Helens exploded in hellish fury. It’s what volcanoes do.

    Forty years ago, Sunnyside Church began to rise in faith and hope and love. And we’re still a-rising. It’s what healthy churches ought to do.

    Forty years is a generation.

    Let us give thanks.

Pastor Dave Allen

Ground breakers: L-R Lloyd Summers, Bea Brath (Ham),
Frank Reynolds, Ray Betz, Jack Betz

Seated L-R Lloyd Summers, Jack Harris, Dick Gingrich

 

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 Elaine Bradshaw, head organist, for making sure we have excellent organ music every week. Thank you, Elaine, for your continuing dedicated work especially during this isolated time.

Another shout out to Bill Hohensee, head counter, for diligently coming in to the church every week to make sure the offering is counted. Thank you, Bill!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at
11:15
am. Pastor Mark Witas will present our Bible message titled “Fear Not For I Am With Thee.”

Announcements

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, virtual Bible study and prayer. You may connect by going to Sunnyside’s page on Facebook, or go to our website, www.SunnysideAdventist.org, and click on “Live Stream” then “You Tube Channel” on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

Student Aid applications – DEADLINE  IS HERE!  If you are in need of financial aid to attend one of our schools, please fill out an application. It can be emailed to you. Please contact Rosie at info@sunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, for the application to be sent to you. Applications are past due. Get your application in to the office as soon as possible. You may email, mail, or drop your completed application at the church office for processing.

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, the school name, and degree you will be receiving to the church office at info@SunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080.

The pastors have been posting weekly messages on Sunnyside’s Facebook page. We have now uploaded these messages to YouTube. If you do not have Facebook, you can view these messages via YouTube.

Get your Sabbath School quarterly at https://absg.adventist.org/next-quarter#lessons, or call the office to get a printed copy.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

Rebuild Big Lake Youth Camp Lodge. Due to deterioration beyond repair, we have an urgent need to rebuild the Big Lake Lodge. The Lodge is the most essential building in the camp operations of Big Lake. During a typical summer, approximately 1,000 meals a day are served from this building; and classes, worships, Bible studies, and activities all happen in the Lodge. We have a small window of opportunity to accomplish the most urgent building project we have had at Big Lake in decades, during a summer when camp is forced to close. The estimated cost of rebuilding the Lodge is $2.5 million — we have already raised $1,007,040. Take the Big Lake Lodge Challenge, submit your pledge today by clicking on the following link and we will follow up with you shortly: Lodge Challenge Pledge Form. More details: click here.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

RV or Trailer Needed: If you have an RV or trailer you are not using, we have a family that needs to borrow or rent one from the middle of June to the end of July or so. They have family coming into the United States and they need space for them to self-quarantine for a period of time. If you can help with this, please call the church office at
503-252-8080 or email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

PAA/PUA Virtual Alumni Gathering
Portland Adventist Academy and Portland Union Academy former students, graduates, and teachers are gathering online in a private alumni group (HERE) to share personal updates, connect with long lost friends and teachers, post favorite PUA / PAA photos and favorite memories. To join, search “Portland Adventist Academy Alumni” on Facebook or use this URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PAA1910/.

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Notice: Good News! Your ABC has returned to normal hours of operation!

  • In-store shopping is now available — use of face masks recommended.
  • Shopping guidelines are posted and protective measures implemented.
  • Disruptions are anticipated in the delivery of some food products, and some shortages may occur.
  • For those preferring it, pre-order/”drive through” pickup services will be available throughout the month of May.
  • Check out our latest sale: Pre-Camp Meeting Case Food and Book Sale
    May 10 – 31, 2020

Impact Your Health — On Hold! It was originally scheduled to be held at Portland Adventist Academy campus this year, but due to the Coronavirus it has now been placed on hold. If you were a volunteer, watch for the new dates to be posted. We will need you then!

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

August 21-23: Motorcycle Camp Meeting 2020.
Mark your calendars with the dates for this year’s Motorcycle Camp Meeting, August 21-23, at Gladstone Park Conference Center in Gladstone, Oregon! This year’s speaker will be Tim Journey, pastor of the Boulder City, Nevada Adventist church. Camping/RV parking will be available on the property. Watch for more details!
Event Location: Gladstone Park Conference Center.

September 11 – 13, 2020: New Dates for Men’s Summit.
This is a personal invitation to all males to attend the Oregon Men’s Summit at beautiful Dorena Lake. The guest speakers will be Gary and Zach Parks.  The summit is on September 11 through September 13 at the Grove Christian Camp, sitting on the Row River just south of Eugene. A team of guys from all over the Oregon Conference that are hard at work to make this the best Men’s Summit ever, with activities and events in the works to include: Excavating into the Bible, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, learning No-Spin Knife-Throwing, Survival Skills (both spiritually and worldly), Birding, Photography, Archery, Active Shooter Drills, Music, Campfires. Unled activities available: Mountain Biking, Gold Mines, Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Hiking, Quads/Motorcycles!
REGISTER NOW
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS is still operating as normal with social distancing and social responsibility. If you know people who are in need of food let them know the information below:

PACS COVID-19 Update
Please keep PACS in your prayers. The need for our Drive-thru Food Pantry is increasing everyday and without our Thrift Store income we are struggling to stay operational. Thank you to everyone who has supported us thus far through financial giving and volunteering. If you are able to help us during this time you can text “PACS Family” to 44-321, donate online at ww.pacsonline.org/donate, or mail in your gift (11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220).

If you have any 12 count empty egg cartons PACS would love to take them off your hands! As one of our food pantry items we give out eggs and some cartons are broken or an egg has cracked. Please drop them off to a PACS staff or volunteer Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued support as we invest in the families in our community.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next four Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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May 9 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

The kids and I had been in meetings and classes all morning long. My meeting ended and they had a little break from their e-learning. We decided that we were going to take a walk to the park about a mile from our house. The boys asked if they could bring the basketball and right away I knew what I had to do. I started preparing myself mentally because the day before Mom had jumped in to play in a 3 on 3 basketball game with them. They had absolutely LOVED IT! Elizabeth could not come with us on this walk because she had her daily
12:00 pm session to run. If there was a 3 on 3 basketball game to be played I would have to be in it.

We got to the park and started to warm up. We played a couple of games of “Gotcha” (AKA “Knockout”) which is an individual game for groups. Once we did that a couple of times we separated into teams and started the 3 on 3. An hour later, I was sweating like crazy and exhausted, but my team had won and we all had a grand time. The kids of course absolutely loved the fact that Dad could play with them and said it was a lot harder playing against Dad than Mom.  There is a lot of things that have changed during this pandemic, but not all of them have been negatives. The fact that I could take time in the middle of the day when my kids and I were both needing a break to have this experience together was priceless. As we ate lunch they were sharing all the details of the game with Mom.

It was also an experience that would not have occurred under normal circumstances. They would have been in school (and I might have been there too) but we would all be following the scheduled events and interacting with other students. If they were out of school, my meeting would have still taken place and would have required me to be away from home. There are new opportunities all around us that can be for our good and to our advantage. The Bible reminds us that, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28, New International Version). What good does God want to bring out of this situation for you and your loved ones? I challenge you today to think about what you can do with your family (and/ or church family/ neighbors) that will be meaningful to all involved. Take the time to look at the positives and good that can come out of this time where things are so different. Make a difference and create memories with those around you.

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 to Elise Holcombe, Marlane Heiser, Shannon Schneider, and Lauren Gregory for doing such a great job in creating children’s Sabbath School videos. Thank you to all of you for your time and creativity!

Another shout out to our dear Pastor Dave! Check out the work happening in this picture! Thank you, Pastor Dave, from your friends at CherryWood!!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all services and meetings at the church have been canceled until further notice. Stay connected! Check out our Facebook page and website. If you are not receiving our emails, please forward your email address to info@SunnysideAdventist.org, so we can keep you informed of our activities.

This Weekend

Welcome to our worship service via streaming video at
11:15
am. Pastor Mark Witas and Andre Wang will present our Bible message titled “Inspired and Alive.”

Announcements

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, virtual Bible study and prayer. You may connect by going to Sunnyside’s page on Facebook, or go to our website, www.SunnysideAdventist.org, and click on “Live Stream” then “You Tube Channel” on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.

Student Aid applications – DEADLINE COMING UP!  If you are in need of financial aid to attend one of our schools, please fill out an application. It can be emailed to you. Please contact Rosie at info@sunnysideAdventist.org or call 503-252-8080, for the application to be sent to you. Applications are due in the office not later than May 15. You may email, mail, or drop your completed application at the church office for processing.

The pastors have been posting weekly messages on Sunnyside’s Facebook page. We have now uploaded these messages to YouTube. If you do not have Facebook, you can view these messages via YouTube.

Get your Sabbath School quarterly at https://absg.adventist.org/next-quarter#lessons, or call the office to get a printed copy.

Directory Update — We are missing many photos! We would love to have your photo in our directory. If you haven’t given us one, please upload a photo through your Elexio app or send a snapshot to info@SunnysideAdventist.org. If you can’t email it, mail it, we’ll scan it, and return it to you. It does not have to be one that is professionally taken. We just want to be able to identify you with a photo! Thank you for your help with this.

During this difficult time, if you are in need of financial help for rent, utilities, or other needs, the Family Resource Network stands by to help. Or if you know of a fellow church member that may need help and is hesitant to ask, let us know. Call the church office at 503-252-8080 or send an email to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Adventist Education

This is Teacher Appreciation Week! Teachers already work so hard and are incredibly adaptive and creative, but this distance-learning has revealed their talent on a whole new level. Teachers are pillars in our communities. And in our system, they are spiritual pillars holding up what can feel like a crumbling house to some families. Please reach out to any Oregon Conference teacher you know this week. Share your sincere thanks for their hard work and take that moment to pray with them, too.

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org

May 11, 6:30 pm — Parent Workshop: Helping Your Teen Navigate a Spiritual Path
Parents of teens (or soon to be teens) are invited to join in a free Parent Workshop with Pastor Jonny Moor on May 11! Pastor Jonny has recently finished a special project helping 100 Portland Adventist Academy students discover meaningful and personal spiritual practices. He’s excited to share this project with parents, teachers, and youth pastors during a live, online Parent Workshop on May 11, 6:30 pm. The event is free but you have to register HERE or at www.paasda.org.

PAA/PUA Virtual Alumni Gathering
Portland Adventist Academy and Portland Union Academy former students, graduates, and teachers are gathering online in a private alumni group (HERE) to share personal updates, connect with long lost friends and teachers, post favorite PUA / PAA photos and favorite memories. To join, search “Portland Adventist Academy Alumni” on Facebook or use this URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PAA1910/.

Area Events and Announcements

ABC Notice: Good News! Your ABC has returned to normal hours of operation!

  • In-store shopping is now available — use of face masks recommended.
  • Shopping guidelines are posted and protective measures implemented.
  • Disruptions are anticipated in the delivery of some food products, and some shortages may occur.
  • For those preferring it, pre-order/”drive through” pickup services will be available throughout the month of May.
  • Check out our latest sale: Pre-Camp Meeting Case Food and Book Sale
    May 10 – 31, 2020

Impact Your Health — On Hold! It was originally scheduled to be held at Portland Adventist Academy campus this year, but due to the Coronavirus it has now been placed on hold. If you were a volunteer, watch for the new dates to be posted. We will need you then!

Oregon Conference Planned Giving and Trust Services.
One of the benefits offered through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department of the Oregon Conference is tax savings. Did you know that you can give all, or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA for your tithe and offerings, and not have to pay taxes on those funds? In the same way, you can give stocks directly through the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department as a donation, and avoid capital gains tax. Find out how it works by contacting Leslie Caims at the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department at 503-850-3570, or see us online at oregonadventist.org. We are here to help you provide for those you love, and also support God’s cause in the Oregon Conference.

May 29-31: Men’s Summit. POSTPONED.

Gladstone Camp Meeting 2020 is going virtual! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised all kinds of questions about when large groups will be able to meet, or even whether people will be ready for that. In spite of the uncertainty, the spiritual food and camaraderie, the tradition of camp meeting is still important. So while we won’t be meeting in person at Gladstone, we’re already planning an interactive online experience that will encourage and connect us. What does Virtual mean? Programming will be accessible from your desktop, your tablet, or your cell phone. If groups are able to gather by then, churches can even host viewing parties! It all is still happening in July, with programming for all ages, including José Rojas as our featured speaker! We hope you’ll plan to join us for a new way of doing camp meeting. Watch the Oregon Conference website, Facebook, and publications for more details as we get closer to Gladstone Virtual Camp Meeting 2020.

 

August 21-23: Motorcycle Camp Meeting 2020.
Mark your calendars with the dates for this year’s Motorcycle Camp Meeting, August 21-23, at Gladstone Park Conference Center in Gladstone, Oregon! This year’s speaker will be Tim Journey, pastor of the Boulder City, Nevada Adventist church. Camping/RV parking will be available on the property. Watch for more details!
Event Location: Gladstone Park Conference Center.

PACS NEWS: (Portland Adventist Community Service)

PACS is still operating as normal with social distancing and social responsibility. If you know people who are in need of food let them know the information below:

PACS COVID-19 Update

Please keep PACS in your prayers. The need for our Drive-thru Food Pantry is increasing everyday and without our Thrift Store income we are struggling to stay operational. Thank you to everyone who has supported us thus far through financial giving and volunteering. If you are able to help us during this time you can text “PACS Family” to 44-321, donate online at ww.pacsonline.org/donate, or mail in your gift (11020 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97220).

If you have any 12 count empty egg cartons PACS would love to take them off your hands! As one of our food pantry items we give out eggs and some cartons are broken or an egg has cracked. Please drop them off to a PACS staff or volunteer Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued support as we invest in the families in our community.

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ALL SERVICES AND MEETINGS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

From an abundance of caution and in consultation with Adventist Health and the Oregon Conference Office and in cooperation with the Governor of the State of Oregon, the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church will not be holding public gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes all committee meetings and group Bible studies.

The pastoral staff and administration of Sunnyside realize that many of our members fit the demographic of at-risk people in regards to COVID-19. Because of this, we believe the most loving thing to do is cancel services for now.

We encourage all our Sunnyside members to take advantage of this time to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Call friends that you know will miss our weekly fellowship the most. Enjoy Sabbath family time. And wash your hands!

Since we will not be collecting offerings for the next four Sabbaths, please remember your local church by giving online (click on our website link), drop your gifts in the door box at Rosie’s office, or send your gifts through the mail, marking your intent for each gift clearly.

Pastors and Rosie will still be on the clock and available via phone or email for appointments and visitation.

Please share word of this with all the folks you may know that do not frequent social media, have access to email or have limited communication in other ways.

Please join us each Sabbath on Live Stream for services. Watch for email and social media updates on what services Sunnyside will have to offer. These are uncharted waters for Sunnyside Church and the Oregon Conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we attempt to navigate well.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46

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