April 30 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

I’m so thankful for the dozens of people that invest their time and energy into the Sunnyside community each week.  This week alone, Tom and Dean spent hours making sure our kitchen is safer and more accessible.  Gene and Judy spent hours setting up tables and preparing space for tonight’s event. A team of deaconesses has ben preparing food for over 200 people. Kathy and Konnie spent all day at the church preparing beautiful table coverings for future events. Organists and other musicians have spent hours rehearsing. Children’s ministries volunteers have developed programming for our Pathfinders, Adventurers and Sabbath Schools.  Everywhere one turns, people who care about the Sunnyside community are investing their lives in making it great!  Every time I see it, my heart overflows with gratitude.

Over the past year or so, Sunnyside has been developing our 2020 Vision priorities.  One of the top seven (of more than 50) is, “Children’s Ministries is thriving and well-supported.”  We have been privileged to have top-flight kids’ ministries over the past decade at Sunnyside and we look forward to many more years of life-changing ministry to our children. We have some of the most dedicated, caring people involved in our children’s ministries. Yet if our vision for the future is to become a reality, the Lord will call more people into service with our Kid’s Ministry team. Some events like Vacation Bible School or community outreach events are shorter-term commitments. Sabbath School is for a bit longer term. All of our volunteers work together to inspire our kids to love Jesus more.

If you’d like to invest your energy and skills into our community, I’d love to talk with you. Whether it be in KidMin or in personal ministries, technology support or kitchen support, there is a place for every person to make a difference.

God is calling us to a journey of transformation that will have an impact on our community, both inside and outside the walls of Sunnyside. As we each do our part in the family of God, the Lord will bless the journey.

I’m looking forward to serving with each of you as we discover how God will direct the future.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell  will present the Bible message entitled “Transformed Life: Peace Makers.”

This afternoon join us for a review of the Ethiopia Mission at 5:00 pm, in the Columbia Room.

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 1, 4:00 pm the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Spring Concert to be held in conjunction with its first annual fundraiser – a silent auction to take place following the concert with previews before the concert and during intermission. A preview of auction items and information on donating will also be posted to our website.  Please visit our Facebook page and invite your friends to “like us!” http://www.SunnysideSymphony.org;https: /www.facebook.com/sunnysidesymphony/
Event Location: Sunnyside Church.

Church Announcements 

Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of… 

Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him Sunday, May 22, 10:30 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

Robert Hillberg who passed away April 6. A memorial service will be conducted for him Monday, May 9, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

May First Friday will be held on May 6 from 7:158:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of the Adventist Medical Center. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship. The May First Friday launches soup and supper dinner. First Friday attendees can come early and have dinner on us from 5:30-6:30 pm. Registration is required; please register each individual separately at https://goo.gl/SeuCEZ Our spiritual focus will feature praise and worship by Holy Hypertribe from City Sanctuary Church and an inspirational thought from Nelson of the Fish 104.1 morning show. We really hope you will be able to join us. Flyers are available on the Narthex table.

All About Jesus revival series with Lee Venden will be here May 13-21. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper available for purchase on weeknights beginning at 5:30 pm (complimentary on Fridays) and meetings at 6:30 pm. Please check our website, http://www.SunnysideAdventist.org, for more details on food and presentations. Sabbath the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this series, it is our prayer that you will come to see Jesus in a whole new light, and that fresh glimpse of Him will move you beyond religious theory into a deeper walk with God.

ReNew Sunnyside is quickly making a difference throughout our facility. It is time once again to do a carpet pull! We need volunteers to help pull carpet on May 15,10 am–noon and May 22, 2–4 pm. If you can help, please contact Carl Haggerty 917-374-6453.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.

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SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
May 21, 7:00 pm: PASSO Concert (Portland Adventist String Orchestra)
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
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Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
Story:
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
http://paasda.org/news/anatomy-class-impresses-professional-program-professor/
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
http://paasda.org/news/basketball-season-spiritual-treasures/

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

The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency is scheduled for May, 16, 2016, 7:00 pm. in the PAES Gymnasium. The agenda is a follows: (1) Worship/Prayer (2) Minutes for May 2015 meeting (3) Finance Report/ Budget 2016-2017 (4) Administrative Report (5) Dreams for our School (6) Closing Prayer.

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

April 17-May 8: ABC Vegetarian Food and Book Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s vegetarian food and book sale is featuring some exceptional super specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center. 

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com  Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake, and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/ couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

May 15, 10 am-5 pm: Pathfinder Fair.
The Oregon Conference Pathfinder Fair is an annual end-of-the-Pathfinder-year event. Pathfinders gather from around the Conference to share their accomplishments. The opening ceremony starts with a parade followed by a day filled with activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and good food. Closing prayer concludes the day.
Event Location: Oregon State Fair Expo Center, Salem, Oregon.

May 21, 7:00 pm: Multicultural Benefit Vespers with Esther Nakashima.
Join Esther Nakashima & friends for a wonderful evening of culture and music. A love offering will be taken to benefit the Nakashima family’s school in the Philippines. Invite a friend!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

August 26-28, 2016: Impact Your Health Portland 2016.
A free medical, dental, and vision clinic weekend. You can volunteer for this event by visiting www.AmenSDA.org/mission/info/Portland-OR. Needed volunteers include physicians, nurses, EMTs, lifestyle counselors, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, translators, greeters, registration clerks, barbers/hair stylists, massage therapists, food coordinators, security, and prayer warriors. Contact Jenny Jin at jenny@JinFamily.com or 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at PeopleMinistries@gmail.com or 971-803-2337. This special event is being sponsored by Adventist Medical Evangelism Network – AMEN.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy Gym.

Job Opportunity:
Now hiring! PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Please send resume to paul.cole@pacsonline.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

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April 23 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

Sunnyside is a church community on mission. It’s easy to see when we send small teams of people across the world to serve the needs of the third world for two or three weeks.  It’s less obvious when a small group faithfully prepares meals week in and week out for hungry and overburdened college students.  Or when one or two people spend countless volunteer hours setting up chairs and tables for the endless study groups, ministry teams, and committees that happen in the life of Sunnyside.

This past week, our church board took a major concrete step toward more effective mission and ministry in our local community.  On August 26, 2016, the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network will set up shop at Portland Adventist Academy to provide free dental and vision care to the underprivileged of Portland.  Last Wednesday, Sunnyside officially signed on as a sponsor for the event.  We will partner with Adventist Medical Center and many Adventist churches in Portland to bring this vital service to our neighbors. In addition to committing local mission funding to this event, we took on the task of recruiting many volunteers to help make the weekend a success.  Before long, you’ll hear much more about the details of this event.  But for now, I affirm our board for taking the call of missions seriously and taking concrete steps to reach our neighborhood.  We fully intend that this will be the beginning of a fruitful relationship with AMC as we partner in various ways to bring hope and healing to Southeast Portland.

It is the fulfillment of our mission to inspire a community toward a life transformed by Jesus. And it’s one aspect of the vision we have identified to “be connected with our surrounding community.”  Wherever He went, Jesus had a reputation as one who would bring healing and hope to everyone He met.  May we develop the same reputation in this community.  Plan now to volunteer on August 26 and 28 as we work together to bring healing to our neighbors.

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell  will present the Bible message entitled “Transformed Life: Unspeakable Joy.”

A “Sunnyside Spiritual Staycation” featuring inspirational speakers from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith beginning Friday evening at 7:00, and continuing this afternoon at 1:00 pm. We will also meet Sunday 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, with a brunch potluck. Everyone is welcome. It is reported, “this insight made scripture jump off the page and settle into my heart.” Come, enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

Church Announcements 

Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of… 

Margie Whitmore who passed away March 30. A memorial service will be conducted for her this Sabbath, April 23, 2:00 pm, at CherryWood Gabriel Chapel.

Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him Sunday, May 22, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

Robert Hillberg who passed away April 6. A memorial service will be conducted for him Monday, May 9, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

A “Sunnyside Spiritual Staycation” is coming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 22-24, for both men and women, to be held in the fellowship hall, sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Join us for programming from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith to enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

Seder1April 29, 6:00 pm: Join the Sunnyside Family for our Passover Seder event. In the hours before He died, Jesus led a Passover Seder with His disciples. Come and experience the Seder together to gain deeper insight into the Last Supper and our present-day communion service. Free tickets required. SunnysideAdventist.org/tickets.

Ethiopia Mission Review will be presented April 30, 5:00 pm, in the Sanctuary. Come and hear an exciting report of all the happenings on the recent mission trip.

ReNew Sunnyside is quickly making a difference throughout our facility. It is time once again to do a carpet pull! We need volunteers to help pull carpet on May 1 and May 15, from 10 am–noon. If you can help, please contact Carl Haggerty at 917-374-6453.

Lee Venden will be here May 13-21, presenting an All About Jesus Revival Seminar. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper beginning at 5:30 pm; meetings at 6:30. Sabbath, the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this seminar, it is our prayer that you will come to see Jesus in a whole new light, and that fresh glimpse of Him will move you beyond religious theory into a deeper walk with God.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.

Update: As many of your know the Family Resource Network has been assisting Alex Buchanan with his recovery from the bicycle accident which left him paralyzed. Alex has been working hard to regain his motor skills. Some of his accomplishments include:

  • An increase range of motion in the hamstrings and ankles
  • Significant increases in shoulder structural integrity allowing him to sit independently with arms extended behind him
  • Increased function of his core – he can maintain balance for 15 seconds
  • Increased shoulder strength and endurance that enables him to lie on his stomach propped up on his elbows for an extended amount of time
  • Significant reduction in blood pressure issues

We are proud of Alex and his progress and we pray for God’s continued blessing as he continues to regain strength and motion.

______________________________________________________

SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
April 23, 6:00 pm: Passover Seder
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
May 21, 7:00 pm: PASSO Concert (Portland Adventist String Orchestra)
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
______________________________________________________

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
Story:
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
http://paasda.org/news/anatomy-class-impresses-professional-program-professor/
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
http://paasda.org/news/basketball-season-spiritual-treasures/


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

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

April 17-May 8: ABC Vegetarian Food and Book Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s vegetarian food and book sale is featuring some exceptional super specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center. 

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features
Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

April 30, 2:00 pm : Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes
Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes is a presentation by A Sure Harvest Ministries – one of the very few Adventist ministries that are sharing the gospel with Muslims around the world. You are invited to the seminar that will equip attendees for reaching out to Muslims, helping to fulfill the gospel commission. Presenter pastor Gerald Babanezhad, coordinator of Muslim outreach at the Pacific Union Conference, will share the historical setting and perspective of Islam, the role of Adventist church in sharing the Three Angels’ Messages with Muslims, Muslims’ understanding of Seventh-day Adventists, testimonies, and much more followed by Q&A time.
Event Location: Hood View Church.

May 1, 4:00 pm: The Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Spring Concert to be held in conjunction with its first annual fundraiser – a silent auction to take place following the concert with previews before the concert and during intermission. A preview of auction items and information on donating will also be posted to our website.  Please visit our Facebook page and invite your friends to “like us!” http://www.SunnysideSymphony.org; https://www.facebook.com/sunnysidesymphony/
Event Location: Sunnyside Church.

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 6, 7:15 pm:  First Friday.
The May First Friday will feature praise and worship by Holy Hypertribe from City Sanctuary Church, and an inspirational thought from Nelson of the Fish 104.1 morning show. We really hope you will be able to join us. This is a free event.
Event Location: AMC Amphitheater.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com  Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake, and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/ couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

August 26-28, 2016: Impact Your Health Portland 2016.
A free medical, dental, and vision clinic weekend. You can volunteer for this event by visiting www.AmenSDA.org/mission/info/Portland-OR. Needed volunteers include physicians, nurses, EMTs, lifestyle counselors, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, translators, greeters, registration clerks, barbers/hair stylists, massage therapists, food coordinators, security, and prayer warriors. Contact Jenny Jin at jenny@JinFamily.com or 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at PeopleMinistries@gmail.com or 971-803-2337. This special event is being sponsored by Adventist Medical Evangelism Network – AMEN.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy Gym.


Housing Need:
La Sierra University pre-med student needs housing from June 15-August 19. She will be taking an MCAT Prep course at Portland State University and will be studying in her free time and be very quiet. (MCAT is the medical school entrance exam). She is willing to pay rent. If you have an extra room in your home that you would be willing to rent out for two months, please contact Hannah Garza at 979-492-0815 or hannamgarza@gmail.com.”

Job Opportunity:
Now hiring! PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Please send resume to paul.cole@pacsonline.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

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April 16 Communiqué

Don’t miss other Announcements  &  Week At a Glance in the Church Bulletin (Click here)

Dear Church Family,

This past week I was blessed to share in FaithLift’s study of Colossians. There Paul concludes his letter with the counsel to “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Col 4:6). It is quite amazing how much counsel the Bible has in regards to our words – both Old Testament and New. Proverbs states the case in no uncertain terms: “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). And it made me pause and consider, how much life is imparted by my words? And sadly, how often do my words fail to impart life?

I personally found Paul’s analogy of salt as a seasoning in regards to my conversation, as both challenging and beautiful. Salt can be used in many ways; in larger doses it can be both a preserving agent and antiseptic. But when used as a seasoning, it enhances flavors already present. In fact, if you try to add more and more salt in order to combat unwanted flavors, the results are unpalatable! Salt as a seasoning can only enhance flavors already present and it must be used carefully.

I know that the people who have had the greatest impact in my life, are those that used their words to lift me up, affirming God’s work in my life, celebrating the good. And I am challenged to do the same. In a world where criticism often takes sway, may our words highlight God’s active presence in people’s lives, lifting them up, affirming the good, conversation full of grace, seasoned with salt.

Looking forward to worshipping with you tomorrow,

Pastor Kara

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell  will present the Bible message entitled “Transformed Life: Love For No Reason.”

Encounters With God, this afternoon at 5:00 pm, features Eileen Robinson.

Church Announcements 

Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of… 

Pastor Shirley Allen whose father in South Africa passed away last week.

Margie Whitmore who passed away March 30. A memorial service will be conducted for her Sabbath, April 23, 2:00 pm, at CherryWood Gabriel Chapel.

Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him Sunday, May 22, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

Robert Hillberg who passed away April 6. A memorial service will be conducted for him Monday, May 9, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

A “Sunnyside Spiritual Staycation” is coming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 22-24, for both men and women, to be held in the fellowship hall, sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Join us for programming from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith to enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

Seder1April 29, 6:00 pm: Join the Sunnyside Family for our Passover seder event. In the hours before He died, Jesus led a Passover seder with His disciples. Come and experience the seder together to gain deeper insight into the Last Supper and our present-day communion service. Free tickets required. SunnysideAdventist.org/tickets.

Lee Venden will be here May 13-21, presenting an All About Jesus Revival Seminar. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper beginning at 5:30 pm; meetings at 6:30. Sabbath, the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this seminar, it is our prayer that you will come to see Jesus in a whole new light, and that fresh glimpse of Him will move you beyond religious theory into a deeper walk with God.

There are a few devotional books that were ordered at the beginning of the year that have not yet been picked up. If you ordered a book and did not receive it, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.1.

______________________________________________________

SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
April 23, 6:00 pm: Passover Seder
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
______________________________________________________

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
Story:
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
http://paasda.org/news/anatomy-class-impresses-professional-program-professor/
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
http://paasda.org/news/basketball-season-spiritual-treasures/


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

Robotics Team

Congratulations to Kort Petersen and the PAES Panther Robotics-First Lego League team! They performed very well at the North Pacific Union Conference sponsored North Pacific Regional Adventist Robotic League Challenge at Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place this last weekend, April 10th. The PAES Panthers Robotic Team qualified and were invited to the North American Division Championship Tournament at Sacramento Adventist Academy on May 1, 2016. Wish us well! Francie and Russ Davidson, and Frank Jin (Korean SDA Church) are coaches of the PAES Panther Robotics-First Lego League team.

PAES would like to invite all church members to attend our Open House on Thursday April 21 from 5-7:30 pm:
5-6:30 Veggie Burger dinner with chips and drink, $5 in the gym
5-7:30 Scholastic Book Fair
5:30-7 K-8 classrooms open
6-7 Preschool open
6-7 Middle Wing Robotics room open
Come and bring the whole family and friends for a great evening of fellowship!

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

April 16, 3:00–6:00 pm: Addiction Recovery Ministries’ Spring Meeting.
Hear about lives being changed and even a baptism that came from an addiction recovery group! Resources featured at this meeting will be Cheri Peters’ True Step material (including a sampling of her video clips), and the Unhooked video series. A light supper will be served.
Event Location: Oregon Conference Office, Gladstone.

April 17-May 8: ABC Vegetarian Food and Book Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s vegetarian food and book sale is featuring some exceptional super specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center. 

April 18, 6:30 pm: Vegan Cooking Class.
Entrée dishes and salads will be served as a meal, followed with a demonstration.
Event Location: Beaverton Church Fellowship Hall.

April 22, 6:30 pm and April 23, 4:00 pm: God Against Cancer:
Join the Hillsboro Church for prayer to ask the Lord for healing and prevention from the horrible disease of cancer. Can’t join in person? Join us live online at: HillsboroSDAstream.yourstreamlive.com.

On Saturday, April 23rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm:  Health Fair. Learn what you can do in your own life to help fight cancer.
Event Location: Hillsboro Church.

April 21-24: NW ASI Annual Retreat and Conference.
Featured speakers include James Rafferty of Light Bearers, Dr. Rick Westermeyer, Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and many more! For more information about ASI or to register for the convention, please call the North Pacific Union Conference at 360-857-7000, email northwestasi@gmail.com or visit http://asinw.netasi.org.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features
Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com  Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake, and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/ couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

August 26-28, 2016: Impact Your Health Portland 2016.
A free medical, dental, and vision clinic weekend. You can volunteer for this event by visiting www.AmenSDA.org/mission/info/Portland-OR. Needed volunteers include physicians, nurses, EMTs, lifestyle counselors, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, translators, greeters, registration clerks, barbers/hair stylists, massage therapists, food coordinators, security, and prayer warriors. Contact Jenny Jin at jenny@JinFamily.com or 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at PeopleMinistries@gmail.com or 971-803-2337. This special event is being sponsored by Adventist Medical Evangelism Network – AMEN.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy Gym.


Housing Need:
La Sierra University pre-med student needs housing from June 15-August 19. She will be taking an MCAT Prep course at Portland State University and will be studying in her free time and be very quiet. (MCAT is the medical school entrance exam). She is willing to pay rent. If you have an extra room in your home that you would be willing to rent out for two months, please contact Hannah Garza at 979-492-0815 or hannamgarza@gmail.com.”

Job Opportunity:
Now hiring! PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Please send resume to paul.cole@pacsonline.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

 

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April 9 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

It seems like forever since I last wrote a message to the church. Since you’ve last heard from me, I’ve been blessed to travel with 30-something people to Ethiopia to connect with local Adventists and inspire the community of faith. For two weeks, we experienced a flurry of activity as Sunnysiders (and friends) served in medical clinics, oversaw construction, taught sewing, and played with local children. We saw hippos, ostriches and museums. We experienced health and illness, joy and heartache, energy and exhaustion. As with most any mission experience, it didn’t go as planned. And yet we saw God at work. When the rain fell so loudly on the church’s metal roof that preaching was impossible, God was still at work as we sang and prayed at the top of our lungs. When the crowds pressed in at the clinic doors demanding to be seen, God was at work to help calmer spirits prevail and allow the sickest to get through. When missionaries were pressed at every side by children expecting a gift, God was at work to share the stories of His presence. Too many things happened to recount them all. But there is one enduring truth: In every circumstance, God was at work. I’m thankful for the moments of intense mission focus because it reminds us what Scripture consistently teaches: God is consistently at work on this planet for the redemption of humanity. It’s a message that rang true for two weeks in Ethiopia and it’s a message the rings true in Portland today. God invites us to be on mission for Him wherever we are. He invites us to participate in His effort to redeem humanity. I’m glad to be a part of the Sunnyside family where we accept the call to make a difference in other parts of the world, and right here at home.

I’ll be excited to share in worship with many of you tomorrow at Sunnyside. Tomorrow, we begin a sermon series entitled, “The Transformed Life.” Over the coming weeks, we will be delving into the teachings of Scripture to understand God’s plan for changing the lives of human beings. I heard someone say this week, “God loves you just the way you are, and He doesn’t want to leave you that way.” In the coming weeks, we will explore the transformation in the lives of believers and seek to understand God’s plan for us and our community. I hope to see you tomorrow to begin the journey.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 amPastor Jonathan Russell will present the Bible message entitled “The Transformed Life: Life in the Spirit.”

Encounters With God is this afternoon at 5:00 pm. Warren Rushold, will present “You Can’t Go Home – Why Not?”

Church Announcements 

Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of…

Margie Whitmore who passed away March 30. A memorial service will be conducted for her April 23, 2:00 pm, at CherryWood Gabriel Chapel.

Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him May 22, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

The Landscape Committee is soliciting your assistance. They need more help in keeping our grounds looking good. There is a lot of ground to care for, and the weeds just keeping growing! If you can help, please call Shirley Schoepflin at 503-740-7567. 

Seniors: Tuesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 14, we’re planning a day trip to the tulip gardens sponsored by Sunnyside Senior Ministries. We will use the church bus. If you would like to go, please RSVP to 503-252-8080.

A “Sunnyside Spiritual Staycation” is coming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 22-24, for both men and women, to be held in the fellowship hall, sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Join us for programming from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith to enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

April 29 is the date to learn more about the Passover Seder. This family-friendly event will help us more fully understand the Lord’s Supper. Come prepared to receive a very special blessing as you remember the freedom of the Israelites. Free tickets available at SunnysideAdventist.org/tickets. More details to follow.

Lee Venden will be here May 13-21, presenting an All About Jesus Revival Seminar. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper beginning at 5:30 pm, and meetings at 6:30. Sabbath, the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this seminar, it is our prayer that you will come to see Jesus in a whole new light, and that fresh glimpse of Him will move you beyond religious theory into a deeper walk with God.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.1.

______________________________________________________

SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
______________________________________________________

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
Story:
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
http://paasda.org/news/anatomy-class-impresses-professional-program-professor/
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
http://paasda.org/news/basketball-season-spiritual-treasures/


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

Rivergate Adventist Elementary
Get ready for some fun and join us at Rivergate’s Big Fat Greek Auction on Sunday evening April 10!  Enjoy a delicious Greek dinner including falafels, hummus and more from The Falafel Chef for only $15 per person, and bid on some great baskets and weekend getaways! Childcare for potty-trained children ages 3 and up is available across the parking lot in the Rivergate gym.

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

April 15-17: Northwest Youth Conference.
We’ll learn from God’s word, praise Him in song, and spend time with Him in prayer. Plan to grow deeper in your walk with God, connect with old friends, and create new friends! See www.nwyc.org for more details and to register.
Event Location: Stateline Church, Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

April 21-24: NW ASI Annual Retreat and Conference.
Featured speakers include James Rafferty of Light Bearers, Dr. Rick Westermeyer, Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and many more! For more information about ASI or to register for the convention, please call the North Pacific Union Conference at 360-857-7000, email northwestasi@gmail.com or visit http://asinw.netasi.org.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com  Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference has two job openings. They are hiring an administrative assistant for the Adventist Risk Management Department; and another one for the Youth Ministries Department. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

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April 2 Communiqué

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Dear Church family & friends,

 Our Church exists for those who are not yet followers of Jesus. That’s it. That is why we go on. That is why we exist. This spring Sunnyside saw a number of missionary teams go across the globe, each with the intent of spreading the Gospel and seeing people give their hearts over to Jesus. With teams travelling to Romania, Ethiopia, and even Los Angeles the gospel ministry was furthered. However, while all this is exciting and even beneficial we must never forget that our mission must not be only global but more significantly it must always be local. Let us not overlook the importance, even the commandment, to spread the love of God right here in our local community, in the city of Portland.

In the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus spoke to His disciples saying “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Sometimes I am convinced we have this equation backwards and moreover, even unfinished. Assuming that our local regions have been saturated with the Gospel, we start with the farthest realms and slowly work our way to the inside, rather than starting with the inner communities and working our way out. As you can imagine, this type of evangelism is contradicting the commandment and hindering its effectiveness. But when the Gospel’s starting point is in our municipality, our very own city of Portland, a phenomenal exchange happens. As we begin to witness to others “in” here, and see people encounter Jesus in Portland, we gain the momentum to witness to others out there, to the ends of the earth.

Yes, may Sunnyside be ever so a missional community, but may our mission never lose sight of the right equation and proper vision. If we are faithful in the small things, He will enable us to be faithful in the bigger things. Jesus said, “whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Therefore, if Sunnyside is faithful right here in Portland, we will also be faithful to the ends of the earth – by the grace of Jesus.

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Colby

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 amPastor Colby Maier will present the Bible message entitled “Who’s Got Your Back?

Immediately following our second service we will enjoy our monthly fellowship potluck. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.

Join us tomorrow, Sunday, April 3, 2:00 pm, in the fellowship hall to learn about wills, trusts, and advance health directives with guest speaker Gary Parks, planned giving consultant from the Trust Department of the Oregon Conference. This is sponsored by Senior Ministries, and everyone is welcome. Adult children may want to attend with their parents to get information and ask questions as they plan for the future.

Church Announcements 

The Landscape Committee is soliciting your assistance. They need more help in keeping our grounds looking good. There is a lot of ground to care for, and the weeds just keeping growing! If you can help, please call Shirley Schoepflin at 503-740-7567.

 Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus 22nd Annual Festival Concert – 5:00 pm, Sabbath, April 9, at the Adventist Community Church in Vancouver. Free tickets are required, available at www.oamc.org or call 503-970-1693 if you do not have internet access.  Register early as seating is limited.

Seniors, save the date: Tuesday, April 12 or Thursday, April 14! We’re planning a day trip to the tulip gardens sponsored by Senior Ministries. We will use the church bus. More details to follow.

A “Spiritual Retreat” coming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 22-24, for both men and women, to be held in the fellowship hall, sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Join us for programming from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith to enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.1.

Lyle Werner passed away March 22. A memorial service will be conducted at Mt. Tabor Church, this afternoon (April 2) at 3:00.

______________________________________________________

SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
______________________________________________________

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
Story:
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
http://paasda.org/news/anatomy-class-impresses-professional-program-professor/
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
http://paasda.org/news/basketball-season-spiritual-treasures/


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

Rivergate Adventist Elementary
Get ready for some fun and join us at Rivergate’s Big Fat Greek Auction on Sunday evening April 10!  Enjoy a delicious Greek dinner including falafels, hummus and more from The Falafel Chef for only $15 per person, and bid on some great baskets and weekend getaways! Childcare for potty-trained children ages 3 and up is available across the parking lot in the Rivergate gym. Call the Rivergate office before April 1 at
503-656-0544 to arrange for auction and childcare tickets.

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

April 15-17: Northwest Youth Conference.
We’ll learn from God’s word, praise Him in song, and spend time with Him in prayer. Plan to grow deeper in your walk with God, connect with old friends, and create new friends! See www.nwyc.org for more details and to register.
Event Location: Stateline Church, Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

April 21-24: NW ASI Annual Retreat and Conference.
Featured speakers include James Rafferty of Light Bearers, Dr. Rick Westermeyer, Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and many more! For more information about ASI or to register for the convention, please call the North Pacific Union Conference at 360-857-7000, email northwestasi@gmail.com or visit http://asinw.netasi.org.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com  Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference has two job openings. They are hiring an administrative assistant for the Adventist Risk Management Department; and another one for the Youth Ministries Department. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

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March 26 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

In this world we can sometimes feel continually bombarded by difficulty and distress; there are wars and natural disasters, ever increasing crime, family turmoil – hope can sometimes seem as if it is fading, that life is just one series of traumas! When Paul wrote to the Ephesians, they were living in similar difficulties; their city of Ephesus was part of the great Roman Empire and a center for pagan worship. It too was not an easy place to live; their lives were fraught with difficulty. And so Paul prayed that the “eyes of the hearts” would be “enlightened” so that they could see past the present difficulties, to the “hope” – a hope that transcends this world. He assured them that the same power that raised Christ from the dead, defeating the powers of darkness, was available to them if they believed! This Easter, as we remember not only Christ’s death but His resurrection, may we also hold onto the “hope to which He has called us.”

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength which He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that can be invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1:18-21.

We have a very special program tomorrow, praising God for His grace and victory over the enemy. I am looking forward to worshipping with you all.

In Him,

Pastor Kara

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 amPastor Kara Dale will present the Bible message entitled “God’s Oath.

Seminar in the Sanctuary (Sabbath at 10:05 am): In a guest appearance, Pastor Dick Fenn shares in the quarter’s final topic: “Redemption: The Great Controversy Resolved.”

Clyde Nelson is turning 90! There will be an open house in his honor, Sunday, March 27, from 12:30 – 5:00 pm, in the fellowship hall. You are invited to stop by and wish him the best. Cake and punch will be available.

Church Announcements 

First Friday will be held on April 1 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to invite you to come and share. Pleasant Valley Church will be featured, and an inspirational thought from Pastor Bobby McGhee from Worthington, Ohio, will be presented.

Pastor Bobby is sharing in the week of spiritual emphasis at AMC. If you would be interested in hearing his presentations, they will be at 11:15 am, noon, and 12:45 pm, Monday through Thursday, March 28-31, followed with his final presentation for First Friday. If you would like to join in lunch, the cost is $5.

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

Join us Sunday, April 3, 2:00 pm, in the fellowship hall to learn about wills, trusts, and advance health directives with guest speaker Gary Parks, planned giving consultant from the Trust Department of the Oregon Conference. This is sponsored by Senior Ministries, and everyone is welcome. Adult children may want to attend with their parents to get information and ask questions as they plan for the future.

Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus 22nd Annual Festival Concert –
5:00 pm, Sabbath, April 9, at the Adventist Community Church in Vancouver. Free tickets are required, available at www.oamc.org or call 503-970-1693 if you do not have internet access.  Register early as seating is limited.

Seniors, save the date: Tuesday, April 12 or Thursday April 14! We’re planning a day trip to the tulip gardens sponsored by Senior Ministries. We will use the church bus. More details to follow.

A “Spiritual Retreat” coming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 22-24, for both men and women, to be held in the fellowship hall, sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Join us for programming from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith to enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.1.

Paulette Bishop passed away March 17. A memorial service will be conducted at Pleasant Valley Church on March 26, 3:00 pm. Thank you for your prayers and support for Marlynn, Mark, Michel, and the entire Bishop Family.

Lyle Werner passed away March 22. A memorial service will be conducted at Mt. Tabor Church, Sabbath April 2, 3:00 pm.

______________________________________________________
SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS

May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
______________________________________________________

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
Story:
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
http://paasda.org/news/anatomy-class-impresses-professional-program-professor/
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
http://paasda.org/news/basketball-season-spiritual-treasures/


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

Rivergate Adventist Elementary
Get ready for some fun and join us at Rivergate’s Big Fat Greek Auction on Sunday evening April 10!  Enjoy a delicious Greek dinner including falafels, hummus and more from The Falafel Chef for only $15 per person, and bid on some great baskets and weekend getaways! Childcare for potty-trained children ages 3 and up is available across the parking lot in the Rivergate gym. Call the Rivergate office before April 1 at
503-656-0544 to arrange for auction and childcare tickets.

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

April 1-3: Rosario Singles’ Retreat, Anacortes, Washington.
Come and enjoy the beauty of Rosario Beach, enjoy inspiring speakers, listen to amazing music, eat great food, have fun, and be rejuvenated. On Sunday afternoon, choose from whale watching, a jet boat ride through Deception Pass, or a driving/walking tour of the tulip fields in Mount Vernon. Register early for your best choice of lodging and activities. Request your registration packet by emailing RosarioRetreat@gmail.com or calling
360-588-3179. To get future news and updates, send an email to Washington ASAM@gmail.com.

April 1-3: NW Prison Ministries Convention.
The North Pacific Union Conference is hosting a NW Prison Ministries Convention where they will celebrate the miracles happening in the lives of inmates; provide training for new and seasoned volunteers that work both inside and outside prison walls; and inspire and challenge all toward more effective and efficient service. The event will also feature special guest Wintley Phipps. Register at http://bit.ly/1pXyc0v. Contact Chuck Burkeen for more information: Charles.burkeen@oc.npuc.org.
Event Location: Hold Convention Center, Gladstone.

April 21-24: NW ASI Annual Retreat and Conference.
Featured speakers include James Rafferty of Light Bearers, Dr. Rick Westermeyer, Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and many more! For more information about ASI or to register for the convention, please call the North Pacific Union Conference at 360-857-7000, email northwestasi@gmail.com or visit http://asinw.netasi.org.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com  Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference has two job openings. They are hiring an administrative assistant for the Adventist Risk Management Department; and another one Youth Ministries Department. For more information, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home.

 

 

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March 19 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

In this my first communique, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for welcoming me into your lives so warmly. So many people have taken time to say hello, sharing encouragement and acceptance; I have felt beyond blessed! In fact, even as I was quietly sitting in the back, prior to being introduced, people both behind and beside me, took time to make me feel at home in Sunnyside. I want to affirm your warmth and acceptance. What a blessing to belong to such a gracious and warm family.

This past week has been an exciting one for me, as my belongings from Australia arrived! As I enthusiastically unpacked, and each article took its place in my apartment and office, I was struck anew with the power of the familiar, the comfort that one can find in it. Ironically, alongside my unpacking, I have been meditating on the life of Abraham, a man who was called by God, out of the familiar, away from all that was known to him. Hebrews 11 affirms that he left without even knowing where he was going, only that he was following God. This is the challenge of a faith-lived life; trusting God completely. I am looking forward to exploring this calling further with you tomorrow.

While we worship together, two of our mission teams will be living this journey of faith with God in very tangible ways in Ethiopia and Los Angeles. Please keep them in your prayers.

Looking forward to worshipping with you tomorrow,

Pastor Kara

News & Notes

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 amPastor Kara Dale will present the Bible message entitled “Leave and Follow.” 

This evening at 6:00, Sunnyside’s Annual Family Spring Concert will feature music from some of Portland’s finest musicians. Bring your friends and enjoy our Sabbath vespers.

Church Announcements 

Clyde Nelson is turning 90! There will be an open house in his honor, March 27, from 12:30 – 5:00 pm in the fellowship hall. You are invited to stop by and wish him the best. Cake and punch will be available.

Save the dates, April 22, 23, and 24 for a Spiritual Retreat sponsored by Women’s Ministries for both men and women – watch for more to come.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.1.

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SUNNYSIDE UPCOMING EVENTS

March 26, 8:45 & 11:15 am: Easter Services
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
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Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
www.paasda.org/news
Story:
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
http://paasda.org/news/anatomy-class-impresses-professional-program-professor/
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!
http://paasda.org/news/basketball-season-spiritual-treasures/


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

Rivergate Adventist Elementary
Get ready for some fun and join us at Rivergate’s Big Fat Greek Auction on Sunday evening April 10!  Enjoy a delicious Greek dinner including falafels, hummus and more from The Falafel Chef for only $15 per person, and bid on some great baskets and weekend getaways! Childcare for potty-trained children ages 3 and up is available across the parking lot in the Rivergate gym. Call the Rivergate office before April 1 at
503-656-0544 to arrange for auction and childcare tickets.

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

 

March 20, 3:00 pm: Michael Card Live in Concert.
Michael Card will be in concert as a benefit for Livingstone Adventist Academy student scholarships. Tickets are available at livingstoneevents.com or iTickets.com; $20 general admission, $30 floor seating.
Event Location: Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, Salem.

March 20 and May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag of SunCountryGardens.com (via DVD for March 20, and Lynn will be here to present on May 15th). Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

March 25-27: 2016 Oregon Prayer Conference.
This year’s prayer conference will feature Randy Maxwell, author of the book If My People Pray” and five other inspiring books on prayer. His topic is “Unprecedented: Praying for Unprecedented Results.” Breakout presenters include Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and Tony and Sayuri Rodriguez from Grants Pass. For more info call
541-367-4913, or go to http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2016-prayer-retreat

April 1-3: Rosario Singles’ Retreat, Anacortes, Washington.
Come and enjoy the beauty of Rosario Beach, enjoy inspiring speakers, listen to amazing music, eat great food, have fun, and be rejuvenated. On Sunday afternoon, choose from whale watching, a jet boat ride through Deception Pass, or a driving/walking tour of the tulip fields in Mount Vernon. Register early for your best choice of lodging and activities. Request your registration packet by emailing RosarioRetreat@gmail.com or calling 360-588-3179. To get future news and updates, send an email to Washington ASAM@gmail.com.

April 1-3: NW Prison Ministries Convention.
Early registration discount is available until March 6. Go to www.NWPrisonRetreat.eventbrite.com to register. Registration fee assistance is available through the Oregon Conference Prison Ministry Department. Contact Chuck Burkeen at Charles.burkeen@oc.npuc.org for information on how to receive assistance.
Event Location: Hold Convention Center, Gladstone.

April 21-24: NW ASI Annual Retreat and Conference.
Featured speakers include James Rafferty of Light Bearers, Dr. Rick Westermeyer, Oregon Conference VP Dave Allen, and many more! For more information about ASI or to register for the convention, please call the North Pacific Union Conference at 360-857-7000, email northweatasi@gmail.com or visit http://asinw.netasi.org.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond.

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvenit.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

 

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