April 29 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Family,

A faith community is a place where we can experience the life-changing grace of God.  So argues Larry Crabb in his book titled Connecting. As a career psychologist, Dr. Crabb teaches that many things we go to counselors or pastors for could be cared for just as (or more) effectively through meaningful spiritual community with other believers. A healing, helpful community is one in which people experience a taste of Christ’s delight in humanity. “The absolute center of what God does to help us change is to reveal Himself to us. God loves to delight in people.”

So many times in our faith tradition, we’ve focused on what we should do, how we should change, or which rules must be followed. While it’s valuable to be conscientious of what God desires for us, sometimes the focus is all wrong. Throughout the New Testament, we see Bible authors that remind us that change happens, habits are overcome, character grows through the power of the Holy Spirit.  When we take time individually and in community to go deeper in relationship with God, to learn more of His character, to notice what He is doing around us, then God uses that journey to change us into His image.

That’s why I hope you’ll engage with us for the teaching journey called, “Indescribable.” In our worship services, we’ll be focusing on who God is. And I hope you’ll engage in community through small group options and service opportunities.

By God’s grace, we will grow closer together and closer to God as a faith community that brings spiritual healing and vitality.

May God bless each of us as we experience His Sabbath together.

See you tomorrow,

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

SHOUT OUTS

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

Shout out to Dennis and Melissa Gramada and Autumn Stallman for crawling around in the ceiling helping the tech team string cable. Thank you!

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This Weekend
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Life at Sunnyside
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This Weekend

Today, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “Indescribable: Adonai – Lord .”

At 4:00 pm, this afternoon, a memorial service will be conducted for Shannon Goodwin, a former member of Sunnyside.

Church Announcements

Please pray for comfort and peace for the family of . . .
Ellen “Nadine” Jursnick who passed away Monday, April 24. A memorial service is not planned.

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.

Brooke Benfield, organist, and Cameron Herbert, soprano, will be presenting a concert April 30, 4:00 pm, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 SE Market Street. Invite a friend and come enjoy a musical feast. Refreshments following.

Adventurers invite you to their Investiture Sabbath, May 6, 2:00 pm, in the sanctuary. Please come and support our children and learn about what they have been doing.

At 3:30 pm, May 6, Pathfinders invite you to their Investiture, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for your support of our Pathfinders and their leaders.

Sunday, May 7, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will present a concert here at Sunnyside Church.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488.

M&Ms

 

Adventist Education

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

Area Events

Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

April 16– May 7: Adventist Book Center Spring Food and Book Sale.
Download the full flyer here: www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.

May 5, 6: Ladies Road Trip and Spiritual Feast.
Pastor Kara has been asked to be the guest speaker for the Upper Columbia Women’s Conference this year. Some of us are thinking of doing a “Ladies Road Trip” to join her – if you are interested in joining us, register for the event at the link below and let the church office know 502-252-8080. We plan on driving up on Friday, May 5, and staying the night – you will need to organize your own accommodation there.

May 6, 10 am-4 pm: Ladies, treat yourselves to a wonderful Sabbath at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s One-Day Retreat. Our time together will be one of food and fellowship with spiritual nutrition by keynote speaker Kara Johnsson along with a special feature by stained glass instructor Lorrie Kravig. Special music is provided by Alana Alves. Space is limited, so please invite your family and friends to register today. For more information, contact Tamara Terry, (509) 242-0478, tamarat@uccsda.org, or order tickets here. Theme: Unfailing Love.
Event Location: Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane, Washington.

May 5, 7:45 pm: Young Adults Night of Worship.
Pacific NW young adults! This is an excellent opportunity to invite friends and co-workers alike. At NOW, Jesus will be uplifted, all will hear an encouraging word, and we will do our best to make sure everyone feels welcome and connected. If you are a bit more seasoned (older than a young adult) you are invited to pull a group of young adults together and attend with them as a “sponsor.” This is a young adult event and we appreciate your support of this mission. Young adults and sponsors, we will see you there. For more information visit https://vimeo.com/208087854.
Event Location: Holden Center at the Gladstone Park Conference Center grounds.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 5, 7:15: First Friday.
First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The May First Friday service will feature praise and worship by the OHANA Praise Band and an inspirational thought from Maureen ‘Kane. Flyers are available at the Narthex table. Registration for the free May 5 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on April 24, and will run through Wednesday, May 3.  Be sure to reserve your spot!  Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm on Friday,
May 5. Click here for registration link.

May 7, 3:00 pm: Women’s Tea Party.
Please join us in fellowship as we celebrate Alumni Weekend and fundraise for PAA faculty supplies and projects. An afternoon tea service will be served. Please RSVP to Sonia Shim at sshim@paasda.org or 503-806-8947.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy.

May 13, 5:00 pm: Special Mothers’ Day weekend event.
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert. 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.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.

July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

July 22: Singles at Camp Meeting.
There will be a singles potluck after the noon service at Camp Meeting and it will be held under the trees below the Snack Shack. Following the evening meeting, we will have our annual Ice Cream Social at Zull Hull.
Event Location: Oregon Camp Meeting, Gladstone.

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at  https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon

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

Job Opportunities:
Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School, Battle Ground, WA.
Positions currently open:
Administrative Secretary
Teacher Aide
Bus Driver
Please submit resume with three references to Gail Roberts, Office Manager at groberts@mgaes.org, or contact the school at 360-687-5121 for a full job description.

 

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April 22 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

 The tongue has the power of life and death.
Proverbs 18:21

Words. With words, our God spoke this world into existence. With words, He healed both hearts and bodies. He himself is described as The Word. And within the Bible itself we are cautioned again and again to keep a tight rein on our tongue! And yet in day-to-day life, we can forget the power our words have.

I can think back on my life, and many of its turning points have been triggered by words spoken to me; thankfully, positively. I have been blessed by people taking the time to speak words of wisdom, encouragement, and love into my life. Many of these instances would have probably seemed inconsequential to those who spoke them, but to me, they brought life.

Like most people, I have also born the brunt of painful words and it is amazing the power that these negative words can have; even from people we may not know! There was a rhyme that I learned early on:

“Sticks and stones can break my bones,
but words will never hurt me.”

I have not found that quote to be even slightly true. Words have immense power – either for good or evil.

Let us be a community that speaks life; life into people, into situations, and into institutions. A community that chooses not to throw stones. A community that uses words to build up, to edify and to bless.

In Him,

Pastor Kara Johnsson

SHOUT OUTS

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

Shout out to Dianne Glovatsky for all the quiet organizing, and work she does to keep the church functions flowing smoothly. You will find her involved in nearly all projects, making sure they are well organized and staffed appropriately. Thank you, Dianne, for your dedication and constant involvement!

 

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Vespers: “Hands In the Nail Holes.”

Today, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Indescribable.”

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, the Adventist Heritage seminars will continue in the Youth Room.

Church Announcements

Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of . . .

Shannon Goodwin who passed away, March 8. There will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church Sabbath, April 29, 4:00 pm.

George Baehm, one of our former members, passed away April 8, 2017, in Tennessee.

April 23, starting at 9:00 am, ending with lunch, there will be a “Work-Bee” here at Sunnyside Church. We are inviting everyone to come and join in this Spring cleaning inside and out. The more hands we have, the less time it will take! If you want to work outside please bring along gardening tools, i.e., rake, shovel, etc. At 1:00 pm, lunch will be provided for the volunteers.

 Sunnyside’s nominating committee is working on placing volunteers in many areas of service. If you are willing to serve in any area, please let Pastor Jonathan or any of the committee members know: Carl Buchanan, Cheryl Ortner, Jan Clayton, Joanne Dixon, Wilfred Geschke, Olivian Gramada, Dean Browning, Jason Chase, Jenny Dalusong, or Barbara Plubell. Thank you.

 Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support. We do, however, have a critical need that is described below for our refugees. It is more than just monetary, but we do need your help. We also have a request for a sewing machine. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact Marie 503-998-3754.

Jobs – Critical Need of Refugee Families
Who do you know that may have an available entry-level position for male or female? Our refugees need work that does not require them to work on Sabbath. Paul Makoko, a former immigrant from Africa, who is fluent in English, and is a volunteer with the Cultural Navigator Team (CNT) is willing to advise and accompany our refugees for job interviews and help orient them to new job skills. Please contact Paul Makoko 360-450-8677, mbpaul11@gmail.com or Richard Gingrich, 503-252 9384, with any job openings you may know about.

M&Ms

 

Life at Sunnyside

Evelyn and Chloe Hull, Celia and Debbie Stanton

Marya Nziacharo

 

Megan Snyder

 

Choir

 

Carmen Cafferky, Betty Woodland

Lorrie Wescott, Tom and Pauline Davis, Donna Duffield

WWU Nursing Students’ Bread Night

Anne Wagner Miner Memorial

Brenda Siaw, Elaine Bradshaw, and Dianne Glovatsky preparing bags for our new babies.

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Elementary
Please join us for PAES’ annual Book Fair and Open House
Book Fair:
April 24-28
Mon-Fri. 8 am-4 pm.  (Noon on Friday)

Open House:
Thursday, April 27, 5-7:30
Veggie burger dinner: $5.00
Book Fair and classrooms will be open

Come eat and socialize with our school family.  Bring your friends and family. Check out our school, classrooms, and teachers for next year.

Area Events

Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

April 16– May 7: Adventist Book Center Spring Food and Book Sale.
Download the full flyer here: www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.

Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and weekdays at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

May 5, 6: Ladies Road Trip and Spiritual Feast.
Pastor Kara has been asked to be the guest speaker for the Upper Columbia Women’s Conference this year. Some of us are thinking of doing a “Ladies Road Trip” to join her – if you are interested in joining us, register for the event at the link below and let the church office know 502-252-8080. We plan on driving up on Friday, May 5, and staying the night – you will need to organize your own accommodation there.

May 6, 10 am-4 pm: Ladies, treat yourselves to a wonderful Sabbath at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s One-Day Retreat. Our time together will be one of food and fellowship with spiritual nutrition by keynote speaker Kara Johnsson along with a special feature by stained glass instructor Lorrie Kravig. Special music is provided by Alana Alves. Space is limited, so please invite your family and friends to register today. For more information, contact Tamara Terry, (509) 242-0478, tamarat@uccsda.org, or order tickets here. Theme: Unfailing Love.
Event Location: Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane, Washington.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 7, 3:00 pm: Women’s Tea Party.
Please join us in fellowship as we celebrate Alumni Weekend and fundraise for PAA faculty supplies and projects. An afternoon tea service will be served. Please RSVP to Sonia Shim at sshim@paasda.org or 503-806-8947.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy.

May 13, 5:00 pm: Special Mothers’ Day weekend event.
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert. 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.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.

July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

July 22: Singles at Camp Meeting.
There will be a singles potluck after the noon service at Camp Meeting and it will be held under the trees below the Snack Shack. Following the evening meeting, we will have our annual Ice Cream Social at Zull Hull.
Event Location: Oregon Camp Meeting, Gladstone.

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at  https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon

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

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April 15 Communiqué

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Greetings Church,

For two years, our congregation has been in a constant state of transition. At different times, we’ve said goodbye to beloved pastors and welcomed others into our community. As much as I know that God has been leading through these many months, I’m thankful that the time of transition is soon drawing to a close. It was a few months ago now that we announced Pastor Juan Fresse and his family as our new youth and children’s pastor.

Since the announcement, God has been at work in their lives providing for them. Thankfully, they’re able to finish the school year together in Arkansas as a family. Recently, they put their house on the market and, at last report, a sale is pending. At every turn, God has been caring for their transition. The next step will be for them to find housing in this area. Please pray for them as they continue following God in faith to the home that He has planned for them.

While the exact date isn’t set, it now appears that Pastor Juan will be on board with us here at Sunnyside in early June. This is great news for our children’s ministries team. It’s great news for our high school students and families. It’s great news for our entire church family as we continue about the work of inspiring our community with the gospel.

Please join me in continuing to lift up Pastor Juan, Elizabeth, and all of their children as they officially make their transition to the west coast in the next few weeks.

This weekend, I hope that you’ll make plans to join us at Sunnyside for worship. The events begin on Friday evening with a solemn look at the emotional and spiritual darkness that pressed in when the Light of the World was extinguished. Like a painting in which light and color are juxtaposed against the deep darkness of a background, so will our Sabbath service be the joyful light of celebration set against the darkness of Friday. I hope you’ll plan to join in both events as we celebrate the living Lord.

May God bless each of you on this Easter weekend.

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

SHOUT OUTS

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

A shout out to Edson and Adoniah Simon for filling in as choristers at the last minute. Thank you! 

Adoniah & Edson Simon

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Thank you to our decorating team for the lovely Easter decorations. You have decorated our facility to bring the goodness of Easter to Sunnyside! Thank you to Tom and Pauline Davis and their family, Konnie Geschke, Karen Petersen, and Karen Davies.

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Have you seen the tile in the Narthex! What a lovely addition. Thank you to Marian and Lidia Nita for the beautiful workmanship!

Narthex tile with Marian Nita.

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News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday, April 14, 7:00 pm, we will gather for vespers, “Reflecting on the Day God Died.”

Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “(Almost) Unbelievable.”

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, there will be a memorial service for Anne Wagner Miner. She was the sister of Karen Petersen, Konnie Geschke, and Lynn Wagner.

Church Announcements

Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of . . .

Shannon Goodwin who passed away, March 8. There will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church Sabbath, April 29, 4:00 pm.

George Baehm, one of our former members, passed away April 8, 2017, in Tennessee.

Our refugees need assistance! If you are willing to help in any way contact Ray Betz at  503-756-3667. There will be a potluck April 22, for our refugees and anyone able to help. Please come and show your support and love April 22.

April 23, starting at 9:00 am, ending with lunch, there will be a “Work-Bee” here at Sunnyside Church. We are inviting everyone to come and join in this Spring cleaning inside and out. The more hands we have the less time it will take. If you want to work outside bring along gardening, tools, i.e., rake, shovel, etc. At 1:00 pm, lunch will be provided.

Sunnyside’s nominating committee is working on placing volunteers in many areas of service. If you are willing to serve in any area please let Pastor Jonathan or any of the committee members know: Carl Buchanan, Cheryl Ortner, Jan Clayton, Joanne Dixon, Wilfred Geschke, Olivian Gramada, Dean Browning, Jason Chase, Jenny Dalusong, or Barbara Plubell. Thank you.

Family Resource Network—Thank you for your continued support. We do, however, have a critical need that is described below. It is more than just monetary, but we do need your help. We also have a request for a sewing machine. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact Marie 503-998-3754.

Critical Need of Refugee Families
From the beginning of the resettlement process, there has been an intensive effort to help the refugees to learn English and find work opportunities. They have been attending language classes and receiving help in job procurement by the non-profit Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). It is very important for the refugees to find work to support their families and pay their rent. Job opportunities are good at this time, but many of them that a person with limited English language skills can obtain, require the employee to work on Sabbath. I have been impressed by the stand these people have taken to be faithful to God’s command. Just recently one of our single mothers lost her job rather than to work on Sabbath.

Paul Makoko, a former immigrant from Africa, who is fluent in English, and is a volunteer with the Cultural Navigator Team (CNT) is willing to advise and accompany our refugees for job interviews and help orient them to new job skills.

If any of you know of any entry level jobs for male or female that do not require Sabbath work, please let us know, either by calling Paul Makoko 360-450-8677 mbpaul11@gmail.com or Richard Gingrich, 503-252 9384.

M&Ms

 

Life at Sunnyside

Knitting Club, Linda Porter, Dianne Glovatsky, Judy Denis, Pastor Kara


Landscaping Crew
Shirley Schoepflin, Scott LeMert, Judith Fouts

Tom Kramer

Adoniah Simon

Arnold Petersen

Ben Krueger-Blehm

Phyllis Woods, Pastor Jonathan, Conrad Gren

Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Elementary
Please join us for PAES’ annual Book Fair and Open House
Book Fair:
April 24-28
Mon-Fri. 8 am-4 pm.  (Noon on Friday)

Open House:
Thursday, April 27, 5-7:30
Veggie burger dinner: $5.00
Book Fair and classrooms will be open

Come eat and socialize with our school family.  Bring your friends and family. Check out our school, classrooms, and teachers for next year.

Area Events

Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

April 21-29, All About Jesus Seminar.
Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and weekdays at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

May 5, 6: Ladies Road Trip and Spiritual Feast.
Pastor Kara has been asked to be the guest speaker for the Upper Columbia Women’s Conference this year. Some of us are thinking of doing a “Ladies Road Trip” to join her – if you are interested in joining us, register for the event at the link below and let the church office know 502-252-8080. We plan on driving up on Friday, May 5, and staying the night – you will need to organize your own accommodation there.

May 6, 10 am-4 pm: Ladies, treat yourselves to a wonderful Sabbath at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s One-Day Retreat. Our time together will be one of food and fellowship with spiritual nutrition by keynote speaker Kara Johnsson along with a special feature by stained glass instructor Lorrie Kravig. Special music is provided by Alana Alves. Space is limited, so please invite your family and friends to register today. For more information, contact Tamara Terry, (509) 242-0478, tamarat@uccsda.org, or order tickets here. Theme: Unfailing Love.
Event Location: Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane, Washington.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 7, 3:00 pm: Women’s Tea Party.
Please join us in fellowship as we celebrate Alumni Weekend and fundraise for PAA faculty supplies and projects. An afternoon tea service will be served. Please RSVP to Sonia Shim at sshim@paasda.org or 503-806-8947.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy.

May 13, 5:00 pm: Special Mothers’ Day weekend event.
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert. 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.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.

July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

July 22: Singles at Camp Meeting.
There will be a singles potluck after the noon service at Camp Meeting and it will be held under the trees below the Snack Shack. Following the evening meeting, we will have our annual Ice Cream Social at Zull Hull.
Event Location: Oregon Camp Meeting, Gladstone.

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at  https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon

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

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April 8 Communiqué

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Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.  Hebrews 13:1-2

 

Dear Family,

Over the past couple of weeks, several people who are relatively new to our community have shared with me how much they have appreciated the Sunnyside Church family genuinely welcoming and caring for them, taking time to know them. And I wanted to take this opportunity to affirm and thank you for being the loving church family that you are. It is not something that just “happens;” it takes commitment from each of us to look beyond ourselves and to give of our time.

I also want to thank our Sabbath School classes and cultural groups who have willingly agreed to host guest potlucks. This also takes time, commitment, and selflessness. There are Sabbaths when we have quite a few guests who appreciate greatly the opportunity to share a meal, and at other times, those visiting have already made other plans. If this has been your experience, please do not feel that all the preparation was a loss; a significant part of the vision of Sabbath School and cultural potlucks is to foster deeper relationships among our own church family, so whether guests arrive or not, you are doing just that.

May we keep on “loving one another as brothers and sisters” as well as showing “hospitality to strangers.”

Thank you for your commitment to God and each other – you are a blessing to know and love!

In Him,

Pastor Kara Johnsson

 

SHOUT OUTS

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

A big thank you to Lloyd Wescott, Richard Zaversnuke, and Tom Kramer for the installation of new stainless steel shelves and backsplash above the kitchen sink. The completed project gives the kitchen a professional, cheerful and bright look, and provides storage for the many utensils which are necessary for the frequent occasions we use the kitchen.

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today is Communion Sabbath. Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Anticipating Glory.”

 This afternoon at 4:00 pm, the Advent Heritage seminars will continue in the Youth Room.

Church Announcements

Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of . . .

Anne (Roseanne) Wagner Miner who passed away, Thursday, March 23. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Church, Sabbath, April 15, 3:00 pm. She was a sister to Karen Petersen and Konnie Geschke.

Shannon Goodwin who passed away, March 8. There will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church Sabbath, April 29, 4:00 pm.

Please note: Exercise class on Tuesdays has changed its beginning time to 5:00 pm. Join us April 11, at 5:00 pm, and each Tuesday thereafter in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!

Good Friday, April 14, 7:00 pm, plan to attend “Reflecting on the Day God Died.” We will celebrate with quiet reflection the death and resurrection of Christ.

April 23, starting at 9:00 am, ending with lunch, there will be a “Work-Bee” here at Sunnyside Church. We are inviting everyone to come and join in this Spring cleaning inside and out. The more hands we have the less time it will take. If you want to work outside bring along gardening, tools, i.e., rake, shovel, etc. At 1:00 pm, lunch will be provided.

Family Resource Network—Thank you for your continued support. We do, however, have a critical need that is described below. It is more than just monetary, but we do need your help. We also have a request for a sewing machine. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact Marie 503-998-3754

Critical Need of Refugee Families
From the beginning of the resettlement process, there has been an intensive effort to help the refugees to learn English and find work opportunities. They have been attending language classes and receiving help in job procurement by the non-profit Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). It is very important for the refugees to find work to support their families and pay their rent. Job opportunities are good at this time, but many of them that a person with limited English language skills can obtain, require the employee to work on Sabbath. I have been impressed by the stand these people have taken to be faithful to God’s command. Just recently one of our single mothers lost her job rather than to work on Sabbath.

Paul Makoko, a former immigrant from Africa, who is fluent in English, and is a volunteer with the Cultural Navigator Team (CNT) is willing to advise and accompany our refugees for job interviews and help orient them to new job skills.

If any of you know of any entry level jobs for male or female that do not require Sabbath work, please let us know, either by calling Paul Makoko 360-450-8677 mbpaul11@gmail.com or Richard Gingrich, 503-252 9384.

M&Ms

 

Life at Sunnyside

Crystal and Taylor Kielman

 

 

Ron Blehm

Brenda Siaw

Shirley Allen

Lucy Russell

Trombone Quartet: Carter Noland, Jerry Davis, Jim Newell, Dennis Springer

Bradley Baby Dedication

Adventist Education

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

Area Events

Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

April 10 or April 13, 7-8:30 pm: Conference Connect Meetings.
We want you! It’s time for our Conference Connect (town hall) meetings in the respective regions of the Oregon Conference. You are welcome to attend whichever meeting fits in your schedule irrespective of the region it is meeting in. We highly value your input. We are going to spend time together worshiping, praying, visioning, sharing, listening, discussing…. We want to hear what God puts on your heart for the health and growth of God’s kingdom in the Oregon Conference. Thank you in advance for investing an hour-and-a-half of your time for this incredibly important family conversation.
April 10 – Adventist Community Church of Vancouver
April 13 – Rockwood Adventist Church in Portland

April 14, 7:00 pm. Community Passover Seder.
Beit Shalom Balevav Jewish-Adventist congregations invite you to join us for a community celebration. Participating in a Seder is a great way to learn how early Christians celebrated the Lord’s Supper. We make this a family-friendly event with activities for the children. It includes the retelling of the story of the Exodus and relates its importance to our experience of redemption today. Dinner is included. A freewill offering would be appreciated to cover hall rental costs and dinner.
Event Location: Luepke Senior Center and Marshall Center,
1009 East McLoughlin Boulevard, Vancouver, Wash.

April 21-29, All About Jesus Seminar.
Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and weekdays at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

May 5, 6: Ladies Road Trip and Spiritual Feast.
Pastor Kara has been asked to be the guest speaker for the Upper Columbia Women’s Conference this year. Some of us are thinking of doing a “Ladies Road Trip” to join her – if you are interested in joining us, register for the event at the link below and let the church office know 502-252-8080. We plan on driving up on Friday, May 5, and staying the night – you will need to organize your own accommodation there.

May 6, 10 am-4 pm: Ladies, treat yourselves to a wonderful Sabbath at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s One-Day Retreat. Our time together will be one of food and fellowship with spiritual nutrition by keynote speaker Kara Johnsson along with a special feature by stained glass instructor Lorrie Kravig. Special music is provided by Alana Alves. Space is limited, so please invite your family and friends to register today. For more information, contact Tamara Terry, (509) 242-0478, tamarat@uccsda.org, or order tickets here. Theme: Unfailing Love.
Event Location: Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane, Washington.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 7, 3:00 pm: Women’s Tea Party.
Please join us in fellowship as we celebrate Alumni Weekend and fundraise for PAA faculty supplies and projects. An afternoon tea service will be served. Please RSVP to Sonia Shim at sshim@paasda.org or 503-806-8947.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy.

May 13, 5:00 pm: Special Mothers’ Day weekend event.
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert. 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.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.

July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more

at https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.

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

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April 1 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

Last night was one of those that keeps parenting interesting. On the way home from a busy day, our two sweet boys fell asleep in the car. That meant that when bedtime came, they were anything but ready to go to sleep. Many times throughout the evening, we tried to coax the 4-year-old to sleep, with no success. He kept bounding down the stairs, regaling with stories of fanciful dreams in which monsters of various sorts waited to grasp him the moment his eyes closed. It was nearly 11:00 pm when I tucked him in for the last time and the lay beside him. I listened as his sharp, anxious breaths gave way to the smooth deep breathing of sleep. I felt his little body as the tension melted away, giving way to the sweet peace of slumber.

Listening to the rhythm of his breath in the quiet darkness, I couldn’t help but think of the “peace that passes all understanding.” I’m thankful that we believe in a God who is willing to journey with those who desire Him. I’m thankful that in the presence of our Heavenly Father, through prayer, we can be assured of peace in the midst of our storms.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the promise. Sometimes we just need to be reminded by the life of a child.

May the peace of God guard your heart as we experience Sabbath rest together.

Blessings, 

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

SHOUT OUTS

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

A shout out goes to Cris Marin who is here every single week in the children’s wing, ready and willing to do absolutely anything to help make the kids’ ministry happen! Whether it’s cleaning up craft messes, filling in for a sick leader, or simply greeting with a smile, Cris can be found quietly demonstrating what it means to be a true servant leader.

 

News
This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Challenge Accepted.”

Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, the Advent Heritage seminars will continue in the Columbia Room.

Church Announcements

Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of . . .

Madeleine Freligh who passed away, Sabbath, March 25. She was a sister to
Lillian Erich.

Anne (Roseanne) Wagner Miner who passed away, Thursday, March 23. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Church, Sabbath, April 15, 3:00 pm. She was a sister to Karen Petersen and Konnie Geschke.

Shannon Goodwin who passed away, March 8. There will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church Sabbath, April 29, 4:00 pm.

April 7, 7:15 pm, First Friday will be held at the Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater. Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir will present the music and  we will enjoy an inspirational thought from Darold and Barbara Bigger. Registration for the free soup and salad dinner will open March 27, and run through April 5. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm Friday, April 7.

Critical Need of Refugee Families
From the beginning of the resettlement process, there has been an intensive effort to help the refugees to learn English and find work opportunities. They have been attending language classes and receiving help in job procurement by the non-profit Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). It is very important for the refugees to find work to support their families and pay their rent. Job opportunities are good at this time, but many of them that a person with limited English language skills can obtain, require the employee to work on Sabbath. I have been impressed by the stand these people have taken to be faithful to God’s command. Just recently one of our single mothers lost her job rather than to work on Sabbath.

Paul Makoko, a former immigrant from Africa, who is fluent in English, and is a volunteer with the Cultural Navigator Team (CNT) is willing to advise and accompany our refugees for job interviews and help orient them to new job skills.

If any of you know of any entry level jobs for male or female that do not require Sabbath work, please let us know, either by calling Paul Makoko 360-450-8677 mbpaul11@gmail.com or Richard Gingrich, 503-252 9384.

M&Ms

Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Kara

Jim Newell

 

George White, Pastor Kara, James Johnstone

Norman Henry

Section Elders

Richard Zaversnuke and Tom Kramer working on the kitchen.

Kitchen Shelving – Before

Kitchen Shelving – After

Adventist Education

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

 

Area Events

Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

April 7, 7:00 pm: Jaime Jorge Concert.
Jaime Jorge will be in concert for “The Healing Music Concert Tour.”
Event Location: Sandy Church.

April 7, 7:15 pm: First Friday.
First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The April First Friday service will feature music from the Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir and an inspirational thought from Darold and Barbara Bigger.  Registration for the free April 7 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 27, and will run through Wednesday, April 5. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, April 7.
Event Location: Lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland.  

April 7-9: Columbia Adventist Academy Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
We will be honoring the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2017 and the honor group of 1956 and prior (The CAA Trailblazers). If you are interested in helping to coordinate your class reunion, please contact Larry Hiday at CAA at (360) 687-3161 or larry.hiday@caaschool.org. The weekend schedule will be as follows: Friday Evening Vespers – presented by the class of 2007. Sabbath School – presented by the class of 1997. Church – presented by the class of 1992. Sabbath afternoon program – presented by the Class of 1967. Saturday night event and basketball games. All weekend meetings will be held in the Meadow Glade Church. Registration will be in the school forum.

April 7-9. Refresh Weekend.
Join us for a weekend retreat with Pastor Randy Roberts. Bring family and friends to experience a time of rest and renewal. Weekend and day visitors are invited to come and experience worship, music, food, activities and more. Register today at http://bit.ly/2mQMksj. Weekend registration is $70 for adults, $40 for children 4-7 years old, and free for infants. The event is free for day guests, but be sure to call ahead to make $10 meal reservations. Find the schedule and more info at: http://www.sunsetlake.org. Email camp@sunsetlake.org, or call 360-829-0311.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp.

April 10 or April 13, 7-8:30 pm: Conference Connect Meetings.
We want you! It’s time for our Conference Connect (town hall) meetings in the respective regions of the Oregon Conference. You are welcome to attend whichever meeting fits in your schedule irrespective of the region it is meeting in. We highly value your input. We are going to spend time together worshiping, praying, visioning, sharing, listening, discussing…. We want to hear what God puts on your heart for the health and growth of God’s kingdom in the Oregon Conference. Thank you in advance for investing an hour-and-a-half of your time for this incredibly important family conversation.
April 10 – Adventist Community Church of Vancouver
April 13 – Rockwood Adventist Church in Portland

April 21-29, All About Jesus Seminar.
Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and week days at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

May 5, 6: Ladies Road Trip and Spiritual Feast.
Pastor Kara has been asked to be the guest speaker for the Upper Columbia Women’s Conference this year. Some of us are thinking of doing a “Ladies Road Trip” to join her – if you are interested in joining us, register for the event at the link below and let the church office know 502-252-8080. We plan on driving up on Friday, May 5, and staying the night – you will need to organize your own accommodation there.

May 6, 10 am-4 pm: Ladies, treat yourselves to a wonderful Sabbath at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s One-Day Retreat. Our time together will be one of food and fellowship with spiritual nutrition by keynote speaker Kara Johnsson along with a special feature by stained glass instructor Lorrie Kravig. Special music is provided by Alana Alves. Space is limited, so please invite your family and friends to register today. For more information, contact Tamara Terry, (509) 242-0478, tamarat@uccsda.org, or order tickets here. Theme: Unfailing Love.
Event Location: Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane, Washington.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 13, 5:00 pm: Special Mothers’ Day weekend event:
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert. 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.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.

July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.

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

Housing Needs:
A single SDA female, and her two cats, are looking for a place to live or for another female to share a rental agreement. Her current lease in Oregon City ended March 31, and her housemate just took a job at Walla Walla. If you know of a possible housing solution, please contact Sunnyside Church office at 503-252-8080.

 

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March 25 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

I had the delightful privilege of going on a date with my husband this last week and he took me to see the amazing “Hidden Figures.” A brilliant film which left me tearful, inspired, and intensely angry all at once. The plot traces the story of Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who could be regarded as making the principal contribution to this country’s success in the race for space.

Heard of her? Perhaps not. And that is the point. It wasn’t until 2016 that her astounding contribution was officially acknowledged. Wonderful that she has been acknowledged while she is still alive – at age 97. Grotesquely wrong that it took 60+ years.

As powerful as this story is, it is not alone in its cry for a better world, for justice, for right. We are confronted daily by the void of justice in this world. At times it hits much closer to home than the nightly news and our hearts cry, joining, according to Romans, the very physical fabric of this planet that we call home (8:23).

The inspiring note of the story, however, is that she was acknowledged. It took far longer than it should have, but it happened. The wrongs in our own lives can seem to take far longer than they should to be made right. Sometimes the struggle can seem interminable. But the end of the story is sure –the God of love wins.

In the words of C.S. Lewis:

Wrong will be right when Aslan comes in sight.
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
C.S Lewis, Narnia.

Therefore, we don’t lose hope….

 Pastor Kara Johnsson

 

SHOUT OUTS

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

A shout out to Dick Gingrich for his tireless efforts with the Family Resource Network. He is constantly working behind the scenes to help people who are struggling financially. Thank you, Dick, for all the kind, and caring attention you extend to others. And thank you, Gwen, for graciously sharing Dick with us!

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THIS WEEKEND

Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “In Between.” 


Sunday, March 26, 10:30
am, join us in the Columbia room to celebrate Stephanie and Tim Taylor’s new baby to be born April 28. Refreshments will be served. They are registered at MyRegistry.com

 

Church Announcements

The month of March is “Update Our Directory” month. Please review your information to make sure it is current. We also need your picture. You may forward a photo you like, update it yourself through the online directory, or there will be a crew in each of the lobbies to take a snapshot we can use. Send your updated information and pictures to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Sabbath, March 25, 4:00 pm, the Sunnyside Handbell Choir will present a vespers program at the Village Church. Visit someone you know who lives there, join them for the vespers program, and support Sunnyside’s Handbell Choir at the same time.

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.

Family Resource Network thank you for your generous support. Many families have been helped thanks to you. Mark your envelope account #488. Urgent current need: Newborn baby boy clothes, sofa, and blankets. Contact Marie 503-998-3754.

Transportation Needed:
If you have four wheels, a drivers license, and a few free minutes on Sabbath morning, we need you! Actually, our refugee families need you. As a church, we have undertaken the mentoring of about 50 individuals who have come to our country from the Congo or Uganda seeking peace, security, a new start in this life, and the opportunity to worship with their Seventh-day Adventist family. Someday these folks will have their own vehicles and won’t need this help, but until that day they are depending on you and me. Each Sabbath morning we provide transportation for these wonderful folks to our Sunnyside Adventist Church. As summer approaches with vacations and other distractions, we are going to need help in this transportation project. Could you help? Or if you would like more information, please call Dick Gingrich (503 252 9384) or Dan Patchin (503 665 8500). More hands, or cars and drivers, will help lift the load for all involved. Thanks so much for considering this opportunity for Christian outreach.

Life at Sunnyside

Betty Woodland

Julie Smith

Isaac Nziacharo

Annika Geschke, Jan Schmidt

Pastor Jonathan Russell

Adventist Education

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

PAA Students Bring Project Based Learning to Small SDA School: http://paasda.org/news/paa-students-bring-project-based-learning-elementary-students/

Find out how Project Based Learning and Mission Focused Learning helped Portland Adventist Academy and McMinnville Adventist Christian School collaborate for a day of hands-on learning and mission building of Together As One.

We’re going to Cuba! http://paasda.org/news/were-going-to-cuba/
March 16-30, Portland Adventist Academy Spanish class students are among the select group of high school students invited to come on this mission led by Andrews University. In recent years, missionaries have been making paths and building strong relationships in Cuba. Andrews University professors of Theology have been working with SDA ministers in Cuba and helping them with the resources they lack. This is a powerful movement that we get to be a part of! We’re so excited to be watching these students prepare for what will be a life-changing experience for them and those they will help. Follow the link to read more about what they’ll be doing and how you can help. You can also follow their blog which is updated about their diligent preparation. The blog will be the main form of communication during their trip later this month, so we encourage you to follow along!

Area Events

Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

March 31-April 2, 2017, Oregon Prayer Conference.
The 2017 Oregon Prayer Conference features Melody Mason, author of the book Daring to Ask For More. Her topic is “Above and Beyond.” The event is in Rockaway Beach. Register by March 16 to receive the $25 Early Bird Discount. For more info call 541-367-4913, or register at http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2017-prayer-retreat.
Event Location: Rockaway Beach. 

April 7, 7:00 pm: Jaime Jorge Concert.
Jaime Jorge will be in concert for “The Healing Music Concert Tour.”
Event Location: Sandy Church.

April 7, 7:15 pm: First Friday.
First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The April First Friday service will feature music from the Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir and an inspirational thought from Darold and Barbara Bigger.  Registration for the free April 7 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 27, and will run through Wednesday, April 5. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, April 7.
Event Location: Lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland.  

April 7-9: Columbia Adventist Academy Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
We will be honoring the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2017 and the honor group of 1956 and prior (The CAA Trailblazers). If you are interested in helping to coordinate your class reunion, please contact Larry Hiday at CAA at (360) 687-3161 or larry.hiday@caaschool.org. The weekend schedule will be as follows: Friday Evening Vespers – presented by the class of 2007. Sabbath School – presented by the class of 1997. Church – presented by the class of 1992. Sabbath afternoon program – presented by the Class of 1967. Saturday night event and basketball games. All weekend meetings will be held in the Meadow Glade Church. Registration will be in the school forum.

April 7-9. Refresh Weekend.
Join us for a weekend retreat with Pastor Randy Roberts. Bring family and friends to experience a time of rest and renewal. Weekend and day visitors are invited to come and experience worship, music, food, activities and more. Register today at http://bit.ly/2mQMksj. Weekend registration is $70 for adults, $40 for children 4-7 years old, and free for infants. The event is free for day guests, but be sure to call ahead to make $10 meal reservations. Find the schedule and more info at: http://www.sunsetlake.org. Email camp@sunsetlake.org, or call 360-829-0311.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp.

 

 

April 10 or April 13, 7-8:30 pm: Conference Connect Meetings.
We want you! It’s time for our Conference Connect (town hall) meetings in the respective regions of the Oregon Conference. You are welcome to attend whichever meeting fits in your schedule irrespective of the region it is meeting in. We highly value your input. We are going to spend time together worshiping, praying, visioning, sharing, listening, discussing…. We want to hear what God puts on your heart for the health and growth of God’s kingdom in the Oregon Conference. Thank you in advance for investing an hour-and-a-half of your time for this incredibly important family conversation.
April 10 – Adventist Community Church of Vancouver
April 13 – Rockwood Adventist Church in Portland

April 21-29, All About Jesus Seminar.
Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and week days at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.

July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

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

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March 18 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

 This morning I awoke reflecting on a story from Matthew 22. In the story, a king hosts a wedding feast in which every invited guest declines the invitation. As a result, he instructs his servants to invite anyone they meet, “evil or good,” to attend the lavish event. Before long, the banquet hall is full and the guests are the beneficiaries of the finest food and entertainment. But what caught my attention this morning was the one poor guy who got singled out by the king. Apparently, he had the wrong clothes on and the king threw him out. Everyone had been invited on the spot. No guests would have been fully prepared with their wedding finest. Then I remembered the custom in the biblical world in which the king would gift the wedding clothes to the guests. Somehow, this one man felt his presentation was sufficient. He didn’t need the gift of the king. Or so he thought.

The kingdom of heaven is like a king giving a wedding feast. I’m thankful that we can have a settled confidence in the future. We can live with assurance that the gift of the King is sufficient, clothing His guests in the righteousness of Christ.

With salvation secured by the sacrifice of Jesus through faith in Him, we are free to experience the Joy of the Lord.

My prayer for you this Sabbath is to experience freedom and joy in Jesus our Lord.

For our worship time, we will be closing out the series on Ecclesiastes. This last message will be full of hope as we look to the ultimate answer to the confusion and tension of life on earth. I hope to see you there.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

SHOUT OUTS

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

Cheryl Ortner took a tumble on her bike, and still made it to Nominating Committee. Jan Clayton bandaged it up for her. Good job Cheryl! We’re happy you’re okay, and thank you for your commitment and dedication!

Ouch!

Jan Clayton, Cheryl Ortner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Reflections on Life: The End.”

This afternoon, 4:00 pm, our Adventist Heritage seminar will meet in the Youth Room. You may pick up a summary of our “journey” thus far from the information table in the narthex. We hope to see you at 4:00 this afternoon.

Sunday, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta will be here at Sunnyside Church in concert. Plan now to bring a friend and attend this inspiring concert.

Church Announcements

The month of March is “Update Our Directory” month. Please review your information to make sure it is current. We also need your picture. You may forward a photo you like, update it yourself through the online directory, or there will be a crew in each of the lobbies to take a snapshot we can use. Send your updated information and pictures to info@SunnysideAdventist.org.

Sabbath, March, 4:00 pm, the Sunnyside Handbell Choir will present a vespers program at the Village Church. Visit someone you know who lives there, join them for the vespers program, and support Sunnyside’s Handbell Choir at the same time.

Sunday, March 26, 10:30 am, join us in the Columbia room to celebrate Stephanie and Tim Taylor’s new baby to be born April 28. Refreshments will be served. They are registered at MyRegistry.com.

Family Resource Network thank you for your generous support. Many families have been helped thanks to you. Mark your envelope account #488. Urgent current need: Newborn baby boy clothes, sofa, and blankets. Contact Marie 503-998-3754.

Transportation Needed:
If you have four wheels, a drivers license, and a few free minutes on Sabbath morning, we need you! Actually, our refugee families need you. As a church, we have undertaken the mentoring of about 50 individuals who have come to our country from the Congo or Uganda seeking peace, security, a new start in this life, and the opportunity to worship with their Seventh-day Adventist family. Someday these folks will have their own vehicles and won’t need this help, but until that day they are depending on you and me. Each Sabbath morning we provide transportation for these wonderful folks to our Sunnyside Adventist Church. As summer approaches with vacations and other distractions, we are going to need help in this transportation project. Could you help? Or if you would like more information, please call Dick Gingrich (503 252 9384) or Dan Patchin (503 665 8500). More hands, or cars and drivers, will help lift the load for all involved. Thanks so much for considering this opportunity for Christian outreach.

Life at Sunnyside

Craig King

David Schmidt

Dane & Arnold Petersen

Ted Mackett

Linda Henry, Cole, Oliver & Jackee Duvall

Pastor Jonathan Russell

Young Adult Sabbath School

Adventist Education

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

PAA Students Bring Project Based Learning to Small SDA School: http://paasda.org/news/paa-students-bring-project-based-learning-elementary-students/

Find out how Project Based Learning and Mission Focused Learning helped Portland Adventist Academy and McMinnville Adventist Christian School collaborate for a day of hands-on learning and mission building of Together As One.

We’re going to Cuba! http://paasda.org/news/were-going-to-cuba/
March 16-30, Portland Adventist Academy Spanish class students are among the select group of high school students invited to come on this mission led by Andrews University. In recent years, missionaries have been making paths and building strong relationships in Cuba. Andrews University professors of Theology have been working with SDA ministers in Cuba and helping them with the resources they lack. This is a powerful movement that we get to be a part of! We’re so excited to be watching these students prepare for what will be a life-changing experience for them and those they will help. Follow the link to read more about what they’ll be doing and how you can help. You can also follow their blog which is updated about their diligent preparation. The blog will be the main form of communication during their trip later this month, so we encourage you to follow along!

Area Events

Come be a part of the team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

March 17-19: Celebrating Purim.
This year Beit Shalom Balevav Jewish-Adventist Congregations is holding a Shabbaton (a special extended weekend of learning and fun) for Purim, the celebration of Esther’s story. The weekend’s schedule is as follows: Friday, March 17, 7:00 pm: “The Book of Esther and Its Place in Biblical History,” Saturday, March 18, 4:00 pm: “Mordecai: Hero or Villain?” Saturday, March 18, 6:00 pm, there will be a Purim party with traditional foods and plenty of fun for children and adults alike. Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 pm: “The Jews in Exile and the Restoration of the Temple.” It is traditional to wear costumes on Purim. We invite adults to come dressed on Sabbath in a costume representing the career they dreamed of as a child (firefighter, nurse, pilot, etc.) Children may come dressed in a costume representing their current career goals. (Note: Your costume may represent the career you are currently in if you went into the career you dreamed of as a child.)
Event Location: Beit Shalom Balevav Jewish-Adventist Congregation, 7902 NE St. John’s Road, Suite 104, Vancouver.

March 17-26, 7:00 pm: Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy.
The headlines are unmistakable. Our world is on the precipice of extraordinary cataclysmic change. The conflict between two great religions – Islam and Christianity – is fast approaching a devastating climax that will shake the whole world. Indeed, the face of Western Europe has already been transformed through rapid Islamic expansion, and the fear of terror and holy war pervade the American psyche as multiple conflicts rage in the Middle East. But what happens next – and when? In an age of constant unpredictability, how can we really know what the future holds? After a decade of careful study and scholarly legwork, international speaker Tim Roosenberg unveils a staggering new study of Bible prophecy that demonstrates that God’s Word is not silent regarding Islam in these last days. Islam and Christianity in Prophecy carefully explores and unlocks the mysterious book of Daniel, specifically chapters 11 and 12, unveiling a thrilling picture of prophecy that includes the past, present, and future roles of Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and the United States in the final conflict ahead. Along the way, Tim Roosenberg provides the answers you need to survive the growing holy war, answers that will give you complete confidence in God’s Word the Bible, and faith in the promises of Christ. Event Location: Healing Hope Adventist Fellowship.

March 31-April 2, 2017, Oregon Prayer Conference.
The 2017 Oregon Prayer Conference features Melody Mason, author of the book Daring to Ask For More. Her topic is “Above and Beyond.” The event is in Rockaway Beach. Register by March 16 to receive the $25 Early Bird Discount. For more info call 541-367-4913, or register at http://orgcpersonalmin.netadvent.org/2017-prayer-retreat.
Event Location: Rockaway Beach. 

April 7, 7:15 pm: First Friday.
First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The April First Friday service will feature music from the Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir and an inspirational thought from Darold and Barbara Bigger.  Registration for the free April 7 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 27, and will run through Wednesday, April 5. Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, April 7.
Event Location: Lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland.  

April 7-9, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.

April 7-9: Columbia Adventist Academy Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
We will be honoring the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2017 and the honor group of 1956 and prior (The CAA Trailblazers). If you are interested in helping to coordinate your class reunion, please contact Larry Hiday at CAA at (360) 687-3161 or larry.hiday@caaschool.org. The weekend schedule will be as follows: Friday Evening Vespers – presented by the class of 2007. Sabbath School – presented by the class of 1997. Church – presented by the class of 1992. Sabbath afternoon program – presented by the Class of 1967. Saturday night event and basketball games. All weekend meetings will be held in the Meadow Glade Church. Registration will be in the school forum.

April 21-29, All About Jesus Seminar.
Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and week days at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website www.heritagesingers.com.

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

 

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